Old and New Testament Revelation

Written By: John - Feb• 04•14

On Tuesday mornings I am reading Sinclair Ferguson’s book, The Holy Spirit, with a group of men.  In his discussion on the work and revelation of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament he quotes B.B. Warfield,

“The Old Testament may be likened to a chamber richly furnished but dimly lighted: the introduction of light brings into it nothing which was not in it before; but it brings out into clearer view much of what is in it but was only dimly or not at all perceived before.  The mystery of the Trinity is not revealed in the Old Testament; but the mystery of the Trinity underlines the Old Testament revelation, and here and there almost comes into view.  Thus the Old Testament revelation of God is not corrected by the fuller revelation which follows it, but is only perfected, extended and enlarged.”

It is vital that you and I read the entire Bible because “All Scripture is God breathed…”  Ferguson spoke of the New Testament authors seeing themselves as “simply exegeting the Old Testament.”  The more we read both the Old and New Testaments the more clearly we begin to see God as He has revealed Himself.  Ferguson said, “For it is not only because of Christ that we come to know the Spirit more fully, but actually in Christ.  Indeed, it is apparently a principle of the divine Spirit’s working that he declines to disclose himself in any other way (Jn. 16:13-15).  He will not be known as he is himself apart from Christ.”

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One Comment

  1. Scott Fields says:

    John,
    That was excellent!

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