A Thought for the New Year:
“Christians should not always remain babes, but should grow in Christian knowledge; and leaving the food of babes, they should learn to digest strong meat.” Jonathan Edwards
There is much meat in this sermon, which is titled “The Importance and Advantage of a Thorough Knowledge of Divine Truth.”
Directions for the Acquisition of Christian Knowledge
1. Be assiduous [constant in application] in reading the Holy Scriptures. This is the fountain whence all knowledge in divinity [theology] must be derived. Therefore let not this treasure lie by you neglected.
2. Content not yourselves with only a cursory reading, without regarding the sense. This is an ill way of reading, to which, however, many accustom themselves all their days. When you read, observe what you read. Observe how things come in. Take notice of the drift of the discourse, and compare one scripture with another. For the Scripture, by the harmony of its different parts, casts great light upon itself.
3. Procure, and diligently use, other books which may help you to grow in this knowledge.
4. Improve conversation with others to this end.
5. Seek not to grow in knowledge chiefly for the sake of applause, and to enable you to dispute with others, but seek it for the benefit of your souls, and in order to practice.
6. Seek to God, that he would direct you, and bless you, in this pursuit after knowledge.
7. Practice according to what knowledge you have. This will be the way to know more.