When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
(Ephesians 3:4-6 ESV)
Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians to explain spiritual truths and how a child of God should apply them to his/her life. Paul had received insight into these things through the Holy Spirit.
The Greek word translated “insight” here is συνεσισ (pronounced: soon’-es-is) which means “knowledge”. God provided Paul, and the other biblical writers, with knowledge that had not been made known to the sons of men in [previous] generations. Paul then gave that information to others via his letters. When people read his letters they would then have the same knowledge. Those letters are now part of the Bible.
It is through the Bible that God has revealed truth about Himself, about us, about life, and about death. It is therefore imperative that we read it. These truths cannot be found on the History Channel or at a Tony Robbins seminar. The only place we can find them is in the Bible.
The Bible is an anthology – a collection of 66 separate writings bound together in one volume. Its contents were written over approximately 1,700 years on 3 continents by at least 40 different authors using 3 languages (Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic).
The authors consisted of disparate individuals including kings, shepherds, a military general, a doctor, a tax collector, and a fisherman. Their writings span multiple genres including poetry, prophecy, and prose. Some were personal writings between individuals, such as Paul’s letters, while some had more widespread audiences in mind like the historical writings of the Old Testament and the four gospels in the New Testament.
Despite all this diversity, the message of the Bible is clear and consistent throughout: God created man to be in an eternal, personal, and familial relationship with Him. But our sin prevents that from happening. Nevertheless, God still loves us deeply so He took the unilateral step of reconciling us to Himself.
He did this by sending His only son to this earth in a human body we call Jesus [Philippians 2:5-8] to pay the penalty for our sins so that which separates us from God is no longer a factor. Now, through His grace and mercy we have the opportunity to enter into His presence for all eternity if we simply believe the necessity of this offer and accept it [John 1:12, John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9, et. al].
Those who reject this free, no-strings-attached offer while on this earth will get their wish. They will be separated from God in a place we call hell where they will spend eternity with all the other people who also declined to have their sin nature removed. Hence sin will run rampant there with no end.
The Bible is the main vehicle by which God gives us the information we need about this life and the next. And He wants us to read it.
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