The central message of the Bible
Each book has a focal point. Poems and essays have an important theme. The “morality of history” has always existed, hasn’t it? Well, the Bible also has an important idea. The Bible deals with many important issues. But there is one thing that transcends all: our relationship and our place before God. This message has four parts. Each will be checked alternately. The first part is bad news or man’s position before God. The second part is good news, explaining what God has done in this issue. The third part deals with the human response to this gospel. Part IV looks at some of the results of the positive response to this gospel message.
The bad news: the human condition.
Everyone knows that there is a Creator. God claims to have revealed it to every person (Rom. 1: 18-20). But there was a problem between the creator and each person. It is called sin. The simplest definition of sin is, “All unrighteousness is sin” (1 John 5:17). But what is injustice? Most people compare themselves to others to determine if they are basically “right”. The Bible says that when we do that, we are ignorant (2 Cor. 10:12). God compares each person to his standard of righteousness. This is where the law of Moses comes into play. It is a written document that he considers to be honest or unjust – an objective criterion. This is what we have to fight for. So here’s the bad news. Everyone is below your expectations. “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not” (Ecclesiastes 7:20). “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
“There is none righteous, no, not at all” (Rom. 3:10). Properly understood, the law of Moses condemns everyone. That is why the New Testament affirms that “the law is holy, righteous and just”, but it is “the ministry of the dead” (Romans 7:12; II Cor. 3: 7-11)! This bad news has many negative consequences. For our purposes, we will consider the influence of sin on man’s relationship with God. Isaiah bluntly declares, “Your iniquities have separated you and your God, and his face is hidden from you so that you may not hear your sins” (Isa. 59: 1,2). When the sky is completely covered, you know that the sun is there, even if it is hidden. Sin is like the sky covered with clouds. Most people recognize “God”, but one can only guess who He is, what He is, what He wants, or what role He has (if any) in their lives or in the public affairs of the world. Sin creates an indestructible veil. From this point of view, one can understand why some people doubt the existence of God. This barrier is causing a lot of current problems … but the bad news is getting worse Here find a program.
“For once a man shall die, and then judgment shall come” (Hebrews 9:27). Each person will appear before God to give an account of his life (Rom. 14:12). Every action, every word, every thought speaks (Revelation 20:13, Matthew 12:36, Rom. 2:16). No one can tolerate this level of innocence. From now on, even if we change our actions, words and thoughts, our past will still haunt us. This day of reckoning is called the “Day of Judgment” (Matthew 12:36) or “the great and terrible day of the Lord” (Ml 4: 5). The “second death” is the consequence of guilt (Rev. 20: 11-15). It is the eternal state of endless suffering (Hebrews 6: 2; Matthew 25:46). This is bad news, bad news. Fortunately, although the core of the Bible’s central message is “bad news,” it is not the end of the message. But until one is convinced that this “bad news” is indeed true, there will be no real interest in the “good news” of the Bible. People do not seek solutions to a problem unless they feel the need to do so. That’s why a proper understanding of “bad news” is so important. If you do not have it, do not proceed.
The good news.
Many mistakenly teach that the Ten Commandments and the entire Law of Moses were given to us as a guide to a righteous life. As you can see above, the New Testament calls the Mosaic Law “death service”. The “Old Testament” is “disappearing” (II Cor. 3: 14,11). “No one is justified by God” (Gal. 3:11). The Law does not have to be a guide to the Christian life (Gal. 3). There is nothing wrong with the law: the problem is ours. But today the law has a fair use. He is “a guide that leads us to Christ” (Gal. 3:24). Used properly, the law takes us away and leads us to Christ. Listen carefully to this explanation