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Christ in All of Scripture – John 5:36–40


John 5:36–40

“But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent.

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.”

The conflict intensifies between Jesus and the Jewish leaders—an antagonism that would eventually lead to his crucifixion. Why the enmity? It was not just because of Jesus’ Sabbath breaking, but because he made claims that gave him equal status with God—an affirmation we encountered in the first verse of John’s Gospel: “the Word was God” (Jn. 1:1). Only God can save us, and Jesus, God incarnate, is the second member of the Trinity.

Jesus claimed a unique filial relationship with God as Father, an assertion which in that culture gave him divine status and amounted to blasphemy in the eyes of the Jews (Jn. 5:18). But Jesus did not back down. He claimed the Father’s works as his own, including raising the dead—a boast he would prove by raising Lazarus from the dead (Jn. 11), an act that not only created greater opposition from his religious antagonists but was also a preview of his own resurrection.

To honor Jesus is to honor the Father (Jn. 5:23). In fact, we too can know God as our Father if we honor Jesus—that is, if we believe on him (Jn. 1:12; 14:9). We pass from judgment to life because Jesus took our judgment on the cross (Jn. 5:22–24; cf. 2 Cor. 5:21). Our adoption is secured by Jesus’ propitiating (turning away, satisfying) God’s wrath.

According to Jesus, the only way we can derive life from the Scriptures is to see Jesus in the Scriptures, for all the Scriptures bear witness to him (Jn. 5:30–47; cf. Lk. 24:27, 44–47). The entire Bible, Genesis to Revelation, is ultimately about Jesus. Throughout Scripture God is unfolding the grace that culminates in Christ (Jn. 5:39–40). The Bible is therefore not fundamentally about what we do for God but what God does for us.

The Jews, tragically, preferred receiving glory from one another rather than seeking the glory of God (Jn. 5:44). No sin or idolatry is more insidious and destructive than living for the approval of people (Prov. 29:25). In the gospel of grace, we are liberated from the need to be approved by people because in Jesus we have been approved by the only One whose approval matters and the only One whose approval satisfies.

This series of posts pairs a brief passage of Scripture with associated study notes drawn from the Gospel Transformation Bible. For more information about the Gospel Transformation Bible, please visit GospelTransformationBible.org.


July 28, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Gospel Transformation Bible | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:28 am | 0 Comments »

Video: Nancy Guthrie on Pretending to Teach the Bible

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This video with Nancy Guthrie is part of Women of the Word Month, a free 31-day campaign designed to encourage and equip women for transformative Bible study. Learn more or sign up at crossway.org/women.

In this video, popular author and Bible study leader Nancy Guthrie explains a valuable tip for those looking to study the Bible well: pretend you’re preparing to teach it.

Nancy Guthrie on Pretending to Teach the Bible
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Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at conferences around the country and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Covenant Theological Seminary. She and her husband, David, are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 8,500 churches nationwide and they also host Respite Retreats for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Guthrie is the author of numerous books including Holding on to HopeHearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, and the five-book Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series.

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Video: Kristie Anyabwile on What God Taught Her Through a Challenging Book of the Bible

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This video with Kristie Anyabwile is part of Women of the Word Month, a free 31-day campaign designed to encourage and equip women for transformative Bible study. Learn more or sign up at crossway.org/women.

In this video, Kristie Anyabwile recounts how God used her study of Leviticus to sharpen her approach to reading the Bible, encouraging women to make time for God’s Word even when it’s hard.

Kristie Anyabwile on What God Taught Her Through a Challenging Book of the Bible
from Crossway on Vimeo.

Kristie Anyabwile is a North Carolina native and graduate of NC State University with a degree in history. She is a wife, mother, and homemaker who loves cooking, hospitality, reading, and long walks with her hubby. She and her husband, Thabiti, live in the Cayman Islands where Thabiti serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman. They have been married 20 years and have three children by birth, and several adult “adopted” children who have become a part of their family.

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The ESV Study Bible now available in Korean

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We are excited to announce the publication of the ESV Study Bible into Korean, the first complete translation of the ESV Study Bible into another language! The ESV Study Bible in Korean is available from a Korean online Christian bookstore. To our knowledge, this is the the only online source for the Korean ESV Study Bible. In addition to the hardcover pictured below, the Korean ESV Study Bible is also available in an 8-volume edition.

We thank God for this new edition, and pray it helps Korean-speakers around the world understand the Bible in a deeper way.



July 24, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,News & Announcements | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 9:29 am | (4) Comments »

Fall 2014 Bible Study Resources

New & Notable

Planning to lead a Bible study or family devotions this fall?

