What is man’s greatest spiritual need? Obviously, the answer is salvation. Without fulfilling the need for salvation, fulfilling any other need would be pointless. What is God’s power to salvation according to Romans 1:16? The gospel. It is not an experience that we have; it is not the Calvinistic concept of predestination; it is the gospel of Christ.
Man’s other spiritual needs are fulfilled through the revealed Word as well. The need for spiritual growth (2 Peter 3:18 – “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…”), the need for purpose (Ecclesiastes 12:13 – “…Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.”), etc. Our spiritual needs can only be fulfilled or fully satisfied by studying and applying the Word to our lives.
Tom Holland, in a lecture entitled, “The All-Sufficiency and Finality of the Bible,” stated that God’s power has given us: (1) information, (2) motivation, and (3) preservation (“The Holy Scriptures,” The Second Annual Fort Worth Lectures, pp.66-74). God has given us the information that we need to be saved and live properly before Him, and in a sense, that relates directly to the preservation aspect as well, since we need to continue in His Word if we are to continue pleasing Him. But I would like to notice brother Holland’s thoughts concerning the motivation that God gives us through the Word:
“One may, by obeying God, ‘escape from the corruption that is in the world’ (2 Pet. 1:4). The burden of guilt may be lifted from the conscience, therefore, one may be ‘purged (cleansed) from old sins’ (2 Pet. 1:9). The condemnation of sin may be lifted from the soul. The potential spiritual security that comes to those who do God’s will will prompt some people to positively respond to God’s word because the need for security is one of the strongest drives within man.”
May we always remember the all-sufficiency of God’s grace, “teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age” (Titus 2:12).