The basic story of the New Testament is that Jesus Christ is God incarnate as our Savior. All the Gospel authors, whether first-hand witnesses or faithful writers, described ways in which Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah to come. The death and resurrection of Jesus are pivotal to the story of the Old and New Testament, as the climax and fulfillment of the salvation hopes expressed from the beginning of recorded history. The Gospels not only describe the birth and death of Jesus of Nazareth, but detail his life and teaching including minutiae which parallel portions of the Old Testament - and one would think this truth would have been recognized by more of His contemporaries. The rejection that was experienced by Christ in his day opened the door for redemption for the uttermost parts of the world, after which Israel is finally restored to Him.
The book of Acts continues the story of God’s redemption of all-He-Wills. The church are ruled by the Holy Spirit leading God’s people as we live and are witnesses of His continued redemption. The book of Acts follows Jesus’ Great Commission, as stated in Acts1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” - Jerusalem (Acts chapters 1–5), Judea and Samaria (Acts chapters 6–9), through Syria, Asia Minor, and Europe towards Rome (Acts chapters 9–28) – the uttermost parts of the earth for them. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ opened up the story of the Old Testament to be fulfilled and a blessing to the entire world – not just the chosen Jews.
As a whole, the Epistles continue where Jesus’ story was closed in the Gospels, after the Holy Spirit’s actions as described in the Acts of the Apostles in the early church, established the church as a place of God’s love expressed for all nations. The letters to the early churches were written to assist God’s people in navigating life; providing instruction so that we may live in a way that is pleasing to our Savior and Lord, while we are actively awaiting His glorious return .
While the Apostle Paul was in Corinth (ca. A.D. 57), he sent a letter in which greets at least twenty-six people by name and describes his plans to visit then in Rome, desiring their assistance with his upcoming mission trip to Spain. Romans was a letter to the church in Rome, full of instruction and exhortation written by and setting forth that the apostle Paul’s understanding of church - Jew and Gentile together - form one people of God because God bestowed His righteousness and His Spirit on all who believe.
From Ephesus (ca. A.D. 53–54), Paul replied to reports and a letter received, with this (1 Corinthians) letter of correction to the church in Corinth. His goal in writing was to redirect the Gentile believers to make wise behavioral choices rather than fighting their way up the Spiritual ladder that...