If you are sometimes confused by reading the Bible, studying themes might prove helpful. Remember that in literature, the theme is the underlying message of the text. The Bible is a rich book that can be read everyday for a life-time without being exhausted. In actuality, there are no contradictions, but the truths taught concerning God (Jehovah) the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit must be comprehended before the Bible becomes an open book.
Themes that are found throughout the Bible are:
Creation – Everything that exists was created by the fullness of our Mighty God-
Commandments – God sets a standard for mankind’s behavior-
Covenant – Promises that result in the coming of Messiah and Redemption-
Christ – Living a regenerated life is possible and pleasing to God because one is found ‘In Christ’ -
Once the basic truth about who God is and His nature is accepted and once we are willing to receive His Word by faith, rather than trusting our own understanding, these great truths form a beautiful story that is consistent from Genesis to the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
The LORD suggested by the prophet Isaiah that we should be able to reason together. During Old Testament (Covenant) days as well as New Testament times, the need of mankind has been and is forgiveness and restoration:
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.
The underlying theme of the Bible is certainly God’s plan to save mankind from death and ruin, or destruction brought about by sin. There are absolutes in the Bible and unless we realize that God requires us to observe these absolutes, we will get into a lot of trouble and miss the ‘Way’ He has provided.
One common mistake is the issue of judging others. When we judge others rather than trusting God, we will find we often go the wrong way.
Romans 14:10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”
Where is it written? In the book of Isaiah:
Isaiah 45:22 “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. 23 By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’
Do these verses help identify the Lord Jesus Christ? I believe they do, because Paul wrote:
Philippians 2:9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Some stumble here because the Scriptures say that God had to bestow the name on Him. Judging by human standards this might appear that Christ’s position is less than God. However, the Bible clearly teaches, God (Jehovah) is one, then He will never bestow that name on a person who isn’t already a part of this “One.” Just as Christ gave up the glory They shared, He also have up His position, yet the Father restored Him to His former glory and His former position.
God’s glory is not shared with another, just as He tells us that He is one and there is “no other God” but Him, He tells us that He shares His glory with no other.”
I am the LORD; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols. Isaiah 42:8
And yet Jesus said quite plainly:
John 17:5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.
Paul asked an important question that would apply here:
What then shall we say to these things? Romans 8:31
His answers are in the same verse.
If God is for us, who is against us?
The one who is against us is Satan, and he has no power over those who are “in Christ.”
1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 2 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do…10 But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you… 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.