To the Christian man, there can be nothing either more necessary or profitable, than the knowledge of Holy Scripture, forasmuch as in it is contained God’s true Word, setting forth His glory, and also man’s duty.
There is no truth nor doctrine, necessary for our justification and everlasting salvation, but that is, or may be, drawn out of that fountain and well of truth. Therefore as many as be desirous to enter into the right and perfect way unto God, must apply their minds to know Holy Scripture; without the which, they can neither sufficiently know God and His will, neither their office and duty.
As drink is pleasant to them that are thirsty, and meat to them that are hungry, so is the reading, hearing, searching and studying of Holy Scripture to them that be desirous to know God, or themselves, and to do His will.
“First of all, the evangelical is one who is entirely subservient to the Bible…. This is true of every evangelical. He is a man of one book; he starts with it; he submits himself to it; this is his authority.”—Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones (What Is an Evangelical?)The devotionals this month are taken from Cranmer’s “Edwardian Homilies” (1547), edited by Rev. Colin Mercer.