First Year – Day 1

We start on a journey through Scripture. We shall take up the steps in a believer's life... (1) salvation (2) separation from the world, (3) our life as a priest before God, (4) our life as a believer through this world and (5) God's thoughts about and for us. These 5 steps are like Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. With each Old Testament book we shall then alternate with a New Testament book which gives us the Christian doctrine (teaching) of each of these 5 steps. And then on through the Bible alternating between Old and New Testaments. We learn Christian doctrine (teaching) only from the New Testament; but we see that the Old Testament stories are pictures, illustrating so beautifully the truth of the New Testament. "The New is in the Old concealed... the Old is in the New revealed". Read 1 Cor. 10-11 slowly. Not only did the things happen to those people of the centuries before the Lord Jesus came to earth, but the Old Testament was written as instruction and warning for us believers today. Read Psa. 102:1818This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the Lord. (Psalm 102:18).
We begin with Genesis. This word means "the beginnings". It tells us of the first creation... the natural world. Then we shall read Romans. When a person received the Lord Jesus as Savior, he is born again, he has a new beginning... into the new creation. Romans gives us the foundation truth of Christianity. The first creation was ruined by sin, the new creation can never be spoiled, for it was formed by the death and resurrection of Christ. The first creation is described by God as "very good". – Gen. 1:3131And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31). in ruined it. But the new creation which Christ has made by His death and resurrection, has made every believer in it, perfect. Heb. 10:1414For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (Hebrews 10:14). Sin closed the gate to earth's paradise, but love opened the door to heaven. Rev. 4:11After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter. (Revelation 4:1).