9th May 2017

Many Things to Say

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.”
John 16:12 (ESVUK)

On the eve of his death Jesus had a long discourse with his disciples. It would be logical to think that he would take this last opportunity to finalise the details, as it were to dot the i’s and cross the t’s, of his message to his disciples. Yet, as the above scripture states, Jesus said that he still had “many things to say” to them. This raises some questions, where in the scriptures are these many things and what do they reveal?

From his resurrection onwards Jesus progressively revealed these many things. For example, shortly after his resurrection Jesus enlightened those on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:27), “…beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” During this period he taught his disciples and “opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45), and appeared to them during forty days “speaking about the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3). Jesus was now opening their minds to a deeper understanding of the Old Testament and how it should be interpreted in the light of the incarnation and the new covenant.

After his ascension these many things also included the gospel Jesus revealed to the apostle Paul. In order to authenticate the gospel Paul preached, he wrote, “I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ” (Galations1:12). His letters also included authenticating comments such as, “For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you…” (1 Corinthians 11:23).

Under inspiration, the Apostle John states that the book of Revelation is, “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John.” (Revelation 1:1)

This short snapshot gives an indication of the many things revealed by Jesus after his resurrection and ascension. These revelations act as a commentary, and clarify some statements he made during his earthly ministry; a ministry that was conducted whilst the Old Covenant was still in force.

The whole Bible is the inspired word of God but in order to better understand the big picture that the complete Bible paints, the Old Testament needs to be interpreted in the light of the New Testament. In the same way, the teaching of Jesus during his earthly ministry needs to be interpreted in the light of the much more he revealed after his resurrection and ascension.

Prayer
Father, we thank you for your words preserved for our benefit. May we study and benefit from them in our Christian lives.
Amen

Study by Eddie Marsh

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About the Author:
Eddie Marsh attends Grace Communion International in Sheffield.

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