How would you condense the message of the Bible
into a single sentence? Would you focus on moral
imperatives gleaned from the Ten Commandments, the healing or redemptive
properties of Jesus, the apocalyptic excess of Revelations? Or would you
simply try to cram the entire Old Testament arc into the first half of
the sentence and then follow suit with the New Testament? Even if you
don't currently devote the majority of your time to Biblical studies
it's an intriguing quandary.
This, however, is precisely the quandary blogger Dane Ortland, a Senior Editor in the Bible division at Crossway BooksRecently, recently presented to 25 biblical scholars and pastors. Here are a few of the responses that he received (full list here):
- David Helm - "Jesus is the promised Savior-King."
- Ray Ortlund - "The Lover of our souls won't let the romance die, but is rekindling it forever."
- John Frame - "God glorifies himself in the redemption of sinners."
- Mark Seifrid - "Verbum caro factum est" [Translated: "the word was made flesh"]