Then, in time, we should have our minds stored with holy thoughts, and when Satan approached, "the sword of the Spirit" would be ready to our hand.2. Parker, D.D. THE HOPE OF THE SCRIPTURES. And here we may observe that as books rise in the scale of excellence, they tend towards exhibiting a permanence and universality of interest. Nobody, of course, would ever expect to find the second sense in an uninspired book, however well written. ARE WE ANXIOUS ABOUT TEMPORAL AFFAIRS? And here we may observe that as books rise in the scale of excellence, they tend towards exhibiting a permanence and universality of interest. 3. There the soul that is weighed down by the burden of its sin, the heart that is broken learns how though its sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow. With judgment and discrimination. In one point of view patience is the effect of hope; in another it is a cause. Then, in time, we should have our minds stored with holy thoughts, and when Satan approached, "the sword of the Spirit" would be ready to our hand.2. ); a house not made with hands (2 Corinthians 5. They rise above the local and personal incidents of their production; they show qualities which address themselves to the minds and heart of the human race. He found the Hebrew canon just as we have it, and He treated it as an authority which was above discussion. Unless a book or a man be trustworthy, it is impossible to feel confidence in it or in him, and confidence is the very first condition of receiving instruction to any good purpose. This disposition will make us attentive, diligent, discriminating, thoughtful, and faithful.(D. THAT A SECOND OR DEEPER SENSE OF SCRIPTURE CONSTANTLY UNDERLIES THE PRIMARY LITERAL, SUPERFICIAL SENSE.1. The preceding verse, quoted from Psalm 69:9, would appear to be meant only of David; and yet the apostle was taught to consider them as also referring to Christ, of whom David was a type. "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine."6. There is "comfort in the Scriptures."1. Lyth, D.D. THE MEANS THROUGH WHICH WE MAY RETAIN AS WELL AS ATTAIN IT. He found the Hebrew canon just as we have it, and He treated it as an authority which was above discussion. )The Bible meets life's deepest necessitiesJ. Support of hope.Let us take one branch — the "comfort of the Scriptures." (4)They stimulate us to rejoice under tribulations, because they make us like the prophets of old.2. Could any moral human author ever have stood the test which the Old Testament has stood? ARE WE BURDENED WITH FEAR OF DEATH? Who can tell how many struggling souls have taken heart again as they pondered over the sweet stories of sorrow subdued which stud its pages, like stars in its firmament? But patience waits in quiet trust upon God for mysteries to be unfolded. )The Old TestamentCanon Liddon.The apostle's purpose in making the quotation of ver. Sayings that are handed on byword of mouth become altered; and so doubtless it would have been with God's words had He not caused them to be written, and then to be delivered to appointed guardians, charged to keep them inviolate. )The Old TestamentCanon Liddon.The apostle's purpose in making the quotation of ver. And this implies that we must read in a humble and teachable spirit; not approaching the Bible with our minds prejudiced, or that we may find some confirmation for our own theories and practices, but saying simply, "Lord, what wouldest Thou have me to do?"3. A people with a hope will purify themselves, and will in many other ways rise to a high and noble character. Benson. The Christian hope is an earnest desire after this, in consequence of a discovery of its great excellency, by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9, 10). (4)David, in many trials and under many reproaches, patiently waiting for the crown, and refusing to injure his persecutor. )The Old TestamentCanon Liddon.The apostle's purpose in making the quotation of ver. Prophecies such as Isaiah's of the virginal birth, and of the Man of Sorrows, or of Psalm 22 and 110, can properly be referred to no one else. The written word is conceived for the source of patient endurance which acts as well as suffers. In Macaulay's History, e.g., we read what he has to say about the events which he describes, and there is an end to it. And in like manner St. Paul teaches the Corinthians in his First Epistle to see in the Exodus and in the events which followed it, not a bare series of historical occurrences, but the fellowship of Christian privileges and of Christian failings.2. A school of patience.3. The Christian hope is an earnest desire after this, in consequence of a discovery of its great excellency, by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9, 10). Such as they inculcate. Thus in the Book of Deuteronomy, long addresses are ascribed to Moses, and Moses describes a series of events of which he claims to have been an eyewitness. The Holy Scriptures produce and ripen the noblest graces. (3) They procure for us the Holy Spirit, which removes the third hindrance — our depravity. This message is one of victory and salvation wherein Jesus Christ dies upon the cross for the salvation of all who believe and the redemption of the whole world. "(2) Put no forced construction on any part that will contradict other portions. All these three are to be sought from God.1. But patience waits in quiet trust upon God for mysteries to be unfolded. Such as they exhibit in examples. Lyth, D. D.In it —I. His great dramatic creations we feel are only the workmanship of a very shrewd human observer, with the limitation of a human polar of view, and with the restrictive moral authority which is all that the highest human genius can claim. All these call on us to be followers of them who, through faith and perseverance, inherit the promises. A people with a hope will purify themselves, and will in many other ways rise to a high and noble character. It sees them. (2)As being children and heirs (Romans 8:17). Many are so, like David (Psalm 51). Thus it is mentioned as a fruit of hope (1 Thessalonians 1:3) and as a cause of it (Romans 5:2).2. THE TRUSTWORTHINESS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.1. The Christian hope is an earnest desire after this, in consequence of a discovery of its great excellency, by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9, 10). WE FINN COMFORT FOR THE PRESENT.III. A lesson book of instruction.2. This difficulty Paul meets by laying down a broad principle which includes a great deal else besides. Those minute ritual directions of the law should bring before us first one and then another aspect of that to which assuredly they point — the redeeming worth of our Lord Jesus Christ.III. THE PROVISION GOD HAS MADE FOR OUR ATTAINING THIS HOPE IN GIVING US THE SCRIPTURES.1. The Bible does not make light of this, but rather reveals the greatness and number of our sins. (3)As being, in a measure at least, prepared for it, in proportion to our sanctification and recovery of God's image (Colossians 1:12). Parker, D. D.The best commentary upon the Bible is experience. "Whatsoever things," etc. This difficulty Paul meets by laying down a broad principle which includes a great deal else besides. This difficulty Paul meets by laying down a broad principle which includes a great deal else besides. We should read with the definite desire of hearing God's voice. (5) Above all, a patient endurance of afflictions, which are chastisements of our faults, trials of our grace, purifying fires; in this respect especially we have need of patience (Hebrews 10:36). If the dawn was so beautiful, what of the mid-day? Parker, D. D.The best commentary upon the Bible is experience. And then, if the prophecies of the Bible are true, all else which it contains, we may be sure, is true.3. ARE WE TROUBLED BY DIFFICULTIES OF CHRISTIAN LIFE AND CONFLICT? Unless there be such a thing as inspiration of inveracity we must choose between the authority of some of our modern critics and any belief in inspiration — nay, more, any belief in the permanent value of the Scriptures as source of Christian instruction. (3)Under brotherly burdens (Galatians 6:2). (Canon Liddon. (2) A patient progress through the various parts of Christian experience; we cannot step at once from our first awakening into glory. (1)The hope of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:8). 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