I enjoy summary statements of Biblical doctrine. Of course, detailed study of all scripture is important, but I find meaty summary statements to be both helpful and edifying. I am currently reading through D.A. Carson’s The Intolerance of Tolerance. Carson gives an excellent rundown of Biblical themes in a section entitled, Truth Grounded in Revelation. He explains how God has revealed Gospel-truth propositionally in the Bible and that this is truth of substance and content. Carson wrote:
The substance can be summarized in a few lines, in lengthy treaties, or anything in between. It will include many wonderful truths about God, including his perfections, his holiness, his personhood, his omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence, the triunity of his being, the faithfulness of his ways, the graciousness of his pursuit of his rebellious image-bearers; the doctrines of creation and fall; the history of Abraham, of Israel, of the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants; the rise of the Davidic monarchy with its attendant promises; the coming of Jesus, virgin-born, truly God and truly human being; his perfect life and matchless teaching, his propitiating and expiating death, his triumphant resurrection displaying his vindication before his Father and his triumph over Satan and his demonic hosts; the gift of the Holy Spirit poured out on God’s elect, both the seal of God’s ownership of these people and the down payment of the inheritance yet to come; Christ’s multi-faceted kingdom that is already forcefully advancing in this dark world but that will reach consummation in the splendor of the new heaven and the new earth, the home of righteousness, where Jesus’ blood-bought people, the church drawn from every tribe and nation, will enjoy resurrection existence and the bliss of love and holiness forever. The only alternative is hell itself. Nor can we ignore the many biblical claims to the exclusiveness of Jesus as the way to be reconciled to the one God, the God who made us, who redeems us, and who will be our Judge on the last day.