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The Scriptures Testify About Me

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D A Carson
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The Bible's storyline is grand in its sweep, beautiful in its form, and unified in its message. However, many Christians still struggle to understand how the Old and New Testaments fit together, especially in relation to the person and work of Jesus Christ.

In this collection of expositions of various Old Testament texts, eight prominent evangelical pastors and scholars demonstrate what it looks like to preach Christ from the Old Testament. From the experience of the Israelites during the exodus to the cryptic words about Melchizedek in the Psalms, this book offers readers a diverse collection of approaches to gospel-centred preaching from the Old Testament by some of the most skilled expositors of our day.

The contributors are Alistair Begg, Mike Bullmore, D. A. Carson, Matt Chandler, Tim Keller, James MacDonald, Conrad Mbewe and Al Mohler.

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The editor D. A. Carson is Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, and President of The Gospel Coalition. He has written or edited nearly sixty books, including 'The Intolerance of Tolerance', 'The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God', 'How Long, O Lord?' and 'Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old'.

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  • Publisher: IVP (23 April 2013)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
As with all Don Carson's work, this is a thoughtful read - well presented and researched.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Connecting the OT and the NT 13 May 2013
By The Lorax - Published on
When Christ makes claims about Himself from the Old Testament, do you sit there and think "huh?" If we are honest with ourselves, many of us have a poor understanding of how the Old Testament and the New Testament fit together - we see them as two entirely separate works that just happen to come bound together. But this isn't true. Instead, what we see from the Scriptures as a whole is that they tell one continuous story.

Enter the excellent book The Scriptures Testify About Me edited by D. A. Carson. What this book consists of is a series of eight sermons, seven of which draw from Old Testament passages and one of which provides a fitting introduction to the topic at hand. And what is that topic? Simply this: how do we see the various stories, prophecies, and truths of the Old Testament fulfilled in Jesus Christ and then applied to us? This book does a wonderful job of showing several ways to faithfully answer that question. I found some chapters much more helpful in this work than others, but that's par for the course on any book where each chapter is authored by somebody different. So rather than reviewing each and every chapter, I would like to instead point us to three that I found particularly helpful.

The first is Al Mohler's introductory address, entitled Studying the Scriptures and Finding Jesus. This is a wide-ranging introduction to the topic of understanding how the New Testament (and Jesus in particular) quotes from and utilizes the Old Testament. Any reader of the Gospels will be challenged often by Jesus' use of Old Testament quotations because Jesus doesn't simply quote wise proverbs to apply to life, but oftentimes brings up what (to our minds) are obscure quotations and then applies them directly to Himself! Mohler does an admirable job of helping us to understand where all of this is coming from and why it matters - or, as he says it: "We must preach Christ from all the Scriptures and find Christ in the gospel of the Old Testament as well as in the New. We need to allow the New Testament to train us how to read the Old. We must put the Bible back into the hands of believers - intact and whole - with Christ and the gospel of our redemption at the center. (p.32)"

Secondly, Tim Keller provides an excellent example of faithful understanding in his chapter Getting Out. This chapter centers on Exodus 14 and drives us to understand the story thematically - God is rescuing His people who are in bondage. For the Israelites, it's from a harsh regime of slavery, for us, it is from our own sin. He then goes on throughout the sermon to show the parallels between the Exodus and salvation. For example: "The Red Sea story is not just about what the Israelites get out of but also about how they get out. (p.43)" And how is it that they get out? Keller points us to two texts. The first is right there in Exodus: "The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still (14:14)." The second is remarkably parallel to the first: "to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness (Romans 4:5)." That is to say, we see God's sovereign act of grace shown as a foil in this well-known Old Testament story and yet made explicitly clear in the New Testament.

A third chapter which I found absolutely fascinating, encouraging, and challenging was D. A. Carson's own contribution Getting Excited About Melchizedek. Yes, that random guy in Genesis 14 who basically appears on the scene and then disappears in one of the stranger stories of the Old Testament. What are we to make of those verses? Why do they matter? Carson takes us to Psalm 110 and then to Hebrews 7, where Melchizedek is mentioned once again. The point? Carson argues (and I would agree) that Melchizedek is introduced on the scene as a pattern or a template. That is to say, it's not that Melchizedek is necessarily some sort of pre-incarnate form of Christ (that could be, though it is not the most likely answer) but that instead Melchizedek sets the scene and the tone for expecting Christ Himself. I love how Carson moves forward to show us that the story doesn't end with us making much of Melchizedek, but that instead Melchizedek points us to Jesus - we are to make much of Christ as our High Priest forever!

To conclude, this is a helpful work which will hopefully cause you (as it did me) to look again to the Scriptures - Old and New Testament - to see the gospel of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. If you are looking for an accessible introduction to understanding not only how the Bible comes together but also to how we see Christ even in the Old Testament, then this would be a great place to start.

As a final note, for those who would rather listen to these sermons as opposed to reading them, they are available for free download at The Gospel Coalition website.

