Conservative Friend

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Quotations on Scripture from Scripture

  • “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17

  • “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received:  that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.”  1 Corinthians 15:3-5

  • “And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”  2 Peter 1:19-21

  • “There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.”  2 Peter 3:16

  • “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Isreal; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”  Jeremiah, 31:33

Quotations on Scripture from Friends

  • ”For though I read the Scriptures that spoke of Christ and of God, yet I knew him not but by revelation, as he who hath the key did open, and as the Father of life drew me to his Son by his spirit.”  George Fox, journal

  • “And if there was no scripture for our men’s and women’s meetings, Christ is sufficient...he is our rock and our foundation to build upon.”  George Fox, Works, VIII, 115, Epistle 320, quoted in George Fox’s Conception of the Church, by Lewis Benson

  • Christ has tasted death for every man, which knowledge we willingly confess to be very profitable and comfortable, but not absolutely needful unto such, from whom God himself hath withheld it.  An Apology for the True Christian Divinity, by Robert Barclay

  • “1st.  Can the Scriptures, or did they ever, save anyone without the spirit?

      2nd.  Is a person called to the work of the ministry by the Scriptures, or by the spirit of Jesus Christ?

      3rd.  Is a man brought under a concern to go from one place to another to preach the gospel, by the Scriptures, or by the constraining power of the spirit and love of Jesus Christ?”  Letters to a Friend, on some of the Primitive Doctrines of Christianity, by John Wilbur

  • “In the scriptures God has deemed it proper to give us a looking glass in which we can see the conditions and experiences of ancient believers.  There we find that our experience is analogous to theirs.  We may thus become more confirmed and comforted and strengthened in our hope of obtaining the same end.  Observing the providence that watched over them, and the snares which they encountered, and beholding the ways in which they were delivered, we may find ourselves directed toward salvation, and appropriately reproved, and instructed in righteousness.

    This is the great work of the scriptures, and their usefulness to us.  They find a respondent spark in us, and in that way we discern the stamp of God’s ways and his Spirit upon them.  We know this from the inward acquaintance we have with the same Spirit and with his work in our hearts.  The prophecies of the scriptures are also uplifting and of profit to us.  For the same Spirit gives us the insight by which we can fulfill them and be fulfilled.”  Barclay’s Apology in Modern English, Dean Freiday, ed., p. 59

  • “Secondly, God hath seen meet that herein we should, as in a looking-glass, see the conditions and experiences of the saints of old; that finding our experience answer to theirs, we might therefore be the more confirmed and comforted, and our hope of obtaining the same end strengthened; that observing the providences attending them, seeing the snares they were liable to, and beholding their deliverances, we may thereby be made wise unto salvation, and seasonably reproved and instructed in righteousness.  This is the great work of the Scriptures, and their service to us, that we may witness them fulfilled in us, and so discern the stamp of God’s spirit and ways upon them, by the inward acquaintance we have with the same Spirit and work in our hearts.  The prophecies of the Scriptures are also very comfortable and profitable unto us, as the same Spirit enlightens us to observe them fulfilled, and to be fulfilled...”  An Apology for the True Christian Divinity, p. 76, by Robert Barclay.

  • “IV.   However, this should not be understood as a claim that the other means of knowledge of God are useless and of no service to man.  This will be clear from what is said of the scriptures in the next proposition.  The question is not what may be profitable or helpful, but what is absolutely necessary.  Many things may contribute to the furtherance of a work without being the essential thing that makes the work go on.

    “In summary, what has been said amounts to stating that where true inward knowledge of God exists through the revelation of his Spirit, everything essential is there, and there is no absolute necessity for anything else.  But where the best, highest, and most profound knowledge exists without the revelation of his Spirit, there is nothing, so far as the great object of salvation is concerned.” An Apology for the True Christian Divinity, by Robert Barclay

  • “But my mind did not then know how to turn to, and dwell with that which gave me the savour; nor rightly to read what God did daily write in my heart; which sufficiently manifested itself to be of him, by its living virtue, and pure operation upon me.  But I looked upon the Scriptures to be my rule, and so would weigh the inward appearances of God to me by what was outwardly written; and durst not receive anything from God immediately, as it sprang from the fountain, but only in that mediate way.  Herein did I limit the Holy One of Israel, and exceedingly hurt my own soul, as I afterwards felt, and came to understand.  Yet the Lord was tender to me, and condescended exceedingly, opening Scriptures to me freshly every day, teaching and instructing, warming and comforting my heart thereby.”  The Light Within and Selected Writings, by Isaac Penington

Quotations on Scripture from Other Faith Traditions

  • “But the man who rejects the words of the Scriptures and follows the impulse of desire attains neither his perfection, nor joy, nor the Path Supreme.” The Bhagavad-Gita, 16:23, translated by Juan Mascaro.

  • “Let the Scriptures be therefore thy authority as to what  is right and what is not right.  Know the words of the Scriptures, and do in this life the work to be done.” The Bhagavad-Gita, 16:24, translated by Juan Mascaro.

  • “And We gave unto Moses the Scripture and the Criterion (of right and wrong), that ye might be led aright.”  The Meaning of the Glorious Koran, translated by Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall.

  • “And verily We gave unto Moses the Scripture and We caused a train of messengers to follow after him, and we gave unto Jesus, son of Mary, clear proofs (of Allah’s sovereignity), and we supported him with the Holy Spirit.  Is it ever so, that, when there cometh unto you a messenger (from Allah) with that which ye yourselves desire not, ye grow arrogant, and some ye disbelieve and some ye slay?”  The Meaning of the Glorious Koran, translated by Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall.

  • “Then We caused Our messengers to follow in their footsteps; and We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow, and gave him the Gospel, and placed compassion and mercy in the hearts of those who followed him.  But monasticism they invented--We ordained it not for them--only seeking Allah’s pleasure, and they observed it not with the right observance.  So We give those of them who believe their reward, but many of them are evil-livers.”  The Meaning of the Glorious Koran, 57:27, translated by Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall.

  • “And We caused Jesus, son of Mary, to follow in their footsteps [the Old Testament Prophets] confirming that which was (revealed) before him [the Torah], and We bestowed on him the Gospel wherein is guidance and a light, confirming that which was (revealed) before it in the Torah--a guidance and an admonition unto those who ward off (evil).”  The Meaning of the Glorious Koran, 5:46,  translated by Mohammed Marmaduke Pickthall.