Progressive Prophecy

The Bible is a compilation of 66 books written by 40 writers, written over 1,600 years. It records God's interactions with different individuals and groups of people as history unfolds. God is not a far-off unreachable entity who idly sits back and watches His creation as time passes. He is intimately involved with humanity because He wants a relationship with each of us. And with each interaction that we read about in the Bible, we see that God wants people to know not only about Him, but He wants us to know Him personally.

God has given hundreds of prophecies to people throughout the Bible as time progressed so that people would know what was coming. When an event happened, just like He said it would, it would show people that God not only knows the future, but also that He is trustworthy and powerful to bring about what He promises.

The Bible tells us that when God created the first humans, Adam and Eve, He walked and talked with them in Garden of Eden. He had a personal relationship with them. But when they sinned and disobeyed His warnings, they brought death to humanity and severed their relationship with God. God is perfect and cannot have a relationship with sinful humanity, so He began and process of bringing redemption and reconciliation back to our relationship with Him.

As the Bible progresses through history, it tells of God's plan to restore this relationship between God and humankind. The Bible foretold of how God would send His Son Jesus to die for humanity, so that we would not have to serve the death penalty for our own sins. Whoever accepts Jesus' death for their sins in faith, will be forgiven by God, and Jesus' death payment will be placed on their account. Their slate will be forever wiped clean before God, and they will begin relationship with Him that lasts forever.

While it is true that we will die a physical death, Jesus will give us eternal life in heaven. And one day, when this age is over, the Bible foretells that He will resurrect all the bodies of those who have believed in Him and will restore them to the perfection He intended for us all to have for eternity. We will return with Him to earth when He comes to reign over it for 1,000 years, and will live with completely new bodies, souls and spirits for all eternity.

We are all a part of the unfolding story of the Bible. We currently live in the gap between Jesus' first coming and His second. Someday, maybe very soon, the final pages of the Bible will be fulfilled, just like He described.

Romans 3:23

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

Romans 6:23

"The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord."

Romans 10:9-13

"If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 5

"Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ

"Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—

To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.

But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!

Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 20-28, 50-57

"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born."

"But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all."

"I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."