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Article IX of the 1878 Niagara Creed developed around their Bible conferences:

We believe that all the Scriptures, from first to last, center about our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Person and work, in first and second coming; and hence that no chapter even of the Old Testament is properly read or understood until it leads to Him; and moreover, that all the Scriptures from first to last, including every chapter of the Old Testament, were designed for our practical instruction. (Luke 24:27,44; John 5:39; Acts 7:2-3; Acts 18:28; Acts 26:22-23; Acts 28:23; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11)

It’s interesting to note that the Niagara conference folks were dispensationalists, whereas the rise of Christocentric hermeneutics in the 20th century seems more associated with covenant theologians.

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2 thoughts on “Seeing Christ in Every Chapter of the Bible Is Not a Late 20th Century Development”

  1. Paul M. says:

    Any thoughts about why Christocentric interpretation of the OT shifted from a broad-based evangelical understanding of Scripture into something that covenant folks are trying to recover?

  2. Mike R says:

    sometimes i wonder if things we try to read as “shifts” are really just “outcomes” – with the former having the implication of intent while the latter the carries implication of … apathy … laziness … comfort. i’ve always felt that western attempts at creating systematic theologies do more harm than good when it comes to seeing unifying themes in scripture, and treating scripture as a single revelation that was just revealed at different times.

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