God is not wicked. He is not as man is. He does not take delight in confusion. He makes His word plain. Man confuses it. God gives man reason in order to know. Man takes reason away that he may not know.

"Come now, and let us reason together" (Isa. 1:18). Reason. God is reasonable. His word can be known. Jesus shows us a glimpse of what reasoning through the Scripture looks like:

Satan: "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."

Jesus: "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"

Satan: "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: 'He shall give His angels charge over you,' and, 'In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.'"

Jesus: "It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the LORD your God.'"

Satan told Jesus to do something and Jesus replied that man lives on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, and He proved it in the next temptation:

Satan told Jesus to throw Himself off of the temple because of something written in the Scriptures. Did the Scriptures say what Satan said they said? Yep. What's the problem then? Why didn't Jesus just say "you're right" and jump off?

Because Jesus knew the Scriptures are supposed to be understood together, therefore He said "It is written again, 'You shall not tempt the LORD your God.'"

Jesus shows us how to reason through the Scriptures. Scripture harmonizes. We are to take everything the Scripture teaches and harmonize it with everything else the Scripture teaches on a subject.

If I were to ask Jesus to tell me what I must do to be saved, He, no doubt would say

"It is written:

if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins

Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent

Whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven

Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit"

Jesus would direct me to His word. What has it to say about my question? What must I do to be saved, Jesus?

Believe Jesus to be the son of God; repent of our sinful lifestyle; confess Jesus as the son of God among men; and be baptized for the remission of my sins.

At that point Jesus would add me to his church (Acts 2:41, 47) and His blood would continually cleanse me from my sins as I walked in the light and confessed them (1 Jn. 1:5-9)

Won't you listen to Jesus today? He is waiting today to add you to His body, to His bride, to forgive you of your sins, so you too can live with Him in eternity!

"Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts" (Heb. 4:7).

I love you. God loves you far more than I ever could.