First and foremost, the Old Testament lays the foundation in understanding the need for Christ. Romans 5:18 states “Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.” When mankind fell into the depths of sin, which can be found in Genesis 3, it showed disobedience and thus death entered the world. Jesus came into the world to show obedience to God and took the sins of all of the world upon his shoulder, so that mankind may have eternal life in heaven. Genesis 3:15 says, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” This actually is the first reference to Jesus and the Gospel found in the Bible. If mankind would not have fallen, (Genesis 3), there would be no reason for the New Testament. The people would have stayed in perfect harmony and...
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...n hand with the New Testament. The Jewish were promised to be God’s chosen people and through Jesus, we see one of many prophecies fulfilled. In Revelation 19:10, “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” This verse means that Jesus is the reason behind every prophecy and that everything leads to Him. Without the Old Testament, the fall of mankind, and prophecy, there would be no need for a Savior to defeat death.
In summary, the Old Testament gives mankind the ability and knowledge to learn how to follow, worship, and ultimately, love God. The more we dig into the Old Testament, the easier it is to see the nature of God’s character. The fulfillment of prophecy makes the Bible unique and also shows that God is good and faithful. If you don’t have the Old Testament, the Bible and Christianity lose connection with God, and all that he has available to you.
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