A selection from a letter by J. C. Philpot to his sister, Miss Fanny Philpot, whom he had recommended certain books for reading. The letter was written October 16, 1839.
But, after all, the Word of God, under the teachings of the blessed Spirit, is the most profitable companion for a living soul. It is said of Jesus, “Then opened He their understandings that they might understand the Scriptures.” Blessed instruction is it when He that hath the key of David opens His own word, and opens our heart to receive it with heavenly unction and divine authority!
Letters and Memoir of Joseph Charles Philpot, first published in 1871, reprinted by Baker Book House, 1981, p. 132.