How would you answer the question, “What’s the Bible About?”
Mark Dever, the pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, has given his answer in the first chapter of Promises Made. Very simply it is that “God makes promises to his people in the Old Testament, and he keeps his promises in the New Testament.” (p26) Ultimately, these promises are about and are fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
Indeed, Jesus Christ is the point of the Bible. It is all about Him. If you wanted to sum up the Bible in one word, you could do so by pointing to Christ. The Old Testament makes promises about Christ, and the New Testament keeps promises in Christ. (p35)
The next time you pick up your Bible ask yourself, “How does what I am reading relate to Jesus Christ?” If you are having trouble relating Jesus to what you are reading, focus on the following ideas. There are other questions you could ask, but these provide a good start and are easy to remember.
Is there a promise about Jesus?
- Is there a prophecy about Jesus?
- Is there something here that points to our need for Jesus?
- Is there something here that foreshadows the character of Jesus?
- Is there something about how Jesus relates to His people? Those who are not His people?
- Is there something here about how Jesus fulfills the promises of God?
Pastor Mike Walters
P.S. I still have limited access to the internet, so there may not be posts over the next few days. I hope to have everything running by the 14th or 15th of June.