Steps to Christ
by Ellen G. White
Chapter 10: A Knowledge of God
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Fill the whole heart with the words of God. They
are the living water, quenching your burning thirst.
They are the living bread from heaven. Jesus declares,
"Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink
His blood, ye have no life in you." And He explains
Himself by saying, "The words that I speak unto you,
they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:53, 63. Our
bodies are built up from what we eat and drink; and
as in the natural economy, so in the spiritual economy:
it is what we meditate upon that will give tone and
strength to our spiritual nature.
The theme of redemption is one that the angels
desire to look into; it will be the science and the song
of the redeemed throughout the ceaseless ages of [p. 89] eternity. Is it not worthy of careful thought and
study now? The infinite mercy and love of Jesus,
the sacrifice made in our behalf, call for the most
serious and solemn reflection. We should dwell upon
the character of our dear Redeemer and Intercessor.
We should meditate upon the mission of Him who
came to save His people from their sins. As we thus
contemplate heavenly themes, our faith and love will
grow stronger, and our prayers will be more and
more acceptable to God, because they will be more
and more mixed with faith and love. They will be
intelligent and fervent. There will be more constant
confidence in Jesus, and a daily, living experience in
His power to save to the uttermost all that come unto
God by Him.
As we meditate upon the perfections of the Saviour,
we shall desire to be wholly transformed and
renewed in the image of His purity. There will be a
hungering and thirsting of soul to become like Him
whom we adore. The more our thoughts are upon
Christ, the more we shall speak of Him to others and
represent Him to the world.
The Bible was not written for the scholar alone;
on the contrary, it was designed for the common people.
The great truths necessary for salvation are made
as clear as noonday; and none will mistake and lose
their way except those who follow their own judgment
instead of the plainly revealed will of God.
We should not take the testimony of any man as
to what the Scriptures teach, but should study the
words of God for ourselves. If we allow others to
do our thinking, we shall have crippled energies and [p. 90] contracted abilities. The noble powers of the mind
may be so dwarfed by lack of exercise on themes
worthy of their concentration as to lose their ability
to grasp the deep meaning of the word of God. The
mind will enlarge if it is employed in tracing out the
relation of the subjects of the Bible, comparing scripture
with scripture and spiritual things with spiritual.
There is nothing more calculated to strengthen the
intellect than the study of the Scriptures. No other
book is so potent to elevate the thoughts, to give vigor
to the faculties, as the broad, ennobling truths of the
Bible. If God's word were studied as it should be, men
would have a breadth of mind, a nobility of character,
and a stability of purpose rarely seen in these times.
But there is but little benefit derived from a hasty
reading of the Scriptures. One may read the whole
Bible through and yet fail to see its beauty or comprehend
its deep and hidden meaning. One passage
studied until its significance is clear to the mind and
its relation to the plan of salvation is evident, is of
more value than the perusal of many chapters with
no definite purpose in view and no positive instruction
gained. Keep your Bible with you. As you have
opportunity, read it; fix the texts in your memory.
Even while you are walking the streets you may
read a passage and meditate upon it, thus fixing it
in the mind.
We cannot obtain wisdom without earnest attention
and prayerful study. Some portions of Scripture
are indeed too plain to be misunderstood, but
there are others whose meaning does not lie on the
surface to be seen at a glance. Scripture must be [p. 91] compared with scripture. There must be careful
research and prayerful reflection. And such study will
be richly repaid. As the miner discovers veins of
precious metal concealed beneath the surface of the
earth, so will he who perseveringly searches the word
of God as for hid treasure find truths of the greatest
value, which are concealed from the view of the careless
seeker. The words of inspiration, pondered in
the heart, will be as streams flowing from the fountain
Never should the Bible be studied without prayer.
Before opening its pages we should ask for the
enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, and it will be given.
When Nathanael came to Jesus, the Saviour exclaimed,
"Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!"
Nathanael said, "Whence knowest Thou me?" Jesus
answered, "Before that Philip called thee, when thou
wast under the fig tree, I saw thee." John 1:47, 48.
And Jesus will see us also in the secret places of
prayer if we will seek Him for light that we may
know what is truth. Angels from the world of light
will be with those who in humility of heart seek for
The Holy Spirit exalts and glorifies the Saviour.
It is His office to present Christ, the purity of His
righteousness, and the great salvation that we have
through Him. Jesus says, "He shall receive of Mine,
and shall show it unto you." John 16:14. The Spirit
of truth is the only effectual teacher of divine truth.
How must God esteem the human race, since He gave
His Son to die for them and appoints His Spirit to
be man's teacher and continual guide!
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