There is a page in most of our Bibles that, in my opinion, does not belong there. It is a white page on which is written, “The New Testament (Covenant)”. This is a page that makes a separation between the New Covenant and the Hebrew Scriptures, which some refer to as “The Old Testament”. I personally find the words “old” and “new” a bit problematic. While the term “new covenant” is found within the Hebrew Scriptures (Jeremiah 31), it refers to a supernatural writing of God’s law on believers’ hearts by the Holy Spirit, which would come through Messiah Yeshua; it does not refer to a separate set of scriptures!
Now, please don’t misunderstand me; I am a disciple of Yeshua who is very grateful for the Gospel writings, the letters of Paul, and the writings of the Disciples. In fact, my walk with the Lord heavily depends on these writings. The problem is that believers today largely ignore the entire Bible as a whole, and only focus on what is known as “The New Testament”. They do so simply because they think, or they were taught, that the Old Covenant is an obsolete book, and somehow does not apply to them. I wonder, was that the view and the approach of the first disciples; was that the meaning of the “New Covenant”?
Years ago, I had a “heated” debate with another believer about some topics that are found in the Word of God. He based his entire argument on what the New Covenant had to say, believing that there is no more room for the “old” covenant in our lives.
In the midst of our debate I asked him if he knew what 1 Tim 3:16-17 says? We opened our Bibles and read it:
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. “ 2 Tim 3:16-17.
I then asked, “To which ‘Scripture’ do you think that the Apostle Paul (Rav Shaul) was referring? Was there a book called “New Covenant” (or Testament) during that time? Or was he referring to what you call ‘old’ and even invalid for us as Followers of the Messiah?”
My brothers and sisters, in many of the places in the new Covenant that the Word “Scriptures” is mentioned, it refers to the rest of God’s holy and inspired Word that can never grow old. While we will not be judged under the Law as believers in Yeshua, we are certainly not lawless; our faith in Yeshua actually raises the bar in how we are to live our lives, in accordance to God’s principles set about for us in the Hebrew Scriptures!
According to 2 Tim 3:16-17, if we want to be equipped to do God’s will for our lives, and to know what is pleasing and honoring to Him, we are to read the fullness of His Word. The Bible is ONE book, from Genesis to Revelation. In every book are found pieces to the “puzzle” that we need in order to have the full picture of God, and His plan for redemption, sanctification, and living victoriously in Him. I don’t want to miss any piece of that puzzle…do you?
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