The Bible consists of 66 books written by holy men under the inspiration of God. “For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). It is the very thought of God communicated to men. The vitality of the Scriptures is due to the life breathed into them by the Creator Himself. The endurance of their power and their adequacy to fulfill every need of man witnesses to their divine authorship.
The Bible is God’s road map to heaven (John 6:63); it is man’s textbook of salvation. Therefore, it “is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). All that needs to be said regarding man’s duty to His Maker has been said in the Bible. Blessed are those that follow its instructions (Luke 11:28).
The Plan of Salvation
The Lord created humans with the ability to choose good or evil (Deuteronomy 30:19). To be a citizens of God’s kingdom, humans need to walk in accordance to God’s law of love (Exodus 20:3-17; Proverbs 3:2). But to choose the devil’s way is to choose not to love which leads to eternal death (Psalm 37:9).
Sadly, the human race rebelled against God and they disconnected themselves from Him, the life giver, and hence lost their eternal life (Genesis 3). And their sin led to death (Romans 6:23). But God felt infinite deep compassion over the human race and planned to send His Son to redeem them. The innocent Son of God, the Creator of all, died to pay the penalty of man’s sin and to set His children free from the deadly clutches of Satan (John 1:12).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Through God’s gift of love, it becomes possible for the believers to be “called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Good News and Hope
The Bible presents the good news of God’s salvation that became available for those that accept the death of Jesus on their behalf. Those that accept Christ’s love must live a life of obedience to Him (John 14:15). But those the reject Jesus’ death on their behalf will have to die for their own sins.
The amazing truth of the Bible is that the Lord not only offers forgiveness for sin but He also gives the believers the power to live a rightouss life (Philippians 4:13) and He grants a new godly nature to His children (1 Corinthians 15:57). Thus, the Lord fully delivers His children from the power of sin and its bondage.
The Lord gives eternal life, which is granted to the believer at the moment he accepts his Lord (1 John 3:14; 5:11, 12). This gift the overcomer never loses. Physical death and the state of unconsciousness between death and the resurrection do not take away this gift.
The believer’s life continues to be “hid with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3) to be translated into glorious immortality on the resurrection morn. Jesus promised, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:28). Thus, salvation, redemption, and love are the central theme of the Bible (Isaiah 45:22).
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