“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: Your nature changed at new birth.
We have said in previous study that the Old Testament books of the bible are called mystery; which is where we have the Greek word “musterion” that means a secret; a secret to be known; what is to be known or explained. While the epistles make known what is to be known (the Old Testament). In other words, the Old Testament cannot be understood on its own, it will take the New Testament to open up the Old Testament. So, you don’t find the explanation of the Old Testament in the Old Testament, it is in the New Testament that the Old Testament is explained. Hence, the Old Testament is called “musterion and the epistles is called “apokalupsis”.
An attempt to explain the Old Testament without the binoculars of the New Testament will land you in error, because the Old Testament conceals the New Testament and the New Testament unveils the Old Testament. Meaning, the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. Have it in mind that all the words documented in the Old Testament are statements of truth. Statements in the bible are truly stated but not every statement is a statement of truth. In Genesis 3, Satan told the woman that if she eats of the tree she was warned not to eat, she will not die. Now that statement “you shall not surely die” is truly stated by the author (Moses), but that statement is not a statement of truth (it was a lie from the devil). So, when one reads the Old Testament, one has to be careful in how he divides it, so that one will not accredit to God what is not God. The above details were important, because as we now look at the revelation of God in Christ in the New Testament; we can then backtrack to the Old Testament and correct the prophets in places where they might have erred as touching the character and personality of God as God had clearly stated that we should hear Christ. (Mark 9:7) “And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved son: hear ye him.”
Hence, it will take the New Testament to interpret the Old Testament. So, an understanding of God’s revelation and character in the New Testament will enable us know what God did and is responsible for in the Old Testament. But the truth is, we cannot have an inconsistent God; a God with dual character and personality. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Follow through the study.
PRAYER: Father, my eyes open up to your revelation in Christ and your singular character that has always been consistently constant, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The bible has truly stated statements but not all truly stated statements are statements of truth.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MARK CHAPTER 4; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2