2 Timothy 2:15 – Be diligent to present yourself approved by God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.
The two distinctive major collections in the Bible are the Old Covenant ( Old Testament ) which was reviewed in part one, and the New Covenant ( New Testament ) which will now be reviewed. In the New Testament you will find equal order with equally evident Divine design.
First we have Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts. These are the only historical books in the New Testament. They are foundational to everything which follows. These five historical books stand together.
Next is a group which just as plainly coheres as one subsidiary whole. It is that group of epistles which are all addressed to Christian Churches. They are Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians. These nine letters are doctrinal.
Then come four epistles which are another group. They are 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon. These four are not written to Christian churches. They are pastoral and personal.
Finally, we have another group of nine. Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 and 2 and 3 John, Jude, Revelation. These nine are not addressed to Christian churches as the other nine are. Hebrews is addressed to the Hebrew nation. James is addressed to “the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad”. Peter addresses his writing to “the sojourners of the Dispersion”. Hebrews to Revelation are distinctively Hebrew in their standpoint and atmosphere. They are rightly called “Hebrew Christian Epistles”.
Therefore our New Testament consists of five historical books, making a solid fivefold slab of basic fact beneath our feet; then rising up on each side, like two pillars, the nine Christian Church Epistles and the nine Hebrew Christian Epistles. These two pillars are connected and arched by the four Pastoral Epistles, the whole making a wonderful archway of truth into the Church of Christ and the Kingdom of God reaching the epitome of Christian truth: “God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”
Both of the groups of nine start with a great doctrinal treatise and end with an eschatological unveiling. Romans shows us that salvation in Christ is the only way. Hebrews shows us that salvation through Christ is the better way. In Thessalonians , at the end of the first group we see the second coming of Christ especially in relation to the Church. In Revelation at the end of the second group we see the second coming of Christ in relation to Israel and the nations.
The presence of plan and design runs through all the different book groups. The more we follow through it in detail, the more wonderful it becomes, until all possibility of its being mere coincidence is eliminated by the abundance of evidence that this is indeed the word of the Living God.