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The Bible Is Not About You.
God is not a supporting actor in a movie about your life. The Bible is not about you. He has graciously allowed us to be in His unfolding story of redemption, but a lot of us have gotten that reversed today.
We like to place ourself into the stories of the Bible as if we are the hero. This is a way of reading the Bible that always makes man the hero and not the acts of God. When we do this, we are reading the Bible entirely wrong because its not you that are able, It’s almighty God that’s able.
The Bible is God’s revelation to lost mankind. The message of the entire Bible is that God will save His people. Any point you go to in Scripture, whether it is the Old Testament or the New Testament, God is revealing the good news of how He is working in our world.
The Bible Is My Him Book, It Is All About Him.
Jesus said in John 5 that the whole Bible is about Him and Luke records for us that Jesus taught them all the things concerning Himself from the law of the prophets and the writings, which were a way of describing the whole Hebrew Bible of the Old Testament. So either Jesus was a egomaniac or He is who He said He is, and the whole Bible is about Jesus.
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about Me, yet you refuse to come to Me that you may have life.
For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote of Me.John 5:39–40,46
I don’t know about you, but I am a follower of Jesus and I want to follow Jesus’ understanding of the Old Testament. Therefore, if we read any text in isolation from Him, we will fail to see the very thing that He said it’s about. He said it’s about Him.
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.Luke 24:27
The Bible Is About Who God is.
God cannot be properly studied without great humility and great praise. God is the Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer of the entire universe. His attributes are not parts of God but ways of describing the whole essence of God in a manner that we can understand. He is the one and only true God who subsists in three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He is ever blessed, thrice-holy, eternal in the heavens (Isaiah 6).
Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God in whom are perfectly and inseparably united deity and humanity, without mixture or confusion, with each nature retaining its own attributes. Only those with the hardest of hearts and who lack understanding of Scripture can deny that the Bible reveals Jesus as the Lord God Almighty who is worthy of all our love and worship.
If we don’t understand who God is, then the gospel does not make much sense. The greatest issue for mankind is that God is holy and God is just and we are not.
The Bible Warns Us About Who we Are.
We can look at others and say, “Well, I am not as bad as them. I don’t do what they do, so I’m not so bad”, but that’s a lie. Our problem of sin goes far beyond our actions. It goes to who we are as a person, we have a nature of sin. That is our essence. the human heart is predisposed to love everything else besides God, to love self more than God, to love wrong more than right. The heart is totally opposed to God, conceived in iniquity, born in sin. You and I are naturally rebels to God.
So how do you fix the broken part of the human heart that loves the wrong things? The Bible says that we are dead in trespasses and sin. Ephesians 2:1 immediately comes to mind. To be dead in sin means that we are physically alive but that we are morally unable to respond to God.
What can a dead man do?
The Bible Answers Mankind’s Greatest Question.
How can sinful man be reconciled to a just God whose justice demands that they be punished?
The answer is found in the person of Jesus Christ. The historical person, God the Son, intervening into human history. And this Jesus of Nazareth lived the perfect life that you and I could never live, have never lived. Then He goes to the cross. We owed a debt to God because of our sin and that debt was suffering eternal punishment. But on the cross God Himself, Jesus took our place. Jesus bore our sin and suffered the wrath of God that we deserve. He extinguished it, He put it away. On the third day He rose from the dead. Then he ascended up into heaven. And this Jesus, the Son of God, sat down at the right hand of God. The Bible teaches that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, that no man comes to the Father except through Him, that there is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.
And if you repent and trust alone in Jesus as your Savior, God will remit your sins, dismiss your case, and grant you everlasting life as a gift. Not because you’re good, but because He is rich in mercy.