Was Jesus the Object of Old Testament Faith?Posted: January 28, 2011 Filed under: Christ, Christ in the Old Testament, Christ in the OT Leave a comment
In yesterday’s post, “Was Salvation Through Jesus Christ?” a friend commented asking me…
“Salvation is always through Jesus Christ, but does this have to mean that he was the object of Old Testament faith?”
I would argue yes, the object of the Old Testament Faith was Jesus Christ and this is how I would argue for that.
According to Jesus, Abraham’s object was none other than Jesus himself. John 8:56 reads, “Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.”
What was David’s object of faith? In Acts 2:29-31- 29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.”
Moses’ reproach of Christ greater? In Hebrews 11:24-26 “By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.”
Who was Job’s Redeemer in Job 19:25? As he says “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.”
Pauline Theology: Romans 1:1-7 – Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 4:22-25 – That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
Galatians 3:9 – So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.