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Bible Reading

A Borland

Bible reading is essential to spiritual growth. Neglect of the Scriptures incurs immaturity in the knowledge of the things of God. Morality, in the widest connotation of the term, suffers, while lack of perception of the divine will is evident in a behaviour which betrays selfish ambition in some of its multifarious forms.

The strongest deterrent to evil is a mind well informed by the truth and spirit of the New Testament. Anaemic spiritual health is the precursor of numerous maladies that afflict the communities of the saints. Assembly life is the more vigilant where the members encourage themselves in the study of the Scriptures, but contrariwise, worldliness, and unscriptural practices invade the communal life when little concern exists for a true determination of the mind of God. Ecclesiastical behaviour and individual conduct ought to be fashioned by the discovery of the purpose of God as revealed in His Book. Departure from the divine pattern can usually be traced to an ignorance of, or disinclination to obedience to, the instruction clear to any who devote themselves to a study of Holy Writ.

All great movements recorded by in church history have been encouraged by the re-discovery of some truth obscured by ecclesiastical tradition. The Bible has gleamed with new light to some reader, whose force of witness has directed others into a pathway of recovery for God. That fact in itself is a potent witness to the inspiration of the Bible. Results of a similar nature follow such a declaration as Peter's on the day of Pentecost when he affirmed, "This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel" (Acts 2.16). Both plenary and verbal inspiration are part of the "creed" of this magazine. We believe, in spite of the dissent of modernism, that from Genesis to Revelation, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable" (2 Tim 3.16), and that, as originally given, every single word has a divine significance. Consequently, no study of the Bible can be complete which does not devote itself to an investigation of the shades of meaning conveyed by the use of different but allied words in the original tongues.

That the Holy Spirit did not create a new language medium for the conveying of Christian truth is readily admitted, for the words employed by the New Testament penmen formed the daily vocabulary of millions of the common people in the Greco-Roman world. However, even those who are not students of Greek may easily become acquainted, in degrees of more or less accuracy, with the various shades of meaning in Greek words by consulting a reliable concordance or lexicon.



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