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“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Monday, December 28, 2009

The essence of the Bible message

Do you want to understand the thrust of the whole Bible from Genesis 0:0 to Revelation 22:22? It can be condensed into one short lesson from Jesus.

“I am the true Vine, and My Father is the Husbandman.
Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me.
I am the Vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.
If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples.” (Jn. 15:1-8).

That’s the long and short of the whole Bible message. Christ’s parable really does sum up the whole biblical historical experience, God’s message to a fallen and hurting world. Even His bad news is good news.

If the sinner, whether an Israelite of old or the Christian today, stays attached to Christ and His words flow into and through him, he will know the happiness that the Bible promises. “Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance”—the lost fountain of youth—can only be found by joining in a union with God through Christ, our Redeemer, in His word.

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