The Message of the Bible in One Sentence

Here’s my attempt:

God is saving and will save his people and creation from sin and death in the Messiah Jesus, so turn away from your sin and trust in the Lord Jesus and you receive a place among his people.

The difference between mine and many of the ones listed below is that I tried to summarize the message of the Bible to people, so it directly addresses them rather than merely describing the Bible’s storyline or message. I tried to get some of the storyline in there, the gospel message, the church, and God’s primary call to all people.

How would you summarize it? Leave a comment on this post.

Dane Ortlund lists a bunch of good tries. All are worth reading. These are my favorites (my top 3 are Beale, Schreiner, and Wilson):

Greg Beale:

The OT storyline appears best to be summarized as: the historical story of God who progressively reestablishes his new creational kingdom out of chaos over a sinful people by his word and Spirit through promise, covenant, and redemption, resulting in worldwide commission to the faithful to extend that new creation rule and resulting in judgment for the unfaithful (defeat and exile), all of which issues into his glory; the NT storyline can be summarized as: Jesus’ life of covenantal obedience, trials, judgmental death for sinners, and especially resurrection by the Spirit has launched the fulfillment of the eschatological already-and-not-yet promised new creation reign, bestowed by grace through faith and resulting in worldwide commission to the faithful to extend this new creation rule and resulting in judgment for the unfaithful, unto God’s glory.

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.

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.

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.

Doug Wilson:

Scripture tells us the story of how a Garden is transformed into a Garden City, but only after a dragon had turned that Garden into a howling wilderness, a haunt of owls and jackals, which lasted until an appointed warrior came to slay the dragon, giving up his life in the process, but with his blood effecting the transformation of the wilderness into the Garden City.

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.


About pjtibayan

I love Jesus Christ and live to share life and share Jesus together with First Southern Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County.
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One Response to The Message of the Bible in One Sentence

  1. jason says:

    The story of God the father, who is the sole creator, redeeming man, who sinfully turned against and subsequently is unable to have a right relationship with God, to Himself through the work of Jesus Christ, who was and is the sinless GODman sent to redeem His bride which is the Church, so that through the Spirit whoever believes in Him will stand in victory and receive eternal inheritance with God.

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