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In the Library

 

A profound scholar and great statesman, William von Humboldt, minister of the King of Prussia, says of the Scriptures, that “among the strongest, purest, and finest tones in which the voice of antiquity has reached us, may be reckoned the books of the Old Testament; and we can never be enough thankful that in our translation they have lost so little of their reality and strength of expression. I have often reflected with pleasure on the existence of so much that is exalted, rich and varied, as is contained in the Bible, in the books of the Old and New Testaments; and if this be, as is very frequently the case, the only book in the hands of the people, yet have they in this a compendium of human thought, history, poetry, and philosophy, so complete, that it would be difficult to find a feeling or a thought which has not its echo in these books. Neither is there much in them which is incomprehensible to a common, simple mind. The learned may penetrate deeper, but no one can go away unsatisfied.”

 

The Bible, my young friends, is indeed, as your honored parents have taught you, the gracious gift of God to mankind. The Holy Scriptures are an invaluable blessing to our race. They bear upon their front and within themselves the indubitable marks of their divine Original. The attempts of unbelievers to weaken or destroy the evidences in their favor, have only brought out the more clearly the many “infallible proofs; that they were written by inspiration of God.” But while the outworks of Revelation have been ably defended, too few have searched out with honesty and diligence the treasures deposited therein. It is something to be well established in the faith—to receive the Bible as the Word of God, but so far as a personal salvation is concerned, we are no better than the heathen, if we remain ignorant of what the Bible contains. A crude, undigested notion of divine things is a very unsatisfactory way to receive God’s revelation to us for our salvation. We may assent to the truth, excellence, and importance of the Scriptures, yet not give our serious attention to know what they teach, whereby we may glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Curiosity alone might be deemed sufficient to prompt us to a diligent perusal of the sacred Volume. But our duty in this matter is not left to the promptings of mere curiosity. We are commanded by the very highest authority to search the Scriptures. Nor can we remain in ignorance of the sublime knowledge they reveal without a manifest contempt of God. Nothing should be more interesting to us than the WILL of God which is revealed to us, and requires of us unfeigned obedience. Who is the Lord, that I should serve Him? What would He have me to do? May I obtain His favor? Should I not dread His anger? These are questions, which to us, as sinners hastening on to death and judgment, it is of very serious consequence we should have answered in a proper manner. But these are questions which the Bible alone fully and faithfully resolves. It is something to insist on our duty to read the Bible from its beauties of language, the surprising facts it relates, the grandeur of it representations, and the sublimity of its doctrines; but the highest recommendation for its study is: That it is the WORD OF THE LIVING GOD, which is able to make us wise unto salvation. “But that which stamps upon the Scriptures the highest value,” says Bishop Porteus, “that which renders them, strictly speaking, inestimable, and distinguishes them from all other in this world, is this, that they, and only they, contain the words of eternal life. In this respect, every other book, even the noblest composition of man, fails; they cannot give us what we most want, and what is of infinitely more importance to us than all other things put together—ETERNAL LIFE.”

–From Daniel: A Model for Young Men by Rev. William Anderson Scott, pages 21-23