Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.
When I was a young student, I breakfasted with Caesar Malan at Dr. John Brown's. When the doctor told him that I was a young student of divinity, he said to me, "Well, my young friend, see that you hold up the lamp of truth to let the people see. Hold it up and trim it well. But remember this: You must not dash the lamp in people's faces, that would not help them to see." How often have I remembered these words! They have often been of use to me.
Parallel VersesKJV: Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.