“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said let there be light and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light day and the darkness he called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” Genesis 1:1-5
LIGHT FOR NOW: The sufferings of Christ and He entering in to His glory equal salvation.
It’s been established in the course of this studies that the utterances of the prophets which came from God were Christ-centered utterances. Let us observe Jesus’ words in Luke 24:25-27, “Then he said unto them, O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself”. Again, observe he called or explained the message of the prophets (that is what the prophets spoke and subsequently wrote) as His suffering and He entering into His glory. His suffering (which is His death) and He entering into His glory (which is His resurrection) is where salvation is found or is what made salvation available. In other words, the message of the prophets concerning Christ was the message of his saving work (the message of salvation). Apostle Peter in his epistles lays credence to Jesus’ words, it reads “Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what or what manner of time the spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified before hand the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow” (1Peter 1:10-11). Again, the Apostle just like Jesus did talks about the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow (verse 11) which he explained in the pretext (verse 10) as salvation. In other words, Apostle Peter lets us see that the enquiry of the prophets was salvation which was only available because of Jesus’ suffering and the glory that followed. Meaning it is in the sufferings of Christ and the glory that followed that salvation is found. Hence, the utterances of the prophets concerning Christ were focused on His saving work. Paul makes it clearer in 2Timothy 3:15 which reads, “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”. Thus, the message of the prophets was Christ in whom salvation is found because He is the Saviour. Salvation in Christ is the message of the scriptures, and when salvation is mentioned the new creation is implied; the man indwelt by God’s spirit, the born again man, the man united with God in Christ. This is the message of the prophets (Genesis to Malachi).
INSTRUCTION: You have a Christ-centered message, preach it.
PRAYER: Father I declare that the revelation of your person unveils to me in the study of your word in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Soteriology is Christology.
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