Parts of the Bible may be hard to understand, but none, however unlearned, ever yet studied it, prayerfully and humbly, without finding that it built them up in faith and love. Edification. Prophecy. Thus it is mentioned as a fruit of hope (1 Thessalonians 1:3) and as a cause of it (Romans 5:2). Vernon. Parker, D. D.The best commentary upon the Bible is experience. The friend that will sit up all night when we are in pain and weariness is not a friend we can easily cast off. (3)They comfort us by their gentleness, certainty, fulness, graciousness, adaptation, personality, etc. Thus it is mentioned as a fruit of hope (1 Thessalonians 1:3) and as a cause of it (Romans 5:2).2. But patience waits in quiet trust upon God for mysteries to be unfolded. But it is a good thing also every day to read a few verses, that all day long we may have in our minds some word of God to rest upon. Clearly, if the apostle is to be believed, these books cannot be like any other similar collections of national laws, records, poems, and proverbs. (5)Not read too long a time. Many are so, like David (Psalm 51). .Patience, comfort, and hope from the Scriptures1. ARE WE BURDENED UNDER A SENSE OF SIN? But this is not true of the Old Testament Scriptures. As the Bible is the best book of private devotions, use it as such.5. Or if a striking prediction in Daniel 8 about Antiochus Epiphanes was really written after the event, the book in which it occurs is not a trustworthy book. Such as they inculcate. But this is not true of the Old Testament Scriptures. They furnish us with many and very bright examples (Hebrews 11:13, 16, 26). There is no flashing light on the surface of the mirror, but when it is turned full to the sun. (2)As being children and heirs (Romans 8:17). There is "comfort in the Scriptures."1. Sayings that are handed on byword of mouth become altered; and so doubtless it would have been with God's words had He not caused them to be written, and then to be delivered to appointed guardians, charged to keep them inviolate. Job's friends were wrong, and "God was wroth with them because they had not spoken the thing that was right. Hence we learn the vast importance of this hope; it is closely connected with the whole of religion. (3)We enjoy present blessing, and therefore hope.Let us hold constant fellowship with the God of patience and Consolation, who is also the God of hope; and let us rise from stage to stage of joy as the order of the words suggests.(C. We read the eleventh chapter of John, and are soothed by the sympathy there manifested.V. Help to patience.3. A solid foundation of hope.(J. (1) These seal the doctrine which informs us about, eternal life and the way to it, and so remove the first great hindrance to our hope — our ignorance, and unbelief. (2) Christianity is a warfare: if righteousness be a breastplate, etc., hope is a helmet; it defends the head, where any injury received would be peculiarly dangerous.II. (6) But the word here used also means enduring, persevering to the end. Certainly every trustworthy book is not inspired; but a book claiming inspiration ought at least to be trustworthy, and a literature which is said to be inspired for the instruction cf the world must not fall below the level which is required for the ordinary purposes of human intercourse.2. These two, the encouragement and perseverance produced by the right use of Scripture, will lead to hope. Did ever you find any other book like it in this respect?II. There must be in them some quality or qualities which warrant this lofty estimate. 5. Instruction.2. In all these respects patience must minister to hope, and be a cause of an increase and confirmation of it.3. E. And this implies that we must read in a humble and teachable spirit; not approaching the Bible with our minds prejudiced, or that we may find some confirmation for our own theories and practices, but saying simply, "Lord, what wouldest Thou have me to do?"3. Parker, D. D.)Patience, comfort, hopeJ. Download Add to Download Cart . The man who can stand up and say, "I have been in affliction, sorrow, darkness, weakness, poverty, and the Bible has proved itself to be a counsellor and light and guide and friend," is one of the best annotators the Bible ever had.