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Guide to the New Testament

Your Guide To The New Testament

 

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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.

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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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Walking Through the Bible

Bible Study Notes and Outlines

For Each Book of the Bible

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The Notes and Outlines on each book of the Bible were prepared by Dr. J. Vernon McGee to assist listeners who wanted an even deeper and more thorough understanding of the Word of God. Free Adobe Acrobat is required to view.

 

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An Overview of the Bible

Overview of The Bible

Divided into 4 Main Sections

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Section 1:

The Bible Tells One Unified Story From Beginning to End

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7 Main Points Testify to It’s Unity

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

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 in number, writing through fifteen 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.

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Section 2:

The Bible is Many Books Compiled Into One Book

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There are 5 Great Divisions with Christ at the Center

 

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

In other words, the Old Testament is the preparation for Christ. 

In the Gospels he is manifested to the world. 

In the Acts he is preached. 

In the Epistles his Gospel is explained. 

In the Book of Revelation all the purposes of God in and through Christ are consummated.

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The Old Testament Sub Groups


 

These Major Groups Also Fall into Sub-groups 

This is especially true of the Old Testament, where there are four well defined groups:

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REDEMPTION

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

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ORGANIZATION

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

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POETRY

Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

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SERMONS

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

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Redemption – 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.

Deuteronomy warns and instructs that people in view of their approaching entrance upon their inheritance.

 

Organization – The Books of Organization tell of Israel’s development from 12 nomadic Tribes into an established Nation with a fully functioning governmental system of Laws and a cohesive societal structure.

A true force among the Gentile Nations with a God to be feared who protected and defended them in times of crises.

 

Poetry – 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.

 

Sermons – 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.

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Section 3:

The Bible Tells the Story of the Human Family

 

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 7:7-8). 

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Israel’s Appointed Mission

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 living God

(Deuteronomy 33:26-29 ; 1st 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.

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Section 4:

The Central Theme of the Bible is Jesus Christ

 

It is Jesus Christ — “God manifest in the flesh” (1st Timothy 3:16) — his sacrificial death, and his resurrection, which make up the Gospel. 

All earlier Scripture points forward to Him – All later Scriptures point back at Him.

The Gospel is preached in the book of Acts and explained in the Epistles. 

Christ, the Son of God, Son of man, Son of Abraham and Son of David, thus binds the many books into One Book.

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The Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ

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As the Seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15) he is the ultimate destroyer of Satan and his works.

As Abraham’s Seed he is the Blesser of the world.

As the Seed of David he is Israel’s King. The “Desire of all Nations.”

He is exalted to the right hand of God and is head over all things to the Church, which is his body, the fullness of Him that fills all in all.

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

Thus we have an overview of the Bible the divinely inspired word of God!

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Understanding the Spirit & the Soul: Their Similarities and Differences

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Understanding the Spirit & the Soul:

Their Similarities and Differences

 

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“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit,” Heb 4:12.

 

From this passage we see that the writer in trying to show just how powerful the word of God is, uses the dividing of the spirit and soul as an illustration of it’s power. This therefore, leads us to understand that the spirit and soul are so closely identified with each other that it takes nothing less than the power of God’s word to distinguish between the two.
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Just how close are the spirit and the soul?

 

In the verse above, the word “soul” is the Greek word “psuche” (pronounced psoo-khay) and means “breath”. The word “spirit” in the Greek is “pneuma” (pronounced pnyoo-mah) and means “a current of air.”

 

How’s that for similarity? One is a breath and the other is a current of air.

 

Now, at first glance these two words seem to mean the very same thing and in a sense they do. Is there any real difference between a breath and a current of air? Not on the surface but let’s look more closely, shall we?

 

From the World Book Dictionary a breath is a vapor and a vapor is “something without substance”. So the soul is something without substance! What can we deduce from this statement? We can see that the human soul is real, it has being, but no physical properties! Which simply means that it is not tangible, it can’t be experienced by the five senses. And in this regard it is the same as the spirit.

 

The human spirit is called “a current of air”. What is a current of air? Air is synonymous with life and a current is defined as a flow or stream. Therefore, “a current of air” is “a flow of life”.

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What is the human spirit? A stream or flow of life!

 

spiritandsoulcover5Becoming ‘Born Again’ is described as the re-creating of a human spirit and the reconnecting of that spirit with God, so that the life of God can flow into that spirit. God designed the human spirit to be a conduit for Him to flow through. It is the interface that connects God to man and vice-versa! Not only this, but it also allows communication to take place. It’s the mechanism in man that allows him to communicate with God!

 

This is his spirit! A device created by God from a portion of His own Spirit, which allows man to harmonize, synchronize and communicate with God!

 

It is through this harmony and synchronization that we can communicate with God. He is a Spirit and can only harmonize with another spirit, therefore the human spirit is that aspect of man which can relate to God. It is that component which can feel what God feels, understand what God means and will to act in agreement with Him.

