The Bible - What Is It All About (#338)
Bible version used: KJV
The Holy Bible is a collection of 66 “books” by 40 authors of various backgrounds. These books were written over a period of 1600 years. Yet it has one
theme: God bringing man out of sin back to Himself.
Some of these books are history, some poetry, and
some prophecy. Some of the New Testament letters are thoroughly practical in matters of education and life.
This leaflet will help guide the reader through key
passages of the Bible.
The Bible tells us about the one true God. He is the
creator of all things, perfectly holy, infinite in wisdom and power. (Isaiah 40:12-31; Psalm 139; Psalm 19)
We were created by God to live in perfect happiness in harmony with Him. (Genesis 1 & 2; Psalm 8)
God created us with the freedom of choice. Adam,
our first father and our representative, chose to follow Satan rather than obey God. Because of this sin,
man fell out of favor with God. (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-21)
The Bible gives many descriptions of man’s sin. Every person is a sinner; every part of us is inclined to sin. The history of mankind is a terrible story. (Romans 1:18-32; Psalm 14; Galations 5:19-21)
By himself, man would never turn to God, but would live in misery and end in hell. But because of His great love and mercy, God made a way of salvation. It was a costly gift. (Luke 16:19-31; Ephesians 2)
God’s own Son, Jesus Christ, came to earth as a baby, becoming a true human being while remaining truly God. He lived a perfect life, taught wonderful truths, yet was put to death on a cross to pay for our sins. God raised Him from the dead, and He is now in heaven. Some day He will come again to judge everyone. (Gospel of John; Gospel of Mark)
“Gospel” means “good news”, and this is the central message of the Bible. God’s purpose is to bring man into a personal, saving, loving, productive relation-
ship with Himself. (1 Corinthians 1:18-25; Romans
Salvation is God’s free gift to all who believe that Christ is who the Bible says He is and who put their trust in Christ alone. (1 John 5) The atoning sacrifice of Christ is complete payment for all our sins. It is not possible to earn our way into heaven. (Galations 3) Only through Christ can we be fully reconciled to God. (Romans 5)
Living as a child of God is a life-long struggle against evil and a life-long effort to do God’s will in every area of life. (Exodus 20; 1 John 1 & 2; Matthew 5,6,7; Romans 12)
But we are not left to struggle alone.
Living as one reconciled to God is a life
of true joy. He sends His Spirit into the hearts of all who believe to guide us in
all areas of life. He cares for our daily needs. He works out all things for our benefit. And He is preparing for us an eternal home of perfect joy. Praise God, the author of my salvation and yours if you but ask. (John 14; Revelation 21 & 22)