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A Brief Spiritual
Summary of Each
Book and Chapter
in the Bible, for
the Busy Student


Los Angeles, California


jBummarized Bible

jgummary of the
Dew T5estament


Author of

'Simple Studies in Bible Marking"

Published by


536-558 South Hope Street

Los Angeles, Cal.

Copyright 1919



EOPLE are always asking, how shall I study the Bible? What is
the best method? There is no short cut, no royal road, no magic
method. Say to such an inquirer, "Read the Bible over and over
again not once, nor twice, nor thrice, but many, many times."
And that is all any one can do. Read it until you become familiar,
cognizant of its contents, until you are so familiar with your Bible,
be it Bagster or Oxford, that you can close your eyes and visualize
the passage by locating it upon a particular page just where it

In riding upon a railroad train, you hear the trainmen call out the stations,
and you refer to your time card to verify the call as each station is passed, and
you wonder at the trained memory of the man who can repeat that long list of
way stations without a mistake, and you ask him how he ever does it, and he
smiles and replies that he has done it so long it is automatic, done without
thought and without effort; and so the best product of Bible study becomes
spontaneous and involuntary. You have read the Bible so frequently, so
thoughtfully, so earnestly, so prayerfully that it comes to you without direct
effort on your part where to locate a passage and you label it instinctively.
And when the facts of Scripture are all in your head and heart, you can safely
trust the Holy Spirit to interpret those facts, and you need not that any man
teach you, and therefore the only thing to seek and to secure is to become
familiar with the contents of che Word thoroughly cognizant of all the facts
of Scripture, and read them so often that you see them on the page where they
occur, even with closed eyes. In that way, a man with one book, if that book
be the Bible, has a large and liberal culture and an education that will serve
manifold purposes in solving the problems and bearing the burdens and dis-
charging the duties of daily life.

Christian workers must be taught and trained. To teach is to cause to
know; to train is to cause to do; knowing and doing are related as a means to
an end, as a cause and effect. "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do
them." Theory precedes practice. How could a man ever do anything unless
he knows how it ought to be done? We not only have to be taught, we have
to be trained. We must learn the theory, we must acquire the practice and
knowledge as a means to an end. I shall briefly mention seven conditions under
which Bible study may be prosecuted with success.


The first condition is indispensable and fundamental; indeed it is not
so much a condition as a prerequisite, and that is regeneration. You must
be born again before you can understand the Bible. It is absolutely necessary.
(Matt. 13:11.) What Daniel says of prophecy is true of all Scriptures
"The wise shall understand, the wicked shall not." He means that character
rather than culture is the condition of understanding prophecy. If you would
understand the prophecies of God's Word correctly, it is not necessary to grad-
uate at a University or Seminary, and read Greek and Hebrew, but it is neces-
sary to be good, to be pure, to be holy. The heart makes the theologian. The
heart is the organ of spiritual vision, and character rather than culture be-
comes the key to unlock the mysteries of prophecy. That is true of all Scrip-
ture. (1 Cor. 2:14.) Suppose a man is sitting beside you on yonder moun-
tain top, and you are describing to him the glories of a sunset. The west is
brilliant with prismatic hues of iridescent rainbow beauty. The man is indif-
ferent, and unconcerned. You grow indignant until you discover that the man
is blind. What cares he about the sunset? What knows he about your
words? You do not scold him, you do not blame him, you pity him. No un-
regenerated man can know anything about the mysteries of God and the mean-
ing of the Bible. A man must be a Christian before he can open the Bible
with any possibility of arriving at its meaning. It is spiritually discerned.
Suppose I say to you that on the back of your hand there are scales like those
of a fish, and you look at your white hand and laugh in scorn, and say that is
nonsense. Suppose I take you out in yonder street and look up into the sky
and say there are four moons revolving around the planet Jupiter, and you
look up at that great white planet in the evening sky, and you say the man is
crazy, it is no such thing. Suppose I take your razor and say it has a corru-


gated edge like ^a- 'or&ss-tHlt saw, and you hold the razor up to the light, and
you say it is not so. Put your hand under a microscope; it looks like the
back of an alligator. Put the sharpest razor you ever saw under a miscroscopic
lens; it looks like a circular saw. Put the telescope on Jupiter, and you see the
four satellites in their appointed order. That former statement was foolish-
ness to your natural eye, because it was miscroscopically discerned. That
latter statement was foolishness to your natural eye, because it was telescop-
ically discerned. The axioms of the Bible are foolishness to the natural mind
because they are spiritually discerned. A man must be born of the Spirit before
he knows what the Bible teaches.

