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What is the relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament? Did things go wrong and break in the Old Testament and God had to come, in Jesus, and fix that? Or is the Old Testament plan A and the New Testament is the consummation of plan A? Was the fall – Adam and Eve's big goof – in the Garden wrong? It was clearly wrong – but did it catch God with his guard down? Was it unexpected? Did He not plan for that? Or was that the original purpose from before the foundations of the earth? How does the New Testament address that issue?
Have you ever sinned against a person and never experienced a full release from the guilt? Have you been sinned against and never been freed from the pain? These are two sides of the same coin, but the remedies are totally different. If you have been sinned against, you have to forgive. No matter how difficult, forgiveness is still a necessity. In his model prayer, Jesus says, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matt 6:12).
The central truth of Genesis 1 is that God is the sole Creator of everything. That God and God alone has the power and the wisdom to create and God and God alone is sovereign over everything that He has made. How big is your God? We invite you to read an excerpt from Dr. Bill Mounce's lecture on Creation and God from 52 Major Stories of the Bible.
Would you like to learn about the structure of your Bible and develop the skills necessary to manage the Bible’s content, purposes, and applications throughout your life? Would you like to be better equipped to share your faith with others? Dr. Bert Down's Bible Survey is a 10 session, free online Bible class that will give you a broad survey of the Old Testament and New Testament.