Christ From Beginning to End: How the Full Story of Scripture Reveals the Full Glory of Christ
: How we see Christ and how we read the Bible are directly related. And while many people are encouraged to know that the Bible is about Christ, they end up discouraged when they can't explain how the Bible's various...
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How we see Christ and how we read the Bible are directly related. And while many people are encouraged to know that the Bible is about Christ, they end up discouraged when they can't explain how the Bible's various parts relate to him. Some attempt to force the pieces of the Bible together, making superficial jumps to Jesus. Others give up trying to understand the Bible altogether, losing confidence in God's Word.
So, how can we read the Bible in such way as to grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ on every page of Scripture? We need a full reading of Scripture, one that reads the Bible according to its nature, its structure, and its own agenda. You'll learn how to:
read the Bible according to according to three biblical contexts: the immediate context, the unfolding context, and the final context recognize how different parts of the Bible interlock with other parts of the Bible, fitting together like a puzzle embrace the story of the Bible as our own, to live this story out, and to share this story with our neighbors and the nations
Along the way, Wellum and Hunter explore the connecting thread of covenant and how it ties several key biblical figures together. They also unpack some of the trickier questions Bible readers face today including how the Old Testament law applies today as well as several apologetic challenges to the Old Testament. For the first time, you will be able to see the Bible's multi-layered story and how it is held together by one plan of God to glorify himself in salvation. You'll come away with a clearer and more profound vision of our own need as sinners, of God in all of his grace, and of Jesus in all of his glory.
- :chapter 1: Introduction: A Puzzling Book, Perfect Wordthis Chapter Will Open By Comparing The Bible To A Puzzle. Puzzles Are Hard, And So Is The Bible. Puzzles Take A Long Time And Are Comprised Of Many Diverse Parts. So Is The Bible. Puzzles Are Often Left Incomplete. Tragically, So Is The Bible, And As A Result So Is Our Picture Of Christ. And Yet, Like A Puzzle, The Bible’s Parts Aren’t Meant To Conceal But To Reveal. With Time And Patience The Bible Can Be Understood And Our Picture Of Christ Made More Complete Across Our Life. The Body Of This Chapter Will Be Divided Into Three Parts Corresponding To The Three Parts Of The Book, Each Part Unpacking A Different Aspect Of A Complete Reading Of Scripture.part 1: The Bible’s Naturechapter 2: What Is The Bible?the First Question Most Of Us Will Ask When Coming To The Bible Is, “what Does It Say?” That’s A Good Question. But A More Fundamental Question Is, Simply, “what Is It?” That Is, “what Is The Bible?” This Chapter Will Answer This Question In Three Ways: 1) The Bible Is A Divine-human Book, And So It Has Divine And Human Features; 2) The Bible Is A Progressively Revealed Book, Which Means It Comes To Us In The Course Of Time, Revealing And Interpreting God’s Work In The World; 3) The Bible Is A Book Centered On Christ, Which Means That All Of Its Diverse Material Has A Fundamental Unity In Revealing Jesus Christ To The Reader.chapter 3: How Then Should We Read The Bible?as With Any Book, There Is A Proper And An Improper Way To Read The Bible. Having Established What The Bible Is, In This Chapter We Will Explore How We Can Read The Bible According To What It Is: Where It Came From, How It Came To Us, And What It’s Centrally About. And So We Read The Bible According To Three Horizons Or Three Contexts. The Immediate Horizon Concerns The Immediate Context Of The Words On Any Given Page Of Scripture In Light Of Its Placement In The Book Of Scripture. The Unfolding Horizon/context Requires That We Read A Text In Light Of What Comes Before It, Discerning Its Location In God’s Covenant Story. The Final Horizon/context Has To Do With How A Given Text Relates To The Bible’s Overarching Message Of Salvation In Jesus Christ, And How It Is Understood In Terms Of The Whole Bible.part 2: The Bible’s Structurechapter 4: Creation: A Garden Full Of God’s Glorythis Chapter Will Work Through The Story Of Creation In Genesis 1-2 To Identify The Main Characters Of The Story, Establish The Setting Of The Story, And Define Trajectories For The Storyline Ahead. Kids Who Ask Their Parents, “where Did Everything Come From?,” Are Asking A Perceptive Question Of Inestimable Consequence. Parents Who Have An Answer Are Speaking To Their Children About The Most Basic Beliefs That Shape Their Understanding Of The World And Their Place In It. Creation Stories Are Important And Every Person And Every People Has One. So Does God.chapter 5: Fall: A Day Full Of Deaththis Chapter Sets The Stage For The Rest Of The Book. It Is Through An Understanding The Problem At The Heart Of The Bible That The Message Of The Bible Makes Sense. By Unpacking Genesis 3 We Will See How Sin Brings A Transformation In The Relationship Of The Characters To One Another (god And Humankind), A Transformation Of The Setting (the Creation Groans), And A Transformation In The Direction Of The Story (judgment). The Question At Hand Is This: In Light Of Sin And Its Consequences, How Can God And Humankind Be Reconciled To One Another?chapter 6: Redemption: A Story Full Of Promisethis Chapter Will Give An Answer To The Question Raised In The Previous Chapter. In Genesis 3:15, God Makes An Astounding Promise: A Son Of Eve Will Crush The Head Of The Serpent, And The Serpent Will Bruise His Heel. There Will Be Conflict, God Will Win, And He Will Defeat His Enemy Through A Human Son. How He Will Do This Remains A Great Mystery At This Point, But That He Will Do It Is Certain. The Story That Follows Will Unfold Ho