(J. (1)The Holy Spirit, as the Comforter, uses them to that end. But patience waits in quiet trust upon God for mysteries to be unfolded. Impatience turns away in a rage from these and takes refuge in the dreary darkness of unbelief. And thus may we say of patience. But there is much which has a primary reference to some saint, or hero, or event of the day, which yet in its deeper significance points on to Him. It gives bright examples, too, of many who "out of weakness were made strong."III. Patience.3. HOW, THEN, SHOULD WE USE THE BIBLE SO AS TO PROVE THAT WE REALLY VALUE IT?1. Whatever is held by the heart is held longest. (3) They procure for us the Holy Spirit, which removes the third hindrance — our depravity. The answer, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims in this sermon on Romans 15:4, is found in… Read More. (1)We see what God has done for His people, and therefore hope. Thus the first Christians (Philippians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:4-8), and even pious Jews, expressed their desire (Psalm 17:15; Psalm 73:24).4. Did ever you find any other book like it in this respect?II. The three are closely connected. Nay, more, He went out of His way to sanction not a few portions of it which our modern scepticism too eagerly rejects. Beeby. Could any moral human author ever have stood the test which the Old Testament has stood? Only let us come to Him in whom is salvation, and then the last enemy is destroyed. Invitations to cast every care on Him who careth for us in the Scriptures also the veil over the future is uplifted, and the better and enduring inheritance exhibited.IV. Prophecies such as Isaiah's of the virginal birth, and of the Man of Sorrows, or of Psalm 22 and 110, can properly be referred to no one else. (Canon Liddon. Although we talk much about the blessing of an "open Bible," yet to a large number the Bible is kept like some rare treasure to be looked at, not used. Consider some of the truths which this statement seems to imply.I. Edification. The Bible does not make light of this, but rather reveals the greatness and number of our sins. (2)By revealing the design of God in our tribulations, and so sustaining the soul in steadfast resolve. If the psalmists could say all this, what can we say? And this it is which makes this Bible our Book. Parker, D. D.The best commentary upon the Bible is experience. Written for our learning.2. It summons us to diligence by the visions of the prize, and glimpses of the dread fate of the slothful, by all that is blessed in hope and terrible in foreboding, by appeals to an enlightened self-regard, and by authoritative commands to conscience, by the pattern of the Master, and by the tender motives of love to Him to which He Himself has given voice. This difficulty Paul meets by laying down a broad principle which includes a great deal else besides. (2)Enable us to meditate on them. (2)Enable us to meditate on them. His great dramatic creations we feel are only the workmanship of a very shrewd human observer, with the limitation of a human polar of view, and with the restrictive moral authority which is all that the highest human genius can claim. (2)By revealing the design of God in our tribulations, and so sustaining the soul in steadfast resolve. Parker, D. D.The best commentary upon the Bible is experience. But here is a Book which provides for human nature as a whole, which makes this profession with aa insight and faithfulness that does not belong to the most gifted. But it is a good thing also every day to read a few verses, that all day long we may have in our minds some word of God to rest upon. Our minds are diverted from second causes to "It is the Lord." Edification. ARE WE BURDENED UNDER A SENSE OF SIN? (4) Christ, as "the first-fruits of them that sleep," is our forerunner, giving us an example of immortality being destined for man.3. In the account in Genesis of Abraham's relations with Hagar, Sara, Ishmael, and Isaac, the apostle bids us see the Jewish and the Christian Covenants, and the spiritual slaves of the Mosaic law, and the enfranchised sons of the mother of us all. Certainly it gave him plenty of sea room.2. The Old Testament is not outworn; apostles learned from it. Unless a book or a man be trustworthy, it is impossible to feel confidence in it or in him, and confidence is the very first condition of receiving instruction to any good purpose. Dwelling on the letter of the narrative they missed its true and lasting but deeper import, the eternal witness that it bears to God's hatred of moral evil, and the duty of making war upon those passions which too easily erect their Jericho or their Ai within the Christian soul itself, and are only conquered by resolute perseverance and courage.3. E. Paul has found, and if we only put it to the proof we shall also find, that the simple exercise of simple faith fills the soul with "all joy and peace." Could any moral human author ever have stood the test which the Old Testament has stood? The apostle declares that the Old Testament Scriptures are meant to teach New Testament believers. The Christian hope is an earnest desire after this, in consequence of a discovery of its great excellency, by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9, 10). The slings and arrows that strike are no more flung blindly by an "outrageous fortune," but each bear an inscription, like the fabled bolts, which tells what hand drew the bow, and they come with His love. A book of which all this can be said the world will not willingly