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John 5: 39, 46, 47 - OT points to Jesus
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  John  5: 39, 46, 47          ( King James Version ) 
    Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they which testify of me.
 verse 46  ►   For had ye beoieved Moses, ye would have believed mel for he wrote of me.
verse 47  ►   But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
   John  5: 39, 46, 47        ( New International Version )
  You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life.  These are the scriptures that testify about me.
v. 46  >   If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.
v. 47  >   But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?
Text  Quoted  in  Spirit of Prophecy
  There are those who profess to believe and to teach the truths of the Old Testament, while they reject the New. But in refusing to receive the teachings of Christ, they show that they do not believe that which patriarchs and prophets have spoken. "Had ye believed Moses," Christ said, "ye would have believed Me; for he wrote of Me." John 5:46.  Hence there is no real power in their teaching of even the Old Testament.  {COL 128.1}
  Many who claim to believe and to teach the gospel are in a similar error. They set aside the Old Testament Scriptures, of which Christ declared, "They are they which testify of Me." John 5:39. In rejecting the Old, they virtually reject the New; for both are parts of an inseparable whole. No man can rightly present the law of God without the gospel, or the gospel without the law. The law is the gospel embodied, and the gospel is the law unfolded. The law is the root, the gospel is the fragrant blossom and fruit which it bears.  {COL 128.2}
Jesus said of the Old Testament Scriptures,--and how much more is it true of the New, --"They are they which testify of me," [JOHN 5:39.] the Redeemer, him in whom our hopes of eternal life are centered. Yes, the whole Bible tells of Christ. From the first record of creation,-- "for without him was not anything made that was made," [JOHN 1:3] --to the closing promise, "Behold I come quickly," we are reading of his works and listening to his voice. If you would become acquainted with the Saviour, study the Holy Scriptures.  {CE 56.3}
No man, woman, or youth can attain to Christian perfection and neglect the study of the Word of God. By carefully and closely searching His Word we shall obey the injunction of Christ, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."  John 5: 39. This search enables the student to observe closely the divine Model. . . . The Pattern must be inspected often and closely in order to imitate it. As one becomes acquainted with the history of the Redeemer, he discovers in himself defects of character; his unlikeness to Christ is so great that he sees he cannot be a follower without a very great change in his life. Still he studies, with a desire to be like his great Exemplar; he catches the looks, the spirit, of his beloved Master; by beholding he becomes changed.  {FLB 223.2}
In His teachings while personally among men Jesus directed the minds of the people to the Old Testament. He said to the Jews, "Ye search the Scriptures, because ye think that in them ye have eternal life; and these are they which bear witness of Me." John 5: 39, R.V. At this time the books of the Old Testament were the only part of the Bible in existence. Again the Son of God declared, "They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them." And He added, "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." Luke 16:29, 31.  {PP 367.1}
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