All We Need to Know

Read: John 20:30-31; Romans 11:33-36

But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:31 NRSV)

The Belgic Confession, one of the historic confessions of the church tradition to which I belong, says about the Bible “that everything one must believe in order to be saved” is sufficiently taught in it. Everything we need is right there. The Belgic Confession echoes John’s testimony concerning his own Gospel: “These are written so that you may come to believe.” John acknowledges that he could have included more if he had the space; however, his Gospel contains everything we need to know for salvation.

The Bible testifies elsewhere that the depths of God’s character, the mystery of God’s sovereignty, and the height of God’s knowledge cannot be completely realized. God is bigger, and better, and more than we can ever know. There are questions about God and life and faith worth asking that the Bible does not always answer, and at times when it does answer, we do not always have the capacity to comprehend what is written.

We may not know all we want to know, we may not have all of our questions answered, but we do know all we need to know for salvation. That is what John sets out for us in his Gospel: “These are written so that you may come to believe.”  —Jon Brown

As you pray, ask God to open your heart and your mind to him. Thank God for giving you everything you need to know and believe.

About the Author

Jon Brown

Jonathon Brown is the lead pastor of Pillar Church in Holland, MI. Jon loves preaching (recently publishing a book on the matter—“Missional Preaching with a Missionary Congregation: the Word in Worship for the World”) and loves walking with people through all of life’s circumstances. He loves to invite people to follow Jesus in community on mission. Jon and his beloved wife, Kristyn, are the proud parents of four daughters.