Analysis of the Message of the New Testament

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THE MESSAGE OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

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A Book Review

Presented to

Dr. Richard T. Vann, Jr.

Dallas Baptist University

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In Partial Fulfillment

of the Requirements for MALA 5366

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by

Travis G. Gothard

April 14, 2013

Bruce, F. F. The Message of the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1973. 120 pp. $10.71.

“What is the New Testament?” “Is there one New Testament Message?” F. F. Bruce addresses these questions in his book, The Message of the New Testament. He answers the first question quickly in the prologue stating, “To Christians, it is the second and shorter division of their sacred scriptures, ‘God’s Word written’” (11). Bruce dedicates this work to answering the second
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All of Paul’s epistles speak to God’s grace, but in these pastoral letters, Bruce views the main contribution to be the church as a firm foundation on which God stands, a church not merely as “an institution for the dispensing of the means of grace,” (44) but a church as a community instructed, practiced, organized and administered as it grows as a “community of ordinary men and women: who have the saving grace of Christ in common and await Jesus’ return.
In chapter five of his book, Bruce turns to Luke’s writings in the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the apostles where Luke declares Christianity as a faith for the whole world, not just the Jews who pressured the Roman government to execute Jesus. The Gospel of Luke, itself is the gospel to the underprivileged. In defending the faith and Jesus’ place in it, Luke presents accounts of Stephen and Paul as a part of his history with Stephen’s account launching the Gentile mission (53) and Paul underscoring this mission as the major theological theme of Luke when he voices near the end of his history in Acts 28:28 “Let it be known to you then that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.” In fact, though some Romans found it difficult to accept the lordship of Jesus because he was convicted and executed on a charge of sedition against Rome, Luke begins with an emphasis of the Gentile mission by recounting Simeon of…