The Bible is not an amulet, a charm, a fetish or a book that will
work wonders by its very presence.
It is a book that will work wonders in every life, here and
hereafter, if acted upon and obeyed in faith and sincerity. It is God's
inspired revelation of the origin and destiny of all things, written in
the most simple human language possible so that the most unlearned can
understand and obey its teachings. It is self-interpreting and covers
every subject of human knowledge and need now and forever.
As a literary composition, the Bible is the most remarkable book ever
made. It is a divine library of 66 books, some of considerable size, and
others no larger than a tract. These books include various forms of
literature - history, biography, poetry, proverbial sayings, hymns,
letters, directions for elaborate ritualistic worship, laws, parables,
riddles, allegories, prophecy, drama, and others. They embrace all
manner of literary styles in human expression.
It is the book that 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 true, and
its decisions immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and
practice it to be holy. The Bible contains light to direct you, food to
support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the travelers map, the
pilgrims staff, the pilots compass, the soldier's 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, and the
glory of God its end. It should fill your memory, rule your heart, and
guide your feet in true righteousness and true holiness.
Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully, meditatively, searchingly,
devotionally, and study it constantly, perseveringly, and industriously.
Read it through and through until it becomes a part of your being and
generates faith that will move mountains.
The Bible is a mine of wealth, the source of health, and a world of
pleasure. It is given to you in this life, will be opened at the
judgment, and will stand forever. It involves the highest responsibility,
will reward the least to the greatest of labor, and will condemn all
who trifle with its sacred contents.