Just…God’s Plan.

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Greetings my English speaking friends and those wanting to learn, welcome to Just English!

Last week I talked about a difficult theme. Our topic was what went wrong with the world: sin and the result, death. This week, I want to fill you with peace and hope.

There are problems with our world. But as we read in the Bible, God is not only just. We don’t only have to fear Him. Also, God is love. (I John 4:8). And God has a plan for us.

Our problem is that we are not perfect. You might say, we are slaves to sin. Our relationship with God is broken because of sin. We are guilty. And yet we try to reach God. For all of history, people have made sacrifices to try to make God happy. But the sacrifices aren’t perfect. And God wants perfect justice.

Never fear, God has a plan.

God’s plan can be found in the Bible. “God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus, God’s son, was the chosen one: the Christ. He filled both justice and love.

In Paul’s letter to the people in Ephesus, we read, “But God is rich in mercy because of his great love for us. We were dead because of our failures, but he made us alive together with Christ. (It is God’s kindness that saved you.) God has brought us back to life together with Christ Jesus and has given us a position in heaven with him. He did this through Christ Jesus out of his generosity to us in order to show his extremely rich kindness in the world to come. God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God. It’s not the result of anything you’ve done, so no one can brag about it” (Ephesians 2:4-9).

Brothers and sisters, we can have peace and hope in Jesus. As the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Are you guilty from sin? Do you fear the justice of God? The time has come. Change the way you think and act. Believe the Good News about Jesus. God who is faithful and just will forgive your sins. He will clean you from every evil.

You might say that you do not deserve this. True. None of us deserve God’s love. But you are of great value to God. He created you. He cares for you. And he has paid the price for your sin.

The problems of this world are not forever. People live on this planet for a small time, no more than 120 years. Life on earth is short. However, life with God can be forever. You can have eternal life. In Jesus, God has a plan for you.

I’m Leon Smith

Just…the Bible.

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Greetings my English speaking friends and those wanting to learn, welcome to Just English!

In future “Just English” moments, I will continue to share the basics of justice with you from a special book: the Bible.

But if we are going to learn justice from the Bible, we need to believe that the Bible is worth studying. Why should we believe the Bible as opposed to any other book? In short, why should you trust the Bible?

Maybe you ask, “Why should we trust any book?”

Some books inform us with facts. Other books teach basic truths through stories. Some books are written simply for entertainment. Ultimately, books are a form of communication. To trust what is in a book, we must trust the book’s author.

The Bible is a unique book. It is the world’s best selling book. It has been translated into more languages than any other book in history. Actually, it is a collection of books. It includes facts of history, predictions of the future, poetry, songs, and letters. The Bible was not written by only one author. It was not simply a story made up by one or two ore even 12 people. In fact, over 40 authors wrote it over the span of 1500 years. Some authors were kings. Some authors were servants to kings. Some authors were religious experts. Other authors were simple fishermen or shepherds. Authors wrote parts of the Bible from three different continents – Asia, Africa, and Europe. Some books were written while the authors were traveling, other books are letters written from prison.

In the Bible, we can read about God’s creation of the world. We can also read about the problems of the world and God’s answer to the problems. The Bible covers almost all topics of human experience, from birth to death, from love to war. In it we can read about justice against evil. We can also read about how to find freedom, peace and hope. We can read about life and we can also read about what happens after death.

It is amazing that with all of the different topics, and books, and authors, the Bible is unified in its message.

In one of the Books in the Bible, a letter from Paul to Timothy, we read that, “Every Scripture passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching, pointing out errors, correcting people, and training them for a life that has God’s approval” (II Timothy 3:16 – GOD’S WORD Translation).

We can trust the authors of the Bible because they were led by God to write. And each author ultimately points to God as a God of justice and mercy. He sends a chosen one to fix the world—His son, Jesus.

As the author John, an eyewitness to the life of Jesus writes, “God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life” (John 3:16 – GOD’S WORD Translation).

God communicates with his creation, he speaks to you and me through the Bible. He gives us His word and message of life as a gift.

We can trust the Bible because we can trust God.

I’m Leon Smith.