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God's Answer

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What does God communicate though the Bible? Two major themes woven intrinsically throughout the Bible give a plausible answer.
One, the Bible attests to Jehovah's efforts to restore lost relationships with mankind. The story unfolds, commencing with God's promise to bring hope, then swells in anticipation and expectancy. Story-by-story, character by-character, prophecy-by-prophecy the account unfolds until in the fullness of time, it introduces Messiah as an innocent child ushering in the promised hope. The story presses forward with this innocent child becoming the first Man of history to live free from the curse of sin, then climaxes as He dies at the hand of the created, resurrects from the grave, and ascends into glory to salvage and free humanity from the grips of eternal damnation. The words of the poet reflect these sublime thoughts when he writes "Oh the great love that the Savior has show to shamefully die on the tree Leaving His scepter and beautiful throne to rescue a sinner like me! Oh such wonderful, wonderful love
Most of the Old Testament is God's story; about God's work; with an elected people as instruments in His Almighty hand. It is the story of everyday people through which the "seed that will bring hope" comes to the entire human family (cf. Rom 3:2). God working with individual Jewish heroes teaches lessons for the entire human family. The laws given at Mt. Sinai teach truth, which reveal His Holy nature. Shadowing this plot are Jewish prophecies interjected at intervals throughout this story bearing the theme along in majestic splendor. The New Testament Gospels are an extension of God's revelation through Christ as a man. Men of God whose personal experience with this revelation of God walking in human form, moved by the Holy Spirit, wrote the New Testament letters to show even more practical expressions of righteousness required by this Holy God (1 Jn 1:1-4).
The second key theme is God's sovereign intention to restore all creation to the blessed state before man yielded to Satan's suggestions, bringing the earth under a curse (Ro 8:18-25). This plot too, develops by stealthy hints, here some and there some, until the full picture is illuminated, bursting forth in fullness in Revelation 20 that which was lost in Eden brought to fruition with Jesus as King in Jerusalem.
These two themes embedded throughout the inspired Words of God, is what the Bible communicates. Understanding them by faith are keys to unlocking the unanswered mysteries of man's vacuum outside of righteousness through faith in Christ Jesus. Many humans struggle with this mystery "and few find it." Many professing Christians are finding nothing more than mundane life. Days merely come one upon the next and end in eloped fulfillment, pacified frustration, pleasure chasing for peace, yet void of understanding purpose for existence. Only lingering senses "that there must be something more" remain within their breast to face the next day.
By understanding the broader picture of time as communicated by the Bible, one finds life as a parenthesis of eternity. One finds foundations for the real purpose of existence. It is the Bible, which communicates this broad scope of God's plan for mankind.
Life needs not be lived in obscurity, neither need we be left "in the dark" even while "we look though a glass darkly." The law of life, faith, and righteousness in Christ Jesus, governs the emotions, and brings rest to the flesh of the soul. It dispels fear and fosters vigor in a battle for eternal life.
Dear soldiers of the cross, when victory seems to elude you, remember the answers written in God's story with men. Through faith and acceptance of His only begotten Son, by His love shed abroad in our hearts, by repentance and return into His Holy favor and a commitment to understanding God's communication through the Word there are answers to life's clouded mystery. By this, the veil of unbelief and fear is removed (2 Cor 3:14-18). Faith for tomorrow replaces all human logic (Matt 6:34) and the arguing spirit of fear (cf. 2 Tim 1:7) is exchanged for power (Ro 11:33-36).
— Greencastle PA