God's Way Of Teaching
Some of us, even as Christians, have had no light
as to certain truths, until in the grace of God He was pleased
to remove the film from our eyes. And God does this ordinarily
by specific means; for it is not His way to enable persons to
take up the Bible and understand it independently of His provision
for the perfecting of the saints.
God teaches His children, but, in general, it is
through those He has given for the good of the church; and, though
never tied down to that order, He does not set aside the wise
and gracious arrangement that He has formed and will perpetuate
as long as the church endures.
Nourishment is ministered by joints and bands,
and thus all the body knit together increases with the increase
of God. What would enable us to do without one another is a thing
that God never gives or sanctions. Supposing a person were cast
upon a desert island, God would bless him in his solitary reading
of the Word with prayer; but, where there are other means and
opportunities, such as assembling ourselves together for instruction,
for reading the Scriptures, for public preaching, exhortation,
etc., to neglect or despise them is the will of man and not the
guidance of the Spirit.