Hebrews 9:16-17…For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
Don’t be confused the New Testament actually began after Christ died on the cross. God took away the Old to bring in the New.
Hebrews 10:9-10…Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…
Scriptures are clear that the death, burial,and resurrection of Christ ushered in the New Testament of the Grace of God. When Christ died the blessing of the Law of Moses for Israel only was replaced with a greater blessing called, “Grace”. Grace was for “all” humanity Jew and Gentile alike. The New Testament of Grace is what keeps the ministry of the Holy Spirit present in our lives and in the Church the body of Christ.
The Gospel Christ commanded us to preach is the vehicle God now uses to reach the hearts of sinful men around the globe. The Gospel of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ was also birthed when the New Testament actually began.
Jesus Himself preached the first Gospel sermon that included His death, burial, and resurrection.
Luke 24:44-47…And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Jesus enlightened these disciples to a revelation of the New Testament which was actually based on the true Gospel concerning His death, burial, and resurrection written by the Prophets. This sermon from Luke’s Gospel happened after the death and resurrection of Christ as the New Testament had already began. All the New Testament Epistles were written after the ascension of Christ where Christ “now” resides in the Throneroom and makes intercession for you and I.
The Church and the minstry of the Holy Spirit are now a result of the blessing of the New Testament Age…under Divine Grace that brings Salvation. What a blessing!
Titus 2:11-14…For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
The New Testament actually began at the death of Christ…and Grace is now extended to any human being who accepts Christ as personal Lord and Savior.