The Bible – Part 4, The Christian and the Old Testament

The above title is from an article in the March 2011 issue of Christianity: then and now, edited by John Waddey.  Although we are no longer under the Old Testament, it still has some valuable lessons for mankind today.  Some of the following main points are taken from the article by John Waddey:

1. It is God’s inspired word (2 Tim. 3:16)

 2. It answers many questions

It discusses the origin of the universe; the creation of man; the beginning of sin in the world; it shows us man’s relationship to God and there are hundreds of other questions answered in the Old Testament.

3. A Foundation

The Old Testament is the foundation upon which the New Testament or new covenant was built (Gal. 3:24; Heb. 10:1).  The Old foreshadowed the coming of the New.  “The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed; The New Testament is the Old revealed”.

 4. A History

The Old Testament provides man faith building lessons for the Christian (Rom. 15:4; 2 Tim. 3:15).

5.  It contains over 300 prophecies of the coming Messiah (Jn. 5:39: Acts 10:43).  These prophecies about Christ (and the church) provide a solid foundation for belief in Christ as God’s Son and for the belief that the New Testament church is the kingdom the prophets foresaw (Dan. 2:44; Is. 2:1-4).

 6. It is not our rule of faith and practice – it is not the law that we are under today

Christ took the Old Law out of the way, nailing it to his cross (Col. 2:14-17).  “While we thank God for preserving for us the Old Testament, we look to the New for answers to such questions as: How to be saved; How to worship God Acceptably; How to live for Christ.” (John Waddey)

 

Leon Brashear

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