Jesus considered the book of Psalms to be ultimately about him.
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Jesus considered the book of Psalms to be ultimately about him.
The foundation stories of Genesis set the stage of the drama of Scripture in many ways.
Deuteronomy is clearly one of the most important books in the Old Testament.
Exodus offers the greatest paradigmatic redemption event in the Bible prior to Christ’s incarnation.
Romans explains the saving work of Jesus reported in the Gospels, and unpacks many of the teachings that were foundational to the churches that arose in Acts.
For believers today, the significance of the book of Esther is that it coordinates with the rest of the Old Testament to foreshadow Jesus as deliverer and mediator for God’s people.
Acts shows that the new Christian movement is not a fringe sect but the culmination of God’s plan of redemption.
Isaiah’s messianic profile informs Christian worship of Jesus as the suffering servant who brings a new creation through his life-giving resurrection.
Is Leviticus just a collection of disconnected laws? How does this book of the Bible really point to Christ?
Jeremiah plays a strategic role in God’s revelation of his purposes that will be fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
The salvation God has accomplished in Messiah Jesus is the fulfillment of all that was prophesied in the Old Testament.
Rather than focusing mainly on human faithfulness to God, the book of Nehemiah shows God’s faithfulness to his unfaithful people.
Understood rightly, however, Ezekiel contains and continues a beautiful story of God’s grace to his undeserving people.
Galatians is a letter is about protecting the truth of the gospel, which declares what God has done in Christ for sinners.
In the riveting stories of 1 and 2 Samuel we catch glimpses of who God is, what he does, what life is like with him and without him, and what life can become by his grace and in the power of his Spirit.
Once we begin to pull back the layers of the story, we discover that it is not really about what Jonah is doing for God, but what God is doing for Jonah.
The book of Malachi contains six oracles (or disputations) that each begin with a saying of the people, to which the Lord responds through his prophet.
The book of Proverbs is one of the “many ways” God spoke, leading us to his only Son Jesus.
The book of Revelation is a triumphant vision of God’s final victory over all the forces of evil in the world.
Numbers is especially relevant for God's people in “wilderness” times when we must practice faith and trust in God's guidance and provision.
Out of the smoking ruins came cries of lamentation and confession, and the daring hope of restoration.
God’s covenant promises are gloriously on display as this weak, struggling remnant returns to Jerusalem after the exile to live together again as his people.
The language of redemption permeates the story of Ruth.
Even Joshua’s name (“Yahweh Saves!”) points away from himself to the real hero of the story. Joshua is a story of grace.
There may be no other book in all the Bible that packs in as much gospel per square inch than Ephesians.
We gain insight into the loving nature of the God who inspired this Song, and are made able to love him in return although we constantly require his fidelity, protection, and undeserved love.
Like the book of Job, this book presents important gospel truths for people who encounter difficulties that seem incomprehensible.
The gospel—the good news of what God has done for sinners through Jesus Christ—permeates 1 Corinthians.
Luke’s presentation helps us see clearly that the gospel of Jesus is about the comprehensive blessedness of God available to us through Jesus Christ.
Of all the books in the Bible, Colossians may rightly be considered the most Christ-centered.
The book of Job helps free us from believing in a “score-keeping” God.
For Matthew, the gospel is the good news that God has inaugurated the final stage of his plan to reclaim the world from the destruction of sin and establish his just and merciful reign over it.
Haggai is all about the ongoing work of building up the people of God, a work that is primarily God's.
Throughout Ecclesiastes we are led forward to other answers, other solutions, and other wisdom than the world’s vain promises of satisfaction, happiness, and fulfillment.
Everything John tells us about Jesus leads us to his cross and his empty tomb—to his substitutionary death and glorious resurrection.
As an oracle of judgment, Obadiah presents unique challenges for gospel application.
In a variety of ways, the prophecy of Nahum brings home the gospel and carries along the redemptive story that culminates in Jesus Christ.
As the last books in the Hebrew Old Testament, the books of 1–2 Chronicles prepare God’s people for the arrival of Jesus.
In four ways, the Old Testament book of Amos is essential for a robust understanding of the gospel.
God deals with sinners in one of two ways: deserved justice, or undeserved grace.
The “gospel according to Daniel” comes in glowing revelations of the power of God to redeem his people, overcome their enemies, and plan their future.
The clear contrast between God’s covenant-keeping and Israel’s covenant breaking, particularly among Israel’s kings, is perhaps the most important theme in the book of Kings.
The Gospel of Mark is presented in a way that demonstrates the fulfillment of Old Testament promises.
In typical prophetic form, Joel gives his readers both the bad news of God’s judgment and the good news of his promised deliverance.
Writing to people who were discouraged by living, after the exile, Zechariah encouraged them to look forward to the day when the Lord would act once again.
While Hebrews clearly makes its own unique contribution, it joins other New Testament books in exulting in the same amazing grace in Jesus that forms the Bible’s main message.
Paul’s second letter to Timothy is a call to endurance amid opposition and suffering for the sake of the gospel.
People are rebellious, even God’s people, but God himself insists on doing his people eternal good anyway.
Second Corinthians is filled with the astounding paradoxes of the gospel.
If there ever was a clarion call to rejoice because of the gospel, it is Paul’s epistle to the Philippians.
James is a beloved epistle, eminently practical and full of vivid exhortations to godly living.
In 1 Thessalonians, Paul cannot stop rejoicing that the gospel came to the Thessalonians in word, in power, and with full conviction by the Holy Spirit.
Peter writes to encourage a “mixed bag” of believers with dear but easily forgotten truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The thrust of 1 Timothy is that godliness is central to the Christian’s continuing in the gospel and the church’s proclamation of the gospel.
Where is the gospel in Jude’s epistle? In such a compact space, we actually receive a potent portrait of the gospel.
The book of Titus is a letter from Paul to a young pastor, urging him to lead his people deeper into the gospel.
The word “gospel” never appears in the letters of John. Yet it is hard to imagine a book more intimately connected to the gospel of saving grace in Christ Jesus than John’s first letter.
The faithfulness needed to combat wickedness requires an experience of God’s powerful grace in the gospel.
The central gospel themes in Paul’s shortest letter are surprisingly substantial.
Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians is a letter of comfort to those eagerly awaiting the promised return of Jesus Christ.