Scriptures – The living word of God that transforms

Note to the reader: These devotionals are from Evenings with Jesus – A series of devotional readings for the closet and the family. Taken from the late Reverend William Jay.

The Holy Scriptures – 2 Timothy 3:15

The Scriptures are a revelation from God, and are “able to make us wise unto salvation.” Let us therefore inquire what we owe to the Scriptures in a way of PRIVILEGE, and to do this let us view the advantages we derive from the Sacred Writings under seven aspects.

1. Inspired – “for holy men of old wrote as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (see 2 Peter 1:21, 21-KJV): 

Wise men, indeed, differ a little as to the mode of this inspiration; but this does not affect the reality nor the nature of the communications. All we meet with is acknowledged to be of divine origin; and of this we have internal evidence in the purity, in the dignity, and in the consistency of its contents; and we have external evidences in the numberless miracles openly performed in the presence of enemies who would have gladly denied them if they could. We have prophecies, many of which have been fulfilled, and others which are fulfilling in our own eye. And here we have something upon which we may rely, for our Saviour says, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (see Matthew 24:35, Luke 21:33 and Mark 13:31)

2. As preserved:

What immense multitudes of books have perished in the lumber of the world! Yet this book has been exposed to innumerable dangers peculiar to itself, from the malice of devils and the wickedness of men. The ark is in safe keeping, and the “gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (See Matthew 16:18)

3As translated:

How much do we owe to the translation of the Scriptures! What would the Scriptures be to many in their original languages? Only as a dark room filled with beautiful pictures, but none of them can be seen. They would be “a garden enclosed, a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.” (See, Song of Solomon 4:12) Now, every man can read in his own language “the wonderful works of God.” (see, Acts 2:11).

4. As printed:

A copy of the Scriptures transcribed would cost as much as a man’s labour during a lifetime. Now all may have a Bible, either for a trifling sum or by donation. Now, while one copy of the Scriptures could be written by the pen, a million may be printed by the press. (In our society, the Scriptures can be accessed online).

5. As expounded:

And how much we owe to many of those who have thus written! Calvin wrote his commentaries. It seems amazing that he should have succeeded so well, when we consider he had no one to follow. Yet he is seldom found to differ from those who followed him in the same course. What a glorious work is SCOTT’S! Perhaps for ministers, superior to any other. But oh, dear Henry, thou prince of all expositors, nothing can ever equal thy commentary for personal profit and pious use.

6. As preached:

We are far from undervaluing the reading of the Holy Scriptures; yet after all, generally speaking, “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the world of God.” (See, Romans 10:17). Nothing is capable of producing so much impression and event as a living address from man to man.

7. As experienced:

There are many who have the Scriptures in their houses, in their hands, and some of them in their mouths, but not in their hearts; but in others they are as “a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (See, John 4:14) The Gospel has come to them, not in word only, but in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance, and they have found these words to be “spirit and life.” (see, John 6:63 {6:63-70})