Focus
The Progress
of Redemption
Examining the Bible
The Progress of Redemption
Prologue
Act 1: The Blessing Redeems
Act 2: The Church Proclaims
Act 3: The Blessing Reigns
The Progress of Redemption
>Prologue
Act I: The Blessing Redeems
Act 2: The Church Proclaims
Act 3: The Blessing Reigns
Prologue (Gen 1-11)
Creation
“In the beginning
God created the
heavens and the
earth.”
- Genesis 1:1
Prologue (Gen 1-11)
Fall
“But of the tree of
the knowledge of
good and evil you
shall not eat….”
- Genesis 2:17
Fall
Prologue (Gen 1-11)
Flood
“I Myself am
bringing
floodwaters on
the earth….”
- Genesis 2:17
Flood
Fall
Prologue (Gen 1-11)
Flop
“…its name is called
Babel, because there
the Lord confused
the language of all
the earth….”
- Genesis 11:9
Flood
Fall
Flop
The Progress of Redemption
Prologue
> Act I: The Blessing Redeems
Act 2: The Church Proclaims
Act 3: The Blessing Reigns
Act 1: Scene 1 (Gen 12- 1 Kgs 10)
Abraham
“…Get out of your country, from your
family, and from your father’s house. To a
land I will show you. I will make you a
great nation; I will bless you and make your
name great… and in you all the families of
the earth shall be blessed.’”
– Genesis 12:1-3
Act 1: Scene 1 (Gen 12- 1 Kgs 10)
Abraham
“…Get out of your country, from your
family, and from your father’s house. To a
land I will show you. I will make you a
great nation; I will bless you and make your
name great… and in you all the families of
the earth shall be blessed.’”
– Genesis 12:1-3
Act 1: Scene 1 (Gen 12- 1 Kgs 10)
Abraham
“…Get out of your country, from your
family, and from your father’s house. To a
land I will show you. I will make you a
great nation; I will bless you and make
your name great… and in you all the
families of the earth shall be blessed.’”
– Genesis 12:1-3
Act 1: Scene 1 (Gen 12- 1 Kgs 10)
Abraham
“…Get out of your country, from your
family, and from your father’s house. To a
land I will show you. I will make you a
great nation; I will bless you and make
your name great… and in you all the
families of the earth shall be blessed.’”
– Genesis 12:1-3
Act 1: Scene 1 (Gen 12- 1 Kgs 10)
Abraham
“…Get out of your country, from your
family, and from your father’s house. To a
land I will show you. I will make you a
great nation; I will bless you and make your
name great… and in you all the families of
the earth shall be blessed.’”
– Genesis 12:1-3
What is God SAYING?
God Speaks
Method:FRIEND
Desired Response:
I will trust You!
Act 1: Scene 1 (Gen 12- 1 Kgs 10)
AIJ EGYPT
Abraham
Jacob
Isaac
ISRAEL
400 Years
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12
Joseph
Judges &
Ruth
Samuel
Moses
Joshua
Act 1: Scene 1 (Gen 12- 1 Kgs 10)
God Speaks
The Law Method: Fear Me!
Desired Response: We will follow!
Act 1: Scene 1 (Gen 12- 1 Kgs 10)
Samuel
“…Samuel said to Saul… ‘stand here
awhile, that I may announce to you the
word of God.’ Then Samuel took a flask of
oil and poured it on his head… and said, ‘Is
it not because the Lord anointed you
commander over His inheritance?’”
– 1 Samuel 9:27-10:1
S
Act 1: Scene 1 (Gen 12- 1 Kgs 10)
Samuel
“Then Samuel took the horn of oil and
anointed him in the midst of his brothers;
and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David
from that day forward.”
– 1 Samuel 16:13
S
D
Act 1: Scene 1 (Gen 12- 1 Kgs 10)
David
“…the word of the Lord came to Nathan,
saying, ‘Go and tell My servant David… “I
will set up your seed after you… and I will
establish his kingdom. He shall build a
house for my name, and I will establish his
kingdom forever.”’”
S D – 2 Samuel 7:4-17
Act 1: Scene 1 (Gen 12- 1 Kgs 10)
Solomon
“Then Zadok the priest took a horn of oil
from the tabernacle and anointed Solomon.
And they blew the horn, and all the people
said, ‘Long live King Solomon.’”
– 1 Kings 1:39
S
D
S
Act 1: Scene 1 (Gen 12- 1 Kgs 10)
Solomon
“So Solomon built the temple
and finished it.”
– 1 Kings 6:14
S
D
S
Act 1: Scene 1 (Gen 12-1 Kings 10)
God Speaks
The Poetry Method: Relationship
Desired Response: Intimacy
S
D
S
Act 1: Scene 2 (1 Kgs 11 – 2 Chr 36)
S
Israel
Judah
Assyria
Act 1: Scene 2 (1 Kgs 11 – 2 Chr 36)
SCATTERING
Israel
Assyria
Judah
Act 1: Scene 2 (1 Kgs 11 – 2 Chr 36)
Assyria
Babylon
Judah
Act 1: Scene 2 (1 Kgs 11 – 2 Chr 36)
Assyria
Babylon
Israel Captive
Judah
CAPTIVITY
Act 1: Scene 3 (Ezra – Esther)
Zerubbabel
Ezra (Temple)
Israel
Babylon
Cyrus
Nehemiah (Walls)
Act 1: Scene 3 (Ezra – Esther)
God Speaks
Cyrus
Prophecy: Thus saith
the
Lord!
