The Plot of Salvation
Divine Presence, Human Vocation, and Cosmic Redemption
When we fail to grasp the overarching plot of the Bible, we inevitably reduce the gospel to something smaller than it is – and simultaneously compromise the scope of our own lives and callings.
In this collection of twenty interrelated sermons, Dr. Bernardo Cho lays out the history of salvation as communicated through the entirety of Scripture, from creation to new creation. He demonstrates the cohesive nature of the biblical narrative, while expanding our awareness of Christ’s redemption, our identities as people of God, and our role in the world and in God’s story of reconciliation. Written in accessible language, this book provides readers with a framework for interpreting biblical passages in light of the overarching narrative of Scripture and serves as an excellent model for teaching the Bible as a unified whole.
Bernardo Cho offers biblical theology at its best – in service of the church. He proves himself an astute reader of Scripture and an articulate communicator. May his labor inspire our faithful response to God’s magnificent grace.
CARMEN JOY IMES, PhD
Associate Professor of Old Testament, Biola University, California, USA
Bernardo Cho has given us a gift. This beautifully written collection deserves deep reading as he walks us through the narrative of Scripture.
MARIAM J. KOVALISHYN, PhD
Associate Professor of New Testament, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada
Most Christians assume that the point of life is to “go to heaven,” and they imagine that this is the story the Bible tells. The reality is far more exciting: that God, the creator, will come and live with us, transforming creation through the work of Jesus and the power of the Spirit. This book sets out this central biblical message excitingly and accessibly. It could revolutionize our hopes, our prayers, and our action in God’s world.
N. T. WRIGHT, DPhil
Professor Emeritus of New Testament, University of St. Andrews, UK
Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford, UK
Table of Contents
- Introduction: Setting Up the Navigator
- Part I: From Creation to Israel
- In the Beginning, God “Formed” and “Filled”: Creation as Sacred Space
- Distrust, Rupture, and Death: The Installation of Chaos through the Fall
- One Family, Blessing to All: God’s Promise to Abraham
- Free for a New Start: The Exodus as the Beginning of New Creation
- Like Father, Like Son: The Calling of Israel
- Part II: From Sinai to the Exile
- Chaos in the Heart: The Golden Calf Incident
- At a Snail’s Pace: The Days of the Judges
- One Nation, One Worship: The Reign of David
- The (Not Too) Wise Descendant: The Fall of Solomon
- Can the Dead Come Back to Life? The Exile and the Prophets
- Part III: From the Birth to the Resurrection of Jesus
- The Coming of the Savior: The Descendant of David and of Abraham
- God’s Image Restored: The Kingdom of God Has Come
- He Heals the Leper, Forgives Sins, and Silences the Storm? The Authority of the Messiah
- The Defeat of Death: The Messiah’s Final Enemy
- The Decisive Morning: The Resurrection of Jesus
- Part IV: From the Empty Tomb to the New Jerusalem
- Worshipers from All the Nations: The Mission of the Messianic People
- Babel Reversed: The Presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church
- No Longer Condemned: The Spirit of Adoption
- Samples of an Alternative World: The People of Reconciliation
- In the End, God Will Dwell in the New Jerusalem: The Christian Hope
- Conclusion: The Story Goes On