Passion Week Events

Palm Sunday

– Christ enters Jerusalem: Mat 21:1-11; Mar 11:1-10; Luk 19:28-44; Jhn 12:12-19

Monday

– The second cleansing of the temple: Mat 21:12-17; Mar 11:15-18; Luk 19:45-48

Tuesday

– The barren fig tree: Mat 21:18-22; Mar 11:11-14, 19-23

– The questioning of the chief priests: Mat 21:23-27; Mar 11:27-33; Luk 20:1-8

– Parable of the two sons: Mat 21:28-32

– Parable of the wicked husbandmen: Mat 21:33-46; Mar 12:1-12; Luk 20:9-18

– The tribute money: Mat 22:15-22; Mar 12:13-17; Luk 20:20-26

– The Sadducees confuted: Mat 22:23-33; Mar 12:18-27; Luk 20:27-40

– The great commandment: Mat 22:34-40; Mar 12:28-34

– David’s Son and David’s Lord: Mat 22:41-46; Mar 12:35-37; Luk 20:41-44

– The hypocrisy and ambition of the Pharisees: Mat 23:1-39; Mar 12:38-40; Luk 20:45-47

– The widow’s mite: Mar 12:41-44; Luk 21:1-4

– Christ’s second coming foretold: Mat 24:1-51; Mar 13:1-37; Luk 21:5-36

– Parable of the ten virgins: Mat 25:1-13

– The last judgment: Mat 25:31-46

– Greeks visit Jesus. Voice from heaven: Jhn 12:20-36

– The judgment of unbelief: Jhn 12:37-50

– Last passover. Conspiracy of Jews: Mat 26:1-5; Mar 14:1,2; Luk 22:1,2

– Judas Iscariot: Mat 26:14-16; Mar 14:10, 11; Luk 22:3-6

Thursday

– Paschal supper: Mat 26:17-30; Mar 14:12-26; Luk 22:7-23; Jhn 13:1-35

– Contention of the apostles: Luk 22:24-30

– Peter’s fall foretold: Mat 26:31-35; Mar 14:27-31; Luk 22:31-39; Jhn 13:36-38

– Last discourse. The departure. The Comforter: Jhn 14:1-31

– The vine and the branches. Abiding in love: Jhn 15:1-27

– Work of the Comforter in the disciples: Jhn 16:1-33

– The prayer of Christ for them: Jhn 17:1-26

– Gethsemane: Mat 26:36-46; Mar 14:32-42; Luk 22:40-46; Jhn 18:1

Good Friday

– The betrayal: Mat 26:47-56; Mar 14:43-52; Luk 22:47-53; Jhn 18:2-11

– Christ before Annas and Caiaphas. Peter’s denial: Mat 26:57, 58, 69-75; Mar 14:53, 54, 66-72; Luk 22:54-65; Jhn 18:12-27

– Christ before the sanhedrin: Mat 26:59-68; Mar 14:55-65; Luk 22:66-71

– Christ before Pilate: Mat 27:1, 2, 11-14; Mar 15:1-5; Luk 23:1-6; Jhn 18:12-28

– The traitor’s death: Mat 27:3-10

– Christ before Herod: Luk 23:7-12

– Accusation and condemnation: Mat 27:15-26; Mar 15:6-15; Luk 23:13-25; Jhn 18:29; 19:16

– Treatment by the soldiers: Mat 27:27-31; Mar 15:16-20; Luk 23:36,37; Jhn 19:1-3

