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A Fascinating Look at How Biblical Prophecies Paved the Way for Jesus Christ In this remarkable volume, Dr. Herbert Lockyer examines all the prophecies in Scripture concerning the promised Messiah, his ministry, and his message. From the mundane to the mystifying, you?ll get a close look at how different prophecies portrayed with stunning accuracy the coming Christ: his ancestry, his birth, his character, his death and resurrection, and more. Divided in two sections, All the Messianic Prophecies of the Bible ...
A Fascinating Look at How Biblical Prophecies Paved the Way for Jesus Christ In this remarkable volume, Dr. Herbert Lockyer examines all the prophecies in Scripture concerning the promised Messiah, his ministry, and his message. From the mundane to the mystifying, you’ll get a close look at how different prophecies portrayed with stunning accuracy the coming Christ: his ancestry, his birth, his character, his death and resurrection, and more. Divided in two sections, All the Messianic Prophecies of the Bible helps you understand not only "Specific Messianic Prophecies," but also "Symbolic Messianic Prophecies."
The absorbing meditation we are now undertaking enables us to appreciate the sentiment of the psalmist when he wrote, "I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches" (Ps. 119:14; cf. vv. 72, 127). To follow the unfolding of the testimony Scripture gives of our Savior is a most enriching as well as an enlightening and edifying experience, especially as we remember that the divine Expositor Himself is near to guide us to those Scriptures concerning Himself. Before actually discovering that the Bible is "the Heaven-drawn picture of Christ, the Living Word," there are preliminary considerations which, when grasped, enable us to appreciate more fully the inseparable connection between the Holy Oracles and the Holy One.
A. The Twofold Word (Living and Written)
Both Christ and Scripture bear the designation, "The Word," the former being the living Word and the latter, the written Word. In the declaration of the psalmist, "Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name" (138: 2), the whole body of Holy Scripture is included. A translation commonly accepted reads, "Above all Thy Name, Thou hast made glorious Thy Word." John Calvin has it, "Thou hast magnified Thy name above all things, by Thy Word." As for Martin Luther, he translates it, "Thou hast made Thy Name glorious above all, through Thy Word." The evident meaning of the verse is that beyond all works of creation and providence, or other ways God has made Himself known, He has exalted His written Word.
Why has God exalted the Scripture thus? Is it not because it unveils and magnifies His Son who came as the revelation of God's inner Self? In His Incarnation, Jesus became the Word incarnate: "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among men," and it is only in the written Word that His whole character and commission have been revealed. Thus, in prophetic vein, He could say, "In the volume of the book it is written of me" (Ps. 40:8; Heb. 10: 7, 8). Our Lord is found in the Word, that is, in the letter; the Word is found in Him, in the life. Because of the identity of the written Word with the living Word, faith in the infallibility of the former is essential to the revelation and authority of the latter.
As Pierson expresses it,
The Holy Scripture and the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ are so inseparably bound together, that whatever impairs the integrity and authority of the one correspondingly affects the other. The Written Word is the Living Word enfolded: the Living Word is the Written Word unfolded. Christ is the Cornerstone of all faith, but that Cornerstone is laid in Scripture as a bed-rock, and to disturb the Scripture authority unsettles the foundation of the believer's faith and of the Church itself.... The Bible is Christ portrayed; Christ is the Bible fulfilled. One is the picture, the other is the Person, but the features are the same and proclaim their identity.
A devout Hebrew scholar has pointed out that the Old Testament is a book of consonants without vowels, as Hebrew students know. But Christ came as the Alpha and the Omega, the initial and final vowels of the New Testament language, to all the vowel points to the old revelation; to be the interpreter of difficulties and the filler of gaps. And so, as Luther exhorts, "In the Word thou shouldest hear nothing else than thy God speaking to thee."
The Greek term Logos, then, is used of the Lord Jesus Christ and of the Scriptures of truth. Logos means the spoken or written word because it makes manifest and reveals to us invisible thoughts. Christ is the living Word because He reveals the invisible God (John 1:1, 18). Essentially, the Bible is not something we have to interpret, but that which God has given in order to interpret Himself and His will to us, in and through the life and mission of His Son. The Bible is called the Word of God, or the written Word, because it interprets and testifies of Christ. The Holy Spirit is the interpreter of both Words, for He receives and shows us "the things of Christ" through the printed Word (John 16:14; I Cor. 2: 9-14; 12:7, 8). How solemn is the charge, "Preach the word" (II Tim. 4:2)!
