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SIH STSTA ICON(Part #4 – The Central Theme Line of the Bible)

2Tim 3:14-17 (KJV)

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned [them];  And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

The Holy Bible, God’s word revealed to man, is made up of 66 books.  These books were penned by approx. 35 authors.  The Bible covers over 6000 years of history through the use of both historical accounts and prophetic writings.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Bible, it can be a very confusing, intimidating book.  In many cases, an attempt at studying and becoming familiar with the Word can be a very frustrating experience.  In our 4-part blog series, we will be looking at some basic information about the Bible.  Hopefully, through this study we will be laying a basic foundation of Bible knowledge.  In doing so, our hope is that the Bible will become more easily understood and less intimidating.

If there is one key to coming to a better understanding of God’s Word, it is a consistent, daily quiet time of Bible reading.  The more we read the Bible the more we become familiar with it.  With this familiarity, comes which leads to less intimidation and an easier, more complete understanding of His Word.

Our series will consist of 4 parts:

  1. The Order and Divisions of the Bible
  2. The Author and Writers of the Bible
  3. The Time Line of the Bible
  4. The Theme of the Bible

A downloadable spreadsheet containing all the series information can be found at the following link… two versions are available BibleSurvey – Excel or BibleSurvey – PDF.   Please feel free to save it to you hard drive or print it out to use during your Bible Study times.


Although the Bible has two major divisions (Old and New Testaments), and it is made up of 66 books, written by 30 plus authors over a 1600 year time period; it has one basic theme…. The Lord Jesus Christ… His person, His attributes, His work, and His future glory.

John 5:39 – “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”

John 1:45 – “Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

Acts 26:21-23 – “For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill [me].  Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:  That Christ should suffer, [and] that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles. “

Rom 1:1-6 – “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called [to be] an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,  (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)  Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;  And declared [to be] the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:  By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:  Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:”

1Pet 1:10-12 – “Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace [that should come] unto you:  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

This is why, as we study His Word, we are to be constantly looking for truths about Christ.

  1. In The Historical Accounts…
    1. The history of world events, we can see the power, sovereignty and authority of Christ at work among the nations.
    2. The history of the nation of Israel, we can see Christ working among His nation.  We can see how He reveals Himself as He interacts with mankind; a Holy God saving, protecting, enabling, and judging sinful men.
    3. The history of the life of Christ, we see Him revealed in His works, teachings, and submission to His heavenly Father.
    4. The history of the ministry of the local church we can learn of His grace, and authority.
  2. In the Old and New Testament prophecies, we learn of His first and second comings, as well as His Sovereignty over the nations, His judgment of sin and His grace towards those He has saved.
  3. In the Law ….
    1. The Moral law shows us Christ’s holiness and man’s need of His salvation
    2. The Ceremonial law shows us Christ’s workings of salvation and our need of His sacrifice for our sins
    3. The Civil law of Israel shows us His justice, His judgment of sin, and His delegation of authority
  4. In the Wisdom writings of poetry and songs we can see His greatness, His workings among men and our need of Him.

These, and many other truths about Christ, can be learned within the pages of His Word.  Truly, as is recorded in Rev 19:10…

“And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”


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May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”



  1. Simon Turner says:

    This is a great post. In fact it has been a great series of posts.

    It is a great help to start getting a feel for how the Bible is made up. The more we feel comfortable with the different genres, sections and periods of time then the better we can picture what is going on when we read a passage.

    Thanks for the great resource as well.

    Looking forward to reading more posts from you, Rob.

    • Rob Barkman says:


      Thank you for the kind comments… I took a look at your blog as well, it was a blessing to me. I’ve subscribed to your feeds.

      May the Lord bless you and your ministry.


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