Summary: Key to Understanding Bible Contents
Every book of the Bible has a key to understanding its contents
The New Testament is the most vital book in the world. The Old Testament leaves
us with us with without the light that you need. And if read alone we would find
the the Old Testament is a book of UNEXPLAINED CEREMONIES, UNACHIEVED PURPOSE
UNAPPEASED LONGINGS, UNFULFILLED PROPHECIES.
But lets suppose that having read the Old Testament you meet a Christian friend
who persuades you read the New-.Testament. The very first chapter of Matthew ,
sings out the soon familiar refrain, "That it might fulfilled..." The Jesus who
is to "save His people from their sins" is lineally certificated right back to
royal David and patriarch Abraham, through whom God's two great "covenants of
promise" were made with Israel. His birth of the virgin immediately unlocks the
secret of Isa. 7:14 cf. (Matt. 1:22,23).
Therefore as you read about the Jesus of the New Testament, whose birth, life
death the, resurrection and ascension are historically recorded in the Gospels.
In His vicarious death and atoning self-sacrifice, His resurrection and
ascension, His present ministry in heaven, and His promised return, you see the
UNEXPLAINED CEREMONIES of the Law suddenly flame into new meaning. They all
point HIM as for instances the five different kinds of offerings in Leviticus,
the tabernacle ordinances, the annual entering of the high priest into the Holy
of Holies with covenant blood-sprinkling, and his later re-emerging in his
glorious garments to bless the people.
As you read of the Savior's birth, and hear the announcing angel say, "He
shall be great, and shall be called the son of the Highest: and the Lord God
shall give the throne of His father David..." you realize that the UNFULFILLED
HISTORIES of the Old Testament are being taken up again, and are finding
fulfillment in HIM.
As you read His teachings about the love and the fatherhood of God: as you hear
Him say, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest"; as you see Him, not only ascending to heaven but shedding forth the
Holy Spirit and thereby coming to indwell the hearts of His redeemed people -you
see the UNAPPEASED LONGINGS of the Old Testament philosophy books finding
And as for the UNFULFILLED PROPHECIES of the Old Testament Christology, from
the time of His miraculous birth at Bethlehem right on to the climax of His
miraculous ascension from Olivet, He is fulfilling those predictions of the older
dispensation. He claims to be their fulfillment as when He says in the synagogue:
"This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." He proves to be their
fulfillment, in His sinless life and miracle-attested ministry, and most movingly
in His death on the cross.
With this as an introduction we come to the four of the five historical books
that we call the gospels. The first Gospel is that of Matthew. Matthew is the
impressionist and he writes for the Jew. The Jew expected their Messiah to be
born of a certain family and so Matthew traces Christ's birth back to Abraham