Friday, February 8, 2019

John 21:25 -- On Learning and Progressing

"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."
John 21:25

I know that some people believe that everything that God has to say to people is in the Bible, but with this scripture (and others) that offer a partial evaluation of how much more there is that we don't have, that's a hard thing for me to understand.

I'm not saying that we are waiting for another list of requirements or something.  As far as having a complete understanding of what the Lord asks of us, I think our scriptures are adequate.  God has given us the basics.  We know about prayer and scripture study, and that we have to repent, be baptized, and follow the commandments (primarily, love God and love other people).  Those are the basics.

As we learn though, God teaches us more, and gives us room to grow and progress.  We learn that even the basics are very deep once you start studying them further.  Just as Christ increased in wisdom (Luke 2:52), so can we.  As we do, God teaches us "precept upon precept; line upon line" (Isaiah 28:13).  God tells us specifically in 2 Nephi 28:30 that "blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more."

Today, let's remember that there is so much more out there that God has for us.  We should of course learn the basics first and focus on milk before meat (1 Corinthians 3:2).  Let's also never think that we have ever mastered the gospel though, or that there isn't far more to learn, because there always, always is.  Let's build a solid foundation, and strengthen our faith, but let's also never stop moving forward and learning more about God.

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