Introduction

Introduction


Sometimes we need to get the big picture. The essence of the Bible is one unified theme – God’s amazing plan to redeem His fallen creation. This plan of redemption is the “big picture” or theme of the Bible. Over forty men, with varying degrees of education, different nationalities, and diverse cultures wrote the Bible during a period of about 1,500 years. The Bible is not one book, but a collection of sixty-six books of law, poetry, history, narra­tive, and prophecy (39 in the Old Testament—27 in the New Testament). Each book reflects an amazing unity of facts, teaching, and purpose. All of man‘s history is unfolded around one theme—God‘s plan of redemption.  Each book of the Bible is a single thread woven into this incredible tapestry.

The Bible’s consistent theme is an incredible evidence of God. Ordinary men could never have created this book – time, history, and human nature would have prevented its existence unless it were directed by God.

If we fail to understand the theme of the Bible it will not matter what we choose to believe or practice in religion. God‘s plan of redemption, while an­chored in the writings of the Old Testament (OT), obtains its fulfillment in the New Testament (NT). Here it is called the “gospel” or “good news.” We must consider and comprehend the importance of this gospel.