Filled With the Holy Spirit

Second: A man must be baptized with the Holy Spirit as well as born
of the Spirit to study the Bible successfully. Every Christian has the Holy
Spirit. "If any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of His," and "by one
Spirit we are all baptized into one body." But there is something beyond.
There is a reception and an appropriation of the Holy Spirit as a teacher and
a guide and a helper that confers a marvelous benefit upon the believer. We
have a mental salvation.

"Be renewed in the spirit of your minds." We have talked so much about
purifying the heart by faith that we have forgotten about clarifying the mind.
It is quite as necessary to have a renewed mind as it is to have a clean heart.
A clear head may be a product of the Holy Spirit as well as a clean heart.
A man may testify to heart purity, and only God and the angels know any-
thing about it, but if a man says anything about his clear head, as soon as
he opens his mouth he gives himself away. The Holy Spirit is like oil to
lubricate the mental machinery so that a man can think coherently, imagine
vividly, remember retentively, argue logically. I believe that a Christian
student in the public schools uniformly takes higher rank than a scholar who
is not a Christian. I ask for an explanation of that fact, and { you say a
Christian has a higher motive. He has a conscientious inducement to apply
himself and to be faithful, but that accounts for it only in part. A Christian
has a mentality illuminated by the Holy Spirit.

Once upon a time a young College student went into a class in mathematics
with a problem in Algebra unsolved. He had studied long and hard over that
lesson but in vain. When he got into the class, as happens so frequently,
the Professor sent him to the board to demonstrate that particular problem
that he didn't have. He was a Christian student. He didn't relish standing
up before the class and failing. It was humiliating. But he went right up
to the blackboard and stood before it feeling very helpless and very much
ashamed, and then as he stood there with his back to the class and his face
to the board, he prayed, "O God, show me how to solve this problem." In the
twinkling of an eye the solution flashed into his mind, and he seized the crayon
and dashed off the figures, to the applause of the whole class. That was a
mental miracle. It was the Holy Spirit illuminating his mind in answer to
prayer. If he had wasted the morning on the campus loitering or gossiping,
as many students do, he might have gone there and stood with his face to the
wall until night and prayed, and he wouldn't have been answered. But he had
grappled faithfully and honestly with that problem, and what he couldn't do
God did in answer to prayer. Now that comes from having the Holy Spirit
as your mentality to stimulate you, to enlighten you and to help you, and our
minds need saving quite as much as our souls and quite as much as our bodies,
for our highest life is a mental life, and even our spiritual life comes under the
scope of our mentality, and the Holy Spirit is our teacher to guide us into
all truth, and even a believer can study better with the help of the Holy

A Ravenous Appetite

In the third place, there must be a ravenous appetite for Bible study.
"Thy words were found, and I did eat them." "I have esteemed the words of
his mouth more than my necessary food." If you don't love to study the Bible,
you'd better postpone this course of study, but the appetite grows by what it
feeds on, and if you haven't any appetite, you need praying for. Sometimes a
person is run down, and goes to a doctor. Before the doctor makes a diagnosis,
he begins to quiz you. The first question is, how is your appetite? If you have
no appetite, you need medicine. When a Christian has no appetite for God's

Word, it is a dangerous symptom. Remember what the Israelites said in the
wilderness, "Our soul loatheth this light bread." Light bread, indeed. It was
angels' food. If it was good enough for the angels, it ought to have been good
enough for the Israelites. We remember the food of the Egyptians cucum-
bers, melons, garlic, etc. Many people prefer novels or newspapers to the
Bible members of the church too. They have no appetite. To make any
progress in Bible study, you must love the Bible. Unless you put your heart
into the work, it is drudgery, and it never succeeds. The highest success is
the spirit in which you do your work. God never says, "Well done, thou
good and successful servant," but "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."
Cultivate your appetite. A strong spiritual appetite is the greatest spiritual
safeguard. "How sweet are Thy words unto my mouth, yea sweeter than
honey to my lips."

