Rightly divide God’s Word and know who is being addressed and spoken to. We can’t try to make the Bible fit us if it wasn’t addressed to us. There are three groups in the Bible being addressed, the Jews, Gentiles and Church.
If you are a Jew and are still waiting for the Messiah the Old Testament through the Gospels and Acts is addressed to you.
If you are a Jew or Gentile and believe in Jesus Christ then you are the Church and Acts from Acts 9 through Philemon is addressed to you for if you believe in Jesus Christ, there is neither Jew nor Gentile.
If you are a Gentile and don’t believe in Jesus Christ then you need to read Revelation to see what happens to you because if you don’t repent and accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you will end up in the Lake of Fire with hell, death, the beast (Anti Christ), false prophet, Satan and all the Jews and Gentiles that don’t accept Him and thus not written in the Book of Life.
The Book of Revelation addresses everyone, meaning the Jews, Gentiles and Church.
In reality there are only two types of people in the world, the Believer and the Non Believer. Which category do you fit in?
Old Testament (To the Jews but Inspirational for everyone)
Genesis – Describes the creation; gives the history of the old world, and of the steps taken by God toward the formation of theocracy.
Exodus – The history of Israel’s departure from Egypt; the giving of the law; the tabernacle
Leviticus – The ceremonial law.
Numbers – The census of the people; the story of the wanderings in the wilderness.
Deuteronomy – The law rehearsed; the death of Moses.
Joshua – The story of the conquest and partition of Canaan
Judges – The history of the nation from Joshua to Samson
Ruth – The story of the ancestors of the royal family of Judah
1 Samuel – The story of the nation during the judgeship of Samuel and the reign of Saul
2 Samuel – Story of the reign of David
1st and 2nd Kings – The books of Kings form only one book in the Hebrew MSS. They contain the history of the nation from David’s death and Solomon’s accession to the destruction of the kingdom of Judah and the desolation of Jerusalem, with a supplemental notice of the liberation of Jehoiachin from his prison at Babylon, twenty-six years later; they comprehend the whole time of the Israelitish monarchy, exclusive of the reigns of Saul and David
1st and 2nd Chronicles – are so called as being the record made by the appointed historiographers of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel; they are the official histories of those kingdoms
Ezra – The story of the return of the Jews from the Babylonish captivity, and of the rebuilding of the temple
Nehemiah – A further account of the rebuilding of the temple and city, and of the obstacles encountered and overcome
Esther – The story of a Jewess who becomes queen of Persia and saves the Jewish people from destruction
Job – The story of the trials and patience of a holy man of Edom
Psalms – A collection of sacred poems intended for use in the worship of Jehovah (Lord), chiefly the productions of David
Proverbs – The wise sayings of Solomon
Ecclesiastes – A poem respecting the vanity of earthly things
Song of Solomon – An allegory relating to the church
Isaiah – Prophecies respecting Christ and his kingdom
Jeremiah – Prophecies announcing the captivity of Judah, its sufferings, and the final overthrow of its enemies
Lamentations – The utterance of Jeremiah’s sorrow upon the capture of Jerusalem and the destruction of the temple
Ezekiel – Messages of warning and comfort to the Jews in their captivity
Daniel – A narrative of some of the occurrences of the captivity, and a series of prophecies concerning Christ
Hosea – Prophecies relating to Christ and the latter days
Joel – Prediction of woes upon Judah and of the favor with which God will receive the penitent people
Amos – Prediction that Israel and other neighboring nations will be punished by conquerors from the north, and of the fulfillment of the Messiah’s kingdom
Obadiah – Prediction of the desolation of Edom
Jonah – Prophecies relating to Nineveh
Micah – Predictions relating to the invasions of Shalmaneser and Sennacherib, the Babylonish captivity, the establishment of a theocratic kingdom in Jerusalem, and the birth of the Messiah in Bethlehem
Nahum – Prediction of the downfall of Assyria
Habakkuk – A prediction of the doom of the Chaldeans
Zephaniah – A prediction of the overthrow of Judah for its idolatry and wickedness
Haggai – Prophecies concerning the rebuilding of the temple
Zechariah – Prophecies relating to the rebuilding of the temple and the Messiah
Malachi – Prophecies relating to the calling of the Gentiles and the coming of Christ
New Testament (for the Jews, Church and Gentiles)
Jesus came to preach to the Jews (lost sheep of the 12 Tribes ONLY) not the Gentiles and Samaritans. When Jesus sent out the 12 Disciples he sent them to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, Matthew 10:6 – 42. Jesus answers the Caananite woman in Matthew 15:24 – 28. We see Jesus did come for the Gentiles nor had his Disciples preach to the Gentiles until He converted Paul to preach to the Gentiles.
