“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” – 2 Timothy 3:15
LIGHT FOR NOW: The Old Testament unveils in your understanding of Jesus in the New Testament.
The New Testament is the Old Testament revealed, the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed. The Old Testament is the New Testament in mystery, the New Testament is the mystery (the Old Testament) revealed. Therefore, if you do not know Jesus revealed (the New Testament), it will be impossible to know Jesus concealed (the Old Testament). It will take the revealed Jesus (New Testament) to unveil the concealed Jesus (Old Testament). Meaning the New Testament is what makes the Old Testament known. In our previous study, it is clear that the message in the Old Testament were concerning what Christ will do (that is salvation).
In essence, in the utterances of the prophets, what Christ was going to do was their message. Hence, as seen in our previous study, salvation in Christ or faith in Christ unveils the Old Testament. Salvation therefore becomes the core message of the Old Testament. Apostle Peter in his first epistle lays credence to this fact, “Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligiently who prophesied of the grace that should come to you: searching what or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow” (1 Peter 1:10-11). Thus, the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow (upon which is salvation) was the message of the prophets.
Jesus’ words in Luke 24:25-27 attest to this fact. It reads, “O fools, and slow of heart to believe all the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter in the glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them the things concerning himself”.
From this explanation, it is clear that the utterances of the prophets that came from God (directly) are the words they spoke concerning Christ. That is, it was their Christ centered utterance that came from God. That is why, a conscious study of the Old Testament will be a conscious study of Christ. It is in your conscious study of Christ that will make you be able to draw the dichotomy between the words that came from God in the Old Testament (which are the utterances concerning Christ) and the words that came from the prophets (in their assumptions about God or in their enquiry to know God because the prophets were enquirers). That is, in your careful study of the Old Testament, you will discover words that came from God (which were the utterances of the prophets concerning Christ) and words that came from the prophets (as their assumption about God). For instance, observe 1st Samuel 16:14 which reads “But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him”. This obviously will be the prophet’s assumption about God because God does not have an evil spirit at all. If He has an evil spirit or evil spirits come from Him, then He has no legal right to instruct us as believers to cast out demons, expel unclean and evil spirits. That is why, the study of the Old Testament books must be done diligently and carefully with the understanding of the New Testament. The utterances of the prophets that came from God were their Christ centered utterances.
INSTRUCTION: You cannot know the Old Testament without an understanding of the New Testament. Think about this.
PRAYER: Lord, I thank you for the revelation of your word communicated to me in the New Testament, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: You do not know a mystery by looking at mystery but by looking at revelation. It will take the New Testament (revelation) to unveil the Old Testament (mystery).
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2 Timothy CHAPTER 2; EVENING: Hebrews CHAPTER 1