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."]

ElderDad's picture

Jesus saves!

Based on the following comment by Jesus, I would say the Scripture in a nutshell is
All else is a result or a subtopic.

Ye search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life:
And they are they which testify of me.
And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. (John 5:39-40)


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2 Tim. 3:16--All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
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