Message 5 – Steve Lawson – “The Gospel in the Old Testament”
The text of Dr. Lawson’s sermon is Acts 3:11-25. The gospel is rooted and grounded in the Old Testament. It is not a new idea in the New Testament. It is and always has been the one and only way of salvation. The only difference is the point of view which people look unto Jesus Christ, forward or back. The gospel began in Genesis. Take for instance Genesis 3:15. The blood of Jesus is a scarlet thread through the Old Testament.
There are five common denominators in the 19 sermons found in the book of Acts. The sermon of Acts chapter 3 clearly shows all five of these distinctives. Tonight we look at only the first of these five.
1. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. Peter preaches that the gospel is inseparably found in the Old Testament. See verse 13. The selfsame servant of the Lord found in the Old Testament is Jesus Christ of the Old Testament. Isaiah is replete with “servant songs”. Then see verse 18. Every single prophet in the Old Testament foretold of the coming of Christ. Then see verses 20-21. There are pictures of Jesus throughout the Old Testament. He is preeminent throughout the Bible. Then see verses 22-23. The entire Old Testament looks forward to the coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ spoke as no one ever spoke. His words were greater than that of Moses. Don’t listen to Moses. Listen to Jesus. He is the great prophet of God. Then look at verse 24. All the prophets without any exceptions had one central compelling message. Then look at verse 25. Jesus is the fulfillment of the covenant with Abraham. All the blessings of grace and salvation would come through the seed of Abraham, the Lord Jesus Christ. Then look at verse 26. God reiterates that Jesus Christ is His chosen servant and sent him to bless by turning men from their wicked ways.
Romans chapter 1 shows the basis the gospel has in the Old Testament. In verses 1-3 we see the basis of the scriptures and the lineage of Jesus. And then verse 17 pulls from the Old Testament to tell us that the just shall live by faith. Then in Romans chapter 4 we see examples in the Old Testament of salvation through faith alone. Abraham and David are specifically called out.
The same case is made in 1 Corinthians 15. Paul points out that the Old Testament scriptures point to a Christ who died, was buried, and was raised from the dead.
And finally consider Galatians 3. There is only one way of salvation. Salvation of the Gentiles was foreseen in the Old Testament.