Let's Dig For The Gold!

If we wanted to only acquire a few nuggets of gold, we would use simple prospecting equipment, such as pans and shovels (see other types) However, if we wanted to find a greater quantity of gold, we would have to use heavy equipment, designed to dig much deeper into the earth’s core.

The same holds true for Bible study. If we want to find only a few gold nuggets of God’s truth (Psalm 19:7-10), we can just dig along the surface of it (what I call “surface study”). But if we are excited about retrieving the larger nuggets contained in God’s truth, we must be willing to dig deeper into the core of God’s word (Psalm 1:1-2). Perhaps even working at it during night time hours (burning a little midnight oil — Psalm 119:148; Psalm 63:1,6 NIV).

For example, in a recent article, I brought out the fact that Acts 15:11, does not teach that salvation is by grace alone. Even though we are definitely saved by grace, as this passage teaches, other components of salvation enter into the picture as well (Romans 1:16; cf. Mark 16:16; Acts 11:18; Acts 16:31; Acts 17:30; Acts 18:8; Romans 10:9). Thus, in order to successfully retrieve those other components of salvation (i.e., gold nuggets), we must be willing to dig deeper into a study of God’s word.

Beloved, as we study God’s word (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV, let’s be willing to earnestly “dig for the gold” contained therein (Psalm 1:1-2; cf. Joshua 1:8; Acts 17:11).

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets