What is the message of the bible in one sentence?

titus348's picture

I was reading an article on Southern seminary's Website, and it was talking about the responses of some of Southern's Faculty to a question on Dane Ortlund's Blog, He asks "What's the message of the Bible in one sentence". What would you say?

Its a really fun activity, at least I think so, and I think a lot of different hermeneutics will be expressed in our answers, it will be very interesting as our denominations and theological stances will probably come through in our sentencing and presenting of the message.

With that said, Lets use this to rejoice in the unity we have under Christ, refrain from telling people they missed this or that main component, now if you have a question about a component somebody added that' fine to question, I just don't want the well you are wrong because your statement doesn't have this part, you just respond by adding a sentence that has the components you felt they missed and the person will most likely be corrected and reminded in that way, rather than belittled, With this approach, by the end and reading everybody's posts it might be quite possible that we can form a thorough sentence statement regarding the entirety of the bible, but I think it will take team work. And then again one single sentence may be impossible but I think that reading statements that strive to encompass the bible will be edifying as well.

Heres some examples of those given on the website:

two presented on the website :
Shriener states "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."

Seifrid, who serves as Mildred and Ernest Hogan Professor of New Testament Interpretation, gives his summary in Latin:

Verbum caro factum est. [translation: "The Word was made flesh."]

tomgroeneman's picture

summary of the Bible's message

"For me, the concept of covenant underlies the diversity of the message in a theological unity that explains all God's actions toward man and man's response ultimately fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus Christ for our salvation which man acknowledges by worshiping and serving Him and loving one another."

I offer Romans 1:16-17 as the most succinct statement in the Scriptures.

"16For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

17For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH." (NASB)

Tom Groeneman