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Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part VI

Part VII


Part IX


Part V: The Trinity in the Old Testament

Chapter 8

Some Conclusions

     THROUGHOUT the story of the creation of man and the Garden of Eden, the conversations of God with man and the personal encounters of the Lord with Adam and Eve, it will be seen from the type used in the Authorized Version that it was the Lord Jesus Christ. Virtually every verse from Genesis 2:4 following makes this clear. Thus it was Jesus with whom Adam and Eve talked personally. It was Jesus whom Abraham entertained that memorable evening in Genesis 18:1ff. It was Jesus with whom Jacob wrestled (Genesis 32:30). It was Jesus whom Moses talked with face to face (Exodus 33:11 and Numbers 12:7,8) and with whom the Israelites shared their first communion (Exodus 24:10,11). It was Jesus who met Joshua (Joshua 5:13-6:2). It was Jesus who spoke to Manoah about Samson (Judges 13:21,22). It was Jesus whom Micaiah saw (1 Kings 22:19) and whom David encountered (2 Chron. 3:1). It was the same Lord whose glory Isaiah saw, and later on, Amos also (Amos 9:1). To repeat, no man hath seen God the Father (John 1:18), but many saw God the Son. Is it any wonder, then, that the Lord Jesus should say in the day that He entered into a body specially prepared for Him at the time of His incarnation, "Lo, I come -- in the volume of the book it is written of me" (Hebrews 10:7). Where in the volume of the Book is it not written of Him?
     Since it is this same Lord who continually spoke with men and guided and protected His chosen ones, there was a peculiar force to His reply to the Pharisees who challenged His words, when He said (John 5:47), "If ye believe not his [Moses'] writings, how shall ye believe my words?" For after all, Moses' writings were His words.
     With such a key, the reading of Scripture may well become a new adventure. If the reader will substitute the words "Lord Jesus"

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in the Old Testament in all those places in which according to the above principles of interpretation the substitution is appropriate, he will become luminously aware of the presence of the three Persons of the Godhead throughout the Old Testament and if the reader will with equal appropriateness substitute the simple word "God" for the words "Lord Jesus" in reading the Gospels, he will suddenly become aware of the magnitude of the Lord's condescension to suffer what He did at the hands of men -- for our sake.

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Copyright © 1988 Evelyn White. All rights reserved

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