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According To The Scriptures
by Wayne Blank
"Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures"
When Jesus Christ attended and taught at Sabbath services, the Hebrew Scriptures were all that existed - there was no "New Testament." His reading from the book of Isaiah (Isaiah 61:1-2) as quoted above makes clear however that those Scriptures were about Him. Along with history and law, the Old Testament has many, many references about the Messiah, as Jesus Christ Himself plainly said. The "Old" Testament is the only Bible that Jesus Christ ever had, or taught from.
But what did the apostles and early church use? The same Bible as Jesus Christ - the so-called "Old Testament." Every reference to the "Scriptures" in the New Testament is referring to the Old Testament.
"And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures, Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ." (Acts 17:2-3 KJV) (see also Paul In Athens, Paul's First Missionary Journey, Paul's Journey To Rome, Paul's Second Missionary Journey, Paul's Third Missionary Journey)
Fact Finder: Jesus Christ said that "No man hath seen God at any time" (John 1:18 KJV), but a number of people directly saw The Lord, including Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu and seventy of the elders of Israel ("they saw the God of Israel," Exodus 24:10 KJV), Abraham ("The Lord appeared unto him," Genesis 18:1 KJV) and Jacob ("I have seen God face to face," Genesis 32:30 KJV). How can that be?