The tools within the Ryrie Study Bible help illuminate the content of the Bible, even though we cannot add to the power of God’s written Word. Throughout the centuries, God has spoken to his children through his inspired writings, and Scripture has molded more lives than any other book in history. The intent of the Ryrie Study Bible is to make the Bible more clear and meaningful to you. As you understand the history, culture, and geography of the first century, you will discover a deeper meaning behind the places of the Bible. Outlines, introductions, and study notes can help you make sense of complex issues and are a useful means for retention. If you take time to read the synopsis of Bible doctrine and other resources in the book, you will begin to sense a new level of maturity in your spiritual life. More important, by comprehending Scripture and its many messages, you will sense God working in your heart and changing your life.
“Meaning of Election. God’s unconditioned and pretemporal choice of those individuals whom He would save.” (Page 2071)
“Others understand the passage to be a warning to genuine believers to urge them on in Christian growth and maturity. To ‘fall away’ is impossible (since, according to this view, true believers are eternally secure), but the phrase is placed in the sentence to strengthen the warning. It is similar to saying something like this to a class of students: ‘It is impossible for a student, once enrolled in this course, if he turns the clock back which cannot be done, to start the course over. Therefore, let all students go on to deeper knowledge.’” (Page 1951)
“Certain important events were to happen after the 62 weeks (plus the seven weeks, or a total of 69 weeks): the crucifixion of Messiah and the destruction of Jerusalem in a.d. 70 by the Romans who are the people of the prince who is to come. Because these events were to occur after the 69 weeks had run their course and before the seventieth week began, there must be a space of time between the conclusion of the sixty-ninth week and the beginning of the seventieth.” (Pages 1366–1367)
“The title ‘Son of God’ is Jesus’ divine name (v. 29), ‘Son of David’ His Jewish name (9:27), but ‘Son of Man’ is the name that links Him to the earth and to His mission. It was His favorite designation of Himself (used more than 80 times) and was based on Dan. 7:13–14. It emphasizes (1) His lowliness and humanity (v. 20), (2) His suffering and death (Luke 19:10), and (3) His future reign as King (24:27).” (Page 1526)
Like many of Ryrie’s other writings, the Study Bible has plowed new ground, providing the average reader with helpful introductory information on each of the books of the Bible (author, date, historical background, purpose, content, outline)...His ability to communicate to the layperson undoubtedly stands without peer...For Ryrie the authority is not society or experience, but the Bible.
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