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A Library of One Book

By secretary | 10.25.17

If I turn around from my computer, I see a wall full of books — 25 shelves to be exact.  Some of these are biographies of great spiritual leaders, while others are sermon outlines.  There are commentaries, biblical encyclopedias, Greek word studies, classroom studies, counseling texts, topical studies, etc.  However, all of them in some way or another are pointing towards the only book that really matters — THE BIBLE.

 

Paul wrote Timothy, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”  The writings of preachers and scholars must never take the place of God’s book, and they must never tarnish the truths of God’s revelation.

 

In September of 1832, at the age of 61, the great novelist Sir Walter Scott was nearing death.  He asked his servant to bring him “the book.”  The servant replied, “Which one?  There are thousands of books in the library.”  Scott answered, “There is only one ‘The Book.’  Bring me the Bible.”  In life and death, it is the only book that has eternal significance.

 

Just before Solomon declared that the whole duty of man was to fear God and obey His teachings, he wrote these words, “But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body” (Eccl. 12:12).  The works of men are tools to expand our thinking; God’s writings are truths to shape our eternal destiny.

 


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