“Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of GOD‘ (Matt. 4:4, Deut. 8:3).”
St. John of Damascus: “It is one and the same God Whom both the Old and the New Testament proclaim, Who is praised and glorified in the Trinity: ‘I am come,’ says the Lord, ‘not to destroy the law but to fulfil it’ (Mat 5:17). For He Himself worked out our salvation for which all Scripture and all mystery exists. And again, ‘Search the Scriptures for they are they that testify of Me’ (John 5:39). And the Apostle says, God, Who at various times and in diverse manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son (Heb 1:1, 2). Through the Holy Spirit, therefore, both the law and the prophets, the evangelists and apostles and pastors and teachers, spoke.
All Scripture, then, is given by inspiration of God and is also assuredly profitable (2 Tim 3:16). Therefore to search the Scriptures is a work most fair and most profitable for souls. For just as the tree planted by the channels of waters, so also the soul watered by the divine Scripture is enriched and gives fruit in its season (Ps 1:3), namely, orthodox belief, and is adorned with evergreen leafage, I mean, actions pleasing to God. For through the Holy Scriptures we are trained to action that is pleasing to God, and untroubled contemplation. For in these we find both exhortation to every virtue and dissuasion from every vice. If, therefore, we are lovers of learning, we shall also be learned in many things. For by care and toil and the grace of God the Giver, all things are accomplished. ‘For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened’ (Mat 7:8, Lk 11:10). Therefore let us knock at that very fair garden of the Scriptures, so fragrant and sweet and blooming, with its varied sounds of spiritual and divinely-inspired birds ringing all round our ears, laying hold of our hearts, comforting the mourner, pacifying the angry and filling him with joy everlasting: which sets our mind on the gold-gleaming, brilliant back of the divine dove [Holy Spirit], whose bright pinions (Ps 68:13, Lk 3:22) bear up to the only-begotten Son (Jn 15:26) and Heir of the Husbandman of that spiritual Vineyard (Matt 21:33-39) and bring us through Jesus to the Father of Lights (James 1:17). But let us not knock carelessly but rather zealously and constantly, lest knocking we grow weary. For thus it will be opened to us. If we read once or twice and do not understand what we read, let us not grow weary, but let us persist, let us talk much, let us inquire. For ask thy Father, he says, and He will show you: your elders and they will tell you (Deut. 32:7). For there is not in every man that knowledge (1 Cor 8:7). Let us draw of the fountain of the perennial garden and purest waters springing into life eternal (John 4:14). Here let us luxuriate, let us revel insatiate: for the Scriptures possess inexhaustible grace. But if we are able to pluck anything profitable from outside sources, there is nothing to forbid that. Let us become tried money-dealers, heaping up the true and pure gold and discarding the spurious (1 Thess. 5:21, 22). Let us keep the fairest sayings but let us throw to the dogs absurd gods and strange myths (1 Tim 1:3, 4)…. (St. John of Damascus (676-749 AD, Monk, Priest, Doctor of the Church) Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, Bk 4, Ch 17)
+St. John of Damascus, Pray for us +