I was reading one of Charles Spurgeon’s sermons today, and came across this wonderful quote about the sufficiency of God’s Word. Spurgeon stated, “Believer! there is enough in the Bible for thee to live upon forever…if thou shouldst live till Christ should come upon the earth, there would be no necessity for the addition of a single word; if thou shouldst go down as deep as Jonah…there would be enough in the Bible to comfort thee without a supplementary sentence.”
Even with the somewhat dated way of speaking, I think the power of the quote is easy to see. We love things that are new and exciting, and I think we sometimes worry that God’s Word can’t possibly be sufficient for salvation and godliness for our whole lives. We go looking for newer and flashier ways of growing in the Lord, because on some level we struggle to believe that God’s Word as it is read, studied, and preached can possibly be sufficient for our growth in the Lord. However, the more we study God’s Word, the more we see that we will never outlive the sufficiency of the Scriptures. As Spurgeon so eloquently put it, even if we live until the return of Christ, there would not be the need for a single additional word in the Bible for our lives as Christians. We should be eternally grateful for the sufficiency of God’s Word, for in it are the words of eternal life, and godliness. We can rest easy that God’s Word will never outlive its usefulness and sufficiency in our lives.
-Pastor Nathan Hogan