– The crucifixion: Mat 27:32-38; Mar 15:21-28; Luk 23:26-34; Jhn 19:17-24

– The mother of Jesus at the cross: Jhn 19:25-27

– Mockings and railings: Mat 27:39-44; Mar 15:29-32; Luk 23:35-39

– The penitent malefactor: Luk 23:40-43

– The death of Christ: Mat 27:50; Mar 15:37; Luk 23:46; 19:28-30

– Darkness and other portents: Mat 27:45-53; Mar 15:33-38; Luk 23:44,45

– The bystanders: Mat 27:54-56; Mar 15:39-41; Luk 23:47-49

– The side pierced: Jhn 19:31-37

– The burial: Mat 27:57-61; Mar 15:42-47; Luk 23:50-56; Jhn 19:38-42

– The guard of the sepulchre: Mat 27:62-66; 28:11-15

Resurrection Sunday

– The resurrection: Mat 28:1-10; Mar 16:1-11; Luk 24:1-12; Jhn 20:1-18

Seven Ways To Read The Bible

1. Read The Bible With An Honest Desire To Understand It

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.” (Ps 119:103-104)

Don’t be content to just read the words of Scripture. Seek to understand the message they contain.

2. Read The Bible With A Simple Faith And Humility

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” (Jhn 5:24)

Believe what God reveals and rest in His promises.

3. Read The Bible With A Spirit Of Obedience And Self-Application

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. (Jam 1:22,25)

Apply what God says to yourself and obey His will in all things.

4. Read The Bible With Every Day

“Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isa 40:31)

We quickly lose the nourishment and strength of yesterday’s Word. We must feed our souls the manna God has given us daily.

5. Read The Bible In Its Entirety

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Tim 3:16)

Read the entire Bible, a portion every day, comparing Scripture with Scripture.

6. Read The Bible In Context And Interpret Scripture With Scripture

“You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” (Matt 22:29)

Read Scripture in its context, and use related Scripture to help interpret a passage’s meaning.

7. Read The Bible With Christ As The Centerpiece

“Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” (Luk 24:27)

The whole Book is about Him. Look for Him on every page. He is there. If you fail to see Him there, you need to read that page again.

Emergency Bible Numbers

– When you are sad, call on John 14

– When you don’t feel loved, call on Romans 8:38-39

– When you have sinned, call on 1 John 1:8-9

– When you are facing danger, call on Psalm 91

– When people have failed you, call on Psalm 27

– When God feel far from you, call on Psalm 139

– When your faith needs encouraging, call on Hebrews 11

– When you are scared, call on Psalm 23

– When you are worried, call on Matthew 6:25-34

– When you are hurt, call on Colossians 3:12-17

– When you feel no one is on your side, call on Romans 8:31-39

– When you are seeking rest, call on Matthew 11:25-30

– When you are suffering, call on Romans 8:18-30

– When you feel you’re failing, call on Psalm 121

– When you pray, call on Matthew 6:9-13

– When you need courage, call on Joshua 1

– When you are in need, call on Philippians 4:19

– When you are hated because of your faith, call on John 15

– When you are losing hope, call on 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

– When you are seeking peace, call on John 14:27

– When you want to do good works, call on John 15

– When you want to live a happy life, call on Colossians 3:12-17

– When you don’t understand what God is doing, call on Isaiah 55:8-9

– When you want to get along with others, call on Romans 12:9-21

100 Things You May Not Know About Jesus

Claims Jesus Made

1) Jesus claimed to be God – John 8:24,8:56-59 (Compare with Exodus 3:14); John 10:30-33

2) Jesus said, “I AM the Bread of Life” – John 6:35,41,48,51

3) Jesus said, “I AM the Door” – John 10:7,9

4) Jesus said, “I AM the Good Shepherd” – John 10:11,14

5) Jesus said, “I AM the Way the Truth and The Life” – John 14:6

6) Jesus said, “I AM the Light of the world” – John 8:12; 9:5; 12:46; Luke 2:32

7) Jesus said, “I AM the True Vine” – John 15:1,5

8) Jesus said, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life” – John 11:25

