What is the Biblical Metanarrative; Why is it Important?

 

The Greek prefix Meta means “Beyond,” and a Narrative is of course a story… So, Metanarrative means “beyond the story,” or more precisely, “The Big Story.” The Biblical Metanarrative is therefore the overarching story behind the large collection of smaller stories found in Scripture… Many people are surprised to learn that there is really only one major character in the Bible and that the Scriptures, sometimes seemingly disjointed, have a unifying theme… That character and the theme is this, Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, and His unfolding plan of redeeming and restoring all of Creation back to God. That Plan unfolds in four major sub-plots;
• The Creation of All Things,
• The Fall of Mankind,
• The Redemption of all Creation (and Man), and
• The Restoration of All Things back to God’s Original Intended Purpose

Every smaller story in the Bible falls into one of these four sub-plots, all the way from the Garden to Armageddon!  The Bible is meant to be read, and taught, and understood as one, unified narrative. But in this post-modern era of “cafeteria Christianity,” many have “cherry-picked” the Bible; embracing this, rejecting that, to the point that many people park themselves at John 3:16, but have no real grasp of how they got there, or where to go next…

The two most ridiculed and rejected parts of Scripture are the Books of Genesis and Revelation.  And no surprise, they are the foundation stones of Scripture; the “Book Ends” of the entire metanarrative. Would anyone buy a New York Times bestseller if the first and last chapters were removed?  It would never become a bestseller to begin with… And that is exactly the Enemy’s plan; to convince people that those are unimportant parts of this Story.  But just like that book on the NYT list, if you haven’t read and understood the first and last chapters of the book, you really don’t know the whole story…

I am occasionally confronted by people, some of them “Believers,” who will argue that, “It really isn’t important what we believe about the beginning or the end of the Story, we just need to believe in Jesus!” I have never understood how someone could claim to believe John 3:16 if they didn’t believe Genesis 3:15, the “Protoevangelium,” or Revelation 20:10, the final fulfillment of that prophecy in Genesis. That’s what John 3:16 is all about; making right what the Enemy made wrong so long ago in that small corner of God’s Creation…

But that has been the plan of the Enemy from the very beginning; to convince people to first question, then doubt, and finally to reject God’s Word as Truth. “Just believe in Jesus…” Well Folks, even the demons believe in Jesus… (James 2:19). God is not impressed that we believe that He exists!  God wants us to fully understand and embrace the entire, amazing, miraculous story. That being, God has done all God can do to “fix” the world’s ills; it has been done! If there had been another way, a better way; then God would have done that instead of sending His beloved Son, the very Creator Himself (Hebrews 1:2), to go through what we cannot imagine, God dying and being separated from Himself… Something that had never occurred in all millennia of eternity past… Jesus experienced the very essence of Hell itself…

Redemption is indeed the “Good News,” it’s the best news in the Story! But if people seriously question and doubt the need for redemption (Genesis) or the final outcome of redemption (Revelation), many will wonder if any of it is true at all! This is why this Blog Site was created, to share the whole story; to present the entire Biblical Metanarrative as Truth. Not some parts true, not conceptually true, not relatively true, but as Paul wrote, “…not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe (I Thessalonians 2:13b).”

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