About four years ago, I set a goal to REALLY study the bible (King James Version); searching out meanings when I was unsure, and reading notes and commentary and supplementary books to increase my understanding. I completed my goal tonight. (Well...I have gone cover to cover, but now I only know that I know nothing. I'm still standing under Niagra Falls trying to get a sip.)
I have learned that EVERYTHING written in the Old and New Testaments was placed there to lead us to Christ and to testify of his Atonement.
I am overcome by His great love for me! What a miracle that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind can be saved! I love him! I want to follow him! I want to be a witness of God, and to help others to find the peace and joy that only come from Him.
I am so thankful for the many, many, MANY that have sacrificed so that I might study these words.
How amazing that I can have such easy access to the word of God! I can't believe the time and insights and inspiration that has gone into the footnotes and definitions and commentaries. I can't imagine the anguish experienced by the early saints who gave their lives to share the good news.
And people like Martin Luther who struggled to bring forth truth when all was against him. I'm so thankful for modern revelation and the clarity and understanding that it provides! I'm grateful to know that when I don't understand, that I can ask and seek and the Holy Ghost will help me to find.
And, OK, I get it; there is no "finished". I'm gonna have to start all over and read it again and again, and each time I'll wonder where the heck I've been, and why I've never noticed _______ before. I'm a kid coming home from Kindergarten impressed with my own learning. There is more!!! Unbelievable.
Most of all, I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me. I know He lives! He is the only Way! I know that God lives and loves me and will never leave me. Christ will come again!