Next to praying, there is nothing so important in practical religion as Bible-reading. By reading that Book, we may learn . . . what to believe, what to be, what to do, how to live with comfort, and how to die in peace. The Bible alone is “able to make a man wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15. It alone can . . . show you the way which leads to Heaven, teach you everything you need to know, point out everything you need to believe, and explain everything you need to do. It alone can show you . . . what you are–a sinner, what God is–perfectly holy, the great giver of pardon, peace, and grace–Jesus Christ. The Bible applied to the heart by the Holy Spirit, is the grand instrument by which souls are converted to God.
The Bible has wholly altered the course of men’s lives! It has caused their old things to pass away–and made all their ways new. It has taught worldly people–to seek first the kingdom of God. It has taught lovers of pleasure–to become lovers of God. It has changed the stream of men’s affections–to run upwards instead of running downwards. It has made men think of Heaven–instead of always thinking of earth.
It is in Scripture alone that infallibility resides. It is not in the Church. It is not in the Councils. It is not in ministers. It is only in the written Word. Everyone who cares for his soul ought . . . to treasure the Bible highly, to study.