The Bible's Message
The Bible's message is God's message. We know that because the Bible is
"Inspired" can mean many things. Some people think it means that it "is
interesting" or "fascinating." Certainly, the Bible does "inspire" us and
give us joy.
"Inspiration," however, refers to the fact that God
caused or "Breathed-in"
("inspired") the Bible. That means that every single word of the Bible is
God's Word, not words invented by humans.
St. Peter wrote,
"We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we
told you about...our Lord Jesus Christ." (II Peter 1:16 NIV)
Many Christians don't believe all the Bible is God's Word. This is
because they don't want to listen and obey God in everything. This is
exactly where Satan wants them. Whenever we deny God's Word, we disobey God
by making our words more important that God's Word.
Two Teachings Of The Bible
The purpose of the Bible is to show us how to be saved and how to live a
The Law tells us how to live our lives. This is the first major
teaching. We find the Law of God throughout the Bible. The best example of
God's Law is in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5).
If we could be perfectly holy, we could be saved by keeping the Ten
Commandments perfectly. Since we can't keep God's Law perfectly, everytime
we hear God's Law, God's Law...
- Shows Our Sin (SOS)
- Makes us feel guilty,
- Condemns us to eternal life in hell,
- Reminds us that God will punish us for our sins, and
- Promises that we will die for our sin.
The Gospel, the Bible's second major teaching, teaches us that
Jesus has paid the price for our sins. The Gospel is God's remedy for all
the punishment promised by the Law. The Gospel is God's undeserved gift of
salvation given to us in Jesus Christ. The Gospel...
- Shows Our Savior (SOS)
- Comforts sinners with Jesus' forgiveness,
- Reminds us Jesus paid for all our sins, and
- Promises eternal life.
Confusing Law And Gospel
The most dangerous mistake any one can make is to confuse Law and Gospel.
How can you tell is someone is confusing Law and Gospel? Just ask this
simple question: "How are you going to heaven?"
1) Some say they will get to heaven because they are good people.
Wrong! By completely eliminating Jesus' forgiving work on the cross,
they believe they are saved completed by keeping the Ten Commandments.
Unfortunately, the Bible says, those who believe this are going to hell.
2) Some people believe Jesus died for them, but He didn't completely
save them. Since Jesus' sacrifice wasn't enough, they must do good
things to be saved. This belief, too, confuses God's plan of salvation.
As the Bible says, unless Jesus is our only Savior, we are going to
hell. Those who want, by their own good works to "help" Jesus, are not
Christians. They deny the Gospel and are in danger of eternal damnation.
The only way we are saved is by the clear--not confused--message of the
Bible. St. Paul wrote,
"It is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not
from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can
boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good
works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV
Law and Gospel are not confused when we affirm the Bible's
- Nothing we can do can save us. Only Jesus can
- The good works we do are simply the way we thank God for
salvation in Jesus Christ.
St. Paul wrote that our good works are the way we live out God's calling
for us that He planned for us before He even created the world.
- Why did God create you?
- What did God plan for you to do before the world began?
- Are you ready to do what God called and prepared you to do?