I have a question for you. Which Bible verse to you sums up the whole of the Bible’s message,? Which passage most clearly explains the purpose of life and the ultimate destiny of the universe?
I’ve played this game before. I call it, guess what the preacher is thinking of…
Imagine the scene. You are in a large hall and the preacher asks for volunteers to tell him which Bible verse sums up most perfectly the message of the Bible. The first one says, “John ch.3 v.16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son…” Although everyone else there would agree with that – after all, the verse has everything; it focuses on God, but clearly points out our need for redemption. It demonstrates the purpose of Jesus’ incarnation and the high price paid to execute this plan. Finally it spells out the alternative outcome for those who resist in stubborn unbelief.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the verse the preacher was thinking of.
Habakkuk ch.2 v.14 was mentioned – the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea…
Daniel ch.2 was touched upon – but these, along with others were rejected as insufficient. The preacher was looking for something more.
They were all good Bible verses, clearly expressing different aspects of God’s pan for us all from a variety of perspectives – but not from the point of view that this preacher wanted to emphasise.
He had certainly piqued our interest. Instead of passivity, there was now an atmosphere of challenge. What could he be looking for that wasn’t in any of those other verses?
Finally, he opened his Bible at Ephesians ch.1 v.9-10 God’s will is for all things to come under one head, Christ’s. This is our destiny, our purpose – to see these words become a reality around the world.
Success for the Divine plan is inevitable, unavoidable, irrevocable – that is the power behind those words. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead, also spoke the universe into being and turned our individual lives around.
The assurance of the Holy Spirit in our lives to guarantee the third of these equally miraculous events convinces us of the reality ofthis promise. We will see Him, enthroned in glory, above all other ‘gods’ and ‘lords’. It is our honour to be able to participate in this process now.