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I simply taught, preached, wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And then, while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my Philip and my Amsdorf, the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that never a prince or emperor did such damage to it. I did nothing. The Word did it all.

—Martin Luther

Quoted in Timothy George, Theology of the Reformers, 53, as quoted in Shawn Wright, “Luther’s Battle for Sola Scriptura,” Southern Seminary Magazine.

“The ‘Life-Fire’ of God’s Word — Charles H. Spurgeon (1834–1892),” Bible Mesh (Sep 15, 2017)

We don’t read the Bible regularly because we don’t understand how it works. We often think it’s all about us, and that opening Scripture is only useful when we think we need it. We don’t understand how amazing the Bible really is. …

Why don’t we read our Bibles? Because we forget that God’s Word is alive. Open the Bible not merely to be inspired, but to exult in the God who speaks.

Brandon D. Smith, “The Real Reason We Don’t Read Our Bibles,” The Gospel Coalition (Jul 10, 2017)

This is the final test of the Bible’s clarity: Can people read our lives and see the life of God in us? This is the perspicuity that God has given us in the Bible, a clarity that is meant to be readable in part through the unfinished lives of those who read and trust it.

Mark Labberton, “The Bible’s Clarity Should Be Evident in Our Lives,” Christianity Today

We Can’t Without It /

If we were given the Word so “that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work,” then we can’t teach disciples from all nations to observe all that Jesus has commanded without it (2 Tim 3:16–17, Matt 28:20).

Jonathan, “Your Calling Is to Proclaim the Word,” (May 19, 2015)

A book is alive when it reads you.

Conference Messages on “Scripture” /

I promised some of you these audio messages. K—— and I recently attended a Christian conference called New Attitude. It was saturated with grace. The theme this year was “Scripture” (“If the Bible really is God’s Word, then we’re called to delight in it and obey it”). Last year we attended with H—— before he left for East Asia.

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We recommend all the messages. Especially: “The Troubled Soul” about how to speak God’s Word to yourself (instead of listening to yourself); “William Tyndale,” about the man who was killed for translating the Bible for the first time into modern English (this is the legacy of your English Bible: translating it so that we could understand the gospel came at great cost!); and “Fighting for Faith with God’s Word,” full of practical ways to fight temptation with the Word as your sword.

K—— and I wanted to pass on to you what was an incredible gift to us.

Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart.

—Jeremiah 15:16