The Word that is written makes known Christ the living Word.
The Word that is preached makes known both the living and the written Word.
The spiritually-minded hymnist Joseph Hart brings the two Words together in the verse
The Scriptures and the Word
Bear one tremendous name,
The Living and the Written Word
In all things are the same.
Here are a few illustrations of how precisely the same things are proclaimed of both the one and the other. Both produce the same effects in our lives. When Paul went to Thessalonica he reasoned with the people there "out of the Scriptures," and then we are told immediately that his preaching consisted of "opening and setting forth that Christ ... is the Messiah" (Acts 17:1-8). The reader may be able to add a few more evidences to the following list of similarities, all of which can come under the category of prophecies. To save time and space we have used "W." for "written Word" and "L." for "living Word."
W. - "They pressed upon him to hear the Word of God" (Luke 5:1). L. - "His name shall be called the Word of God" (Rev. 19:13).
W. - "The gospel of peace" (Rom. 10:15). L. - "The Prince of Peace" (Isa. 9:6).
W. - "Make me go in the path of thy commandments" (Ps. 119:35). L. - "No man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).
W. - "Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statues" (Ps. 119:33). L. - "Jesus saith ... I am the way" (John 14:6).
W. - "Thy Word is truth" (John 17: 17; cf. Pss. 119:151; 19:9). L. - "Jesus saith ... I am ... the truth" John 14: 6; cf. 1:14; Rev. 3:7).
W. - "Begotten ... through the gospel" (I Cor. 4:15). L. - "Begotten ... by ... Jesus Christ" (I Pet. 1:3).
W. - "Thy precepts ... with them thou hast quickened me" (Ps. 119: 93; cf. v. 50). L. - "You hath he quickened who were dead" (Eph. 2:1).
W. - "Desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow" (I Pet. 2:2). L. - "He that eateth me, even he shall live by me" (John 6:57).
W. - "The truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). L. - "Christ hath made us free" (Gal. 5:1).
W. - "Ye are clean through the word which I have spoken" (John 15:3). L. - "The blood of Jesus Christ ... cleanseth us from all sin" (I John 1:7).
W. - "The engrafted word, which is able to save your souls" (James 1:21). L. - "He is able to save them to the uttermost" (Heb. 7: 25).
W. - "Sanctify them through thy truth" (John 17:17; cf. I Tim. 4:5). L. - "Sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all" (Heb. 10:10; cf. I Cor. 1:2).
W. - "The holy scriptures ... able to make thee wise unto salvation" (II Tim. 3:15). L. - "Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom" (I Cor. 1:30).
W. - "He sent his word, and healed them" (Ps. 107:20). L. - "Jesus ... healed them" (Matt. 4:23, 24).
W. - "The word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe" (I Thess. 2:13). L. - "Serving according to his working which worketh in me mightily" (Col. 1:29).
W. - "The word that I have spoken ... shall judge him" (John 12:48). L. - "The Lord Jesus Christ ... shall judge the quick and the dead" (11 Tim. 4:1).
W. - "Born ... by the word of God" (I Pet. 1:23). L. - We are "born of God" (I John 5:18).
W. - "Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart" (Jer. 15:16). L. - "I will go ... unto God, my exceeding joy" (Ps. 43:4).
W. - "Holding forth the word of life" (Phil. 2:16). L. - "Jesus Christ ... eternal life" (I John 5:20).
W. - "The scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35). L. - "A bone of him shall not be broken" (John 19:36).
W. - "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God" (Luke 4:4). L. - "I am the living bread ... if any man eat of this bread he shall live for ever" (John 6:51).
W. - "The law ... is a fountain of life" (Prov. 13:14). L. - "With thee is the fountain of life" (Ps. 36:9).
W. - "Thy Word is ... a light unto my path" (Ps. 119:105; cf. Prov. 6:23). L. - "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12; cf. 1:4).
W. - "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet" (Ps. 119:105). L. - "Thou art my lamp, O Lord" (II Sam. 22:29).
