John Frame on the danger of hearing/studying the word of God “merely as an academic exercise”

So the word of God is powerful both in judgment and in blessing. These are the twin covenant sanctions. In the covenant, the Lord promises blessing to the obedient, judgment to the disobedient (Deut. 27-28). So the commandments of God have a double edge; they can be blessing (Ex. 20:12) or curse (v. 7). Obedience to God’s commands is the path of life (Lev. 18:5; Deut. 8:5; Pss. 19; 119:25, 50), but the commandments themselves can give opportunity for sin (Rom. 7:7-25)…

The power of the word brings wonderful blessings to those who hear in faith, with a disposition to obey. But it hardens those who hear it with indifference, resistance, rebellion. In considering this biblical teaching, I often warn my seminary students to pay heed to what God is telling us here. For seminarians typically spend two or more years intensively studying Scripture. It is so important that they hear in faith, lest the word actually harden their hearts and become a fire of judgment to them. God’s Word never leaves us the same. We hear it for better or worse. So we should never hear or read God’s Word merely as an academic exercise. We must ask God to open our hearts, that the Word may be written on them as well as in our heads.

John Frame, The Doctrine of the Word of God, p. 52

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A beggar trying to tell other beggars were the Bread is.
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