What is the Bible?

The Bible is a groundbreaking story of the creation of our world. It is a story about the triumph, love, and perseverance of the humans that God created. It is God’s personal testimony that defines our reality, from the moment that he chose to create the universe, to the moment that he will ascend on the Mount of Olives as King of Kings.

This story has been unfolding before the universe began and it will continue even after the universe that we know today is long gone. This is a redemption story of a disobedient and wayward child that will eventually come back home.

The Beginning

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The bible is the story of God who created the universe along with all the creatures in it. The beginning of the Bible is our origin story; it is the story of the creation of humanity. All creation was formed on Eden, however not all stood equal. God chose the humans that he created to stand above the rest of creation. They were granted freedom to choose how they would live their lives.

This choice of God is what made our world today. This freedom though was meant as a blessing was also a curse. As the humans that God created to spend eternity with him, ended up using that freedom for their own gain. This is what caused the downfall of our world. The punishment for betraying God was severe and we are seeing the effects in our lives today.

The natural disasters that have come become the norm all stem from this one decision of Adam as shown in Genesis 3:17-19, “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.  By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

The Plot

As we fast forward through history, we continue to see the devastation that Adam caused by releasing sin on the world. There was no stopping or slowing down the devastation as countries and nations used their power to attempt world domination. This started with the Babylonian empire and continued with the Medo-Persian empire, Greek empire, and finally the Roman empire. These empires attempted to rule the world by force and it seemed like this pattern would continue throughout history.

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It seemed like there was nothing that would slow the infection of sin on our world. That was until the Messiah was born. The Messiah, or Jesus, stepped foot on earth as fully human and fully God. This was God in the flesh preparing to spare the world from the effects of sin. As he started his ministry his primary focus was to reestablish the connection between humans and himself. This was crucial for his plan to save the world. He made himself the bridge to heaven, as we severed that bridge when Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden.

Jesus’s plan was to reestablish that connection with his creation and then to save us from the bondage of sin by creating a way for a sinful race to enter heaven. This is what is referred to as the gospel. Jesus came down to end the hold that sin has on our lives. He did this by giving himself up as a living sacrifice to pay the penalty for the sins of the entire world.

Therefore, Calvary was the deciding factor in the war with the evil forces of hell. Jesus explains this in John 12:44-47, it says, Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.47 “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.”

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The Climax.

The main objective for Jesus, was to make a way for the humans that he loved so much, to enter heaven. Therefore, Jesus died and rose again. This mission was a success, but it was not the end. This was merely phase two of a three-part plan. This final objective was to destroy evil forever and to bring his followers back to him to live in peace forever.

This is the part of the story that we are still living in. I like to call this the climax, because this is where the most action happens. All the wars and conflicts up until this point are nothing compared to what is coming next. The war between heaven and hell are going to be on full display during the final week of Daniel. The final mission for Jesus is to shake the world by forcing them to choose once and for all, who they will serve. There will be no more doubts as to his existence as he will unleash the seals of the book of Daniel and Revelation will begin.

This is the climactic ending where Jesus displays the full power of heaven to destroy evil once and for all. He promises that he will return, before he ascended into heaven after his resurrection. The time for this is rapidly approaching and will shake the fabric of our universe. This is where the devil and evil will be vanquished and the world of sin that we created will forever be abolished.

This promise of his coming is told to us in Mathew 24:30-31, it says, “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”

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