I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is The Gospel Project Bible (our Bible team helped with this post).
The Gospel Project Bible will help ground you in the faith once for all delivered to the saints, showing how all of Scripture testifies to who Jesus Christ is and what He has done. When we see how all the Scriptures point to Jesus, we allow the gospel to work on us, move through us, and ultimately transform us. We become God’s gospel project.
Because Jesus didn’t make an obvious appearance in the Old Testament (OT) and is introduced in the New Testament (NT), Christians sometimes wonder how to connect the OT with Him. In other words, what relationship does Jesus have to books written hundreds of years before He was born? There are several ways to discuss this, but here are a few to get you thinking.
1. The Old Testament points to Jesus.
The OT testifies to Jesus’ life and ministry at least 300 times, through various prophecies. Part of the reason people in Scripture accepted or rejected Jesus as the Messiah was based on how they interpreted these prophecies. Here are a few examples of OT prophecies to study for yourself: Genesis 3:15; Psalm 22:16-18; Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; 53; Zechariah 9:9.
2. The New Testament points to the Old Testament regarding Jesus.
Many of the prophecies of the OT are referenced when talking about or describing the life and ministry of Jesus. The NT contains 10% of the OT through quotes and allusions, and Jesus is the subject of most of them. It’s also important to think about the ways Jesus fulfills the roles of Adam (Rom. 5), David (Luke 1:31-33), etc.
3. The Bible is one big story.
The Bible is one big story, from Genesis to Revelation, which describes the way God interacts with humankind. God created people, we rebelled, and sin entered the world. We learn about sin—the biggest problem in human history—in the OT, and we see Jesus—the solution—in the NT. The story wasn’t finished at the end of the OT, and the NT reveals that the story won’t be finished entirely until Jesus returns to make all things right (Rev. 19–22).
Register here or in the form below by 11:59pm CT, Wednesday, July 27, to win 1 of 5 copies of The Gospel Project Bible Hardcover.
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