Thursday, April 16, 2015

Luke 24:36b-48 Christ Concealed and Revealed

KEY VERSE: Luke 24:44 Then he said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." ESV

KEY THOT: The Old Testament Scriptures (Law, Prophets and Psalms) all point to Christ. When reading and interpreting the OT scriptures, I must try to understand what it says about Christ—His atoning sacrifice, his mediation ministry between God and man; his incarnation, death and resurrection. The OT is not irrelevant to NT believers—it is the source of NT faith.

Jesus told the scribes that they studied the Scriptures and think that life is found in them, but no, they simply point to Christ: “You search the (OT) Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life” (John 5:39-40). And in Hebrews 10:7, it is written, “Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.”

Once Christ came, everything in the OT scriptures has to be re-interpreted in terms of what Christ has said and done. When I study the OT through the lens of Christ (Christ as the hermeneutical key), I see revelations of God’s wisdom hidden in the OT scriptures: viz. the Law of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus and Deuteronomy), the Prophets (Joshua-Kings, Isaiah-Malachi) and the Psalms (also known as “Writings” to include Proverbs and the rest). This is the three-fold division of the OT scriptures in Jesus’ time. To understand the NT scripture fully, I must have a foundational grasp of the OT scriptures, for all major theological concepts in the NT came out of the OT, including the Kingdom of God.

As a teacher/preacher of God’s word, my task is to bring out of the OT Scriptures, both old and new revelations: “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old” (Matt 13:52). The more I re-interpret the Old Testament scripture in terms of the new revelation of Christ, the more I help others become trained for kingdom ministry.

Father, what a wonderful treasure-house is Your word, both in the OT and NT Scriptures. May Your Holy Spirit continue to open my spiritual eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law. Amen.

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