Apostolic Preaching and the Psalter

Peter and Paul repeatedly show that Jesus was foretold in the Old Testament.  This vindicates his claim to be the messiah and son of God, and it shows that he is the fulfillment of Israel.  It shows that those who follow Jesus Christ are the Israel of God, trusting in the messiah.

It is important that we keep in mind what this style of reading the Bible is supposed to accomplish.  Typology and “narrative” are not meant to simply entertain us or communicate to “visual learners.”  Neither is the main point to exhort us to imitate the various characters, as appropriate as that sometimes may be.  The real goal of typology is to show us God’s over-arching story and Jesus’ role in it.  Through Adam, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, and Ezekiel, God was writing one story.  Every verse of the Bible is about Jesus Christ and his mission.  He is the goal of all things, summing up God’s activity, and we as the body of Christ are God’s one people. 

We also see our own guilt in the Old Testament, as we were once of the raging nations.  We were once enslaved, and now our Moses, our Joshua, our David, our Messiah- Jesus Christ- has lead us out of that slavery. 

Now as we continue as God’s priestly people, we place our trust in this messiah and take comfort in his future coming.  We know that God is setting all things right, and even when we are oppressed and our enemies surround us, we know that our savior will come.  He will judge the nations.  He will smash the teeth of our enemies.  He will keep us safe through the valley of the shadow of death. 

Indeed, the Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold, his eyelids test the sons of men.
The Lord tests the righteous,
But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates.
Upon the wicked He will rain coals;
Fire and brimstone and a burning wind shall be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness;
His countenance beholds the upright.

Take comfort beloved, for the gospel of Christ has revealed the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith.  Live by faith, and the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. 

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About Steven Wedgeworth

Steven Wedgeworth is the associate pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. He writes about theology, history, and political theory, and he has taught Jr. High and High School. He is the founder and general editor of The Calvinist International, an online journal of Christian Humanism and political theology, and a Director for the Davenant Institute.

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