What Shall We Do With the Old Testament ? 0613

What shall we do with the Old Testament ?

Most pastors will teach from the old testament. Ever notice how arbitrarily they choose which passages apply to the church and which ones are ignored or they say no longer applies? To be consistent, they need to ignore all old testament morality, accept all old testament morality or have a logical biblical reason to be selective. Some cop out and say only old testament law that is reiterated in the new testament are still valid. Many throw out the old testament entirely, claiming that Jesus made the old testament null and void!

There is a difference in between old testament and old covenant. The new covenant completes and fulfills the promises and requirements of the old covenant. But God remains unchanged. God’s standard still applies. God’s moral righteousness ( law) still applies, because God (Jesus) is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

One man sinned (Adam), so all have sinned. God first saved 1 family, Noah’s from the righteous judgement of the worldwide flood. This is a word picture of saving some from the righteous judgement of fallen humanity.

Next, God saved the ancestry of one man, Abraham. God told them to be holy and made ceremonial and civil examples to help them and reveal to them what god requires to be saved by sacrificial substitutional atonement, a word picture of the work of christ on our behalf.

From physical slavery to Egypt, a word picture of our natural slavery to sin and worldliness. And fulfilled prophesy and promise to save some in every tribe in Jesus. Those who expect God to save all of israel by any way other than Jesus, are deceived or misguided.

Clearly, there has to be a singular truth with both old and new testament support.

What does the 0ld Testament say?

And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” (Genesis 3:15 NKJV)

Notice the seed ( lower case) of the serpent and her Seed ( capitalized) as referring to a specific individual, Jesus Christ.

Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ. (Galatians 3:16 NKJV)

Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. (Genesis 15:5, 6 NKJV)

Does this multitude of descendants include the church? Does it include all israelites ? Will modern day Jews be saved in a different way than through Jesus as part of His body the Church?

Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah — not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord : I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” In that He says, “ A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. (Hebrews 8:8-13 NKJV)

Do all descendants get saved? No. Only the elect chosen by God. But Jesus is the Seed who defeats the devil and all who are saved are in Christ and that is the Church which only includes everyone saved by faith in the old and new testament. But the faith is in Christ who accomplished what was impossible for us to do or even contribute toward ourselves. Our works and obedience supernaturally flow from us, new creatures IN Christ. Saved from God by God for God. In faith alone, but never alone. Old testament and covenant pointed forward to Christ. The new testament and covenant points back to Christ. In Christ alone are we saved!

For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. (Hebrews 3:16-19 NKJV)

But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.” And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.” What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens. What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As He says also in Hosea: “I will call them My people, who were not My people, And her beloved, who was not beloved.” “And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ There they shall be called sons of the living God.” And as Isaiah said before: “Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, We would have become like Sodom, And we would have been made like Gomorrah.” What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness. Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. As it is written: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” (Romans 9:6-16, 18, 22-26, 29-33 NKJV)

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. (John 15:1, 2, 4, 5, 26, 27 NKJV)

And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? (Romans 11:17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24 NKJV)

So what is biblically accurate for us to do with the old testament?

1) Study Its history and trust in its accuracy.

2) Study the character of God. His holiness, His omnipotence, His omniscience, His universal presence.

3) Study man’s fallen condition and God’s preordained solution to it.

4) Study God’s adversary satan with his demons and recognize his nature and deceptions.

5) We don’t choose to be saved. We have no input into salvation. Rather, those saved by God will think and act redeemed. We are declared holy and seek holiness through sanctification, guided and protected by the Holy Spirit in a manner consistent with the will of God, the will of Jesus, and the will of the Holy Spirit, all three wills identical.

When God describes what is holy and what is not holy in the old or new testament, it is the same for us today. Keep this in mind, daily. As the world and false teachers claim that idolatry, lust, fornication, homosexuality, or tattoos are ok, trust only God’s view on it. When we find ourselves enslaved to the thought or practice of it, repent and seek God’s forgiveness, and be saved, sanctified, and Glorified by God. Don’t let anyone deceive you. God wants us to be Holy and He alone has the power to make it so!

In Christ,

AZ4Christ.wordress.com

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~ by az4christ on June 28, 2013.

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