God’s Grand Design – Bible study seminar

We examine evidence for the hand of God in the original text of the Bible – in the 66 books that comprise the Old and New Testaments.

Our purpose is to increase faith in the reliability of the Word of God and to demonstrate that the writings point to Jesus, the promised Messiah – the Savior of all who place their trust in Him and in His atoning death on the cross and in His resurrection from the dead.

The seminar examines easily verifiable design features in the text. You will become familiar with the original languages of Hebrew and Greek without needing to master them. The examples are simple and easy to follow.

This is not mysticism or hidden knowledge. No new doctrines are put forward. Everything you need to know for salvation is revealed in the plain text of the English translation of your Bible. However, your faith, which is “worth more than gold” (1 Pet 1:7), will be strengthened when you see the wonders of God’s “grand design” in Scripture.

Each seminar session is presented in a video embedded on this website. Study notes can be downloaded for most of the sessions.

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God’s Grand Design Seminar

Session 1 – Introduction

After viewing the Introduction, your next session is: Session 2 – Types and Shadows»

Transcript of “Introduction” (Session 1)

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

That is the opening verse of the Bible. There is so much in that, and we are going to explore some of it in the sessions ahead. But we need to see at the outset that the Creator – this Creator God – was Jesus.

It is recorded for us at the start of the Gospel of John, and also in the book of Hebrews, that everything came into being through Jesus. All things.

And a third time, this truth is repeated in the book of Colossians, the first chapter. That all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible were created by Jesus.

And what an astonishing world He created. What an astonishing world we live in. And these days we see even more the wonders of God.

The Hubble Telescope was sent into space in 1990. It is orbiting the earth ’ it has orbited now well over 100,000 times. And it is beaming back images of the furthest reaches of space. Photographing stars and planets and galaxies – systems of stars – billions of light years away.

Genesis chapter 1 tells us that on the first day of creation God made light. Light travels. And it travels at speed – high speed. 186,000 miles per second. That is 300,000 kilometers in one second. Which means that light, reflected off the moon and bouncing back to us here on earth takes just over a second to reach us because the moon is about 400,000 kilometers away. One second. Light takes just over a second to reach us.

What about light from the sun? Well, the sun is a lot further away. Light travelling from the sun to earth takes just over 8 minutes. The sun is about 150 million kilometers from the earth. So the speed of light is approximately 1 billion kilometers per hour, or 25 billion kilometers in a day, or nearly 1 trillion kilometers in a year – that is how far light would travel. One with twelve zeros after it.

The closest star to earth is 4.2 light years away. That is 4 trillion kilometers away.

With the naked eye you can see about 3,000 stars on a dark night. With the Hubble Telescope, they have found galaxies – billions of galaxies – galaxies which are more than 13 billion light years away. That is 13 billion trillion kilometers away. 13 with 21 zeros after it, if you can even get your mind around that. This is the vastness and the beauty of the world that our God and our Savior created.

But it is cursed. Even the ground was cursed. In Genesis chapter 3, we learn that Adam disobeyed God, and God cursed the earth.

In the book of Isaiah we are told that the earth – this earth – will be completely laid waste. Peter, writing in the New Testament, says that “the Day of the Lord will come, and the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth – and its works – will be burned up.”

Why? Because God is creating a new heavens and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

The end of the Bible, chapter 21 of the book of Revelation, tells us of this new heaven and new earth, “because the first heaven and the first earth have passed away”.

So God has created this beautiful, complex, stunning world – vast in scale – and yet He is going to destroy it, because it is flawed. He is not going to fix it up. He is going to destroy it.

And our first thought as we embark on these sessions, is the truth, the Bible tells us, that “Heaven and earth will pass away, but the Word of God will never pass away.” Jesus said of His word, that “not one jot or tittle” – that is the King James version – not the smallest letter or stroke of a pen – will pass out of the Word of God.

In Hebrew, a jot would be a yud – the smallest letter. In Greek, an iota. Not the least stroke of a pen will pass from all God’s written word. That is how perfect the Word of God is, as it was delivered to us in the original languages... in the Hebrew script, and in Greek for the New Testament.

The Word of God is perfect.

In these sessions, we are going to explore the wonders of God’s Word.

The Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us. Jesus is the living Word. Jesus took on human form and came to save us. Through the cross. Through His death and resurrection. Through His sacrifice of atonement. He purchased us for God. He rescued us. Jesus is the Word... the living Word. Jesus is eternal. By faith, we are in Him. The Word will never pass away. And we too, in Him, will live forever.