J. C. Ryle:
In every part of both Testaments, Christ is to be found – dimly and indistinctly at the beginning – more clearly and plainly in the middle – fully and completely at the end – but really and substantially everywhere.
Christ’s sacrifice and death for sinners, and Christ’s kingdom and future glory, are the light we must bring to bear on any book of Scripture we read…
Some people complain that they do not understand the Bible. And the reason is very simple. They do not use the key. To them the Bible is like the hieroglyphics in Egypt. It is a mystery, just because they do not know and employ the key.
In the last place, read the Bible with Christ continually in view. The grand primary object of all Scripture is to testify to Jesus.
- Old Testament ceremonies are shadows of Christ.
- Old Testament judges and deliverers are types of Christ.
- Old Testament history shows the world’s need of Christ.
- Old Testament prophecies are full of Christ’s sufferings, and of Christ’s glory yet to come.
The first advent and the second, the Lord’s humiliation and the Lord’s kingdom, the cross and the crown, shine forth everywhere in the Bible. Keep fast hold on this clue, if you would read the Bible aright.
(HT: Trevin Wax)