Bible Begets New Life
born again . . . by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
1 Peter 1:23
In the Bible the will of God is revealed.
The truths of the Word of God are the utterances of the Most High. He who
makes these truths a part of his life becomes in every sense a new creature.
He is not given new mental powers, but the darkness that through ignorance
and sin has clouded the understanding is removed. The words, “A new
heart also will I give you,” mean, “A new mind will I give you.”
A change of heart is always attended by a clear conviction of Christian
duty, an understanding of truth. He who gives the Scriptures close, prayerful
attention will gain clear comprehension and sound judgment, as if in turning
to God he had reached a higher plane of intelligence.
The Bible contains the principles that lie
at the foundation of all true greatness, all true prosperity, whether for
the individual or for the nation. The nation that gives free room for the
circulation of the Scriptures opens the way for the minds of the people
to develop and expand. The reading of the Scriptures causes light to shine
into the darkness. As the Word of God is searched, life-giving truths are
found. In the lives of those who heed its teachings there will be an undercurrent
of happiness that will bless all with whom they are brought in contact.
have drawn water from these wells of life, yet there is no diminishing of
the supply. Thousands have set the Lord before them, and by beholding have
been changed into the same image. Their spirit burns within them as they
speak of His character, telling what Christ is to them and what they are
to Christ. . . . Thousands more may engage in the work of searching out
the mysteries of salvation. . . . Each fresh search will reveal something
more deeply interesting than has yet been unfolded.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 41, 42.