Knowledge of the Bible never comes by intuition.


Three times in Matthew 4:1-11 (our reading for today) Satan tempted Jesus. Three times his offer was refused, each time Jesus quoted  Scripture as the reason, “it is written.”

J. C. Ryle comments at Grace Gems:

Here is one among many reasons, why we ought to be diligent readers of our Bibles. The Word is the sword of the Spirit. We shall never fight a good fight, if we do not use it as our principal weapon. The Word is the lamp for our feet. We shall never keep the king’s highway to heaven, if we do not journey by its light. It may well be feared, that there is not enough Bible-reading among us. It is not sufficient to have the Book. We must actually read it, and pray over it ourselves. It will do us no good, if it only lies still in our houses. We must be actually familiar with its contents, and have its texts stored in our memories and minds. Knowledge of the Bible never comes by intuition. It can only be obtained by diligent, regular, daily, attentive, wakeful reading. Do we grudge the time and trouble this will cost us? If we do, we are not yet fit for the kingdom of God.

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2 thoughts on “Knowledge of the Bible never comes by intuition.

  1. I agree, but know also that it takes discipline to achieve the results you state. We have to make the reading and memorizing a priority. Also, thank you for reminding me that the word is a sword, and we can use it as weapon to fight evil.

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