Is the substance of the Gospel also in the Old Testament?

2940013596092_p0_v1_s260x420In The Select Works of Theodore Beza, Beza discusses how the substance of the Gospel in the New Testament is also found in the Old Testament. The phrase “substance of the Gospel” for Beza is “all that was promised in the Old Testament on the subject of Jesus Christ.” It is everything that pointed to the Rescuer of God’s elect. Thus the substance of the Gospel, rightly understood, is not merely found in certain isolated parts of Scripture but the whole. It’s not as if the Gospel is only in parts of the four Gospels or the epistles rather the fulfillment of Messiah has always been the plan.

Acts 26:22 To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass:

Acts 26:23 that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.”

Acts 28:23 When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.

John 5:39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,

Rom 1:2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,

The Gospel is the and always has been the only means by which God saves His elect

Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

It has been announced by God to the World since the Fall.

Gen 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,

and between your offspring and her offspring;

he shall bruise your head,

and you shall bruise his heel.”

The Gospel was promised in the writings of the prophets. The writings of the prophets pointed to the manifestation of its content; Jesus. The Gospel was declared by Jesus Himself and continued to be declared by His Apostles.

Rom 1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

Rom 1:2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,

Rom 1:3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh

Rom 1:4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,

Rom 1:5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,

Rom 1:6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,

Rom 16:25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages

Rom 16:26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—

We are reminded that the continuity of the Gospel is the good news of hope that was proclaimed since the beginning, by God’s mercy and grace, to His Church (those who by faith, embrace Jesus shall partake of eternal life in Him).

Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—

Rom 3:22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:

John 6:40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”