“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.” – John 5:39-40, 46
LIGHT FOR NOW: The promises of God in Christ are not about to be fulfilled, they have been fulfilled already in Christ.
Genesis to Malachi which is the Old Testament books of the bible contains prophecies and promises concerning Christ and God’s plans in him. The first five books of the bible were written by Moses. Genesis to Deuteronomy is Moses’ documentation. If the words of the prophets were concerning Christ, God’s promise of eternal life in Christ; God’s promise of salvation in Christ, then Moses in his books will not be an exemption. So, in the writings of Moses, can we find God’s promise of eternal life in Christ? Yes we can. Paul in his letter to Titus in chapter 1 verse 2 lets us see that eternal life was promised before the world began; and that statement “before the world began” points to Moses’ writings; the book of Genesis. So, in Genesis to Deuteronomy, we will see words concerning Jesus and God’s promise of eternal life in Christ. Jesus himself in our key text opens us up to this truth. He says “search the scriptures for in them ye think ye have eternal life, but the scriptures testify of me”. And he makes it clear in the next verse that he is that eternal life the scriptures testifies about when he says “And ye will not come to me that you might have life”.
Coming to him that you might have life in essence means he is that life the scriptures testifies about. And the use of the word “scriptures” here by Jesus refers to the Old Testament books of the bible (Genesis to Malachi). So, eternal life promissory in the Old Testament is about the person of Jesus. That’s why Jesus in verse 46 of John 5 says “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me”. So, Moses wrote of Jesus; he spoke concerning Jesus. In the writing of Moses, we are going to see Jesus as God’s promise of eternal life. According to Jesus here in John 5:39-40, 46, eternal life which is God’s promise in the Old Testament is Jesus Christ. Eternal life is a person. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Stay with God’s word.
CONFESSION: God has no promise in Christ to be fulfilled in my life; all of God’s promise in Christ has been fulfilled in my life. I live in the fulfilled promise.
QUOTE: God’s promises are not yet to be fulfilled; God’s promises have been fulfilled.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 5; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 24