The Bible is the most famous book in the world but also one of the most misunderstood. Most people don’t understand how it fits together. They see it, not a single story, but as a collection of random stories and rules. In this article series, The Big Picture of the Bible, I’ll show you an overview of the Bible message from beginning to end so you can understand how it fits together and what you must do to be saved.
The Bible is an incredible book. Actually, it’s a collection of 66 books—39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. The Bible was written over a period of 16 centuries by a group of 40 men. These writers spanned six major world empires (from the Egyptian empire through the Roman empire), lived on three different continents (Asia, Europe, and Africa), and wrote in three different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek).
Despite these variables, the Bible has one theme: God’s plan to redeem mankind! Somehow the 40 writers, separated by time and space and writing in different languages, wrote one unified message. This was possible because they were guided by the Holy Spirit. The Bible’s unity is a compelling line of evidence of its divinity.
The Bible’s unity is a compelling line of evidence of its divinity.
God’s plan of redemption is summed up in one word: gospel. Jesus commanded His apostles, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Jesus wants everyone on earth to learn Gods’ plan.
Gospel literally means “good news.” It is the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. Our Lord never converted people at the point of a sword or through a “better felt than told” emotional experience. He wants people to understand and respond to His objective message of truth.
Though the gospel is good news, there are some negative aspects to it, which we will learn about in my next article.
What did you learn in today’s article? What insights to do have to share?