1 Peter 3:15 Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have!
Why is the Bible so EASY to Understand?
The key to understanding is an awareness that the Bible is a progressive revelation from God: He reveals what He wants when He wants. It is easy once you understand the difference between Israel and the Church, as well as the distinction between Jewish Legalism and Grace for all. Pay close attention to whom God is speaking throughout the books: Jews, Gentiles, or both. (Remember that ALL scripture is written FOR us, but NOT all scripture is written TO us!)
Here's your "cheat sheet" to obtain a basic working knowledge of the Bible:
Genesis 1-3 (Creation & the Fall of Man; Sin corrupts all of creation)
God originally created man for the Garden of Eden. However, Eve believed the deceiving serpent and Adam disobeyed God. For their sin, they were removed from Paradise and became subject to death. God shed the blood of an animal to cover their spiritual nakedness (disbelief and disobedience) - not their created state of physical nakedness. It was their shame from sin that God covered, only after Adam & Eve inadequately tried to do so through their own work with fig leaves. God said it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. However, man continued to rebel against God, resulting in Noah's Flood and the confusion of language at the Tower in Babel.
Given mankind's continued rebellion, God established a covenant with Abraham, resulting in the Jewish people and their nation of Israel. However, they failed to believe God and continued to rebel against Him. Even with all of the prophecies and miracles, they still failed to recognize Jesus Christ as their own promised Messiah. They were so focused on performing the works of their "religion" and ceremonies, that they failed to realize how simple God made it for everyone who believes in Jesus Christ to be justified. Whereas, the law of Moses only exposed sin and did nothing to provide salvation!
John (The life, death, burial & resurrection of Jesus)
Fully God yet fully man, Israel's Messiah arrived to fulfill Old Testament prophecy. His earthly ministry was "only to the lost sheep of Israel." However, about the non-Jewish Gentiles, Jesus said "I have other sheep, not of this pen. I must bring them also." BEFORE His blood was shed for forgiveness of our sins, Jesus commanded His disciples to "not go among the Gentiles." However, Jesus then explained "But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." AFTER He completed His work on the cross, in His resurrected body, the Lord Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples and told them to "go and make disciples of all nations." He fulfilled Jewish prophecy and was crucified by both the Jews & Gentiles. Remember, God said it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. He was buried and was resurrected on the third day, in accordance with the scriptures.
Romans (God's saving gift of Grace opened to ALL people, justified by faith plus nothing)
The first Christians were actually Gentile converts of Paul, the Apostle of the Gentiles, not of the assembly of Jewish believers in Jerusalem, who still kept the Law. Paul, previously known as Saul of Tarsus, outlines the gospel and God's gift of grace: Salvation and righteousness for ALL who believe it. God has made it so simple for us to be saved: FAITH + NOTHING! If you believe that Jesus Christ died, was buried and resurrected to atone for your sins, you will be saved. Good works will flow from true faith, but no amount of works will earn you salvation. God's grace is a gift and there is nothing that you can do to earn a gift! Only faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross erases our sins (past, present and future) and provides our assurance of eternity with Him.
1 Corinthians 15 (Resurrection of the Dead)
The Apostle Paul provides the finally revealed gospel of God. Paul discusses the resurrected Lord Jesus, our resurrected bodies and the Rapture.
Read the above sections of the Bible for yourself!
This will give you a basic foundation upon which you can continue your Bible readings with greater understanding. Read the whole book. See what it says. Don't let someone else tell you what it says! Don't trust your eternity in the hands of someone that may be deceived, or even worse, someone that may be a deceiver!!!
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
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