There is a beautiful symmetry to the Word of God. And the longer I study, the more I see of that Divine design to the living Word of God. It is visible in many places. And like the subject of this video post, the beauty in God’s symmetry is also inspiring. So, please take a moment and allow yourself to be blessed by the Word.
As usual, a partial transcript follows the video – just in case something wasn’t recorded clearly. And don’t miss the bonus blessing at the end. I had a brain cramp and left that out of the video! Sorry.
Soli Deo Gloria
You are about to get some fascinating and encouraging insights. And you might think that isn’t possible in an overview of New Testament epistles. But it really is. God’s Word is truth in all of its text. But there is also a beauty to His Word in its structure. And the more we study, the more of that we see.
First, we need this reminder from 2 Timothy 3:16-17 –
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
Hold that truth in your thoughts as we move forward.
Symmetry – An Overview
There are 22 Epistles in the New Testament. That includes Revelation. And there are 9 epistles focused on the Church. The New Testament Church was comprised mostly of Gentiles, but the truth of those epistles is applicable to all.
There are 4 Epistles addressed to Individuals – primarily to pastors, but again, truth is applicable to all. And then we have 9 Epistles focused on Jewish believers – and truth is applicable to all believers.
The fascinating things come to light as we compare these two groups of nine epistles. Each group begins with an extensive theological work interpreting the Old Testament in light of New Testament revelations. Group 1 begins with the book of Romans. The book of Romans examines the relationship between the Gospel and the Old Testament Law
Group 2 begins with the book of Hebrews. And Hebrews examines the relationship between the Gospel and the Old Testament ministry of priests and angels.
Each group ends with prophetic discussions of Jesus’ Second Coming. And now you are seeing the symmetry develop! Thessalonians concludes the first group. It deals with the Church in relationship to Jesus’ Second Coming. It is here we see the rapture of the Church. Romans declared freedom from the law of sin and death and Thessalonians shows the outcome: we are freed from sin for eternal life with Christ.
Revelation concludes the second group. The majority of the book deals with the impact of world events on the Jews and world inhabitants in the seven years of tribulation. How do we know that?
The events in Revelation are the fulfillment of Daniel’s Vision of 70 Weeks. We see that in Daniel chapter 9. The angel Gabriel was sent to Daniel to explain the meaning of the Seventy weeks. And according to Gabriel, Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city. Did you notice it? Gabriel said, YOUR PEOPLE. Daniel was a Hebrew and that is a key to understanding Revelation.
A Final Thought
I said at the beginning that this little exercise would be fascinating. I also said it would be encouraging.
And we should find encouragement in the Divine authorship of Scripture. The 22 New Testament Epistles were written by multiple human authors. Yet, when you see the symmetry of structure and the consistency of the messaging, you know that Author begins with a capital A. The Scripture really is inspired by God. And that’s true in more ways than our eyes and minds usually comprehend.
In Hebrews, the Son reveals the Father. In Revelation, the Father reveals the Son. You can’t make this stuff up!