The bible reveals the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts binding, its histories are true, its decisions are immutable.
Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldiers sword, and the christians charter. Here, Heaven is opened and the gates of hell disclosed.
Christ is its grand subject, our good is its design, the glory of God its end. It should fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully.
It is given in life, will be opened in the judgement, and will be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all those who trifle with its sacred contents.
Owned, it is riches; studied, it is wisdom; trusted, it is salvation; loved, it is character; and obeyed, it is power