Babylon
Israel
Desired Response: Repentance
The Progress of Redemption
Prologue
Act I: The Blessing Redeems
> Intermission
2: The Church Proclaims
Act 3: The Blessing Reigns
Intermission (400 Years of Silence)
Rome
Greece
Persia
Act 1: Scene 3 (Gospels)
Jesus
“Thus there were fourteen generations
in all from Abraham to David, fourteen
from David to the exile to Babylon, and
fourteen from the exile to Christ.”
Matthew 1:17
The Progress of Redemption
Prologue
Act I: The Blessing Redeems
Intermission
Act 2: The Church Proclaims
Act 3: The Blessing Reigns
Act 2: Life of Christ (Gospels)
Jesus
“In the beginning was the Word, and
the Word was with God, and the Word
was God… And the Word became flesh
and dwelt among us….”
– John 1:1, 14
Act 2: Life of Christ (Gospels)
PJJ
“…He called his
disciples to Himself;
and from them He
1 2 3 4 chose twelve whom
5 6 7 8
He also named
9 10 11 12
apostles.”
– Luke 6:13
Act 2: Life of Christ (Gospels)
PJJ
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12
Taught
“And seeing the
multitudes, He went up on
a mountain, and when He
was seated His disciples
came to Him. Then He
opened His mouth and
taught them….”
– Matthew 5:1-2
Act 2: Life of Christ (Gospels)
PJJ
For God so loved the
world that He gave His
only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in
Him should not perish
but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12
Taught Died
Act 2: Life of Christ (Gospels)
PJJ
“…[the angel] said to them,
‘Do not be alarmed. You
seek Jesus of Nazareth, who
was crucified. He is risen!
4
He is not here….’”
– Luke 6:13
8
1 2 3
5 6 7
9 10 11 12
Taught Died Arose
Act 2: Life of Christ (Gospels)
PJJ
“So Jesus said to them
again, ‘Peace to you! As
the Father has sent Me,
I also send you.’”
– John 20:21
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12
Taught Died Arose
Sent
Act 2: Life of Christ (Gospels)
PJJ
“So then, after the
Lord had spoken to
them, He was received
up into heaven, and
sat down at the right
hand of God.”
– Mark 16:19
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12
Taught Died Arose
Sent
Act 2: Life of Christ (Gospels)
PJJ
God Speaks
Gospel Method:
Incarnation
Desired Response:
Incorporation,
Instruction, & Invasion
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12
Taught Died Arose
Sent
The Progress of Redemption
Prologue
Act I: The Blessing Given
Intermission
Act 2: The Church Proclaims
Act 3: The Blessing Reigns
Act 2: The Church (Acts & Letters)
The Church
“But you shall receive power when the
Holy Spirit has come upon you; and
you shall be witnesses to Me in
Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
– Acts 1:8
Act 2: The Church (Acts & Letters)
Judea
Jerusalem &
Samaria
Peter
The
Ends
of the
Earth
Paul
Act 2: The Church (Acts & Letters)
Missions
“And this gospel of
the kingdom will be
preached in all the
world as a witness
to all the nations,
and then the end
will come.”
– Matthew 24:14
Act 2: The Church (Acts & Letters)
God Speaks
Letter Method:
Relationship
Desired Response:
Righteousness
The Progress of Redemption
Prologue
Act I: The Blessing Redeems
Intermission
Act 2: The Blessing Spreads
> Act 3: The Blessing Reigns
Act 3: The End of the Age
Rapture
“Then we who are alive
and remain shall be
caught up together
with them in the
clouds to meet the
Lord in the air. And
thus we shall always
be with the Lord.”
– 1 Thessalonians 4:17
Act 4: The End of the Age
Tribulation
“For then there will
be great tribulation,
such as has not
been since the
beginning of the
world until this
time, no, nor ever
shall be.”
– Matthew 24:21
Act 4: The End of the Age
Return
“…they will see the
Son of Man coming
on the clouds of
heaven with power
and great glory.”
– Matthew 24:30
Return
Act 4: The End of the Age
Reign
“[An angel] laid
hold of the dragon,
that serpent of old,
who is the Devil
and Satan, and
bound him for a
thousand years.”
– Revelation 20:2
Return
Reign
Act 4: The End of the Age
Reign
“And they lived and
reigned with Christ
for a thousand
years.”
– Revelation 20:4c
Return
Reign
Act 4: The End of the Age
Retribution
“Then Death and
Hades were cast
into the lake of
fire… And anyone
not found written
in the Book of Life
was cast into the
lake of fire.”
– Rev. 20:14-15
Return
Reign
Retribution
Act 4: The End of the Age
Re-Creation
“Now I saw a new heaven
and a new earth, for
the first earth had
passed away…
Then He who sat
on the throne said,
Retribution
‘Behold, I make all
things new.’”
– Revelation 21:1, 5
Return
Reign
It is Done!
“And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am
the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning
and the End. I will give of the fountain
of the water of life freely to him who
thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit
all things, and I will be his God and he
shall be My son.’”
– Revelation 21:6-7
It has only just begun!
“And they shall reign forever and ever.”
– Revelation 22:5b
“When we’ve been there ten thousand
years, bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
than when we’d first begun.”
– Amazing Grace
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