Quotes (792)

“When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.”  – 2 Timothy 4:13

We do not know what the books were about, and we can only form some guess as to what the parchments were.  Paul had a few books which were left, perhaps wrapped up in the cloak, and Timothy was to be careful to bring them.  Even an apostle must read. Some of our very ultra Calvinistic brethren think that a minister who reads books and studies his sermon must be a very deplorable specimen of a preacher.  A man who comes up into the pulpit, professes to take his text on the spot, and talks any quantity of nonsense, is the idol of many.  If he will speak without pre-meditation, or pretend to do so, and never produce what they call a dish of dead men’s brains – oh! that is the preacher.

How rebuked are they by the apostle! He is inspired, and yet he wants books!  He has been preaching at least for thirty years, and yet he wants books!  He had seen the Lord, and yet he wants books!  He had a wider experience than most men, and yet he wants books!  He had been caught up into the third heaven, and had heard things which it was unlawful for a men to utter, yet he wants books!  He had written the major part of the New Testament, and yet he wants books!

The apostle says to Timothy and so he says to every preacher, “Give thyself unto reading”.  The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted.  He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own.  Brethren, what is true of ministers is true of all our people.  You need to read.  Renounce as much as you will all light literature, but study as much as possible sound theological works, especially the Puritan writers, and expositions of the Bible. We are quite persuaded that the very best way for you to be spending your leisure, is to be either reading or praying.  You may get much instruction from books which afterwards you may use as a true weapon in your Lord and Master’s service.  Paul cries, “Bring the books” – join in the cry.

-C.H. Spurgeon

1834-1892

3 thoughts on “Quotes (792)

  1. I’ve known one professing Christian who claimed to read nothing but the Bible – many years ago. I was struck by that and pondered it for a long time, off and on. Certainly, so much of what I read is earthly – yet so much is of men sued by God who help me see Him and myself much more clearly. In the same way as Christian fellowship benefits the saint, so does thie “fellowship though reading” what other saints have learned of our Lord.

    This quote from Spurgeon has been good and godly counsel to me for a while. May the Lord encourage His children to read and understand.

  2. Any man who thinks that he has all of Scripture figured out without reading the words of men who studied the Scriptures their entire lives–that man is truly a fool, and is wise in his own conceit.

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