Dr Joseph O. Ajao's intention in this book is to bring the testimonies of the real people that faced real problems but stood their grounds and received breakthrough to you. Why? Because the problems did not break them but built them up successfully. The Apostle, Dr. Joseph Olutunde Ajao has done it again as he did in his former book that he wrote many years ago "The New Fulfilled The Old. The proven evidence that Jesus Christ fulfilled the Scriptures. In his book, God can turn it around for you. With God all things will be possible. He proved once again that miracles have not ceased as many people believed now that miracles have stopped happening (See: John 4:48; Mark 2:12; Luke 1:37; Jeremiah 32:27;
Jeremiah 33:3; Jeremiah 1:12; Psalm 50:15; Mark 11:22-25). He theologically, biblically and inspirationally proved his point beyond every reasonable doubt that God can perform His miracles in your life if you believe that the Almighty God called Yahweh can do it right now. The promises of miracles stand forever up till eternity by the power of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ more than two thousand years ago. If you read his book without any liberal theological goggle, you shall understand and agree that Yahweh can turn your life around for good. For with Almighty God nothing will be impossible (See: Luke 1:37; Luke 18:27; Matthew 18:18-20; Isaiah 40:8; Isaiah 42:8; Psalm 81:10 .
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THE NEW FULFILLED THE OLDProven Evidence That Jesus Christ Fulfilled the Scripture
By Joseph Olutunde Ajao
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Chapter OneINTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE
It is expedient to expound the fact that this Book, The New Fulfilled the Old, is a profound biblical survey of the New Testament and how it fulfilled the old prophetic promises of the Messiah. The gospel truth is that the New Testament Survey is foundational; it fulfilled the Old Testament in every Biblical respect.
Significantly, New Testament revelation is based upon the working out of the plan of redemption by God, through the Son, and by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit.
The rationale (reason) and principle on which the expositions, plans, and beliefs of the words of the two testaments are hinged unfold the Love of God that is progressive (Genesis 3:15; John 3:16 and Hebrews 1:2).
Precisely, the introduction to the Bible will open our spiritual understanding to the plans of God from the Old Testament perspective, how the progressive foundational plans were fulfilled in the New Testaments through one and only one, Jesus Christ the Messiah.
Clearly the theological and Biblical comprehension of the doctrines from the Scripture will give us a broad knowledge of the redemptive work that Christ did almost 2,000 years ago when He said, "It is finished" (John 19:30). The in-depth comprehension of this book and the knowledge gained from the study of the Bible will enhance and propel our faith strongly to work in the light of the Gospel and maintain our victory in Christ.
From the Old Testament prophecy of Prophet Isaiah, he prophesied that Christ Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). If we examine closely the Gospel of Evangelist Luke the physician, the 2nd chapter starting from verses 10-14 declares:
Verse 10, "Then the angel said to them, Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people." Verse 11, "For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord." Verse 12, "And this will be the sign to you. You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." Verse 13 says, "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying." Emphasis on Verse 14, the Biblical parallel of the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy that says, "I create the fruit of lips; peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near, says the Lord, and I will heal him" (Isaiah 57:19). The Bible declares in the book of Isaiah chapter 7:14, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men." Concisely that is the will of the Father for humanity to have "Peace" in all their ways through Christ Jesus. Basically that is the essence of the New Testament exegesis: Jesus is our peace on earth and the Prince of Peace (shalom). I believe that God gave us the word. In relation to that, the writer of Hebrews says: "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14 KJV).
The importance of the 66 Books of the Bible is to teach us, train believers in holiness first, and guide everybody in the way of salvation, for Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." The great apostle Paul when writing to Timothy in his second epistle inferred that: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrines, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
"So that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (II Timothy 3:16-17).
We could see the chains of Biblical references that the Bible is given for doctrine, reproof, correction and for instruction in righteousness in order to perfectly and thoroughly furnish the man of God unto all good works.
The Bible is the written word of the one and only one, true and living God. Suffice it is to say that the Word "Bible" means "the Book."
The Bible is one volume of the Word and will, of the living God; it consists of 66 separate books. It's important to know that the word "Scripture" is also used to refer to the word of God. Jesus Himself established that fact in the book of Luke Chapter 24 verse 44.
Verse 44 says, "Then He said to them, these are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning me."
The Word Bible is not used in the Bible Era. It is a word selected by men as a title for all of God's words (Ta Biblia). Factually, the Word "Scripture" is also used to refer to God's Word. This word comes from a Latin word which means "writing."
When the Word "Scripture" is used with a capital "S" it means the sacred writing of the one true God. Significantly we have to know the origin of the Bible where it originated from—certainly enough, where the Bible, the written word of God, came from. God Himself inspired the words in the Bible and used approximately (40) forty different men to write down His will; that is His word and He meant it.
These men wrote God's Words over a period of 1,500 years.
The perfect parallel agreement of these writers is one proof that they were all guided and written by a single author. The author was God, the "Loving Father Jehovah."