(I wish to note that the publisher of this book, Crossway, provided it to me at no cost as a review sample. My review is in no way influenced or controlled by them, nor was it required to be positive, thus I write my review of this book with honesty and integrity.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Approach to Understanding the Gospel From the OT and NT 27 May 2013
By Michael C. Boling - Published on
"You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life." (John 5:39-40)

Far too often, believers center their study of Scripture solely on the New Testament, viewing the Old Testament as something of a by-gone era. This approach is unfortunate as all of Scripture is inspired by God and perhaps more importantly, a full understanding of Jesus and the scarlet thread of redemption that runs throughout Scripture can only be truly obtained by reading the front of the book. The gospel message is one established before the foundation of the world thus a proper study of salvation contained in the gospel message has to begin where the story of God's interaction with humanity begins, namely in the Old Testament corpus.

Dr. D. A. Carson has edited a book containing the transcript of eight addresses from the plenary session of the 2011 The Gospel Coalition Conference. In these addresses, a number of theological leaders address the importance of understanding Jesus from the pages of the Old Testament in order to more fully grasp the events and message contained in the New Testament. Men such as Dr. Albert Mohler, Dr. Tim Keller, Dr. Alistair Begg, Dr. James McDonald, Conrad Mbewe, Matt Chandler, Mike Bullmore, and Dr. D. A. Carson, engage this topic with great elucidation and theological insight helping the reader more fully understand the Messianic patterns and statements found throughout the Old Testament. While every chapter in this book is excellent and well worth reading, I will focus on the addresses of Dr. Mohler, Dr. Keller, and Dr. Carson for purposes of this review.

In his address, Dr. Mohler aptly sums up a reason why many young people are leaving the church noting "The absence of biblical, gospel preaching explains how we have created in our churches a generation of moralizing, therapeutic, practical deists." The rejection of the meta-narrative of Scripture by the liberal establishment should cause concern. Far too often, the Old Testament is referred to as the Hebrew Bible or Hebrew Scriptures as if its content was only intended for the Jews. Furthermore, some have taken the opposite extreme claiming the Old Testament can be read without any need to engage the New Testament. Additionally, the dispensationalist approach to Scripture often wrongly bifurcate Scripture seemingly denying the flow of the biblical message.

Mohler aptly outlines how the great theologians of church history clearly noted the vital importance of the Old Testament. Men such as Martin Luther and John Calvin argued for the gospel to be understood from the pages of the Old Testament in order to clearly comprehend how it is fully revealed in the New Testament. More importantly, the book of Hebrews uses the Old Testament as the springboard by which to proclaim Jesus as being the perfect fulfillment of the Old Testament promises. A lack of engagement or understanding of those Old Testament promises will only result in a diminished understanding of Christ. Mohler concludes with the salient statement "We must preach Christ from all the Scriptures and find Christ in the gospel of the Old Testament as well as in the New."

Dr. Tim Keller provides some excellent insight into the concept of redemption, rooting his discussion in the Old Testament story of the Israelites deliverance from bondage in Egypt. This is an excellent place by which to begin a discussion of the concept of redemption and salvation given the numerous references to this event and its overall importance in the life of not only the Israelites, but all generations of believers. Keller rightly notes, "Salvation is about getting us out of bondage. That's what the word redemption means." He then proceeds to outline four areas believers have been given deliverance, namely freedom from bondage to the law, deliverance from works-righteousness, deliverance from our sin nature, and deliverance from bondage to idols. Only by understanding the purpose of the law, that of pointing us to the need for the Redeemer, can we truly understand the salvation we obtain from the curse of the law. It is not that we are no longer required to follow God's commands as it is not the law itself that is the issue. Conversely, it is humanity that was incapable of living up to God's perfect standard. Christ came in part to be the perfect Lamb of God, the One who followed God's law perfectly.

Furthermore, we are no longer slaves to sin as we serve a new Master. This does not mean we will never sin again, however, it does mean we have a new desire that swells within us to love God and love one another born out of the Holy Spirit working in our lives. Just as Israel crossed over the Red Sea to the land of promise, believers also cross over from bondage to life. Through God's grace, we have obtained redemption and deliverance from bondage to sin. We will still struggle; however, Keller rightly notes "you are not saved because of the quality of your faith. You are saved because of the object of your faith: the Redeemer, the God who is fighting for you."

In his plenary address, Dr. D. A. Carson address the subject of that rather enigmatic Old Testament character, Melchizedek. Psalm 110, the most quoted Old Testament chapter in the New Testament mentions Melchizedek, specifically in relation to the promised Messiah being "in the order of Melchizedek." So one may rightly ask, what is there to be excited about, especially since there are so few mentions of Melchizedek in Scripture and he just seems to appear out of nowhere in Genesis 14 only to disappear again into the pages of history. Carson rightly begins his discussion with who wrote Psalm 110, a necessary beginning for this discussion given the Psalms important content and the One whom it focuses on. In Psalm 110, David declares "The Lord said to my Lord..." a statement referred to by Jesus in Mark 12:35-37 as evidence that David was speaking of the Messiah. Jesus used David's statement to affirm not just his lineage from David, but to also affirm that He is the Messiah spoken of by David.

