Pastor’s Corner: The Plot of the Bible

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Joe Palmer

Fellowship Baptist Church

I’m writing to you now, but it’s not too tough (so no writer’s block with me at this moment) because I’m just going to make one point and end in a couple of paragraphs. If I were writing a story of some length, I would have to take into consideration what characters, settings, plot, and themes to include.

Last week I asserted that the Bible must have God as its ultimate author because it has statements about the future, and some of those statements have come true. So what are some of those statements? What is the story-line of the Bible?

The plot of the Bible is simply, “A man is coming; that man came, and he is coming again!” The “man” is Jesus the Christ. He came once to die for our sin to satisfy justice and to make it possible for us to be forgiven. That this is clearly the statement of the Old Testament as well as the new is uncontestable. Not only was Christ’s death and resurrection foretold in explicit detail (Psalm 22; Isaiah 53), but even the very date of His eventual death was foretold (Daniel 9:24-26). What remains to be played out in this story is Christ’s second coming, and the way things are aligning in a way consistent with Scripture leads me to think the story is soon coming to its great climax.

Feel free to email me at joeandsuzypal@yahoo.com.

Joe Palmer (10 Posts)

Joe Palmer is the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Kearny. He is happily married with three terrific children and two adoring dachshunds. He is of the very firm opinion that God exists, that the Bible is true, and that God in the person of Jesus Christ has saved him from his sin and prepared a place for him in paradise. His firm opinion is a long studied opinion held with happy confidence, and so, though by nature a bit high-strung and timid, he looks to his future with a joy and happy expectation which makes him largely unafraid of anything or any circumstance. The worse thing that can happen to him is that he can die, and the best thing that can happen to him is that he can die. Everything else is a detail which God will work out for his best. His ambitions revolve around reconciling people to God through Jesus Christ. This he attempts to do by declaring in appropriate ways that God is purely good and that He is the source of all of our joy and happiness. There is nothing about God one would not like, and He is our only hope. Joe is over-weight, out of shape, and as old as the town of Kearny; but he has a peace which surpasses understanding, and such peace makes this middle class American very rich indeed!


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