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Preaching Christ from the Old Testament

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A couple of helpful resources, the first of which I found by way of recommendation many moons ago, and the second of which I just found today.

While I would recommend tracking down audio of this material (which I think he has preached at a Banner of Truth Conference in the US), Ted Donnelly has given nine directives (the first version I heard had only six, so he is obviously developing this as he goes) that help us to preach Christ from the Old Testament:

  1. Face up to the predispositions.
  2. Follow the pattern.
  3. Cultivate the perspective.
  4. Grasp the plot.
  5. Look for the promise.
  6. Explore the parallels.
  7. Apply the precedents.
  8. Watch the pendulum.
  9. Love the person.

Sinclair Ferguson has also written a Proclamation Trust pamphlet on this topic, subtitled “Developing a Christ-centred instinct.”  Insisting that you need an instinct for this rather than a formula, he provides four pointers:

  1. The relationship between promise and fulfilment.
  2. The relationship between type and antitype.
  3. The relationship between the covenant and Christ.
  4. Proleptic [anticipatory] participation and subsequent realisation.

Having preached yesterday on Exodus 17, I am at once corrected and directed and encouraged by the insights of these masters of their craft.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Monday 24 August 2009 at 12:00

“Jesus: Divine Messiah – The New and Old Testament Witness”

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Jesus: Divine Messiah – The New and Old Testament Witness by Robert L. Reymond

Christian Focus (Mentor), 552pp., hbk.

Jesus: Divine Messiah combines two previously-published volumes from the pen of Dr Reymond to present and defend an incarnational Christology, testifying thoroughly, unashamedly and cheerfully to a Jesus who is both the true Son of God, and God’s Messiah.

The author does not duck the issues that liberal theologians raise against these Biblical truths, but meets his opponents face-to-face.  Having marshalled the evidence for the reliability of the Biblical data he is considering, the calm assurance with which Reymond asserts his right and intention to take the Scriptural record at face value is a joy to read, as are the conclusions he draws.  He respectfully, smoothly, assuredly, comprehensively, and usually devastatingly uncovers the agenda of unbelief at the heart of most liberal theology, before exposing to the light of God’s truth the often blasphemous matter that is being peddled.

Reymond is reasonably but wisely selective in the material he covers, especially with regard to the Old Testament (by far the shorter element of the work).  At the same time, the material on the New Testament displays a reassuring breadth.  Where necessary, he is happy to summarize the evidence, present a conclusion, and then move on, referring the reader to other men who will deal with relevant issues in more depth.  This has the virtue of keeping Jesus: Divine Messiah to a manageable length.

The content itself is intelligent and intelligible, scholarly without being obscure, and at times beautifully and effectively simple.  It requires an intelligent but not a deeply learned reading (new touches like the transliteration of Greek and Hebrew into English are a help), and is therefore useful not just to advanced scholars, but also to a wider readership.  Reymond interacts with and builds upon the work of evangelical and reformed theologians, showing the same careful and robust scholarship throughout.  His interpretations of key texts are always based on solid reasoning, although some might differ from him on the detail.  These minor issues by no means detract from the thrust of the volume, or the conclusions that he draws.

One of the particular strengths of this volume is that Dr Reymond is manifestly unashamed of his Saviour, or his own faith.  His epilogue containing “my personal witness” is direct, calm and solid.  This book is an encouragement to intelligent faith, and might therefore be helpful to Christians who are attacked as un- or even anti-intellectual.  There is nothing anti-intellectual about faith, and this book is testimony to that fact.

On a more material level, there are one or two minor glitches which a second printing might correct, and there is not much space in the margins for those who like to make notes as they go (which would be useful in a book like this), but there are some helpful indices at the back.

This is a book which ought to grace every minister’s bookshelf – checking the index of Scripture quotations during preparation will help to enrich many a sermon – but which should not be restricted to such.  With the substance wrestled down from head to heart, this is a book to help and inspire believers at all stages of their life and pilgrimage, and with which to challenge the unconverted.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Wednesday 24 September 2008 at 09:53

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