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The End

I’ve been using the same edition of a World Bible Publishers’ KJV Bible for over 35 years. Granted, the one I use now is not the one I used then because that one is worn out. It is the same edition though. After all these years, I have noticed something that never really caught my attention before. On the final page of the New Testament are the two simple words, “The End.” Of course, those are not inspired words. They were added by the publishers. They do, however, express the truth that after the “Amen” was penned by Divine inspiration at the close of the book of Revelation, God’s written Word was finished. There would be no more books of the Bible forthcoming. That was it. That which was perfect had come (I Corinthians 13:10).

In giving the Bible, God has provided us with the single standard that is capable of leading us through the struggles of this life into the pleasures of the next. Peter wrote, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” (II Peter 1:3). Paul affirmed that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” (II Timothy 3:16-17). The Psalmist sang, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105).

Any other works that have come since the close of Divine inspiration in the first century have done nothing to add to God’s written Word. The writings of mere men have only distracted those who adhere to them. These writings have elevated the doctrines of frail, human minds to a position of equality with and even superiority to the Bible in the eyes of some, but the fact of the matter is that nothing that has been written since the book of Revelation was closed has either improved upon or replaced Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21. Everything that has come under the guise of Divinely inspired works since the Bible was concluded has been inferior to that which the Holy Spirit guided men to write. Each of these spurious missives penned after the completion of the Bible either falls short of what the Bible says, adds to what the Bible says or outright contradicts what the Bible says. In the movie world, when one sees “The End” at the conclusion of the picture, he knows that there is the possibility of a sequel. With “The End” of the writing of the New Testament came the end of any chance of a sequel. That which has been penned by Divinely inspired writers will stand in the last day as the standard by which the eternal home of each of us will be determined (John 12:48). There is not now nor will there ever be additional revelation from God. The Bible is “The End.”

Though some wish for additional revelation and even imagine that such is available, the fact that the Bible is “The End” shows just how very powerful God is. The Lord is so mighty that He can answer in a mere 66 books mankind’s three greatest questions: “From whence have we come?” (We are God’s creation - Genesis 1:27.) “Why are we here?” (We are here to serve God - Ecclesiastes 12:13.) “Where am we going?” (We are going toward eternity – Ecclesiastes 12:5,7.) The Lord is so powerful that He can write a book that needs no additional revelation to explain it. Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32). The Holy Spirit need not “illuminate” the Bible today as some think He does. The revelation from God has been given. In a single volume we see its beginning in Genesis and its end in the book of Revelation. There is no need for a revelation of the revelation. God made sure the Bible was written clearly and concisely. We can understand it if we will give diligence in studying it (II Timothy 2:15).

The Bible is complete. It is God’s final Word. It is “The End.” As such, it demands our love, devotion and earnest examination (Psalm 119:97; Proverbs 23:23). It also demands our obedience to those commands to which we are accountable today (John 14:15). It is our source of faith (Romans 10:17). May we be satisfied with that which God has revealed and may our determination to build our faith through meditating upon God’s Word never itself reach “The End.”

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