Introductions to LCC set and this Volume 1
Prophets to the Nations.
The 7 Volumes of the Learn Christ Commentaries.
Respect for God’s Great Design of the Bible.
Preface: Learn Christ from the Apostles and Prophets page 1
chapter 1: Paul Wraps up the Bible page 3
1-1 Other Scriptures to Support Colossians 1:25. page 3
1-2 Where Paul Got His Doctrine. page 5
1-3 The Apostle Peter acknowledged Paul as a Scripture Writing Apostle
1-4 Word of God (Scriptures) from the Apostle Paul. page 7
1-5 The Apostle Paul, a champion of inspiration of scriptures as on all other
Doctrines. page 8
1-6 Sufferings and the Ministry of Paul. page 9
1-7 Apostle with Children, I Timothy and II Corinthians. page 12
chapter 2: The Bible is Christ page 15
2-1 The Living God of the Living page 16
2-2 Righteousness of God and Man. page 19
2-3 The Composite Witness of the Bible page 21
2-4 God, Man, and the Son of Man. page 25
2-5 The Resurrection of Jesus. page 29
2-6 Wisdom from God. page 32
2-7 The Gospel. page 33
2-8 Listening More Important than Sacrifice. page 34
2-9 What Happened to the Jews as the Chosen People of God. page 35
2-10 The Salvation of God. page 37
2-11 The New King of Israel. page 38
2-12 The Living God wants others to Live. page 40
chapter 3: The Old Testament According to the New Testament page 42
3-1 Stephen’s Outline of Old Testament History in Acts 7. page 43
3-2 Amos the Prophet. page 45
3-3 Wrap-up of History of Stephen. page 46
3-4 David to Christ. page 47
3-5 The 16 Writing Prophets. page 49
3-6 The Prophet Isaiah. page 50
3-7 A Short Message from Amos, Joel, and the Great Maker of History
3-8 A Harmony of History. page 58
3-9 Prophets, Apostles, and the Spirit of Christ. page 58
3-10 Acts, the Old Testament according to the New Testament, and the
Gospels And the Prophets. page 60
chapter 4 Matthew and Jesus. page 63
4-1 Who is Jesus to His Contemporaries? page 63
4-2 Who is Jesus According to Subsequent History? page 66
4-3 The Sources, the Bible and the books of the Bible. page 68
4-4: Christ, Marriage, and the Church. page 71
4-5: Jesus and the Builder’s of History. page 71
4-6: Understanding from Peter’s First Sermon. page 74
4-7: Choose Jesus or the Temple. page 75
4-8: Judas betrayed Jesus in order to save his own temple. page 77
4-9: The Cornerstone is Alive! page 79
4-10 How are the Living Stones today? page 80
4-11 Jesus Proclaimed in the Old Testament and Established with His teachings
in the New Testament by the Apostle Matthew page 81
4-12 Matthew and Psalms. page 83
4-13 Matthew and the Prophets. page 84
chapter 5: John Mark and the Apostle James page 89
5-1: Mark. page 89
5-2: James on Mark. page 91
5-3: The Old Testament in James. page 95
5-4: “The Living God of the Living” from Genesis 1:26 thru Exodus 16:18 p 99
5-5: Mark’s Appendix. page 103
5-6: The First Seven. Page 104
5-7: The Second Seven. page 107
5-8: The Third Seven. page 109
5-9: Fourth Seven. page 110
5-10: Fifth Seven. page 112
5-11: Sixth Seven. page 112
5-12: Seventh Seven. page 112
chapter 6: The Gospel Explained and Reinforced: Paul in Hebrews and Roman, and Luke.
