Old Testament Survey

Lesson: Purpose of the Bible (OTS02)

Introduction

Understand how the Bible came to be and why God gave it to us. All of Scripture has four main purposes… and they all point to Jesus. Those four purposes are; (1) To present Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer of the world (2) To provide for us the historical context in which Jesus came (3) To lead the unbeliever into faith in Jesus and (4) To show believers how God wants us to live.

From Genesis through Revelation, the Bible is basically about Jesus Christ. The Bible is not a history of civilization or a scientific textbook on creation. Some people think that the Bible is primarily a handbook for living a good moral life; many think that Jesus was only presented as a teacher and example of this lifestyle. Jesus Christ is the Bible’s one central theme. In support of this theme, though, the Bible has four main purposes. The first of these four purposes is this: to present Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer of this world. Now, for us to understand this first purpose, we need to understand why a savior is necessary. So the second purpose of the Bible is to provide for us the historical context in which Jesus came. But in Genesis 12, the story slows way down. From this chapter all the way through Revelation — all 1,178 remaining chapters — the plot line narrows. From this point on, the story is mainly about Abraham and his descendants, especially that one Descendant of his through whom all the nations of the earth are blessed, the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Once we have understood those first two purposes, the second two are obvious. Number three is to lead the unbeliever into faith; and number four is to show the believer how God wants a believer to live.