Seeing Christ in the Old Testament

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Iain Duguid joins the Gary Wilkerson Podcast to talk about how we can see Jesus throughout the Old Testament. He explains that when we take the Bible as one complete story, we can see how it was pointing toward the coming of Christ and God’s plan for redemption from the very beginning.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • We may be tempted to read the Old Testament as merely stories from history or good moral tales, but it is much richer and deeper than that.

  • In the Old Testament we can see specific prophecies about Jesus, the coming Messiah, and momentary manifestations of the pre-incarnate Christ, called Christophanies, but the whole Old Testament points us forward toward God’s plan of redemption through Jesus Christ.

  • When reading the story of David and Goliath, it can be tempting to picture yourself as David, but he is a type and shadow of Christ. Jesus is the giant slayer. We tend to be more like Israel cowering on the sidelines.

  • The heroes of the Old Testament point us forward to Christ, both in their similarities and differences.

  • The Old Testament is full of Law, which is meant to convict us of sin, show us how we fail to be the people God has called us to be, and move our hearts to thankfulness for Christ fulfilling the Law in our place.

  • Look for Jesus in the big picture of the Old Testament, not in the nooks and crannies.

  • Christ took the Old Covenant curses upon himself on the cross. Curses that should have fallen upon us. Now Jesus has received all the blessings and shares his inheritance with those who place their faith in him.

  • Iain Duguid shares three ways to see Christ in the Psalms: representative singer, supreme singer and returning singer.

  • Gary Wilkerson and Iain Duguid conclude their time together discussing the armor of God.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

Judges 13–16; Romans 8:1; Deuteronomy 27–28; Hebrews 14:15; Psalm 3:6; Psalm 31:13; Psalm 69:9; Isaiah 53:2; Revelation 22:2; Ezekiel 47:1–12; John 8:56; Genesis 22:1­–14; Hebrews 11:8–16; Revelation 1:7; Philippians 2:1; Ephesians 6:10–17; Isaiah 59:17; Isaiah 52:7; Ephesians 6:18; Psalm 22, Psalm 1; Isaiah 7:14

Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

About Rev. Dr. Iain Duguid

Rev. Dr. Iain Duguid (PhD, Cambridge) is professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Duguid’s academic interests include various topics of Old Testament theology. His doctoral research was on Ezekiel, which was published in the Supplements to Vetus Testamentum series, and he remains part of the small but lively group of scholars around the world interested in the theology of that prophet. He has also published scholarly work on Esther, Nehemiah, the Song of Songs, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi as well as more popular treatments of the patriarchs, Esther, and Daniel. Current research projects include Judges, the biblical theology of worship, and preaching Christ from the different genres of the Old Testament. As part of the oversight committee for the Holman Christian Standard Bible, he engages in regular discussions about best practices in Bible translation. He has also contributed to many study Bibles.

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About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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