The Bible in a Blog Post
“O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! ...Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, [Jesus] explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.” – Luke 24:25-27 (NASB)
The Bible is the Holy Word of God. This document was written down by men as they were carried along directly by the Holy Spirit. It is the sufficient totality of the special revelations given to mankind over all of recorded time. So- what does it tell us?
Though I was not raised in a Christian home, we did have Bibles around the house. I had one that I kept in my room for some reason (keep in mind I was a professing atheist at the time), and periodically I would browse through it.
For some reason, and I don’t know where this idea came from, I got the notion that I could just open it up to a random page and begin reading and that this would somehow be beneficial. Needless to say- I never found this particularly helpful. Instead, I began to think of the Bible as this amorphous compilation of jibber-jabber that just simply was not practical anymore. The idea that my way of reading the Bible was the problem never crossed my mind.
To be perfectly clear, I was the problem. The Bible itself “is a reliable collection of historical documents written down by eyewitnesses, during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses. It tells us of supernatural events that took place in fulfillment of specific prophecies, and claims to be Divine, rather than human, in origin.” Thanks to Voddie Baucham for that sentence in his talk Why I Choose to Believe the Bible.
The Bible is about what God wanted to reveal about Himself to mankind, and also contains some practical ramifications of how humanity is to respond to this knowledge.
The Bible informs us of an infinitely good and holy God, and His Creation. It tells us of the climax of this creation, which is mankind- a being created in the very image of God. It tells us of the fall of this creation. It tells us of the fact that we will all be judged according to this standard of being an image bearer of God, and it tells us that we have all fallen short of this standard.
Are you a worthy ambassador of God? Have you perfectly kept His commandments? Have you never hated someone, stolen something, lied about something, lusted after someone or done anything that would bring dishonor if it were to come to light? Yes, I know you have because the Bible is clear that you and I both have (Romans 3:23).
So, the Bible presents us with a problem. God’s Creation is worthy of damnation because each being that bears His image disobeys and rebels against Him. How can God’s goodness be affirmed?
God’s love desires our good, which is to be able to worship Him. However, God’s justice cannot permit rebellious double-speakers to worship Him while dishonoring Him at the same time. In short, His justice demands that every rebellious action, every sin, be paid up in full. The Bible makes it clear that mankind needs a Savior, and the Old Testament tells us that the Savior is coming.
The Gospels tell us that this Savior has come. Furthermore, they reveal the glorious Truth that the only one capable of living up to the standard of God’s perfection in life is God Himself in the person of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us of this amazing King, a Holy Lord that pays for the sins of those in His kingdom Himself. In this way God’s love and justice are on perfect display.
The epistles tell us how we are to worship this King and what we can expect as we live in His Kingdom. This is the story contained within the Bible. It tells us that God sought to glorify Himself and display His attributes. It demonstrates our need for a Savior, promises the coming of that Savior, demonstrates to us that He has come and informs us how we are to worship that Savior for the remainder of our days.
Like all of Creation, the Bible is about the glory and work of Jesus Christ, Our Lord.