9) Jesus said, “I AM the First and the Last” – Revelation 1:17; 2:8; 22:13

Titles Jesus Holds

10) Jesus is the Rock – 1 Cor. 10:4

11) Jesus is the Savior – John 4:42; 1 John 4:14

12) Jesus is King – Matt. 2:1-6; Luke 23:3

13) Jesus is the author and perfecter of our faith – Heb. 12:2

14) Jesus is the High Priest of our confession – Heb. 1:3

15) Jesus is the light anf the glory – Luke 2:32

Actions Jesus Took

16) Jesus created all things – John 1:3; Col. 1:15-17

17) Jesus indwells us – Col. 1:27

18) Jesus sanctifies – Heb. 2:11

19) Jesus loves – Eph. 5:25

20) Jesus offered up Himself – Heb. 7:27; 9:14

21) Jesus offered one sacrifice for sins for all time – Heb. 10:12

22) Jesus draws all men to Himself – John 12:32

23) Jesus forgives sins – Matt. 9:1-7; Luke 5:20; 7:48

24) Jesus always lives to make intercession for us – Heb. 7:25

25) Jesus cleanses from sin – 1 John 1:9

26) Jesus manifests Himself to us – John 14:21

27) Jesus gives eternal life – John 10:28; 5:40

28) Jesus gives joy – John 15:11

29) Jesus gives peace – John 14:27

30) Jesus died for us – 1 Thess. 5:10

31) Jesus tasted death for everyone – Heb. 2:9

32) Jesus rendered the devil powerless – Heb. 2:14

33) Jesus makes many righteous – Rom. 5:19

34) Jesus died and rose again – 1 Thess. 4:14

35) Jesus resurrects – John 5:39; 6:40,44,54; 11:25-26

36) We sin against Jesus – 1 Cor. 8:12

37) Jesus cleanses us from our sins by His blood – Rev. 1:5; Rom. 5:9

38) We come to Jesus – John 5:50; 6:35,37,45,65; 7:37;

