JESUS, the Center of the Bible
If we fail to see Jesus as the star of the Bible we will never truly do justice to biblical interpretation. When you open your Bible to read it must be Jesus you’re looking for or else you’ll only produce religion out of your study.
- Jesus dominates the whole of biblical revelation. Everything and all things centres on him.
- His human pedigree, his redemptive programme, and His divine person which are revealed in the New Testament historically are revealed in the Old Testament prophetically.
- Aaron in his priestly office promoted Christ. Heb.5, Moses in Deut. 18:18; David anticipated him is revealed in various scriptures like Psm.110:1
- That which the Old Testament promises the New Testament presents. That which was needed is now supplied. He who was typified now appears. What is longing in the Old Testament is satisfaction in the new.
- Jesus was predicted in the Old Testament, presented in the Gospels, proclaimed in Acts and possessed in the Epistles, and predominant in revelation.
- Christ is the focus of all history. Even our dating system is marked BC (before Christ) and AD (after Christ death).
- Divine revelation converges in Christ in the Old Testament, and emerges from Him in the New Testament. Both parts of the revelation meet in Him. The one part as preparation and the other is as realization.
- In Christ God and man meet in the one who is the God-man (2Cor.5:18-19).
- In the Old Testament the anticipation of redemption was in type and prophecy; in the Gospels we have the accomplishment of it by the death of Christ, in the Acts and Epistles, the application of it to the needs of man, and in Revelation, the achievement of it.
- The law and the prophets all testified of Jesus. None spoke otherwise.
The Interrelation between the Old and New Testament
- The Old Testament is preparatory, the New Testament is effective.
- The first is embodied in the history and literature of a semitic race, and the second is embodied in the history and literature of the Christian Church.
- Each is represented by a person. Moses – Jesus.
- Each focuses on an idea – Law and Grace
- One is characterized by prohibitions and the other by promises. Ex.20.1-17;Jer.31:31-34;Heb.8:6-13
- The both has mountains. Mount Sinai and Mount Zion.
- The New Testament is hidden in the Old Testament, the Old Testament is unveiled in the New Testament.
Christ (the living word) and the Written Word
- “His name is called the Word of God” (Rev. 19:13)
They “pressed upon Him to hear the Word of God” (Luke 5:1).
- The Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6).
The Gospel of peace (Rom. 10:15).
- “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way (John 14:6).
“Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes” (Ps. 119:33).
- “Full of grace and truth” (Jn. 1:14).
“All thy commandments are truth” (Ps. 119:151).
- “A bone of Him shall not be broken” (Jn. 19:36).
“The Scriptures cannot be broken” (Jn. 10:35).
- “I am the Living Bread … If any man eat of this bread he shall live forever” (Jn. 6:51).
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4).
- “With Thee is a fountain of life” (Ps. 36:9).
“Thy law … is a fountain of life” (Prov. 13:14).
- “I am the light of the world” (Jn. 8:12).
“Thy word is a light unto my path” (Ps. 119:105).
- “Thou art my lamp, O Lord” (2 Sam. 22:29).
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet” (Ps. 119:105).
- “I … will be unto her a wall of fire” (Zech. 2:5).
“Is not my word like as a fire” (Jer. 23:29)?
- “To you who believe He is precious” (1 Pet. 2:7).
“Exceeding great and precious promises” (2 Pet.
- “His mouth is most sweet” (Song of Songs 5:16).
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste” (Ps. 119:103).
- “His name shall be called wonderful” (Isa. 9:6).
“Thy testimonies are wonderful” (Ps. 119:129).
- “Christ, the power of God” (1 Cor. 1:24).
“The Gospel is the power of God” (Rom. 1:16).
- “Him that is from the beginning” (1 Jn. 2:13).
“Thy word is true from the beginning” (Ps. 119:160).
- “From everlasting to everlasting Thou art God” (Ps. 90:2).
“Thy testimonies are everlasting” (Ps. 119:144).
- “The Lord shall endure forever” (Ps. 9:7).
“The word of the Lord endureth forever” (1 Pet. 1:25).
- “Christ abideth forever” (Jn. 12:34).
“The word of God abideth forever” (1 Pet. 1:23).
- Christ, “a stumbling Stone” (Rom. 9:33).
“They stumble at thy word” (1 Pet. 2:8).
- “Abide in me and I in you” (Jn. 15:4).
“If my words abide in you” (Jn. 15:7).
- “Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith” (Eph. 3:17).
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Col. 3:16).
- “Out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword” (Rev. 1:16).
“For the word of God is … sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb. 4:12).
- “Sanctified in Christ Jesus” (1 Cor. 1:2).
“Sanctified through the truth” (Jn. 17:19).
- “The Son therefore shall make you free” (Jn. 8:36).
“The truth shall make you free” (Jn. 8:32).
Similarities Between Christ and the Bible
- “Born of God” (1 Jn. 5:18).
“Born … by the word” (1 Pet. 1:23).
- “Begotten by Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 1:3).
“Begotten through the gospel” (1 Cor. 4:15).
- “The Son quickeneth whom He will” (Jn. 5:21).
“Thy word hath quickened me” (Ps. 119:50).
- Christ “healed them” (Matt. 4:24).
“He sent His word and healed them” (Ps. 107:20).
Thus we see very clearly that the Living Word (Jesus) and the Written Word cannot be separated.