“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5)
My friends, you do not need these letters, you do not need books written by men called by God to do so, you do not need the Sunday morning sermon, the fellowship of the saints, messages and videos on social media sites, all these are additions to the one thing you do need, the Word of God.
It is not to say that those who have been called to these tasks by the Living God are to be passed over, if you have tested the Spirits, if you find the truths of the Scriptures expounded upon properly by those who have been called to do so, then adhere to what is written and offered, but do not make them your ministry, nothing should replace the words given to us by God Himself, the Bible.
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matt. 24:35)
Will these letters I am led, even compelled to write, last as long, will Spurgeon’s, Tozier’s, Watts or any of the other untold number of men and women’s words be found intact thousands of years from now? Is there a massive library in our eternal celestial home, a place where the Scriptures hold the prominent place, surrounded by volumes of pages and books that were meant to glorify the Living God, to encourage the brethren, to convict those who read and heard to serve with greater fervency?
Study to show yourself approved, hide His Word in your heart, make it the only lamp and light that you digest all other manuscripts with.
“She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.” (Prov. 8:3)
The first blessing of wisdom, in my humble opinion, is Spiritual discernment concerning the Word of God, and I believe 1st Corinthians 2:14 is the proof of this.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
It is possible to read and hear the truths of the Scriptures without understanding those truths, for only the Holy Spirit can reveal them to a man. No one can understand the Word of God without the wisdom of God, and the first portion of wisdom is Spiritual discernment.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (Prov. 4:7)
Knowledge is the acceptance of the truths of the Scriptures Spiritually discerned by the one who has prayed for and received wisdom, knowledge reveals our faith in the acceptance of those truths.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
If you are praying for wisdom then you are praying for the Living God to reveal Himself to you, if you are praying for wisdom, you are compelled and driven to read His Word, that is how we seek His face.
These letters are an addendum, an addition in a sense, they are a feeble attempt to assist those that read them not to continue to do so, but to draw you closer to Christ and His Word, His will in your life. As the four gospels vary in the pattern of their writings, as the men’s lives varied, yet are cohesive in the offering, so are these letters, my life in Christ is on display. I am nothing more than an example.
“Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.” (John 21:22)
Pray for wisdom, for the glory of God, pray for wisdom, so that you can lift up His name confidently, without fear or embarrassment to all you meet. Pray for wisdom, so that you can rightly divide the Word of truth. Test the spirits, test these letters, ask the Lord to help you to remember what you find of Him in them, and to discard that which does not.