Today’s guest post is from Tim Price. Check out his last one: Dusty Old Creeds and Why We Should Care About Them.
Let’s talk about Jesus.
The Bible is a book that is ALL about Jesus. This incredible story of God’s redemptive plan in history climaxes with the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
This is really good news. In today’s world it is just far too easy to get wrapped up in arguments about “what Christians should believe about gay marriage, abortion, war, etc…” and to miss the whole point of our faith.
In the first chapter of the Westminster Confession of Faith we have an admittance that “All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all…”
Wait what?! Why wouldn’t they give us all the answers to the Bible?
That question kind of presumes that the Bible does give all the answers, but it doesn’t. In fact, Peter writes a letter explaining that a lot of what Paul says can be very confusing! (2PE 3:16) Of course scripture isn’t completely agreeable and clear to all. Have you read it? Jesus says some pretty strange and seemingly (or definitely) offensive things.
God is both knowable and mysterious. A good confession of faith or church creed doesn’t need to add anything to the Bible in order to clear up the mystery. It should let the perfect nature of God’s awesome and mysterious character be.
But what does the Confession go on to say? “…yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation are so clearly propounded, and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.”
Don’t get me wrong! In no way am I discounting any of the legitimacy of the Bible. I just want to focus for a moment on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians 2:2 Paul says to the church, “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” It is so easy for us to get caught up in many things and just “move past” the Gospel…
“Check, got it, what’s next?”
In actuality, the Bible doesn’t do that. The New Testament writers are continually bringing us back to that place and saying that it is everything to us! We always go back to the Gospel. Where is our hope in times of doubt, in trouble, and trial? It’s in knowing that God loves us right?
But how do we know He loves us? Because your pastor said so? No, it is because the Bible tells me so. (see what I did there?) It tells me this over and over again. But it certainly isn’t an obligatory statement for comforting us like a pill to get us through another situation. It says God loves us by telling us what He did for us.
And what He did for us was die for us. May we never forget.