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This article would have interest only to a serious seeker of truth from the Bible...someone who really wants to understand what is the main teaching found in the Bible.

I've found many different ideas as to the purpose for the existence of the Bible. It's not my intent to try to prove that the Bible is a divinely inspired and given book. I believe it is because it speaks a clear message to me.

I was first exposed to Bible stories in Sunday School at a very young age. They were presented in such a way that I long remembered the stories such as David slaying Goliath and Daniel in the lion's den. Jonah and the whale and stories of the miracles of Jesus were all very memorable.

As I became a student of the Bible in my adult years, one truth began to stand out to me. It was this. God desires fellowship...a close relationship with the man He created. Although it seems that man continues to run from God in disobedience and dis-respect, God continues to pursue the desired relationship. His desire is expressed over and over in many different ways.

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the garden of Eden, God came saying, "Where are you, Adam?" Of course God knew where Adam was. He was speaking out of disappointment and hurt. "Have you disobeyed me, Adam? Have you broken our close relationship?" God's question can be heard still as He seeks for that relationship with man that He so deeply desires.

After the children of Israel had been delivered from Egyptian bondage, God said to Moses, "See how I've brought you out Egypt and brought you to MYSELF." Then when God began to give instructions for the building of the tabernacle, He said it was so He could live among His people.

In Isaiah 66: 1,2 the prophet speaking for God says, "Heaven is my throne; earth is my footstool. What kind of house could you build for me? All these things I have created. Yet to this MAN will I look; to him who is humble and of a contrite heart and who trembles at my word." In other words God is not interested in structures built by man, thinking to honor or house God, but He is vitally interested in a man whose heart is right with Him.

Jesus, in His earthly life, revealed perfectly the heart of God, the Father. You can see that although He ministered to multitudes and performed miracles for many, His close relationship with His disciples was where He revealed the deeper truths.

Finally, in Rev. 3, Jesus is heard saying, "Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and open the door I will come in and sup with him and he with me." Just think of the intimacy of a personal visit from Jesus, sitting and eating at your table!

When the final events of the world, man and God's purpose are summed up at the end of Revelation, there is an exclamation, "Look God's home is now among men and He will live among them and they will be His people." I've often heard of people on earth looking forward to their mansions in Heaven. Father God is also looking forward to His final home and I believe He is excited as He anticipates the ultimate fulfillment of His desire.

There are many other parts of Scripture that reveal this heart of God, other that what I've shared here. If you will read the Bible with this understanding, you will sense God's desire being expressed in many ways. I know that to many, the message of salvation is the main theme, but salvation only became necessary after man broke his relationship with God. The provision of salvation is what makes possible the fulfillment of God's plan to dwell with His people in intimate fellowship.


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