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An Overview of what God is doing

As we start a new year, it is important to remember what God is doing.  The bible records what God is doing and as we consider it in totalt, It helps us orient ourselves in this sometimes crazy world.

bible overview

The bible is a collection of 66 books written by 20 different authors over 1500 years in 3 different languages.  They combine to provide a coherent record of what God is doing in the universe.  

God created a good and marvelous universe.  This creation included humans who had the privilege of relating to God and helping to watch over creation.  However there was a crisis when humans turned their back on God and evil entered our existence.  History shows that this evil is persistent, permeating even our own souls.  It is hard to explain and there are no easy solutions.  However God has been acting to put things right.  By grace God chose Abraham and made a covenant (binding agreement) to bless all the nations through his descendants.  His descendants formed the nation of Israel and ultimately Jesus Christ was born centuries after Israelite prophets predicted his appearing.  Through his life death and resurrection, Jesus Christ defeated evil and dealt with our guilt which separates us from God.  Jesus Christ invites people from every nation to trust Him and come back into relationship with God.  The blessings that surrounded Jesus life on earth and his resurrection from the dead point forward to the day when everything wrong will be put right in a new creation. God will live with people in unbroken relationship and there will be no more death, or mourning or crying or pain.

David Wanstall, 27/01/2012