Gospel Truths, Volume XVI Number I, January 2005
He Added No More
By Vernon Love
God’s creation only took six days. On the seventh He rested. “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:31)
Moses reminded Israel what God had done by giving them the Ten Commandments. “These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.” (Deuteronomy 5:22)
God is able to complete what He wills in perfect order. He is “all powerful”. “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” (Genesis 17:1) God is “all knowing.” “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:13) God is everywhere. “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? Saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? Saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 23:24)
God wrote the Ten Commandments and “He added no more.” When the Word of God was written, it is able to make mankind what they need to be. “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, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) “He added no more.”
At the day of judgment we will be judged by God’s word and not what men have added to it or taken away from it. “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” (Revelation 20:12) Jesus said, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48) The apostle Paul said, “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8-9) At judgment God nor Jesus will “add no more” to the Word of God.
The apostle Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16) He also wrote, “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever.” (Romans 16:24-26)
Preachers have taught from ocean to ocean and border to border these three passages. “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” (Deuteronomy 4:2) “Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” (Proverbs 30:6) “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19) They would “add no more.”
Gospel preachers have to remind those who want to add their creeds to the Bible that “he added no more.” Preachers want to add “saved by faith” the word “only” so they can exclude “baptism.” They also try to make any “command” be a “work” so to exclude it also. We hear preachers in debates say they teach what Jesus said, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:16) But, they will repeatedly say “but one does not have to be baptized to be saved.” When Jesus and the apostles said what one is to do to be saved “they added no more.”
Jesus said “But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.” (Matthew 5:32) Jesus later said, “Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.” (Matthew 19:9) When Jesus said these very plain scriptures “he added no more.”
However, we have many who call themselves gospel preachers who are teaching all over the countryside that after the divorce is over, that the one who has been put away can remarry. Some are calling it “mental divorce” as the one who has been put away will say, “I am divorcing my mate.” They cannot find a scripture authorizing this practice. We are hearing all kinds of excuses why this is right. Again, not one scripture is being presented to prove this is right. They are adding to God’s word!
God’s creation only took six days, He wrote the “ten commandments”, the scriptures were completed, and “He added no more.” Jesus gave the law for marriage and divorce and “He added no more.” Let every one do the same.