Why were the words of the Bible written?

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“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” John 20:30-31

Why was the Bible written? And, why does it not tell us of every miracle and word of Jesus?

Why was the Bible written? The apostle John answers that for us when he says: “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.”

The teaching and the miracles of Jesus recorded in the Bible are there for us to read that we might believe that Jesus truly is the promised Messiah, the very Son of God in human flesh come to be our Savior, and that believing we might have life eternal through His name.

The apostle Paul also encouraged Timothy to continue in “the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).

And, why does the Bible not tell us every miracle and include every word preached or taught by Jesus? John also answers that when he writes: “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, 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.” (John 21:25).

But the Bible provides us with enough witnessed accounts of Jesus’ life, His teaching, His miracles, His sufferings, His death and His resurrection that we might, by the gracious working of the Holy Spirit, come to know and believe in Jesus as our God and Savior. The Bible provides us with all that we need to know to be saved through faith in Christ Jesus and atoning sacrifice on the cross for the sins of the world.

God grant that we read and believe the witness of the Bible and place our faith in Christ Jesus and His sufferings, death and resurrection that we, too, might have life through His name. Amen.

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