Why Christ the Living WORD is at the center of all things in four words under three headings
As we study the written Word of God, we can summarize it under three headings, utilizing four particular terms. The Headings we will use are simply how the Bible portrays God and His works as operating with a beginning, middle and end. With the beginning we assign the term creation (Genesis 1-2). In terms of the middle part of God's activity revealed in scripture, we assign two main terms: Providence & Redemption (Genesis 3-Revelation 19/20). Then finally, the Bible reveals one great end to all history into eternity as described by the term Kingdom (Revelation 19/20-22). Common to all these headings and terms is that Christ is at the center.
The Beginning-Creation = God's beginning of creation through Christ
The most recent Southern Baptist Doctrinal Confession states this truth in the following way: "God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures." 2(see source cited below)
These four terms, when connected together, communicate the purpose of the Bible: The Enjoyment of the exaltation of God by His people as revealed in the WORD through the Word. Christ is at the center of all of them. In the beginning He was with the Father in creation. In the middle He is the One through whom all things consists in providence and through whom the Father's plan of salvation was accomplished. Then concerning the end, Christ will return to bring to pass the Divine purposes concerning the Kingdom.
1 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith
2. 2000 Baptist Faith and Message