You know how when you go to sign any kind of contract, there always seems to be a lot of fine print? And, what about all those sites on the internet we happen into, that have fine print galore we should agree to in order to use that website? We are always cautioned about how we need to be sure to read and understand all that is in that fine print. Once we enter into a contract/agreement, we are obligated to adhere to all that is in it, whether we truly know and understand what is said or not.
The Bible, God’s “contract” with mankind, without question is a sizable document; it is full of a lot of important information. It stands to reason that we should seriously study the most important contract ever written; and, we should make certain that we understand all that is in it. However, there is no fine print in the Bible – no tricky wording – no deceptions – no cloudy meanings – no fuzzy math. We can read it knowing that all it says is truth and is what we can take to heart and believe without hesitation. It is literally a matter of life and death for our eternity.
So, how can we be certain that all we read in the Bible can be counted on and believed as an all important life-guide?
- “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’” – John 14:6 (NLT)
- “This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God – who does not lie – promised them before the world began. – Titus 1:2 (NLT)
- “Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. God also bound himself with an oath, so that those that received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls.” – Hebrews 6:16-19a (NLT) [Emphasis mine]
The author of the Bible – our God that breathed His words into others to write it – is the only pure, 100% honest source ever. He has no motive to distort the truth. He is so truthful that He openly warns us of the bad things we can face and endure if we do not follow the stipulations of the contract. No sugar-coating. He loves us that much.
But, it is also full to overflowing of wonderful promises of goodness we can expect for ourselves, if we will only accept and believe the truths He offers.
How refreshing it is to just read and accept at face value a contract, with no worries of deceptive fine print!
Written by Karran Martin – July 6, 2019