These are a few scattered thoughts prompted by my recent mini-series on parables.
We all know Jesus' rebuke regarding Old Testament understanding - John 5:39ff. Yet I'm sure a rebuke remains for our appreciation of the New:
You diligently study the New Testament thinking that now you're breathing the free air of apostolic Christianity and therefore, definitionally, have life. But the point of these Scriptures (as with all Scripture) is witness to me. Yet you neglect to come to Me for life.
New Testament does not mean 'gospel'. It doesn't mean 'gospel' any more than Old Testament means 'gospel'. Rather, both are witnesses to Christ.
You see it's not the New Testament that fulfils the Old
No. It is not the NT that fulfils the Old. It's Jesus. There's a difference. It's He that stands above both Scriptures.
There's nothing inherent in the Greek Scriptures that the Hebrew Scriptures lack. The point of both - Christ Himself - stands ever above both Old and New Testament. Life does not exist in the Old Testament. But life does not exist in the New Testament either.
This is one of the problems with the saying: 'The New is in the Old concealed, the Old is in the New revealed.' It easily lends itself to the thought that the New Testament itself is the fulfilment of the Old. But no, Christ is the fulfilment of the Old. And He's the fulfilment of the New. The Old is in need of fulfilment in Christ yes. But so is the New. To understand Old or New demands that we read them as witness to Jesus.
We've been taught to pick a Christ-less Old Testament sermon from a mile off. Yet we put up with Christ-less New Testament study much more readily. How can that be unless we secretly believe life really does exist in the Scriptures - we just happen to prefer the Greek ones?