Gospel of Matthew – A brief history of the life of Christ
Gospel of Mark – A brief history of the life of Christ, supplying some incidents omitted by Matthew
Gospel of Luke – The history of the life of Christ, with special reference to his most important acts and discourses
Gospel of John – The life of Christ, giving important discourses not related by the other evangelists
Acts of the Apostles – The history of the labors of the apostles and of the foundation of the Christian Church (Acts 9 – Paul is converted by the Ascended Jesus Christ and begins preaching the Gospel to Gentiles) (Acts 10 – Peter told by Jesus from heaven to go preach to Cornelius (Gentile) at his house and the Holy Ghost fell on them all)
Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles (He starts ministering in Acts 13:42)
Romans – A treatise by Paul on the doctrine of justification by Christ
1st Corinthians – A letter from Paul to the Corinthians, correcting errors into which they had fallen
2nd Corinthians – Paul confirms his disciples in their faith, and vindicates his own character
Galatians – Paul maintains that we are justified by faith, and not by rites (law)
Ephesians – A treatise by Paul on the power of divine grace
Philippians – Paul sets forth the beauty of Christian kindness
Colossians – Paul warns his disciples against errors, and exhorts to certain duties
1st Thessalonians – Paul exhorts his disciples to continue in the faith and in holy conversation
2nd Thessalonians – Paul corrects an error concerning the speedy coming of Christ the second time
1st Timothy – Paul instructs Timothy in the duty of a pastor, and encourages him in the work of the ministry
2nd Timothy – Paul realizes his end is near and encourages Timothy to continue in his ministry and carry on the work faithfully as a good workman that has no need to be ashamed.
Titus – Paul encourages Titus in the performance of his ministerial duties
Philemon – An appeal to a converted master to receive a converted escaped slave with kindness
Addressed to the Jews but Inspirational for everyone
Hebrews – Paul maintains that Christ is the substance of the ceremonial law (to Jews)
James. A treatise on the efficacy of faith united with good works (for Jews)
1st and 2nd Peter – Exhortations to a Christian life, with various warnings and predictions (for Jews)
1st John – Respecting the person of our Lord, and an exhortation to Christian love and conduct (for Jews)
2nd John – John warns a converted lady against false teachers (amongst the Jews)
3rd John – A letter to Gaius, praising him for his hospitality
Jude – Warnings against deceivers (amongst the Jews)
For the Church, Jews and Non Believers
Revelation – The future of the Jews, Gentiles (non believers), Church, End Times and eternal damnation for those not written in the Book of Life and eternal life with God and Jesus for those written in the Book of Life foretold
- A Summary of the Contents of Each Book of the Bible
- Divisions in the Word of Truth
- What it Means to Rightly Divide the Scriptures
- Why Is There Confusion Over Doctrine
- Who are We?
- Many Called but Few Chosen
- False Preachers, Teachers and Prophets
- Is Religion Spiritual or of God?
- How to Study the Bible
- Key to Learning the Bible
- All Bibles are the Same aren’t They?
- Non Lukewarm Ministries