September 7th, 2011 | Buen Consejo | for http://www.baptist.org/ |
What do you really need to learn from the Bible? What is the goal of all of the knowledge in it? What should be the meter that tells you that you are getting the message? Read on and see >>
A lot of people learn Bible facts. Many learn Bible doctrines. Doctrines are sets of teachings on an issue. There are man-made doctrines and God-made doctrines. Focusing on doctrines is not bad, in and of itself. Many people see the scriptures as a historical data base. It tells us historical information that is relevant and applicable. The scriptures are relevant scientifically and accurate way past modern standards of science. There are good recipes for foods. There are diet advise and teachings that could have prevented all of the health problems plaguing our societies. The scriptures are so full of information on all subjects pertaining to life that it is unmatched by any library! However, that is not the main purpose of the scriptures.
The main purpose of the scriptures is for us to know the author of them. Jeremiah 9:24 “But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.” “that he understandeth and knoweth me”
Everyone I’ve ever heard speak on it thinks that God made Adam for the purpose of hanging out with him in the garden of Eden, however, man fell into sin. That is not correct. Yes, the LORD was planning on visiting and eventually seeing if man would grow into a person to fellowship with, but it was not the original plan.
Here’s the proof: God makes man> Genesis 2:8 “And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.” Next, before Adam had even sinned > Genesis 2:18 “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Let’s also clear up another fable; there is no such thing as a “help-mate” nor a “help-meet”. The word “meet” in English also means “appropriate, applicable” or “fitting”. It means God would make a “help” meet for him (appropriate for him).
Back to the proof > “It is not good that the man should be alone”. God was planning on leaving the man alone. Why? Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” How does a righteous, holy God walk in fellowship with a man who is a child with no understanding of right and wrong? How does God fellowship with a little man that doesn’t know how to stick to principals, push through issues, deal with life and maturity? God can visit, be like a visiting God and Father, but walk together with a man that has no understanding, made a little lower than even the angels? Psalms 8:4, 5 “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.”
So, the plan was to facilitate man (make a facility in which he could learn). The devil was already made and evil was already present on the earth. Now man could learn and grow by reason of the liberty and beautiful freedom to make mistakes and screw things up royally! And that he did.
To be fair, now you understand why salvation is free. As a good Creator, GOD knew that it was his facilitation that allowed Adam to sin at no cost to you and me, so GOD gives the free gift of his Son Jesus Christ to save us with no cost to us.
Romans 5:18, 19 “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.” God made a plan that started you as lost without consulting you, so he made a plan to save you, without consulting you. You just decide if you want Jesus or hell. A lack of deciding for Jesus is a decision for hell.
So, since salvation is a free gift to take and that’s done, religion is out the window. No struggling to find God or a righteous walk through commandments and ceremonies. Now you are free to do what he wants you to, learn of him! Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” “and learn of me”
So, when you read your Bible read it to learn about God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t read it to gather facts, history and information first. First priority: Learn about God.
Isaiah 55:6 “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:”
Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”