Here’s a selection of new and notable resources from Crossway to help you study God’s Word personally or with your family and friends.


Women of the Word

Jen Wilkin

A popular Bible teacher offers practical guidance and helpful tips for women who want to go deeper in their study of the Bible and learn how to teach others to do the same.

“This book responds to the feelings-driven, me-centered approach that has too often dominated our study of the Scriptures. Jen encourages women to grow in knowledge of the Word in order to know our Lord. She speaks out of her own joyful and growing experience of learning to dig in.”
Kathleen B. Nielson, Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition

Learn More / Read an Excerpt


What Is Biblical Theology?: A Guide to the Bible’s Story, Symbolism, and Patterns

James M. Hamilton Jr.

This concise and highly readable book orients readers to the unified story of Scripture, helping Christians grasp the perspective of the biblical writers and follow their lead in reading and interpreting God’s Word.

Theology is a word that comes with baggage. Most people, like me, find their brains shutting down a little at its mention, mainly because it stirs up the same sort of feelings as words like calculus and dentist appointment. This is a book I wish I could have read a long time ago.”
Andrew Peterson, singer/songwriter; author, The Wingfeather Saga series

Learn More / Read an Excerpt


Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me

Kevin DeYoung

Is the Bible reliable, authoritative, and necessary? DeYoung tackles these questions and more as he builds a compelling case for trusting, using, and relying on Scripture as the Word of God for all of life.

“Above all, Warfield is an integrated thinker, so he is ideally equipped to show how that which is central to the Bible, the gospel of God, rightly shapes the Christian’s entire life. And Zaspel makes this accessible.”
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Learn More / Read an Excerpt / Download the Study Guide


ESV Concise Bible Atlas

David P. Barrett

The ESV Concise Bible Atlas is an invaluable tool for those looking to go deeper in their study of the biblical text by exploring the important geographical realities that can inform our understanding of the Bible.

This resource offers a quick overview of biblical geography in a portable and highly affordable format. Adapted from the original Crossway ESV Bible Atlas, this streamlined edition features important maps, illustrations, and pictures with concise commentary.

Learn More / Read an Excerpt


Children and Families

The Big Picture Story Bible (Paperback)

David R. Helm; Illustrations by Gail Schoonmaker

Designed for kids ages 2–7, this children’s Bible presents the remarkable true story of God’s love for the world from both the Old and New Testaments with simple words and striking illustrations. Now available in paperback.

“Christians parents looking for a Bible storybook they can trust will welcome The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm and Gayle Schoonmaker.”
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Learn More / Read an Excerpt


The Big Picture Family Devotional

David R. Helm, editor

This 50–week family devotional helps parents teach their children about the Bible through memory verses, short lessons, and discussion questions for the whole family.

Designed as a companion volume for The Big Picture Story Bible.

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The Big Picture Bible Verses: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible

David R. Helm

This simple catechism featuring 45 memory verses will help both children and adults memorize God’s Word through its easy-to-remember Q&A format.

Designed as a companion volume for The Big Picture Story Bible.

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Mighty Acts of God: A Family Bible Story Book

Starr Meade; Illustrations by Tim O’Connor

In Mighty Acts of God Starr Meade takes a new approach to teaching the Bible to elementary school aged children: she focuses not on characters in Scripture, but on God. Each of the ninety Bible stories included focus on a particular character trait or truth about God, emphasizing that God is the main character in every Bible story.

Each story is retold in lively, modern-day language from a Reformed perspective, and is followed by an application section with several discussion-sparking questions and prayer points.

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Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals for the Family

Jessica Thompson

In this collection of 40 gospel-centered devotionals, Thompson helps parents teach their children about the grace of God through engaging stories, key memory verses, simple reflection questions, and suggestions for prayer. Suitable for children ages 6 to 10.

“I can’t think of a better subject to walk through with my family or a better person to walk through it with than Jessica Thompson. Exploring Grace Together has a treasure trove of grace reflections and questions at the end of each lesson so that the treasure may be found.”
Trillia Newbell, author, United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity

Learn More / Read an Excerpt


Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God

Bruce A. Ware

With its unintimidating, chapter-a-day format, theologian Bruce Ware’s new book equips parents of 6- to 14-year-olds to teach their children the big truths of Scripture in an age-appropriate way.

