– We’re doing this series on Unwrapped to help you love the word of God In the early church, Christians were sometimes derisively nicknamed people of the book You can hang that monochroic on me anytime you want to We should be people of the book and we should place ourselves under the authority of God’s word and obey it to be people who are distinct and different and make a difference So, today what I wanna do is to go through the Bible in 35 minutes Yeah, it’s a challenge, I’ll do it, though, I promise And I think it’ll give you a historical perspective It’s a skeleton and now for the rest of your lives, you should be able to put meat on the bones as you make God’s word special in your life Before I begin, let me just say this, last week I asked the question, why should we believe God’s word is God’s word? It’s because of Jesus If you believe Jesus is God in human flesh, you must have his view toward the Old and New Testaments which was the authoritative word of God and if Jesus is God, I’m gonna have his view toward everything Also, today we’re going to look at another reason to believe that God’s word is God’s word, it’s because of it’s amazing unity It’s amazing unity The Bible is a book written over 1500 years approximately by dozens of different authors who came from very different socioeconomic backgrounds from a fig farmer to a king It was written on three different continents in three different languages and yet, here’s the amazing thing about it, over 1500 years with all those facts, it has one unified message What is that message? It’s a message, basically, that the Bible is all about salvation history I’ve given to you this outline that I put together and I hope you’ll be able to use it in years to come as you put meat on the bones, as we now walk through the Bible in 35 minutes Are you ready? I guess the question really is am I ready? (chuckling) Second Timothy 3:16 is the verse upon which I wanna play off of right now If you’re able, out of reverence for the reading of God’s word, would you please stand? The Bible says about itself, All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness God breathed God breathed the word of the Lord, you may be seated So, what is the Bible all about? The Bible is a book about salvation history It’s about how God intended to save a human race that was all heading toward hell That’s what the Bible is all about The Bible is a book about salvation history, from Genesis to Revelation, which we’re about to cover Here we go The Bible begins with the Pentateuch, the Torah, and the Law, the first five books of the Bible, that’s the first division We begin with Genesis one and two God created the heavens and the earth He created it all good After every single day, he declared creation operating the way he wanted it to operate There is perfect original intent in the way that God had his world operating There is, first of all, harmony with God Between Adam and Eve and God, there’s perfect harmony They walked together in the garden, they communicate together, there’s a personal, living, intimate, dynamic relationship between Adam and Eve and God as God originally intended Secondly, there’s harmony with others Adam and Eve got along perfectly, can you imagine? No marital strife, they loved each other deeply, and they had, in their marriage, what God intended between a man and a woman, a committed heterosexual, monogamous relationship, Genesis 2:24, and the two became one They were one with one another There was harmony with nature Nature operated the way God originally intended it to operate And finally, there was harmony with self Inside self where there was peace because everything was working harmoniously Now, when God created Adam and Eve, he told them, you can eat of any tree in the garden except that one, that’s the tree of the knowledge of good and evil The moment you eat of that tree, you’re declaring your independence from me and you’re saying that you can define what’s good and evil and when you do that, you need to know two things will come into the world that are awful: there’ll be spiritual death, you’ll be disconnected from me No longer will we have that personal, living, intimate, dynamic relationship And secondly, there will be physical death introduced into my world Death is an evil intrusion into God’s once perfect created order He never intended physical death to be a part of his original intent So, God warned Adam and Eve, don’t eat of that tree of the knowledge of good and evil for at that point you shall surely die, physically and spiritually Now, at some point in the expanses of eternity,

