A strict, close, assiduous, diligent search!
"Search the Scriptures." John 5:39
The word here rendered "search" signifies a strict, close, assiduous, diligent search—such as men make when they are seeking gold, or hunters when they are in earnest after game. We must not rest content with having given a superficial reading to a chapter or two; but with the candle of the Spirit, we must deliberately seek out the depth of the Word.
Holy Scripture requires searching—much of it can only be learned by careful study.
There is milk for babes—but also meat for strong men.
The rabbis wisely say that a mountain of matter hangs upon every word of Scripture.
Tertullian exclaims, "I adore the fullness of the Scriptures."
No man who merely skims the book of God, can profit thereby.
We must dig and search until we obtain the hidden treasure.
The door of the Word only opens to the key of diligence!
The Scriptures claim searching. They are the writings of God, bearing His divine stamp and sanction—who shall dare to treat them with levity? He who despises them, despises the God who wrote them! God forbid that any of us should leave our dust-covered Bibles to become swift witnesses against us in the great day of account!
The Word of God will repay searching. God does not bid us sift a mountain of chaff with here and there a grain of wheat in it. The Bible is winnowed grain—we have but to open the granary door, and find it.
Scripture grows upon the sincere searcher. Under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, to the searching eye—it glows with God's splendor, like a vast temple paved with wrought gold, and roofed with rubies, emeralds, and all manner of precious gems.
Lastly, the Scriptures reveal Jesus, "The Scriptures point to Me!" No more powerful motive can be urged upon Bible readers than this—he who finds Jesus finds life, Heaven, all things. Happy he who, searching his Bible, discovers his Savior!
"If you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God!" Proverbs 2:4-5
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Thomas Brooks, "The Scriptures are sufficient!" Superb!
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