Big Truths for Young Hearts is a rich resource for parents, teachers, and others who care about helping the next generation know and love God and his ways. In addition to being a theology course for children and young people, it is also a great refresher course for adults.”
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author; radio host, Revive Our Hearts

Learn More / Read an Excerpt


Bible Studies

Knowing the Bible

J. I. Packer (General Editor); Lane T. Dennis and Dane C. Ortlund (Series Editors)

Explaining the biblical text with clarity and passion, this series features 12-week Bible studies on individual books of the Bible and includes discussion questions, cross references, and practical application.

Volumes currently available: Genesis / Ruth & Esther / Psalms / Proverbs / Isaiah / Matthew / Mark / John / Acts / Romans / Philippians / James

“This Knowing the Bible series is a tremendous resource.”
Bryan Chapell, President Emeritus, Covenant Theological Seminary; Senior Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

Learn More


Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament

Nancy Guthrie

This series of ten-week studies leads readers through the Old Testament, helping them see Christ and the promise of the gospel regardless of what biblical book they’re studying.

Volumes available: The Promised One (Genesis) / The Lamb of God (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) / The Son of David (The Historical Books) / The Wisdom of God (Psalms and the Wisdom Books) / The Word of the Lord (The Prophets)

“Nancy Guthrie does an amazing job of helping us to fit the pieces of the biblical puzzle together, with Christ at the center.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

Learn More / Download the Leader’s Guides


A Woman’s Wisdom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything

Lydia Brownback

Unpacking the book of Proverbs, Lydia Brownback shows how the Bible speaks to real life issues such as money, purity, marriage, and the day-to-day grind. Writing with a familiar yet knowledgeable tone, Brownback draws in the busiest of readers and asks realistic questions for personal reflection or group study.

“It is so refreshing to read a book that handles the kinds of things that every woman will face from one single perspective; the stunning wisdom of God. Read and experience how God’s wisdom is eloquent and transcendent while being concrete and practical at the same time.”
Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries

Learn More / Read an Excerpt / Download the Study Guide



ESV Study Bible

The ESV Study Bible was created to help people understand the Bible in a deeper way. Combining the best and most recent evangelical Christian scholarship with the highly regarded ESV text, it is the most comprehensive study Bible ever published.

The ESV Study Bible features more than 2,750 pages of extensive, accessible Bible resources, including completely new notes, full-color maps, illustrations, charts, timelines, and articles created by an outstanding team of 93 evangelical Christian scholars and teachers. In addition to the 757,000 words of the ESV Bible itself, the notes and resources of the ESV Study Bible comprise an additional 1.1 million words of insightful explanation and teaching-equivalent to a 20-volume Bible resource library all contained in one volume.

Learn More / Read an Excerpt


ESV Gospel Transformation Bible

The apostle Paul summed up his whole ministry as existing “to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). That single-minded goal is the heartbeat of the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible. Produced out of the conviction that the Bible is a unified message of God’s grace culminating in Jesus, it is a significant new tool to help readers see Christ in all of Scripture, and grace for all of life.

The Gospel Transformation Bible features all-new book introductions and gospel-illuminating  notes written by a team of over 50 outstanding pastors and scholars. This specially prepared material outlines passage-by-passage God’s redemptive purposes of grace that echo all through Scripture and culminate in Christ. The notes not only explain but also apply the text in a grace-centered way. Focusing on heart transformation rather than mere behavior modification, their points of application emphasize the Hows and Whys of practical application to daily living—in short, how the gospel transforms us from the inside out.

Learn More / Read an Excerpt


ESV Reader’s Bible

The ESV Reader’s Bible was created for those who want to read Scripture precisely as it was originally written–namely, as an unbroken narrative. Verse numbers, chapter and section headings, and translation footnotes are helpful navigational and interpretive tools, but they are also relatively recent conventions. In the ESV Reader’s Bible they have been removed from the Bible text. The result is a new kind of Bible-reading experience in a volume that presents Scripture as one extended story line.

On the top of each page a verse range is included for orientation. Other features include a single-column text setting, readable type, and a book-like format. The Reader’s Bible is a simple but elegant edition, and is perfect for devotional reading, for extended Bible reading, or for focusing on the overarching narrative of the Bible.

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ESV Women’s Devotional Bible

The ESV Women’s Devotional Bible is a valuable resource for strengthening women in their walk with God. Applicable for women in any stage of life, the Women’s Devotional Bible is theologically rich in content while remaining accessible and practical. Readers will be encouraged in daily, prayerful Bible study, and equipped to understand and apply the Bible to every aspect of life.

The Women’s Devotional Bible features materials designed especially for women. The book introductions, character sketches of key figures, all-new daily devotionals, and all-new articles have been written by both women and men contributors. These contributors include professors, musicians, authors, counselors, homemakers, and conference speakers.

Learn More / Read an Excerpt


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