one of the angels, created by God, named Lucifer, who was one of the four archangels, I think, led a rebellion in heaven because of his pride and his arrogance, his desire to sit upon the throne that Jesus himself held He rebelled and took with him one third of the angels who became the demonic hordes, his army to rebel against God Satan has this job description: to kill, steal, and destroy that which God has created So, in Genesis three, after Genesis one and two, perfect creation, original intent, the kingdom of God, operating as God wanted it to operate, the evil one took on the form of a snake and spoke to Eve Now, some people say a talking snake in the Bible? That’s reason enough not to believe in it Are you aware that in a cultic activities today that when they drummed up the appearance of Satan, he often appears as a serpent and speaks to people gathered to worship him? Moreover, if you go to some occult activity, you will see the leader of the occult in a king-like fashion who has a crown upon his head, there’s often a snake that comes from it The snake somehow was what the evil one chose to speak through, maybe in apparition, maybe really, but he spoke to Eve and his temptation was basically to doubt God’s word, to doubt that what he was saying was true And he basically said, God’s a celestial killjoy Eat of that tree of the knowledge of good and evil and you shall surely be gods And she bit the fruit She rebelled against God, gave it to Adam, he followed suit And sin was introduced into the world in Genesis three Every part of God’s once originally perfect creation is now permeated with sin And now what happens in God’s world because of this introduction of sin through Genesis three is spiritual death, no longer the relationship with God as he loved, as intended, that’s why he created us was to be in that love relationship, to share in the Godheads love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but that’s now been severed because of sin and also physical death As Adam and Eve were created never to die, they will now die and all of their protege after who are born into this world experience spiritual and physical death Moreover, there is disharmony now in God’s creation, there is, first of all, disharmony with God, alienation with him, disharmony with other people, divorce, broken relationships, there’s disharmony with nature, there’s now tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, never a part of God’s original intent but here because of the fall and there’s also disharmony with self Where there was once peace, there’s now guilt, shame, depression, discouragement Then we have, in Genesis four through Genesis 11, examples of those disharmonies being lived out in God’s world First of all, Genesis four and the disharmony with others We have Cain hating his brother, the first murder in the history of the world happened when Cain, in his sin, killed his brother, Abel Genesis five through nine, there’s disharmony with nature, there’s now a flood narrative that’s told There’s Genesis 11, an example of disharmony with God and self as people around the world come together to build a tower in pride of their own human ingenuity toward God In their pride, they said we will be God and of course God came and said I’m the only God and he scattered the people all over the world and from this tower called Babel, people started babbling in different tongues, in different languages, there were different ethnicities and cultures now scattered all over the world and there’s no unity of love to God himself Now, you need to know the character of God that’s revealed in this book God is described as good He’s compassionate, loving, and kind He’s filled with all graces and so he looks down upon this human condition and he could have left us to go to hell but he loved us so much he wanted to bring us back into relationship with him, so he began with Genesis 12, the first movement of salvation history, to save us from our sins and he did so by calling a man named Abram, later called Abraham in the new covenant with God, and he said, Abram, you living in err of the Chaldees, which was present-day Iran, I want you to leave this county where you are and go to a country, I’ll show you where it is, it’s a promised land where I want you and your people to dwell and I’m entering in to a covenant with you Notice it’s God the one pursuing Abraham

God loves us so much, he always pursues us first And he enters into this covenant that’s described in three of the most important verses in all of the Bible, Genesis 12 verses one through three Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country “and your kindred and your father’s house “to the land that I will show you “And I will make of you a great nation, “and I will bless you and make your name great, “so that you will be a blessing “I will bless those who bless you, “and him who dishonors you I will curse, “and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So, God promises Abraham and his wife, Sarah, that they’ll have a son and this son will be the continuation of salvation history until one day all the nations of the world will be blessed Well, Abraham and Sarah have to wait for 25 years for that child ultimately to be born but finally he is His name is Isaac His name means laughter because that was their first response when they knew they were going to have a child after all those many years of waiting and Isaac eventually did come into the world and Isaac married Rebecca and they loved each other as God intended marriage to be Well, then they have two children: one named Jacob, the other named Esau Esau was born