Saturday, February 5, 2011

The message of the bible in one sentence

Dane Ortlund is the senior editor of the bible division of Crossway books. He recently asked a host of pastor-scholars to describe the message of the bible in one sentence. Here are some of the responses he got:

Craig Blomberg:
God is in the process of recreating the universe which has been corrupted by sin and has made it possible for all those and only those who follow Jesus to be a part of the magnificent, eternal community that will result.

Darrell Bock:
The Bible tells how the loving Creator God restored a lost humanity and cosmos through reestablishing his rule through Jesus Christ and the provision of life to His honor.

Mark Dever:
God has made promises to bring His people to Himself and He is fulfilling them all through Christ.

Kevin DeYoung:
A holy God sends his righteous Son to die for unrighteous sinners so we can be holy and live happily with God forever.

Zack Eswine:
Apprenticing with Jesus to become human again.

John Frame:
God glorifies himself in the redemption of sinners.

David Helm:
Jesus is the promised Savior-King.

Paul House:
The movement in history from creation to new creation through the redemptive work of Father, Son, and Spirit who saves and changes corrupted people and places for his glory and their good.

Kent Hughes:
God is redeeming his creation by bringing it under the lordship of Jesus Christ.

Andreas Kostenberger:
'God so loved the world that the gave his one and only Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life' (John 3:16).

Phil Long:
God, who made us and everything else, loves us and gave himself for us that we might live forever with him as new creatures in a new creation—the news is good!

Sean Lucas:
The message of the Bible is the transforming grace of God displayed preeminently in Jesus Christ.

Grant Osborne:
God created mankind in order to love them, but we all rejected his love, so God sent His Son to bear our sins on the cross in order that by believing in His sacrificial atonement, we might have life.

George Robertson:
The Bible is the record of God's promise of and deliverance through Jesus Christ.

Leland Ryken:
The message of the Bible is twofold: to show how people can be saved from their sins through faith in Christ's atonement AND how to live all of life as a follower of God.

Tom Schreiner:
God reigns over all things for his glory, but we will only enjoy his saving reign in the new heavens and the new earth if we repent and believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the crucified and risen Lord and who gave himself on the cross for our salvation.

Jay Sklar:
The first sentence that comes to mind is that of my colleague Michael D. Williams, who describes the Bible's story about the world as follows: God made it, we broke it, Jesus fixes it!

Erik Thoennes:
The main message of the Bible is that the one true God is displaying his glory primarily in redeeming and restoring his fallen creation by fulfilling his covenant promises and commands through the glorious person and atoning work of Christ.

Bob Yarbrough:
He—God in Christ—shall reign forever and ever; so today if you hear his voice, do not harden your heart but believing the good news take up your cross and follow Jesus.


Hough said...

Well, Pastor, Scholar, could we'd like to here how you'd put it in one sentence. And you can't say, God saves sinners.

Adam said...

Really cool idea for a blog post...interesting to read the responses

Reepicheep said...

God redeems man and creation for His own glory.

Roger Mann said...

While I'm certainly no "pastor-scholar," here's my long-winded, two-cents worth:

The one true God, who alone created all things for His glory, and works all things according to the counsel of His will, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endures with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath that He has prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He has prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He has called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles, by grace through faith alone in the cross-work of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, to whom belongs all the glory.

Reepicheep said...

Roger, you're a scholar, that much is for sure. You're well on your way to being a pastor with that long winded answer! Ha ha. Seriously though, good description.

Malcolm said...

Roger, your high school seniour english teacher would give you a C-for that run on sentence.

Scott Creecy said...

Sorry, I am little behind in reading the blog...
GOD IS Sovereign!

Todd said...

Is it just me or does Zack Eswine's sentence seem out of place, especially for a Reformed pastor. He seems to be limiting the biblical message to "Jesus is the example to follow to be a whole person".

Reepicheep said...

Eswine's description is deficient, but it is a hard task to quantify the bible's message in one sentence. He is, of course, referring to the marring of God's image in man at the fall and Jesus' restoration of that image through His redemptive work. It's weak.

Woody Woodward said...

Certainly not original, and not a Roger. I am a pretty simple minded thinker, yet what more simple and profound message of the bible in one sentence should we remember? “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.”