This is what God gave me today in his word:
But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says, “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.” (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) (Ephesians 4:7-10)
Actually, Paul, you just misquoted that verse. It doesn’t say, “he gave gifts to men,” it says he received them. Having a bit of memory lapse are we?
When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train; you received gifts from men, even from the rebellious–that you, O LORD God, might dwell there. (Psalm 68:18)
I’m going to coin a word, its called ‘transquotation’. It’s where someone quotes something, and at the same time transforms it into what it actually means. That’s what Paul’s doing now, he’s transquoting Psalm 68:18 into it’s application; he’s not misquoting, he’s transquoting. There’s a big difference. Every time you transquote something though, you would of course actually have to know for certain, as Paul did, what the correct transquote is. That’s why he changed the Old Testament verse from where, “we give gifts to God,” to where, “God gives to men.”
So let’s get all this straight. Paul’s transquoting from the original Old Testament verse, into where, “God gives gifts to men.” And, you may notice, God did this by (if you’ll quickly look at Paul’s transquotation, you’ll see this) first descending to… Somewhere (such as, Hell). Then ascending again. As I said yesterday, the Old Testament has its cornerstone in Jesus’ death and Resurrection. As clearly portrayed by Paul. — For example:
1 When people have a dispute, they are to take it to court and the judges will decide the case, punishing the innocent and setting free the guilty. 2 If the guilty person deserves to be beaten, the judge shall make the innocent person lie down and have Him flogged in his presence with the number of lashes the crimes deserve, (Transquoted from Deuteronomy 25:1-3)
Jesus was flogged for us; he took us, the guilty person’s, punishment upon himself. We see this in the New Testament as well (every transquoted passage must end up being proven by something in the New Testament).
18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
Christ took our, the guilty people, sins (punishment) upon himself when he reconciled us to Himself.
Every single passage in the Old Testament points to the Cross and a crucified Christ. – This can be proven, as my family and I have and are currently reading through the Old Testament and finding the Gospel in every passage. – This is because Christ is the point of the Bible. The point of living is to praise Jesus and what he did for us; the reason I’m Spiritually alive is because of Jesus’ death for me. The reason the whole Bible was written, was to amplify and made known the message of the Gospel.
That’s why Paul transquoted the Old Testament from time to time.
You are Loved!