which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ Ephesians 1:8, 9
There is a spiritual light imparted to the soul by God, which is different from anything that is obtained by natural means. It gives us a true sense of the divine excellence of things revealed in the Word of God. It brings not only a belief that God is holy, but a sense of the loveliness of God’s holiness. The mind is able to dwell upon spiritual things with delight. Earnestly seek this spiritual light. It is the most excellent wisdom that any creature is capable of. It is more excellent than any human learning. The least glimpse of God’s glory in Christ exalts the soul. This knowledge is sweet and joyful. It gives a view of these things that are the most exquisitely beautiful. This spiritual light is the dawning of the light of glory in the heart. There is nothing so powerful as this, to support persons in affliction, and to give the mind peace I this stormy and dark world. This light effectually influences the will, and changes the nature of the soul. It assimilates our nature to the divine nature, and changes the soul into his image (2 Cor. 3:18). It weans us from the world, and raises our inclinations to heavenly things. It will turn the heart to God for its only portion. This light alone will bring the soul to a saving trust in Christ. It causes the heart to embrace the joyful tidings and acquiesce in the revelation of Christ as Saviour. It causes the soul to give itself up entirely to Christ. This light has its fruit in a universal holiness of life. No mere notional understanding will do this. This light reaches the bottom of the heart and changes the nature. It shows God as worthy to be obeyed and served. It draws forth the heart in a sincere love to God and it convinces us of the reality of those glorious rewards that God has promised to them that obey him.
Sinclair Ferguson has publicly stated that no one has had a greater spiritual impact on his life than William Still! William Still was the minister of Gilcomston South Church, Aberdeen, from 1945 to 1997. While his name may not feature in the official annals of the Church of Scotland, it is doubtful whether any other individual in his Church during the latter half of the twentieth century had such a profound or widespread influence. For over fifty years Mr. Still pioneered a single-minded commitment to expository preaching and congregational prayer which made Gilcomston a beacon of Reformed and evangelical Christianity in Scotland.
A man whose very life breathed the grace and love of God, no one who ever met him, received his counsel, or sat under his ministry, could have escaped the sheer Christlikeness of Mr. Still’s life. In the early days of his ministry he wrote: “There is no part of me, or of my life, that I will withhold from the work that God has called me to.”
It was one of the marks of his evident commitment to the service of Christ that he devoted himself to the pastoral care of his people, providing them with daily Bible reading notes that would feed their souls and prepare them for works of service. The “Notes”, which appeared in the monthly “Congregational Record,” soon became highly sought after across Scotland, the United Kingdom, and even to the far-flung corners of the world, increasing in many a love for and commitment to the Word of God.
Drawn from every book in the Bible, this selection, edited and arranged by David C. Searle, will take the reader through the year with William Still. These pages will explain what it means to live under the authority of Scripture, to exalt the glorious Person of Christ, and to rejoice in the wonder of the gospel.