Summary of the Books of the New Testament Books

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Matthew The genre of Matthew is gospel. The theme of Matthew is to show evidence that Jesus Christ is the promised Savior, the Messiah, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The main characters in the book of Matthew are Jesus, Mary and Joseph, John the Baptist, the 12 disciples, the Jewish religious leaders, Caiaphas, Pilate, Mary Magdalene. The book of Matthew starts out describing the lineage, birth and early life of Christ. The rest of the book discusses the ministry of Christ. The book describes Christ’s teachings such as Sermon on the Mount. Matthew describes the mission and purpose of the disciples. There is a collection of parables in this book. He also discusses about the church, hypocrisy and the future. The book ends as all the other gospels do with the arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. Luke The book of Luke is in the gospel genre. The key theme in the book of Luke is the perfect humanity of Jesus Christ. Jesus, Zechariah, John the Baptist, Mary, the disciples, Herod the Great, Pilate and Mary Magdalene are the main characters in the book of Luke. This book begins with Luke telling us about Jesus’ parents; the birth of John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin; Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born; and the genealogy of Christ through Mary. Jesus’ ministry shows his compassion and forgiveness through the stories of prodigal son, the rich man and Lazarus and the Good Samaritan. The religious leaders of the time challenged and opposed the claims of Jesus. Christ’ followers were encouraged to see the cost of discipleship, while His enemies wanted His death on the cross. Finally, Jesus was betrayed, tried, sentenced and crucified. Three days later, the grave couldn’t hold Him! His ... ... middle of paper ... disclose the revelation he had of Jesus Christ and the intense spiritual warfare the church would face, before Christ’s ultimate victory over the Satan. John was not charting the future, but was providing encouragement to persecuted Christians that their suffering was not in vain. The word “throne” is used forty five times to emphasize that God is ruling over human history and is using all the forces of evil, all the consequences of sin, and even the suffering of His people to finish His final and complete victory. Revelation reveals Christ as the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful Lamb of God who has already defeated Satan through the Cross. John gives this view of the future to assure believers that even in horrible circumstances we have nothing to fear. The Lord God reigns, and the day is coming when His faithful followers will rule and reign with Him.
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