God’s Map to success

All 66 books of the Bible are essential to understand God’s plan.  Broadly taken the Old Testament revolves around the kingdom of Israel.  It serves as a teaching lesson for us about what works and what does not work in God’s Kingdom. 

‘Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.’ 1 Corinthians 10:6

God is very clear in the Old Testament that He wants holy lives.  Yet the failure of the Old Covenant is very obvious.  

That is the beauty of the New Testament.  It reveals the New Covenant in Jesus’ blood.  He circumcises our hearts and gives us the precious Holy Spirit to lead us in the holiness process — which God wanted from the beginning.  

Conclusion

The Old Covenant and New Covenant together lead to the success of God’s Kingdom.

Does God expect us to know the Old Testament?

It is written, 

“Others became priests without any oath, but He [Jesus] became a Priest with an oath when God said to Him, ‘The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind: You are a Priest forever.’” Hebrews 7:21

It is repeated In Hebrews 5:6,10; 6:20; 7:11 that God said to Jesus, 

‘You are a Priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.’   

The reference that Jesus would be a Priest in the order of Melchizedek is found in Psalm 110:4  Note the emphasis, 

“The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.’”  

We learn about Melchizedek in Genesis 14:18-20

Jesus is our High Priest, 

‘The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a High Priest who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven…’  Hebrews 8:1

The role of the high priest and his appointment by God is found in various sections of the Pentateuch in the Old Testament.  We can more fully understand the wonderful High Priest, Jesus, by studying these portions of the Bible.  

The question, does God expect us to know the Old Testament, is clear:  He does.  

That is why we have the Old Testament and the New Testament.  Both have as main focus, Jesus, our glorious Saviour and Lord.  With the help of the Holy Spirit we can appreciate our Bridegroom so much better.

One Gospel, one Book

The Bible is the most precious book of all time.  Why?  It reveals the hope of eternal life,  

‘…This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel.’  2 Timothy 1:9b-10 

The Gospel testifies that eternal life came through our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  We might think that the ‘Gospel’ is only the four books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  Amazingly the ‘Gospel’ includes the Old Testament.

‘Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God — the Gospel He promised beforehand in the Holy Scriptures regarding His Son, who as to His human nature was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by His Resurrection from the dead….’  Romans 1:1-4

Therefore Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, tells us that the Old Testament is also the Gospel.   Jesus Christ, the omniscient Son of God, agreed,

“He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?’  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself.”  Luke 24:25-27

‘Moses and all the Prophets’ was a direct reference to the ‘Scriptures.’  That is the Old Testament.  At the time Jesus spoke, the New Testament was not yet written.  The Epistles also form part of the Gospel, 

‘His [Paul’s] letters also contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.’  2 Peter 3:16    

Thus the Old and New Testament are the Scriptures, the Gospel.  We have 66 books that together reveal God’s plan for man through Jesus.  Which ends in immortality for the elect, chosen, loyal followers of Jesus.  Revelation 17:14b  

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