Many Other Things

Text: John 21:25

When John concluded his gospel, he indicated that there were “many other things” that Jesus did that were not recorded. There are a few lessons we can learn from this.

The Bible Is Concise

  • This is by design – not possible to include everything; ultimately, it would be counterproductive; much study is “wearying to the body” (Ecclesiastes 12:12); yet we are to “fear God and keep His commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13) and this is “not burdensome” (1 John 5:3)
  • Imagine what it would be like otherwise – if the Bible was not concise, we would be like the false teachers Paul warned Timothy about (2 Timothy 3:7), the Athenians (Acts 17:21), and Festus’ perception of Paul (Acts 26:24); all we would be able to do is learn
  • Learning is certainly important (Proverbs 1:5) – but we must do more than just learn; we must act (James 1:22)

The Bible Is Understandable

  • Why does the Bible contain what it does? – to produce belief (John 20:30-31); for something to be believed, it must first be understood
  • God revealed His word in a way that we can understand it (Ephesians 3:4) – we are commanded to understand it (Ephesians 5:17); some passages are more difficult (2 Peter 3:16), but all can be understood as we study them
  • Bible study is not reserved for the elites (1 Corinthians 1:26-27), it is for all (Mark 12:37) – Jesus warned about those who were highly educated (Mark 12:38); not that education is wrong/unimportant, but it can produce arrogance (1 Corinthians 8:1); arrogance hinders us from accepting God’s word (James 1:21)

The Bible Has Everything We Need

  • Again, why does the Bible contain what it does? – to produce belief (John 20:30-31); the teachings contained in it are sufficient to do this
  • God has given us everything we need through the knowledge of Christ (2 Peter 1:3) – if we needed anything else, God could have included it; but He didn’t
  • What if the Bible doesn’t answer some particular question that we have? – it is not necessary to reach our goal of obtaining “life in His name” (John 20:31); it is not necessary to fulfill our purpose to “fear God and keep His commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13); God has not told us everything we might wonder about (Deuteronomy 29:29); He has told us what we need

Conclusion

  • The Bible is concise, understandable, and complete
  • Because of this, we can study and learn God’s will so we can do what He would have us to do
  • We must approach God’s word with an open and honest heart, seeking to conform our lives to His will

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