by Matt Slick
The purpose of the Bible is to reveal who God is, his will for mankind, and to document the prophecies about, arrival of, and ministry of Jesus. Overall, the Bible is a history book that conveys the account of God's work from the beginning of creation in Genesis to the end of the world in Revelation. In John 5:39 Jesus said, "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that bear witness of Me." So, we can say that the focus of the Bible is about Jesus since he said the entire Scriptures bear witness of who he is. In fact, the Scriptures tell us that he is God in flesh (John 1:1, 14; Colossians 2:9) who bore our sins in his body on the cross (1 Peter 2:24), and who died and rose from the dead (1Corinthians 15:1-4). Therefore, it can be said that the history of the Bible is the background that supports and testifies to who Jesus is and what he did.
Following are some of the major themes found in the Bible:
- God created the heavens and the earth and placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
- When Adam and Eve rebelled against God, sin, suffering, and death entered the world.
- God chose a people, the Jews, through whom the Messiah would come and deliver people from sin and death.
- God sent Jesus, the son, to bear our sins on the cross, die, and rise from the dead.
- Deliverance from God's righteous judgment is through faith alone in Christ alone.
- There will be a new heavens and new earth.