In the beginning…

Once we place our lives into God’s capable hands, our lives do not become perfect over night. It’s in fact only the beginning of a life long journey to perfect the beautiful masterpiece God has designed us to be. Growing closer in our relationship with God and immersing ourselves in His Word daily is part of our journey towards perfecting that masterpiece. Whether you are just becoming familiar with God’s Word for the first time, or are returning home to God’s Word after being away, this post is for you. What follows is a light introduction to God’s Word.

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 came into being through Him,
and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not comprehend it.
-John 1:1-5

In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not comprehend it.
-John 1:1-5

The Bible consists of two main sections – the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament consists of anywhere from 39 (Protestant), 46 (Catholic), or more (Orthodox and other) books written by various authors and produced over a period of centuries. Christians traditionally divide the Old Testament into four main sections:

  • The first 5 books or Pentateuch (Torah).
  • Next is a series of history books sharing the history of the Israelites, from their conquest of Canaan to their defeat and exile in Babylon;
  • Followed by the poetic and “Wisdom books” dealing, in various forms, with questions of good and evil in the world; and
  • Wrapping up with a series of books of the biblical prophets, warning of the consequences of turning away from God.

Meanwhile, the New Testament consists of 27 books. Originally written in Greek, these books record the life and teachings of Jesus and His earliest followers. The New Testament consists of:

  • 4 narratives of the life, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus called “Gospel” or the Good News.
  • 1 narrative of the Apostle ministries in the early church, called the “Acts of the Apostles”;
  • 21 letters, often called “Epistles” from Greek “epistole”, written by various authors, and consisting of Christian doctrine, counsel, instruction, and conflict resolution; and
  • 1 Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation, which is a book of prophecy, containing instructions to 7 local congregations of Asia Minor, and includes prophetical symbology about the end times.

The following is a short video illustrating the enormous impact the Bible has had on us throughout the centuries.

What impact has the Bible has on your life?

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