“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: Faith in Christ is salvation.
It is already seen in the above text from our previous studies that faith in Christ unveils the Old Testament. How much you understand the Old Testament is how much you understand Christ. Jesus is not one of the messages of the Bible. He is the message of the Bible. The prophets spoke about Christ in the Old Testament and thus utterances were promising in nature in which in the New Testament we see the fulfillment of this promise contained in their utterances.
Jesus was not known for the first time in the New Testament, He is the message communicated by the prophets in the Old Testament. He is the word who pre-existed before as God, manifested as man to redeem the fallen man. In fact, a more careful look into the stories of men in the Old Testament will show you the revelation of Christ contained in mystery in those stories; He is not the story but the stories when carefully investigated points to what He was going to do. For instance, let us observe the story of Jonah; in chapter 2; “Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly, And I cried by reason of my afflliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice” (Jonah 2:1-2). Observe in verse 1, Jonah prays from the belly of a fish. But in verse 2, he speaks of this prayer as his cry from the belly of hell (no more belly of fish). Jonah was speaking prophetically about an event that was going to happen and Jesus’ words in Matthew 12:40 puts Jonah’s words on the spotlight, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth”. So, that event in the book of Jonah was actually a prophecy about Jesus. Jonah being in the belly of the fish which he further describes as the belly of hell for three days and three nights according to the story even as referenced by Jesus in Matthew 12:40 was a prophecy about Jesus being in hell for three days and three nights.
Note, in Jonah’s story, on the third day the fish could not keep him, the fish had to vomit him out. On the third day, Jesus rose from the dead, hell could not keep him captive. So Jonah was speaking in prophecy about Jesus. Again, this buttresses the fact that Jesus is the message in the utterances of the prophet. He is the story hidden in the stories of men in the Old Testament. That is why studying Jesus in the Old Testament goes beyond just reading the stories of men, it goes into unveiling Jesus from the stories of men. He is not the story but He is the message of communicated by the stories. He is not Jonah in the belly of the fish but He is the message of Jonah in the belly of the fish. If your studies of the Old Testament only stops at knowing the stories of men and does not go into unveiling Jesus from the stories, then you have not read the Old Testament yet, you need to start reading the Old Testament with the lenses of Christ.
INSTRUCTION: Start reading the Old Testament with the binoculars of Christ.
PRAYER: Lord, I declare that my eyes are opened to see you through all the pages of the scriptures. Revelation knowledge floods my entire mind like never before, In Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: Jesus is not one of the messages of the Bible; He is the message of the Bible.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: ROMANS CHAPTER 16; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3