Five short statements


Creation Corruption Condemnation Catastrophe Christ

Creation, corruption, condemnation, catastrophe and Christ. Click any image to enlarge.

My blogging friend Jenny Hillebrand of Carpenter’s Shoes tagged me. The task: Summarize the Bible in five statements, the first one word long, second two, third three, fourth four and the last five words long. Post, then tag five more people.

Here’s my Bible summary:

Creation

Corruption: Total

Condemnation: God’s justice

Catastrophe: Sin’s slavish spiral

Christ: God’s perfect purposeful plan

I’m a Bible kinda guy. My favorite verses supporting the statements above are, starting with creation, Colossians 1:15 – 17,

15 He [editor: Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created, {both} in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Want to hear the verse in context? Colossians 1
What is this about?

Corruption, Ephesians 2:1-7,

1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly {places} in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Want to hear the verse in context? Ephesians 2
What is this about?

Condemnation, 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 10,

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor {the} covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

Want to hear the verse in context? 1 Corinthians 6
What is this about?

Catastrophe, that things will continue to get worse and worse, 2 Timothy 3:1 – 5,

1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.

Want to hear the verse in context? 2 Timothy 3
What is this about?

And finally, the solution to man’s disconnect with the creator, Jesus Christ, Romans 5:8 – 11,

8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath {of God} through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Want to hear the verse in context? Romans 5
What is this about?

This took a lot longer than anticipated. Anyhow I’m done. I’d love to hear your 5 statements. Tag this page so I know you read this.     

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4 thoughts on “Five short statements

  1. Here’s mine (one Unitarian’s interpretation [editor: Unitarian Universalism (UUism) is a theologically liberal religion characterized by its support for a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Unitarian Universalists do not share a creed; rather, they are unified by their shared search for spiritual growth. Unitarian Universalists draw on many different theological sources and have a wide range of beliefs and practices.]). I wasn’t tagged but found it an intriguing challenge.

  2. Hello Mark, did you tag me? I think I expended my creative energies on Jenny’s blog. I came up with two alternative lists, but not sure they are quite ready to be revealed to the world … :-)

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