© 2013 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
Pages 971 and 972 in my Bible face each other and look different from almost all other pages in the whole book. One is completely blank, and the other bears only three words: “The New Testament.” Are pages 971 and 972 wasted space?
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). One important part of handling the Bible right is seeing both the continuity and the discontinuity between the Old and New Testaments.
Confusion on this subject leaves Bible-oriented people at odds about what to do religiously today. The Bible reveals one wonderful, divine scheme of redemption. God worked through Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses to reveal His will for their times. Through Moses God inaugurated a covenant with the Israelites that remained effective for some 1,500 years. But that covenant pointed ahead to Christ and a new covenant, and so did the prophets who preached the Law of Moses.
Read Romans 7:1-6, Galatians 3:23-29, Ephesians 2:14-18, Colossians 2:8-15 and Hebrews 8:6-13. Before the death of Christ, someone could have called the Law of Moses “a good old covenant,” just as we might praise an antique tractor still in use. But with His blood Jesus established a new covenant (Matthew 26:28), the only one that leads a person all the way to God today. The old covenant became obsolete at the cross of Christ. The engine gave out and the wheels came off the Old Testament system. This was God’s plan.
God’s grace saves when we find salvation in the blood of Jesus’ new covenant. Religious unity will prevail when we all worship and live by the instructions in His New Testament.
A Fundamental Distinction