"I Only Believe In The Old Testament, But I Read The New Testament.
Is That All Right?"
This is a common question, especially if one has been brought up in a religious environment that speaks and believes in The Old Testament but reads The New Testament, but does not accept all of its teaching!
The Old Testament and New Testament are both GOD'S INSPIRED WORD.
2 Timothy 3:16 Says,
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"
As we also read in 2 Peter 1:21,
"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
If you have read The Old Testament, you would have come across prophetic utterances like the following, Isaiah speaking concerning Jesus (The Messiah) telling us how He would come and give Himself for us, bearing our sins and sicknesses:
Isaiah 53:4-5 "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
We read in The New Testament in Matthew 1:21,
"And she (Mary) shall bring forth a son, (God's Son) and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
John the Baptist was baptizing people with a baptism of repentance, when he saw Jesus coming he said,
"Behold THE LAMB OF GOD, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29.
As we look through The New Testament, we read in 1 Peter 2:24,
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed."
The Holy Bible, by The Holy Spirit speaks for itself.
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." 1 Corinthians 1:18.
Jesus died on the cross as our substitute in our place. God sent His only begotten Son, He GAVE THE GREATEST GIFT TO MANKIND. To be whipped at the post and die on the cross to HEAL and SAVE SINNERS! Jesus is our "Sacrificial Lamb". Jesus shed His BLOOD for us! Then He rose VICTORIOUS from the grave on the third day - What Pagan God or prophet has ever done that! Jesus paid the price for us. We can only be saved from our spiritual death, caused by sin ("Wherefore, as by one man (ADAM) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:" Romans 5:12) by repenting, and receiving Jesus into our hearts as our Personal Saviour. We cannot escape Hell and go to Heaven by giving a big offering to a Church or Charity; we cannot buy our way into Heaven or go there through our good works! God's word tells us very clearly,
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast". Eph 2:8-9.
The Bible clearly teaches us through our Faith in Jesus' complete Atonement we are SAVED BY GRACE ALONE! Remember, The Holy Bible makes a very important statement here,
"Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Galations 3: 24-29.
A scripture much quoted but not all the verses,
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate." Hebrews 13:8-12.
Reading Hebrews 13:11-12 in the Amplified version of the Bible,
"For when the blood of animals is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin, the victims' bodies are burned outside the limits of the camp. [Lev 16:27] Therefore Jesus also suffered and died outside the [city's] gate in order that He might purify and consecrate the people through [the shedding of] His own blood and set them apart as holy [for God]."
Jesus came to make us new creatures (2 Cor 5:17).
"For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:" (1 Cor 5:7).
Jesus our New Testament Lamb Has PAID THE PRICE for ALL our needs.
If you have never accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, then I invite you to now, repent and believe the Gospel, open your heart and invite Jesus in; you need a personal relationship with Him,
"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:8-13.
God Bless you...
"For the law was given by Moses,(OLD TESTAMENT) but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (NEW TESTAMENT)". John 1:17.
Written By Rev. Arthur J. Milton