Unflagging Industry

Fourth condition: Unflagging industry, hard work. "In whom are hid-
den all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge." Men don't find golden
nuggets lying around loose on the surface of the earth. They have to look
for them, and the deeper they dig and the harder they work, the more precious
treasure do they find. There are no rewards for laziness. There is no truth
to be discovered save by the hardest work. Every chapter, every passage, every
verse is a great mine, of which we only scratch the outer surface. The Word
is infinite and inexhaustible. But this is the greatest need of all hard work.
The chief attraction of heaven lies suggested in the activities of the cherubim
they rest not day nor night. They work 24 hours a day. Isn't that delight-
ful? The time we sleep is wasted. We are unconscious. What a small sum
of our time remains to do anything! One-third of our time is spent in bed,
resting, another one-third feeding, grooming and nursing these bodies of our
humiliation. What a pitiable fraction of time is left to do anything for God or
man, and oh, how glorious it will be to keep on working 24 hours at a stretch!
The student who works the hardest does the most and goes the farthest.

Implicit Obedience

Fifth condition: Implicit obedience (John vii, 17). Power goes with
plan, obedience guarantees blessing. If you want spiritual power, you must
discover the divine plan, conform to it and cooperate with it, but if you want
spiritual blessing, be perfectly obedient to every divine suggestion and com-
mand, and blessedness shall be yours. Whenever we discover some new truth
in Scripture, it has to be translated into conduct and incorporated into char-
acter. When a man gets his head crammed with knowledge, he is like a ship
with all the cargo on the upper deck, a very dangerous and most unstable con-
dition. It is liable at any moment to capsize and flounder. Truth must perco-
late from the head down into the heart. There must be the moral response
and an attitude assumed that shall be correlated to the truth itself. If I
draw back and refuse to obey the light that is given, God will give no further
light until I live up to what I have and act upon the knowledge that is given.
Many a case of spiritually arrested development may be explained by dis-
obedience. I suppose nine-tenths of all intellectual difficulty has an ethical root
and if men would do what they know to be right, their doubts would melt
away in the doing.

Reverent Humility

Sixth: Humility reverent humility. "If any man think that he knoweth
anything, he knoweth nothing as he ought to know." This is only another
name for docility. This is the characteristic of an ideal disciple. Disciple is
the word those who followed Jesus first received. Disciple means learner.
They entered the school of faith and of life. The Latin word from which hu-
mility comes means near the ground. An old writer said, "There are two
safe places in the universe, the heavens and the dust. Of these two, the dust
is the safer place, for there have been those who fell out of heaven, but who
ever heard of any one falling out of the dust? Where could he fall?" Be
clothed with humility, a new style of dress goods, prices not gone up on
account of the war. "God resisteth the proud and giveth grace unto the hum-
ble." But alas! when the consciousness of humility goes into the heart, the
grace of humility goes out. Life is for learning, and there is no privilege

greater than going to school. Christ is the Teacher, and we graduate into
the High School of heaven to sit at His feet throughout eternity. Gifted godly
men can teach you much, but by and by on the heaven side bank of the river
of death, you'll sit down with Paul and Abraham and Noah and Enoch, and
they'll give you Bible teaching that is worth looking forward to. That is a
post-graduate course that awaits us on the other side. Humility is necessary
because it tends to self-depreciation. There is no dogmatism or bigotry so hard
and bitter as that of ignorance. Lord Bason said, "A little learning tendeth
to self-conceit, but much learning tendeth to humility." The men who know
most think they know the least, and the men who know the least think they
know it all.

Socrates was declared to be the wisest man in Greece. He was asked,
"What do you know?" "I don't know anything." "That is very strange.
The oracle declared you to be the wisest man in all the world." They went
back to dispute the oracle. "Socrates declares he knows nothing." The oracle
replied, "Others know not that."

