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Caution About Seeing Christ in Every Old Testament Verse

February 27, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

Unashamed Workman has posted a interesting caution about Christ-centered preaching.  Check it out here.

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  1. March 3, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    While I would agree with Colin that “every verse” many not speak about Christ (and thus on one level his caution is helpful), I’d have to disagree when he pushes it to “every story” (which is where his caution becomes unhelpful). IMHO, if he is going to allow that there are some parts of the OT that are not about Christ, he has just “deconstructed” Christ-centered preaching (though unwittingly). If we start hedging on the comprehensiveness of the Christocentricity of the text, moralism creeps in. He’s concerned about pulling Christ out of a hat in the text… I’d be more concerned about pulling Christ out of a hat in the principles from the text… which, IMHO, not only is “springboarding”, it turns Christ into a moral example.

    Further, the quote he gives pits the original intent of the author against the Christocentricity of the text. Vos would insist that such a stance is a false dichotomy… the two are one and the same because the OT author was working from a messianic orientation to begin with.

    Just my two cents. 🙂

  2. Chad
    March 3, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Helpful observations. I would agree with your statements and I probably should have pointed out that my real agreement with the quote is when people try to find Jesus in every single verse (or word) in the Scriptures, which at times has led to some strange interpretations.

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