meeting: Orlando, Sergio, Ryan
date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Chief thing about Christianity is Christ, but every truly Christian doctrine is profoundly rooted in the Old Testament. We are the people of the book.
One must always look at the OT roots of what comes out with greater clarity and fullness in the New Testament.
The Old Testament background for who Christ is:
One of the first thing he does after his resurrection, he starts talking to them about the Old Testament.
Luke 24, the road to Emmaus. Jesus is taking them through all parts of the OT canon. He is saying what was given testifying him. “It is written”
He is coming to their main problem as Jews at that time: how could the Messiah possibly suffer like this and be humiliated and be killed by sinners? That was the offense.
“The one we had hoped would redeem Israel…” How did Jesus deal with that? He takes them to the Law and Prophets and says that’s where you will find the answer. He says that the Messiah must first suffer and then enter his glory. The offense was his suffering. How could the Messiah of God, the one to give us victory over our enemies, the greater son of David, how could he be abused and murdered if he was who we thought he was. Jesus is telling them they have missed something very important in the OT.
The Messiah in the OT has 2 images: the conquering Lion of the tribe of Judah, the victorious one. But he is also presented as the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world, the Lamb offered on the altar of sacrifice, the one that opens not his mouth.
Judaism had gotten away from half of its roots. It had the Lion, but it had neglected the Lamb, the cross, the sacrifice. Jesus said if you look at the OT, you will find the teaching that the Messiah comes as a Lamb that must suffer first.
John 5:39 – search the Scriptures for in them you think you have eternal life. And they are they that testify of me.
The OT Scriptures properly understood lead you to one beam of light: Jesus.
1. Preincarnate person.
God the father always had a son. Christ was active before the incarnation. One of the ways in which he was active was as creator. The whole trinity was involved in creation. The Son was the agent of creation. (Source/Agent/Beautifier).
John 1.1-18 Preincarnate Christ as creator. The Word is the Son, a personal agent. He is involved intimately in making everything that was created.
Hebrews 1:2,10 God has in these last days (since Christ came in the flesh) spoken unto us by his son whom he hath appointed heir of all things by whom he made the world – agent of creation
verse 10, taking a psalm and applying it to Jesus: and thou has laid the foundation of the world, the heavens are the work of your hands
col 1.16,17 – for by him were all things created in heaven and in earth, visible and invisible. All things were created BY him and FOR him. In in him the whole things holds together.
Only a being as big as God has the capacity to do what is necessary to get one lost person saved.
Rev 4.11 – Christ is worthy and all things were created for his pleasure/will. The pleasure of Christ this vast creation.
The concept of two Adams. We have the creation account in Genesis 1-3. Adam our first father takes Eve and from them we all descend by ordinary generation. Romans 5:12-21 is an inspired commentary on the effects of the headship of Adam laid out before us in Gen 2 and 3.
The first man disobeyed and brought sin and death. The last Adam obeys and obedience brings life.
Adam and Eve had delegated dominion over the created order.
Psalm 8 put this dominion in the context of Christ. We will not achieve the dominion God has for us until we are being restored in Christ. It is in a Christocentric context (Heb 2) we begin to understand the restoration of that dominion.
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