first, he had the birthright for the continuation of all the blessings through the lineage of Abraham to Isaac but Esau was a man after the flesh His name means red, hairy He was just after the things of this world He didn’t really have a heart for God Jacob, on the other hand, was not all together much better, at least initially Jacob’s name, in case you don’t know, means trickster, shyster For all you named Jacob or Jake out there, so sorry The rumor is Jacob came out of the womb going take a card, any card, any card at all But he had a heart for God Beneath all of that tricksterisms, he had a heart for God So, God chose Jacob over Esau by God’s divine sovereign choice to be the one through whom salvation would continue Jacob left home, running away from Esau who wanted to kill him when he stole the birthright from him and he fell in love with a gal named Rachel Rachel, the love of his life But Jacob, the trickster, got tricked by Rachel’s father who made him marry Leah first, not quite as attractive So, he did so, married Leah and Jacob It’s the first introduction in the Bible of polygamy and some of you ask me all the time, how do you justify marriage as God intended it with polygamy being in the Bible? Well, I’ll talk about it more in a couple of weeks, I’ll answer that question in greater depth but the bottom line is any time you see polygamy talked about in the Bible, it doesn’t go very well And when you look at the story, always ask the people in the story, now how’s this working out for you? It’s not working out well It’s disastrous as it was for Jacob but what’s beautiful is that God takes the evil intentions of our heart and all the broken places that live within us and he works them together for good He’s working our worst problems out for good So, through the marriages to Leah and Rachel, they had 12 sons who became the 12 tribes of Israel, all a part of God’s salvation historical plan The second of the last of these sons was named Joseph, he was especially gifted, he knew God had a special place in his life, one day he’d be elevated above his brothers, he saw it in a dream, he told his brothers about it, they didn’t like it one bit, they threw him in a pit to remain there to die but an Egyptian caravan came along and took him into Egypt, he remained there working in a house called Potiphar’s house, he was there for some years and raised himself up to a level of success, he got tempted by Potiphar’s wife, he refused, she didn’t like it, had him thrown in jail He’s in jail for several years, he comes out miraculously, and through God’s historical salvation processes ultimately raises Joseph to be the prime minister of Egypt, the most powerful nation on the face of the earth and while he’s there, his brothers are experiencing a famine, they come to him, they don’t recognize him, asking for food, he recognizes them, he asked them to go through all kinds of different gyrations until finally, he identifies who he is to them They’re convinced he’s gonna kill them but he doesn’t In one of the most powerful verses in all of the Bible, in Genesis chapter 50, verse 20, Joseph looks at his brothers and says you meant it for evil but God meant it for good In salvation history, folks, God’s taking all the evil of the world, globally, locally, personally, and he’s using it for good because he’s the one who oversees salvation history So, what you have from Genesis 12 through Genesis 50 is the formation of the Biblical Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph

And through those four, God forms a nation called Israel In fact, he changes Jacob’s name from trickster to Israel which means prince of God He has a plan for forming a nation in a promised land and through this nation he will bless every nation on the face of the earth, that was his promise Then at the end of Genesis 50, you have Jacob coming to Egypt in the famine, they stay in a land called Goshen and they’re happy together, Genesis ends There’s 400 years of silent history between Genesis 50 and Exodus one During that time period, the 70 Jews in Egypt grew to three million and became slaves Genesis, Exodus one opens up with the people of God crying out to God going, set us free, set us free, and God raises up, notice who initiates it, God initiates it by raising up Moses, a Jew, raised in Pharaoh’s court, kills an Egyptian, runs into the wilderness and remains there 40 years protecting himself and God comes to him in a burning bush and says I’ve chosen you, Moses, to go to Pharaoh, to cry out let my people go Moses does so and in a series of supernatural events, God sets his people free, they’re going to him and this promise land that he’s chosen, they have a problem with the red sea bordering them in as the Egyptians change their minds about setting them free and come down upon them and God opens up the red sea, gets them across, swallows up the Egyptians to protect his chosen people that he had made through Abraham’s covenant and they go to Mount Sinai There at the base of Mount Sinai, God does something remarkable, he enters into a covenant with an entire nation, not just one man, Abraham