Who doesn’t want to know the whole truth? Self-help books make their fortunes by promising to tell you the “whole truth” about how to bring balance and wholeness into your life, but from where does their version of the truth come?

The Apostle Paul outlines truth in just a few sentences in his letter to Timothy (1 Timothy 2:4-6):

“God wants everyone to be saved and to know the whole truth, which is, There is only one God, and Christ Jesus is the only one who can bring us to God. Jesus was truly human, and he gave himself to rescue all of us. God showed us this at the right time.”

The whole Bible, from Genesis through Revelation has this theme. God, along with Christ Jesus and Holy Spirit, created us. (That’s why the Genesis 1:27 uses the pronoun “We.” — God said, “Now we will make humans, and they will be like us.”)

Our inherently sinful nature soon takes over and we are in need of a savior to create a bridge between our sin and God’s holy righteousness. Holy Spirit places exact predictions about Jesus coming (born of a virgin, in Bethlehem, to the line of King David, etc.) in the Old Testament. Jesus is born right on God’s schedule in 2 b.c. His fulfillment of all predictions, sinless life, and myriad of miracles prove he is God’s only given son, as recorded in the New Testament by eyewitness followers and Paul. Revelation, the last book of the Bible, tells us that Jesus will return at the close of the age of grace for all those believers who have been reconciled to God through his gracious offer of a full, free pardon from sin to all who believe in the son he provided — “the perfect lamb of God who takes away the sins of the earth.”

And that is the whole truth.

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