And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.” - (Luke 8:10)
If you are an American, you are most likely an American because you were born here. Likewise, if you are a part of the kingdom of God, it is because you have been born again into His kingdom. This foundational truth not only affects you greatly, but it is also the key to grasping the truths of the Bible.
The unifying central theme throughout the Bible is the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom. The conjoining thread from Genesis to Revelation—from beginning to end—is focused on one thing: God’s glory through advancing God’s kingdom.
When you do not focus on that theme, the Bible presents itself as disconnected stories that may be great for inspiration but seem to be unrelated in purpose and direction. The Bible exists to share God’s movement in history toward the establishment and expansion of His kingdom. It highlights the connectivity throughout, which is the kingdom. Understanding this principle increases the relevance of this several-thousand-year-old manuscript to your everyday life, because the kingdom is not only then, it is now.
Reflection: How does understanding the Bible’s theme help us read it? If you were to summarize the Bible’s theme briefly, how would you describe it? How is it comforting to know the Bible isn’t really about us, but about God?
Father, open my eyes to see Your Word in light of the purposes and stories of Your kingdom. Show me the connections throughout Scripture and reveal to me the unifying heartbeat of Your own heartbeat, which is Your kingdom.
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