The church was established by Jesus to give continuity to the will of God. Jesus’ presence on earth initiated a transition from the old creation to the dynamics of the new creation. His death and resurrection reaffirmed the reality of God’s continuation of his kingdom. The resurrection of Christ consolidated the authority given to him. This authority was to be delegated to his disciples, the new church. Then came the fall of Jerusalem completing the transition from the old to the new, all revelation was given in order for God’s people to build upon those principles. Do you think we are understanding the bridge of the knowledge of God from the old to the new?
Between 1560 and 1599, The Geneva Bible was providentially unleashed upon a dark, discouraged, downtrodden English speaking world. Just when it looked as if the Machiavellian, Divine Right kings, such as the Tudors of England, were about to drive Christendom back to the days of Caesar worship, a Bible appeared that set the stage for a Christian Reformation of life and culture the likes of which the world had never seen. By the time of the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, just 28 years after the first printing of the Geneva Bible, it was already being said of the English that they were becoming a “people of the Book.” The results of a people reading and obeying the Word of God were the explosion of faith, character, the first missionary movement in history, literature, economic blessing, and political and religious freedom.