Q: What sets the Bible apart from any other inspired or spiritual book?
A: The Metanarrative. The Bible is not a bunch of tiny stories about people and morality. It’s one story about God’s plan for redemption through His Son Jesus Christ from Genesis to Revelation. We see pictures of His coming throughout the Old Testament:
Adam and Eve (Genesis 3)
- When Adam and Eve eat from the tree, God covers up their sin with a blood sacrifice of an innocent animal.
Abraham and Isaac (Genesis 22)
- When Abraham is called to sacrifice Isaac, the father leads the son up the mountain, with the son carrying the wood of the sacrifice on his shoulder. The father takes with him the knife of sacrifice and the fire of judgment.
Joseph (Genesis 37-50)
- When Joseph, the beloved son of his father who is hated by his Jewish brothers, is sold into slavery, he is elevated to second-in-command and delivers life to the Egyptian Gentiles in the midst of a famine. The Jews and the Gentiles are reconciled through him.
Time and time again, with each piece of the Old Testament puzzle fitting together, we’re left with one picture: Christ.
Q: Could man write the Bible even if he would?
A: There is no way a man could come up with every story—four thousand years apart—and fit them together in perfect continuity to form one story of the triune God in perfect harmony.
Regardless, man would never write about a plan for redemption that has nothing to do with him. And through the metanarrative of the Bible we know redemption has completely to do with the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross on our behalf.
Chad Hampsch is the Vice President of the Kanakuk Institute.