Meet God: Module 4
Welcome to Module Four. I am so excited that you have decided to continue with the “Meet God” series. You have made a great choice!
In this Module, we will apply the Bible GPS method of understanding, application and communication to the Gospels and Apocalyptic literature.
The first four books of the New Testament, the Gospels, show us the life and teachings of Jesus Christ while providing evidence that He is the Son of God and the Messiah.
No other part of the Bible uses four different books to tell the same story. While it is true that the Gospels all repeat the same basic story, one right after the other, each telling of the story is different, not in the facts presented, but in the perspective from which they are told.
Matthew was a tax collector — the lowest of the low in Jewish society — but more importantly, he was an author who takes special care to show the historical and prophetic significance of Christ; Mark attempts to show the power of Jesus and prove that He is the Messiah; Luke was a highly educated physician, a Gentile, and a skilled storyteller; Luke is also the author of Acts. Luke and Acts are actually two accompanying works. Luke/Acts gives us one of the most unified stories that doesn’t end with Jesus' life, but follows it into the movement of people who followed Him; and John chooses to focus more on the spiritual themes that Christ's life presents rather than the historical significance.
Together, these four books serve as everything the Old Testament has been leading up to, laying the foundation for everything that is to come. The gospel accounts provide us with a comprehensive account of the life and teachings of the most important figure to ever walk the earth — Jesus Christ. The gospels detail the truths that serve as the basis for all Christianity.
These books catalog the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, the Savior to whom the Old Testament prophecies pointed. Just as importantly, the Gospels also take great care to point out how Christ fulfilled Old Testament prophecies.
"Apocalypse" is a Greek word meaning "revelation", "a revealing or unfolding of things that previously were not known". A characteristic of apocalyptic literature is the use of images, symbols and symbolic numbers. John's visions in Revelation and Daniel 7-12 are examples of apocalyptic writing.
The book of Revelation was written to seven churches as both encouragement and challenge. An apocalyptic letter, it relies on visions, symbols, and Old Testament references to reveal the ultimate fulfillment of God's promise given to Abraham in Genesis.
John's visions reveal that Jesus has overcome evil by his death and resurrection, and will return one day as the true king of the world.
I trust that these modules have helped you to meet God anew! You can continue this journey by reading the two devotionals From a Garden to a City and @GodsTweet which complements the four Meet God modules.
KOBUS GENIS was born in Bellville, South Africa. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Theology (BTh) from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and served as a minister in South Africa from 1992-2003. Since 2003 he and his family have been living in sunny Alberta, Canada, where he has been a minister until May 2020. Kobus is currently the Executive Director of the Bible GPS Institute. Kobus' passion is to teach people how to understand, apply and communicate the essentials of the Bible in the 21st century.
Kobus wrote a devotional based on the principles of this course.
It Takes More Than A Mask will show you how an ancient test, the Bible, will help you to move from a Hope End to an Endless Hope. The book comprises of 365 devotions that will take you on a chronological journey through all the Bible books. The book is available as a Paperback and eBook (Kindle). The eBook is also available on many other platforms like Apple and Barnes & Noble. Click here to order the ebook from those platforms.
Preview1. How to interpret the GOSPELS (18:06)
Start2. The Application of the Bible GPS to Luke 15:11-32 (13:16)
Start3. The Application of the Bible GPS to Luke 12:15-21 (8:14)
Preview4. How to interpret APOCALYPTIC literature (13:44)
Start5, The Application of the Bible GPS to Revelation 13:1-10 (19:38)
Start6. The Application of the Bible GPS to Revelation 17:1-6 (10:34)
PreviewTwo Devotional Books