Ceaseless Prayer

Seventh and last: Ceaseless prayer. (Jer. 33:3.) "Call unto me, and
I will answer thee, and show thee great and hidden things which thou knowest
not." Suppose you ponder long on a passage of Scripture, and the meaning
is vague. What shall you do? Consult commentaries? Yes, but get down on
your knees and pray. Say "Lord, what does this passage mean?" Then get
up and study it some more. If it still baffles you, get down and pray about
it some more and plead the promise. Open your Bible to James 1:5, put your
finger on this passage, and say "Lord, I plead this particular promise. I con-
fess my lack of wisdom. O, Thou Spirit of Light and Truth, illumine me."
Then get up and go to work, and while you work and while you pray, light will
filter in, and thought will come from God. Have you ever wondered where
thought comes from? Is not the origin of thought as great a mystery as the
origin of life? Who can explain it? We say life comes from God. Doesn't
thought come from God? You hold your mind against a problem, and keep it
there. From the north and from the south and from the east and from the
west ideas come like doves flocking to the window? Whence come they if not
from God? Luther's motto was, "To have prayed well is to have studied
well." The time you spend in prayer is an immense advantage, not a hindrance,
not a handicap, but an indispensable help to the understanding of God's Word.
Consider the seven conditions under which Bible study may be pursued: Re-
generation, baptism of the Holy Spirit, ravenous appetite, unflagging industry,
implicit obedience, reverent humility, ceaseless prayer.



Key Thought: Number of Chapters: Key Verse: Christ seen as:

Savior of the Jews 28 27:37 King and Savior

of the Jews.

Writer of the Book: Date: Conclusion of the Book:

Jesus, the Messiah-
King, was rejected and
killed but His wound-
Matthew A. D. 37 ing was for our trans-
gressions, and He was
bruised for our iniqui-
ties. He is coming
again to rule and judge.



Contents: Generations of Jesus Christ. His conception and birth.

Characters: God, Christ, Holy Spirit, Joseph, Mary, generations of Christ
from Abraham to David.

Conclusion: Jesus Christ was, in accordance with the prophecies, conceived
of the Holy Ghost, born of a virgin. He was both Son of Man and Son of
God, thereby being qualified to save His people from their sins.

Key Word: Genealogy, vv. 1, 17.

Strong Verses: 21, 22, 23.

Striking Facts: v. 10. See Gen. 3:15; Isa. 7:14, 8:8, 10; Mic. 5:2, 3. Jesus
was not begotten of natural generation. Note v. 16, "Mary, of whom was
born Jesus." A feminine form for the word "born" being used, indicates
that Jesus was born of Mary, not of man. He was without a sinful nature,
for the reason that He had the Holy Spirit for His Father.


Contents: Visit of the Magi, flight into Egypt, Herod's slaughter of the inno-
cents. Return of Joseph and Mary to Nazareth.

Characters: God, Jesus, Joseph, Mary, Herod, chief priests, scribes, wise men,

Conclusion: The light of the Scriptures and the light of nature are calculated
to lead the seeking soul to Christ, the Savior. Those who follow their
light to Him will find in Him joy unspeakable. Those who spurn their
light will have in this life only dread of Him and hereafter naught but

Key Word: Star of Bethlehem, vv. 2, 9, 10.

Strong Verses: 6, 9, 10, 11.

Striking Facts: v. 12. This is the first of 21 unsuccessful attempts on the
life of Jesus which mark the enmity of Satan and his desire to cut Him off
before His appointed work could be done. That enmity was manifested in
O. T. times against the royal line, and now that Christ's sacrifice has been
made, it is shown in the blinding of the hearts of men lest they see Him as
their Savior, and against Christians that their testimony for Him might be


Contents: Ministry of John the Baptist and baptism of Jesus.

Characters: God, Jesus, John.

Conclusion: To follow Jesus in the waters of baptism is to publicly acknowl-
edge our separation from sin, determination to bring forth fruit unto God,
and consecration to His service.

Key Word: Baptism, vv. 6, 13.

Strong Verses: 8, 16, 17.

Striking Facts: When John announced (v. 2) the "kingdom of the heavens at
hand," he announced that the Christian dispensation was the next thing

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to come. He presented Jesus not as King who would at that time set up
His earthly throne, but as "the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of
the world" (the true prophetic order). By Israel's rejection of Him as
such they have been nationally set aside until the "fullness of the Gentiles
be come in," after which Jesus as King will return to earth in glory to
rule. (Matt. 24:29; 25:46; Luke 19:12-19; Acts 15:14-17.)


