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Christ and the apostles drew off the Old Testament when speaking to the Church

Arthur PinkLet us now adduce some of the many proofs of the assertions made in our opening sentences, proofs supplied by the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus in the application which They made of the Scriptures. It is very striking indeed to discover that the very first moral commandment which God gave to mankind, namely that which was to regulate the marriage relationship, was couched in such terms that it comprehended a Divine law which is universally and perpetually binding:

 

“Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24)

 

—quoted by Christ in Matthew 19:5.

 

“When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favor in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement” (Deuteronomy 24:1).

 

That statute was given in the days of Moses, nevertheless we find our Lord referring to the same and telling the Pharisees of His day,

 

“For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept (Mark 10:5).

 

The principle for which we are here contending is beautifully illustrated in Psalm 27:8,

 

“When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.”

 

Thus David made particular what was general, applying to himself personally what was said to the saints collectively. That is ever the use each of us should make of every part of God’s Word—as we see the Saviour in Matthew 4:7, changing the “ye” of Deuteronomy 6:16, to “thou.” So again in Acts 1:20, we find Peter, when alluding to the defection of Judas, altering the “let their habitation” of Psalm 69:25, to “let his habitation be desolate.” That was not taking an undue liberty with Holy Writ, but, instead, making a specific application of what was indefinite.

 

“Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men: for better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine Eyes have see” (Proverbs 25:6,7).

 

Upon which Thomas Scott justly remarked, “There can be no reasonable doubt that our Lord referred to those words in His admonition to ambitious guests at the Pharisee’s table (Luke 14:7-11), and was understood to do so. While, therefore, this gives His sanction to the book of Proverbs, it also shows that those maxims may be applied to similar cases, and that we need not confine their interpretation exclusively to the subject which gave rise to the maxims.” Not even the presence of Christ, His holy example, His heavenly instruction, could restrain the strife among His disciples over which should be the greatest. Loving to have the preeminence (3 John 9,10) is the bane of godliness in the churches.

 

“I the Lord have called Thee…. and give Thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles”; “I will also give Thee for a light to the Gentiles, that Thou mayest be My salvation unto the end of the earth” (Isaiah 42:6; 49:6).

 

Those words were spoken by the Father unto the Messiah, yet in Acts 13:46,47 we find Paul saying of himself and Barnabas, “Lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath the Lord commanded us; saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth”! So again in Romans 10:15 we find the Apostle was inspired to make application unto Christ’s servant of that which was said immediately of Him:

 

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of Him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace” (Isaiah 52:7):

 

“How shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace” (Romans 10:15).

 

“He is near that justifieth Me….who is he that shall condemn Me?” (Isaiah 50:8,9):

 

the context shows unmistakably that Christ is there the speaker, yet in Romans 8:33, 34 the Apostle hesitates not to apply those words unto the members of His body: “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth?”

Arthur W. Pink The Application of Scriptures-A Study of Dispensationalism

  1. December 17, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Reblogged this on My Delight and My Counsellors.

  2. December 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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  1. December 18, 2013 at 6:30 am

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