Over the past week I’ve given just an introduction to some of the great doctrines regarding the Word of God. I’ve done it to provide some help for you to grow in your understanding of what the Bible is.
B. B. Warfield speaks so eloquently on revelation:
“…we do not see in revelation man reaching up lame hands toward God and feeling fumblingly after Him if haply he may find Him, but God graciously reaching strong hands down to man, bringing him help in his need, we see in it a gift from God, not a creation of man’s….”
John Owen writes:
“How often in the reading of it do we meet with, and are as it were surprised with, gracious words, that enlighten, quicken, comfort, endear, and engage our souls! How often do we find sin wounded, grace encouraged, faith excited, love inflamed, and this in that endless variety of inward frames and outward occasions which we are liable unto.”
As John Bunyan so aptly described in Pilgrim’s Progress, we are on a pilgrimage in this life, and it sometimes takes us through dangerous territory. We need His Word to show us the safe road and the dangerous pits. We need His Word to light our way and to enable us to go on when every step is one of suffering. We need His Word to see Jesus and keep us close to Him.
In the Bible God makes Himself known to us. It is the very Word of the living God to you and me. The Bible is truth, power, love, warning, comfort, strength—because the Bible is God’s mind and heart revealed.
In opening our eyes to the good news of Jesus Christ, the Bible becomes our song. It’s our song of praise to our God. It’s our song of love to our Redeemer. It’s our song of joy in knowing God.
“Your statutes are my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.”
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Benjamin B. Warfield, Mysticism & Christianity, “This essay originally appeared in The Biblical
Review (vol. 2 ,1917, pp. 169-191) but this edition was derived from The Works of Benjamin B.
Warfield (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1991, vol. 9, pp. 649-666). The electronic
edition of this article was scanned and edited by Shane Rosenthal for Reformation Ink. It is
in the public domain and may be freely copied and distributed. Pagination from the Baker
edition has been retained for purposes of reference. Scanning errors may be present in this
John Owen, The Works of John Owen, edited by Rev. William H. Goold, Vol. IV, pp. 192.