Chapter 4 - Our Problem
In the previous chapter, we examined God’s self-disclosure to man in the form of the Bible and most fully in the person of Jesus. We covered the most important aspect of the person of Jesus: his claim to deity. The evidence points from multiple angles to the conclusion that Jesus is the Lord of history, the Son of God.
The focus of the gospels, however, is not so much his identity as his mission, i.e., what he came to do. His message was that we are sinners under the wrath of God who need to repent of our sins; his mission was to die in our place, and so offer us forgiveness and reconciliation with God.
At the end of Chapter 2 we left off with a stark picture of how our rejection of God has resulted in idolatry, moral relativism, and enmity toward others.