39) We receive Jesus – John 1:12; Col. 2:6

40) Jesus sends the Holy Spirit – John 15:26

41) Jesus has given us understanding – 1 John 5:20

42) In Jesus we have been made complete – Col. 2:10

43) Jesus received honor and glory from the Father – 2 Pet. 1:17

Attributes Jesus Holds

44) Jesus is omnipresent – Matt. 28:20

45) Jesus is eternal – John 1:1,14; Rev 22:13

46) Jesus has authority – Matt. 28:18; John 5:26-27; 17:2; 3:35

47) Jesus is before all things – Col. 1:17

48) Jesus is honored the same as the Father – John 5:23

49) Jesus is prayed to – Acts 7:55-60

50) Jesus is worshipped – Matt. 2:2,11; 14:33; John 9:35-38; Heb. 1:6

51) Jesus is called God – John 1:1,14; 20:28; Col. 2:9; Titus 2:13

52) Jesus judges – John 5:22,27

53) Jesus knows all things – John 16:30

54) Truth is in Jesus – Eph. 4:21

55) In Jesus are the treasures of wisdom and knowledge – Col. 2:2-3

56) Jesus is the image of the invisible God – Heb. 1:3

The Mission Jesus Undertook

57) Jesus was a ransom for many and to serve – Matt. 20:28

58) Jesus came to be a high priest – Heb. 2:17

59) Jesus came to save – John 3:17; Luke 19:10

60) Jesus came to preach the kingdom of God – Luke 4:43

61) Jesus came to bring division – Luke 12:51

62) Jesus came to do the will of the Father – John 6:38

63) Jesus came to give the Father’s words – John 17:8

64) Jesus came to testify to the truth – John 18:37

65) Jesus came to die and destroy Satan’s power – Heb. 2:14

66) Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets – Matt. 5:17

67) Jesus came to give life – John 10:10,28

68) Jesus came to taste death for everyone – Heb. 2:9

69) Jesus came to proclaim freedom for believers – Luke 4:18

70) Jesus reveals grace and truth – John 1:17 see John 6:45

71) Jesus reveals the Father – Matt. 11:27; Luke 10:22

72) Jesus has explained the Father – John 1:18

73) Jesus was crucified because of weakness – 2 Cor. 13:4

74) Jesus has overcome the world – John 16:33

75) Jesus is our only mediator between God and ourselves – 1 Tim. 2:5

76) The fruit of righteousness comes through Jesus Christ – Phil. 1:11
 

Promises Jesus Made

77) Jesus is with us always – Matt. 28:20

78) Jesus is the guarantee of a better covenant – Heb. 7:22; 8:6

79) Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven – John 14:1-4

80) Jesus abides forever – Heb. 7:24

81) Everyone who’s heard & learned from the Father comes to Jesus – John 6:45

82) Jesus saves forever – Matt. 18:11; John 10:28; Heb. 7:25

83) The Christian dead have fallen asleep in Jesus – 1 Thess. 4:15

84) Jesus delivers us from the wrath to come – 1 Thess. 1:10

85) Jesus is able to save completely – Heb. 7:25

86) Jesus opens the mind to understand scripture – Luke 24:45
 

Witnesses Of Jesus

87) Jesus bears witness of Himself – John 8:18; 14:6

88) Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself – John 5:36; 10:25

89) The Father bears witness of Jesus – John 5:37; 8:18; 1 John 5:9

90) The Holy Spirit bears witness of Jesus – John 15:26

91) The multitudes bear witness of Jesus – John 12:17

92) The Prophets bear witness of Jesus – Acts 10:43

93) The Scriptures bear witness of Jesus – John 5:39

94) The Father will honor us if we serve Jesus – John 12:26 see Col. 3:24

95) The Father wants us to fellowship with Jesus – 1 Cor. 1:9

96) The Father tells us to listen to Jesus – Luke 9:35; Matt. 17:5

97) The Father tells us to come to Jesus – John 6:45

98) The Father draws us to Jesus – John 6:44

99) Disciples bear witness of Jesus Christ – John 15:27

100) The Law leads us to Christ – Gal. 3:24

What Does “Selah” Mean?

The word “Selah” occurs seventy-three times in the Psalms, and is found also in Hab 3:3,9,13. The exact meaning of the word is unknown, but it’s believed by many scholars to be a musical term that means to pause, or reflect. For example, in Psalm 32:5 we read:

“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”– and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah”

So when we see “Selah” it means we should pause and reflect on these words.

Who Is The Holy Spirit?

Think about the last time you went to a sporting event. After the game did you say, “Wow, the lighting in the arena was really great!” Of course not. The light was there in the background allowing you to clearly see the players. In the same way the Holy Spirit acts as a light that allows us to see Christ clearly.

The Holy Spirit points us towards Christ by testifying of Him in John 15:26 and convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment” in John 16:8.

Because His role is to point us towards Christ instead of Himself many people misunderstand who the Holy Spirit is. Cults, for example, present Him as merely a force or power and as a result deny the Trinity. It’s critical that Christians understand who the Holy Spirit is and are able to see from Scripture why we believe what we do about Him. So we’re going to take some time and, from the Bible, establish two points:

1) The Holy Spirit Is A Person
2) The Holy Spirit Is God

While this won’t be an exhaustive list of proof texts it’ll be enough to give you a flavor of what the Bible teaches.

1) THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PERSON

By “Person” I mean the Holy Spirit is not an inanimate force, like many cults teach, but a being with intelligence, emotion and will. The Holy Spirit is not an “it” but a “he”.

In Scripture we see the Holy Spirit exhibiting attributes of a person.

For example He displays His will in 1 Cor 12:11 distributing gifts to “each one individually as He wills.” And in Acts 13:2, “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’” And again in Acts 16:6 where Paul and Timothy, “were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.”

He teaches in 1 Cor 2:13, “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches.”

And He shows emotion in Eph 4:30, “do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

Will, intelligence and emotion are all attributes of a person.

In Scripture we see the Holy Spirit performing the actions of a person.

He convicts the world in John 16:8, “And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” He performs miracles in Acts 8:39, “Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.”

He helps us by interceding on our behalf in Rom 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

And He guides us into truth in John 16:13, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth.”

Convicting, interceding and teaching are all actions of a person.

In Scripture we see the Holy Spirit treated as a person.

