Written by Jonathan Hilt
“Amazing grace how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me
I once was lost but now am found
was blind but now I see”
“Wonderful merciful savior
precious redeemer and friend
Who would have thought that
a lamb could rescue the souls of men
Oh you rescued the souls of men”
The Bible is not an easy book to read sometimes. After all it is made up of sixty-six smaller books each with their own chapters and some of these chapters become so tedious that it almost seems like the Bible was purposely made to bore you to death. However it is one of the most rewarding reads a person can have because it is not only the very words of the Holy God, but also because it had the ability to be applicable in every situation a person may experience. Need advice on debt? Go to Proverbs. Want some – ahem – romantic literature? Read Song of Solomon.
But if you really want a read that will blow your mind, go to Romans.
Romans is the book that condenses all of the Bible into a readable and controversial selection. I say controversial because it deals with often critiqued truths such as the depravity of man, God’s judgment, election, etc. But what the underlying message of Romans intertwined with all of the other things is a message about grace, mercy, and judgment.
The Bible in three words is grace, mercy, and judgment.
To expound on this would be tedious in one article so to spare those of us who are prone to ADD-like symptoms (author included) allow me to give a brief overview of the Bible and this triad summary. The Bible opens up with God’s divine grace manifesting in the Creation Account. It was an undeserved act. God did not need us for He had Himself. Mankind was the recipient of an amazing grace that could never and can never be payed back. That said this grace would be repaid with foolishness and bring about the judgment of God. This judgment upon man’s sin is something that was so severe in scope and so destructive that mankind was and is left with no hope. The judgment was and is death.
But then there is the silver lining of mercy.
For some reason God wanted to give a gift to His Son, Jesus. To do that, He planed out the most epic story of redemption to ever be seen in the universe. For God decided that upon the Fall of Man He would send His Son to die for some of these wretched sinners made so by their ancestor and bring them home one day. It was and is the ultimate display of love ever to be seen.
Friend the Bible is not a hard book to understand and regrettably due to the over saturation of bad theology it has become a debatable topic when it never should have been. But unchanging within Scripture is the story of God’s grace, mercy, and judgment and at the top of it all stands Christ the one for whom all things were made.