“Bible Panorama” Part 3

Posted: January 7, 2014 in Bible Study, Christian Life, Israel

The New Testament

Gospels.  The four Gospels present the Lord Jesus Christ from four viewpoints:  Matthew demonstrates that Jesus is the rightful descendant of King David and the legitimate King of the Jews (Matthew 1).  Mark’s Gospel presents Jesus as the Servant of the Lord (Mark 10:45; Isaiah 42:1-21; Zechariah 3:8).  Dr. Luke displays Him as the perfect Man (Luke 19:10).  John proves convincingly that Jesus is the God-man who came to save mankind from eternal damnation (John 1:1-18; 3:16; 20:31).

Acts.  Dr. Luke records the formation of the Church (made up of Jewish and Gentile believers – Ephesians 2:14-18; Galatians 3:28).  Jesus predicted He would build His church and that the gates of Hades would not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).  It came into existence on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) and will come to its completion at the time of the Rapture of the church (John 6:37; 14:1-3).  In the book of Acts we have the transition from the Law of Moses to a new way of living under grace principles (Acts 15:1-31; Romans 6:14; Ephesians 3:1-12).  Note:  The Church is a separate entity from Israel and may not claim their promises (1 Corinthians 10:32).  Israel is only temporarily set aside until the fullness of the Gentiles have come in (Romans 11:25).

Epistles. The next 21 books and letters (Romans-Jude) were written by the Apostles Paul, Peter, John, and by the two half brothers of Jesus, James, and Jude to give instructions on how Christians should live during the Dispensation of Grace (Ephesians 3:1-12).

Revelation. The Book of Revelation tells us about the future of the church, the nation of Israel, the Antichrist, the devil, demons, and the fate of unbelievers. It concludes with the creation of a new heavens and earth.

Add/Subtract.  Anyone who adds to or subtracts from the Scriptures needs to be well aware of the plagues that will come on them (Revelation 22:18).  The Apostle Peter makes it very clear that we have all that we need for life and godliness within the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments (2 Peter 1:3).  Does the church you attend add other books to the Bible or claim to receive new revelation (information) from God today?

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These three articles were adapted from Dr. John White, Jr.’s Bible Panorama and used with permission.

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