As a student as Princeton Theological Seminary more than 50 years ago, I sat enthralled day after day at the feet of one of my professors, Dr. Howard Tillman Kuist.
Dr. Kuist was one of the most outstanding Bible teachers I have ever known, and I have known many. He developed the Kuist Bible Study methods. He was also one of the most godly men I have ever known.
Dr. Kuist would begin his lectures with prayer. He would then begin, for example, to exegete the Gospel of Luke. Day after day he opened up to us the treasure house of God's Word, revealing meanings and nuances that most people miss in their study of the Bible.
The Bible is like that, you know. Much can be gleaned from a surface reading, but there are hidden treasures there for the serious seeker -- one who is willing to search out the deeper meanings in the original Hebrew and Greek texts, and from the historical and cultural contexts, which often shed light on the surface texts.
In writing to his son in A.D. 412, St. Augustine wrote: "Such is the depth of the Christian Scriptures that if even I were attempting to study them and nothing else from early boyhood to decrepit old age, with the utmost leisure, the most unwearied zeal, and talents greater than I have, I would still daily be making progress in discovering their treasures."
The brilliant Sir Isaac Newton, called "the Father of Modern Science," may have had the highest I.Q. of any person in history. Unknown to most, he was a Bible scholar and avid student, fluent in ancient languages, and he translated directly from the Hebrew. He was unusually drawn to the prophet Daniel, which he began studying at age 12 and continued until he died at age 85. In fact, The Columbia History of the World, a secular history book, remarks, "At the end of his days he spent more time studying and writing about the prophecies in the Book of Daniel than he did in charting the heavens."
I say all this to stimulate your own interest in digging deeper into this treasure chest of truth we call the Bible.
Thank God for dedicated teachers such as Dr. Kuist who help us in our journey. I found myself so inspired listening to him as he took us deeper and deeper into the spiritual realm, I felt as though I truly had a visit with our Lord Jesus Christ himself. Here was a man of God who had studied to show himself approved, a workman rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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