What is the Bible? What’s it for?
The Bible is God’s revelation to man. Okay, so?
What is He revealing?
To begin with, the Bible reveals how the world was made, how it was ruined, how it was rescued and how it will be made new. The Bible reveals God’s Word. Every mountain and every molecule is the word of God. He spoke and it is!
Ultimately His Word became flesh and dwelt among us. The Bible reveals Truth and the Truth is God’s glory; His glory is the redemption of man through Jesus Christ. And that’s the Truth, believe it or not.
Ooooohhh wow, deep stuff. (sarcastic tone for effect). Well, yes.
From the Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
This history of the Apostle’s Creed is a worthy lesson. We will not cover it here, but we will contemplate the “first truth”; From Genesis 1 the Creed submits: “God, the Father Almighty, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
Here are four musings from Genesis 1 in this Simple Sabbath post:
1. God’s creation is good. He said so;
2. God is one and has created from Himself;
3. God creates everything by His word;
4. We love His creation because we love Him and are created to enjoy Him forever.
1. A Good Creation: The Bible reveals Spirit and matter existing with integrity and in unity (it is coordinated, so to speak). The material world is good. There is a marvelous unity in creation. Genesis teaches that the Spirit is present “moving over the surface” or hovering. View this presence as His love and care for creation.
Though Plato has the entire western world distrusting all things material, and would prefer that we ponder the next reality, we reject his posit (dualism – just say no.) It’s a wonderful world; God created it and said, “It is good.”
Listen, that first miracle wasn’t random. That water to wine thing at Cana was appointed by the Divine. Jesus was dropping his calling card. More than a rescued social event, Jesus sets the stage for the Kingdom of God. He fills those water cisterns with joy…that’s right, joy! … right here and right now.
Continue reading Simple Sabbath: Apostle’s Creed, Lots of “isms,” and the WHY, not the HOW