Understanding The Bible
"Short Survey of Outlines and Themes"

Dr. Clarence B. Mason, Jr.

C.I. Scofield
    Central Theme: Christ
    OT - Preparation
    Progressive unfolding of truth (man in relation to God)
    NT - Manifestation - Gospels
    Propagation - The Acts
    Explanation - Epistles
    Consummation - Revelation

J. S. Baxter
    Central Theme: Christ
    OT (39)
    History (17)
    Law (5)
    Pre-Exile History (9)
    Post-Exile History (3)
    Experience (5)
    Prophecy (17)
    Basic Prophecy
    Pre-Exile Prophecy (9)
    Post-Exile Prophecy (3)
    NT (27)
    History (5)
    Gospels and Acts (5)
    Christian church Epistles (9)
    Pastoral, Personal Epistles (4)
    Hebrews-Christian Epistles (9)

Covenant Theology
    Central Theme: Salvation
    Covenant with Adam (Nature and Works)
    Adam invalidated the covenant by committing sin.
    God then initiated His covenant of Grace and Faith.

    Central Theme: The Glory of God
    God is glorified by:

Nature: Psalm 19:1-7
Angles: Isaiah 6:3
Israel: Isaiah 46:13
His Word: Psalm 19:7-14
The Temple: Ezekiel 44:4
His Son: John 17:1, 4
His Church: 1 Corinthians 1:30, 31
His Creation: Philippians 2:10, 11

        Innocence (Creation of Adam to the Fall of Adam)
        Conscience (Fall of Adam to the Flood)
        Human Government (Noah to Babel)
        Promise (Call of Abram to the giving of the Law)
        The Law (Moses to Pentecost

        Grace (Pentecost to the End of the Tribulation)
        Kingdom (1000 years of His reign on Earth)

Ways to Study The Bible
    1. Book Studies
    2. Topical Studies
    3. Word Studies
    4. Dispensational Studies
    5. Covenant Studies
    6. Sectional Study (Baxter)
    7. Progressive revelation of the Names of God
    8. Progressive revelation of Redemptive Doctrines
    9. Lives of the Men of Faith
    10. Literary forms
    11. Types of Christ
    12. History of Israel and of the Church
    13. Geography
    14. Prophecy and Fulfillment
    15. Doctrine
    16. Grammar
    17. Kingdom of God

At the end of His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus adds, "Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock... But everyone hearing these words of mine and not putting them into practice is like a foolish man building his house on sand." Matthew 7:24-27

The Covenants

Genesis 1:28
And God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

Genesis 3:15
"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between you and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise Him on the heel."

Genesis 9:1 ff
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth..."

Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 15:18
Now the Lord said to Abram, "go forth from your country, and from your relatives, and from your father's house, to the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, and so you shall se a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you; and curse those who curse you. And in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed." On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, "To your descendants I haven this land..."

Exodus 19:5, 6 (only conditional covenant)
"Now when, if you will indeed obey My voice, and keep My Covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; And you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation."

Deuteronomy 30:3
"So it shall become when all these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind in all nations where the Lord you God has banished you, and you return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and sour according to all that I command you today, you and your sons, then the Lord you God will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you and will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you."

2 Samuel 7;16
"And your house and your kingdom will endure before Me forever; you throne shall be established forever."

New Covenant
Matthew 26:26-29; Hebrews 8:8
(Matthew 26:28) "This is My blood of the new covenant, which is to be shed on behalf of many for forgiveness of sins." (Hebrews 8:8) "And this is the covenant which I shall make with the House of Israel... says the Lord... "

God is the initiator and mediator of each of His covenants.
He is JEHOVAH - The Covenant-Keeping "I AM"



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