I've written a fair bit about the bible being a thoroughly Christian book. (See for instance the Christ in OT tab above). My position might be summarized like this:
Jesus is the one Revelation of an otherwise unknowable God. It is therefore Christ who has always been the appearing, hands-on LORD and He has always been the true and consciously-trusted Object of faith for all believers in all ages. Saving faith has always been personal trust in the Person of the Mediator. And whatever progress in explanation or understanding there may have been throughout the OT - it is the progress of the LORD Christ Himself marching towards His own incarnation.
As far as I can see the good guys in church history have agreed. But unfortunately, at least in the circles I move in, people are more familiar with a kind of pop-biblical-theology that has lost touch with this historical position. And so people naturally enough have questions. One reader has emailed me a number of them and I'm sure others of you have more. I thought I'd compile a list of FAQs and then I (and hopefully some others) would have a go at answering them.
Here are the questions emailed to me:
- Is Jesus The Wisdom in the wisdom literature? Or is Wisdom heavenly information to help us live for God?
- What is the message of Job?
- Is the New Covenant better than the Old? In what way?
- Were OT saints more worse off, or have anything ‘less’ than NT saints in any way?
- It is clear throughout Romans that without the Spirit of God indwelling man he cannot know Him. Do you think this is solely a New Testament prerequisite? Surely King David (with all his sin) was only kept because he had the redeeming, indwelling Spirit which would not let him go, and wasn’t this the definitive difference between him and Saul?
-How should we deal with the physical prosperity promises in the OT? Are they promises that can be claimed today? What about the revival promises of the OT e.g. 2 Chron 7. If my people humble themselves etc. Can these be claimed today?
- Should a result of us having the NT and, therefore, more detail of certain doctrines of God be that we can know more of Him? Is this how we are better off?
-Is John the Baptist ‘least of all the saints’ because he was from the OT era?
- Isn't it obvious that we have progressed in sanctification since the OT since today we would never invite a Samson to preach?