Is the Old Testament a partial reflection of the New Testament, especially the Gospels?
- Question from Jack, 7th grade student, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs
I believe that the answer to your question is definitely “yes.”
The issue at stake in both Testaments is the question of divine revelation and the human response to it.
In Scripture, divine revelation is progressive and unfolding. Perhaps this statement is best understood by reflecting on human encounters. The more time we spend with another human being the more we get to know about them and who they really are.
The first verse of Hebrews reminds us that God’s self-revelation in the Old Testament was partial, that is, those who listened to the prophets learned certain things about God and who he is. In the Gospels, God’s self-revelation through the person of Jesus is complete, meaning, Jesus was God in human form reminding his followers of who God is and what his values are.
This month’s question was answered by Father Richard Walsh, Vicar General for the Diocese of Orlando, pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Winter Park.