by Alexander Twyman
The other day, I was watching some YouTube videos sponsored by the Bible Project that give an animated visual overview of the each book of the Bible. If you haven't seen them, I would strongly advise you to check them out. In any case, as I was watching them, first starting with Genesis and going forward, I noticed a heart-wrenching theme. As Gods creation, we are desperately inclined to turn away from Him. From Adam to the children of Israel, to you today, we all like sheep go astray and we each have turned to our own way (Isaiah 53:6).
But thanks be to God. All throughout the Bible, we see that coupled with the rebellion of His creation is His unwavering love for sinful man and His unfathomable longsuffering as he gives us all chance after chance to "get it right". What's even more amazing is that He does this knowing that we in and of ourselves could never achieve His standard of perfection. The Bible correctly says that “While we were STILL sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Despite miracles, the law, the tabernacle which housed the very presence of God, and very visible judgments of rebellious people, we as a creation still chose to rebel. Sometimes, I tell myself, if God were visible, maybe we would all have acted differently. So not true. As I considered the thought, God is and has always been present, yet we rebel. My only conclusion was that humanity is totally depraved and need God's intervention.
Enter Jesus. Jesus was a perfect sacrifice for us and took upon Himself the iniquity of us all. Due to our sin, we all deserved an eternity in hell, but because of Christ’s death on the cross, we stand forgiven. He took our punishment and stood in place of us as a substitute and allows us to be reconciled (put in right relationship) with God. If we believe in this and confess (trust) Jesus as the only atonement for our sins and repent (turn away from sin), then God saves us from the penalty of our sins (Hell). We then have eternal life. This is the gospel. Any questions?
I felt the need to write a simple overview of the Bible and an explanation of the gospel so that whoever among you are reading this, that you would know who Jesus is, what He did, and what you can now do with that information. “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 13:10) We here at Disciples Thru Media desire that you know God and begin or continue to live lives dedicated to Him and His glory. If you have made a decision, we would love to hear from you. If you have already committed to Christ, then I would love if you would forward this blog. Thank you.
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