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Is the Bible complete?

July 21, 2009

John Allan

Paul states in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” The phrase, “All scripture” is all inclusive of “all” the inspired words (or writings – Greek word: “graphe”) of God (cf. 2 Peter 1:20-21; John 6:63).

2 Peter 1:3 tells us that we have been given “all things” that pertain to life and godliness, “through the knowledge of him….” The “knowledge” of Christ (2 Peter 1:2) can be fully known by a study of both Old and New Testaments, which contain the totality of inspired scripture. Without a knowledge of the totality of the inspired scriptures, how could we have been given “all things” that pertain to life and godliness?

Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. (Psalm 119:160)

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! (Psalm 139:17)

Jude 1:3 tells us that the faith was “once for all delivered to the saints.” The meaning here is that the God’s truth has been “once” delivered for all time . It is a permanent delivery from God that will never be superseded, amended, or modified (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19; cf. Gal. 1:6-12).

Additionally, James 1:25 states, “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth [therein], he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” The word “perfect” in this passage is translated from the Greek word, “teleios” which signifies “having reached its end” (telos), “finished, complete, perfect.” In James 1:25, the word is “referring to the complete revelation of God’s will and ways, whether in the completed Scriptures or in the hearafter” (Vine’s, 1996, p. 466).

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 at 6:32 pm and is filed under Bible.

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