to understand what I write (I think that’s important, and I’m quite sure you’ll agree!).
Finally, I know that you’ve already looked at the DDT Rating, so you already know
the conclusion: this is a great resource for everyone. Now, let us commence with
This is perhaps the most unique “daily devotional” guide I’ve ever seen. It’s set
up to introduce the reader to all of the major subjects of Theology. So, while you’re
getting your daily dose of Scripture readings, you’re also learning Systematic Theology!
That phrase “Systematic Theology” scares many Christians today. So let me put your
mind at ease: there is nothing lofty about this module. It will be accessible to
anyone who wants to read a daily devotional - including high school students who
are interested in the Bible.
There is a page for every day of the year - starting with January 1, and moving through
every day until December 31 (just like you would expect!). The first major topic
- “The Lord God” (theologians refer to this as “Theology Proper”) - takes 33 days
to read through. If you’re keeping score, it takes you through February 12, by the
way. The readings are quite simple; and they get you to focus on one section of doctrine
every day. All nine major doctrines are presented, by the way. Pastors will absolutely
want their members to read through this work.
The author - Paul Enns - is an Assistant Pastor at a Southern Baptist Church in Tampa,
FL. The book comes at doctrine from a dispensational, Baptistic Thrust. Even if you’re
not Baptist, though, you’ll still profit greatly from this dispensational introduction
to Bible Doctrine.
Here is the entry for March 28....
PREEXISTENCE OF CHRIST
Before Abraham was born, I AM. (John 8:58)
Jesus Christ made some amazing statements. He once infuriated His opponents by
telling them, "I existed before Abraham was born" (Williams). Since Abraham lived
two thousand years before Christ, Jesus' words were unusual indeed. They knew Him
to be a man in His thirties, a carpenter born in Bethlehem and living in Nazareth.
How could He have existed before Abraham? A preposterous idea!
But numerous biblical passages actually teach the preexistence of Christ. A particularly
pointed passage is Micah 5:2. This verse identifies Bethlehem as the birthplace of
Jesus. One born in Bethlehem will one day be a Ruler in Israel. However, Micah teaches
something else. Concerning the same Ruler, Micah also declares, "His goings forth
are from long ago, from the days of eternity." The prophet indicates that although
this Ruler is born in Bethlehem, that is not His beginning. In fact, He does not
have a beginning; He has existed from eternity past.
John also teaches the preexistence of Christ—that He existed prior to His birth
in Bethlehem. John declared that Christ created all things, that nothing has come
into existence without Christ's creating it (John 1:3). If Christ is the Creator,
then He must have existed prior to His earthly sojourn. John further remarks that
no one has ascended into heaven except Christ, who has come down from heaven (John
3:13); moreover, Christ can explain about heaven since He has been there (John 3:31).
In His prayer to the Father, Jesus Himself stated that He had the glory of God before
the world existed (John 17:5).
What a great Savior we have! He not only became partaker of our nature so that
He might understand us and come to our aid, He also existed prior to His earthly
life. He is the eternal God and has come to earth to reveal the Father to us that
we might know the true and living God.
LESSON: Jesus existed before His earthly life, as evidenced by His work in creation,
His fellowship with the Father, and His having come down from heaven.
This is a fairly representative entry for an entire year’s worth of reading. Good
stuff! I would like to note that he is Reformed in his theology.
This is a good book, regardless of your denominational background. I’ve given it
a DDT3 rating, which is good - but not great. If everyone in our churches would get
it and read it, our churches in America would be changed for the better.
This is a daily devotional guide that focuses on the major doctrines that are developed
in most Systematic Theologies. It is an excellent daily treatment, suitable for just
about all ages groups. I highly recommend this book!