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Your Previous Testomony Is Christian

This research provides an preliminary framework for a biblical theology of hermeneutics. My thesis is twofold.

First, I’ll argue that the Previous Testomony (OT) is Christian Scripture, that God initially gave it to instruct Christians, and that the OT authors had a way that at the very least a few of their phrases can be extra significant for these residing this facet of the cross than for these residing earlier than it, whether or not believer or non-believer. As such, the OT message is in some ways extra clear and related for Christians immediately than it ever was for these earlier than Christ.


Second, I’ll argue that religion in Christ alone provides the mandatory mild for seeing and savoring God’s revelation within the OT and that Jesus’s showing in salvation historical past provides the mandatory lens for extra totally understanding and appropriating the divine writer’s supposed that means within the OT.

1. NT Reflections on the Viewers of OT Instruction

Paul believed that God gave the OT for new covenant believers. Referring to the assertion in Genesis 15:6 that Abram’s religion was “counted to him as righteousness,” Paul asserted that “the words ‘it was counted to him’ were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also” (Rom. 4:23–24). Equally, simply after figuring out Christ because the referent in Psalm 69, the apostle emphasised, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Rom. 15:4). Additional, upon recalling Israel’s historical past within the wilderness, Paul stated, “Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come” (1 Cor. 10:11). In every of those three texts, Paul used third-singular verbs to emphasize that the OT writer wrote his textual content deliberately for the good thing about believers residing this facet of the cross. The apostle’s use of the passive doesn’t make clear whether or not this was solely God’s intent as the last word writer, or whether or not this was additionally the OT human authors’ intention. What is evident, nonetheless, is that for Paul, the OT was Christian Scripture and totally relevant to believers when learn in mild of Christ.

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Your Previous Testomony Is Christian

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