Bible? Jesus? Why all this?

The Gospel in it’s Context

Welcome, dear reader!

Nice of you to drop in. May your visit be as rewarding as possible!

Someone has probably told you that Jesus loves you, or you’ve read it somewhere and it’s true! But could you relate to it or even understand why it might be important for you?

If not, I hope to fill in a few gaps now. Let’s start at the beginning, as a reliable source lets us know.

Origin

God in the beginning created everything by His Word. He spoke and it was there. Everything He says comes to pass. After the heavens, earth, flora and fauna had come into being, He formed people as small, living images of Himself in order for them to represent Him on earth and help Him govern it. He could of course have done it by Himself, but He preferred to do it in fellowship with trustees. He handed the planet over to them. Ever since, things happen if they decide and do them. Everyone is basically given

  • specific talents, which are a fragmentary representation of God’s abilities, and
  • an individual sphere of influence, which they should preserve and develop well.

First of all, people were given the task to

  • govern fauna according to God’s goodness and wisdom and
  • preserve and cultivate an especially beautiful garden!

People, animals and plants enjoyed an optimal quality of life. In particular, regular contact with God – the original, after whom people were formed – did them infinite good! In Him they could find perfect love, beauty, purity, strength and everything desirable, gain wisdom to make optimal decisions and remain tangibly connected to the meaning of life, thereby passing on everything good to creation. God loved the people in whom He found Himself, just as parents love their children, in whom something unmistakable about them lives on. Although they were His creatures, God treated them – unlike the animals – as almost equal partners. It was the happiest time in history so far!

Gambled Away

Living conditions were optimal and people adhered to God’s words exactly for a long time. At some point, however, they began to become somewhat lax in preserving creation, and destructive forces were able to have an impact on the animal world. Many of them became dissatisfied with being ruled by people who had been created after them. Of all the animals, the serpent was the most intelligent and recognized that the strength of humans lay above all in their intimate relationship with God. Through their carelessness, it was also able to enter the garden and tempt them to distrust God and act contrary to the only instruction He had given them. In a world where up to now everything that an absolutely trustworthy God had said had always happened, something like this was an unimaginable breach! It is called “sin”. This refers to behavior that is – from a global perspective – as absurd as possible, which harms everyone involved in the long term and usually costs the offender their life!

God forgave them so that they did not have to die immediately, He limited the damage at His own expense and helped them to live with the consequences. However, by turning away from His commandment, people had expressed that He was only allowed to work in their domain – the earth – to a limited extent, and their decision had to have an effect! God withdrew from His creation – also out of faithfulness to His word – and became invisible to people. The destructive forces entered the vacuum, made life difficult for people and their descendants and influenced them to sin more so that they would gain more and more influence.

Guilt had been forgiven, but the powers of sin that were now in the world made all living beings susceptible to disease and mortality. To protect it, the garden of God had to be closed to people. Those became insecure, lost the ability to deal well with God, fellow human beings and their spheres of influence, and their work became laborious and inefficient. Envy, like dwindling resources, soon led to strife, death and war. The history of human civilizations that we know is a consequence of this. Everything that people decide and do still happens on earth, but without the original intimacy with God – even with the best intentions – not much desirable always comes of it.

People developed their own moral and religious standards, independent of God, to cover up the gaping holes and prevent the obvious worst in coexistence. Damage could indeed be limited, but there were numerous losers in every society, and the winners were often not to be envied either. Nothing was perfect anymore, humanity was far removed from its original purpose of existence and only narrowly escaped complete extinction a number of times. It was prevented in each case because God found at least one person who trusted Him and focused their life entirely on Him, and who thus gave Him hope of being able to win back significant parts of humanity to heavenly normality in the long term.

Back to the Roots

Due to His decision to leave the earth to mankind, God can only intervene in people’s sphere of influence if they so desire. In view of these conditions, however, they soon began to call out to Him and He then began to prepare them for His return in the long run. He chose a people for this purpose. All cultures had developed their religious beliefs, but to His chosen ones He revealed what He was really like. This happened in many little steps. He showed Himself as a powerful liberator and loving provider for His people, who were given the task of loving Him with all their devotion and preparing and maintaining a dwelling place for Him on earth where He could feel well and at home. This also included everyone valuing their fellow human beings and treating them as well as they themselves would like to be treated. All this was detailed in the law of God for the situation back then. Above all however a key person was to emerge from His chosen people, who would reconcile to God all people who would want this, bringing them into their original calling and rule the universe with them for eternity.

