The Bible’s Christocentric Structure

Greg Strand – January 11, 2013 1 Comment

As Christians, we read, interpret and apply the Bible through the lens of Jesus Christ. Below you will read an excellent statement made by Norman Geisler about how all the various genres of Scripture, i.e. the types of literature, address Jesus Christ.

In the law we find the foundation for Christ. In History we find the preparation for Christ. In Poetry we find the aspiration for Christ. In the Prophets we find the expectation of Christ. In the Gospels we find the manifestation of Christ. In Acts we find the propagation of Christ. In the Epistles we find the interpretation of Christ. In Revelation we find the consummation in Christ.

Norman Geisler, To Understand the Bible, Look for Jesus (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1968), 83.

In this work below, Geisler puts his statement above in a grid, which rightly affirms the Christocentric structure of all the Bible.

the Bible may be cast into the following overall Christocentric structure:

Structure of the Bible

Old Testament Law Foundation for Christ
History Preparation for Christ
Poetry Aspiration for Christ
Prophecy Expectation of Christ
New Testament Gospels Manifestation of Christ
Acts Propagation of Christ
Epistles Interpretation and Application of Christ
Revelation Consummation in Christ

 

Although there is no divinely authoritative basis for viewing the Bible in an eightfold structure, the Christians insistence that the Scriptures be understood Christocentrically is firmly based on the teachings of Christ. Some five times in the New Testament, Jesus affirmed Himself to be the theme of the Old Testament Scripture (Matt. 5:17; Luke 24:27, 44; John 5:39; Heb. 10:7). In view of these statements, it is natural to view the eightfold topical arrangement of Scripture in terms of its one theme – Christ.

Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix, From God To Us: How We Got Our Bible, revised and expanded (Chicago: Moody, 2012), 15.

As Paul wrote, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory” (2 Cor. 1:20). Reading, interpreting and applying the Word through Jesus Christ is a unique means by and through which Christians bring glory to God the Father. As you read Scripture in a Christocentric manner, we join in saying, “Amen to God for his glory!”

Greg Strand

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Director of Biblical Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

One response to The Bible’s Christocentric Structure

  1. … “Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me.”

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