By: Charles Brymer, Informed Faith
Chances are that most of us have assembled a puzzle at sometime in our lives, and in doing so, used the picture on the box to make sense of the numerous pieces. In other words, in order for us to understand how the individual pieces all fit together, we had to see the big picture. In like manner, by understanding the big picture of the Bible, one can come to understand how the various pieces came together as a whole.
In Matthew 22:34–40 the Pharisees tried to stump Jesus when they asked him what was the most important command in the Law. According to the Law of Moses if one failed in a single point, they were guilty of it all – a truly all or nothing situation. So they believed Jesus could give no correct answer. They were wrong. In Jesus’ answer, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind … and love your neighbor as yourself, (Mt 22:37–39, ESV)” He summed up the big picture of the Bible.
The Bible is all about relationships. It mentions every relationship one could think of: God and man, husbands and wives, parents and children, neighbors, church families, etc. If we love God with all we’ve got, then we will follow the Scriptures’ teachings about how to interact with God (John 14:15, 24). Also if we love people like we love ourselves, which implies that we should have a healthy sense of self-respect, we will do God’s will by treating people as we should (Romans 13:8–10). So, that is the Bible in a nutshell: honor God with love and respect, treat people like you want to be treated, and behave yourself. Get the picture?
Charles Brymer is the minister at Magby Gap Church of Christ. You can reach him by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.