God used divergent ways in instructing the human writers who wrote His Words; some of them wrote down exactly what God said. For example God told prophet Jeremiah, "Take thee a roll of a book and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel" (Jeremiah 36:2). God told prophet Moses, "He said, Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under Heaven" (Exodus 17:14). Other writers wrote what they experienced or what God revealed to them concerning the future. Another example was when Jesus told Apostle John to write what he had seen in the isle that is called Patmos "for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 1:9). The Book further declare, "Write the things which thou hast seen and the things which are and the things which shall be hereafter" (Revelation 1:19).
Importantly, we must know that all the writers wrote the Scripture by the inspiration of God as they were directed, for the Book of Many Books says, "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation" (II Peter 1:20). He revealed His word through his secretaries and protected it through the womb of the nations of Israel and passed it over to our generation.
The purpose of the Bible is obvious; it was given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof for correction, for instruction in righteousness (II Timothy 3:16). The "Logos" or word of God teaches the way of salvation to humanity. It will help you live right and equip you to work for God.
THE MAJOR DIVISIONS OF THE BIBLE
The Bible is divided into two major sections called the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Word "testament" means covenant. A covenant is an agreement. The Old Testament records God's original Covenant or agreement with Man. The New Testament records the New Covenant made by God through His Son, Jesus Christ. The subject of these testaments is hinged upon restoring sinful man to a right relationship with God.
God Himself made a Law that only through the shedding of blood could sin be forgiven (Hebrews 9:22). "For the life of the flesh is in the blood" (Lev. 17:11). Old Testament sacrificing of animals symbolically represents the sacrifice that Jesus Christ would provide under the "new agreement with God": to deliver the entire sinful world, which He did. The old covenant was in effect until God sent Jesus to establish a new relationship with men. Through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, a final sacrifice for sin was made.
The writer of the Book of Hebrews expounds the significance of the New Testament that was written with the blood of the one and only one Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. The Scripture declares in chapter 9 verse 11 of the Book of Hebrews, "But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands that is not of this creation." Verse 12 says, "Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy place once for all having obtained eternal redemption." Verse 13 says, "For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh."
Verse 14, "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Him without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" Some certain schools of theology said that studying the Old Testament is irrelevant nowadays. I have to be "apologetic" at this junction that both testaments are the Words of God and we must study both in order to understand God's message from Genesis to the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse). Old Testament is the foundation and the New Testament fulfilled the old. More so, Jesus preached from the "Scripture" which is the Old Testament Book. He lived during "Old Testament era." Evangelist Mathew recorded Jesus' quotation about what the Father said concerning marriage when the Pharisees were tempting Him (Matthew 19:1-10 is a direct Biblical reference to Genesis 2:24).
THE UNITY OF THE BIBLE
The unity of the Bible denotes two things: The Bible is united in content, meaning that the Bible was written by many writers over many years having a clear difference in culture, customs, and time sphere; still there are no contradictions in the writing of the human authors that recorded His word down for the past generations and the yet unborn, in that God Almighty inspired and guided their writings. The fact is that the writers of the Bible spoke on such subjects with harmony from the first Book of Genesis through the last Book of Revelation. The human authors—the writers—were infallible in their writings because God was the author (creator).
The Bible is not a collection of 66 separate Books on different subjects; the Book of Many Books is united by a major theme. The Biblical parallels and references are so amazingly united from beginning to the end. The Bible reveals God's special plan. This purpose is stated in the Book of Ephesians chapter 1 verse 3, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ."
This verse states what God has given to us in Christ, that everything—whether salvation, blessing, joy, power, wisdom, peace, grace and eternal life—is in Christ. For the Son of God says in the Gospel of John chapter 15 verse 7, "If you abide in me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." The Book of Ephesians expounds further the special plan of God and His purpose as follows.
Ephesians 1:9-11, "Having made known to us the mystery' of His will according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself," Verse 10, "That in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth in Him." Verse 11, "In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of His will." The Lord God revealed His will, the "mystery" of His plan. That plan is the unity of the Scripture, His word; the theme is the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Savior of sinful mankind (humanity).
Christ Jesus pointed to the Old Testament that centered on Him, "And He said unto them, These are the words which I spoke unto you while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses and in the prophets and in the Psalms concerning me" (Luke 24:44). Verse 45 says, "And He opened their understanding that they might comprehend the scriptures." Christ Jesus outlined the key to their understanding of the Scriptures as follows. The major theme focused on Him as the Messiah (Redeemer) of humanity. He is Christos, Yeshua, and His name is Immanuel.
The prophetic exegesis of the Old Testament says, "Thus it is written and thus it was necessary for the 'Christ' to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day. And that the repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all Nations beginning at Jerusalem." Verse 48 says, "And you are witnesses of these things." It is expedient to believe that the Old and New Testaments both tell the story of Jesus. "The story that was ever told and never, ever been told like now." The Old Testament prepares us for its happening because it is the foundation. The New Testament told us that it did happen; the fulfillment of the prophecy about the coming Savior of humanity unites the Bible in one major theme, the theme of "Messiah" of humanity.
