Learn About God: and Yourself

“But he that looketh into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and so continueth, being not a hearer that forgetteth but a doer that worketh, this man shall be blessed in his doing (James 1:25).

The Bible is like an accurate mirror. Look into it and you cannot help discovering your own character. You will learn what you look like to the Lord. When the mirror is removed, if we are not careful to examine what we see in the perfect law of liberty, we’ll soon forget.

Looking into God’s perfect law of liberty can be either pleasant or unsettling. To look at the Bible and realize that what it teaches is what I believe and practice is the unspeakable comfort we get from Scripture (Rom. 15:4). “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee” (Isa. 26:3). With pious and righteous Simeon, as we near the end of the way, we can say with him: “Now lettest thou thy servant depart, Lord, According to thy word, in peace” (Luke 2:29).

On the other hand never learning how we appear to the Lord can be personally devastating. John wrote, “And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, lest his works should be reproved” (John 3:19-20).

It is so important to take time to investigate what the Bible teaches. Without God’s guiding light a person is fitted only for eternal ruin. “But he that doeth the truth cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, that they have been wrought in God” (John 3:20).

“The sinner acts from falsehood and error. The good man acts according to truth. The sinner believes a lie that God will not punish, or that there is no God, or that there is no eternity and no hell. The Christian believes all these, and acts as if they were true. This is the difference between a Christian and a sinner.” (Albert Barnes) — DRS

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