The Old Testament is all about Jesus.
For some Christians this may be no news, but for others it may be as revolutionizing and energizing as it was for me once and still is today. The Apostle Peter says in Acts 10.43:
All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.
Here are some common (and mostly modern) Christian/non-Christian misconceptions about the OT that Peter puts to shame in the passage from Acts:
- That God revels himself impersonally merely as ‘God’ in the OT
- That only some prophets spoke of the coming Messiah
- That these prophesies about the Messiah were vague and unspecific as to why he would come
- That the OT way of salvation is through works of the Law
Acts 10.43 puts us straight: “All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
- The OT testify about Jesus as the promised one
- All prophets spoke of him, not only some prophets
- The prophesies were very specific, totally stating the Gospel – Jesus would come to redeem
- Salvation comes, and has always come, by faith in the name of Jesus, not by works of the law
The Apostle Paul writes to Timothy, 2 Tim. 3.14-15:
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
The ‘Scripture’ referred to is the Old Testament. Paul says it can make us “wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus”.
Now, let’s always read the OT in this way – the way it is intended.
Let it preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.