What happens when you unhook from the Old Testament?

There are people who want to convince us to unhook the Old Testament from the Christian faith.  We understand that they want to protect believers from the controversies, the restrictive laws and the so-called ‘cruel’ acts of God and His people in the Old Testament.  Yet the Old Testament is vitally important to understand God’s fantastic future for us.  For example, 

#  Four wonderful promises in the Old Testament 

  1. To the serpent, the devil in the Garden of Eden, God promised, ’I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers, he [He] will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.’ 1  That refers to Jesus. 
  2. To Abram, God promised, ‘…and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’ 2  That refers to Jesus. 
  3. To David God promised, ‘Your house and your kingdom shall endure for ever before me; your throne will be established for ever.’ 3  That refers to Jesus. 
  4. To the Jews, God promised, ‘The time is coming…when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah….’ 4   That refers to Jesus.  

All four these defining promises that a Saviour would come, are in the Old Testament.  It should tell us something about how important the Old Testament is for us to grasp the significance our Lord Jesus. 

Please note!

#  Matthew, Mark, Luke and John narrate how God fulfilled those 4 promises. 

The words, ‘…to fulfil what was written’ occurs quite a few times in these books.  

  • The King on the Cross is the offspring of the woman, struck in His heel by Satan.  The head of the devil was crushed because the sacrifice of Jesus destroyed the works of the devil. 5
  • All people on earth who accept the suffering and death of Jesus, His resurrection and ascension on our behalf, and the gift of the Holy Spirit, will inherit the promised eternal life with God.  What a blessing! 
  • The King on the throne of David sits at the right hand of His Father, the Lord God Almighty, and rules for all eternity in the New Jerusalem. 
  • Through the New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus on the Cross, we become the children of the Father and the Bride of Christ eternally.

#  What happens if we unhook the Old Testament from the Holy Spirit inspired Book of Truth?  

  • We are left with a New Testament with no foundation; with no reason to believe that Jesus is that specially chosen Lamb of God; with no reason to believe the most wonderful miracle of all: God promised and everything happened.
  • To unhook the Old Testament from the New, is an effort to rob us of the trust we have in God’s faithfulness and power.  He promises us a glorious future with Him eternally.  To unhook eventually means to unhook people from God’s plan for their lives.  

Conclusion

We can have full confidence in God’s many promises scattered throughout the Old and New Testaments.  He will take care of us, help, encourage and comfort us in this life.  And in eternity we will be in His presence always. 

References

  1. Genesis 3:15
  2. Genesis 12:3  
  3. 2 Samuel 6:16  
  4. Jeremiah 31:31  
  5. 1 John 3:8

Why kids need God

Natasha Crain, in her blog christianmomthoughts.com, discusses We need Godthe reason why kids need to know that God is important (July 28, 2015). Her research on ex-Christians that defected from Jesus, show:

  • They don’t need Jesus to be happy. They can be happy in themselves.
  • They don’t need Jesus to be good. They can be good by themselves.
  • They don’t need Jesus to give meaning to life. They can do it without God.

Natasha’s answer to these statements is that kids need God because He exists. If He doesn’t exist, they don’t need Him.

We want to add another reason why kids (and adults) need God – He promises us a wonderful future in eternity if we make Him our first priority.

  • Our earthly life span is a fraction of the length of eternity. God warns through Scripture that it is important to prepare for eternal life.
  • People may claim that the promise of eternal life is just wishful thinking. However, the amount of propaganda levelled against the Bible, is strange if this life is all there is.
  • For example, atheists publish books to turn believers into unbelievers (making much of the fact that believers supposedly cannot think). They tell people evolution is true (which obviously makes God redundant), et cetera.
  • Why do they do it? If there is no eternal life, what does it matter what a person believes? Why try to convince him or her that the Bible and God is a fairy tale? However, if God’s promises of an eternal life of peace and happiness with Him as Father and King, is true, it becomes tremendously important what one believes on this side of the grave.
  • The efforts to undermine the Bible’s promises of eternal life in Jesus, speak volumes about God’s enemy, the devil.1 He is the one who foments and organises all the wars against the Bible and God. It is because he permanently lost the opportunity to ever be with God again. He takes revenge by keeping people in the dark about God’s wonderful plan for man.

Conclusion: who wants to spend eternity in the lake of burning sulphur for rejecting God’s gracious, merciful salvation plan through Jesus, effected by the Holy Spirit? Only God can help you to live eternally in bliss and happiness under a King who loves and cares for you. That is why kids need to understand that God is very important.

References

1. Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10