“Yes, He is altogether lovely! This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend!” (Song of Songs 5:16)
“Worldly men imagine that there is true excellency and true happiness in those things which they are pursuing. They think that if they could but obtain them, that they would be happy. But when they obtain them, and cannot find happiness, they look for happiness in something else, and are still upon the futile pursuit.
But Christ Jesus has true excellency, and so great excellency that when they come to see it they look no further, but the mind rests there.”
– Jonathan Edwards
“The invitation of the Bible is not to dreary abstinence. It’s a call to find in God that which truly satisfies. It’s believing that we find lasting fulfillment, satisfaction, joy, and identity in knowing God and nowhere else. Whatever sin offers, God offers more, for God offers us himself. God isn’t just good, he’s better–better than everything else–and the true source of all joy.”
– Tim Chester, You Can Change, p.85
“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and searched the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11).
“The Greek word translated search signifies a strict, close, diligent, curious search–the kind men make when they are seeking gold, or hunters when they are in pursuit of game. We must not be content with giving a superficial glance to one or two chapters–but with the candle of the Spirit we must deliberately seek out the meaning of the Word. Holy Scripture requires searching–much of it can only be learned by careful study. There is milk for babies–but also meat for strong men. The rabbis wisely say that a mountain of matter hangs upon every word.
The person who merely skims the Book of God will not profit from it. We must dig and mine until we obtain the treasure! The door of the Word only opens to the key of diligence. The Scriptures demand to be searched. They are the writings of God, bearing the divine stamp and imprimatur–who shall dare to treat them casually? To despise them is to despise the God who wrote them. God forbid that any of us should allow our Bibles to become witnesses against us in the great day of account!
The Word of God will repay searching. God does not ask us to sift through a mountain of chaff with only here and there a grain of wheat in it–but filled with hidden treasures. Scripture grows upon the student. It is full of surprises. Under the teaching of the Holy Spirit, to the searching eye–it glows with splendor of revelation, like a vast temple paved with gold and roofed with rubies, emeralds, and all kinds of priceless gems!
Finally, the Scriptures reveal Jesus: ‘These very Scriptures testify about Me!’ (John 5:39; Luke 24:27). No more powerful motive can be urged upon Bible readers than this: He who finds Jesus finds life, Heaven, and all things. Happy are they who, in searching the Bible, discover their Savior!
– Charles Spurgeon
“Know that it is not the knowing, nor the talking, nor the reading man, but the doing man, that at last will be found the happiest man. ‘If you know these things, blessed and happy are you if you do them.’ ‘Not every man that saith, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father that is in heaven.’ (John 13:17; Matthew 7:21). Judas called Christ Lord, Lord, and yet betrayed him, and is gone to his place. Ah! how many Judases have we in these days, that kiss Christ, and yet betray Christ; that in their words profess him, but in their works deny him; that bow their knee to him, and yet in their hearts despise them; that call him Jesus, and yet will not obey him for their Lord.”
– Thomas Brooks, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, p.22