Greg Boyd on the Old Testament as a Shadow of the New


“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”  Colossians 2:16-17

If we believe the whole Bible is inspired, how do we reconcile the Old Testament with the self-sacrificial, enemy-loving God revealed in Jesus Christ? In this past Sunday’s sermon at Woodland Hills Church, Greg succinctly summarizes his own thoughts by echoing that of the apostle Paul: the Old Testament is a shadow of the reality which is found in Christ.

Greg will be going into much more detail on this subject in his forthcoming book The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, but he has also written about this in his recent blog posts on cruciform hermeneutics.

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  • ramus

    OK- I’m only 4 min. into this and I am already confused. He begins by stating this sermon is “revelation.” Implying God herself has opened his eyes, then, to placate the congregation and those who might leave the church because they disagree with the message, he calls it opinion- the furthest circle away from Jesus (the cross). I will listen to the entire thing later as I am intrigued by the Title of the forthcoming book. But up front I would say his main problem is even caring about reconciling the killer god with Christ. That is, the reason he has the problem is because of his view of scripture as being somehow inspired.