Saturday, October 18, 2008

Jesus—not the New Testament—Is the Fulfillment of the Old Testament

Glen Scrivener is a minister in the Church of England in the UK and author of the blog Christ the Truth.  I had not heard of him until Milton Stanley pointed me his way. 

But Glen makes an important point, the fact of which I knew, but the reality of it I didn’t. (How’s that for confusing!) 

Scrivener’s reminder is that…

Jesus fulfils the OT, not the NT.  There’s a difference.  It’s He that stands above both Scriptures.

There’s nothing inherent in the Greek Scriptures that the Hebrew Scriptures lack.  The point of both - Christ Himself - stands ever above both Old and New Testament.  Life does not exist in the Old Testament.  But life does not exist in the New Testament either.

Or as Glen puts it graphically (the red circle is mine):

NT not fulfillment of OT

but…

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This arises, obviously from John 5:39ff.  But often in our preaching it is too easy to slip into the glib conclusion that it is the New Testament that fulfills the Old.  Jesus would not agree.  And that is, after all, what matters.

Read the rest of his post to get the whole perspective.

1 comment:

christthetruth said...

Thanks Cal,
Milton's been pointing me your way too - I enjoy the blog.

And the red circle is a good addition! Should have done it myself.

God bless,

Glen

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