John stated: “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But 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.” Note the following:
- A lot of what Jesus did is not recorded. While we may speculate concerning much of His life, we have been given sufficient data to affirm a position concerning His deity. What has been recorded is conclusive.
- Since His recorded actions are adequate for faith, we do not need additional revelation. Those who believe (in sincerity) that Jesus speaks to them today or that they can do miracles are implicitly denying what John wrote. They are saying in essence, “John, you are wrong; we need more evidence.” What has been recorded is adequate.
- It is not until we accept the evidence presented that we will be able to express our conviction in an active, saving faith. This faith will lead us to do what He says (John 14:15), live like Him (1 Peter 2:21), and follow Him forever (Luke 9:23-24). Yet, we cannot accomplish this if we are not motivated from the heart. What has been recorded is motivational.
The revelation of this evidence is intended to prompt a change. If we accept John’s evidence, we will become living evidence that John was right and will have life in His name. “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men…” (cf. 2 Corinthians 3:2-5).