THE REALITIES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT – (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:  Nothing in the Old Testament could save man.

Without an understanding of the Realities of the New Testament, the believer in Christ cannot enjoy, appropriate and draw from the High Priestly office of Jesus. Jesus is the High Priest of the New Testament. The Old Testament was a forerunner to the New. The practice in the Old Testament clearly showed this. The Old Testament was given to point men to salvation and not to give salvation. Nothing in the Old Testament could save man. The Old Testament never brought righteousness but only showed the importance of having a right standing with God. The blessings in the Old Testament were conditional (Exodus 15:26; Exodus 23:25). In the New Testament, the blessing is not based on the fulfillment of certain conditions. The pains, sufferings and stripes of Jesus took care of our healing and not by the observance of certain conditions. When one arrives in Christ, he does not look for healing. He becomes a dispenser of healing. Healing in the New Testament is based on the finished work of Christ; on His substitutionary work. 1st Peter chapter 2 verse 24 attests to this truth. It reads, “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 law is a demand for performance but Grace is a supply of help, strength and support. The Old Testament is completely opposite to the New Testament. They are not complementary. The Old Testament expired the moment the New Testament came into effect. The arrival of the New Testament makes the Old Testament retired. The New Testament replaced the Old. An attempt to mix the Old Testament with the New Testament brings about a bad product. The Old Testament brought death. The New Testament brings life. 2 Corinthians chapter 3 verse 6 -11 read, “Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

INSTRUCTION: Stay in the New Testament.

PRAYER: I am a product of the New Testament in the blood of Christ. I am in the reality of the person of Jesus, in Jesus Name.  Amen.

QUOTE: The Law is a demand for performance; Grace is a supply of help, strength and support.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: DEUTERONOMY CHAPTER 28; EVENING: JAMES CHAPTER 3

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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