In the original article in English by Timothy Keller.
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The gospel is so rich That you can not know by heart
Today everyone preachers Understands That Should be able to put the single passage Within the context of the whole Bible and preach Christ from every part of it. Although I am a fierce advocate of this view, there is a danger That our preaching Christ from every text Becomes a mere intellectual exercise and routine Merely rehearse the whole of biblical theology, you can start to sound the same each week and You can skip an application to the heart of the listener. The aim of the preacher is not intellectual or even abstract, Whereas the goal is to change the hearts with the gospel.
Professor of Old Testament, Tremper Longman, compares the reading of the Bible to watch a movie, in Which the shocking finding is so astonishing That forces the viewer to go back and re interpret everything that has Already seen. The second time, Now That we know the end, you can not help but interpret each statement and each encounter in terms of the end of the movie. Can not think no more in the end When you look at the beginning and the middle. The sheds light on the end everything that happened before.
Similarly, eleven you know all the lines of all the stories and all of the standard inter climax themes converge on Christ, not simply can not see That All texts are about Jesus. For example:
- Jesus is the true and better Adam who, though I was innocently killed, passed the test in the garden and now obedience is imputed on our Behalf (1 Cor 15.).
- Jesus is the true and better Abel who, though I was innocent being killed, Their blood cries out for our acquittal, not for our condemnation (Heb. 12:24)
- Jesus is the true and better Abraham who answered the call of God to leave everything that was comfortable and mashed Known for obedience God.
- Jesus is the true and better Isaac who was not just offered Preferred Preferred by his father on the mount but was Eventually sacrificed for all of us. God Told Abraham: "Now I know That You Fear God, Because You have not withheld from me your only are." Then we can say to God:. "Now I know you love me, Because You have not withheld from me your are only Whom you love"
- Jesus is the true and better Jacob who wrestled with God and Snatched the blow of justice we deserved . Now we, like Jacob, we only receive the wounds of grace to lift us and discipline.
- Jesus is the true and better Joseph, who sat to the right of the king and used his power to forgive and save Those who had betrayed and sold .
- Jesus is the true and better Moses who stood in the gap Between the people and God, who is the mediator of a new covenant (Heb. 3)
- Jesus is the true and better Job, the innocent suffering fools then intercedes for his friends (Job 42).
- Jesus is the true and better David Whose victory over Goliath was imputed to his people, though experienced They never lifted a stone to Accomplish or themselves.
- Jesus is the true and Best Ester, who not only risked losing his earthly palace but a heavenly one, and not only put his life at stake but handed, to save his people.
- Jesus is the true and better Jonah who was cast in the middle storm for the rest of the ship Could be saved.
In short, there are two ways to read the Bible or is it all about me or about Jesus. Or is advice to the listener or is news of the Lord. Or is it about what I do or what God has Already done.
Jesus is the true temple, the true prophet, the true priest, the true king, the true sacrifice, the Lamb, the Light, the Bread The Bible is not about us, it's about Him
In 1 Peter 1:10-13 Gospel is wonderfully Described as Something That even the angels "desire to look into These Things." After all these centuries, is not the gospel archisabido would they? Why yearn to contemplate God's salvation? Because it is infinitely rich. There are Implications, applications and endless facets. We're just scratching the surface.