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  "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." - Mark 16:15 


What is the Bible?

The bible is a perfect book, 66 individual books written over 1,500 years, by more than 40 different authors, over at least 2 continents, yet none of it contradicts.

 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men." (John 1:1-4)

What is the Bible? What is the Word? The Word (yes, capitalised), as can be seen from the scripture at the top of the page, refers to Christ Jesus. Yep! The bible was written by the Word, the Word of God, that is, the Lord. It is capitalised because it is referring to the aspect of the Godhead of Jesus, the Son of God, who is known as the Word. Hence when we talk about the word of God, we are meaning the Word as in Jesus, God writing the bible.

In the Past

In the past, when I looked at the bible, not much if any made sense to me, I'd read the Old Testament, some parts of it, and did not see how it is connected, and did not see how it is the same as the New testament, and did not understand the love, or many things. This is true for all people, because God tells us that we have to be born again (ie become a saved believer) and with the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, to guide us and help us understand the Word of God.

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1st Corinthians 2:14)

The Old Testament and the New Testament shows perfect aspects of God, with the Old Testament showing God's judgement, and the New Testament showing God's love, but both Testaments revealing a Holy, merciful and righteous God who condems sin, but desires for us all to be saved. Eg the Old Testament sets the Law and God is declared as ‘merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundent in goodness and truth.’ (Exodus 34:6-7) and the New Testament being even more manifest in that, ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ (John 3:16)

Cain and Abel

If you look at the first book, which tells us of Cain and Abel. Cain and Abel were brothers, and both offered a sacrifice to God. Cain offered many of his treasures to God in an effort to impress Him (self-righteousness) but God rejected this in favour of Abel's sacrifice, which was a blood sacrificial lamb which symbolised his faith in the coming Messiah, who would one day come to the cross, shed His blood, and take away the sins of the world (Jesus). The lamb represents the sinless lamb of God (Jesus).

Cain's offering was based on self-righteousness (and we see that today with people offering many extravagant things), whereas Abel's was based on faith on the Messiah, just like we were saved in the Old Testament and the New Testament and today, by having faith (believing) on the Messiah, the Lord Jesus, for remission of our sins. Of course, we do not have to provide sacrifices to symbolise the coming of the Lord, for He has already come, and shed His blood and through our belief on Him, we are saved. Amen.

Also it's interesting to note, Cain became angered when his goods were rejected, he couldn't accept that his own works were as 'filthy rags' (Isaiah 64:6) and didn't like the truth that Abel was right, that it is faith in Jesus that saves us, he became so angry that he killed Abel. This is the same today, where many religious institutions have millions or billions of pounds, fancy forms of dress, fancy rituals, this is not what we need to go to Heaven, we need to have faith in the Lord.

We can't do things our way, we have to do them God's way.

God's message, instruction, perfect love, perfect anger, perfect everything, is consistent all the way through all of these books.

Isn't it Amazing!

Isn't it amazing how this could be the case? Think about it, different people at different times in history, at different stages in culture (sometimes free, sometimes captive by invading armis, sometimes abroad), yet everything is perfectly in agreement and written by the same inspiration of Spirit. There is no way man could have put something together like that on their own, the bible is a wondrous thing and I thank the Lord for it and for saving us.

We must believe to be saved, and it's a wonderful thing to rest on that faith and have a relation with the Lord, such peace it brings (Philippians 4:7)


20th May 2017


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