6-1: Hebrews and Psalms. page 115
6-2: Romans and Isaiah. page 122
6-3: Jesus is the Foundation Stone. page 124
6-4: The Gospel Reinforced, Luke. page 127
6-5: Luke and the Apostle Peter’s Epistles. page 128
6-6: The Old Testament in Peter’s Epistles and Luke. page 130
6-7: Another Composite. page 131
6-8: Gospel Reinforced. page 132
chapter 7: Prophets and Apostles page 135
7-1: The Apostles Peter and James on the Prophets. page 135
7-2: A Rapid Survey of the Prophets according to Peter and James. page 137
7-3: Applications. page 144
7-4: The Minor Prophets from Joel to Malachi. page 148
7-5 The Prophet Joel. page 149
7-6: The Prophet Amos. page 150
7-7: The Gospel on Jonah. page 152
7-8: The Prophet Obadiah. page 153
7-9: The Prophet Hosea. page 154
7-10: The Prophet Micah. page 155
7-11: The Prophet Nahum. page 157
7-12: The Prophet Habakkuk. page 158
7-13: The Prophet Zephaniah. page 158
7-14: The Prophet Hagaii. page 160
7-15: The Prophet Zechariah. page 162
7-16: The Prophet Malachi. page 163
chapter 8: All the Prophets of the Old Testament page 165
8-1: The Prophet Messiah and The LORD Thy God. page 165
8-2: The Progressive Flow of the Gospel. page 172
8-3: The Gospel to the Jews is that Jesus is their King! page 177
8-4: Major Inserts from the Majors on the Gospel. page 178
chapter 9: Solid Foothold in the Prophets and Christian Faith. page 184
9-1: The Prophet Joel and the Apostle Peter. page 185
9-2: Axes to Grind. page 186
9-3: Christian Faith. page 188
9-4: The Prophet Obadiah. page 196
9-5: The Historical Context of Bad Blood between Jacob and Esau. page 200
9-6: In the Total Context of the Bible. page 203
9-7: The Fair Judgments of God. page 204
9-8: We Preach Christ. page 204
9-9: Shew us the Father: We Preach Christ. page 207
chapter 10: Prophetic Messages on History page 211
10-1: Major Prophets of the Chaldean Period, Daniel, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah. page 211
10-2: The Prophets on Jerusalem, Zephaniah, Ezekiel, and Habakkuk and Jeremiah. page 218
10-3: An Outline of Ezekiel. page 222
10-4: Why Me on the National Level, Habakkuk? page 224
10-5: The Temple: Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. page 225
10-6: The Prophet Haggai. page 228
10-7: Zechariah. page 232
10-8: The Prophet Malachi. page 232
chapter 11: LAST DAYS and Eschatology in the Prophets page 234
11-1: Beginning of the Last Days. page 235
11-2: The Great and Notable Day of the Lord. page 236
11-3: Battle of Jehoshaphat and Jewish Conversion. page 237
11-4: All Israel Saved, Romans 11. page 238
11-5: Jesus on Eschatology, Matthew 24. page 239
11-6: Great Tribulation. page 241
11-7: Out of Respect for B.H. Carroll. page 242
11-8: Apostle Peter on Eschatology. page 244
11-9: Eschatology and Fear. page 245
11-10: Eschatology in the Pre-Prophet Prophets. page 246
11-11: Eschatology in the Prophets of the Assyrian Period. page 248
11-12: Eschatology in the Prophets of the Chaldean Period. page 252
11-13: Eschatology of the Persian Period. page 256
11-14: The Composite Witness of the New Pentateuch. page 259
chapter 12: Eschatology in the book of Revelation page 261
12-1: Last Things (Eschatology) in the book of Revelation. page 261
12-2: Cycles of Historical Events. page 264
12-3: Eschatology in the Prophets. page 265
12-4: Bottom Line of the book of Revelation. page 270
12-5: The Seven Last Plagues. page 271
12-6: Two Cautions. page 272
12-7: A Candle Still Burns in the City until the Fall of the U.S. page 274
12-8: Composite Witness of the Five of the New Pentateuch. page 274
chapter 13: The Prophet Messiah. page 250
chapter 14: The Literal Forever Kingdom.
Chapter 3: Paul Wraps up the Bible.
This chapter title will come as a surprise to you, no doubt; as you have thought little of the ministry of the Apostle Paul to provide the finishing continuity to the Bible of 66 books. A brief explanation is in order now, and there is a real sense in which this whole volume of THE LEARN CHRIST FROM THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS COMMENTARY will more exhaustively deal with that theme. The primary focus in this volume is about how the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is a story about the Lord Jesus Christ, and how to learn that Christ of the Bible; but supporting that most obvious and dominant theme is the way the Resurrected Christ, personally and through the Spirit of Christ, continued to work through the Apostle Paul as well as the other Apostles to wrap up the Bible. If we look back over the last approximately two thousand years since Jesus of Nazareth walked on this earth in Palestine, what has been the most influence in the spread of Christianity to all the nations of the world, it has been the Bible as used by the Spirit of Christ. (Holy Spirit is being used synonymously with the Spirit of Christ: that is Bible.) Now given the Bible has been the most pervasive Christian influence in two thousand years, don’t you think that the God of whom the Apostle James writes as knowing all His works from the beginning of time, not only planned it this way, but also had a plan in the completion of the 66 books as well as the preservation and spread of the Bible. The Apostle Paul, under the direct leadership of the risen Christ and then through the Spirit during the so-called seven silent years (only silent because the Spirit like God the Father does speak in a still small voice), was the key human instrument to complete the Bible.
