Scripture Light the Most Sure Light

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Part of the The Authentic Text series:

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.”—2 Peter 1.19.

Scripture light is the most excellent, safe and sure light: it is the light of lights; the most excellent light of all under God in Christ. For;


It is a true light. There are many false lights in the world, but Scripture light is the true light. The proper work of light is to make manifest: “They will not come to the light (says our Saviour) lest their deeds be made manifest.” Now the light of the Scripture manifests things to us; it is by James compared to a looking-glass. When you look upon a looking-glass, you see three things, the glass, yourself, and all the other things, persons, stools or pictures that are in the room. So in looking in the Scripture, this great looking-glass, you see the truths that are therein contained concerning God and Christ. There is God seen especially, and Christ seen; there also you see yourself, and your own dirty face; there also you see the creatures that are in the room with you, and their emptiness; the emptiness of men, and of all comforts and relations. This is that manifesting light under Christ, that is true light indeed.

As it is a true light, so it is an admirable and wonderful light. For there are the wonderful things of God’s law; whereupon David prayed, “Open thou mine eyes, that I may see the wonderful things of thy law.” There is the light of Christ, who is called a marvellous light; and the more you look into the Scripture and know, the more you will admire. In other subjects, the more you know, the less you admire; but in Scripture knowledge, the more light you have, and the more you know, the more you will lift up your hands and be surprised at your own ignorance and God’s grace. It is a most admirable light.

As it is an admirable light, so it is a safe and sure light. Other false lights lead men into fens and bogs; but we have a more sure and safe light, and the more of it falls upon your eye, the more is your eye preserved. It is not so with outward lights. Your eye is able to bear a moderate light; but if the light be vehement, your sense is not able to bear it, but is destroyed by it. Not so with this Scripture light, the stronger and more vehement it is, the more it perfects the eye of your soul; it is not destructive, but it is perfecting light. Upon which account Augustine prayed to God: O Lord, let thy Holy Scriptures be my delights, by which I can neither deceive nor be deceived. This is that safe and sure light indeed.

This Puritan classic on the sufficiency of Scripture includes the following chapters:

1. Revelations and Visions
2. Dreams and Voices
3. Impressions and Words
4. Light and Law Within
5. Experience
6. Providence
7. Human Reason


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