How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament: Step 10––Biblical Theology
Once you have established your text, made accurate observations, and discerned your passage’s contexts, it is time to determine your text’s meaning. To do this, it is critical to understand biblical theology, the discipline that considers how the whole Bible progresses, integrates, and climaxes in Jesus.
How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament: Step 9–Literary Context
As you examine your passage in view of the whole book, there are at least three areas you want to keep in mind: literary placement, literary function, and literary details.
Living By the Book
The word of God is sufficient for every season of life. This glorious theme is established in the opening stanza of Psalm 119, which teaches three aspects of living by the book.
Perspicuity and the Pastor
Scripture ought to shape, influence, and profit the pastor as he commits himself to prayer and the ministry of God’s perspicuous Word.
On Memorizing Scripture
Scripture memorization does not come easy for most of us. But don’t be too quick to blame it on a poor memory. Scripture memorization is spiritual warfare.
Scripture’s Clarity: A New Testament Defense
God’s word is understandable. It is expected to be trusted in, defended, proclaimed, and nourishing to those to read it in faith.
Genesis 1 and the Storyline of Scripture
The opening chapter of the Old Testament establishes a framework for understanding all of Scripture.
Scripture’s Clarity: An Old Testament Defense
Scripture is understandable, near, and obeyable.
Mercy Will Come
When your sin puts you in the depths of despair, and you have no way out on your own, there is a God above who rules and reigns and forgives and saves.
Biblical Principles for Ethnic Harmony
Racism refuses to acknowledge the equality and dignity or your neighbor, much less love them as you love yourself.