No Need For More

I have been going through the first volume of Spurgeon’s sermons this year and recently read his excellent sermon on the Holy Spiirt as the Comforter of His people.

At one point, Pastor Spurgeon speaks of the sufficiency and the finality of inscripturated revelation.

I have heard many fanatical persons say the Holy Spirit revealed this and that to them. Now, that is very generally revealed nonsense. The Holy Ghost does not reveal anything fresh now. He brings old things to our remembrance. “He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have told you.” The canon of revelation is closed, there is no more to be added; God does not give a fresh revelation, but he rivets the old one. When it has been forgotten, and laid in the dusty chamber of our memory, he fetches it out and cleans the picture, but does not paint a new one. There are no new doctrines, but the old ones are often revived. It is not, I say, by any new revelation that the Spirit comforts. He does so by telling us old things over again; he brings a fresh lamp to manifest the treasures hidden in Scripture; he unlocks the strong chests in which the truth has long lain, and he points to secret chamber filled with untold riches; but he coins no more, for enough is done. Believer! there is enough in the Bible for thee to live upon forever. If thou shouldst outnumber the years of Methuselah, there would be no need for a fresh revelation; if thou shouldst live till Christ should come upon the earth, there would be no need for the addition of a single word; if thou shouldst go down as deep as Jonah, or even descend as David said he did into the belly of hell, still there would be enough in the Bible to comfort thee without a supplementary sentence. But Christ says, “He shall take of mine, and show it unto you.”

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2 responses to “No Need For More

  • robbie

    James Boice, another who, “being dead still speaks” concurs with Mr. Spurgeon when he wrote, “Our problem is in deciding whether the Bible is sufficient for the church’s life and work. We confess its authority, but we discount its ability to do what is necessary to draw unbelievers to Christ, enable us to grow in godliness, provide direction for our lives, and transform and revitalize society.” He then went on to argue that, “The sufficiency of Scripture is the urgent issue of the day which must be addressed”. May we as well take to heart the solemn charge given to Timothy, “By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you”.

  • RBC

    Amen, Robby…good stuff!

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