And he gives them his law to be obeyed, he wants them to be a holy, different kind of people, a moral people that’ll be a witness to the world and all of it’s Pagan godlessness And he gives them, in the book of Exodus, his law He gives them the tabernacle where God will be present He shows up in their midst to love them, care for them, and serve them And that’s the book of Exodus Then there’s a parenthesis with the book of Leviticus The book of Leviticus is God’s holy worship book The very purpose of the book of Leviticus is for God to say to his chosen people: you shall be a holy people, a different kind of people, it’s a worship book on how to worship God Then God returns to the historical narrative in the book of Numbers It’s called that because there’s a census of all the people described in the book but it’s much more the continuation of the historical analysis from Mount Sinai where the people entered into the covenant with God, where God said I’ll be your Father, you’ll be my Son, just love me and obey my law, they then start moving from Sinai toward the promise land that God had for them They arrive at a city called Kadesh Barnea and the book of Numbers describes what happens They send out 12 spies into the promise land to look at it The spies come back, 10 are overwhelmed with the size of the giants in the land and start sewing seeds of fear and discord in the hearts of the three million Only two, Joshua and Caleb, have a faith that believes that God is bigger than the giants in our lives Don’t ever look at the size of your giants, always look at the size of your God But the 10 spies sold the three million in fear and God had had it with the three million So, he said okay, rest of the book in Numbers, lap around the wilderness for 40 years and this generation of unbelievers, you need to die off and we raise up a new people who will believe in my promises and that’s exactly what happens at the end of the book of Numbers Then you have the book of Deuteronomy which is kind of another parenthesis, if you will Moses, the leader, had disobeyed God and the punishment from God was you’ll not be able to enter the promise land So, Moses, knowing the people are on the verge of the promise land, getting ready to go into it, writes a series of sermons to give them his heart It would be much like if I had several months to live and I wanted to give you my best sermons ever and I wrote them into the book, that’s the book of Deuteronomy And the book of Deuteronomy has one central message from Moses, trust God and obey what he tells you to do Trust and obey, that’s the book of Deuteronomy But one particular section of great interest is Deuteronomy 28 and 29 where God, through Moses, says to the people as they’re getting ready to go into this Pagan land, if you obey what I tell you to do, you obey my moral law, I will bless you abundantly but if you disobey my moral law and don’t do what I tell you to do, I’ll bring curses upon you and the greatest curse that will be brought to you is

you’ll be taken into captivity A foreign nation will come upon you and take you away to a land that’s not the promise land That’s the book of Deuteronomy and it ends as does the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy Then the next section of scripture are the historical books Here’s how they go: first of all, the book of Joshua, he takes over the leadership from Moses and he leads the people in the conquest of the promise land God’s call upon Joshua was to eradicate all the Pagan nations in the land Don’t leave them as a temptation for you to stop to adopting their ways and Joshua doesn’t do it, there’s still pockets of Pagan godlessness that exist in the land after the conquest And this is particularly a problem expressed in the next book called the book of Judges Joshua failed to raise up a leader to take his place So what happened is the people of Israel and the promise land began to adopt the Paganism of the godless people around them and they would spiral into a moral abyss, they’d be captured by these people, and they would cry out to God, God would raise up a judge, the judge would bring spiritual revival, the enemy would be defeated, and they would have freedom for a season and then it’d go through the same cycle downward, cry out to God, God would raise up another judge like Othniel, Gideon, Deborah, Samson, those are the names of some of the judges and spiritual revival would occur and God would reign in the land for a season But the cycle is what I call, first you abhor sin, then you endure sin, and then you embrace sin And in the embracing, your civilization is overthrown and vanishes You can only guess where I think America is today Any nation that, first of all, abhors sin will be blessed by God but when it starts to endure sin then embrace sin, calling what’s good evil and evil good, ultimately, God will judge that nation And then book of Judges has, as its last verse, one of the most telling verses in all of the Bible It says and everyone did what was right in his own eyes That describes America today Everyone sets their own values, everyone decides what they