Progressive Revelation Of Christ – Pastor Chukwuemeka Charles Asiegbu

Revelation of Christ:

Revelation Of ChristRevelation of Christ in the Old Testament was in a progressive manner. The full revelation of Christ is established in the New Testament. It is in the New Testament that the revelation of Christ is made possible in human flesh. In the Old Testament, the existence of Christ was in a symbolic form, meaning that He was concealed in practices and ordinances. Also, the revelation of Christ in the prophecies was hidden. The outcome of this is that concise and factual knowledge of Christ was not made known in the Old Testament.

This implies that most of the things said about Christ in the Old Testament were just mere impressions. As a result such statements cannot be used to draw a conclusive and accurate doctrine centered on Christ. The only way to used them to induct a practical teaching that is Christocentric is by unfolding their stance and meaning through the lens of the New Testament. This is very apt in the sense that the full revelation of Christ took place in the New Testament.

The statement above can be ascertained as true considering the fact that symbolic representation of Christ makes the revelation of Christ in the Old Testament a shallow type. Therefore, if it is shallow, anyone grasping on it will definitely go into error.

Revelation Of Christ In The Shallow Pattern:

A shallow representation of Christ in the Old Testament does not in totality indicate full manifestation of Christ. So what we have in the Old Testament is what is called partial revelation of Christ. These partial revelations  were done in bits. In the book of Genesis Christ was called the seed of the woman as stated in the verse below.

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

Genesis 3:15

The word her SEED or the SEED of the woman is partial description  or revelation of Christ. Here, using the term seed is symbolic in nature and of course it does not in totality reveal Christ. The word seed represents a Child not just an ordinary seed that can be planted in the ground. This was the level of revelation that Moses was able to come up with at that particular time. However, in the prophecy from the book of Psalms while speaking to David, Christ was also called the SEED of David. This is as stated in the verses below.

“Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations.  Selah.”

Psalms 89:4

“His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.”

Psalms 89:29

“His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before me.”

Psalms 89:36

The Seed Establishes Partial Revelation Of Christ:

The verses above entails that, the seed of David is the Christ. Therefore, the revelation of Christ as the seed is linked to the covenant God had with David. The Christ shall come from the lineage of David and His throne shall be forever.  Now, it is important to note that the verse above did not use the plural form of seeds but seed. The point is that in the lineage of David there were many sons born to David. So if the prophecy was for the biological sons of David the word seed should have been in the plural form. Also talking about the seed of the woman as mentioned previously, it is very clear that women do not have seeds but they have the ability to incubate seeds. The ability of the woman to incubate the seed results into what is known as the incarnation.

Incarnation is the process through which God manifested in the human flesh. The seed was God’s seed domiciled in the womb of a woman. Apostle John while describing this process puts it this way:

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

John 1:14

However, before he made the statement above, he declared in the previous verse that …

“Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

John 1:13

Process Is Doesn’t Originate From Man:

What the above verse is stipulating is that the process involved wasn’t human. That is, it wasn’t Mary’s or Joseph’s. And not born of the will of man, that’s it wasn’t from their conception, or of the flesh. It means that this process is neither subject to the first Adam(that is it can be traced to the first Adam) but of God. It implies that Christmas which is the revelation of Christ means that divinity has found a place in humanity and humanity found a home in divinity. This hypostatic (trinity) union is called Christ as Apostle Paul teaches in one of his epistles to Timothy below.

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

1 Timothy 3:16

This is what Christmas is all about. It announces the day the full revelation of Christ was made manifest. He came into human flesh to identify with us and to go through all that we do go through. See how the writer of the book of Hebrews puts it below;

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

Hebrews 4:15

Revelation Of Christ In The Prophecy:

In the book of Isaiah the bible declares that;

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller. The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.  The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”

Isaiah 9:6-7

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