Old Testament – Books of Moses, History Books, the Psalms (the voice of the Spirit to praise and glorify God), the Prophetical Books (the Spirit revelation of what was to come, and what is to come, also warnings of the impending judgment for disobedience and sin).
New Testament – Gospels (the words and teachings of Jesus Christ – some bibles have the words of Christ in red, some accounts of what He did) John said all the things that Jesus did could not be contained in books.
Acts (a brief account of the development of the early Church)
Epistles (letters written through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost to instruct the early Church, as Jesus said in John 16:12-15). These emphasize the grace and truth that came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17). Most of these books focus on the work of Jesus Christ towards the Gentiles (Romans 11:11-25)
Revelation of John on the Isle of Patmos (this describes the Saviour glorious and triumphant, even His appearance has changed as John noted in Revelations chapter 1, the events that precede the return of Christ, and the events that follow His return including the reunion of all believers (the saints) throughout the history of the earth. Revelations also depicts the last of the Spiritual Warfare which will shake the heavens and the earth, leading to the final judgment of satan and his realm – the “Lake of Fire”.
Originally the Scriptures were handwritten (2Timothy 4:13) – Later it was provided for High Priests only, the most educated of the order of Priests, the Bible was not available to ordinary priests or any individual.
In the reformation (the 15th Century) the Bible began to be available to all. Because of the hunger for the Word of God the printing press was invented, perhaps even inspired by the Spirit of our Father.
A concordance (a book which lists all scriptures containing a word, (e.g. love, so that every verse throughout the entire bible with the word LOVE in it will be listed) the concordance is a great aid for every serious bible student.
Marginal references consisting of numbers and letters following certain words and phrases in the Bible are also very helpful for study.
- Studying main themes such as vision, faith, relationship one to another, worship and prayer are always needful.
- Word studies such as: Prayer, strength, love, healing, joy, peace, will, trial, etc. can take us from one end of the Bible to another.
- in order to do word studies an exhaustive concordance is essential
- abc books become a treasure of scriptures recorded through word studies
- Character Studies, e.g. Peter, Moses, Joseph, etc. become valuable as we see the interaction between man and God, recognizing mistakes made, and faith invoked, repentance, etc.
- Bible Books, studying the bible by books can give us a unique perspective on a whole realm of circumstances and events, it can have the propensity to be long and drawn out so these type of studies. (E.g. Exodus, Joshua, Psalms, Philemon, etc.)
- Commentaries written by others have little if any value to the disciple of the Lord except maybe in the area of statistics. If we come to rely on the revelation of God given to others and not birthed in our own hearts we will lose our way, our dependence must be upon the Holy Ghost to reveal the Father and to bring to our remembrance things Jesus has spoken. In this we have authority because we have heard the voice of the Spirit and in obedience opened our hearts and mouths to convey the message to His people. If we solely rely upon the vision and revelation of others and speak their words when it has not been birthed in our hearts we are just a parrot without authority and power. However those who are our fellow labourers and whose manner of life we have witnessed personally are a great asset to our growth, a gift of ministry from the Lord to bring us to perfection. (Ephesians 4:11-16)
Paul told Timothy:
V 2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
V Philippians 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Lastly it is important for us to be a faithful witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and a living testimony to others that they may observe the work of Christ in us, the fruit of the Spirit.