And There are Also Many Other Things…
There is a misconception that if an experience or event it is not found in the Bible then it cannot be of God. However, as we see from the scripture above, Jesus did many other things that were not written in the scriptures.
When God writes about a certain event everything He says is true. Also, God cuts through the fog of circumstances and people to present the truth of what really happened. However, our Lord does not speak everything that happened for that would not be possible to do and still allow us to hold the Bible in two hands. Also, God has been dealing with all the world since the beginning of time and not just with the nation of Israel. True, Israel are His chosen people, but God still deals with those who are not of the seed of Abraham. Our Father just does not record such dealings except in relation to His Holy people.
For instance, approximately 1600 years of pre-flood history is summed up in the first few chapters of the book of Genesis. This is like condensing the the history of the world from the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine to present day in a book the size of a small pamphlet. lots of things happened during that time. Many people lived and died before Noah ever set foot in the Ark. Yet God has only chosen to tell about a very small portion of it summing the entire history of the world up until that point by saying,
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
The point of this essay is to help us to see that God is more than what is written in the Bible. The Bible is about God but does not and cannot contain all the things done by Him. Some make the mistake of thinking that if they cannot find an example of something the Holy Spirit is doing presently, written in the Bible historically, then it cannot be of God. However Jesus said,
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.“
Jesus said that we shall do the works that He does but also “greater” works which implies works that He has not done.
It is good to believe everything written in the scriptures for they are the revealed word of our Father. However, let us allow God to be greater than our understanding of His word too. God will not violate His word but He surely will ignore our misunderstanding of it. There is never a time or circumstance where God will be boxed into a corner by our doctrine. God does not have to do anything because He is sovereign and the word serves Him and not the other way around.
Finally, it is written,
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
1 Corinthians 13:11,12