04 January 2012

The Focal Point

If Jesus of Nazareth is “the one who was to come” (Matt 11:3), if he is the goal of all biblical history, then he is the focal point that gathers all the rays of light that issue from Scripture. Now they do not shine miraculously here and there, but give a clear, unambiguous picture that is consistent with the salvation that Christ brings.
--Leonhard Goppelt, Typos: The Typological Interpretation of the Old Testament in the New (Eerdmans, 1982), 58 (typos is a transliteration of the Greek word for 'type,' meaning pattern or imprint--this is not a book about trying to find errors in the Bible)

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