New Testament Overview and Some Thoughts

Here’s the link to the Bible Project’s New Testament Overview page and it’s a great overview of the entire story of the Bible. Think of it as Cliff Notes of the Bible (are Cliff Notes still published?).

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 Yahusha. 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 Yahusha, 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 Elohim” [Eph. 2:8] and “What good is it, my brothers, if a man says he has faith but has no 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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Passover Advent Gospels!

Today marks 40 days before Passover begins, so today is a great day to start reading through the Gospels chronologically. I’ve developed a reading schedule that will take you through the Gospel, in the order of event and, by starting this reading plan today, will coincide with the start of Passover and the Resurrection.

Yahusha was raised from the grave 4 days after Passover began, so this year, 2023, this reading plan coincides with Resurrection Day, which churches all over the world “celebrate” as Easter Sunday. Next year, and most years, it doesn’t work out that way. For instance, in 2024, Easter is 3 weeks BEFORE Passover starts.

We finish reading the Gospels this year on Monday 10 April.

I’m always excited to read through the gospels as a story leading up to the Resurrection – the GOOD NEWS! My prayer is that the Ruach will use this reading plan in a powerful way!

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Looking forward to celebrating the eternal life we have because of His Resurrection!

Saul, James, and Galatians

Most Christians (the Bible Project included) have been taught to read the New Testament as one seamless story. The truth is, it’s not A seamless story like the videos below teach. (8:02) (9:04)

The big picture version of the interruption in the story is that most of the Bible is written TO the nation of Isreal and a smaller part of it is written TO Grace Believers. They are NOT one and the same with different names. They ARE two different gospels. TWO different methods of salvation. Before you call me a heretic (I get that a lot!), hear me out, please. It’ll make sense to you if you allow yourself to question it and study it for yourself. Once you see the difference, it’s hard to UNsee it! It’s exciting!

These differences are the reason my outlines no longer match up with the Bible Project overviews. The Bible Project calls Yahushua’s followers “Messianic Jews” which makes sense to them because they don’t see the different gospels. But it doesn’t make sense to me because I can’t unsee the different gospel (Gal. 1:6). The book of Acts calls them followers of “The Way” (Acts 9:2, 19:9 and 23, 22:4, 24:14 and 22) and they were the ones persecuted by the Jewish leaders. Messianic Judaism is a fairly recent denomination in church history; it only emerged during the 1800s, so it wasn’t a thing in Saul’s day.

The greeting at the beginning of each book is a good clue as to whom the letter was written. James, a.k.a. Jacob, greets “the 12 tribes which are scattered abroad” (James 1:1) and Saul/Paul greets “the churches of Galatia” (Gal. 1:2). One gospel is called the Kingdom of Elohim (Prophecy) and the other gospel is called the Grace of Elohim (Mystery). The method of salvation for the Kingdom of Elohim is faith + works. The method of salvation for the Grace of Elohim is faith alone. We’ll continue to see these different gospels compared and contrasted as we read. Can you figure out which gospel James is preaching and which one Paul is preaching?

Are you starting to see differences? I hope so!

UPDATE 21 November 2019: I feel compelled to comment after reading James this morning. A dispensation, simply put, is house rules. There are a total of 12 dispensations throughout the Bible (some dispensationalists see more, some see less). Without going into too much detail about each one, I’ll just say, for now, that the dispensation in effect at Paul’s conversion was called “Kingdom Offered,” which is the 5th of 5 dispensations in the Covenant of Circumcision. In order to be saved, these Jews had to believe, among other things, that Yahushuah was their promised Messiah, they had to continue in the works of the law (circumcision, baptism, etc.), and they had to abide in Yahushuah.

With the Jews blaspheming the Holy Spirit (strike 3, you’re out!), Elohim raised up Paul to usher in the Grace of Elohim. Soon we’ll read that Elohim sets Israel aside as His chosen people for a time while He focuses on the Grace Believers. In this dispensation of Grace, we’re saved by faith alone. No works. Elohim did all the work, we just believe.

That said, in reading James today, you may have thought you saw contradictions to Grace. Rest assured, you absolutely did see contradictions to Grace. That’s because James is not speaking to Grace believers, he’s still speaking to Jews (the 12 tribes, remember?). The most blatant “contradiction” is in chapter 2, where he preaches that “Faith without works is dead.” If you read that from the perspective of salvation coming through Faith + Works it makes sense, right? But when you try to apply it to Faith Alone, it’s truly contradictory, isn’t it? Do you see the separation and agree that there is no contradiction or confusion here? The other stuff in James (non-salvation related) we can certainly apply to practical living, though, so don’t dismiss the wisdom there.

I hope this helps you to understand that Elohim is NOT the author of confusion or the maker of chaos. He is the giver of grace and the maker of life!