Sunday, January 17, 2016
Should we read, follow and/or observe the Old Testament: VOLUME II
We Must understand that when the Apostles preached the gospel to the Jews and to the Gentiles, the ONLY books they had wherewith to preach were the 39 books of the Old Testament from Genesis to Malachi.
Some preachers say that it is not necessary to read or study the Old Testament. Not only is that thought process false, Technically all that you need to follow Christ is from Genesis to Malachi. I would argue further that all that you would NEED to follow Christ is from Genesis to Deuteronomy.
The apostle Peter is going to explain my point to us:
"For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a MORE SURE word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 2 Peter 1:16-21
Here Peter is simply explaining to us that He and the other disciples are not following fables that were created with craftiness. The Gospel of Jesus Christ that they wrote and bear witness to, was inspired by their witness to the things that happened because of Him and eventually to Him. Peter heard the voice from heaven that testified to Jesus being the, 'beloved,' son while he was in the mountain during Jesus's transfiguration.
However, knowing that All these things are true, somehow although Peter saw and heard; the word of prophecy is, "More Sure." So much more sure, that we would do well if we took heed.
Because prophecy is not up for PRIVATE Interpretation. Every prophecy must fit with every other prophecy as well as the foundation that Moses wrote. Prophecy came as men were moved by the Holy Ghost. That is how Moses knew what happened in the Garden of Eden, the Angel told him what to write.
So the next time your preacher tries to put the Old Testament down, as if it somehow is lesser than the New Testament; or tries to downgrade the scriptures; or call the prophets outdated; or if he hints that the Old Testament is not necessary or able to get you salvation;
Ask yourself this question: Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? Listen diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Isaiah 55:2
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