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Jesus in the Old Testament
Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Jesus in the Old Testament: Prophesy or Chronology? There is a popular assumption that Jesus belongs only to the New Testament, and not to the Old Testament. This understanding is largely based on the gospels, which recount the teachings and miracles of Jesus, from the perspective of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, his disciples, called directly by Jesus to follow him.
This paper will not pretend to argue these positions thoroughly, but is written with the intention of presenting these three positions for the reader’s information and consideration. The first position is that as God was in the Old Testament, therefore Jesus was also there, since God the Father and Jesus, the Son, are both one God, along with the Holy Spirit, together comprising the Trinity. The second position is that Jesus is in the Old Testament, as his coming was foretold by the prophets. The third position is that Jesus was in the Old Testament and that the standard chronology of the historical Christ is inaccurate, and that the New Testament, with disciple accounts, refer to spiritual relationship with Jesus and not to physical co-existence. The foundation for the Gospel positioning of Jesus is that He became both God and human to live and die for our salvation (Luke 24:44), and this happened because God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16). This was made possible because the God of the Old Testament, Jesus of the New Testament, and the Holy Spirit are all one, three manifestations of one God. ...
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