Excursus: Trinity

As we know, everyone can make up their own thoughts. With the help of their breath, they can put them into words and – also with the help of others who hear them – put them into action. The breath reveals the meaning and urgency of a statement through its intensity, among other things. When a person tells the whole truth, words and breath are in harmony with themselves – their thinking, feeling, knowledge and conscience. The three are one.

If God created man in His image, He must be able to do at least the same as His creature: think and, with the help of His breath, utter words that create or change things. We have already seen that God created everything through His Word and that everything He speaks comes to pass. The Word can do what He can do and has the power in itself to bring everything into being. God also always speaks the truth. This means that His Word is always one with Him.

“Breath” and “spirit” are the same term in the original text of the Bible. As with humans, the spirit (breath) brings forth the word and confirms it. It is one with the Word and with the One who spoke it. The three will never diverge. All of them truthfully reveal, what God is really like – what He loves, feels and thinks!

„For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are one.“ (1.Joh5:7, TR)

The Word becomes Man

God is omnipotent and can do whatever He wants. Among other things, He can come to earth personally as a human being. And He came – as announced many times – to His chosen people! The Spirit brought the Word into the womb of a virgin Miriam (Latin: Mary), and she gave birth to it as a baby. God’s Word thus grew up as an ordinary human being and worked until the age of 30. He was the only person to do everything right – just as God loved. He then healed the sick, drove out destructive forces that had caused mental illness, among other things, and revealed God through words and deeds in a way that only God Himself could. He was and always remained one with God.

Since He had been begotten by God’s Spirit, He could rightfully be called “Son of God”. His name Yeshua HaMashiach (Latin: Jesus Christ) means “God’s Salvation” and “Authorized Key Person” or “Official King”. His people had been waiting for Him because all prophets had announced Him, but only few recognized Him when He actually arrived because He used to be so decent and humble – not the obvious superhero they had imagined. God’s word always comes to pass perfectly as spoken, however often not as people imagine!

Solution: Salvation!

At the best time of His life, He let Himself be falsely accused, innocently condemned, tortured and put to death in order to create a compensation – effective according to God’s law – for all people who had for what ever reason become guilty before God and incurred His wrath, perhaps suffering from the consequences (e.g. sickness), but who definitely wanted to return to God, their origin, and get rid of their guilt!

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already …” (Joh 3:16-18). God will one day judge every injustice – including what has been done to you. However, since everyone (including you) has already acted against God’s will and caused suffering in their own sphere of influence, this cannot really end well for anyone. The only way out is to accept God’s offer of forgiveness of all sins through the death of Jesus Christ!

If you want this, then say: “Jesus, thank You that You died to pay my debt, to redeem me from sin, to heal my sickness and to reconcile me with God. I accept your offer! Forgive me all my sins, take over my life, guide me and give me Your Spirit so I can learn and have the strength to live increasingly in a way that pleases God. Thank you! Amen (so be it)!

He knows, loves and hears you! He has not remained dead:

Life goes On!

After three days in the tomb, Jesus rose from the dead, appeared to more than 500 people, ascended into heaven and sent the Holy Spirit to empower His believers to live and act as He did. Jesus‘ resurrection from the dead is one of the best attested and therefore most credible events in history. It is all the more worthwhile to get to know Him personally!

If you however first want to check the options then say: “Jesus, if You exist and this is true, then confirm it several times so that I can believe it. Send me the Holy Spirit so that He can guide me – as promised – into all truth! Thank you! Amen!”.

God loves you!

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (Jh 15:13)

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Rom 8:31-32)

God’s love for you is real, constant, greater and more effective than anyone else’s! Turn to Him and say, for example: “Father, let me consciously experience Your love! In Jesus‘ name, amen!”

The Bible and the Internet are full of reports of actual experiences that people have had after approaching God and asking Him for something: Physical and spiritual healings, provision, salvation, help and guidance in work, family, hobbies and much more! King David summarizes in Ps 103:2-6 just some of what he regularly experiences:

„Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

  • Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
  • who healeth all thy diseases;
  • Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
  • who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
  • Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;
  • so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle‘.
  • The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.“

If he and many others were able to experience God’s intervention this way, then you can likewise if you put your trust in Him!

