Author: Ron Graham
This lesson looks at the value of the Old Testament prophecies about Christ. The Old Testament is a sourcebook of prophecies "written aforetime" which are one of the great evidences that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
If we were deprived of the Old Testament, we would lack wisdom that leads to salvation, words which God breathed for our profit, so that we may be equipped completely to serve him. Looking more closely at the question, "What Would We Miss?" we appreciated that we would miss the historical facts that the Old Testament records for us, because they shed much light upon the meaning of New Testament scripture, and underpin our faith in the New Testament’s integrity. Now we continue:
The Old Testament is prophetic, in the predictive sense, in two main ways:
The writings of the Old Testament prophets testified of Jesus Christ. Jesus himself made that claim (John 5:39,46). On the Emmaus Road he expounded the Old Testament concerning himself (Luke 24:27).
Philip and Nathanael knew that Moses and the prophets spoke about the Christ (John 1:45)
The Old Testament scriptures were the scriptures used by the first gospel preachers:
In this series we include, as a useful study reference, a detailed chart giving you a comprehensive list of the numerous prophecies that Christ fulfilled.
People and things in the Old Testament symbolically foreshadow Christ and his new way. Here are just a few examples:
Psalms About Christ —Some Psalms are classified as “Messianic” because they are about the suffering and victory of the Messiah, who in Greek is called Christ. Here is a table of such Psalms quoted in the New Testament.