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The apostle Paul encouraged the disciples to read the Old Testament:

For everything that was written in the past written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. (Romans 15:4).

Here are ten reasons why the Old Testament is important to Christians:

  1. The OT was Jesus’s only Scripture and makes up three-fourths (75.55 percent) of our Bible.

  2. The OT substantially influences our understanding of key biblical teachings.

  3. We meet the same God in both Testaments.

  4. The OT announces the very ‘good news/gospel’ we enjoy.

  5. Both the old and new covenants call for love, and we can learn much about love from the OT.

  6. Jesus came not to destroy the Law and the Prophets but to fulfill them.

  7. Jesus said that all the OT points to him.

  8. Failing to declare ‘the whole counsel of God’ can put us in danger before the Lord.

  9. The NT authors stressed that God gave the OT for Christians.

  10. Paul commands church leaders to preach the OT.

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