Spalatin was a friend of Luther. One day he addressed a Latin letter to Luther, asking him for the best method of Bible study. Luther answered, “Above all things it is positively certain that one cannot search into the Holy Scriptures by means of study, nor by means of the intellect. Therefore begin with prayer, that the Lord grant unto you the true understanding of His Word. There is no interpreter of the Word of God, except the author of the Word, God Himself.” Though this great man of God had written scores of comments, yea hundreds of them, on portions of the Bible, yet he said, “Scripture without any commentary is the sun from which all teachers receive light.”
We suppose one of the reasons of Bible criticism and Bible rejection is because the critics go to the Word of God without prayer. They come with their little knowledge of Greek or Hebrew, with their rules of logic and the findings of different schools of philosophy, and add a little psychology to it, to sit in judgment upon the infallible, inerrant Word of God. We are sure no destructive critic, no modern writer on “The Modern Meaning of the Bible,” ever prayed earnestly and perseveringly; “Open mine eyes that I may behold wonderful things out of Thy law.”
Man, created in the image of God, could hear, understand and converse with God. But fallen man cannot. His eyes are blind, his ears deaf, his spirit paralyzed concerning higher things. He has not only by nature become incapable of perceiving and understanding divine revelation, but the god of this world continually blinds his eyes and conceals him from the truth, juggles him into falsehood and error by the delusion that he is “like God” and can discern good and evil. As a judgement for such deceit God has hidden His truth from “the wise and the prudent.”
Christian, take your Bible and before you read and study its blessed pages, pray much; dependent on the great Author, the Holy Spirit. Tell the Lord Jesus of His promise, “He shall guide you into all truth;” then read, study, digest, do what the clean animals do — “chew the cud,” and your spiritual life will be continually enriched.
~Taken from Our Hope Magazine, 1936.
~Pray to the Lord for guidance. The Holy Spirit wrote the Bible and He will
lead you into all truth. He will help you to understand the Scriptures.
“The Bible differs from all other books in that it never wears out. Other books
are read and laid aside, but the Bible is a constant companion. No matter how
often we read it or how familiar we become with it, some new truth is likely to
spring out at us from its pages whenever we open it, or some old truth will
impress us as it never did before. Every Christian can give illustrations
of this.” ~William Jennings Bryan