let die. Many of us have all our strength exhausted in mere endurance, and have let obvious duties slip from our hands, as if we had done all that we could do when we had forced ourselves to submit. But patience waits in quiet trust upon God for mysteries to be unfolded. "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine."6. But although David in it is describing his own troubles, a Jewish Christian would not have been surprised at St. Paul's applying the words to our Lord, for he would have known that some Jewish books already understood these words of the promised Messiah; but a convert from heathenism would have had many difficulties to get over in accepting this. THE BIBLE COMES TO US with three great powers, each of which is a guarantee of its truth, and should cause us to value it above all other books. Nobody, of course, would ever expect to find the second sense in an uninspired book, however well written. 26). Observe, again, how accurately the apostle defines for us the conditions on which Christian experience would be joyful and tranquil. (2)They urge us to think little of all transient things. Lancaster, M.A.There is much in this text as to the Scriptures.1. Things written aforetime were written for our time. A lesson book of instruction.2. Beeby. Hope. (1)Job under divers afflictions triumphantly patient. Although we talk much about the blessing of an "open Bible," yet to a large number the Bible is kept like some rare treasure to be looked at, not used. (1)Job under divers afflictions triumphantly patient. For a large part of it consists in sadly proving their spiritual state, and gazing at their failures and imperfections. Patience is not blind to the many dark problems in the history of the world and in human nature. Such a hope as they hold forth. (1)The Holy Spirit, as the Comforter, uses them to that end. Such a hope as they hold forth. (1)Job under divers afflictions triumphantly patient. Ah, what a rich store of that is to be found in the Scriptures of God! (4)They stimulate us to rejoice under tribulations, because they make us like the prophets of old.2. But here is a Book which provides for human nature as a whole, which makes this profession with aa insight and faithfulness that does not belong to the most gifted. Nobody, of course, would ever expect to find the second sense in an uninspired book, however well written. (2)Their own character adapts them to that end. It points to One who can be touched in our behalf, who is our Captain and Deliverer.3. Spurgeon. Dwelling on the letter of the narrative they missed its true and lasting but deeper import, the eternal witness that it bears to God's hatred of moral evil, and the duty of making war upon those passions which too easily erect their Jericho or their Ai within the Christian soul itself, and are only conquered by resolute perseverance and courage.3. ); a house not made with hands (2 Corinthians 5. Many a summer-holiday acquaintance we can well dismiss; but the friend that knows us, that sticketh closer than a brother, that is the same in winter and in summer, that is tenderer in affliction even than in joy, is a friend whose name will stand at the top, and will survive the going away of many whose affection was superficial, and whose relation to us, though ostentatious, was flimsy. ARE WE SUFFERING FROM BEREAVEMENT? Lyth, D. D.)The value and use of the BibleJ. Edification. (Canon Liddon. But patience waits in quiet trust upon God for mysteries to be unfolded. A school of patience.3. WE DERIVE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.(J. They all come from my Father, and they all come for my good. )The Bible meets life's deepest necessitiesJ. (4)The hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine."6. ); a house not made with hands (2 Corinthians 5. "By the deeds of the law no flesh living can be justified.'' We should read it every day. THE MEANS THROUGH WHICH WE MAY RETAIN AS WELL AS ATTAIN IT. No evil to be feared (Psalm 23), and from the Apocalypse gleams of glory to be seen.(J. )The Old TestamentCanon Liddon.The apostle's purpose in making the quotation of ver. Our minds are diverted from second causes to "It is the Lord." )The BibleJ. The preceding verse, quoted from Psalm 69:9, would appear to be meant only of David; and yet the apostle was taught to consider them as also referring to Christ, of whom David was a type. Nobody now expects to be instructed by the false Decretals. Thus it is mentioned as a fruit of hope (1 Thessalonians 1:3) and as a cause of it (Romans 5:2).2. He found the Hebrew canon just as we have it, and He treated it as an authority which was above discussion. (3) A patient exercise of all our Christian graces as occasions call them forth. "Through patience," etc.1. )The Holy Scriptures a source of comfortJ. Beeby.I. How many words of direction and encouragement meet us! (3)The hope of the resurrection of the dead (Acts 23:6). E. Vernon.Among the manifold changes and chances of this mortal life, there are three things which we all need, and which, the more we have, the happier we shall be. No evil to be feared (Psalm 23), and from the Apocalypse gleams of glory to be seen.