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Wrapped Up in Scripture


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But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ

—Philippians 3:7–8

Continuing yesterday’s theme, if you would know Christ, you must find him wherein he is revealed, that is, in Scripture. Having found him there, meditate—think long, deeply, and prayerfully—on that revelation.

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Let the word of God be familiar to you. What is to be known of Christ is here to be learned, Col. iii. 16. Be much in reading the Scripture, it is Christ’s advice to the Jews, John v. 39, search daily, search diligently, search as for a treasure, as for the pearl of great price, here it is to be found. Those that are strangers to the Scripture will be strangers to Christ. You may as well see without light as know Christ without the knowledge of the Scripture. Follow the Lord’s advice to Israel, see how strictly, how punctually he enjoins this, Deut. vi. 6–9.

Be much in hearing the word. Christ is wrapped up in the Scripture, here the covering is unfolded and exposed to open view, here he is set as crucified, &c. It is the Lord’s ordinance, instituted for this end, to bring sinners to the knowledge of Christ, to open their eyes that they may see him, to unveil Christ that ye may behold him with open face. Whenever you read or hear, be sure to meditate; you must not think the Lord will work knowledge by a miracle, this is the means by which he makes it effectual, the knowledge of Christ will never be rooted in your souls without meditation.

—David Clarkson, The Excellent Knowledge of Christ, Works (Banner of Truth, 1988), 1:262.



Posted 2017·10·11 by David Kjos
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