think is good and evil, everyone eats of the fruit of that tree continually and God’s judgment will come upon a land that does that The book of Judges ends, then you have the book of Ruth which is a story within the story It happens during the time of the Judges Ruth is a Moabites woman, she’s a Gentile, and she marries, in her nation, an Israelite who came to Moab, they fell in love, got married, but he dies and so Naomi, her mother-in-law, who’s Jewish, takes Ruth back to Israel, she meets a guy named Boaz, they fall in love and they get married and the first message of Ruth is that God loves Gentiles, that he wants Gentiles to have this relationship with him and they should be welcomed into the nation of Israel but it’s also a very beautiful story, the lineage of Boaz and Ruth Within a couple of generations thereafter, King David is born to them And generations after that come from the lineage of King David, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the working of salvation history in the book of Ruth is evident As God oversees everything purposefully in accordance with his plan Then come first and second Samuel, first and second Kings, and first and second Chronicles It’s the story of kings being raised up by God to oversee this special nation that he has created It was, first of all, the King Saul, he was an awful king, he was a megalomanic and he was ultimately cast aside Then came King David who was a good man who sought after God’s heart and he led Israel to a powerful position of prominence in the world Then he passed the baton off off to Solomon after his death and Solomon continued in a glorious state Israel reached zenith of power and prestige like never before, although Solomon began to sew the seeds of Paganism in his life and in the country as he intermarried with Pagan peoples wives and daughters for his own selfish benefit Now when Solomon died, there was a wrestling match for the soul of Israel and the problem was caused by a fisher that went deep underneath the foundations of Israel traced back to Saul and David The 10 tribes in the northern kingdom basically felt David stole the kingship from Saul So, they didn’t want anyone in the lineage of David overseeing them Two tribes in the south, Judah and Benjamin, wanted to follow in the devitic realm So there was a split after Solomon’s death,

the northern and the southern kingdoms Now, you need to remember, Deuteronomy 28 and 29, which was also echoed in Leviticus, by the way, of God saying, if you obey my laws, I’ll bless you, if you disobey them, I’ll curse you and if you keep disobeying them, ultimately, I’ll bring a nation upon you to take you away Well, the northern kingdom did not have one good or godly king, not one And when the kingdom divided in the 10th century within 200 years, the northern kingdom went from a poor endure embrace to ultimately God’s judgment In 722 BC, the Assyrian nation, the most powerful nation on the face of the earth at that time came and conquered the 10 tribes and took them away They are unknown to be known where even today, they’re called the 10 lost tribes of Israel The southern kingdom though was different Even though it began to adopt some of the Pagan practices around, it did have kings who loved God and would step to the plate and bring revival Kings like Hezekiah and others and the cause of that, the ultimate decline of the southern kingdom was retarded but eventually, over years, they too began to disobey the moral law of God and God brought upon them the babylonian nation which had overtaken the Assyrian nation some years earlier and the Babylonians were used by God to take the southern kingdom into what’s called a Babylonian captivity in 586 BC And the people now in the captivity at the end of second Chronicles and second Kings Now, people ask the question, what’s the difference between first and second Kings and first and second Chronicles, here’s basically the answer: first and second Kings gives the historical account of what happened, first and second Chronicles gives God’s view of what happened So, you see, a lot of spiritual interpretations that are a part of the historical analysis of first and second Kings given through first and second Chronicles And then as the people were in captivity, you have the historical book of Ezra which is the return of a certain number of people into captivity in Babylon which had now been overtaken by the Persians in 460 BC And Ezra, with his people, came back and introduced temple worship as God intended it to be Then you have Nehemiah as another historical book In 430 BC, he returns from the Persians back to the promised land and he rebuilds the walls around Jerusalem and then finally, Esther, a historical book is a wonderful story of a woman who loved God with all her heart, soul, mind, and might and was used mightily by him in the Persian Empire to help save her people who were sought to be eradicated in genocide by a man named Haman She learned of the scheme and was able to thwart it Now, isn’t it interesting that the Jews, God’s chosen, are still hated by the evil one today? And there had been repeated