“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” John 1:18
LIGHT FOR NOW: The revelation of the Old Testament is contained in the New Testament.
Before we begin to explore our key text above (John 1:18) as we unveil God’s revelation in Christ, let us at this point of study into subsequent studies establish critical truth as touching the bible because it will be very vital and needful in our investigation. In Romans 16:25, Paul uses the word “mystery” in reference to the Old Testament, it reads “Now to him that is of power to stablish 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”. The word “mystery” here is not the same as the English word mysterious; which could imply something that is unfathomable, something that cannot be explained. The word “mystery” in the above text is the Greek word “musterion”, which means what is to be known or what is to be explained. So the Old Testament books are mysteries; that is, the Old Testament book is a “musterion”; it is to be known or to be explained. In Ephesians 3:3, Paul uses that same word “musterion” for the Old Testament, it reads “How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery as I wrote afore in few words”. Again, he uses musterion, that is, what is to be known or explained or a secret; what is hidden. So the Old Testament is a mystery, a secret, it is to be known. Meaning you don’t know the Old Testament by reading the Old Testament. That is, the explanation of the Old Testament is not in the Old Testament; hence, why the Old Testament is a mystery; a secret is that it is to be known or explained.
Now, where do we find the explanation of the Old Testament? The explanation of the Old Testament is found in the New Testament (the epistles). Notice in the previous texts (Romans 16:25; Ephesians 3:3), Paul uses an opposite word to the word “musterion”, it is the word “revelation” translated from the Greek word “apokalupsis” which implies a disclosure or to uncover. And that word “apokalupsis” speaks of the epistles. In other words, the epistles are the “apokalupsis” (revelation) of the “musterion” (the Old Testament). The inference here is that; since the Old Testament is what is to be known, the epistles make known what is to be known. In other words, the epistles are the explanation of the Old Testament.
INSTRUCTION: Study diligently.
PRAYER: I declare that the qualities of dutifulness, patience and diligence manifest through me as I study your word, in Jesus name, Amen!
QUOTE: You can’t find the explanation of the Old Testament by just reading the Old Testament.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 1CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3