“We will not long preserve the gospel without the languages. The languages are the sheath in which this sword of the Spirit [Eph. 6: 17] is contained; they are the casket in which this jewel is enshrined; they are the vessel in which this wine is held; they are the larder in which this food is stored; and . . . they are the baskets in which are kept these loaves and fishes and fragments. If through our neglect we let the languages go (which God forbid!), we shall . . . lose the gospel.” —Quoted in Greek for Life: Strategies for Learning, Maintaining and Reviving New Testament Greek, Kindle loc. 243.
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