Central Theme Of The Scriptures

“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”  Luke 24:27

There is one great central truth to be kept ever before the mind in the searching of the Scriptures–Christ and Him crucified.  Every other truth is invested with influence and power corresponding to its relation to this theme.  It is only in the light of the cross that we can discern the exalted character of the law of God.  The soul palsied by sin can be endowed with life only through the work wrought out upon the cross by the Author of our salvation.  The love of Christ constrains man to unite with Him in His labors and sacrifice.  The revelation of divine love awakens in them a sense of their neglected obligation to be light bearers to the world, and inspires them with a missionary spirit.  This truth enlightens the mind and sanctifies the soul.  It will banish unbelief and inspire faith… When Christ in His work of redemption is seen to be the great central truth of the system of truth, a new light is shed upon all the events of the past and the future.  They are seen in a new relation, and possess a new and deeper significance.

The Old Testament is as verily the gospel in types and shadows as the New Testament is in its unfolding power.  The New Testament does not present a new religion; the Old Testament does not present a religion to be superseded by the New.  The New Testament is only the advancement and unfolding of the Old.  Abel was a believer in Christ and was as verily saved by His power as was Peter or Paul.  Enoch was a representative of Christ as surely as was the beloved disciple John… That God who walked with Enoch was our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  He was the light of the world then, just as He is now.

The truth for this time is broad in its outlines, far reaching, embracing many doctrines, but these doctrines are not detached items which mean little; they are united by golden threads, forming a complete whole, with Christ as the living center.

E. G. White, That I May Know Him, p. 208

Christ, at an infinite cost, by a painful process, mysterious to angels as well as to men, assumed humanity.  Hiding His divinity, laying aside His glory, He was born a babe in Bethlehem.  In human flesh He lived the law of God, that He might condemn sin in the flesh, and bear witness to heavenly intelligences that the law was ordained to life and to ensure the happiness, peace, and eternal good of all who obey…

This is the mystery of godliness, that One equal with the Father should clothe His divinity with humanity, and laying aside all the glory of His office as Commander in heaven, (should) descend step after step in the path of humiliation, enduring severe and still more severe abasement.  Sinless and undefiled, He stood in the judgment hall, to be tried, to have His case investigated and pronounced upon by the very nation He had delivered from slavery.  The Lord of glory was rejected and condemned, yea, spat upon.  With contempt for what they regarded as His pretentious claims, men smote Him in the face…

Pilate pronounced Christ innocent, declaring that he found no fault in Him.  Yet to please the Jews, he commanded Him to be scourged and then delivered Him up, bruised and bleeding, to suffer the cruel death of crucifixion.  The Majesty of heaven was led as Lamb to the slaughter, and amid scoffing and jeers, ridicule and false accusation, He was nailed to the cross.  The crowd, in whose hearts humanity seemed to be dead, sought to aggravate the cruel sufferings of the Son of God by their reviling.  But as a sheep before His shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.  He was giving His life for the life of the world, that all who believed in Him should not perish.

E. G. White, The Upward Look, p. 90


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