DISTINGUISHING THE OLD FROM THE NEW – (PART ONE)

In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away – Hebrews 8:13

LIGHT FOR NOW: You cannot stay in the New and be romancing the Old.

There is a need to understand the realities of the New Testament. Jesus is the New Testament. This is so that the believer in Christ can enforce the priestly office of Jesus. The Old Testament was a forerunner to the New. The Old Testament never brought salvation but it was a pointer to salvation. It never brought righteousness but it showed the impact of having a right standing with God. The blessings under the Old Testament were conditional. They could only be attained based on observance to the Law (Exodus 15:26; Exodus 23:25). Nothing in the Old Testament was free but was based on fulfillment or obedience to the Law. In the New Testament, the blessing is unconditional. It is for all. Your healing is with the stripes of Jesus. By His pains and sufferings, we are all healed. The only condition needed for our blessing and healing was fulfilled by Jesus. The Bible in 1st Peter chapter 2 verse 24 says, “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”. Everything in the New Testament is freely given to us. The Law is a demand for performance but grace is a supply for help, power, strength and support. The Law and Grace are not complements to each other but are completely opposite to each other. You cannot stay in the New and be romancing the Old. You do not operate military laws in a democracy. Being in the New Testament and still romancing the Old Testament is like operating military laws in a democracy.

The New replaced the Old. Everything in the New Testament is completely changed from the Old Testament. Attempting to mix an expired practice with the New will give a bad product (2Corinthians 3:6-12 NLT). There is a clear distinction between the two testaments. The Old Testament brought death; the New Testament brings life. The Old Testament brought condemnation; the New brings hope, boldness and righteousness. The Old Testament was in the flesh; the New Testament is Spirit. The Old Testament is referred to as an expired document. The arrival of the New Testament condemns the Old. The Bible in Hebrews  chapter 8 verse 6 (NLT) says, “But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a better covenant with God, based on better promises”.

INSTRUCTION: Leave the Old. Embrace the New

PRAYER: Father, I thank you for the endless supply of help, strength and support in the New Testament, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The law is a demand for performance. Grace is a supply of help, strength and support. They are not complements.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 26; EVENING: JAMES CHAPTER 1

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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