For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4) (If you missed Part 1, you can read it here .) The Apostle Paul quoted a verse from Psalm 69 before making his comment in Romans 15:4. When he speaks of whatever was written before he means what we have recorded in the Old Testament. He simply called them the Scriptures. God inspired the Hebrew Scriptures, our Old Testament. Paul said they were written for the instruction of New Testament believers. Through perseverance and encouragement in the Scriptures we can have hope. The Old Testament is not supposed to be ignored by Christians. As we apply this to our task of lifting up the Son, that in and through Christ our Father may be glorified, we encounter a word of caution. It is easy to agree on the surface that the church ought to talk about Jesus. That's a given. But are we aware that not ev
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