The Christ in Every Chapter series is an effort to raise among God’s people an interest in the Old Testament. Generally thought of as a dead book, the Old Testament has not been read through by most Christians, and even fewer have read it through more than once. Then an even smaller number actually enjoy reading it. With God’s help, we hope to change that. The Lord Jesus said in John , “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” The general opinion among most preachers and teachers seems to be that only certain parts of the Old Testament have reference to Christ, such as the messianic Psalms, for instance, or messianic promises like Genesis 3:15 or Numbers 24:17. Having been a serious student of the scriptures for over twenty years and having taught the entire Bible through in verse by verse exposition, I must take a different position. I believe that there does not exist a single Old Testament chapter that does not have some reference to Jesus Christ.
By “reference” I do not necessarily mean a specific prophecy about Him. Sometimes a chapter does contain a very definite prophecy about Jesus, but most chapters do not. However, all chapters do offer something about Christ, which this series shall prove. In addition to finding Jesus in propheticscriptures, we will find Him in typology, in manifestation, and in studying spiritual truths about Him. There may be some other mentions of Christ from time to time, but most references that we give will fall under one of these four headings.
The following is a brief sample of the Christ in Every Chapter Study:
Verse 6: Adam pictures Christ again when he willingly and knowingly eats of the forbidden fruit.We read in I Timothy 2:14 that “Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.”Adam knew that his wife had sinned and that she had become a dead woman spiritually (Gen. 2:17), yet he chose to die with her (spiritually on that day, physically many years later).Rather than be separated from his bride, he stepped into the realm of sin to be like her.Likewise, Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it (Eph. ).“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”(II Cor. 5:21)When Jesus gave Himself for us, He gave Himself to be sin so that He might take our sins away.Knowingly and willingly, like Adam, Christ stepped into the realm of sin and death.
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