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“Christ is All”
In All the Book of God
In every part of the Book of God, Christ is revealed. Both the Old and New Testaments speak of him. Christ’s sacrifice and death for sinners and his kingdom and future glory are the light we must bring to bear on every book of Scripture. Christ’s cross and his crown are the clues we must follow, if we would find our way through Scripture. Christ is the only key that will unlock the sacred treasure chest of Holy Scripture. Multitudes do not understand the Word of God and find it terribly confusing for one very simple reason. — They do not use the key. To them the Bible is like the hieroglyphics in Egypt. It is a mystery, just because they do not use the key.
Old Testament Believers
It is Christ crucified who was set forth in every Old Testament sacrifice. Every animal slain and offered on God’s altar was a visible confession that a Savior was looked for who would die for sinners, a Savior who would take away man’s sin by suffering as his Substitute and Sin-bearer, in the room and stead of his people (1 Peter 3:18). It was Christ to whom Abel looked when he offered a better sacrifice than Cain, declaring that without shedding of blood there is no remission (Hebrews 11:4).
It was Christ with whom Enoch walked, and by whom he pleased God. It was Christ of whom Enoch prophesied in the days of abounding wickedness before the flood. — “Behold,” he said, “the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints, to execute judgment upon all” (Jude 14-15).
It was Christ to whom Abraham looked when he believed God; and it was counted to him for righteousness. By faith he saw Christ’s day and was glad (John 8:56). — It was Christ of whom he spoke in Genesis 22, saying “God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.”
It was Christ of whom Jacob spoke to his sons, as he lay dying. He marked out the tribe out of which he would be born and foretold the gathering of God’s elect to him, saying, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor the law-giver from between his feet, until Shiloh come, and unto him shall the gathering of the people be” (Genesis 49:10).
It was Christ who was the substance of all the law God gave to Israel by the hand of Moses. The morning and evening sacrifice, the continual shedding of blood, the altar, the mercy seat, the high priest, the passover, the day of atonement, the scapegoat, the sabbath days, the commandments were all pictures, types, and emblems, of Christ and his work of redemption (Hebrews 1:1; Galatians 3:24; Romans 10:4).
It was Christ to whom the Lord God directed the attention of Israel by all the daily miracles he performed before their eyes in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud and fire that guided them, the manna from heaven that fed them, the water from the smitten rock that followed them, the brazen serpent, all were pictures of Christ.
Israel’s Judges and Kings
It was Christ of whom all the judges, from Joshua to Samson, were types. It was Christ of whom king David was a type. Anointed and chosen when few gave him honor, despised and rejected by Saul and all the tribes of Israel, persecuted and obliged to flee for his life, a man of sorrow all his life, and yet the mighty conqueror. — In all these things David represented Christ.
It was Christ of whom all the prophets from Isaiah to Malachi spoke. They sometimes dwelt on his sufferings, and sometimes on his glory that should follow (1 Peter 1:11). Christ dying, Christ risen, Christ exalted, Christ reigning, Christ saving was the constant message of the Old Testament prophets (Acts 10:43).
It is Christ of whom the whole New Testament speaks, too. The Gospels are Christ living, speaking, and walking among men. The Book of Acts is Christ preached, published, and proclaimed. The Epistles are Christ declared and exalted. Through the whole Book of God, from first to last, there is but one name exalted, and that is Christ (Luke 24:25-27, 44-47).
The Book of God is a “Him Book.” It’s all about Him. The Old Testament says, “The Redeemer is coming.” The four Gospels declare, “The Redeemer has come.” Acts and the Epistles tell us, “The Redeemer has accomplished all that the law and prophets said he would accomplish.” The Revelation proclaims, “The Redeemer is coming again,” assuring us of the sure triumph of the Redeemer over all his foes.