“Now the LORD is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17)
God’s Word: An Overview
One of the greatest aids in growing your relationship with Jesus Christ is having perspective and understanding of that which you read in God’s Word. A survey or an overview of the Bible is essential to a Christian to give context to that which is being read, but also so that he/she can know where to find help or guidance based on the theme of the book. Here is a very basic survey of the NT:
Matthew: Written from the view of Jesus Christ as King. The Theme is to convince the Jews that Jesus of Nazareth was their Messiah (King). Author: Matthew
Mark: Written from the view of Jesus Christ as Servant. The Theme is to present Jesus as servant with a focus and appeal to the mind of Romans. Author: Mark
Luke: Written from the view of Jesus Christ as Son of man. The Theme is to present Jesus as the Perfect man (His humanity), with an appeal to Greeks of the time. Luke the author, records more parables than all the other 3 (Matthew, Mark, John).
John: Written from the view of Jesus Christ as God. The Theme is to show Jesus Christ’s relationship with His Father. Author:Written by John.
Acts: This is a Book of Transition (change) from Old to New Testament. It is in Acts 2 where the CHURCH is conceived & the New Testament begins. Written by Luke.
Romans: A book among books that contains our greatest doctrines (truths). It gives truth about our salvation (Romans 1-5), about our victory over sin (Romans 6), and what God requires from us (Romans 8-16). Author: Written by Paul.
1 & 2 Corinthians: 1 Corinthians is Paul writing to correct the Church at Corinth about their sin’s. 2 Corinthians however – is Paul writing to comfort them.
Galatians: Written by Paul, the theme of this book is Christian Liberty, that is freedom from religious service and the law of the Old Testament.
Ephesians: Also written by Paul – it sets forth the eternal purpose of God in Christ and shows the heavenly calling of the Church and the unity of the body.
Philippians: Written by Paul – this is the book of JOY in the Christian Life – Christ as our Life (Ch. 1), our Example (Ch. 2), our Goal (Ch. 3) and our Strength (Ch. 4).
Colossians: Written by Paul – this books set forth the glory and pre-eminence of Jesus.
1 & 2 Thessalonians: Written by Paul – 1 Thessalonians focuses on Jesus Christ’s Second Coming (when He comes back again to Comfort). 2 Thessalonians focuses on Christ’s Second Coming but in Judgement after the Rapture (taking away) of the Church.
1 & 2 Timothy: Written by Paul – These are Pastoral epistles (written to Timothy a Pastor). 1 Timothy focuses on Qualifications of Leaders in the Church (truth), and 2 Timothy focuses on Sound Doctrine and the importance of Study.
Titus: Written by Paul – Another Pastoral epistle (letter) written to Titus a young pastor like Timothy but at a church in
Crete. The instructions are similar to that seen in Timothy.
Philemon: Written by Paul – This is a Prison Epistle (when Paul was in prison), and is a book whose theme is reconciliation.
Hebrews: Written by Paul – and like Colossians, the emphasis here is the supremacy and contrast of Jesus Christ, to the prophets, priests, angels, Adam, Moses and Abraham.
James: Written by James (brother of John), and is the book of faith and works.
1 & 2 Peter: Written by Peter – 1 Peter focuses on the trials that we will face in the Christian life, and 2 Peter aims to encourage the Christian and warn of false teachers.
1, 2 & 3 John: Written by John – 1 John (book of love), 2 John (book of truth) and 3 John (book of assurance of salvation)
Jude: Written by Jude – deals with Apostasy and Apostates (bad doctrine)
Revelation: Written by John- last book which deals with end times. It is Prophetic as it tells of God’s impending wrath upon those who reject Jesus Christ; remembering the Church is not involved as they are raptured away by this time.