“One feels, in our day, how little there is of simple reading of the Divine Word, and simple understanding of it, unwarped by system, or undiluted by speculation. Not that Scripture is left unstudied, but it is little studied for the simple end of learning the mind of God, and of having the way that leads to the kingdom traced out for our personal guidance…
…one goes to it for truth, but loses sight of the true One, thereby deceiving himself with the mere shadow or spectre of knowledge and religion. Another goes to it for the True One – a person, not an abstraction…”
The Last Days, Edward Irving (Edinburgh: J. A. Ballantyne, 1850), xxviii-xxx.
May our hearts, as both students of Scripture and followers of Christ, never neglect the simple reading of God’s precious Word for the intimacy of knowing the True One!