He is obeyed in Acts 10:19-21, While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are seeking you. Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them. Then Peter went down to the men”

He is lied to in Acts 5:3, “But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit.” He is resisted in Acts 7:51, “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit.”

And He is blasphemed in Matthew 12:31, “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.”

Obeying, lying to, and blaspheming are things we do to a person.

So now that we’ve established that the Holy Spirit is a person let’s be more specific.

2) THE HOLY SPIRIT IS GOD

He is the third member of the Trinity, equal to God the Father and God the Son.

In Scripture we see the Holy Spirit referred to as God.

He’s mentioned alongside the Father and Son in Matthew 28:19 “Make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. Again in Isaiah 48:16 when Christ is speaking, “Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; From the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit Have sent Me.”

And again in 2 Cor 13:14, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

These verses show the Holy Spirit is God, yet separate from the Father and Son.

He is called God in Acts 5:3-4 when Peter says to Ananias, “Why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? You have not lied to men but to God.” And again in Heb 3:7-8, “Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness.” This is a quote of Psalm 95 where God is clearly the speaker. But the writer of Hebrews attributes this quote to the Holy Spirit thus claiming the Holy Spirit is God.

In Scripture we see the Holy Spirit displaying the attributes of God.

He is omniscience, or all-knowing in Isaiah 40:13, “Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD or as His counselor has taught Him?” And again in 1 Cor 2:10, “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.”

He is omnipresent, or in all-places in Psalm 139:7, “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”

And He is omnipotent, or all-powerful in Luke 1:35 where an angel is speaking to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you.”

Omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence are attributes of God alone.

In Scripture we see the Holy Spirit performing the actions of God.

He is the Creator of the world in Genesis 1:1-2, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

He resurrected Christ and will resurrect us in Romans 8:11, “If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”

He is the one who applies salvation in Titus 3:5, “According to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”

He is the seal and guarantee of our salvation in Ephesians 1:13-14,”In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”

Creating, resurrecting, applying and sealing salvation are actions of God alone.

And so we see that the Holy Spirit is a person and is God. You’ll notice that our case doesn’t rest on one verse but instead is the result of comparing Scripture with Scripture. Our interpretation is based on the whole of Scripture and not just an isolated verse.

An Overview Of The Bible

The Bible is one book. Seven great marks attest this unity.

1) From Genesis the Bible bears witness to one God. Wherever he speaks or acts he is consistent with himself, and with the total revelation concerning him.

2) The Bible forms one continuous story — the story of how humanity relates to God.

3) The Bible makes the most unlikely predictions concerning the future, and, when the centuries have brought round the appointed time, records their fulfillment.

4) The Bible is a progressive unfolding of truth. Nothing is told all at once. The law is, “first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn.” Without the possibility of collusion, often with centuries between, one writer of Scripture takes up an earlier revelation, adds to it, lays down the pen, and in due time another man moved by the Holy Spirit, and another, and another, add new details till the whole is complete.

5) From beginning to end the Bible testifies to one redemption.

6) From beginning to end the Bible has one great theme — the person and work of the Christ.

7) And, finally, these writers, some forty-four in number, writing through twenty centuries, have produced a perfect harmony of doctrine in progressive unfolding. This is, to every candid mind, the unanswerable proof of the divine inspiration of the Bible.

The Bible is a book of books. Sixty-six books make up the one Book.

Speaking broadly there are five great divisions in the Scriptures, Christ being the one theme (Luke 24:25-27).

1) Preparation For Christ — The Old Testament

2) Appearance Of Christ — The Gospels

3) Preaching Of Christ — Acts

4) Explaining Christ’s Works — The Epistles

5) Christ Judging The World — Revelation

In other words, the Old Testament is the preparation for Christ. In the Gospels he is manifested to the world. In the Acts his preached. In the Epistles his Gospel is explained. And in Revelation all the purposes of God in and through Christ are consummated.

