I call upon You, Lord, God of Abraham and God of Isaac and God of Jacob and Israel, You who are the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the God who, through the abundance of your mercy, was well-pleased towards us so that we may know You, who made heaven and earth, who rules over all, You who are the one and the true God, above whom there is no other God; You who, by our Lord Jesus Christ gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit, give to every one who reads this writing to know You, that You alone are God, to be strengthened in You, and to avoid every heretical and godless and impious teaching.

St Irenaeus of Lyons, Against the Heresies 3:6:4

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Salvation History Overview Article From The ESV Study Bible

Clicking here will take you to a wonderful article, which is also found in the recently released ESV Study Bible from Crossway Bibles. Appropriately, Crossway placed the article just before the Old Testament. It’s concise but robust. The sections are as follows:

God’s Plan for History
Christ in the Old Testament
The Promises of God
Warnings and Curses
Christ as the Last Adam
Shadows, Prefigures, and “Types”
Christ the Mediator

Those initiated in biblical theology will rightly recognize the subject matter as topics of the same. You’ll also notice the stress on Christ in all the Scriptures, as well as the continuity of the Old and New Covenants.

Sadly, few Christians have even a cursory understanding of the systematic theology they profess; and worse, fewer still can give a cogent expression of any of the topics listed above.

This article is a great contribution to the greatest study Bible available anywhere. The English Standard Version is, I believe, the finest expression of Holy Writ in the English language. And the commentary notes are as good as it gets. I can’t recommend this Bible enough. But even if I didn’t get the ESV Study Bible, I’d print this article and read it at least once a year. The themes discussed therein are to the Bible what an engine is to your car—the driving power behind every movement!

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