You should however let Him be Lord. This means that He doesn’t always have to do everything that pleases you straight away, but what corresponds to His good will for all people at all times, and in the end this is infinitely better than what seems optimal to us at any given moment. But even if some solutions take some time even with God (although, to be accurate, it is not up to Him), He will answer other prayers quickly, and it is always (!) worth entrusting everything to Him quickly! He knows your needs and has the optimal solution ready! Ask Him and thank Him for it already, because through faith you open the door through which He will answer you!

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28)

Get to know God

God is invisible but He can still meet you, e.g. in thoughts, conversations or through media, especially the Bible. You can recognize Him by His typical nature and character traits, which others have also noticed in Him:

  • „O taste and see that the LORD is good“ (Ps 34:8)
  • „The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.“ (Ps 103:8)
  • „God is love.“ (1.Jh 4:8)
  • „The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?“ (Ps27:1)
  • „For the Word of God is quick an powerful, sharper …“ (Heb4:12)
  • „Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.“ (2.Kor3:17)
  • „… the truth shall make you free.“ (Joh 8:32)
  • „Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father (origin, home), but by me.“ (Joh 14:6)

Whenever something gives this overall impression, then it may well be that God is speaking to you in that moment!

In the long term, His work always brings about the best developments in our own character and environment – which, however, require time and cooperation, similar to the cultivation of fruit and vegetables.

„so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.“ (Mt7:17ff)

„But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.“ (Gal5:22f)

Getting to know God as He is and keeping Him before your eyes helps you to stay with Him and not fall prey to deception, which would absolutely not have any good effects in the long term. Eternal life also begins for you while you are still on earth, because „… this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.“ (Jesus in Joh 17:3)

Next Steps

If you are interested or even committed, to

  • claim God’s sure forgiveness so that you can stand before Him with a clean conscience
  • make the best of your life in the long term
  • be added to His chosen ones
  • prepare a dwelling place for Him in your life, and
  • help Him to regain His rightful rulership over His creation (starting with your life),

then

  • Talk to God about everything, thank Him for everything and ask Him everything you’d like to know. Expect Him and He will find a way to answers all important questions in the right time. He is always available for you! However, it may help you to reserve certain times for him (e.g. in the morning/evening).
  • Grow in love for Him, give Him priority, implement promptly what you have recognized as right and love your fellow human beings as yourself. You usually won’t have to invest much willpower of your own, but simply tell Him if you need His gracious intervention at a point. He loves you and will take care of you in this too, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Phil2:13)
  • Read the Bible. It has been uniquely inspired and compiled by God’s Spirit.
    • Start with the eyewitness account of His best friend and the books that follow (swiping / clicking arrow leads to the next chapter),
    • Read then other reliable reports if you like, e.g. the very detailed one from Luke.
    • Examples of encouraging thoughts and prayers from people who knew God well can be found in Psalms
    • Good tips for life you can find in Proverbs
    • To find out all the details and back stories, read the Bible from beginning to end. (Read the end to get a taste of heaven!).
    • You can grasp God’s view on a topic if you read all Bible passages for a search term in the respective context and pray for revelation
    • Be sure to ask the Holy Spirit to explain everything you read to you and stay in conversation with Him about everything. Life with God is first and foremost a relationship and everything else flows from that.
    • In addition, good movies can also help you to get to know and love Him. One example would be the series “The Chosen” (app for Android or iPhone).
  • Get baptized under water! By doing so, you officially leave the domain of evil and legally join the kingdom of God. You express that you have died and risen with Christ in order to continue living the life He left for you. You can then be sure of enjoying eternity in the best possible way. “…Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation! He who believes and is baptized shall be saved, but he who does not believe shall be condemned.” (Mark 16:15-16) The latter is not meant to be a threat, but a sober conclusion that under the given conditions without faith in Jesus there is no effective forgiveness and therefore no basis for enjoying eternity in God’s presence. Without Him, however, existance is completely unbearableand in the end it’s only all or nothing. God loves you infinitely! However, He respects your personality that much as not to impose anything on you – even salvation! In turn, this means that anyone who wants to live with Him and enjoy eternity must make a conscious decision for Him and really should not take any risks in this respect.
  • You can be baptized in a fellowship of like-minded people who had already been baptized themselves and with whom you can share everything you are experiencing and learning with God. Ask Him to bring you together with the right people. You will recognize them by them living according to the Bible and by yourself enjoying God’s presence in their fellowship in an even greater measure than when you’re alone with Him. However, don’t expect perfection. Every fellowship of believers is made up of imperfect people just like you, who are gradually being changed by God into loving Him and their fellow human beings more. Jesus – as with His disciples at that time – often brings together quite diverse characters, but through the work of His Spirit they are led to a special unity that only God can bring about.
  • Learn to perceive God’s guidance and verify everything that people tell you as to whether it clearly emerges from the Bible and corresponds to what you have surely got to know from God. His nature and words basically transport love, peace, freedom, purity, freshness, strength, courage, joy, grace, gentleness, patience among other characteristics of Him. If something you hear gives this overall impression, it is probably from God. Ask Him, and He will confirm anything important – repeatedly if need be – so that you can be sure. If in doubt, simply stick to what you have recognized as His sure will so far. He will not make it difficult for you!
  • If you have realized that you have done or are doing anything wrong, then quickly come to God with confidence and know that He loves you infinitely and will gladly forgive you everything! “… But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 Joh 1:9) Everything has been paid! Jesus has also removed your future guilt, so that you can live your new life in Him free and unburdened! Entrust yourself to Him and stay with Him or simply come to Him again and again!
  • If you should ever feel helpless then just call out “Jesus!” (or heb. „Yeshua!“), because “… it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved …” (Joel 2:32)

