Did you know that Jesus said,
… “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! … John 5:39
39 You make search in the holy Writings, in the belief that through them you get eternal life; and it is those Writings which give witness about me. John 5:39 Bible in Basic English
Once we understand God’s purpose for revealing Himself and His plan for our salvation through the Holy Bible, it makes the Bible a much more exciting book to read and when we read it, we begin to have a better understanding of why God chose the facts and stories which are included.
When we learn facts about the Hebrew language; facts such as the following, we are less likely to be duped by those who pick verses out of context to make their own theology and to use the Bible for false and misleading purposes. For example, did you know this concerning the original Hebrew and Isaiah 9:6?
‘For a child is born unto us, a son is given unto us; and the government is upon his shoulder; and his name is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. The names Mighty God and Everlasting Father in Hebrew are Pele-joez-el-gibbor-Abi-ad-sar-shalom;’
This child which is born is called El-Gibbor, which means ‘Mighty God’. El-Gibbor is never used of a man. Avi-Ad is literally ‘Father of Eternity’ and could never describe a mere man. This is found in Arnold Fruchtembaum‘s book Messianic Christology. Arnold Fruchtembaum is a Jew whose father was orthodox and trained him in the tradition of all orthodox Jewish families. Arnold was saved after meeting a Lutheran minister and was disowned by his family after converting to Christianity. Would he know the language well enough to know what this passage means? I would think so. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Hebrew and Greek in 1966 and then a master’s degree in theology from Dallas University. Next he earned a Ph.D at New York University in 1989. He also studied Hebrew at the American Institute of Holy Land Studies and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
4 Now those things which were put down in writing before our time were for our learning, so that through quiet waiting and through the comfort of the holy Writings we might have hope. Romans 15:4
At least 15 times in the New Testament, we are told that our hope is to be in Christ. Outside of Christ, there is no hope for mankind.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who through his great mercy has given us a new birth and a living hope by the coming again of Jesus Christ from the dead…1 Peter 1:3
Jesus said it this way:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1
If we take time to study the books and themes of the Bible we see that God’s purpose in coming to earth and taking the form of a man was to defeat Satan and provide a way for mankind to be ransomed from death and destruction. All sixty-six books are designed to focus our attention on God’s plan for mankind’s salvation and to point us to Jesus. Jesus told us this as we just read in John 5:39, but it becomes even more clear when we look at each book in the Bible:
In Genesis 49:10 we are first taught of the coming King who will be of the tribe of Judah:
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants, until the coming of the One to whom it belongs, the One whom all nations will honor. (Jesus is called the King of Kings in The Revelation of Jesus Christ)
In Exodus we are introduced to Yahweh, the Great I AM. Here God teaches us that He is a provider and a Redeemer. He teaches us of the need for a Passover Lamb and the absolute necessity of cleansing, which is finally accomplished once and for all by the Lamb of God: (Jesus not only dies at Passover, He is called the Lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world in The Revelation of Jesus Christ.)
John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
The Bible continues to teach mankind that our God, Yahweh, the Great I AM, is a Creator and Redeemer God who manifest Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament, God uses the law to teach us of our need for a Savior. He uses the historical books to allow us to learn how He deals with His own people because all who are willing to receive Christ as Lord and Savior become His own. He used Poetical books to teach us the Wisdom of God which Christ exemplifies. He uses the prophets along with other passages from every book to prepare us to recognize Him when He appears incarnate in human form to bear our sin. Jesus can be found in all the books of the Bible. Not only is He found there, the Hebrew language, when translated properly by experts leave no doubt that the Messiah will be God, Yahweh, in the flesh. See “Jesus Plus Nothing” by Iain Gordon and Brett Wilton.
After centuries of preparing creation to receive the One true Messiah, Jesus Christ is born into the world. His birth perfectly fulfilled every prophecy concerning His coming and there were numerous prophecies.
Finally we have the New Testament of Jesus Christ. In these 27 books, we have recorded the birth, ministry, circumstances surrounding the arrest, the crucifixion, the resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. We have the coming of the Person of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ along with doctrine to keep our churches functioning. We have the ministry of the apostles and lastly, The Revelation of Jesus Christ recorded so that we know what will happen at the end of the ages.
The end of the story tells us that He who came is coming again:
Revelation 21:12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. 16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” 17 The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! 21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.