Carson also notes some interesting elements of prophetic prose that can be found in Psalm 110. The phrase "The Lord says to my lord" is indicative of other prophetic declarations thus David was relaying an important prophecy about the coming Messiah. Carson notes six vital theological inferences that can be found from the small phrase "Sit at my right hand", references that also point to Jesus being the promised Messiah. Based on this foundation, Carson then engages Melchizedek providing an excellent exposition of this individual to include the events found in Genesis 14 that provide background as to who Melchizedek just might be and why we should care. Carson saliently outlines the typical interpretations of Melchizedek throughout church history, one being a "pre-incarnate visitation of Jesus". This approach is overwhelmingly rejected by Carson for a number of valid reasons, in particular the manner in which Melchizedek is described and compared to the Messiah affirming that Melchizedek is a model, a proto-type of the Messiah and not a divine figure in an of himself. Carson also notes the argument from silence that is used in Scripture, namely the lack of historical background given for Melchizedek, specifically the lack of any personal or genealogical information. Normally an argument from silence would be considered a very weak theological approach; however, Carson states "an argument from silence is very strong if you are expecting noise." The lack of information about Melchizedek in Genesis 14 or elsewhere in Scripture was to provide a means to compare the Messiah to this character, not to make them to be equal. The very sequence provided by the author of Hebrews was established to note the manner in which Jesus exceeded any Old Testament type to include Melchizedek. The Messiah is the fullness of God's promises found throughout the Old Testament to include that of Melchizedek.

The Scriptures Testify About Me is an excellent resource for those wanting to dig further into the Old Testament or Scripture in general, specifically those who desire to understand the importance of starting from the beginning to understand the end. Replete with theological insight and thorough exegesis, this collection of plenary addresses is well worth the read. While theological substantive, it is not beyond the reach of the average laymen. I highly recommend this book for pastors, scholars, and laymen alike.

I received this for free from Crossway for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't wow 7 May 2013
By Victoria Jones - Published on
As D. A. Carson establishes in the preface, this book is not a how-to manual on reading the Old Testament, nor is it a reference book on Old Testament quotes in the New Testament. He admits that rather than being a comprehensive overview, it's more of a toe-in-the-water exploration of a few Old Testament passages that testify about Jesus. The material is taken from the eight plenary addresses given in April 2011 at the national conference of The Gospel Coalition in Chicago. Seven pastors from various denominations and cities were each assigned a different Old Testament text to exposit using a gospel lens. I appreciate the diverse range represented in the text selection.

In the introductory essay, R. Albert Mohler Jr. addresses some of the most common misreadings and misuses of the Old Testament today. Although I enjoyed this essay, it doesn't provide clear enough direction for the reading of the rest of the book. It doesn't make any definitive, unifying claims in response to the implicit questions posed by the book's title, which are: How does the Old Testament testify about Jesus? What is the gospel in the Old Testament?

Every essay was presumably supposed to answer these questions, but I feel that not all did so adequately. There were good insights scattered here and there, but overall, I was disappointed. In the chapter "When You Don't Know What to Do" on Psalm 25, for example, Christ seems to be merely a dispensable add-on to the author's interpretation of David's prayer; his line of argument goes something like this: "David prayed to God, and Jesus is God, so Jesus is in this passage." I thought that the point was to show how Jesus specifically--the second person of the Trinity--is central to the text, and deeply embedded in it.

The main highlights for me were Tim Keller's chapter on the crossing of the Red Sea and D. A. Carson's chapter on Melchizedek. Unfortunately, the power and clarity of these two chapters were not maintained throughout.

This book didn't wow me, and with a topic like this, I was really hoping and expecting to be wowed.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Testify! 27 Nov 2013
By SLIMJIM - Published on
This book is based upon the national conference for the Gospel Coalition in 2011 in which the topic was on how to preach Jesus and the Gospel from the Old Testament. I purchased this book because of the name D.A. Carson, who was the editor; I also wanted to see how other preachers expound on Jesus from the Old Testament. The quality of each chapter was mixed—depending upon the contributor. The two chapters that stood out were the first and the last one. Al Mohler begins the book by laying the foundation concerning studying the Scriptures and finding Jesus. Mohler’s chapter was basically an exposition of John 5:31-47. D.A. Carson wrote the last chapter on Melchizedek in Psalm 110 and he did a superb job of illuminating our understanding of Jesus fulfilling in Psalm 110 in light of antecedent theology and later revelation in the book of Hebrews. I thought Carson’s contribution was a good example of an exposition on the Old Testament pointing towards Jesus with careful biblical theology. It is an example for other pastors and teachers to emulate. Personally, the weakest chapter in the book was by James MacDonald. MacDonald’s treatment on Psalm 25 seems to me to be more of a running commentary; even then I felt I learned more about MacDonald but not necessarily of how Psalm 25 bears witness to Jesus. Some of the chapters I think some of the preachers could have done a better job connecting the dot to Jesus. I was expecting the book to have more emphasis on the Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament pointing towards Jesus. Overall an edifying read.
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