The one, precious, all absorbing theme!

The one, precious, all absorbing theme!

from “The Precious Things of God” by Octavius Winslow

The Word of God must ever be transcendently

precious to the believer. The Bible is, from its

commencement to its close, a record of the

Lord Jesus. Around Him the divine and glorious

Word centers; all its wondrous types, prophecies,

and facts gather. His Promise and Foreshadowing,

His holy Incarnation, Nativity, and Baptism, His

Obedience and Passion, His Death, Burial, and

Resurrection, His Ascension to heaven, His Second

Coming to judge the world, are the grand and

touching, the sublime and tender, the priceless

and precious truths interwoven with the whole

texture of the Bible, to which the Two Witnesses

of Revelation, the Old and the New Testaments

bear their harmonious and solemn testimony.

Beloved, let this be the one and chief

object in your study of the Bible-

the knowledge of Jesus.

The Bible is not a history, a book of science,

or a poem; it is a record of Christ. Study it to

know more of Him, His nature, His love, His

work. With the magnanimous Paul, “count

all things but loss for the excellency of the

knowledge of Christ Jesus your Lord.”

Then will God’s Word become increasingly

precious to your soul, and its truths unfold.

In every page you will,

trace the history of Jesus,

see the glory of Jesus,

admire the work of Jesus,

learn the love of Jesus, and

hear the voice of Jesus.

The whole volume will be redolent of His

name, and luminous with His beauty.

Oh, what is the Bible to us apart from its

revelation of a Savior! Is there not great

danger of studying it merely intellectually

and scientifically, of reveling among its

literary beauties and its grandeur, blind

to its true value, and without any desire

to know that precious Savior who died for

sinners, that Divine Redeemer who

purchased the ransom of His Church

with His own blood; that Friend who

loves us; that Brother who sympathizes

with us, that enthroned High Priest who

intercedes for us within the veil?

Do we study the “Word of Christ” spiritually

and honestly, as those whose souls hunger

and thirst for this the bread and water of life?

Do we search it diligently and earnestly as

for hidden treasure; treasure beyond all price?

Can we say with David, “O how love I your

law! it is my meditation all the day.”

Do we read it with a child like mind, receive

it with a believing heart, bow to its teaching

with reverence of soul, and receive its

decisions in all questions of faith and

practice as decisive and ultimate?

In a word, do we search the Scriptures

humbly, prayerfully, depending upon the

guidance of the Spirit, to find Jesus in them?

Of these Scriptures He is the Alpha and the

Omega, the substance, the sweetness, the

glory, the one, precious, all absorbing theme.

Yes, Lord! Your word is precious to our souls,

because it reveals to us Your glory, and tells

us of Your love!

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