W. - "Is not my word like as a fire, saith the Lord ...?" (Jer. 23:29; cf. 5:14). L. - "I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire" (Zech. 2:5; cf. Isa. 10:17).
W. - "Exceeding great and precious promises" (11 Pet. 1:4). L. - "To you ... which believe, He is precious" (I Pet. 2:7).
W. - "The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver" (Ps. 119:72). L. - "My beloved is ... chiefest among ten thousand" (Song of Sol. 5:10).
W. - "How sweet are thy words unto my taste!" (Ps. 119:103). L. - "His mouth is most sweet" (Song of Sol. 5:16).
W. - "Thy testimonies are wonderful" (Ps. 119:129). L. - "His name shall be called Wonderful" (Isa. 9:6).
W. - "The gospel is the power of God" (Rom. 1:16). L. - "Christ, the power of God" (I Cor. 1:24).
W. - "Thy judgments are good" (Ps. 119:39). L. - "Thou art good, and doest good" (Ps. 119:68).
W. - "Thy word is true from the beginning" (Ps. 119:160). L. - "Ye have known him that is from the beginning" (I John 2:13).
W. - "The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting" (Ps. 119: 144). L. - From everlasting to everlasting, thou art God" (Ps. 90: 2).
W. - "Thy testimonies ... thou hast founded them for ever" (Ps. 119: 152). L. - "Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever" (Heb. 1:8).
W. - "The word of the Lord endureth for ever" (I Pet. 1:23, 25). L. - "The Lord shall endure for ever" (Ps. 9:7; cf. John 12:34).
W. - "The Word of God ... liveth ... for ever" (I Pet. 1:23). L. - "Worship him that liveth for ever" (Rev. 4:10).
W. - "The word of our God shall stand for ever" (Isa. 40:8). L. - "[His] kingdom ... shall stand for ever" (Dan. 2:44).
W. - "Is not my word ... like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?" (Jer. 23:29). L. - "That stone ... will grind him to powder" (Luke 20:18).
W. - "[They] stumble at the word" (I Pet. 2:8). L. - "[Christ] a stumblingstone" (Rom. 9:33).
W. - "Thy commandments ... are ever with me" (Ps. 119:98). L. - "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end" (Matt. 28:20).
W. - "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly" (Col. 3:16). L. - "Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith" (Eph. 3:17).
W. - "The word of God abideth in you" (I John 2:14; cf. John 15:7). L. - "Hereby we know that he abideth in us" (I John 3:24; cf. John 15:4).
W. - "Thy testimonies ... are very faithful" (Ps. 119:138). L. - "He ... was called Faithful and True" (Rev 19:11).
W. - "The Word of God is ... sharper than any two-edged sword" (Heb. 4:12). L. - "Out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword" (Rev. 19:15). (Can it be that two-edged implies both the living Word and the written Word?)
W. - "The word of the Lord is tried" (Ps. 18:30). L. - "[He is] a tried stone" (Isa. 28:16).
We cannot meditate on these pairs, and others we could cite, without recognizing how Christ and the Scriptures are one. It is to be doubted whether Jesus had any books beyond the Bible - which was only the Old Testament at that time - and Himself. But He read in these two great Books of God till they became one Book in His hand, and He, Himself, the living embodiment of Scripture. He could say, "My Father and I are one." It is likewise true that the living Word and the written Word are one. As the eternal Word, Christ compared the inviolability of Scripture revealing Him to the permanence of the very heavens and earth (Matt. 5:18; John 5:46, 47).
B. The Twofold Witness
Of the Scriptures, Jesus could say, "These are they which testify of me" (John 5:39). In turn, as "the true witness," He testified to divine inspiration of the Scriptures (John 17:8, 14, 17). It is a most absorbing study to trace how the Word testifies of Jesus, and how He witnessed to its authority.
1. The witness of Scripture to Christ. The master key to a spiritual understanding of any or of all books of the Bible is our Lord's explicit declaration concerning them: "These are they that testify of me." It is only with this key that we are able to unlock the precious treasures of the Word and arrive at the hidden meaning of words and hints. There are apparently casual expressions, circumstances, and events, which in themselves, and apart from Christ, are meaningless, but if we use this key prayerfully and carefully, then we come to share the wonder and joy of those who found, "him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write" (John 1:45).
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