(J. Lyth, D. D.In it —I. WE CONVERSE WITH THE PAST — acquiring lessons of —1. The man who can stand up and say, "I have been in affliction, sorrow, darkness, weakness, poverty, and the Bible has proved itself to be a counsellor and light and guide and friend," is one of the best annotators the Bible ever had.(J. THE MEANS THROUGH WHICH WE MAY RETAIN AS WELL AS ATTAIN IT. They promise victory (1 Corinthians 15. (1) These seal the doctrine which informs us about, eternal life and the way to it, and so remove the first great hindrance to our hope — our ignorance, and unbelief. As the Bible is the best book of private devotions, use it as such.5. Then, in time, we should have our minds stored with holy thoughts, and when Satan approached, "the sword of the Spirit" would be ready to our hand.2. (3)David strengthening himself in God. Patience finds difficulties in God's Word, mysteries too deep for human intellect. And let the Scripture directly minister to you perseverance as well as indirectly supply it through the encouragement which it gives. There is a good hope, a lively hope, the hope set before us in the gospel.2. 2. ); a prepared place (John 14). (4) Christ, as "the first-fruits of them that sleep," is our forerunner, giving us an example of immortality being destined for man.3. Lyth, D.D. Patience. Although we talk much about the blessing of an "open Bible," yet to a large number the Bible is kept like some rare treasure to be looked at, not used. Promises in the sermon on the mount, and lessons from the lilies and the fowls. Nobody, of course, would ever expect to find the second sense in an uninspired book, however well written. (1)By calling us to the holiness which involves trial. They furnish the seed and ground, as of faith, so of hope, in their doctrines, precepts, and promises, laying a foundation for faith, the root of hope, and showing us the way in which we may arrive at the object of it.4. On the other hand, what mischief impatience does! 3 was to bring about a more brotherly feeling between the two great divisions of the Roman Church (ver. If, then, these addresses and narratives were composed by some Jew, who lived many centuries after Moses, and imposed the book upon the conscience of the Jewish people as the work of Moses himself, such a representation is irreconcilable with the veracity of the book. (4)Our joyous experience is the best testimony to the consoling power of the Holy Scriptures.III. (3)David strengthening himself in God. (2)They urge us to think little of all transient things. It comes to us with the power of —1. (2)As being children and heirs (Romans 8:17). Many a summer-holiday acquaintance we can well dismiss; but the friend that knows us, that sticketh closer than a brother, that is the same in winter and in summer, that is tenderer in affliction even than in joy, is a friend whose name will stand at the top, and will survive the going away of many whose affection was superficial, and whose relation to us, though ostentatious, was flimsy. (2)As being children and heirs (Romans 8:17). His pattern life is best appreciated by comparing it with ancient heathen manners. Written for our learning.2. (3)The hope of the resurrection of the dead (Acts 23:6). (2)Abraham finding God his shield and exceeding great reward. Such a hope as they exhibit in the lives of saints. Throughout the Christian centuries the Old Testament has been a mine constantly worked, and far to-day from being exhausted. Beeby.I. Tradition. I. A solid foundation of hope.(J. But how shall this "patience have its perfect work" in us? Support of hope.Let us take one branch — the "comfort of the Scriptures." There the soul that is weighed down by the burden of its sin, the heart that is broken learns how though its sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow. In this verse the Holy Ghost sets His seal upon the Old Testament, and for ever enters His protest against all undervaluing of that sacred volume.4. Tradition. Thus it is mentioned as a fruit of hope (1 Thessalonians 1:3) and as a cause of it (Romans 5:2).2. "Through patience," etc.1. And the forgetfulness of that plain fact leads to many good people's religion being very much more gloomy and disturbed than God meant it to be. Beeby. (1)They bid us rise above fear (Psalm 46:1-3). But impatience scoffingly denies that there can be a God and a superintending Providence.2. (3) A patient exercise of all our Christian graces as occasions call them forth. "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine."6. HOW, THEN, SHOULD WE USE THE BIBLE SO AS TO PROVE THAT WE REALLY VALUE IT?1. Try to see Jesus there, and to realise the work that He accomplished and the example that He set.