The Bible is all about Him
Luke 24:27 -
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
Ivan Panin was a Russian who left Russia and settled in United States as a young man. He graduated from Harvard University as a brilliant mathematician; he was offered a splendid post in the United States which he refused because he wanted to dedicate his life to demonstrating the Truth and inspiration of the Bible. He did a mathematician verification of the New Testament demonstrating that the scriptures had an inbuilt security system like a currency note. Every scripture had signature of God which no man could copy or even dream of copying, if any person changed even a word it could easily be caught. He used a system of substituting numbers to characters and found the base of the total of every scripture, chapter and book was the number 8. In Bible codes the number 8 symbolizes Christ, the First Born, and the new or last Adam. He was instrument in bring many worldly wise or highly educated men to the Lord.
It is not only the New Testament is about Christ even the Old Testament is all about Him. In today's message the Lord Jesus Christ confirms that. When He explained scriptures starting with Moses and all the Prophets, it is written He showed them how all scriptures were concerning Him. It is written ALL SCRIPTURES and ALL PROPHETS including MOSES.
How many preachers do we find today who are preaching Jesus from the Old Testament? It shows the lack of understanding of scriptures among us. Some do take a few scriptures from the Old Testament to explain the birth prophesies of Jesus or Jesus being the Lamb of God, the Passover Lamb. Few quote the Old Testament to give details of the suffering of Jesus as our eternal sacrifice for not much is in the New Testament on this matter. On the other hand we have many who reject or ignore many scriptures of the Old Testament as being violent, not pertaining to us now, being part of the Law for the Israelites etc. They do not understand every scripture is about Jesus and they may seem that way not because the scripture is like that but only because man does not have the understanding of those scriptures.
When I used to debate with people of another religion on the internet they would point to some of the scriptures of great violence in the Old Testament and when I sat with the Lord on them I was shocked to find how the Lord tried to explain spiritual matters through these scriptures. Per say these scriptures were to explain things we today need to do even though we are in Christ and we do not do any violence against man. They give an understanding of the Kingdom of God and how we relate with the war that is happening in the spirit world.
Lord Jesus Christ is the Only Way to our Father in Heaven and the Bible is called the Book of Instructions which takes us to God our Father. We also know Jesus Christ is the Word manifested in the flesh so the Word is Him and He is the Word of God. Rejecting any part of the Word irrespective it being in the Old or New Testament is like rejecting the Way to the Father or rejecting Jesus Christ.
When Jesus said baptize in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, it was not the order between them but who reveals who. God the Father revealed God the Son Who was in Him and let the Heavens know Him. It was the Son Who gave us His Spirit. It was by the Holy Spirit that Jesus was born as man so being the Father we come to know Him, and it is from the words of Jesus we know the Spirit of God, They being one it one who reveals the other. We find man out of ignorance of scriptures makes the sign of the crucifix in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit without understand it. The Apostles having the right understanding of this baptized in the Name of Jesus for they know it is only through Jesus the manifested Word that we know the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Let us pray to the Spirit of God Who reveals the scriptures and through the scriptures reveals the Son to us.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Holy Spirit, You are the author of the Word of God. It is by You that man was inspired to write the Bible. Even though they really did not understand what they wrote yet having faith in You the Word came unto man. Even the people with Jesus including His own earthly mother did not really know Him fully, it was only when they were baptized in You that they came to know Him. Holy Spirit fall in abundance on your people and open their minds to know our Saviour and King, our Lord Jesus Christ, our only way to the Father...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Matthew 2:23 - And he came and dwelled in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
18 For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one stroke or one pronunciation mark shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
32 Fill you up then the measure of your fathers.
33 You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell?
34 Why, behold, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them you shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall you whip in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
35 That on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom you slew between the temple and the altar.
52 Then said Jesus to him, Put up again your sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
53 Think you that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are you come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and you laid no hold on me.
56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.
Mark 1:2 - As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before your face, which shall prepare your way before you.
John 1:45 - Philip finds Nathanael, and said to him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
44 No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that has heard, and has learned of the Father, comes to me.
46 Not that any man has seen the Father, save he which is of God, he has seen the Father.
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