Christ in the Old Testament


“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, [Christ] interpreted to them in all the [Old Testament] Scriptures the things concerning himself…These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” (Luke 24:27, 44)

Can you imagine hearing these sermons from Jesus, Himself, expositing the Old Testament (the only Testament at the time) concerning Himself?? It’s no wonder the once dejected disciples became known as the courageous “community of the resurrection.”

In his preface to his Christ in the Old Testament, Charles Spurgeon writes,

“[Christ] is everywhere in Scripture; patriarchs and kings are types of Him who is the Ancient of Days and the Prince of Peace; the Law was but a shadow of good things to come, and the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. The Old Testament was Christ’s Bible, and it is a Bible full of Christ.”

God, the Son, shows up not in the Gospels, but in Genesis 1:1 where He speaks the cosmos into existence. How do we know this? Because the disciple, John, offers the following commentary on Genesis 1:1: Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:3)  In addition, Paul offers the following: “For by [Christ] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Col. 1:16-17)

The early church fathers described the Bible this way in regard to Christ:  “Christ is in the Old Testament concealed; and in the New Testament revealed.”

Interested in further study on this doctrine? Here are some great resources…. nw

Christ in the OT