(J. (4)Hezekiah spreading his letter before the Lord. (3)They comfort us by their gentleness, certainty, fulness, graciousness, adaptation, personality, etc. (1)We see what God has done for His people, and therefore hope. 1). "Why should a psalm written by David, and referring to David's circumstances more than a thousand years before, be thus used to pourtray the life and character of Jesus?" A people with a hope will purify themselves, and will in many other ways rise to a high and noble character. They promise victory (1 Corinthians 15. Those minute ritual directions of the law should bring before us first one and then another aspect of that to which assuredly they point — the redeeming worth of our Lord Jesus Christ.III. Parker, D. D.)Patience, comfort, hopeJ. Such as they produce by their influence. It grieves over the slow progress of good, the seeming triumph of evil. The vision of the coming Kingdom is broad, wide, deep, and generous. It gives bright examples, too, of many who "out of weakness were made strong."III. But impatience scoffingly denies that there can be a God and a superintending Providence.2. This grace Scripture works in us through the encouragement which it ministers in manifold ways, and the result of both is hope. (1) The Christian life is a voyage, and hope an anchor (Hebrews 6:19), which we may not seem to want when wind and tide are for us; but when they are against us, it will be necessary to preserve us from losing the way we have made, from getting aground on the sand-banks of this world, from being dashed on the rocks of pride and self-confidence, or swallowed up in the whirlpools of despondency. We have seen that the bridge by which sorrow led to hope was perseverance and courage; in this second analysis of the origin of hope, joy and peace are the bridge by which faith passes over into it. They rise above the local and personal incidents of their production; they show qualities which address themselves to the minds and heart of the human race. (2)We believe the promises through the Word, and therefore hope. If the psalmists could say all this, what can we say? WE DERIVE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.(J. Attention. Lyth, D. D.)The value and use of the BibleJ. THAT A SECOND OR DEEPER SENSE OF SCRIPTURE CONSTANTLY UNDERLIES THE PRIMARY LITERAL, SUPERFICIAL SENSE.1. Then, the second step in this tracing of the origin of the hope which has the brighter source, is the consideration that the joy and peace which spring from faith, in their turn produce that confident anticipation of future and progressive good. It would be a poor aim to comfort only; but to encourage — to make strong in heart, resolved in will, and incapable of being crushed in spirit by any sorrows — that is a purpose worthy of the Book, and of the God who speaks through it. ); a prepared place (John 14). ARE WE ANXIOUS ABOUT TEMPORAL AFFAIRS? It has formed the larger part of the religious note-book of the Christian Church, it has shaped Christian hopes, largely governed Christian legislation, supplied the language for Christian prayer and praise; the noblest and the saintliest souls have fed their souls on it. It is a great error to think that the Bible is just another ancient book. There is still comfort in the Scriptures. )The BibleJ. It not only shows us in its narratives the working of sorrow and the power of faith, but it distinctly lays down the source and the purpose, the whence and the whither of all suffering. "Through patience," etc.1. The Bible does not make light of this, but rather reveals the greatness and number of our sins. (1)We see what God has done for His people, and therefore hope. WE FINN COMFORT FOR THE PRESENT.III. But as the subjects of this hope are already believers in Christ (Ephesians 1:3-7; Colossians 1:13), the attainment of these things is not properly the object of their hope, for these are already possessed; but a continuance of these blessings, together with guidance, protection, succour, and consolation in all difficulties and trials, timely deliverance from them, perfect holiness and meetness for heaven (Galatians 5:5), perseverance in grace, and, especially, eternal life (Titus 1:2), or the glory of God (1 Chronicles 5:2).3. A people with a hope will purify themselves, and will in many other ways rise to a high and noble character. Many a summer-holiday acquaintance we can well dismiss; but the friend that knows us, that sticketh closer than a brother, that is the same in winter and in summer, that is tenderer in affliction even than in joy, is a friend whose name will stand at the top, and will survive the going away of many whose affection was superficial, and whose relation to us, though ostentatious, was flimsy. ARE WE BURDENED UNDER A SENSE OF SIN? His great dramatic creations we feel are only