And these groups of books fall into sub-groups. This is especially true of the Old Testament, where there are four well defined groups:

REDEMPTION:
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

ORGANIZATION
Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1,2 Samuel, 1,2 Kings, 1,2 Chronicles, Ezra,
Nehemiah, Esther

POETRY
Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

SERMONS
Lamentations, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zehpaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

Genesis is the book of beginnings, and explains the origin of Israel. Exodus tells the story of the deliverance of Israel; Leviticus of the worship of Israel as delivered people; Numbers the wanderings and failures of the delivered people, and Deuteronomy warns and instructs that people in view of their approaching entrance upon their inheritance.

The Poetical books record the spiritual experiences of the redeemed people in the varied scenes and events through which the providence of God led them.

The prophets were inspired preachers, and the prophetical books consist of sermons with brief connecting and explanatory passages. Two prophetical books, Ezekiel and Daniel, have a different character and are apocalyptic, largely.

The Bible tells the Human Story.

Beginning with the creation of the earth and man, the story of the first human pair continues through the first eleven chapters of Genesis.

With the twelfth chapter begins the history of Abraham and of the nation of which Abraham was the ancestor. It is that nation, Israel, with which the Bible narrative is mainly concerned with from the eleventh chapter of Genesis to the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.

The Gentiles are mentioned, but only in connection with Israel. But it is made increasingly clear that Israel fills the scene only because they are entrusted with the accomplishment of great world-wide purposes (Deuteronomy 7:7). The appointed mission of Israel was:

1) To be a witness to the unity of God in the midst of idolatry (Deuteronomy 6:5; Isaiah 43:10)

2) To illustrate to the nations the greater blessedness of serving the one true God (Deuteronomy 33:26-29; 1 Chronicles 17:20,21; Psalms 102:15

3) To receive and preserve the Divine revelation (Romans 3:1,2)

4) To produce the Messiah, earth’s Savior and Lord (Romans 9:4). The prophets foretell a glorious future for Israel under the reign of Christ.

The Central Theme of the Bible is Christ.

It is Jesus Christ — “God manifest in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16) — his sacrificial death, and his resurrection, which makes up the Gospel. All earlier Scripture points forward to Him leads, while all following Scripture points back to Him.

The Gospel is preached in the Acts and explained in the Epistles. Christ, Son of God, Son of man, Son of Abraham, Son of David, thus binds the many books into one Book.

Seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15) he is the ultimate destroyer of Satan and his works; Seed of Abraham he is the world’s Blesser; Seed of David he is Israel’s King. “Desire of all Nations.”

Exalted to the right hand of God he is “head over all to the Church, which is his body.”

Meanwhile the Church looks for the fulfillment of his special promise: “I will come again and receive you unto myself” (John 14:1-3).

Your Guide To The New Testament

A brief summary of each book of the New Testament along with links to read the books and Thru The Bible’s study notes and outlines.

Matthew

Summary: Jesus the Son of God and Lord according to Old Testament promise.

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Mark

Summary: Jesus is the Savior who meets Man’s needs.

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Luke

Summary: The Son of Man in His service to the world. The world’s Savior.

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John

Summary: The deity and moral perfection of the Son of God.

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Acts

Summary: What Christ continued to do and to teach by His Spirit in the Apostles. How the Church was gathered and built. The Progress of the Kingdom.

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Romans

Summary: How Man can be Justified before God.

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1 Corinthians

Summary: Church order and discipline. Our relationship to each other in the Church.

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2 Corinthians

Summary: Christian ministry in different circumstances. Our relationship to the world.

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Galatians

Summary: Christian blessing and liberty compared to the Law.

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Ephesians

Summary: Christ and His Church

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Philippians

Summary: Christian joy in all circumstances.

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Colossians

Summary: Christ as the Church’s Head.

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1 Thessalonians

Summary: Christ coming to and for the Church.

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2 Thessalonians

Summary: Christ coming with His Saints. The Eternal Judgment of Unbelievers.

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1 Timothy

Summary: Church order according to God.

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2 Timothy

Summary: Church disorder.

