The Apostle Paul: Good News.

32 And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, 33 this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm, “ ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you.’ 34 And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way, “‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’ 35 Therefore he says also in another psalm, ‘You will not let your Holy One see corruption’.” (Acts 13:32–35)

The Apostle Paul was an Old Testament scholar. His writings, and preaching, were filled with references from the Old Testament Scriptures. He continually affirmed the Old Testament as the Word of God. He did not perceive the New Testament replacing the Old Testament, but rather the New Testament being built upon the Old Testament. In other words, the Old Testament was/is the foundation for the New Testament.

Luke records Paul’s presentation of the Gospel in the synagogue at Pisidia Antioch. Paul not only preached that Jesus Christ was the Messiah, but that He also died on the cross in order to provide a substitutionary atonement for sinners. The evidence that God the Father approved of Jesus’s substitutionary death is the fact that He raised Jesus from the dead.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is supported and rooted in the Old Testament. Paul quoted respectively from Psalm 2:7, Isaiah 55:3, and Psalm 16:10. All three Old Testament passages affirm the resurrection of the Servant of Yahweh: Jesus Christ.

Dr. R.C. Sproul writes, “God overcame the unjust killing of Jesus by raising Him from the dead. His death on the ‘tree’ (Acts 13:29) did not mean God had abandoned Him (Deuteronomy 21:22-23), and the Resurrection powerfully demonstrated that. Paul shows by quoting Psalm 2:7, Isaiah 55:3 and Psalm 16:10 that though the Messiah was to die, He would not be left in the grave. The Psalm 16 citation, written by David and originally applying to him, finds its complete fulfillment in the Messiah. He is glorified and in a glorified body, even now.”

 Jesus Christ is the first born from the dead and the preeminent One by whom every believer in Christ is resurrected (John 11:25-26; I Corinthians 15:20-28; Colossians 1:16). Jesus Christ is the hope beyond the grace for everyone who has faith in Him as Savior and Lord. This indeed is good news.

Soli deo Gloria!

 

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