the workmanship of a very shrewd human observer, with the limitation of a human polar of view, and with the restrictive moral authority which is all that the highest human genius can claim. (3) We must receive precepts and promises, commands and threatenings, however contrary to our passions.5. (1)The Holy Spirit, as the Comforter, uses them to that end. For Christians it will be enough to know that our Lord has set the seal of His infallible sanction on the whole of the Old Testament. The Christian hope is an earnest desire after this, in consequence of a discovery of its great excellency, by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9, 10). Consider some of the truths which this statement seems to imply.I. E. "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine."6. Hence we learn the vast importance of this hope; it is closely connected with the whole of religion. Prophecy. A well-spring of comfort.4. In the account in Genesis of Abraham's relations with Hagar, Sara, Ishmael, and Isaac, the apostle bids us see the Jewish and the Christian Covenants, and the spiritual slaves of the Mosaic law, and the enfranchised sons of the mother of us all. An appetite for food is an effect of health, and yet a cause of it; an inclination and ability to use exercise and be active is an effect of health, and yet a cause thereof. But how shall this "patience have its perfect work" in us? So much then for the genealogy of one form of the Christian hope. The three are closely connected. 3 was to bring about a more brotherly feeling between the two great divisions of the Roman Church (ver. (Canon Liddon. It will be readily allowed that spiritual and eternal, not carnal and temporal, things are the objects of a Christian's hope — viz., God and His salvation (Lamentations 3:26), or the privileges and blessings of the gospel.2. Patience.3. It grieves over the slow progress of good, the seeming triumph of evil. They furnish us with many and very bright examples (Hebrews 11:13, 16, 26).III. "(2) Put no forced construction on any part that will contradict other portions. A school of patience.3. And the ancient writings testify that men, in pleasing God and serving their day and generation, realized true satisfaction, an inward peace and joy indestructible. As to the respects in which patience is necessary, there must be —(1) A patient investigation and study of the Scriptures. Its genealogies, apparently so long and so dry, may remind us when we examine the names attentively of the awful responsibility which attaches to the transmission of the gift of life, of a type of character which we had ourselves perchance modified, to another, and, perhaps, a distant generation; or sometimes they suggest the care with which all that bears upon the human ancestry of our Lord and Saviour was treasured up in the records of the people of revelation. In one point of view patience is the effect of hope; in another it is a cause. )The Bible isJ. But as the subjects of this hope are already believers in Christ (Ephesians 1:3-7; Colossians 1:13), the attainment of these things is not properly the object of their hope, for these are already possessed; but a continuance of these blessings, together with guidance, protection, succour, and consolation in all difficulties and trials, timely deliverance from them, perfect holiness and meetness for heaven (Galatians 5:5), perseverance in grace, and, especially, eternal life (Titus 1:2), or the glory of God (1 Chronicles 5:2).3. ARE WE ANXIOUS ABOUT TEMPORAL AFFAIRS? There the afflicted learn that they are not suffering under the strokes of an angry God, but that "whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth." ARE WE SUFFERING FROM BEREAVEMENT? Invitations to cast every care on Him who careth for us in the Scriptures also the veil over the future is uplifted, and the better and enduring inheritance exhibited.IV. Thus the first Christians (Philippians 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:4-8), and even pious Jews, expressed their desire (Psalm 17:15; Psalm 73:24).4. They furnish the seed and ground, as of faith, so of hope, in their doctrines, precepts, and promises, laying a foundation for faith, the root of hope, and showing us the way in which we may arrive at the object of it.4. The man who can stand up and say, "I have been in affliction, sorrow, darkness, weakness, poverty, and the Bible has proved itself to be a counsellor and light and guide and friend," is one of the best annotators the Bible ever had.(J. Such as they produce by their influence. )Comfort of the ScripturesJ. (2)"The blessed hope, and the appearing of "our Lord" (Titus 2:13). The blessed hope, and be a cause in pain and weariness is not blind to SCRIPTURES.1. And rebellious nation encouragement is to be an authority which was above discussion thing hath happened for. 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