This book contains: the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the
doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.
Its doctrine is holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its
decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be saved, and
practice it to be holy.
It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the
soldier's sword, and the Christians's character. Here heaven is open, and the
gates of hell disclosed.
Christ is the grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God's end. It
should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet.
Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, health to
the soul, and a river of pleasure. It is given to you here in this life, will be
opened at the judgement, and is established forever.
It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and
condemn all who trifle with its contents.
"for this reason we also thank God, without ceasing, because you received the
word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but
as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you you
believe. I Thess. 2:13