Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Core Message of the Bible

~ Isaiah 53:5-6 ~

If one were to ask, “What is the core message of the Bible?” a number of answers might be given. For example, one of my favorite one-word descriptions of the Bible is “forgiveness.” Another good one-word description of the Bible would be “salvation.”

The Old Testament book of Isaiah is a fascinating book in many ways. The subject of Isaiah is Jesus Christ. His book has been called, “The Gospel before the Gospel.” Others have described Isaiah, who prophesied primarily to Judah, as the “Prophet of Grace”—what a New Testament ring that has! Chapter 53 provides one of the clearest prophecies of the death of Christ found in the Old Testament.

The book of Isaiah has also been called “The Bible in miniature” for several reasons. For example, it is well-known that the book of Isaiah is divided into two major parts consisting of the first 39 chapters and the last 27 chapters—the Bible has 39 chapters in the Old Testament and 27 chapters in the New Testament. The first 39 chapters of Isaiah can be summarized as “Isaiah—the Prophet of God’s holiness” which corresponds to the message of the Old Testament. The final 27 chapters we see “Prophet as the Servant of the Lord” directly relating to the message of the New Testament.

Someone has written the following concerning Isaiah 53: “Isaiah 53 is the central chapter of the central section of the central division, and the central verses of this central chapter enshrine the central truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

These two verses—Isaiah 53:5-6—should be familiar to all Christians. “But Jesus Christ was pierced for our rebellion, He was crushed for our sins, and He was beaten so we could be healed and made whole. He was whipped so we could be restored and made complete. All of us, like sheep, had strayed away—we had left God's paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on Him the sins of us all.”

At the core of the Bible is the message of salvation!

5 comments:

  1. Yes and Amen, the gospel is about total salvation. The gospel of good news. God bless

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  2. Isaiah is such a great book. I especially like chapter 6.

    In 2008 (on Sept. 10), Mark D. Roberts' daily reflection at TheHighCalling.org started a series that walked through Isaiah. (You can read the first one here.)

    Also, Howard Butt has talked with me on numerous occasions about Isiah 52 as the basis for his understanding of servant leadership.

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  3. I really enjoyed reading the posts on your blog. I would like to invite you to come over to my blog and check it out. God bless, Lloyd

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  4. Actually,I think that the core of the bible is love, about God loving us and animals, how we should love our brothers and sisters and your enemies,etc.

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  5. Dear Anonymous,
    Thank you for your comment! This topic is critically important and your view is a very common one. Today (February 1, 2011) I have posted a follow-up blog “The Core Message of the Bible #2” to add more clarity to the original post. What I have to say is not all that important. It is my prayer that after reading this follow-up post you will “search the Scriptures” for yourself to see what God says. After all, that’s what counts in the end! My additional prayer is that God will truly bless you and others through your comment and this follow-up blog post.

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