Friday, January 22, 2016

Should we read, follow and/or observe the Old Testament: VOLUME III

Oftentimes people try and use the Apostle Paul's writings to somehow convince people that the Old Testament (from Genesis to Malachi) should be discarded, not read, not studied, not quoted, not followed. I have even heard ministers go as far as to  say that the Old Testament was, "nailed to the cross."

In our 3rd volume of, "Should we read, follow and/or observe the Old Testament:" lets actually look at something that Paul wrote personally to a student that he was grooming named Timothy.

"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are ABLE to make thee WISE UNTO SALVATION through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for INSTRU CTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." 2 Timothy 3:12-17 

Here the Apostle to the Gentiles said a mouthful. It kind of sounds like what Peter said in Volume II; be sure of what you have learned from me (Paul), AND that you have know the, "holy scriptures," from childhood. These same scriptures— according to Paul—are also able to make Us wise unto salvation. The only other ingredient that Paul suggests is, "FAITH."

Paul then goes on to explain to Timothy why he should rely soooooo heavily on the holy scriptures (even though Timothy by this time has two letters from Paul that he could be preaching from), because it is given by inspiration of God AND is PROFITable for doctrine. The Old Testament is also Good for correction (As Jesus used to correct Satan in Volume I), and last but not least, the Old Testament is good to, 'instruct you on how to be righteous.'

THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER: If your church's, 'doctrine,' does not begin in the Old Testament, if you quote Old Testament scriptures for the purposes of correcting behavior and  they are dismissed, if you quote Moses or a law that he recorded for us to follow as a way of being righteous and you are ridiculed, then I have 1 question for you...

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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