MAY 21

 

All scripture, given by inspiration of God, is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works—2 Tim. 3: 16, 17.

 

It will be well for us all to remember that all the graces of the Spirit, all the progress in the knowledge of Divine things to which we have already attained, that may have helped us nearer to God and to holiness, have come to us through the Scriptures of the Old Testament and through the words of our Lord and His inspired Apostles: nor will it ever be necessary to go to other channels for the true wisdom which would prepare us for the salvation promised.

 

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The Scriptures are God in-breathed, and therefore to the man of God they contain a sufficiency of Divine thought as to what he should believe as true, as to what he should reject as error, as to what he should purge from his character, and as to what he should practice for character development. Accordingly, by subjecting his heart and mind to its influence, he is purged from sin, error, selfishness and worldliness, as well as thereby is fully developed in every good word and quality, whereby he is completely prepared for every good work.

 

Parallel passages: Deut. 6: 6, 7; 2Sam. 23: 2; Luke 1: 70; Matt. 22: 43; 26: 54, 56; John 5: 39; 10: 35; Mark 12: 24; 2Pet. 1: 19-21; Acts 20: 20, 27; Rom. 3: 2; 15: 4; Psa. 19: 7-11; 119: 9, 11, 97-104; 1Tim. 6: 11; 2Tim. 2: 21, 25; 4: 2; Heb. 3: 7; 4: 12; 10: 24; 2Cor. 9: 8; Eph. 2: 10; Titus 2: 14.

 

Questions: How have I used this passage this week? Why? What was hindersome and what was helpful? In what did it result?

 

THE WORD OF GOD

 

OH, wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!

True wisdom its pages unfold;

And though we may read them a thousand time o'er,

They never, no never, grow old!

Each line hath a pleasure, each promise a pearl,

That all if they will may secure;

And we know that when time and the world pass away,

God's Word shall forever endure.

 

Oh, wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!

The lamp that our Father above

 So kindly hath lighted to teach us the way

That leads to the arms of His love!

Its warnings, its counsels, are faithful and just;

Its judgments are perfect and pure;

And we know that when time and the world pass away,

God's Word shall forever endure.

 

Oh, wonderful, wonderful Word of the Lord!

Our only salvation is there;

It carries conviction down deep in the heart,

And shows us ourselves as we are.

It tells of a Savior, and points to the cross,

Where pardon we now may secure;

And we know that when time and the world pass away

God's Word shall forever endure.

 

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