What your pastor never told you about the old testament – Part 2
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine…” Acts 2:42
In part 1 of this series, we established that the Old Testament was a covenant between God and the Israelites, not with Christians. Let’s get to the second part.
One would ask: “Is the Old Testament not to be read because it was for the Israelites? The Holy Spirit, through Apostle Paul, provided a succinct answer to this question in 1 Corinthians 10:1-11.
Paul, having a desire for the Corinthians to make them aware of the Israelites’ journey from Egypt, took them down memory lane. In verse 11 of 1 Corinthians chapter 10, the Apostle wrote, “Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world come.”
He wanted the Corinthians to know that the punishment of the Israelites was an example of the punishment of disloyal believers, whose relationship with God is typified by theirs. Hence, we have to READ the Old Testament to be informed, but not to perform ordinances.
The Old Testament contains two elements:
• Ordinances (authoritative orders)
“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth” is information, but “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy” and many others are ordinances.
By this, we have to READ the Old Testament (to be informed) to know the consequences of disobedience and other sinful acts, but not to perform the ordinances, except such are contained in the New Testament.
The Old Testament, is a symbol of insufficiency and death (2 Corinthians 3:6; Heb 10:28), was to have a place until the arrival of faith and justification through Jesus. It represents man as being under the dominion of Law, in which, there is no redemption.
The New Testament declares Law to have failed; frees man from its dominion and preaches the kingdom of grace, to be won by faith, love of neighbour and entire sacrifice of self.
The transition from the Old Testament to the New, from the dominion of Law to that of faith, from justification by works to redemption through the Mediator, from the domain of sin and death to eternal life in Christ means, when taken in its real sense, the transition from slavery to freedom.
Why then do you want to go back to slavery by performing ordinances in the Old Testament? (Heb 8:6-7)
All Bible excerpts are from the KJV.
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