The more you embrace Him and His brilliant ways in love, the more His kingdom will come in your life, you will make the best of it and gather treasures that no one can take away from you and that you will enjoy for all eternity!

Final Destiny

“… in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” (1 Cor 15:28ff)

Then it will be fulfilled what the name of God says about Himself:

“… [if] they say unto me, what is his name, what answer shall I give them? Then said God unto Moses: ‚I will be what I will be‚: and he said, this shalt thou say unto the children of Israel: ‚I will be‘ did send me to you.” (Ex 3:14f, ~Tynd.)

God is constantly expanding His presence! He is who He is and will be who He will be forever!

And you are designed to be part of Him! Whether you take your place is up to you, but your life on earth serves to give you this unique opportunity!

Summary

God is love. (1.Jh 4:8)

He created man to rule creation together with Him. Everyone was to protect their individual sphere of influence and develop it well. This is however only possible in partnership and the closest intimacy with Him!

This basis was lost when people believed others more than the one who created everything, who knows everything and never lies. As a result, even with good intentions, people often caused a lot of damage. Their attempts to get closer to God through religious efforts were mainly unsuccessful and generally did not make the world a better place.

God Himself has then opened the way back to anyone who wants to, by placing everything that separated mankind from Him on His Son Jesus Christ, who carried it out of the world by His own life. Anyone who trusts Him is

  • reconciled with God and adopted into His family
  • becoming part of God’s people and kingdom, which will be ruled for eternity by the resurrected Jesus Christ
  • restored to their original calling
  • supernaturally enabled to live their lives increasingly in harmony with the Creator’s will, without it having to be difficult.
  • being prepared to enjoy eternity in the best possible way!

Source

The best-selling book in human history is unique in many ways. At least 40 authors from a wide variety of cultural, social and professional backgrounds, most of whom did not know each other, wrote it over a period of 1600 years. Nevertheless, it follows a clear line because – according to the book – the authors were inspired by the Spirit of God in a special way. It is therefore considered by many to be the primary and reliable reference for what God has said and is still saying and doing. Most of the prophecies have come true exactly. Only a few are yet to be fulfilled. Cultures that have seriously studied the Bible have been inspired to make many advances, and today the top ranks of many indices on quality of life, freedom, justice etc. are predominantly occupied by countries in which its content has had a major influence on people’s lives for a long time (and which therefore often carry a cross or similar on their flag). It is therefore worth taking a closer look at it and, above all, at the spirit that inspired it! This article is intended as a suggestion. All the best with it!