III. IT IS THE ULTIMATE STANDARD FOR REGULATING CONDUCT.
How can man be just with God? or how can he
be clean that is born of a woman? What must I do to be saved? Where is true and
lasting peace and rest to be found? Such are some of the inquiries made by
every honest and anxious soul. The reply is - Search the Scriptures: Look and
see. How shall I best employ my time and talents? How shall I discover what is
well-pleasing to my Maker? How am I to know what is the path of duty? And again
the answer is - What teaches the Word of God?
No one who possesses a copy of the Bible can
legitimately plead ignorance of God's will. The Scriptures leave us without
excuse. A lamp has been provided for our feet and the pathway of righteousness
is clearly marked out. A chart has been given to the sailors on time's sea, and
it is their own fault if they fail to arrive at the heavenly port. In the day
of judgment the Books will be opened and out of these Books men will be judge,
and one of these Books will be the Bible. In His written Word God has revealed
His mind, expressed His will, communicated His requirements; and woe to the man
or woman who takes not the necessary time to discover what these are.
If the Bible is the Word of God then -