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1 John 2:18-25

[18] Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. [19] They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. [20] But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. [21] I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth. [22] Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. [23] No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also. [24] Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father. [25] And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.

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Many Christians approach reading the Bible without first considering what story the Bible is trying to tell. This is similar to trying to put a puzzle together without knowing what picture you are trying to create. If we do not understand the big narrative (meta-narrative), then we will probably be confused as to what all the little narratives mean and how they fit together.

Biblical Theology helps us improve our understanding of Scripture because it helps us understand what story the Bible is trying to tell. Our goal in studying an Old Testament Biblical Theology is that we would be better equipped to interpret, understand, and apply the Old Testament in a way that honors Christ and informs our understanding of the gospel.

Helpful Resources:

Dempster, Stephen. Dominion and Dynasty. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003. | Amazon

Lawrence, Michael. Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010. | Amazon

Schreiner, Thomas. The King in His Beauty. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013. | Amazon

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Many Christians approach reading the Bible without first considering what story the Bible is trying to tell. This is similar to trying to put a puzzle together without knowing what picture you are trying to create. If we do not understand the big narrative (meta-narrative), then we will probably be confused as to what all the little narratives mean and how they fit together.

Biblical Theology helps us improve our understanding of Scripture because it helps us understand what story the Bible is trying to tell. Our goal in studying an Old Testament Biblical Theology is that we would be better equipped to interpret, understand, and apply the Old Testament in a way that honors Christ and informs our understanding of the gospel.

Helpful Resources:

Dempster, Stephen. Dominion and Dynasty. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003. | Amazon

Lawrence, Michael. Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010. | Amazon

Schreiner, Thomas. The King in His Beauty. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013. | Amazon

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1 John 2:15-17

[15] Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. [16] For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. [17] And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

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1 John 2:12-14

[12] I am writing to you, little children,
because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.
[13] I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
because you have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, children,
because you know the Father.
[14] I write to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
because you are strong,
and the word of God abides in you,
and you have overcome the evil one.

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Many Christians approach reading the Bible without first considering what story the Bible is trying to tell. This is similar to trying to put a puzzle together without knowing what picture you are trying to create. If we do not understand the big narrative (meta-narrative), then we will probably be confused as to what all the little narratives mean and how they fit together.

Biblical Theology helps us improve our understanding of Scripture because it helps us understand what story the Bible is trying to tell. Our goal in studying an Old Testament Biblical Theology is that we would be better equipped to interpret, understand, and apply the Old Testament in a way that honors Christ and informs our understanding of the gospel.

Helpful Resources:

Dempster, Stephen. Dominion and Dynasty. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003. | Amazon

Lawrence, Michael. Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010. | Amazon

Schreiner, Thomas. The King in His Beauty. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2013. | Amazon

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