Many people do not realize this fact – but the New Testament didn’t start until Christ died at Calvary. There is much to be learned from this “Great scriptural truth”.
Heb 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.
According to the above scripture the New Testament was not in force until Christ died. Christ was the testator that ushered in the New Testament – for both Jew and Gentile – not just Jew only as in the Old Testament. As long as the testator (Christ) lived the New Testament was not in effect. Scriptures go on to tell us that Christ purchased the Church with His own blood.
Acts 20:28…feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood
If more people got out from under the Old Testament obligation to keep Law given to Israel – they would find out what Grace really is – in their heart and life of a child of God. Grace does not require works like Old Testament Law required. Grace offers man the gift of righteousness in the person of Christ. Grace is power of God that flows from the cross at Calvary. Divine Grace keeps the Holy Spirit present in the heart and life of a new-born Christian. Our faith in Christ is what allows the power of Divine Grace to morally change the heart and soul. New Testament scripture implies such truth about Divine Grace.
Titus 2:11-12…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;
A saved man has the power of God’s Grace that gives man a God given ability to deny ungodliness and worldly lust. In the New Testament…man is made holy and can live holy! A forgiven man is a redeemed man with a clean heart! A forgiven man’s conscience is freed from the guilt of sin! The Old Testament couldn’t offer this great blessing to the heart of a believer. The New Testament with the power of God’s Grace offers man the great blessing of redemption – from a crucified Christ. People in the Old Testament could not testify to such blessing because the Old Testament was without force. The Holy Spirit was not given in full force until the death and resurrection of Christ. The power of our Savior was not behind the Old Testament like He is in the New Testament (now) where the Spirit of Holiness is ever-present. Under the Old Testament Israel was still offering animal sacrifice to God for atonement for their sin. At the crucifixion of Christ a final sin offering was made – once and for all.
When redemption and Grace is found in Calvary man no longer has to be under the bondage of sin and lust. Unlike the Old Testament – New Testament Grace liberated man from sin and the lusts of the flesh. Grace was thus offered to all humanity through the death of our Savior on the cross . Under the Old Testament man’s conscience bore the guilt of sin. Under Grace the human conscience can be cleared from the guilt of sin by the Justifying power of God’s Grace found in the sacrifice of Christ.
Heb 9:13-14… For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
The conscience could be purged by the blessing of the New Testament!
“Christ had the Eternal Spirit even on the cross at Calvary. One of the strongest verses in the Bible that proves the deity of Christ. God in the flesh!”
There’s redemptive power in the New Testament. The power is God’s Grace that comes to us from our faith in Christ. Grace changes man morally. When I speak of Christ I speak of a Savior and Redeemer. I speak of a Christ who had the Spirit without measure. I speak of a Christ who will not allow the gates of Hell to prevail. I speak of Christ the head of the Church of which you and I are members of!
The Church (the body of Christ) is a product of the New Testament! Not the Old Testament! The Church is Christ’s spiritual body! Each one of us are members of His body. That’s why we are to be holy! Christ’s body is holy! Christian’s are holy! People without Christ are unholy! Grace produces holiness of heart! Grace takes away the lusts of the flesh! The New Testament is where Grace comes from. See what it means? Find out for yourself by the Spirit of Holiness. The power of God’s Grace comes from your faith in a crucified and risen Savior!
The Bible says the New Testament is a better covenant and a better ministry. Why? God’s Grace! Jesus is the mediator between man and God’s Salvation of the human soul. The New Testament is established upon”better promises”.
Heb 8:6… But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
God’s Grace makes this New Testament a better Testament than the Old. Reason? Unlike the Old – under the New – you can have the power of God everyday of your life . Glory!
“Important note! When furthering personal study of God’s Word one must never forget – 95% of the (4) Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – are applied to the Old Testament records. Only the end of each of the (4) Gospels -Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John actually apply to the New Testament. Any student of God’s Word will realize such truth if the Word of God is rightly divided.”