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You Need All the Verses to Get All the Truth

by Al Parr
October 25, 2015
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Consider what happened when officers came to arrest Jesus in Gethsemane.

One of them (Luke 22:50). One of whom?

One of them that stood by (Mark 14:47). Was he with Jesus, or the officers, or an innocent bystander?

One of them which were with Jesus (Matthew 26:51). Which one was it?

Simon Peter (John 18:10). What did he do?

Smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear (Mark). What instrument did he use to cause such an injury?

Drew a sword (Mark). Whose sword did he use?

Having a sword (John), drew his sword (Matthew). Which ear did he cut off?

Cut off his right ear (Luke). Which servant was it who lost the ear?

The servant's name was Malchus (John).

It is a serious mistake - and a failure to study at "highly dividing the word of truth" (II Timothy 2:15) - to think that one might find all the truth on any subject by consulting only one record. If it is necessary to read four records to get all the facts on the loss of the servant's ear, isn't it just possible that we must read all the Bible in order to be sure that we have all the facts on other subjects also? The Bible does not, in any one verse or short passage, give us all that pertains to God's plan for man's salvation, or for the organization, membership, work and worship of the church. We must consult "all the counsel of God" (Acts 20:35) We must have knowledge of Jesus (II Peter 1:3), and that requires reading the whole book.