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Titus

Summary: Christian Qualification for the ministry and godly conduct.

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Philemon

Summary: Christian Love.

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Hebrews

Summary: Christ our Priest, Sacrifice, and Witness.

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James

Summary: Christianity lived out.

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1 Peter

Summary: Christian hope in times of trial.

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2 Peter

Summary: Knowledge of Christ

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1 John

Summary: Believe on the name of the Son of God.

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2 John

Summary: Christ the Truth and guarding against heresy.

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3 John

Summary: Christian Hospitality to the saints

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Jude

Summary: Apostasy traced down to the Last Days.

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Revelation

Summary: Things to Come.

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The Gospel of John: Christ is God

In this study we’re going to wrap up our series on how Old Testament messianic themes are presented in the Gospels.

We began with the Gospel of Matthew, which presents Christ as King. Then we looked at the Gospel of Mark, which presents Christ as the Suffering Servant. Next, we looked at the Gospel of Luke, which presents Christ as Perfect Man. In this study we’ll finish up by looking at the Gospel of John, which presents Christ as God.

Christ, the Devine Messiah

The Old Testament makes it very clear that it’s God alone who saves us from the judgment of sin. He is the only Savior. “I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior,” God tells us in Isaiah 43:11. And again in Isaiah 63:16, “You, O LORD, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.”

Likewise, the Messiah is described as an eternal being in Micah 5:2. He comes to His temple in Malachi 3:1, and is sent by the Father and Holy Spirit in Isaiah 48:12,16-17. He is called the Mighty God in Isaiah 9:6.

This is the Divine Messiah presented in the Gospel of John.

John calls Jesus “The Word” and tells us the Word is God in John 1:1. He is the creator of all things in John 1:3.

In John 5 Jesus is almost killed for declaring Himself equal with God in verse 18. He claims to see God and is shown all things by Him in verses 19-20. He claims to be the final judge of all in verse 22.

Jesus commands that all honor the Son just as they honor the Father in verse 23. He claims He’ll one day raise the dead in verse 25 and claims His will is identical to the Father’s in verse 30.

Chapter 10 finds Jesus nearly stoned again claiming to be God. In chapter 19 He is crucified because He claimed to be the Son of God. But in chapter 20 Jesus’ tomb is empty because He is God and death cannot contain Him!

The Gospel of Luke: Christ is Perfect Man

We’re in the middle of a series on how Old Testament messianic themes are presented in the Gospels. If you’re just joining us you can read part one – The Gospel of Matthew: Christ is King here and part two – The Gospel of Mark: Christ Suffers and Serves here.

In this study we’re going to look at the messianic theme of a perfect human Messiah and how that theme is presented in Luke. Then, in our last study in this series, we’ll explore the theme of a divine Messiah, presented in John.

Christ, the Perfect Messiah

In the Old Testament we find that the Messiah is not punished for His transgressions and iniquities but ours in Isaiah 53:2. He is innocent, not committing any violence nor speaking any deceit in Isaiah 53:9.

He is referred to as “The Holy One of Israel” in Isaiah 48:17 and called “The Lord Our Righteousness” in Jeremiah 23:5-6. He is equal with God, and sits at His right hand in Psalm 110:1

This is the Perfect Man presented in the Gospel of Luke.

Luke presents Jesus as Perfect Man — although he’s careful to also present Him as God (Luke 1:32). He traces Jesus’ genealogy back to Adam, tells us the most about His mother, infancy, and childhood. Luke highlights Jesus’ love of people and social outcasts.

Twenty four times Luke refers to Jesus as the Son of man — a title which speaks of His relationship with humanity. Because He is the Son of Man He is able to be mankind’s kinsmen redeemer.

A kinsmen redeemer was a close relative who would buy back something a relative had sold because of debt. Man, in a sense, sold his salvation to pay the sin debt he owed.

By becoming a Man, and living a perfect life, Christ was qualified to become our kinsmen redeemer and buy us back from sin.

“The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10

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