18 November 2007

The Holy Scriptures

Today’s collect is one of my favorites, and I always use it before reading the Scriptures or teaching a Bible study:

O Blessed Lord God, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them; that by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ; who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

I believe it was Charles Wesley who said, “Bad men or devils would not have written the Bible, for it condemns them and their works. Good men or angels could not have written it, for in saying it was from God when it was but their own invention, they would have been guilty of falsehood, and thus could not have been good. The only remaining being who could have written it, is God--its real author.”