THE SEARCH OF THE STUDENT
We have not only the Spirit's commendation of the soundness of Truth, but His command for the study of the text: "Study to show thyself approved unto God
" (II Timothy 2:15). And there is indication of an examination to follow: "The word that I have spoken
," Jesus warned, "the same shall judge him in the last day
" (John 12:48). Jesus also said: "Search the scriptures
. . . they are they which testify of me
" (John 5:39).
The student is the searcher. To search is to study. To study means to "delve into" with the purpose of grasping, of knowing.
Of the writing of books there is no end.
The pen of man has produced an almost interminable expression:
- Of his impressions of Me in all its intricacies,
- Of nature in all its exquisiteness,
- Of creeds in their distinguishing diversities,
- Of philosophy in its studied deductions,
- Of science in its manifold technicalities,
- Of moral principles in their several fields,
- Of behavior in its displayed variations,
- Of facts and fancies in every conceivable form.
But the Book of God transcends all. It is to be desired above all.
THE FOCUS OF DIVINE REVELATION
God wrote only one Book of which we have knowledge. He took for His theme the Person of His only begotten Son.
In this Book He:
- Extols His virtues,
- Unfolds His perfections,
- Reveals His accomplishments,
- Presents His claims.
Here is the divine summation, "Christ is all
"! (Colossians 3:11).
- He is the sum total of all worthfulness.
- He is the sum total of all loveliness, for "he is altogether lovely
- He is the sum total of all power, for "all power in heaven and earth is given unto him
- He is the sum total of all peace, for "he is our peace . . . having made peace by the blood of his cross
- He is the sum total of salvation, for "neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved
From the first book of the Bible, in which Christ is the seed of the woman, to the last book in which He is exalted on the throne, Christ is all!
- He is all in creation, for "all things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made
" (John 1:3).
- He is all in life, for He "is our life
" (Colossians 3:4).
- He is all in knowledge, "in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge
" (Colossians 2:3).
- He is all in strength, for "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me
" (Philippians 4:13).
- He is all in joy, for "whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory
" (I Peter 1:8).
- He is all in comfort, for He promised, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you
" (John 14:18).
- He is all in hope, for "Christ in you,
[is] the hope of glory
" (Colossians 1:27).
- He is all in everlasting pleasure, for at His right hand "there are pleasures for evermore
" (Psalm 16:11).
This is something of the green pastures into which the Spirit leads the willing, believing heart and mind. Search the Scriptures!