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“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” -John 3:7
The first five words in the first book of the Bible says, “In the beginning God created…” Many believe these five words, yet don’t know or believe the rest of the book. What happens after that is just as important as those five words, but reading the Bible can be overwhelming. The good news is that it doesn’t require reading it to understand it; God has placed a condensed synopsis into the hearts and minds of many people. Hearing or reading the purpose of the Bible and why it is important to know, can change the outlook of a life and help each of us to understand why we exist.
God intended for us to have a will of our own, but provided a general set of rules – ten that Jesus broke down to two: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30,31) If you read the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17) All ten fall under one of these two.
The first two human beings, Adam and Eve had been given one rule from God. “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:17) The word die has to do with a permanent death. When our bodies die, our souls are put to sleep until the judgement – more about this later. But at this point, their souls were righteous enough to be immortal. To die meant to become mortal.
Lucifer was an angel of the highest order. He was very popular in Heaven with other angels, and few could see any wrong in him. God, the creator of all, was a being that Lucifer thought should be under him. “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12) Lucifer has many names on earth. “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Revelation 12:9) As a serpent, he deceived Eve into eating the forbidden fruit. “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.” (Genesis 3:4-7) Adam and Eve did what God told them not to do. The disobedience to their creator violated the seemingly simple commandment to love the Lord thy God, but that’s how Satan works with every one of us every day. This sinful nature as a result of sin and the effect of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil meant two things: 1. their souls became mortal, and 2. this nature would spread to every one of their offspring.
When God found out, he asked Adam, who blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent. “And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.” (Genesis 3:12,13) Of course, the serpent said nothing. There are two things that God did next that give clues into how one can be saved. God said to Satan, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15) This was a sign that someone of Eve’s seed will come to save us from Satan, and “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21) This required sacrificing animals to clothe the two naked humans. This provides a twofold meaning: 1. Adam and Eve now needed to be physically clothed and 2. Their righteousness to God was gone and sacrificing innocent animals would provide temporary atonement for their sins – until the ultimate sacrifice is made for a permanent atonement.
The sinful nature of humans provided a dilemma for God. No good works – no morals or altruism could change this sinful nature. Satan would constantly provide doubt and confusion into the minds and actions of every man and woman. A moral man does not have an advantage over a Hitler. Every man kills another in their minds, even if fewer kill in their actions. God found a good man in Abraham, who when tested by being commanded to kill his son Isaac, was stopped short of doing so. “And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” (Genesis 22:2) “And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” (Genesis 22:10-12) Abraham obeyed Him and an angel was sent to stop the killing – Isaac being his only son would provided the bloodline for a nation that was ruled by God. Isaac’s son Jacob was renamed Israel, and this would be the only nation that God would rule over. But first there would have a symbol of salvation.
Egypt is known as the house of bondage in the Ten Commandments. The children of Israel lived in Egypt and Moses was chosen to lead them out. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt. And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land.” (Exodus 11:9,10) God instructed Moses to tell all of Israel to sacrifice an unblemished lamb on the tenth day of the first month, as God to Moses when their calendar was to begin the year. “Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:” (Genesis 12:3-5) The blood of the lamb has a very significant role. “And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.” (Exodus 12:7) “For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:12,13) It is the blood that saved Israel from Egypt. It will be the blood of Jesus that saves you when He comes to lead you from this house of Satan’s bondage.
The prophets of Israel offered clues about whom the Son of God would be:
Isaiah: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) “Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men: So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.” (Isaiah 52:13-15) “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53: 5 – Remember Genesis 3:15?) “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:6,7) Prophecy of salvation: “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:10-12)
Daniel: He prophesied the time until the Messiah’s coming, the time ending the old covenant, and the destruction of Jerusalem. “Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” (Daniel 9:25-27)
Jeremiah: He prophesied the new covenant. “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31-34)
It is important to know who the House of Israel is under the New Covenant. It is separated from the House of Judah because Judah had separated after King Solomon and then after a while Israel was conquered. Judah remained. In Jesus’ time it was known as Judea by the Romans. But Israel scattered long before Judah, so how could Jeremiah prophesy a new covenant for the house of Israel? More to come.
Jesus came to earth, born from a virgin, and taught many as the Son of God and Son of Man. Jesus was the only man ever to have not fallen for Satan and never sinned. The self-righteous Pharisees, who were the Orthodox Jews in that time, did not understand Jesus because they had too much pride by doing good works to please God. Jesus spoke in parables, so as to confuse those who wanted Him rid of. Those who viewed him as the promised Messiah were looking for another King David – someone who could conquer the Gentiles, non-Jews who were not circumcised and ate unclean meat. Instead, Jesus embraced Gentiles who believed in him. Jesus showed those he touched that his kingdom was not on this earth and that those who believed him could have everlasting life, i.e., immortality. Jesus said, “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.” (John 3:16) After 3-1/2 years from when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus rode into Jerusalem and was captured and taken to be tried. Roman authority was hesitant to kill him, but caved to Jewish pressure and Jesus was crucified. Blood was spilled from the stabbing by a Roman guard. Jesus died without sin. He became sin so we could be saved.
Paul said this to the church of the Colossians, “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;” (Colossians 1:19-23) It is not the good works you do; it is in believing that Jesus is the Son of God and that he shed his blood on the cross for us, that we will be protected when this world ends. Jesus said, “And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:39,40)
“From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.” (Matthew 16:21) Jesus was resurrected. “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.” (Matthew 28:1-7) His promise was fulfilled. “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” (Romans 4:24,25)
John 3:16 is the key to how simple it is to be saved. There is no work in simply believing. But there are some steps to being saved.
Confess and Believe – “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
Baptism – Philip and the Eunuch: “The place of the scripture which he (the eunuch) read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: (remember Isaiah, above?) In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.” (Acts 8:32-39) Baptism is a symbolic way of burying the old you and raising the new you, with water instead of earth. “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4)
The Holy Spirit
“Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.” -Matthew 12:31,32
(Prophesy) “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” -Ezekiel 36:27
There is more to God’s gift of salvation than everlasting life. Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:15-26)
After Jesus was resurrected and ascended to heaven: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4) The Holy Spirit provides comfort, understanding, guidance, and instruction. It is the Holy Spirit that does the work in you to sanctify you, that is if you let him. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20) “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (Romans 8:9-11)
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” -Matthew 24:35
What I have condensed for you is what the Bible says is how each one of us can be saved from the inherent wickedness caused by Satan’s power. There will be a judgement against Satan, and in the new world Satan’s evil will not exist. By being saved and receiving the Holy Spirit, reading the Bible will make more sense to you. This condensed Gospel does not take sides regarding what church you should attend or prescribe traditional church practices. It simply covers what the writers of the Bible, through 1,500 years, has prescribed as God’s plan of salvation. Now, going back to some explanations…
Asleep until the Judgement
“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” -Ecclesiastes 9:5-6
“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” -Ecclesiastes 12:7 (The soul is not mentioned here.)
“Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice” -John 5:28
“Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.” -Job 21:32
“And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.” -John 3:13
Jesus’ Second Coming: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” -1 Thessalonians 4:16,17
The Nation of Israel
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:28,29) We are the children of Israel.
I used the 1769 King James Bible version for all quotes.