“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)” — Romans 1:1–2
The gospel of God concerning Jesus, the eternal Son of God, who took on flesh, died, and rose again is not a new invention. God through Paul clearly connects it with the Old Testament prophecies.
Paul’s pattern as a missionary was to first attempt to show the Jews out of the law of Moses and the prophets the truth about Jesus, His identity, His kingdom, His death, burial and resurrection (see Acts 28:23).
What this teaches us is that there is a continuity in God’s plan and program. Everything that we read in the Bible is a progression of God’s plan to bring His Son into the world to pay for our sin. Jesus is actually called the “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” in Revelation 13:8.
So, as we look back, we can see that God’s has been working out His plan all along. And as we look forward, we can see that God will continue to work out His plans for the return of Christ and the setting up of His kingdom in the future.
The promises of Christ’s first coming came to pass and the promises of Christ’s second coming will come to pass. Let us serve and live today resting in the fact that God is on the throne and He will bring everything in His divine plan to pass.