attempts throughout history to eliminate them from the face of the earth You have Haman, here in Esther, you have Herod in the time of Jesus, and you have Hitler some decades ago Haman, Herod, and Hitler Where are they all now? Hell, I’m convinced So, Esther ends and the historical books end Then there’s a larger parenthesis in what’s called the Wisdom Literature The Wisdom Literature addressed several different areas mostly about practical living The book of Job is answering the most often asked question that people ask me, probably you too If God is good, why is there suffering? So, Job deals with that Psalms is Israel’s worship book It deals with struggles of the heart, decelerations of faith and hope, it deals with prophecies about the coming messiah, but you need to remember that the Psalms from Israel’s perspective were always sung, not read They were what they had every week in their him book that they used to sing praises to God The book of Proverbs addresses the two areas of wisdom and knowledge, the author’s primarily Solomon and he’s trying to give us insights into those key areas, wisdom being what is God’s truth, knowledge being the practical application of that truth in our lives Ecclesiastes is a book pointing out by Solomon the meaninglessness of life without God It is a book that most often points to what I think’s going on in America today Song of Solomon is a love story and can be interpreted in three different ways: it’s a love book about either a husband and a wife individually, Israel and God, a nation, or Jesus and his church, all three are valid interpretations of the text, all three can be rightful understandings of the book of Song of Solomon That’s the Wisdom Literature Then it moves to the prophets in the Bible Now, who were the prophets? They were men called by God to address national problems in different nations and warning them, exclamation mark,

that if they continue down the path they’re going, God will judge them So, you have, to the Assyrian nation, Jonah and Nahum speaking God’s judgment against them To the nation of Edom, which was a neighbor of Israel, an absolute nuisance continually in Israel’s life, a thorn in their flesh, God’s sending Obadiah to warn them To the Northern Kingdom, he sends two prophets, Hosea and Amos, and to the Southern Kingdom, and those in the captivity, are the rest of the prophets in the Old Testament Over and over again, saying to the people, don’t you remember Deuteronomy? Don’t you remember Leviticus? If you continue down this path of disobedience, God will judge you and ultimately he’ll bring a nation upon you and take you into captivity, that’s what the prophets are saying over and over again Now, what’s the difference between what’s called the major and the minor prophets? One group of prophets aren’t more important than the other The major prophets have to do with the length of the book So, Daniel threw, excuse me, Isaiah through Daniel are the major prophets because of the length of the book Then the minor prophets are Josiah through Malachi because of the length of the book And the last book, Malachi, written somewhere around 410 BC shows Israel in a very Pagan state And Malachi ends and there’s no communication from God for 400 years Between Malachi and the New Testament is 400 years of silence, it’s called the Intertestamental Time Period Until God finally speaks And how does he speak? He loves us so much he initiates like he did with Abraham and throughout the other historical narrative with the Jews, he becomes one of us He pursues us He becomes a baby in a manger and he grows up and lives the perfect life we can’t live because he is conceived by the Holy Spirit and in his perfection, he goes to the cross and takes the penalty for our sin upon himself, something he didn’t deserve and then he gives us the reality of the forgiveness of our sins, something we don’t deserve, so that we can be reconnected to God in spiritual life The spiritual death problem of Genesis three is now overcome We’re reattached to God We can now, through Jesus, can have an intimate, personal, dynamic living relationship with the God of the universe And also, physical death solved When we die, who believe in Jesus, as he was raised from the dead, we take off this earthly earth suit and we put on the resurrection body like Jesus did and we live forever So, physical death is solved by this Jesus who came, lived, died and was raised from the dead We have the gospel accounts of this, the word gospel means the good news, the good news that we’ve been forgiven of our sins There’s the gospel of Matthew who wrote to the Jews, there’s the gospel of Mark who wrote to the Romans, there’s the gospel of Luke who wrote to the Greeks, there’s the gospel of John who wrote to everybody in all of the world and these authors of these books were either someone who walked with Jesus or an associate of someone who walked with Jesus and who had seen the resurrected Lord, those were the three criteria in the early church for deciding which books were authentic or not And then we have Jesus raise from the dead, ascended into heaven, and