What needs to be dealt with briefly now is what Paul had to do with the completion of the Old Testament, and how Paul could wrap up the Bible since the Apostle John later wrote the last five books of the New Testament, and also after Paul John Mark wrote a Gospel and Dr. Luke wrote a Gospel and the book of Acts. As far as the Old Testament part, it was Paul’s assignment from the Risen Christ during their time together in Saudi Arabia immediately after the conversion of Paul to go back and reread the Old Testament which Paul had studied so extensively in the past, but this time to read it in the light of the removed veil that was done away with, as Paul writes in Hebrews, in Christ. Paul during those seven years at Tarsus read through all the Old Testament manuscripts, remembered the interpretations from Christ, and recorded on a manuscript all the parts of the Old Testament that were most important to be quoted in the New Bible of the Old and New Testaments, along with the explanations, interpretations, and applications received from Christ and the Spirit of Christ.
Now about the writing ministry of the Apostle John and the Apostle Paul. Paul said in Galatians that he met with Peter and James, and I think he also wrote a manuscript or two to record the story of the life of Jesus which later he left with John Mark to write Mark and Dr. Luke to write the Gospel of Luke. That means that Paul had three or four sources to know the complete story of the life of Christ before the Apostle John wrote his gospel, Jesus Himself in Arabia, the Apostle Peter, and the Apostle James, and the Holy Spirit was always present with Paul assisting in the writing of scriptures.
After all, “holy men of God (apostles and prophets, “wrote as they were moved by the Spirit of God”.
NOTE: And don’t forget as you will read about often in this volume, Paul under the leadership of the Spirit and with all that aforementioned background himself wrote 14 New Testament books of the 27, the majority author from the human side of the New Testament. Furthermore, if you removed from the New Testament all the Old Testament quotes (I will refer to over 100 of those quotes in this volume), there would be no New Testament. Most of those the Apostle Paul personally or through Luke and John Mark put there!
It is more detailed than this, but this will serve as an introduction. The rest of the volume will elaborate.
When you hear of the ministry of the Apostle Paul, what do you normally think? Most often we hear and speak of the missionary journeys of Paul. We read of the marvelous conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus in order that Paul might preach the gospel to the Gentiles. The premise of this chapter and the book is that the primary ministry of Paul was to serve as chief editor of the New Testament. Certainly as we in contemporary times look back on what has happened in the approximately two thousand years since Paul, Jesus, and the other Apostles of Christ, the most pervasive influence of Paul has been from his fourteen letters that became fourteen books of the New Testament. In other words thousands more people had read and become Christians from the reading of his letters than became Christians because of his missionary journeys.
You can almost miss this aspect of the ministry of Christ in the reading of his letters. The one single place that it is obvious is in the reading of Colossians 1:25.
“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God…” (Colossians 1:25 KJV)
Notice that: Paul is made a minister in order to fulfill or complete the word of God! That tells me that God had in mind a certain number of books for the Bible and in particular for the New Testament (27), and that the responsibility of the ministry of Paul was to make sure that this number was completed. This Paul did by personally writing 14 out of 27 of those books, and then pass on to John Mark and Dr. Luke manuscripts for the writing of three more books of the New Testament; so that Paul becomes personally responsible for 17 out of 27 of the New Testament books. I would say that is a significant aspect of Paul’s ministry when you consider to how many countries the Bible has gone over the last two thousand years, into how many homes, and from how many pulpits and Sunday school classes the Bible is taught every Sunday.
To belabor this chief editor aspect of the New Testament now as related to John Mark and Dr. Luke is somewhat jumping ahead, but I think it is necessary to immediately establish an internal evidence aspect to this claim. Two scriptural facts can quickly lay this foundation.
Paul after becoming a prisoner requested that Timothy bring his books and parchments from Troas.
“The cloak that I left a Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the parchments.” (II Timothy 4:13)
Paul wrote that John Mark was profitable to him for the “ministry”, and recall that the most important aspect of the ministry of Paul was in the writing and editing of New Testament books.
“Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.” (II Timothy 4:11)
3-1: Other Scriptures to Support Colossians 1:25.
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