Summary for Book 2 – Incredibly Human: Community Through The Fallen Creation

The series moves forward in Book 2 when the earth becomes a spiritual war zone after God’s enemy leads Adam and Eve astray. It chronicles God’s continuing love and what God has done on humanity’s behalf, as well as pointing forward to what He will do to remedy the human condition, end the war, and fulfill His Eternal Plan and Purpose.

BOOK 2 UPDATE:

Chapter 8  is completed and has been sent to the editors for comments. There are only six more chapters to complete. Then, the book will be in its last phase of development. The projected completion date is still the end of 2019.

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Chapter 2 – The Bible

Before the world began, God had a plan and purpose for humanity. Of course, He wanted them to know about it. After all, what would be the point in keeping it a secret? So, He chose to use the Bible, also known as Scripture, to be the vehicle of that divine communication.

Although to many the Bible is just a record of unrelated stories and events, a serious study reveals that it contains a purposeful disclosure of God’s plan. He has unfolded that plan step by step, and He invites us to come closer to understand it. He invites everyone to become a part of it.

As one would expect, the Bible goes back to ancient times. Some of its stories were first transmitted orally from one generation to the next until Moses, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote them down on scrolls around 1300 BC. From that point on, there have been over forty human writers—both Jewish and non-Jewish, prophets, priests, kings, and church leaders—who wrote over a period of nearly fifteen hundred years. The result of such diversity over such an extended period of time could have easily produced a work of mass confusion and contradictions, but that is not the case. Instead, there is a focused continuity in its message of God’s Eternal Plan and Purpose. This was only made possible because behind its text is the divine author, the Spirit of God, who provides the inspiration to human writers.

Questions

What have you learned today about the Bible that is noteworthy to you?

Have you ever read the Bible?

Do you have a favorite verse?

 

Excerpt from Incredibly Human: Community in the First Creation

Copyright© 2015 D. A. Combs

All rights reserved.

Reprinted 2017

Join us and spread the egalitarian message of God’s love and His purpose for humanity

 

My husband, Jeff and I are trying to place a copy of Incredibly Human: Community in the First Creation in as many U.S. states and cities as possible, as well as internationally. As you vacation, would you place a book in the hotel room where you stay, leave it at a restaurant, or give it to someone you meet? Our granddaughter, Diana took a book to Spain last week. Even though it’s just one book, God can do a lot with just a little and when He gets it into the right hands, lives can be changed. It is like putting a message in a bottle, and then sending it out to sea. Great idea! Put your message inside the cover of the book and see what happens. Then, email me or post here to let me know – the city/state or city/country – so that I can track where the books are placed. So far, we have books placed in five states and  six countries. Will you join us?

 

Chapter 1, Gave an overview of God’s Eternal Plan and Purpose, the three creations and the days associated with each.

Chapter 2:  Next week starts a new study about the Bible. It will teach how to study the Bible, so that we don’t misunderstand God or His message.

Blessings +

Diana

Is There Support That a “Day” Could Be a Long Time Period?

The seventh and the symbolic eighth day have covered thousands of years. That is possible because a “day” can represent long time periods of unspecified length. As the apostle Peter pointed out:

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day (2 Peter 3:8.)1

 That verse was never meant to be taken literally. Rather, it means that when God refers to a “day,” He may be referring to a time period that is longer than twenty-four hours and could expand over eons. Many of the early teachers of the church supported that position. Those included Irenaeus (second century), Origen (third century), Basil (fourth century), Augustine (fifth century), and Aquinas (thirteenth century).2 Therefore, using the word day as a description for a long time period is consistent with both Scripture and the historic teachings of the church.

 

Conclusion

Throughout the eight days and their corresponding time periods of the First Creation, Fallen Creation, and the New Creation, God’s Eternal Plan and Purpose is gloriously revealed in a way that humanity could have never imagined. Since the Bible is the only source for that revelation, it becomes crucial to understand more about the Bible and its trustworthiness.

  1. The apostle Peter is quoting from Psalms 90:4, a book of poetry where the writer compares our days to God’s days.
  2. Hugh Ross, The Fingerprint of God (Orange: Promise Publishing Co, 1991) 141.

 

Excerpt from Incredibly Human: Community in the First Creation
Copyright© 2015 D. A. Combs
All rights reserved.
Reprinted 2017

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.