“In the old age, Torah was the epitome of divine revelation, but now its high position has been surpassed in the ‘new creation,’ which expresses the zenith of God’s revelation in Christ, a revelation only pointed to in the former age of Torah (see, e.g., Gal. 3:23–25). The ‘new creation’ is the other side of the coin of the crucifixion; Jesus’ crucifixion was inextricably linked to his resurrection, since the former was necessary for and led to the latter, which Paul understands elsewhere to be the new creation.” (G. K. Beale, A New Testament Biblical Theology, p. 309).
“It was fitting that, before the sun of righteousness had arisen, there should be no great and shinning revelation, no clear understanding. The Lord, therefore, so meted out the light of his Word to them that they still saw it afar off and darkly. . . . What did the Law and the Prophets teach to the men of their own time? They gave a foretaste of that wisdom which was one day to be clearly disclosed, and pointed to it twinkling afar off. But when Christ could be pointed to with the finger, the Kingdom of God was opened.” (John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book II, XI, 5).
“[T]he beauty of Jesus is without a flaw. That beauty cannot be appreciated without a knowledge of the holiness upon which it is based; and the holiness is unknown except to those who have been convicted of their own sin through leaning the lesson of the law.” (J. Gresham Machen, What Is Faith?, p.137).
Quotes used in the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church.