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The Inspired Revelation of God of the History of Salvation
It is a connected, historical, systematic, progressive whole. This includes
promises and prophecy and historical record. It records the development of
salvation in down to earth, understandable, and experienced instruction. The
development is in graded, progressive, stages. All was prepared in advance, of
which the goal is Christ. There is order and harmony – one truth – one doctrine.
Scripture explains Scripture. The preparation for salvation in the Old Testament
is clearly formed and moves unto its goal.
The Biblical account of ancient history is the foundation. There are two
periods of revelation. After sin entered and Eden was closed to man, the
principle of "self-determination" was in force. There was no human hierarchy or
authority, and no Divine law instituted (from Adam to Noah).
After man's complete failure, that dispensation was wiped off the face of
the earth. Beginning with Noah, the principle of authority was instituted. Genesis
9:6 – "Whoso sheds man's blood by man shall his blood be shed." This was also
perverted by man in building one Kingdom to his power and greatness (consider
Nimrod in Genesis 10).
This finally led to the great expression of man's pride in the building of the
Tower of Babel. Then, from this "universalism", God limited His revelation to a
particular man – Abraham – and later, to the nation that came from him – Israel.
Within this was also the promise of the blessing of all nations through Christ
(Genesis 12:3; Galatians 3:8). The preparation for man's salvation is clearly seen
in the directing of history to the Savior, His work and its goal.
There are two periods, and covenants – with Abraham, then with Moses.
First, with Abraham – instruction of "faith", lasting 2,000 years. Second, added to
the first, is "God's Law" through Moses. This was an instruction in the guilt of sin
and man's need of "repentance".
This clearly shows the essential path of conversion, repenting, turning
away from self, and turning to Christ in faith. The complete Old Testament
revelation prepared for this outcome.
With Abraham's covenant was the promise of Isaac and his being offered
up to sacrifice. This showed God's life-giving grace and power of resurrection. In
the Law of Moses, the sinner is under God's judgment, and receives the sentence
of death. Together, these two show the two sides of the work of the redemption
of Christ, why He must offer up Himself on the Cross, and be raised up by the
power of God. It is this that provides the sinner the gift of salvation, which is
accepted by repentance and faith. Thus, the Divine plan reached its goal.
The author T.O.D. Johnston has been a student of Scripture since 1972, and
was licensed to preach the Gospel by Paran Baptist Church on May 26, 1979. He
was an art teacher for over 30 years in Florence School District 3. He now enjoys
spending his time with his wife, and at his studio on 118 Sauls St, Lake City, SC.
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