Each of these books, however, does not exist in isolation. There is a common thread woven through the books of the Bible, binding them together. A narrative arc, stretching from the beginning of all things in Genesis to the renewal of all things in Revelation, brings an essential unity to the whole.
Not everything in the Bible is a story, but everything does contribute to the story. The main storyline develops over the course of six key acts in the Bible:
Act 1 : God’s creation
God makes the world to share with his human creation.
Act 2: Exile
Humanity rebels and sin enters the world, bringing death and separation from God.
Act 3: Israel’s calling as a light to the world
God initiates his plan to redeem the world, starting with one nation.
Act 4: Jesus’ kingdom inauguration and victory over evil
God comes in the flesh to end humanity’s exile and conquer death.
Act 5: The renewed people of God
Jesus’ earliest followers spread the good news of God’s reign, and God gathers people from all over the world.
Act 6: Heaven and earth, reunited
God returns and makes his home with us in a new heavens and a new earth.