Christ: The Theme of the Bible

Christ: The Theme of the Bible

by Dr. Norman L. Geisler

2012

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This hard-to-find classic from 1968 was updated in 2012 by Dr. Geisler. Of all the eighty-plus books Dr. Geisler has so far written, this one is dearest to his heart.   It encourages the reader to “look unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith” (Heb 12:2). It was went under the title: To Understand the Bible, Look for Jesus.

In 2018 this was translated from English into three other languages: Rumanian, Telugu, and Spanish. We hope to make those available soon too.

CONTENTS

Chapter 1 | Christ is the Key to the Bible 7

CHRIST: THE KEY TO THE BIBLE’S INSPIRATION 7

CHRIST: THE KEY TO THE BIBLE’S CANONIZATION 14

CHRIST: THE KEY TO THE BIBLE’S AUTHENTICATION 20

CHRIST: THE KEY TO THE BIBLE’S INTERPRETATION 26

Chapter 2 | Christ in the Old Testament 27

CHRIST: THE FULFILLMENT OF OLD TESTAMENT MESSIANIC PROPHECY 28

CHRIST: THE FULFILLMENT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT PRIESTHOODS 32

CHRIST: THE FULFILLMENT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT MORAL PRECEPTS 37

CHRIST: THE FULFILLMENT OF SALVATION PROMISES 42

JESUS IS JEHOVAH (YAHWEH) 43

Chapter 3 | Christ in Both Testaments 47

CHRIST: CONCEALED IN THE OLD AND REVEALED IN THE NEW 48

CHRIST: FROM THE SHADOWS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT TO THE SUBSTANCE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT 51

CHRIST: FORETOLD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND FULFILLED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT 55

SUMMARY 60

Chapter 4 | Christ in Every Section of the Bible 61

A FOURFOLD CHRISTOCENTRIC STRUCTURE OF SCRIPTURE 61

A SIXFOLD CHRISTOCENTRIC STRUCTURE OF SCRIPTURE 68

AN EIGHTFOLD CHRISTOCENTRIC STRUCTURE OF SCRIPTURE  72

FOURFOLD PARALLEL BETWEEN OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS 73

Chapter 5 | Christ in Each Book of the Bible 78

THE LAW: THE FOUNDATION FOR CHRIST 78

HISTORY: THE PREPARATION FOR CHRIST 81

POETRY: ASPIRATION FOR CHRIST 84

PROPHECY: EXPECTATION OF CHRIST 86

THE GOSPELS: THE MANIFESTATION OF CHRIST 89

ACTS: THE EVANGELIZATION OR PROPAGATION OF CHRIST 91

THE EPISTLES: INTERPRETATION AND APPLICATION OF CHRIST 91

PAULINE EPISTLES: EXPOSITION OF CHRIST 92

GENERAL EPISTLES: EXHORTATION IN CHRIST 95

REVELATION: CONSUMMATION IN CHRIST 97

Chapter 6 | The Word of God:  Personal and Propositional 99

THE SIMILARITY BETWEEN THE LIVING AND WRITTEN WORD 100

THE SUPERIORITY OF THE LIVING WORD OVER THE WRITTEN WORD 101

THE WRITTEN WORD IS IMPORTANT TO THE LIVING WORD 105

INSPIRATION IS IMPORTANT FOR THE PROPAGATION OF CHRIST 106

INSPIRATION IS IMPORTANT TO THE INTERPRETATION OF CHRIST 107

Bibliography 111

Additional search keywords:
To Understand the Bible Look for Jesus: The Bible Student’s Guide to the Bible’s Central Theme
Christ: the Key to Interpreting the Bible

Christology; Christocentric