Francis Bacon, the first major English essayist wrote – “Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man. And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit: and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know that he doth not.”
My dad some times shared this quote with us from F. Bacon. Dad was an avid reader and I have plenty of examples of his penmanship as well from sermons, illustrations and anecdotes which he recorded during his lifetime.
I am grateful that we have the Word of God in written form. Not surprisingly, Paul, a thoroughly trained leader, pens many letters to churches and individuals. But consider John, the author of a 21 chapter gospel and 3 other smaller letters. What formal education did he have? Was he not described in Acts 4:13 (NIV) as “unschooled” and “ordinary?” God used this non-professional writer in an amazing way.
Consider just a few texts: (emphasis mine)
“Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But THESE ARE WRITTEN that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:30,31)
“This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who WROTE THEM DOWN. We know that his testimony is true.” (John 21:24)
“My dear children, I WRITE THIS to you so that you will not sin…..” (I John 2:1)
“I WRITE to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.” (I John 2:12)
Here we are almost two thousand years later still reading, still studying, still being taught as the same Holy Spirit who guided John to write, assists us to read and apply this amazing text!