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Back 2 Basics (2)

  

Key to understanding the Bible, is to begin to see that God had a plan for mankind from the beginning.  Our all-knowing God, Yahweh, knew before it happened, that man would sin, and man would ultimately need a way to be cleansed from his sins so that he could be found pure, blameless and holy, to be able to dwell in the presence of our holy, righteous God.

God’s plan, all along, was to create a people who would love, praise and glorify Him, of our own free will.  His desire is to dwell with mankind, on the fabulous earth that He created.

God’s plan includes the following promises:
  1. Yahweh promised to Abraham (Genesis 12), and continues with this same promise or central theme throughout the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, that He would give to Abraham and his descendants, the land.  The Son of God reiterates this in his sermon on the Mount, that man would inherit the earth. (Matthew 5).
  2. God promised His people a Messiah (the seed of Abraham), who will rule and reign in justice and righteousness.  (Isaiah 9)
  3. God promised His people everlasting life in a kingdom that has no end.  (Daniel 7)
  4. God promised a kingdom which will be established by His anointed King, which capital city, the New Jerusalem, will be upon a newly restored, Garden of Eden-type earth.  (Revelation 21,22)
In order for these promises to be fulfilled, a few things have to happen.  Some already have occurred, and some, we still wait with great anticipation, to see them unfold before our eyes, if we are so blessed!  One basic foundational fact to know and understand about God is this:  if He spoke it, it will happen.  You can have faith in His word, and hope and believe in it.  (Jeremiah 1:12; Lamentations 2:17; Ezekiel 39:8; Isaiah 55:11). Abraham believed in God’s word, and his faith was credited to him as righteousness.
  • The man who would be the promised Messiah is born, miraculously by the power of God in the womb of Mary and would grow up to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God. (Luke 1, Luke 4, Isaiah 61)
  • The Messiah would die, taking on the sins of the world, to be its one-time sacrifice.  He would be called the Lamb of God, and anyone believing in him, would have their sins cleansed by his blood.     (Romans 8 )
  • The Messiah would be raised from the dead by God, and exalted because of his obedience to His Father, to the point of death.  This resurrection from the dead would become our hope, as well, because without it, there is no point of Christianity.  (Acts 2, I Corinthians 15).
  • The Messiah, Jesus, would ascend to heaven, to wait until the time when the restoration will begin.  (Acts 3)
  • There will be a time of great tribulation, like we have never seen before. (Matthew 24)
  • Jesus will return to the earth to establish his Father’s Kingdom.  This will be a day for which we are waiting with great anticipation.  He will come and his reward will be with him (Revelation 22).
  • We will either be dead at his return, and raised back to life to live eternally, from that point onward; or we will be alive and changed to be immortal, in the blink of an eye.   (I Corinthians 15).
  • We will become judges and rulers with Jesus in a millennium reign.(Revelation 5)
  • There will be a very short war, when the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies will fight with Jesus and his saints.  However, it is quickly nipped in the bud,  as the wrath of God descends from heaven as fire to end the battle swiftly. (Revelation 19)
  • There will be a 2nd resurrection from the dead, when all people will be brought back to life to be judged by Jesus.  If their name is not written in the book of life, they will be cast into the lake of fire, to be destroyed.  (Revelation 20)
  • After the earth has been cleansed by all evil and sin and Jesus has abolished death and Satan, the earth will be renewed and restored.  A new earth will be created, and at this time, God will come down to finally dwell with mankind.   The first time He is ever able to do so.  At this time, Jesus will deliver up the kingdom to the God and Father, and then Jesus will be subjected to God.  (I Corinthians 15, Revelation 21).
  • God’s word, His promises, will then all be accomplished and fulfilled.  We will have inherited the earth; we will have inherited eternal life; and we will get to dwell with our God, Yahweh, here upon the earth, for eternity, glorifying, praising and loving Him, because we believed in His Son, and were found pure and blameless, holy, and forgiven.  From that point onward, our everlasting life will be full of joy, righteousness and justice, and we shall never die, thirst, hunger, mourn, or cry again.
  • That’s the Bible in a nutshell, and although way over-simplified, it can provide for us a basic foundation, upon which to build, as we begin to study the Scriptures more closely.  It is not meant to be a time-line.  I am not a Bible Prophecy person! [disclaimer here!], but a firm believer in the words of Jesus:

    “Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children,

    you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.”

