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Christ in All of Scripture – John 1:1-5

 

 

John 1:1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.


The prologue of John’s Gospel is like the opening movement of a grand symphony. It is meant to grab our attention and draw us into the story—the story of all stories. The apostle sets the stage for the presentation of the gospel by highlighting the main plotline and central themes of the entire Bible—creation (vv. 1–4), the fall (v. 5), and redemption (vv. 9–13), all of which point to the person and culminating work of Jesus (see also vv. 23, 29).

Who is Jesus? This is John’s main question and the quest of discovery that he bids us enter. John’s Gospel helps us understand how to look for Jesus in Moses, the Prophets, and all the Scriptures (5:39–47). He wants us to see how Jesus is the “Yes!” and “Amen!” to every promise God has made (2 Cor. 1:20) throughout the history of redemption.

Jesus is eternally one with the Father—the very Word of God (John 1:1–2), God’s agent in creating all things (vv. 3–4). And as he spoke light and brought life into the dark void of pre-creation chaos, so Jesus brings light and life into the dark world of sin and death. His “new creation” order is none other than the long-promised epoch of redemption and restoration of which Israel’s prophets spoke, and angels longed to see (1 Pet. 1:10–12).


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.

 

December 23, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Biblical Studies,ESV,Gospel Transformation Bible,GTB,Life & Doctrine,New Testament | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:00 am | 1 Comment »

Hebrew-English Interlinear ESV Old Testament Now Available

 

We recently released the Hebrew-English Interlinear ESV Old Testament. This resource is an exciting addition to Crossway’s library as we expand our original language resources to support the work of scholars, pastors, and students who use the ESV.

The Hebrew-English Interlinear ESV Old Testament is an essential volume for all who study the Old Testament in the original Hebrew. On each page the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) Hebrew text is laid out word-by-word above an English gloss showing the basic meaning and morphology of each word. The ESV text is presented separately in a column alongside the Hebrew and English gloss.

The Hebrew-English Interlinear ESV Old Testament also features important notes from the BHS critical apparatus related to the ESV’s textual tradition.

The video below provides an overview of the Interlinear’s features.

Download a PDF sampler of the interior

Learn more about pricing

 

 

December 19, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,Editions,ESV,ESV,News & Announcements | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:00 am | 0 Comments »

Christ in All of Scripture – Micah 5:1-5a

 

 

Micah 5:1-5a

Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops;
siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike the judge of Israel
on the cheek.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth.
And he shall be their peace.


Though their enemies are coming to destroy their cities, defile their temple, and humiliate their king, God is going to raise up for himself a King in Israel. This ruler will be born, not in a place of power but in the unimpressive town of Bethlehem. He will be the fulfillment of the ancient promises—the seed (or “offspring”) of the woman (Gen. 3:15), the blessing for all of the families of the earth (Gen. 12:3), the son of David (2 Sam. 7:12–13). Yet while born in obscurity and killed in ignominy, this King has been raised in glory (Heb. 8:1; 12:2) and will one day return in decisive triumph as a conquering and victorious King (Rev. 19:11–21).

In his ultimate victory, this King will rule over all as a Shepherd who gathers, tends, and protects his flock in the power and authority of God himself. We have already seen the nature of this King as Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who came to gather his sheep to himself (John 10:27), feed them the bread of heaven (John 6:35), and give them living water (John 4:14). He heals their wounds (1 Pet. 2:24–25) and protects them by laying down his life for them (John 10:15). They are forever secure, for he will never cast them out, and they cannot be snatched from his hand (John 6:37; 10:28). He is a Savior worthy to be trusted. Bank everything on this Good Shepherd, who is our coming King!


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.

 

December 16, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Biblical Studies,ESV,Gospel Transformation Bible,GTB,Life & Doctrine,Old Testament | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:00 am | (2) Comments »

An Historic Opportunity in China


Dear Friend of Crossway:

I am writing specifically now because I believe that we have an historic moment of opportunity in Mainland China – and to ask if you would consider helping, by supporting the following two projects in China. Let me explain these briefly below:

Chinese Study Bible – Translation and Distribution in Mainland China

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This first opportunity involves the translation of the ESV Study Bible notes and resources into Chinese to be published with the Chinese (CUV) Bible text and distributed throughout Mainland China. Through the Lord’s gracious provision, the translation of the New Testament notes and resources has already been completed (and is already funded in the amount of $155,000), and we are ready to begin work early next year on the Old Testament notes and resources. In fact, we will be printing a “trial edition” of the Four Gospels in early January, for distribution and review in Mainland China among Christian leaders, pastors, and teachers.

An additional $292,000 is needed, however, to complete the entire translation of the Old Testament notes, resources, maps, diagrams, charts, and articles. Significantly, our overseas ministry partners are confident of raising and providing $133,000 in support next year, provided that Crossway can provide the rest. So to ensure that we can keep this project moving forward, we need to raise the remainder– that is, $159,000 – if possible, by the end of this current year.

The Lord has opened a remarkable door in Mainland China for the creation of this project. It goes without saying that there is a massive need for solid Bible-centered teaching materials in Mainland China – and the Chinese Study Bible project is ideally suited to help meet this massive need.

Strategic Bible Resource Distribution Throughout Mainland China

The second opportunity involves the production and strategic distribution throughout Mainland China of several Bible editions – including Chinese-English (ESV) bilingual Bibles, Chinese-English editions of the Gospel of John, Chinese New Testaments with study notes, and other Bible resources as these become available during 2014. By God’s grace, through the significant support of key donors, Crossway has already been able to underwrite the paper cost for production and distribution of 250,000 bilingual Bibles throughout Mainland China during the last five years – Bibles that have become a precious treasure for the people of China who are hungry for God’s Word, especially who want to learn English, by pouring over the Bible in Chinese alongside the English language text of the ESV Bible.

To meet the needs represented by these strategic opportunities, we are seeking to raise $175,000 if possible by the end of this year. Through the Lord’s gracious provision, this will provide the means to produce and distribute more than 50,000 Bibles, New Testaments with study notes, and other Bible resources in Mainland China during 2014.

It is remarkable to see what the Lord is doing in China – to provide this historic moment of opportunity for the distribution of God’s Word to the 1.4 billion people in China. But as you may know, Crossway is a not-for-profit publishing ministry. Because of this, we are grateful for the support of friends like you – to help us to respond to significant ministry opportunities like these.

With my great appreciation to you for helping support these two projects, as the Lord leads you in His own way,

In Christ our Savior,

Lane T. Dennis, PhD

President

Christ in All of Scripture – Hosea 11:8-9

 

Hosea 11:8-9

How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart recoils within me;
my compassion grows warm and tender.
I will not execute my burning anger;
I will not again destroy Ephraim;
for I am God and not a man,
the Holy One in your midst,
and I will not come in wrath.


This passage is one of the most moving statements in the Bible portraying the Lord’s love for his people. With deeply emotive language, God declares that he simply cannot forsake his people. What can he do but love them! They are his. His “compassion grows warm and tender” (v. 8). Such unfailing love is the only explanation for why, centuries after Hosea’s prophecy, God would send his own Son to vindicate his justice while securing sinful people as his own beloved (John 3:16).


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.

 

December 9, 2013 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Biblical Studies,ESV,Gospel Transformation Bible,GTB,Life & Doctrine,Old Testament | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:00 am | 0 Comments »