Thursday, December 3, 2009

Understanding the 'Big Picture' of the Bible

I've just finished an excellent, helpful book that explains the 'big picture of the Bible's story and message, organized around the central idea of the kingdom of God.

The book is "God's Big Picture" by Vaughan Roberts (IVP).

In what follows I very lightly revise and adapt Roberts' ideas. (And I would differ with some minor points where the author's amilleniallism colors what he writes):

The kingdom is God’s people in God’s place under God’s blessing and rule (by His Word).

The OT
1. the pattern of the kingdom [Garden of Eden]
2. the perished kingdom [the Fall]
3. the promised kingdom [covenant with Abraham…beginnings with Israel]
4. the partial kingdom [the life and history of Israel, esp. under David and Solomon]
5. the prophesied kingdom [OT prophets]

The NT
6. the present kingdom [with Jesus the king present and active]
7. the proclaimed kingdom [Acts, the epistles, the Church era]
8. the perfected kingdom [millennium and the new heaven and new earth]

I highly recommend this accessible, understandable, well-written book -- which includes excellent study/discussion questions.

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