Do you ever find yourself engrossed in a good mystery book? Maybe you don’t like mysteries. As for me it depends greatly on how much it intrigues me.
The Bible is the most startling and intriguing mystery I have found. I immensely enjoy working my way through its narrative. One that often entreats its readers, “Come hither. I have more secret treasure to reveal.”
It has been my experience that for every enigma unveiled, two – or even three – more questions are revealed and it keeps me coming back for more. If God has ever approved an addiction, it’s an addiction to the study of His word.
May I share a sampling of my findings with you?
This paper is first in what is to be a three-part review, in brief, beginning here with the purpose of the Old Testament Law due to the Fall.
Not being an epochal narrative writer by nature or habit, I allow the scriptures to do most of the explaining. My hope is mere that I may point in the right direction some who are looking for answers only the scriptures hold, even though seemingly cryptic. Therefore, my words are admittedly brief considering the subject.
I would willingly be the first to acknowledge when it comes to the Bible there is no end of study, and no end to answers held within it. Word by word, piece by piece, here a little there a little, and layer by layer the Lord reveals to each as he willingly labors. That would necessarily mean adding the labor of prayer, inviting and drawing in the Savior’s presence with you as you study, read and digest. He is thrilled for the opportunity to become your study partner – at no extra charge.
Bullet points denote future discussions to follow up at a later time.
- Gaining a viable understanding of the Old Testament means letting your heart and soul, your presence and experience, enter along with your reasoning mind in much the same way as a study of the New testament. Soul-knowledge balanced with head-knowledge, a better understanding of the New Testament. And a better understanding of the Old Testament because hindsight is a great adjunct teacher.
- The Holy Spirit is the same person in the Old as in the New. He merely operated differently during the time of the Law from this period of Grace. And there is a reason for that.
The Fall and the Law
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. ~Deuteronomy 29:29
This is an introductory overview of the Old Testament Law for those with little experience in the OT, and a very brief review for those who have a working knowledge of the OT. The New Testament explains best the working of the Trinity in the Old Testament because, again, hindsight is the best teacher.
The Law was implemented not to save man from his sin, but to make his sinfulness evident, bringing it into the sunlight, so to speak. It was a mirror, if you will, to reflect man’s sin nature back to him, making himself aware of just how lacking in perfection his condition spiritually before a good and perfect God.
The Law demonstrated that mankind cannot save themselves from something that is inherently congenital in them: sin. They can’t change their fallen nature. The Law itself is good and perfect. It was given by God because it is good. But man’s fallen nature is not flawlessly good and perfect. As an example in our daily world, we might say that a flat tire on a car cannot puff itself up, repairing itself to keep in line with the proper tires. Being beyond repair in damage, the tire must be replaced with a new tire.
And as such, in a more compelling way, we cannot do away with our sin nature any more than that flat tire can puff up on its own. Our fallen nature in a fallen body residing in a fallen world cannot be rehabilitated. Under these conditions, we’re headed for the same destination as that flat tire, destruction along with all sin-infected nature.
But God! Yes, it will take a “But God” intervention to save the unsalvageable. But how? By the death of the sinful nature along with all infected to bring new birth, a unique type of life. Does that sound like a Great Slaughtering? (1) Notes
That’s precisely what the devil thought in Genesis chapter 3, “O boy, God. I tricked them into drinking the poison! Now you GOTTA kill them! You are bound by the Law of your own design. There’s no way out for them now!” (My implied words, implied in scripture.)
(Romans 6:23–)“ For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” [Sin: disobedience to God. The first Adam, created without sin, sinned when he disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The second part of the verse was still among “the secret things of God,” of which the devil was not at the time aware].
But God said, “I have a better plan! One word – *Propitiation. If I can produce just one who is without sin, he can, if willing die taking all sin on himself, saving many.” (Again, my wording but biblically sound in meaning.)
It had to be a “he” because it was a “he” who brought sin into the world in the first place, infecting everything: 1 Corinthians 15:21-22 “21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. 22 For as in Adam, all die, so in Christ, all will be made alive.”
(Psalm 14:2-3) So God went looking, ostensibly, for a sinless man to buy some time because, in God’s wisdom, He knows timing is critically important in all He plans and implements. Kairos.
Kairos (Ancient Greek: καιρός) is an Ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment. The ancient Greeks had two words for time: Chronos (χρόνος) and Kairos. The former refers to chronological or sequential time, while the latter signifies a proper or opportune time for action. While Chronos is quantitative, Kairos has a qualitative, permanent nature. (2)
In the meantime, God created a people that He would set apart from all others and called them “His Chosen People.” Through them, He delivered the Law. And through them, He produced the Savior, linking the Old Testament with the New Testament, thus making both one intertwined story. It is said often in a Christ-centered, bible-based seminary, “The New is in the Old concealed (prophecy), the Old is in the New revealed.” (explained).
That is an accurate way to remember how the scriptures are, OT/NT, mingled, interlaced, merged, married and inseparable, like a tapestry. It is a complete work past, present, and things yet to come. And there exists a crimson thread that weaves itself throughout, from Genesis to Revelation. That crimson thread represents Christ Jesus, our propitiation, our Savior.
The past looks forward to the cross, the present looks back to Christ’s completed atonement on the cross – for me. For you. And all like us, past and present and future. Hallelujah!
*Propitiation — atonement, especially that of Jesus Christ.
(2) Romans 5:6, 8-9
6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
8-9 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
(1) Romans 5:12-17
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way, death came to all people, because all sinned—
13 To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law (How could they be held accountable to the Law before the Law was made known? They had been charged by their conscience* [*Romans 2:15] which is much weaker and more apt to lead astray). 14 Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come. (physical)
15-17 But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16 Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!