Christ and the Scriptures – A Cordial from Richard Sibbes

What is the scope of the Scriptures but Christ–from the first promise of the blessed seed, the seed of the woman shall break the serpent’s head, to the end of the Bible? What are all the Scriptures without Christ? The law is a dead letter; and indeed, so is the gospel without Christ. He is ‘that Spirit’ which gives life to all the Scriptures. Moses without Christ is but a shadow without a body, or a body without a soul. Take away Christ, what was the brazen serpent? What was the ark? What were the sacrifices? What is all? Is not Christ ‘all in all’ in these? The kings and priests and prophets, they were types of Christ. The ceremonial law aimed at Christ, and the moral law is to drive us to Christ. Christ is the Spirit of all. And the Scripture without Christ is a mere dead thing, a shell without a kernel, as it is to the Jews to this day.

– Richard Sibbes, from Glorious Freedom 

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