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Confirmation of gospel

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The trustworthiness of the gospel of Jesus Christ rests upon the fulfilment of OT prophecies concerning Jesus Christ, the apostolic witness to Jesus Christ and the divine witness to Jesus Christ during his ministry, culminating in his resurrection.

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Prophecies of the OT concerning Jesus Christ

Fulfilment of prophecy recognised by Jesus Christ

Matthew 26:54–56 NASB95
“How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?” At that time Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest Me as you would against a robber? Every day I used to sit in the temple teaching and you did not seize Me. “But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures of the prophets.” Then all the disciples left Him and fled.
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Fulfilment of prophecy recognised by NT speakers and writers

Romans 3:21 NASB95
But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,
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Particular prophecies fulfilled:

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Realisation of types

The sign of Jonah:


Jesus Christ as the bread of life:

Jesus Christ as the greater Moses; Jesus Christ as the high priest after the order of Melchizedek

Fulfilment of ceremony and sacrifice

Jesus Christ fulfils all that the sacrificial system stood for.
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Witness of the apostles to Jesus Christ

John 19:35 NASB95
And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe.
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Witness of God the Father to his Son

Matthew 3:16–17 NASB95
After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”
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Jesus Christ vindicated by his resurrection

Romans 1:1–4 NASB95
Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,
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Warnings against false gospels

Galatians 1:6–9 NASB95
I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!
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