Even the World Itself Could Not Contain :: By Candy Austin

John 21:25 “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.

The Bible is the inerrant, infallible, and all-sufficient Word of God. Even though the scripture above clues us in to the fact that there are many more things that Jesus did which were not recorded. Yet with all the expository teaching, commentaries, books, and even with all of the preaching on the scriptures, there is obviously more knowledge to be had. If only we were able to contain it all in our fallen state. God, in His vastness and completeness, knew exactly what we needed when He compiled His Holy Word for us. Therefore, we can take comfort in the fact that we have exactly what we need for this space and time.

From christianity.com: “John 21 Bible Commentary”

Commentary on John 21:25

(Read John 21:25)

Only a small part of the actions of Jesus had been written. But let us bless God for all that is in the Scriptures, and be thankful that there is so much in so small a space. Enough is recorded to direct our faith, and regulate our practice; more would have been unnecessary. Much of what is written is overlooked, much forgotten, and much made the matter of doubtful disputes. We may, however, look forward to the joy we shall receive in heaven, from a more complete knowledge of all Jesus did and said, as well as of the conduct of his providence and grace in his dealings with each of us. May this be our happiness. “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” 31 Source

Take the Book of Job, for example, when God finally speaks to Job out of the whirlwind concerning the created order of God’s work in creation. He did not answer any of Job’s questions about all of the losses in his life. Instead, He helped Job to realize that some questions can never be solved through our faulty and mortal comprehensions. In essence, we need to trust in a Sovereign God who is beyond our frail and humanistic limitations and who can do above and beyond all that we could ever ask or think.

From gotquestions.org: “Who was Job in the Bible?”

Perhaps the greatest lesson we learn from the book of Job is that God does not have to answer to anyone for what He does or does not do. Job’s experience teaches us that we may never know the specific reason for suffering, but we must trust in our sovereign, holy, righteous God. His ways are perfect (Psalm 18:30). Since God’s ways are perfect, we can trust that whatever He does—and whatever He allows—is also perfect. We can’t expect to understand God’s mind perfectly, as He reminds us, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways…. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8–9).

Our responsibility to God is to obey Him, to trust Him, and to submit to His will, whether we understand it or not. When we do, we will find God in the midst of our trials—possibly even because of our trials. We will see more clearly the magnificence of our God, and we will say, with Job, “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you” (Job 42:5).  Source

We cannot fully know or comprehend God on this side of Eternity. This should bring us comfort instead of concern. Comfort because not fully comprehending a Sovereign and All-Knowing Creator produces Faith. This should help us to see how difficult it would be to develop Faith in a God that we could fully comprehend and/or understand. So, since we cannot know all there is to know about God in our limited state, this in turn becomes the basis or catalyst on which we learn to build our Trust and Faith in Him.

From gotquestions.org: “What are the communicable and incommunicable attributes of God?”

It is important to understand that we will never be fully like God, and in no sense will we ever become gods. God is distinct from us, and yet we are made in His image and redeemed by His Son. We are called to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15–16) yet know that only He is completely holy; any holiness in us comes from Him. Our sharing in God’s communicable attributes is for His glory and is made possible by His design of us and His enabling as we abide in Him.

God’s incommunicable attributes are those characteristics that cannot be shared with His creatures. God’s incommunicable attributes are things that only God can have and that make Him distinct from creation. For example, God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, sovereign, transcendent, immutable, and self-existent. We can define these attributes, but we often do not fully comprehend them and can never call them our own. The incommunicable attributes of God are what make God, God. They are His distinguishing features that only He possesses. The incommunicable attributes of God are cause for us to revere, worship, trust, and praise the Creator. Source

Once we are on the other side of the veil, we will finally see Him as He is face to face and know Him more fully in our glorified state. Until that day, we are to live for Christ, occupy until He comes, and serve our Master and King as faithfully and pleasing to our Lord Jesus Christ as we can.

Final note: As born-again believers we are the children of God and the bride of Christ who has an indescribable inheritance in Heaven! A place where “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, neither has entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him”!

Can. Not. Wait!  Maranatha!

1 John 3:2 “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

1 Corinthians 2:9 (KJVA) “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”