2 Timothy 3:14-15
But continue you in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing of whom you have learned them;…
I. THE OBLIGATIONS WE ARE UNDER TO APPLY OURSELVES TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
II. THE GREAT ADVANTAGE THAT WILL ATTEND THIS STUDY. III. THE PARTICULAR HAPPINESS OF AN EARLY EDUCATION IN THIS KNOWLEDGE.
IV. SOME RULES FOR DIRECTION IN THIS DUTY.
1. We must read the Scriptures frequently, because from hence we shall receive the greatest assistances in understanding them.
2. We must read them with attention. Without this, indeed, barely to run over the words of Scripture in a negligent, cursory manner, is a profane disregard to the Almighty Author, whose name they bear.
3. We must read them with reverence.
(1) By reverence I understand that humility of mind which is due from us to our great Creator, that submission and subjection of our hearts and understandings to His Divine will, which disposes us readily to comply with whatsoever He proposes to us, whether it concerns our faith or practice.
(2) But besides this reverence to God the author, there is a farther instance of our humility to be shown, in not being too hasty or peremptory of ourselves to determine the meaning and sense of the Holy Scriptures.
4. We must read them without prejudice. A fault we shall never avoid unless we observe the former rule, and approach those sacred oracles with reverence and humility, with an open heart, and a teachable disposition.
(J. Rogers, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;