Introduction

Welcome! Thank you for this opportunity to present you with the true message of hope from the Bible, God’s word. God wants a better life for you, and for you to live forever. This is a series of articles on Bible Truths and Your Salvation. It explains several essential Bible teachings that directly affect your life now, and your future salvation. Our prayer is that after you have read all the articles you will understand more clearly what God requires of you, and of the next steps you can take to benefit from God’s personal offer of salvation to you.

(All Bible references are taken from the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible.)

An Essential Basis of Understanding

We hope you share our belief that the Bible is inspired by God, and is infallible, because this series is written based on acceptance of this essential premise. Belief in the inspiration of the Bible provides us the foundation for all other Bible teachings. While there are many different translations or interpretations of the Bible available to us, the original texts were written by men who were inspired by God. That is, God’s power, the Holy Spirit, worked directly on their minds to shape the words and thoughts they recorded (2 Peter 1:21). There may be errors in translation or transcription, but God Himself is infallible, and so is the expression of His will, which is contained in the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16).

Our Attitude to God’s Word

Our attitude to God’s word is important and we need to come humbly to its pages and recognize God’s spirit in its message. God reveals what pleases Him and what frame of mind is necessary on our part for His blessing to be upon us and for the word of God to work in our lives. Both Isaiah and James illustrate these principles:

Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest?
All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.(Isaiah 66:1-2)
Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (James 1:21)
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2 Responses to Introduction

  1. Brian says:

    You say it is gods thoughts but wouldn’t that mean Jesus didn’t exist before he became flesh .

    • Robert Janecke says:

      There’s a lot about Jesus (and God) that He didn’t share in His Word… maybe because right now we couldn’t understand… or maybe because right now we don’t need to know. But the Bible does say (in the following verses) that Jesus was with God in the beginning of creation as the Word of God… before he came in the flesh. There is danger when we try to presume beyond what God has chosen to reveal, but in one sense, Jesus continued to be the Word of God.

      “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:1-3)

      “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3)

      “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

      “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son…” (Hebrews 1:1-2)

      “The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak.” (John 12:48-49)

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