then his spirit is poured out upon his church and that’s the book of Acts The way to divide the book of Acts is Acts 1:8 Jesus said and you shall be my witnesses, first of all in Jerusalem and Judea to Samaria and then to the ends of the earth And interestingly, by the way, this is so cool, in Acts the second chapter, when the Holy Spirit comes down upon the people in Jerusalem, they’re gathered from all over the world, every ethnic tribe possible and they are filled with the Holy Spirit when they believe in Jesus, so what happened with Babel in Genesis 11, God in salvation history reclaims in Acts two As people were scattered, God brings them back together through Jesus, that’s the intention of the church, to come together as one And then you see the division of the book of Acts The gospel is taken to Jerusalem and Judea in Acts one through seven The gospel is taken to Samaria, Acts eight through 12 The gospel is taken to the ends of the earth, Acts 13 through 28 And when the gospel is taken out by the Apostles, churches were formed, groups of people, the word church means the called out people of God People were called out of darkness and Paganism who become followers of Jesus and in their little communities of faith, they live out the kingdom of God reestablished in their hearts and among themselves and as they always happen when churches live for awhile, they start to not understand right orthodoxy or right orthopraxy, right doctrine and the right practice of doctrine So, the Apostles stayed in these churches and taught right doctrine, taught right practice, but after they left, they would look back sometimes and see misbehavior according to wrong doctrine, so what they did was they wrote letters to the churches John, Peter, Paul, others, they wrote letters, the Apostles

to the churches, correcting their orthodoxy, giving them right theology, correcting their orthopraxy, giving them the right practice of right theology, and these churches to which the Apostles wrote are the letters, the epistles, of Romans through Revelation They’re the Apostles correcting orthodoxy and orthopraxy and sprinkled throughout all of their letters and the gospels are the promise that Jesus will come back again one day and not only is spiritual death overcome, not only is physical death overcome, that when he comes back, he will establish his message of the kingdom of God here on earth as God intended There will now be harmony with God again, there will be harmony with others again, there will be harmony with nature again, there will be harmony with self again as God establishes his kingdom, it will operate as he desired, more specifically, God will restore when Jesus comes back again, Genesis one and two As you read the book of Revelation primarily, it’s a book about the promised coming of Jesus that will restore original intent in Genesis one and two As God began the world historically in Genesis 1:1, he will end the world in Revelation 22 and original intent will happen again, the kingdom of God will occur but until that day Jesus comes back, God has formed this amazing organism called the church, the called out people of God who are to be a holy people not adopting the Pagan practices of the culture around them And through this church and the proclamation of the kingdom of God that’s prayed, first of all, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, we work for the kingdom of heaven to come to earth, we fight against sex trafficking, we fight against poverty and hunger, we fight against people who don’t have clean water, we want to make sure that people live under the authority of the kingdom of God, we work hard, that’s our job description as Christians for the advancement of the kingdom of God, knowing it will only take place when Jesus returns but we work hard knowing he will return and when he returns, the kingdom of God will come to this earth We proclaim the gospel of salvation to the world, we work hard for the needs of the poor and the oppressed, we advance the kingdom of God and the fourfold harmony we know will one day return to this earth, so here’s the most important question I can ask any one of you today: if the Bible’s a book about salvation history to rescue God’s humanity, heading toward hell, are you saved? I passionately ask you this day, are you saved? Do you know God through Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of your sins? If you don’t, you’re not saved and your trajectory is heading eternally to be without him but through Jesus you can know God, you can be reattached in that intimate, personal, dynamic relationship, that’s why he came That’s why he came The Bible in 35 minutes (applauding) Try doing that three times Yeah Well, listen, use this and any time you’re reading a Bible section, you need to look at the text in its context and so you’ll know the context of the text and it’ll be able to answer a lot of questions for you So, use this for the rest of your life If you lose it, we’ve got many more, okay? This is the skeleton of the Bible Now, you need to put flesh on the bones for the rest of your life Okay? Unwrap the book