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The Glorious History of Redemption: A Compact Survey of the Old and New Testaments (Boyd & Machen)

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James O. Boyd introduces the earliest chapters of the Bible immediately following man's Fall with these words: "God's tender love for his foolish, rebellious creatures 'will not let them go.' At the gates of the garden from which their sin has forever banished them, God already declares his purpose to 'bruise' the head of that serpent, Rom. 16:20, who had brought 'sin into the world and death by sin,' Gen. 3:15. Through the 'seed of the woman'---a 'Son of Man' of some future day---sinful man can escape the death he has brought on himself. And from Seth, the child 'appointed instead of' murdered Abel, a line of men descends, who believe this promise of God. Ch. 5. In Enoch we find them 'walking with God,' v. 24, in a fellowship that seemed lost when paradise was lost."

J. Gresham Machen opens Lesson II of his material entitled "The Coming of the Lord" with these powerful words: "When the Son of God came to earth for our salvation, the world was ready for his coming. The whole course of history had been made to lead up to him. And he was well worthy of being thus the goal of history. For the One who came was none other than the eternal Son of God, the Word who was with God and who was God. He had existed from all eternity; he had been the instrument in creating the world. He was himself truly God, the same in substance with the Father, and equal in power and glory. Yet the One who was so great humbled himself to be born as a man and finally to suffer and die. His coming was a voluntary act, an act of the Father in giving him for the sins of the world, and his own act which he performed because he loved us. It was an act of infinite condescension. The Son of God humbled himself to lead a true human life; he took upon himself our nature. He was born, he grew in wisdom and stature, he suffered, he died. He was always God, but he became also man. Who can measure the depth of such condescending love?"

Table of Contents:

SECTION I: The Development of the Church in Old Testament Times - James Oscar Boyd, Ph.D., D.D.

  1. Before Abraham - Genesis, Chapters 1 to 11
  2. The Patriarchs
  3. Egyptian Bondage and Deliverance
  4. Moses as Leader and Lawgiver
  5. The Conquest and Settlement of Canaan
  6. The Period of the Judges
  7. Samuel and Saul: Prophecy and Monarchy
  8. David and Solomon: Psalms and Wisdom
  9. The Kingdom of Israel
  10. The Kingdom of Judah, to Hezekiah
  11. Judah, from Hezekiah to the Exile
  12. The Exile and the Restoration
  13. The Jewish State Under Persia
  14. Israel's Religious Life
  15. "The Coming One"

SECTION II: The Life of Christ and the Development of the Church in New Testament Times - John Gresham Machen, D.D.

  1. The Preparation
  2. The Coming of the Lord
  3. The Baptism
  4. The Early Judean Ministry
  5. The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry
  6. The Period of Popularity
  7. The Turning Point
  8. Jesus as Messiah
  9. The Prediction of the Cross
  10. The Last Journeys
  11. Teaching in the Temple
  12. The Crucifixion
  13. The Resurrection
  14. The Beginnings of the Christian Church
  15. The First Persecution
  16. The Conversion of Paul
  17. The Gospel Given to the Gentiles
  18. The First Missionary Journey and the Apostolic Council
  19. The Second Missionary Journey
  20. The Third Missionary Journey
  21. The Third Missionary Journey
  22. The First Imprisonment of Paul
  23. The Close of the Apostolic Age

Endorsements  "Did you ever want to read a short book that unveils in an informative, sound, edifying, Reformed way the entire narrative of redemptive history from Genesis through Revelation? The OT scholar James Boyd and his NT counterpart, J. Gresham Machen, composed this book for you nearly a century ago, and I am grateful that Solid Ground Christian Books is unearthing and reprinting it. With helpful questions appended to each of its thirty-eight lessons, this little book makes an ideal tool for family worship so that you can lead your children quickly through the main redemptive thoughts of Bible history." --Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"This book surveys the history of God's redeeming grace. It reviews Old Testament history, disclosing the stream of God's redeeming purposes flowing down through older times. It also reviews New Testament history, disclosing the broadening and deepening of that purpose for us men and for mankind in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his Church." - Harold McA. Robinson