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of the highest education in life. It begins early and never ends. Young and old are alike learning the truths of righteousness. Timothy.
We are told in this Passage that Timothy, from infancy, was taught the sacred writings as they existed then. His grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice were also faithful, and Timothy came of those who studied the Scriptures. He is told to
abide in the things which he had learned.
The Bible is something else now, and Timothy studied a different collection of Scriptures. But the advice to you has the same worth and application as to him. The Good of it.
At school you study many books. They make you grow in knowledge. They add to your mind. Scholars are graduated from colleges. Their minds are shining with the knowledge obtained. But are they strong and complete in character? Have they studied how to be wise in good deeds, how to be skilful in virtue, how to be capable in manliness.
The Bible gives instruction in character-making. It shows us examples for warning as well as for imitation. We have seen in these lessons how the wicked have suffered, and we learned how God loveth the good man.
Some of the best stories to be found anywhere are in the Bible. The parables of Jesus are, many of them, stories. And what lessons they teach! I think it will not be long when young people will be ashamed not to answer questions on the Bible, as to the names of the characters, the different books, and many other subjects.
The Light of the World.
But greatest of all good to be obtained by reading the Bible is to know the life of Jesus. In the New Testament is his biography. His example is the light that shines over all the other portions. What he teaches about God, about man, about duty, about the future, we all need to know, and so become "wise unto salvation."
I think you will enjoy other books more, the more you know the Bible. Some great men have studied it for the beautiful, dignified language; such an one was Daniel Webster, and he owed much of his oratorical power to that study. Others go to it for comfort, and love to read about the Good
is to get life, and life more abundantly.
Stop one moment, and see that you understand this. Jesus said: I am come to bring life, and that more abundantly. How can a knowledge of the Bible give us life?
It helps us to faith, hope, and love, and these make life. Faith in God, hope for the future, love to man, are life giving. Religion.
But these and all others have a higher aim, which
Instruction in righteousness is religious instruction. For this the Sunday School and church-going. Give, then, to memory "great passages." Read often the best parts of the Gospels. Follow along the lives of the saints. Commit to memory fine poems. Love the best examples, honor the highest ideals, and you will be "furnished completely unto every good work."
HINTS FOR TEACHERS.
1. A review of all the lessons may be impossible; but I suggest such a glance backward as will show the continuous growth of religion, from the conditions in Genesis to the more spiritual forms in the New Testament.
2. Select certain types of character, and trace the biographical features in the Bible.
3. Impress the value of knowing what the Bible contains, and what it means. "Instruction in righteousness" is as necessary as instruction in arithmetic or history; more needful.
4. Picture the "complete" character. No one is complete who has not had religious education.
QUESTIONS FOR PUPILS.
Where did we begin our lessons? How many have we had? Can you give the names of the first book and the last book in the Bible? How many books are there in all? What is the object of "instruction in righteousness"? Can we get along without the Bible? Who was Timothy? Did he have the same Bible to read that we have? What does the Bible teach? What is the greatest thing in it? giving things does it help?
To what three life