Bible study

"Do we think of, and rejoice in, our blessings more than in the Person in whom we have them? As to even our doctrinal blessings, there is a wonderful charm about them when they are new to us, and they sustain the soul for a certain time; but when the first joy of them passes away, a settling-down process commences. Every new bit of blessing may seem to put a new bit of life into us, but it gradually loses its lustre and power, and we become just ordinary Christians--we make very little progress."
 
"It is as we take the Lord Jesus by faith into the affections of our hearts that we make spiritual progress. It is as He occupies an enlarged place in our affections that we go on. The head may be filled with general theological information without producing one spark of heart-affection for the Lord Jesus, and the soul remains in a state of spiritual emaciation."
"Many have been misled by thinking that by reading the Bible you become like Christ: transformed; but you will find diligent students of the Word, who may never say anything incorrect in doctrine, yet who never seem to grow in grace and walk in reality."
 
"All blessings of this dispensation of grace are wrapped up in a Person, and, by means of the Word of God, we make spiritual progress as our hearts learn to find everything in Him--the Son of God who loves us and gave Himself for us." (C.A. Coates)

Harry Ironside was a great Bible teacher of a previous generation. As a young man he was privileged to meet a godly old man who had walked with the Lord for many years. The old man opened his Bible and turned to passage after passage, teaching Ironside truths he had not previously known or appreciated. So moved was the young man that soon tears of joy were trickling down his cheeks. "Where can I learn more?" he asked. "Is there a book that will explain these things to me? Is there a seminary that will teach them to me?"
 
 The old man replied. "I learned these things on my knees. I used to kneel for hours before an open Bible, asking the Spirit of God to reveal Christ to my soul and to open the Word to my heart. He taught me more on my knees than I ever could have learned from all the books or seminaries in the world."

2CO 5:14 For the love of Christ compels us...
 
"The love of Christ") is less likely to be objective ("our love for Christ") than subjective ("the love Christ showed"), though some commentators and grammarians believe that both senses are intended. Zerwick comments: "In interpreting the sacred text ... we must beware lest we sacrifice to clarity of meaning part of the fulness of the meaning." (Expositor's Bible Commentary)
 
"Learn to contemplate the truth in its true nature, simply, devoutly, and long at a time, that you may receive on your soul the impression which it is calculated to make. Avoid curious and abstruse speculations respecting things unrevealed, and do not indulge a spirit of controversy. Many lose the benefit of the good impression which the truth is calculated to make, because they do not view it simply in its own nature, but as related to some dispute, or as bearing on some other point. As when a man would receive the genuine impression which a beautiful landscape is adapted to make, he must not be turned aside by minute inquiries respecting the botanical character of the plants, the value of the timber, or the fertility of the soil; but he must place his mind in the attitude of receiving the impression which the combined view of the objects before him will naturally produce on the taste. In such cases the effect is not produced by any exertion of the intellect; all such active striving is unfavourable, except in bringing the mind to its proper state. When the impression is most perfect, we feel as if we were mere passive recipients of the effect. To this there is a striking analogy in the way in which the mind is impressed with divine truth. It is not the critic, the speculative or polemic theologian, who is most likely to receive the right impression, but the humble, simple-hearted, contemplative Christian. It is necessary to study the Scriptures critically, and to defend the truth against opposers; but the most learned critic and the most profound theologian must learn to sit at the feet of Jesus in the spirit of a child, or they are not likely to be edified by their studies." (Archibald Alexander)

"If, therefore, even with respect to creation, there are some things which belong only to God, and others which come within the range of our own knowledge, what ground is there for complaint, if, in regard to those things which we investigate in the Scriptures (which are throughout spiritual), we are able by the grace of God to explain some of them, while we must leave others in the hands of God, and that not only in the present world, but also in that which is to come, so that God should for ever teach, and man should for ever learn the things taught him by God? As the apostle has said on this point, that, when other things have been done away, then these three, 'faith, hope, and charity, shall endure.' For faith, which has respect to our Master, endures unchangeably, assuring us that there is but one true God, and that we should truly love Him for ever, seeing that He alone is our Father; while we hope ever to be receiving more and more from God, and to learn from Him, because He is good, and possesses boundless riches, a kingdom without end, and instruction that can never be exhausted." (Irenaeus)

A traveller in a wood espied a road
Which he discerned to be the Way of Truth.
Seeing it thickly overgrown with weeds,
"Ah!" said he, "I see no one has passed this way
In many a year."
On closer inspection, he perceived each blade
Was a singular sword.
"Well," said the traveller at length,
"Doubtless there are other ways."
 
- Unknown