Luke 16:19-31 – The sufficiency of scripture

This will be a very short post, but I wanted to talk about this. During my first quiet time today, I really enjoyed this story. You should go ahead and read the whole context, but I’ll briefly talk about verse 31:

He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”

This is very clear evidence of the sufficiency of scripture. We have everything we need in the word – the living word – and should not have to ask for visions, or wonders to strengthen our faith. Jesus also said: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”. This passage reminds of the pharisees that wanted to kill the resurrected Lazarus because he attracted too much attention in John 12. It was just as Jesus said: someone rose from the dead, yet they didn’t believe. I’ll even go further and say that we don’t need evidence of Jesus’ resurrection to believe in him. Thomas could have believed when the others told him that they had seen Jesus. We should strive to strengthen our faith through scripture – we won’t regret it!

Isn’t it  amazing how much we have been given through the Holy Spirit?