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The Truth Revealed

Gavin Beers

When the Lord Jesus Christ stepped into history, He makes the declaration: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) Gavin Beers emphasizes why we must recognize that Jesus Christ is revealed to us in the Word of God:

John writes – “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Then in verse 17 he says: “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1, 17)

He is referring here to the Old Testament law. Of course, that Old Testament law that was revealed by Moses was most certainly true. But that law was not at the same time a full revelation of the truth. Rather what the law was given for was to display unto the Old Testament church by way of type and shadow and ceremony, in a pictorial manner if you like, the full reality of the truth who would come. Now that truth was ultimately Jesus Christ. Therefore when we look at that law which was to by God to Moses we are looking at it in these terms: that it is a shadow in the sense that Jesus Christ the Truth is the substance of all there that is revealed.

Similarly when we go to the Old Testament and we read the prophet, we discover that all of the predictions that people hoped on in the Old Testament period as they looked forward to the Messiah, all of these predictions are fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ. To Abraham God said, “I will give you a seed, and in your seed, Abraham, all the families of the earth are going to be blessed”. When we come to the New Testament in Galatians 3 the apostle Paul tell us that this was a gospel promise. This was a promise that concerned the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ who would be the Savior, not only of the Jews but also of the Greeks. Listen to what he says: “And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying In thee shall all nations be blessed” (Galatians 3, 8); “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ” (Galatians 3, 16). All of the law is pointing to Christ as the substance. All of these predictions are centering upon Christ as the substance of the truth and all of the promises of God – from Genesis right through the Old Testament period – come to us confirmed in Christ. In Christ they are yea and in Christ they are all Amen, and ‘amen’ simply means, ‘let it be true’.

Do you see here that the Word of God is teaching us that Jesus Christ is the revealed truth? In other words this is not something that has been hidden. This is something that has been revealed from the very beginning of history; or from that point of time where man fell into sin, God is revealing this truth. God is demonstrating unto men that he will send His Son in order to redeem them. (“Christ the Truth”)

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