Reflection on the Scriptures: A devotional by Jack Kettler
What are the Scriptures?
They are the Word of God. They reveal His thoughts, His will and purposes. God is the author and they rest on His authority.
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.” (Psalms 33:6, 11)
What are important characteristics of Scripture?
They are infallible, they are holy, they are powerful, they are complete, they are plain, and in them we find the ordained means of salvation.
“For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” (Romans 10:11)
“Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” (Isaiah 28:16)
Why should we search the Scriptures?
For the knowledge of God, for truth, to learn our responsibilities, for comfort, to learn how to advance in sanctification.
“For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
How should we search the Scriptures?
Reverently and submissively, with diligence and dependence on the Holy Spirit.
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11)
“Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39)
Some human observations:
“The Bible is worth all other books which have ever been printed.” - Patrick Henry
“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” - George Washington
“A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.” - John Calvin
In closing, may we always be able to say with the Psalmist: “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” ( Psalm 119:103, 105)
Mr. Kettler is an ordained Presbyterian Elder and the owner of http://www.Undergroundnotes.com where his theological, philosophical and political articles can be read.