The start of it all...
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.
God then creates a man and a perfect place for him to live.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there He put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, along with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
God sets down a rule...
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die".
He then creates a woman from the man's rib.
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man, He made into a woman and He brought her to the man.
Then the woman and the man decide to listen to Satan, disobey God and break God's rule.
Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. "So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her and he ate.
Adam and Eve are sent out of the garden and humanity now needs to be reconciled to God.
Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever, the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.
The human race begins to multiply
And Adam knew Eve, his wife; and she conceived, and Cain was born, and she said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And soon thereafter Abel was born.
And the sin nature of humanity quickly shows itself
Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against his brother and killed him.
And the human race continues to grow
When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his own image, and named him Seth. The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters.
But the sin continues and...
The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD regretted that He had made man on the earth and it grieved Him to His heart. So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
God saves righteous Noah and his family from the worldwide flood
Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the Earth. And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons wives went with him into the Ark to escape the waters of the flood.
The rain stops and the earth repopulates.
And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.
And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
God makes a pact with Abraham that has far reaching implications
Now the LORD said to Abram (renamed Abraham by God), "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; And in you all peoples on earth will be blessed." So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
God's presents the Ten Commandments which spell out part of God's rules to live by
And God spoke all these words, saying: 'I am the LORD your God…
ONE: 'You shall have no other gods before Me.'
TWO: 'You shall not make for yourself a carved image-any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.'
THREE: 'You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.'
FOUR: 'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.'
FIVE: 'Honor your father and your mother.'
SIX: 'You shall not murder.'
SEVEN: 'You shall not commit adultery.'
EIGHT: 'You shall not steal.'
NINE: 'You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.'
TEN: 'You shall not covet."
God and true wisdom
My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
As time goes on, humanity continues to chose their will over God's will
They have all turned aside, they have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.
I know that my redeemer lives. In the end, He will stand upon the earth.
and God's salvation plan from the Bible unfolds...
But the Lord shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgement. He shall judge the world in righteousness and he shall administer judgement for the peoples in uprightness. The Lord will also be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know your name will put their trust in you; For you, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.
******** The New Testament ********
An Angel visits Mary and tells her the Good News about the birth of Jesus Christ.
And the angel answered and said to her, "the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God."
Jesus is born to the virgin Mary and a miracle occurs. God is the Father.
And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room in the Inn.
Jesus lives as a human being (though he is also divine) on Earth for over 30 years...
And the Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John the Baptist sees our Savior coming towards him
The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!"
Jesus begins His 3 years of teaching on Earth
You have heard the law that says, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you.
So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for that is taught in the law and the prophets.
Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments
Jesus answered and said to him, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.
Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
Jesus announces His upcoming death on the cross
Then Jesus said "The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day."
Judas betrays Jesus to the authorities
Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the Chief Priests in order to betray him to them.
Pilate therefore said to him, Are you a King, then? Jesus answered, you say rightly that I am a King, for this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice."
It was now about Noon on the day of preparation for the Passover. And Pilate said to the people, Look, here is your King! - Away with Him, they yelled. Away with Him! Crucify Him! - What? Crucify your King?, Pilate asked. - We have no king but Caesar, the leading priests shouted back. Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified.
Jesus dies on the cross to pay for the sins of all true Christ Followers
When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished," and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
Joseph was a rich man and a Christ Follower
And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.
Isaiah is Holy scripture that was written over 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ
For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked; But with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
Jesus rose from the grave and one day all Christ Followers will be with Him in Heaven
And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the Earth, they said to them, Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified and the third day rise again.
After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to over 500 people...icluding his disciples.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. And when He had said these things, as they were looking on, He was lifted up, and a cloud took Him out of their sight.
Jesus is God, the Son
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
For by Him all things were created that are in Heaven, and that are on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
Jesus is our Savior
For God so loved the World, that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Christ Followers are that group of faith filled individuals that God told Abraham about
So also Abraham "believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: "All nations will be blessed through you. So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
Christ Followers receive Grace (the amazing Gift) through Faith in Jesus
All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me, I will by no means cast out."
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Christ Followers love Jesus
Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.
1 Peter 1:8
Christ Followers strive to manifest the fruits of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control; against such things there is no law.
Christ Followers have an intimate relationship with Jesus and they try to be like Him
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
Christ Followers have a strong urge to spread the Good News
Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
Christ Followers strive to make God's will first in their lives
Regardless of the cost, we are transformed and yearn to do God's will. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good, acceptable and perfect.
Christ Followers need to be prepared for opposition to the God of the Bible.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith from which you will be able to quench all of the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.
As we read the headlines and observe those around us, we see perilous times.
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.
2 Timothy 3:1-4
Are we getting close to the beginning of sorrows?
For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Is the return of our King, Jesus Christ, getting closer and closer?
Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all of the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Jesus has always existed and He always will.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as if I were dead. But He laid His right hand on me and said "Don't be afraid! I am the first and the last. I am the living one. I died, but look - I am alive forever and ever And I hold the keys of death and the grave."
Everyone will see who Jesus Christ is and the Earth as we know it will change.
Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!"
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
Christ Followers will spend eternal life in Heaven and on Earth where Joy and Happiness will last forever!
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."
And night will be no more. They will need no lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be there light, and they will reign forever and ever.
Amen and Amen!
Are you spiritually hungry?
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger,
and whoever believes in me shall never thirst”
Are you looking for true spiritual light?
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”
Are you looking for the entrance to heaven?
“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and
will go in and out and find pasture”
Are you searching for direction? Have you lost your way?
“I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep”
Do you fear death?
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Do you know the truth about the way to get to heaven?
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”
Do you want to live your life like God wants you to?
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him,
he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing”
"And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent"
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