Sunday Considerations: Read the Word

Read the Word as a book made by God Himself. It is given “by divine inspiration” 2 Tim. iii.16. It is the library of the Holy Spirit. The prophets and apostles were but God’s amanuenses to write the law at his mouth. The Word is of divine original, and reveals the deep things of God to us. There is a sense of deity engraved in man’s heart, and is to be read in the book of the creatures; but who this God is, and the Trinity of persons in the Godhead, is infinitely, above the light of reason; only God Himself could make this known. Just so, for the incarnation of Christ; God and man hypostatically united in one person; the mystery of imputed righteousness; the doctrine of faith: what angel in heaven, who but God himself, could reveal these things to us? How this may provoke to diligence and seriousness in reading the Word which is divinely inspired. Other books may be written by holy men—but this book is inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Read the Word as a perfect rule of faith; it contains all things essential to salvation. “I adore the fullness of Scripture,” says Tertullian. The Word teaches us how to please God; how to order our lives in the world. It instructs us in all things that belong either to prudence or piety. How we should read the Word with care and reverence, when it contains a perfect model of piety and is “able to make us wise unto salvation” (2 Tim. 3:15)!1


  1. Watson, Thomas. The Christian Soldier, 1669.
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1 Steve Martin July 30, 2011 at 11:43 am

What exactly IS the Word?

Is it just Bible? Or is it more than that?

2 Mark July 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I believe Watson is referring to the Bible.

3 Steve Martin July 30, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Thanks, Mark.

I go to a church where the Word is the Bible, but not Bible only.

We believe that first and foremost it is Christ Himself. Then it is Christ proclaimed in preaching and teaching (law and gospel). Then Christ handed over freely in bread and wine and water (the Sacraments)…and then the Bible.

A little different take than many churches, maybe, but we think it is a better way to think about “the Word” rather than just Bible only.

4 Mark July 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm


I was answering based only upon the Watson excerpt I quoted. I will be posting more Watson from the same book in coming weeks. Watson also warns that we must listen to the preaching of the Word. So, less than full knowledge of Watson not withstanding, it seems he too would agree about Christ being the Word. I also agree and Scripture tells us the Christ is the Word. Again, this was just an excerpt and not a full exposition defining the ways in which the Word of God is to be understood. The quote wasn’t meant to define nor exclude what the Word of God is.

Thanks for bringing up what others may be thinking in light of this quote.

5 Steve Martin July 30, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Thanks, Mark, for the clarification.

I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

– Steve

6 Siddharth Mishra August 2, 2011 at 9:21 am



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