Men of God and the Word of God
How different to cultivate love in the truth with those who know the truth, and are enamoured of it heartily and thoroughly; whose minds are steeped in it because they steep them; for, be it always borne in mind, that this is not a thing that comes by accident or depends upon temperament. A man’s natural capacity may have something to do with the success of his studies, but there is no man that will come at the love of the truth by accident.
It is quite a matter of business in one sense – a plain case of cause and effect. Here is the truth; here is the brain. If the one is put into the other, there will be a result; the mind will reflect the divine things contained in the Bible; but I know that if I don’t read this, I shall not come under the power of it; I shall have no idea of it, and think nothing of it.
If I apply my brain to mathematics, or devote my faculties to business, there will be a similar expenditure of brain power, but with a very different result -a better result in a temporal point of view it may be, but a very different result as regards tone of mind.
The views, motives, tastes, and hopes become very different under the two processes. The man having his eyes opened to what the bible reveals, may be very aptly compared to the man in the parable who discovers there is a pearl hid in a certain field, but he knows he cannot get it without digging. Spiritual-mindedness is in the Bible, but we cannot acquire it except by constant intercourse with the Bible
Ambassador of the Coming Age, May 1868