I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD. What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath founded Zion, and the poor of his people shall trust in it.
~ Zephaniah 3:12, Isaiah 14:32
And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the LORD. And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God. ~ Zechariah 11:11, Zechariah 13:8-9
And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him. And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. ~ Matthew 9:9-13
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
~ 1 Corinthians 1:26-28
A Plain Book Designed for Plain People, by John Newton. This is from the Letters of John Newton.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
~ John 16:13
Psalm 25:14, The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant –not notionally, but experimentally. A few minutes of the Spirit’s teaching will furnish us with more real, useful and experimental knowledge — than toiling through whole folios of commentators and expositors! It will be our wisdom to deal less with the streams — and be more close in applying to the fountain-head. The Scripture itself, and the Spirit of God — are the best and the only sufficient expositors of Scripture. Whatever men have valuable in their writings — they got it from Scripture; and the Scripture is as open to us — as to any of them. There is nothing required but a teachable, humble spirit; and academic learning, as it is commonly called, is not necessary in order for this.
We learn more, and more effectually, by one minute’s communication with God through the medium of His written Word, than we could from an assembly of divines, or a library of books.
As a minister, I endeavour to avoid all panaceas, singularities, ‘hidden truths’ and ‘new discoveries’ in Scripture. I wish to advance nothing which I cannot maintain upon the authority of the Bible in our English language — which I deem sufficient to make us and our hearers wise unto salvation.
The New Testament is a plain book designed for plain people. The gospel is to be preached to the poor and simple, who are just as capable of receiving it as the educated — and in some sense more so. I therefore lay little stress upon any academic learning — which depends upon a knowledge of original Greek and Hebrew languages, or requires a larger degree of capacity and genius to be understood.
From a child, you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
~ 2 Timothy 3:15