The God of the Old
Philippians 3:7-10 “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;”
In our journey to learn more about our Savior, it becomes glaringly clear that there is so much more to Christ than what we read in the New Testament. Most don’t realize that Jesus did not just “come on the scene” in Bethlehem. He was “on the scene” from BEFORE Genesis 1:1. He was “on the scene” before the scene ever existed.
The New Testament is like the final chapter of the Old Testament. The New is the Fulfillment of the Old. The Old and New work together to give us the whole picture of who God is, who we are and what God does with our rebellion.
The Old Testament is as much Truth as the New Testament and it provides for us the context/backdrop against which we can better understand the New Testament. The New Testament gives us the fulfillment of what God’s plans, His purposes, and the promises that He spoke of in the Old.
It is amazing to see that all the Old Testament points to Jesus Christ. The New Testament SHOWS Jesus Christ. His life. His Death. His Resurrection. HOWEVER, one CAN NEVER grasp the fullness of the work of Christ without including the TRUTH of the Old Testament scriptures. You have a conclusion without knowing the whole story.
Just as one may pick up a novel and begin reading near the end of the book and read of all the events that may close the story but have absolutely no understanding of what the character in the story went through and why they did what they did. It is IMPOSSIBLE to understand the character by leaving out an integral part.
We cannot understand our Lord as well as we possibly could without the Old Testament. As we read and reread the Old Testament scriptures, what our Lord accomplished for us can become more and more clear.