One of the most common misconceptions about the Bible is that its main purpose is to tell us how to live. But that is 180° wrong. The Bible is primarily about Jesus and what he has done to save.
Even the parts of the Bible that were written thousands of years before Jesus was born are still about him! The Old Testament foreshadowed and foretold the coming of Jesus in countless ways.
The message of the Bible remained perfectly consistent too. In the Old Testament, people were saved through faith. Granted, their faith didn’t see the details about the life of Jesus that we have from our historical perspective but they believed the promises God made to send a Savior.
When Peter met with Cornelius, a gentile believer, Peter pointed him to Jesus. At the end of his sermon, Peter said, “All the prophets testify about Him that through His name everyone who believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 10:43) Other passages in the Bible say the same thing.
Since the Bible is primarily about Jesus, growing in our knowledge of him and faith in him is of utmost importance. Faith saves.
Faith is also the only true motive for godly living. There are parts of the Bible that talk to us about how to live. But these sections are built on the foundation of faith in Jesus as the Savior. No faith and there are no good works. But with faith, good works will naturally follow.
Grow in your faith in Jesus. Worship and attend Bible Class. Read the Bible on your own. As you grow closer to Jesus and see his grace, you will also see changes in yourself as you put off the old ways and daily rededicate yourself to serving God.
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