Once for all delivered to the saints.
2 Peter 1:3
We have all things that pertain to life & godliness
There is only ONE true gospel. To teach otherwise is to
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All scripture inspired...can make the man of God complete
Even under the Old Law they were not to add to God's word
Jesus condemned the Pharisees for making their traditions equal
with God's commands
Do not add to or take away from that which God has written.
There are many who believe that the Bible is inspired
but do not accept it as complete and without error. Numerous religious
bodies today have creed books other than the Bible that dictate what
their followers must believe. Some state the Bible is incomplete. Such
attitudes are a major contributor to the religious confusion that exists
today in our country and throughout the world. Let us consider
what the Bible states about it being complete and without error. If the
Bible is the inspired word of God (and it is), then whatever it says
about Godís word must be respected as true.
A number of passages speak of the completeness of
Jude 3 speaks of contending, "earnestly
for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints."
The expression "once for all" could properly be written, "one
time for all time". In other words, the text indicates that
there will be nothing else.
2 Peter 1:3 tells us, "as His divine
power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,
through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue...".
According to this verse, we now have all things we need for (eternal)
life and (how to live in) godliness.
Galatians 1:6-9. Paul wrote with great
concern to the churches of Galatia about the gospel. He wrote,
"I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you
in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not
another;" (Galatians 1:6-8) Clearly Paul
points out that there is only ONE gospel and at the time he wrote this
text, that gospel had been revealed. Note his warning concerning
accepting anything other than that gospel. He said, "But
even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you that
what you have received, let him be accursed." He was so
serious about this, that he repeated the warning of verse 8 again in
2 Timothy 3:16-17 speaks of all inspired
scripture being profitable and able to make the man of God "complete,
thoroughly equipped for every good work.". For this to be true,
we must have the completed word of God. And we do!
Under the old law, they Israelites were given this
warning in a straight forward manner, "Whatever I command you,
be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from
it." (Deut 12:32). Solomon, speaking with wisdom from
God said, "Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you
be found a liar." (Prov.30:6).
Matthew 15:3-9. When Jesus was confronted by the
Jews about refusing to follow their traditions, He rebuked them saying, "Why
do you transgress the commandment of God because of your
tradition.?" (Matthew 15:3) After giving an example of
their hypocrisy, He then states, "...Thus you have made the
commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites, Well did
Isaiah prophecy about you saying: ĎThese people draw near to Me with
their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from
Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrine the commandments
of men." (Mt. 15:6-9) Jesus was condemning adding to
Revelation 22:18-19. The book of Revelation
concludes with these words, "For I testify to everyone who hears
the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things,
God will ad to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if
anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall
take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from
the things that are written in this book." (Revelation
22:18-19). While John had specifically in mind the book of
Revelation, the principle portrays the attitude of God and it concurs
with the numerous other passages we have noted on this point. Therefore,
let us take these warnings seriously.
Thus we can see that the Bible IS complete, and the
only source we need for our salvation.
What about creed books? Many religions have
creeds that they tell you are as necessary as the Bible to be a part of
their church. If a church has a creed book other than the Bible, it is
not the true church. We have seen that what we have is inspired and
complete. If that is true than we need nothing else. If a book says more
than the Bible says, it says too much. If it omits portions of Godís
word, then it does not say enough. If it says the same thing as the
Bible then it is not needed in the first place. Again, consider the
warnings mentioned above. They certainly apply in this instance.