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“NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANS”?
congregations, and even segments, of Christianity which
seem to tout themselves as being “New Testament
Christians.” When asked what this means, the answer is
“The Old Testament (Hebrew) Scriptures are
fulfilled. They were fulfilled at Jesus’ first
advent and have virtually no import for
Christians now. Therefore, we accept as
doctrinal and prophetic proofs only Scriptures
from Matthew through Revelation.”
This often has
resulted in the publication of NEW TESTATMENTS
Bibles missing everything from
Genesis through Malachi.
This “New Testament”
position seems contradicted by the fact that many Old
Testament prophecies have clearly never yet been
fulfilled, as well as by the fact that a huge portion of
New Testament writings are quotes from the Old
Testament. This is so vital a subject that anyone who
rejects Old Testament testimony cannot hope to
understand what God is doing or teaching.
― “According to the Scripture”
The first evidence to
consider is that the New Testament repeatedly admonishes
the study of “the Scripture.” The ONLY “Scripture” then
in existence, and the one to which the Apostles refer,
is the OLD TESTAMENT.
It may be argued that
some of these admonishments were for FIRST ADVENT
PURPOSES, like how to recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
Some, indeed, were for this purpose, although the
lessons they inculcate are as applicable to new
Christians NOW as they were then. These texts would
include the following examples:
* Acts 17:2, 3
Paul tries to explain
Jesus to Jews
* Acts 17:10-13
The Berean Jews checked the
Apostle’s message by searching
Scriptures (Old Testament)
* Acts 18:24-28
Apollos was “mighty in the
Scriptures” (Old Testament) but was
up-to-date on their applications;
CONVINCED Jews “by the
Scriptures” that Jesus was Christ.
* Romans 1:1-4
Paul teaches that the GOSPEL was
by Old Testament prophets
they prophesied Jesus and
* Romans 16:25, 26 This repeats
Romans 1, but points
“all nations” (not only Jews)
learn the Gospel “by the
Scriptures of the prophets.” How
THIS goes beyond the
* II Timothy 3:14-17
Timothy learned “salvation through
which is in Christ Jesus” from
Testament. THEN Paul
admonishes how these old Scriptures
“thoroughly furnish” the man of
* Matthew 22:28-32
Jesus rebukes the Jewish leaders of
day for “not knowing the
(Old Testament) He adds
that these Old
Testament scriptures go
far into the
future to answer questions
* Galatians 3:8
Here Paul points out that the GOSPEL
finds its first explanation in
words to Abraham.
* Galatians 4:21-24, Paul tells us
that some Old Testament
Scriptures are allegorical of things to
What a loss if we don’t consult
Some Old Testament texts are clearly intended for the
entire Christian Age.
* James 2:8 calls part of the Old
Testament “the royal law” for
all Christians are responsible.
* James 4:5 again demonstrates
that an Old Testament text
live on through New Testament times.
* II Peter 1:19 is perhaps one of the
most powerful New
texts which teach that Old Testament prophecy
be a valid foundation for Christians until Jesus’ SECOND
* Hebrews 10:1 points out the
additional truth that many Old
ceremonies were TYPICAL. They pictured in
things pertaining to post-Old Testament times.
calls them “a
shadow of good things to come.”
* John 1:29 and 36 show one of these
the Old Testament. Why did John the Baptist call Jesus
Lamb of God”? It is
because the Old
account PICTURED Jesus who would deliver the
eventually from sin and death. Paul refers to this in
I Corinthians 5:7.
The Hole-y (not Holy) Bible!
If you own or have
access to any of the better modern translations, you can
SEE AT A GLANCE the immense percentage of the New
Testament which is DIRECTLY QUOTED from the Old
Testament. Many modern translations do us the favor of
setting these quotes in a type style that makes them
stand out. When we consult such visibly helpful New
Testaments, we quickly see that abandoning the Old
Testament would leave the New Testament FULL OF HOLES!
This should immediately awaken us to the folly of
claiming that the Old Testament is no longer of use to
Christians! If, indeed, we believe the New Testament’s
Apostolic writings, let us HEAR THEM:
Paul, in Romans
15:4, tells us bluntly that the Old Testament
Scripture is for “our learning.”
Peter, in I
Peter 1:10-12, explains beyond peradventure that the
prophets DID NOT MINISTER TO THEMSELVES, BUT TO US
To start to list
UNFULFILLED Old Testament prophecies would be to begin
an enormous list! This is the point of this article.
The Old Testament is as vital, if not more so, to our
understanding as is the New Testament. To abandon it is
to abandon the majority of God’s testimony to us.
But, just to make the
point, let us take only a wee bit of Old Testament
prophecy to see the kind of things yet to come shown in
(1) The destruction of the devil is first
pictorially shown in
Do we not all await this wonderful event?
(2) The end of war and the establishment
of universal peace
are offered to us in Isaiah 2:1-4.
It has not yet come. It will.
(3) Perfect world-wide government is at
Isaiah 9:6, 7 predicted it.
We yet watch for it. It is not in the past!
(4) A perfect ecology accompanied by a
is prophesied in Isaiah 11:1-9.
Who can say this is fulfilled? But how we want it to
The list goes on and
on. He who has not considered the Divine Treasures of
the Old Testament is, indeed, a handicapped Christian!
Jump in! Enjoy the refreshing waters of the ENTIRETY of