1. What is the Bible “for”? Why do we need it? Salvation? Rescue? From what?
Romans 3:23-24 (NIV1984)
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Romans 6:23 (NIV1984)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It should be fairly obvious to most of us by now that the way we have been conducting our business as a sentient species doesn’t actually work. If some combination of warfare, politics, written legal codes, and “salesmanship” could yield a permanent, constructive, productive civilization, it would have certainly done so by now.
We learn from God’s Word that He knew before the beginning what would happen to us if we tried to build our own world without Him—destruction. We would become eternal slaves to sin and death.
For reasons we may never understand, God loved us too much to let us suffer this unimaginably horrible fate without a fight ( John 3:16 )—even though we chose to rebel against Him ourselves. To save us, He had to explain something to us we can’t understand even though we aren’t listening—to show the unknowable to the unteachable. Yes, this thing we call Salvation is completely impossible, which means we really need to get started as soon as possible.
The Bible is the written part of this impossible Plan—provided for us by God through the ultimate act of service by His Son, Jesus Christ, revealed and explained and taught to us by His Holy Spirit ( John 14:26 ).
2. What (or more importantly, WHO?) is the Bible “about”? What is it telling us? Why is this important? Why does it seem to some people like just a collection of stories and commandments?
3. What are we supposed to do about it? What is this “faith” Christians keep talking about? Why is it important?