Contents: Temptation of Jesus. Jesus' public ministry begun. Call of first

Characters: Jesus, Satan, John the Baptist, Peter, Andrew, James, John,

Conclusion: The Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit, which if rightly han-
dled, will deal defeat to Satan in his attempts to snare the believer by
tempting suggestions. Beware of Satanic twisting of Scripture "rightly
divide the Word of Truth."

Key Word: Temptation.

Strong Verses: 4, 6, 10.

Striking Facts: v. 1. It is sometimes asked "If Jesus was without a sinful
nature, how could He be tempted?" May not a city be besieged, though
impregnable? Acid will corrode some metals others it will not. The
devil applied his test to Christ it did not corrode. Note comparison of
Jesus' temptations with those of the first Adam. (1). Gen. 3:6 lust of
the flesh (tree good for food); Jesus to turn stones into bread. (2).
Lust of the eyes (tree pleasant to the eyes); Jesus glory of kingdoms of
the earth to take them in a way not appointed by the Father. (3).
Pride of the life (desiied to make one wise); Jesus to throw Himself
from pinnacle to be hailed by crowds below as the long expected Messiah.


Contents: Sermon on the mount. Beatitudes. Believer as salt and light.
Christ's relation to the law. Divorce.

Characters: God, Jesus.

Conclusion: The relationship of a child of God will be manifested in the world
by his shining and burning as a light for Christ, by his quiet and savory
influence in society, and by his conformity to the Word of God in all

Key Word: Sermon on the Mount, vv. 1, 2.

Strong Verses: 3-16, 18, 28, 32, 39, 44, 48.

Striking Facts: v. 3. Some teach that the teachings of the sermon on the
mount are applicable only to the future earthly kingdom of Christ, not
the present age, and as such are postponed until Christ's second coming.
However we think of the "kingdom of the heavens" as the church age,
during which Christ, through regeneration, is peopling the heavens, and
these principles seem to have clearer application to the present age than
to that time when righteousness shall cover the earth as the waters cover
the sea.


Contents: Sermon on the Mount, continued. Formalism condemned. The
new revelation of prayer (disciples prayer). The law of riches. Cure of

Characters: God, Jesus.

Conclusion: True relationship to God will be manifested by a motive of heart
devotion to God back of all charity to men, by absolute sincerity and
humility in the prayer life, by laying up heavenly treasures and by absolute
confidence in the Heavenly Father to supply all real needs and overcome
all troubling circumstances.

Key Word: Sermon on the Mount, 5:2.
Prayer, 6:5.

Strong Verses: 1, 6, 8, 9-13, 19, 20, 21, 33, 34.

Striking Facts: vv. 8-13. Rather than the "Lord's prayer," this should be
designated as "the diciple's prayer," for Jesus could not pray this prayer
as the expression of His own needs.

It should be remembered also that it is not based upon the atoning

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work of the cross, which at the time it was given, was yet future. Christ's
finished work which makes possible deliverance from sin, should be
thought into this prayer when used by the Christian. It is a model of
what true prayer is (1) Puts the Father's interest before personal in-
terests. (2) Puts earthly needs in right proportion to spiritual needs.
(3) Bases prayer upon relationship. (4) Trusts God for present needs,
not worrying about the morrow.


Contents: Sermon on the Mount, continued. Encouragement to prayer. The
two ways. Warnings against false teachers. Danger of profession with-
out faith. The two foundations.

Characters: God, Jesus.

Conclusion: True disciples of Christ will be men and women cautious in their
judgment of others; conscious of their own faults; confident and earnest in
prayer; wary of false teachers and hypocritical profession; building all
eternal hopes upon the firm Rock, faith in the Word of God and Christ

Key Word: Sermon on the Mount, 5:2. (Two ways, vv. 13, 24, 26.)

Strong Verses: 1, 2, 7, 8, 12, 15, 21, 24.

Striking Facts: v. 22 shows that there will be among those rejected by Christ
in the last days, many preachers, so-called soul winners and good moral
men, simply because devoid of true faith in Christ who alone is the foun-
dation of salvation. Beware of mere lip-devotion which signifies nothing,
either here or hereafter.


Contents: Jesus heals a leper, the centurion's servant and Peter's wife's
mother. Professed disciples tested. Stilling of the waves. Casting-out
demons at Gadara.

Characters: Jesus, leper, centurion and his servant, Peter's mother-in-law,

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