“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 Old Testament is Jesus concealed, the New Testament is Jesus revealed.
Having established the fact that the bible was written in human language and that the focus of the message communicated by this writing (called the bible) is Christ Jesus in whom salvation, the new creation is found, you will discover that there is no mention of Christ or a bold spelling of Christ/Christ Jesus is our opening text (Genesis 1:1-5) and the entire Old Testament texts. So, how come Christ is the message of the Old Testament but you still can’t see the name Christ or Christ Jesus boldly spelt out in the Old Testament? Asking this kind of question or thinking this way is thinking so lowly, because Christ being the message of the Old Testament is an explanation in itself, it does not mean that the word “Christ” or “Jesus Christ” must be spelt out for it to be true. Already, we have seen from overwhelming scriptures in the New Testament that Jesus is the message of the Old Testament. It is important to note that the Old Testament is called “mystery” (translated from the Greek word “musterion” which means what is to be explained) while the New Testament is the “revelation” of the mystery (translated from the Greek word “apokalupsis” which implies to unveil or make known). Let’s read two or three scriptures in the Epistles that buttresses these facts: Romans 16:25 “Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began”; Ephesians 1:19 “Having made known unto me the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he had purposed to himself”; Ephesians 3:3 “How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words)”.
So, the Old Testament is a “mystery” (what is to be known or explained), the New Testament is the revelation of the mystery (it makes known what was to be known or it is the explanation of what was to be explained which is the Old Testament). This explains why from the text we read above, coming with the word “mystery” are the words “made known”, “revelation”, etc. to point to an explanation. In other words, the New Testament (the epistles) is the explanation of the Old Testament. Therefore, it suffices us to say that Jesus in the Old Testament was concealed but revealed in the New Testament. The Old Testament is Jesus concealed while the New Testament is Jesus revealed; this means that it will take the New Testament to open up the Old Testament. Thus, in our studies in subsequent days where we will be delving proper into the subject of “the light that shined out of darkness”, we will see the epistles unfold our key text (Genesis 1:1-5) for us. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: It will take the revealed Jesus to unveil the concealed Jesus; Think!
PRAYER: Father, I receive insight in the knowledge of your word in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: The Old Testament is what is to be known, the New Testament makes known what is to be known.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3