Passing the Cross on the Way to the OT

Reading the Old Testament in light of Christ: “…Christian students of the Old Testament must pass by the cross of Jesus Christ on their return to the Old Testament, and as such they can never lose their identity as a Christian.”[1]

While we must keep all of Scripture in proper context, we cannot read the Old Testament as Jesus and the Apostles did unless we see the person and work of Christ promised and anticipated there (Cf. Luke 24:13-53; 1Peter 1:10-12). They read it in light of the redemptive-historical context. Let us, therefore, learn to see all of Scripture in a responsible, gospel-focused way that has Christ, and the redemption that He secured, at its center.

Here’s a sermon by Matt Harmon to whet your appetite (“A Salvation Long Ago Foretold” -1Peter 1:10-12).

[See Reading the Bible in Light of the Whole Story“Christ-centered approach to Scripture”, Paradigm for Reading Scripture in a Gospel-Focused Way, “Seeing the Gospel in Every Text Series” and Preaching the Gospel to Myself Everyday.]


[1] Willem VanGemeren, The Progress of Redemption: The Story of Salvation from Creation to the New Jerusalem (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2000), 21 (emphasis in the original), as contained in Graham Cole, He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit.


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