The other night during family Bible study, my kids asked me, “Daddy, what’s the Bible about?” That is a great question and the answer to it is quite often missed.
In brief, the Bible is essentially a witness to a person, Jesus Christ. Christ stands at the center of the Scriptures.
To say that Scripture is essentially a witness to Christ is not to impose an a priori (formed or conceived beforehand) idea upon Scripture (deductive reasoning). Rather, it is an a posteriori (derived by reasoning from observed facts) conclusion that one comes to learn from an inductive study of the Scriptures. As Jesus walked and talked with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, Luke writes, “Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures,” (Lk. 24:27).
Christ, as James Hog (one of the Marrow Men involved in the Marrow Controversy) stated, is “… the Marrow of the Word, the Substance of all that’s revealed in it, whether Doctrines, Types, Prophecies, or Promises.”
When we come to read and study the Scriptures, we must come with the express design of finding Christ. “Whoever,” John Calvin writes, “shall turn aside from this object, though he may weary himself throughout his whole life in learning, will never attain the knowledge of the truth…,” (Commentary on the Gospel According to John, p. 218).
For additional reading on this see, What the Bible is all About.