28. Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.
This should be the resolve of every serious student of Scripture. I’m also reminded of a passage in Spurgeon’s Lectures To My Students: “To understand the Bible should be our ambition; we should be familiar with it, as the housewife with her needle, the merchant with his ledger, the mariner with his ships.” This is reminiscent of another quote from Spurgeon here.
Again, Edwards’ goal is to grow in the knowledge of the Scriptures. This Edwards wanted to be certain of. He wanted to plainly perceive this growth. Apparently Edwards had some means to measure his growth in his knowledge of the Scriptures.
Perhaps the following from John Piper, on how seriously Edwards was devoted to his Resolution #28, may serve as a strong impetus:
“He had taken a big Bible apart page by page and inserted a blank sheet of paper between each page and resewn the book together. Then he drew a line down the center of each blank page in order to make two columns for notes. On page after page in the remotest parts of Scripture there were extensive notes and reflections in his tiny almost illegible handwriting. (source)
Perhaps Edwards had texts like 2 Timothy 2:15 and 2 Peter 3:18 in mind, when he wrote Resolution 28.