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The human spirit then, is the seat of emotions, intellect and will as they relate to God and the spirit realm.

 

The following scriptures support this:

 

Luke 1:47 says, “My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior and 1Sa 1:15 states, “…I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit…” The human spirit is capable of emotion.

 

So, the spirit has feelings.

 

1Co 2:14 says, “…neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (understood)” and from Job 32:8 we get, “But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Showing that the spirit is capable of intelligence.

 

So, the spirit has intellect.

 

And finally, Ro 1:9 declares, “For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit…” and Isa 26:9 says, “…with my spirit within me will I seek thee early…” Clearly showing that within the human spirit there is volition, the capacity to choose or decide.

 

So, the spirit has a will.

 

What about the soul? We just saw that it is intangible, made up of the same ethereal material that the spirit is made up of. But how does it differ from the spirit?

 

According to the bible Ps 35:9 says, “…My soul shall be joyful in the LORD…” and Mt 26:38 says, “…My soul is exceeding sorrowful…” showing us that the soul can feel emotion.

 

So, the soul has feelings.

 

Ps 139:14 says, “Marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well and Pr 19:2 says, “…That the soul be without knowledge, it is not good…” Showing us that the soul is capable of intelligence.

 

So, the soul has intellect.

 

And Ps 62:1 says, “Truly my soul waiteth upon God” and Rom 13:1 declares, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers”. Now, “to wait or be subject,” indicates the capacity to choose or decide which leads us to acknowledge, that the soul is capable of volition or the capacity to choose.

 

So, the soul has a will.

 

What does this mean?

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spiritandsoulcover5It means that the human soul is also the seat of emotions, intellect and will, but only as it relates to this natural realm and other human beings!

 

In addition to this, we must also understand that the soul and the mind are one and the same thing. The word “soul” translated from the Hebrew is “Nephesh” and means “mind or mental creature.” So, when we speak about the soul of man we are speaking about his mind. This is where the average person gets confused, they say soul and REALLY mean spirit.

 

Fiction books and movies don’t help either. But the Bible is very clear on this. Even the New Testament word for “soul” is translated from the Greek word “psuche” (pronounced psoo-khay) from which we get the word “psychic” which refers to our “mental processes.”

 

So, there’s nothing overly mysterious about your soul – It’s your mind! Your emotions, intellect and will… Plain and simple!

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In summary here’s what we have:

 

~ Definition, Function and Purpose of the Human Spirit ~

 

The spirit is the God-conscious mechanism in man. It is the seat of the emotions, the intellect and the will as they relate to God and the spirit realm.

 

The human spirit is synonymous with the nature of man.

 

The condition of his spirit is the condition of his nature and his nature determines his eternal destiny. God designed the spirit to make humans conscious of God, to make us aware of the One who created us and to provide a means of communication with Him.

 

The human spirit harmonizes with the spirit realm and receives and transmits impulses of a spiritual nature. It allows man to talk to God and hear from God! It is a stream of life, a conduit for God to flow into and inhabit us!

 

That’s the purpose of the human spirit… to be an interface between God and man, allowing God to indwell and empower us and to provide an efficient, accurate means of relating to Him!

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~ Definition, Function and Purpose of the Human Soul ~

 

The soul is the self-conscious mechanism in man. It provides the connection between his spirit and his body. God designed the soul to make him aware of his spirit on one end and his body on the other.

 

The soul is a perfect interface!

 

It communicates with the spirit on one side and with the body on the other! It harmonizes with the intellectual/emotional realm and receives and transmits impulses of an intellectual and emotional nature.

 

For instance, it allows human beings to communicate with each other by putting thoughts and feelings into words and then communicating those words verbally or otherwise. That’s part of the purpose of the soul… to allow effective communication between human beings!

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But it goes further than this!

 

spiritandsoulcover5Not only does it allow communication between human beings but the human soul also communicates with the human spirit! This is the very reason they are so closely aligned. They were designed to interface with each other. For instance, when God speaks to you He doesn’t speak Japanese, English or French; He speaks the language of God.

 

Your spirit understands the language of God perfectly so when God speaks to you, your spirit understands exactly what God said in His own language. But, your soul needs to interpret the information into your native language so that it makes sense to you.

 

Therefore, because of the interface between your spirit and soul your mind can become fruitful with the knowledge that’s in your spirit. You would then proclaim, “God said such and such to me”. Not realizing that an extremely delicate and technical transfer of information from the spirit realm to the natural realm just occurred, all because of the function of your soul.

 

So, the purpose of the soul, apart from human to human communication is also to interface with the spirit, interpreting communications from God and making logical sense of it in order to take effective action!

 

God inhabits the spirit realm and we inhabit the physical, so, for communications that originate in the spirit realm to be received and acted on in the physical, there must be some mechanism linking both realms and providing a conduit for such communications to travel through.

 

Such is the purpose of the human soul… to interface between the spiritual and the natural realms! Linking your spirit with your body!