    In other words, if we come with a simple understanding of who God is and His future plan for us, accepting, trusting and believing his word, Jesus promises us the Kingdom of Heaven [synonymous with Kingdom of God].   If we can keep the bigger picture in front of us, of God’s ultimate plan for mankind, as we weed through the plethora of verses that can easily overwhelm us, we can build our knowledge and understanding, and work out our salvation with fear and trembling.  For that is the whole point, isn’t it, to be saved, so we can inherit eternal life? That is certainly my goal!
    As John preached in Mark 1:14-15, he said, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel.”  One must understand the basics of the Gospel of God, and then repentance and salvation follows, if one chooses to receive the gift God has graciously provided for mankind through His Son.
    The question is, do you have the basics down?

    7 Responses to “Back 2 Basics (2)”

    1. on 04 Feb 2011 at 12:56 pmFiona

      Angela
      Thanks for writing it all down so simply. I think that sometimes, in our quest to learn more and more about our Father, Yahweh, and His son Jesus, we forget what the real goal is. It’s not to out-do others with superior knowledge of the Bible to theirs, but to USE that knowledge to increase our love for our God- that being the most important commandment. Along with that, we hope to share that love with others, so that (hopefully) we will all be found worthy of that Abrahamic hope. Thanks for a lovely article
      Fiona

    2. on 04 Feb 2011 at 1:06 pmXavier

      Fiona

      It’s not to out-do others with superior knowledge of the Bible to theirs, but to USE that knowledge to increase our love for our God- that being the most important commandment.

      Your right Fiona, it is not about “puffing” ourselves up and rubbing it in people’s faces. Especially those who disagree with us or oppose us.

      BUT…how can people pray to him if they have not believed in him? How can they believe in him if they have not heard his message? How can they hear if no one tells the Gospel? How can people tell the Gospel if no one sends them? [Rom 10]

    3. on 04 Feb 2011 at 10:45 pmDoubting Thomas

      Angela,
      Great article! I especially liked the part where you said, “If we can keep the bigger picture in front of us, of God’s ultimate plan for mankind, as we weed through the plethora of verses that can easily overwhelm us, we can build our knowledge and understanding, and work out our salvation with fear and trembling. For that is the whole point, isn’t it, to be saved, so we can inherit eternal life? That is certainly my goal!”

      That is of course my goal (and desire) as well. Sometimes I do find myself feeling overwhelmed in my studies. The way I see it, if you keep your basic beliefs simple then this will help a person to remain grounded so they don’t loose their initial faith and trust in the promises that the bible offers to us as God’s beloved children…

    4. on 05 Feb 2011 at 2:48 pmDoubting Thomas

      Xavier,
      I was trying to find that link, that you posted the other day, that I really liked about thinking logically and about the illogical premises of the Trinity, but I can’t remember what thread it is in. I’d appreciate it if you could give me a link to your posting…

    5. on 07 Feb 2011 at 7:14 pmDoubting Thomas

      Xavier,
      You must have missed my above posting the other day. I would appreciate it if you (or anyone else that remembers our conversation) would either post a link to your posting or let me know what thread it was in. I just want to re-read that article that you linked to in your posting…

    6. on 08 Feb 2011 at 10:56 pmDoubting Thomas

      Xavier,
      You can ignore my 2 messages above. I found the link to “Logical Fallacies Employed in Trinitarian Theology”. It was in “20 Reasons Why the Trinity Is Unbiblical (20), December 2nd, 2010 by Guest Author” in Message #3.

      If any one else is interested in reading this excellent article I am posting the link below –

      http://www.biblicalunitarian.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=56

      It is really a great article…

    7. on 09 Feb 2011 at 9:28 amXavier

      DT

      It is really a great article…

      Ditto.

      

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