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Christ always drove his arguments home with an appeal to Old Testament scripture

Arthur PinkWhether the speaker is Christ or one of His apostles, at almost every vital point he clinches his argument by an appeal to the Old Testament scriptures, proof-texts therefrom being found in almost every page in the New. Innumerable examples might be adduced to show that both the ideas and the language of the former have given their impress to the latter— more than six hundred expressions in the one occurring in the other. Every clause in the “Magnificat” (Luke 1:46-55) and even in the family prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) is drawn from the Old Testament. It therefore behooves the student to give equal attention to both of the principal divisions of the Bible, not only thoroughly familiarizing himself with the latter but endeavoring to drink deeply of the spirit of the first, in order to fit him for understanding the second. Unless he does so, it will be impossible for him to apprehend aright much in the Gospels and Epistles. Not only is a knowledge of the types necessary to comprehend the and-type — for what would “Christ our passover is sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7) mean to one ignorant of Exodus 12; and how much in Hebrews 9 and 10 is intelligible apart from Leviticus 16? but many important words of the New Testament can be correctly defined only by referring back to their usage in the Old Testament: such as “firstborn, redeem, propitiation,” etc.

Arthur W. Pink-Interpretation of the Scriptures

  1. March 10, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.

  2. March 10, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Reblogged this on My Delight and My Counsellors.

  3. March 12, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I love how not just with Paul but with other authors the NT often allude and quote from the OT.

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