The Word of God is all-sufficient in its information about man’s salvation. Within the pages of Holy Writ, man can learn and know about how to become a Christian, live as a Christian, and think as a Christian. He can know how to worship and organize the church. He can know what to preach regarding marriage, parenting, and daily living. Paul told Timothy that the Scripture was profitable in making man spiritually complete (II Tim. 3:16,17). By means of the written Word, man has available to him everything pertaining to life and godliness (II Pet. 1:3). This I believe and preach, and will with the same breath and conviction believe and preach that God’s Word is sufficient to motivate man to carry out the directives provided in the informationally-designed Word.
The Bible is truly informative in that it provides not only specific directives and principles by which to govern the individual and the church, but it is also informative in that it provides foundational teaching. This teaching makes the commands of God both understandable and possible for man. For example, God’s law regarding the subjection of women to their husbands (Eph. 5:22) is made clear and possible by an explanation in I Corinthians 11 and I Timothy 2. In these passages Paul reveals that woman’s role in the family exists partly because of design (I Tim. 2:13) and partly because of consequence (I Tim. 2:14). Knowing there is a historical explanation and purpose for woman’s subjection will help the woman of God to fulfill what He has demanded. Foundational teaching does not impose an obligation but does help to motivate a person to fulfill his or her obligation.
Further, it can be said that the Word of God is all-sufficient to motivate by virtue of its essence. Essence is the basic and essential property and content of any object or concept. The essential element of the Holy Bible is that it is indeed holy. It is like no other book. The Bible is God’s Word. It is inspired (literally God-breathed) from beginning to end and should capture the attention and imagination of every hearer. U. S. citizens listen to and are motivated by the Constitution because of its authority and prestige. Likewise, all of creation should listen to and be motivated by the Creator’s Word because its Author has all authority, prestige, honor, and preeminence. Because of the mere fact that God is God man listens and responds to His Word. Every time I pick up the Bible, I am motivated because I know that I am reading an actual letter, document and law book straight from God. As a result, I long to read it every day. I take it with me wherever I go. I know that I have a prized possession.
Still further, it can be said that the Word of God is all-sufficient to motivate by virtue of its examples. Paul wrote that the Old Testament was written “for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” (Rom. 15:4) In the New Testament, Christians are often motivated by the example of Christ. Consider the command to patiently endure suffering (I Pet. 2:20). The Scripture motivates us by the example of Christ by reminding readers that Jesus never sinned or faltered even when He was reviled or suffered. In face of fierce and harsh treatment, He never waned in His commitment.
Consider also the motivation of Hebrews 11:12. In chapter eleven, heroes of faith are paraded before our minds as examples of patience and faith. If they could remain faithful and true to God in difficult circumstances, then so could the Christian. In 12:2, further encouragement is provided by means of another allusion to Jesus and His endurance. Informationally, in the first few chapters the writer demonstrated the inferiority of the Old Covenant in comparison to the New Testament. In chapters eleven and twelve, specific motivation is given to remain faithful to what the readers knew intellectually.
The Word of God is replete with examples that motivate. On every page, God motivates the reader to greater service and dedication. The Bible is a remarkable book that will indeed build up (Acts 20:32), sanctify (John 17:17), cleanse (John 15:3), save (Jas. 1:21), complete (II Tim. 3:16,17), and make wise the man of God (II Tim. 3:15). It is truly sufficient and powerful enough to instruct and motivate.