Is the Bible Enough?Note, this is part of a series on the Importance of the Word.
“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples,
which are not written in this book:
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of God; and that believing
ye might have life through his name.”
“And there are also many other things which Jesus did,According to these verses, there were "...many other things..." and "...many other signs..." which Jesus did, that God chose not to have recorded. He said and did many other things that were "real life" historical events, but God, in His infinite wisdom, chose not to have them recorded. Please notice again...
the which, if they should be written every one,
I suppose that even the world itself could not contain
the books that should be written. Amen.”
“...many other signs... which are not written in this book...”
“...many other things... if they should be written...”So, then:
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime
were written for our learning,
that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures
might have hope.”
“Now all these things happened unto them for examples1:
and they are written for our admonition,
upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
I Corinthians 10:11
The things that we have in the Bible were written for our learning and our admonition.
“The secret things belong unto the LORD our God:
but those things which are revealed
belong unto us and to our children for ever,
that we may do all the words of this law.”
According to this verse, God has allowed some things to remain "secret" and he has "revealed" certain things to man in order that man would respond in a positive way to them. This verse tells us that as we approach the Word of God, we should always ask Him what it is He would have us to do in response to His revelation to us. Remember, some things happened that were not written, some words were spoken that were not written, and some things were written but not included in our Bible. Therefore, the things that we read in the Bible are "revealed" for a purpose: that we might do, or act, or respond to what He is saying.
“According as his divine power hath given unto usFinally, this verse tells us that what we do have is "all things that pertain to life and godliness". Regardless of the need of our life, somewhere in the written word of God, there is some revelation of God that will give us what we need to live and live godly. Yes, some things happened that were never written, some words were spoken that were never written, and some things were written that we do not have access. However, please know that what we do have is more than sufficient because through the knowledge of God revealed there we have everything we need to live godly.
all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him
that hath called us into glory and virtue.”
II Peter 1:3
We have all that we need for life and godliness in the word of God.