Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Cursing, Warnings and Threatenings in the old testament fulfilled in Jesus

All of the promises that we read of in the old testament all find their fulfilment in Jesus Christ because Paul the Apostle writes in 2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God find their yes in him. But this is not only true of all the promises, we can say also that all of the cursing, warnings and threatenings in the old testament also points forward to Christ and is fulfilled in Christ. For example, Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. In the old testament Lambs represented a sin or guilt offering.  Lev 14:12-13 ‘And the priest shall take one of the male lambs and offer it for a guilt offering, along with the log of oil, and wave them for a wave offering before the LORD. And he shall kill the lamb in the place where they kill the sin offering and the burnt offering, in the place of the sanctuary.’ Jesus became the sin bearer as he hung on that cross and bore the curse of God, as it is written ‘anyone who is hung on a tree is under God’s curse’ Deut 21:23. Jesus drank the full measure of God’s wrath and was cursed for our sakes. Every illustration of God’s wrath against sin, and its punishment of sin all look forward to the wrath that was poured out on Jesus at the cross.  Isaiah tells us that God wounded Jesus for our transgressions and laid all of our iniquities upon him. There wasn’t a sin that Jesus didn’t pay for on the cross, that his all the sins of his people, he bore God’s wrath on their behalf. All of the curse, threatenings and warnings that God spoke against sinners in the old testament, Christ fulfilled them or when he returns he will complete the final execution against them.

While Jesus bore God’s wrath against sin on the cross, when he returns he will execute final judgment against sinners.  Psalm 7:12-13 ‘If a man does not repent, God will whet his sword; he has bent and readied his bow; he has prepared for him his deadly weapons, making his arrows fiery shafts.’ All earlier judgments points towards the final judgment which Christ himself will execute. If a person is found not to be in Christ on the day of judgment, there is no Passover lamb to cover their sins, but all the curse and wrath of God will fall upon them like a mighty waterfall executed by Jesus Himself because all the punishment of sin promised in the old testament is fulfilled at his return.

Therefore, let us take a secure covering and clothe ourselves with the skin of the lamb lest we be found naked and perish forever.


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