“God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'" Acts 17:24-28
I absolutely love the way they present the summary of the Old Testament in “3 Acts” with the repeated pattern and then how the promises from each “Act” are fulfilled in the New Testament through Jesus. It’s a truly great summary telling of the Greatest Story Ever Told.
They’re absolutely right in that the Bible is one unified story leading to Jesus, but they do miss one important message. That message is the Gospel of Grace. Paul’s letters to the churches are different than the other apostles’ letters. Paul is the only apostle commissioned with the Gospel of Grace and his message is fully contained in his letters. Paul’s letters are like a big parenthetical story inserted into the bigger story right after the Resurrection. This “Mystery” period will end at the Rapture and then the Law will return for all who are left. When Bible teachers try to tell the New Testament as one story, many supposed contradictions appear (e.g., “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” [Eph. 2:8] and “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?” [James 2:14]). It makes more sense to see the difference in the Gospels than to try to reconcile those two verses together. They completely contradict each other, don’t you think?
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Whether you’ve been reading the Chronological Bible with us this year or not, I invite you to jump in this coming Thursday as we begin the Chronological Gospels. For 2020, I’ve scheduled the daily readings around the gospels so that the story of the Resurrection is read on Saturday and (Easter) Sunday. We finish reading the gospels on Monday, April 13th.
I’m excited to read the gospels as a story leading up to the Resurrection as churches all over celebrate and usher in the season as well. I think the Spirit will use it in a powerful way!
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Looking forward to celebrating the eternal life we have because of His Resurrection!