“ Significantly, Jesus’ saving work is the fulcrum upon which the entire Bible pivots. To him all redemptive history points, and from him all fulfillment comes. As Jesus himself said, “Do not think I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matt. 5:17). The Old Testament is Christo-telic (telos is Greek for “goal, end”). Each of the five covenants culminates in the person and wok of Messiah Jesus.
- In fulfillment of the Adamic/Noahic covenant, Jesus is the Son of Man, last Adam, and image of God (Mark 10:45; 14:62; 1 Cor. 15:45; 2 Cor. 4:4)
- In fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant, Jesus is the offspring of Abraham and agent of universal blessing (Gen. 22:17b-18; Acts 3:25-26; Gal. 3:16).
- In fulfillment of the Mosaic (old) covenant, Jesus represents Israel and stands as God’s Son, Yahweh’s servant, the embodiment of wisdom, the one who fulfilled the law’s demands, and the substance of all covenant shadows (Exod. 4:22-23; Isa. 49:3, 5-6; Matt. 3:17; 11:2, 19; 12:42; 13:54; John 2:19-21; Acts 3:25-26; Rom. 5:19; Col. 2:17; Heb. 9:9-12; 10:1).
- In fulfillment of the Davidic covenant, Jesus is the King of the Jews and Son of David (Matt. 2:2; 21:9; Luke 1:32-33).
- In fulfillment of the new covenant promises, Jesus is the prophet like Moses who was to come and the only true mediator between God and man (Deut. 18:15, 18; Luke 7:16; 22:20; Acts 3:22-26; 7:37; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 8:6; 9:15; 12:24).