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The Bible (5) - Notes

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  1. Inspiration & Composition
  2. Compilation & Preservation
  3. Translation & Illumination
  4. Interpretation & Application


How should you interpret the Bible? When you know the purpose of a book you know how to interpret the book. So what’s the purpose of the Bible?

2 Timothy 3:15-17

From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Bible has 2 purposes:

  1. To make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus 
  2. To equip us to live right and good lives

Why is this order important?

John 20:30-31

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

The purpose of Scripture isn’t to make us wise in history or science or literature or philosophy or psychology or political theory. The purpose of Scripture is to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. So the Bible is the greatest book because it addresses our greatest need.

When Paul reminds Timothy about what he learned from Scripture as a kid, what Scriptures was Paul talking about?

So the Old Testament Scriptures were written to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus!

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John 5:39
You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!
2 Corinthians 1:20

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.

Jesus is ...

  • Eve’s Descendant
  • Abraham’s Blessings
  • Moses’ Prophet
  • The High Priest’s Sacrifice
  • King David’s Son
  • Isaiah’s Suffering Servant

The Bible is a library of 66 books, with over 30 authors, written over 1,000 years. Yet it has 1 main theme because it has 1 Author.

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1 Corinthians 5:7

Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us.

Jesus is our Passover Lamb. His shed blood causes the plague of death (the consequence of our sin) to passover us UNTO HIM. Our faith in His sacrifice leads to our Exodus (EXIT) from slavery to Satan, fear & death.

Karl House