The Gospel According to the
Older Testament

 
 
 

Christianity, and specifically Jesus’ claim, "I am the way, the truth and the life (Jn. 14:6)." is often seen as being narrow minded or exclusive. The fact is, Jesus opened the way for all peoples, Jew and Gentile, to enter God’s Kingdom.

Jesus and the Apostles taught from the Older Testament—they had no other Bible. Their teachings and writings in the Newer Testament are commentaries on the Older Testament. Therefore, when we read the New Testament, we must learn to read with "Jewish eyes" and make a habit of asking, "Where will I find this in the Older Testament?"





 

Jesus' declaration that he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, is in agreement with the first commandment that says, have no other gods (Ex. 20:3). And why do you suppose God would make such an exclusive claim? Because he is the one true God who can help us and save us! In fact, all of the commandments* need to be seen in light of a holy promise that reveal God's love. 

Let us look now at one evangelistic technique from the New Testament, referred by some as the Roman Road, and then look to see what the Older Testament has to say concerning our sin and God’s salvation-solution for humankind.

 

Older Testament  

New
er Testament
 

Isaiah 64:6 “…all our righteous acts are like filthy rags…”  

 

Romans 3:10 “There is no one righteous, not even one...”


Isaiah 53:6a “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way…”

Romans 3:23 “...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...”

Genesis 2:17
“…
you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." 

Romans 6:23
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Leviticus 17:11
“…it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life.”  

Isaiah 53:6b
“…and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”  

Isaiah 53:12 “…he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”  




Romans 5:8 “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”



Isaiah 55:7 “Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.”  

Romans 10:9-10
“If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”


Isaiah 55:6
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”


Romans 10:13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

 

These verses show us that our good works are not enough--they are like filthy rags. We cannot be forgiven without a sacrifice—it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life, Leviticus proclaims, and is echoed in Hebrews 9:22, “…without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” We need atonement “at-one-ment” with God. In other words, we need to be made right, our sin-debt requires payment. It must be satisfied, either by our individual deaths, or the death of a substitute, someone to take our place---his name is Jesus!  

  

…he (Jesus) poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. Isaiah 53:12  

We also learn that our sin-problem requires divine intervention. The prophet Isaiah declared, “…he bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.” And the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans said, “…while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God provided the solution to our sin problem, even before we committed our first sin!

This gospel, this good news, is for all those who call on him, who trust in Jesus' atoning work on the cross.

Now that we've been forgiven, Jesus tells his followers to go and tell others, Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation (Mark 16:15). An echo of Isaiah 52:7, How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation.

  
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Prayer: "Father God, Help me to proclaim  your good news today. Help me to be a peacemaker, holding out the Word of Truth to those I encounter. Amen."

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