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Preaching Christ From Every Scripture
In this episode of the Straight Truth Podcast, host Dr. Josh Philpot says that there seems to be this renewed interest by some, who say that Christ ought to be preached from every Scripture. Some say that every verse is about Jesus in one way or another. In Luke 24:27, we read of a conversation Jesus has with two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, Jesus interprets the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures to them. The Psalms are included in these same interpretations when He appears to others in Jerusalem (verse 44 of the same chapter). But does this mean that every text or verse of the Old Testament speaks about Christ? Dr. Philpot asks Dr. Richard Caldwell if this is how he understands it? He asks, is it important to preach and teach Christ from every text or verse of Scripture?
Dr. Caldwell responds by saying that he thinks it is important to preach Christ from every part of Scripture. But, he would not agree with the idea that every verse of Scripture refers to Jesus. He believes that this is where preachers and teachers can get into dangerous territory. The Scripture gets allegorized, and the imagination gets preached instead of the actual text. Preachers and teachers need to be faithful to the Scriptures. They need to remind themselves that there is no one more interested in magnifying God’s Son than God. God is the One who has given us the Scriptures.
The Scriptures are God's self-revelation; they are His special revelation. In them, God has revealed and made Himself through His Word known to mankind. The crescendo of God's special revelation is God’s Son. Consequently, it should not surprise us that as God glorifies Himself, that is, makes Himself known in the Scriptures, the high-point of that self-revelation would be His Son.
So, while Dr. Caldwell says he doesn’t see Jesus in every verse of Scripture, every part of the Scriptures has a reference to Him. This, he shares, is the whole of the Old Testament; the Law, the prophets, and the wisdom writings, all of it, he says, had to do with Christ. But this doesn’t lead him to believe in a Christocentric interpretation of Scripture. However, he does believe in a "Christotelic" sense of reading the Bible.
This requires one to ask, how does this section relate to God’s Son, to God’s redemptive mission in His Son. For as Jesus says in John 5:39, the Scriptures testify about Him. Then, with this understanding, if he is faithful to say what the Scriptures say, he is doing the will of God with respect to magnifying His Son. Dr. Caldwell doesn’t have to invent teachings about Christ or read something into the Scriptures; it’s there. He simply needs to say what the Bible says, and Christ is preached.
Next, Dr. Caldwell gives a few examples from the New Testament of the manner in which the Apostle Paul preached Christ. In 1Timothy 1:11, Paul says that he shares the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which he has been entrusted. That gospel is the gospel of the glory of Christ, as Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4 and then goes on to share that God reveals His glory in the face of Christ. Right now, human beings can only know God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Because as Paul says, it is in the face of Christ that we behold the glory of God.
So the task for the preacher, as they preach through the Scriptures, says Dr. Caldwell, is to ask, what is God saying in this context. From Genesis to Revelation, God is making Himself known. So it must be asked, what relationship does this section of Scripture have to that story. Dr. Caldwell shares an example of how he does this from Genesis 1.
Dr. Caldwell reminds us that all of Scripture has a relationship to God's Son. Therefore, it is important and necessary to preach Christ from all of Scripture. But not by adding to it or reading into it something that isn't there. It is by God's will that Christ would stand in this place in God's self-revelation. In fact, what God has chosen to do in terms of reconciling all things both in heaven and on earth, all finds its nexus at the cross of Christ. What Christ came into this world to do brings everything to its intended end.
During the conversation, Dr. Caldwell touched on several other topics that relate. Those topics range from symbolism and theophanies, from the nature of the progressive revelation of Scripture and what could be known in Old Testament times compared to New Testament times; to the fulfillment of hopes and expectations.
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