No book published has more meaning for our lives and more relevance to our problems than the Bible.
William Lyon Phelps for years known as Yale’s most inspiring professor said, “I believe a knowledge of the Bible without a college degree is more valuable than a college degree without a Bible.”
The Bible (comes from a Greek word that means books) although written by at least 35 authors from a wide spectrum of backgrounds over a period of more than 1,500 years, is a book that has incredible unity in its message. The Bible has two major divisions, the Old and New Testament. There are 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.
The late Roy Gustafson, a world- renowned authority on the Bible and prophecy, presented the division between the Old and the New Testament this way…
The New Testament is contained in the Old Testament.
The Old Testament is explained in the New Testament.
The New Testament is concealed in the Old Testament.
The Old Testament is revealed in the New Testament.
The Old Testament anticipates the New Testament.
The New Testament authenticates the Old Testament.
In the Old Testament the New Testament lies hidden.
In the New Testament the Old Testament lies open.
The Old Testament foreshadows the New Testament.
The New Testament fulfills the Old Testament.
In the Old Testament they were always seeking.
In the New Testament they found.
The Old Testament predicts a Person.
The New Testament presents that Person.
And that Person is the Lord Jesus Christ—who fully validated the Old Testament.
The Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) presents the Figures of Christ.
The Psalms present the Feelings of Christ.
The Prophets present the Foretellings of Christ.
The Gospels present the Facts of Christ.
The Epistles present the Fruits of Christ.
“The Epistles present the Fruits of Christ” made me think of what the Bible teaches in
John 15:5…Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Apart from me, you can do nothing.”
LIFE LESSON: As a branch, we do not produce fruit; a branch can only bear fruit, the fruit of the vine which is Christ Jesus. This explains the mystery of our faith found in Colossians 1:27 which is “Christ in us, the hope of glory.” It is no longer I who live, Paul wrote, but Christ living in me. That presents and produces the fruits of Christ.
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