Quotes about Bible-Old_Testament
It is beyond doubt that Jesus highly esteemed the Old Testament and constantly submitted to it as to an authoritative revelation. He taught that the Scriptures bore a witness to him, just as he bore a witness to them. Because they are the words of God, Jesus assumed their complete reliability, in whole and to the smallest part.
Taken from “Foundations of the Christian Faith-Book I” by James Montgomery Boice, page 45. (c)1986 InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of the USA, Revised edition. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515. www.ivpress.com http://www.gospelcom.net/cgi-ivpress/book.pl/code=991. Get this book!
We conclude that in His use of the Old Testament Jesus stood alone among His Jewish contemporaries, and that not because He took unusual liberties with the text (He was in general usually faithful to its intended meaning), but because He believed that in Him it found its fulfillment.
There are many reasons why pastors must preach from the Old Testament:
1. The Old Testament is part of the Christian canon.
2. It discloses the history of redemption leading to Christ.
3. It proclaims truths not found in the New Testament.
4. It helps us understand the New Testament.
5. It prevents misunderstanding of the New Testament.
6. It provides a fuller understanding of Christ.
Once we truly grasp the message of the New Testament, it is impossible to read the Old Testament again without seeing Christ on every page, in every story, foreshadowed or anticipated in every event and narrative.
Through the Spirit of Christ, the believer becomes excited in the joy of discovery to discern new veins of truth in Scripture which confirm the spiritual unity of the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament becomes to him a Christian book just as much as the New Testament; because “the entirety of the Old Testament points as one great arrow to the fulfillment which the New Testament records.”
I beg every devout Christian not to despise the simplicity of language and the stories found in the Old Testament. He should remember that, however, simple the Old Testament may seem, it contains the words, works, judgments and actions of God Himself. Indeed the simplicity makes fools of the wise and the clever, and allows the poor and simple to see the ways of God. Therefore submit your thoughts and feelings to the stories you read, and let yourself be carried like a child to God.
Only the person who understands that the cross is the center of all human history can understand the Old Testament. Through the lens of the gospel, the Bible truly becomes one book telling one story: the story of sinful man, a holy God, and His plan of salvation through the substitution of Himself for His people.
How can Christian pastors hope to feed their flock on a well-balanced spiritual diet if they completely neglect the 39 books of Holy Scripture on which Christ and all the New Testament authors received their own spiritual nourishment (Gleason Archer)?
The Old Testament is not our testament. The Old Testament represents an Old Covenant, which is one we are no longer obligated to keep. Therefore we can hardly begin by assuming that the Old Covenant should automatically be binding upon us. We have to assume, in fact, that none of its stipulations (laws) are binding upon us unless they are renewed in the New Covenant. That is, unless an Old Testament law is somehow restated or reinforced in the New Testament, it is no longer directly binding on God’s people (cf. Rom. 6:14-15) (Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart).
We shall not benefit from reading the Old Testament unless we look for and meditate on the glory of Christ in its pages.
The Old (Testament) is in the New revealed; the New (Testament) is in the Old concealed.
The principles underlying the OT are valid and authoritative for the Christian, but the particular applications found in the OT may not be. The moral principles are the same today, but insofar as our situation often differs from the OT setting, the application of the principles in our society may well be different too.