Dane Ortlund recently 25 pastors and scholars to summarize the core message of the Bible in one sentence. Talk about a daunting task! The responses he received are fascinating. I’d be very interested in knowing who you think did the best job. So, head over there and check out the post. But make sure you come back and let us know what you thought.
Dane did a great job with the post, but I think he should have made it a contest and handed out awards for the answers. Since he didn’t, I’ll do it for him.
- Greg Beale (winner of the longest answer award):
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.
- Gordon Hugenberger (winner of the “true, but still a cop out answer” award:
The message of the Bible in one sentence is that genuine truth, unlike every human philosophy, is far too luxuriant, too enthralling, too personal, too all-encompassing, too sovereign, and too life-changing to be reducible to one sentence (or, as Einstein once put it, the challenge is to ‘make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler’).
- Andreas Kostenberger (winner of the “I’ll quote Jesus because no one can argue with him” award):
‘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).
- Ray Ortlund (winner of both the touchy/feely and pink fuzzy awards):
The Lover of our souls won’t let the romance die, but is rekindling it forever.
- Mark Seifrid (winner of the “no one knows what I’m talking about” award):
Verbum caro factum est.
- Doug Wilson (winner of “the most creatively worded answer” award):
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