Our identity as people becomes wrapped up in words and deeds that are trying live out the promises of all the books that we think is the “ONE.” I’ve read a lot of books with many promises of my good fortune to come by following easy to learn steps. I think cook books are pretty good at promising a healthy diet to keep the body functioning optimally. Unfortunately, there seems to be difficulty in choosing the one that works best of all the thousands available. Then of course, there are the financial security books that not only promise the secret to investment and wealth, but how to retire with a good sum of money. Unfortunately, there are thousands of books to choose from for the one best financial plan. There are even books on how to choose books on the best way to choose books. Then there are the dating books, marriage books, and social engagement books with many promises of making you a super-duper social person. Again, thousands are available to choose the one best. And Oh, the thousands and thousands of books that promise the best path to spiritual awakening and which god is the single best one for you.
There are also thousands of promises in the Bible, with thousands and thousands of commentaries about them. Which book is the best one? Every promise in the Bible leads to one book; that one open book that was crucified on the cross to make each promise complete. “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil, this will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” The cross heals the sickness of sin in the body to bring the health of redemption to the soul. “…he will give you rest from your enemies around you so that you will live in safety.” The crucified Christ has defeated His enemy, Satan, who threatens God’s creation, and now we have security with God through Christ. “This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.” Through the cross, we have social fellowship in the family of God as we look forward to the resurrection in our glorified body. “And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and you shall know that I am the LORD your God,” Through the cross, God takes us as His people to be our God. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God..” Through the cross our identity becomes known as the children of God.
The above scripture quotes are found in Proverbs 3:7-8, Deuteronomy 12:10, Ephesians 3:4-6, John 1:12