The Bible is the story of God’s relationship with man.
God made people in his image so that He can have a relationship with us. The terms of the relationship are already defined in the Bible, so it is not up to us to create His character or define how we will interact with Him.
Everyone is in the Bible’s story. Some of us are acting as the villain in the story. If you don't read the Bible, how will you know what God says? When people around you or media outlets are talking about ethics or what love and marriage is without any foundation, you will likely just believe what you are told. But the Bible tells us the definition of relationships, how we got here and why we are here, so it is very important to know what it says.
|The Bible is not:||The Bible is:|
|One Book||66 Books|
|An Answer Book||A Revelation of God|
|Written to Us||Written for Us|
|Words on Paper||A Living Document|
The Bible isn't one book. It is 66 books, all anointed and inspired by the spirit of God. It was written over 1500 years by 49 different authors on 3 continents, and yet it is coordinated by the Spirit of God. Its authors did not know one another, so they could not get together to collaborate or conspire, but the Spirit of God is the common thread.
The Bible is not an answer book, but a revelation of God. It will not tell you whom to marry or how to buy a house, but it does speak to the plan and character of God; from this information, you can deduce not to marry someone who draws you away from God, or not to do drugs, as the Bible explains that your body is the temple of God. In the revelation of God, we can find answers.
The Bible was not written to us, but for us. For example, Paul wrote to specific people in specific situations, but we can learn about how to live based on the information given to those people.
The Bible is not just words on paper, but a living document. It is much deeper than information because it actually has the power to transform lives (Hebrews 4:12).
Today’s passage is from Galatians 4. In context, Paul wrote the letter to the church in Galatia to clarify the gospel. Though the Galatian church understood the gospel - that on our own we can never fulfill the law to perfection, so Jesus fulfills it for us by grace as we surrender our lives to Him - but they began to preach a gospel tainted with teachings that we as humans needed to do good works to deserve this gift of salvation.
The Biblical truth is that God accepts nobody on that basis. A person can never do good enough to deserve the forgiveness of a Holy and sinless God, so we need to stop trying to prove ourselves and just accept Jesus’ free gift, His perfect fulfillment of the law through the shedding of His sinless blood.
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Galatians 4:4-7
1. The Father is the Author of the story. Galatians 4:4
As God’s Word, the Bible lays out the whole story of man from creation, to the first sin, to the establishment of the nation of Israel as God’s people, to the establishment of the law, to man’s struggle with the law. Then the time finally came for God to send Jesus as a living fulfillment of the law, the feasts/holidays, and the sacrificial system for the removal of sin.
Just as the Jews in Egypt were passed over by the lambs’ blood placed on their doorposts, the Bible tells us that Jesus is the Lamb of God and that His blood covers our sin so that eternal death can pass over us.
God has plans and a timetable. As you sit here today, your life is on a schedule. Will you push God away, or enter into His desires for you now?
2. The Son is the main character in the story. Galatians 4:4-5
Jesus was born of a virgin, lived 33 years on the earth as a human, was tempted in every way, healed the sick, preached the gospel, performed many miracles, and demonstrated the power of the kingdom of God. He also told His followers that the things He did could be done by them as well.
God wants to draw us back to a right relationship with Himself, so He sent Jesus to provide that way. Much like a child cannot do anything to earn the love of his parents, we cannot earn God’s love with goodness. We are saved by His grace through faith.
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. Galatians 4:4-5
3. The Holy Spirit guides us in our role in the story. Galatians 4:6
The Father promised the Holy Spirit as a guide to all believers to guide us through life.
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. John 16:13
You may be holding God at a distance, but without Him, life becomes very weary. You may have heard people say, “God will never give you more than you can handle,” but this is only partially true. If you don’t trust God, then you will very likely have more than you can handle. The weight of the world can destroy lives.
But the story of the Bible illustrates another way - God’s way. He wants a relationship with you, and this must be on his terms. He doesn’t want to do things your way! Today is the day to come to Him, just as you are, and receive forgiveness and life!