Importantly, the Old Testament saints who looked forward to Jesus under the Old covenant were saved from their sins through faith in God's promise, the "promise" of a "Savior." The Book says, "By faith they sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; For he looked for a city which hath foundation, which builder and maker is God" (Hebrews 11:9-10). In the same vein the Scripture says, "We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
"Wherefore, Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach for here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come" (Hebrews 13:10-14 KJV).
Jesus Christ is the city of our refuge factually; everyone who looks back to it as is fulfilled in Jesus Christ, that is, the promise of salvation. In the same way through faith that it happened just as God promised.
DIVERSITY OF THE BIBLE
The Word "diversity" of the Bible signifies that the Bible has varieties. It records different ways in which God dealt with people and the different ways in which they responded to God in writing His Word. The Bible records different ways and moods in which it is written; some portions express joy while others reflect sorrow. The Holy Bible consists of divergent types of writing; it contains history, poetry, prophecy, letters, adventure, parables, miracles and love stories. Due to its variety, the Bible has been further divided into major groups of Books as follows.
THE OLD TESTAMENT DIVISION
The Books of the Old Testament which is the "foundation" are divided into four major groups: the law, history, poetry and prophecy.
THE BOOKS OF THE LAW
These books are five in number and theologians called it "Pentateuch." They are written by the prophet Moses, when God revealed himself to him on Mount Sinai. Moses said, "I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And He said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and I will be gracious, and I will shew mercy on whom I will shew. And he said, thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me and live" (Exodus 33:18-20).
When God invited Moses to Mount Sinai, He told him to record everything He had done before Moses was born, to be a perpetual memorial for the generations yet unborn (Exodus 17:14, 31:18, 34:1-28). This Book records the creation of man and the world by God and early history of man. The contents of these Books consist of how God raised the nation of Israel up as a people through which He could reveal Himself to the nations of the world. These Books record the will of God, which is His mind, especially the "decalogues" (Torah) (Ten Commandments). The Lord God expounds in the Book of Exodus His greatest commandments in the Law (Exodus 20:3-17 KJV). The Book of Deuteronomy 6:5 is among God's greatest commandments as are those written in Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 5:43-46 and Romans 12:17, 19. It is important to know that the Bible has Books that tell the historical legendary account of God's activities and His manifestations in the Life of the Nation and individuals that He used powerfully "for His glory."
We must be abreast of the fact that God used ordinary people to do extraordinary things. These Books are:
4. I and II Samuel
5. I and II Kings
6. I and II Chronicles
We have twelve books of history in the Old (covenant) Testament.
THE BOOKS OF POETRY
Basically, we have five Books of poetry in the Old Testament. These Books are:
5. Song of Solomon
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Table of Contents
ContentsCHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE....................11
CHAPTER TWO TRANSLATION AND PARAPHRASE....................21
CHAPTER THREE CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE BIBLE OUTLINED....................29
CHAPTER FOUR THE UNMISTAKABLE SIGN OF THE MESSIAH....................55
CHAPTER FIVE THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW....................57
CHAPTER SIX AN INTRODUCTION TO ST. MARK....................63
CHAPTER SEVEN EXPOSITION ON THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. LUKE....................73
CHAPTER EIGHT INTRODUCTION TO THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN....................87
CHAPTER NINE INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF ACTS....................105
CHAPTER TEN INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF ROMANS....................115
CHAPTER ELEVEN INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF FIRST CORINTHIANS....................121
CHAPTER TWELVE INTRODUCTION TO II CORINTHIANS....................127
CHAPTER THIRTEEN INTRODUCTION TO GALATIANS....................135
CHAPTER FOURTEEN THE LETTER OF APOSTLE PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS....................139
CHAPTER FIFTEEN INTRODUCTION TO PHILIPPIANS....................143
CHAPTER SIXTEEN AN INTRODUCTION TO COLOSSIANS....................147
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN INTRODUCTION TO I THESSALONIANS....................149
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN INTRODUCTION TO II THESSALONIANS....................153
CHAPTER NINETEEN INTRODUCTION TO THE FIRST BOOK OF TIMOTHY....................155
CHAPTER TWENTY INTRODUCTION TO II TIMOTHY....................159
CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE INTRODUCTION TO TITUS....................163
CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO INTRODUCTION TO PHILEMON....................167
CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF HEBREWS....................169
CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR INTRODUCTION TO JAMES....................173
CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE THE PREAMBLE TO FIRST BOOK OF PETER....................177
CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX INTRODUCTION TO II PETER....................181
CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN INTRODUCTION TO I, II AND III JOHN....................185
CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF JUDE....................189
CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION (APOCALYPSE)....................191