Minister David        SOMETHING OLD AND SOMETHING NEW          2-24-2012



SERMON: History is a great teacher of knowledge, applying and blending the

wisdom of an old concept to a new philosophy....but probably none more so than

Biblical prophecy....One Bible-Two Testaments...The topic of my sermon today:

Something Old and Something New !....The Old Covenant and New Covenant....

The Old Covenant, known as the Mosaic Covenant Law of Moses, was the written

Law of Ordinances of the first five Books of the Old Testament called the Torah...

God established this Biblical covenant between Himself and the Israelites

after He had delivered them out of the bondage of slavery from Egypt in the events

of The Exodus....The New Covenant, or New Testament, having been established

by Jesus Christ fulfilling the prophecy of the Old Testament by His first advent, was

witnessed, written and recorded by His Apostles, the New Testament writers and

prophets.....The New Covenant released us from the burdensome yoke of bondage

of the Law, by Jesus' sacrificial death on the Cross and His Resurrection from the

dead, we are saved by Grace for salvation....In John 13:33-35 Jesus said: Little

children, I shall be with you a little while longer....You will seek Me; and as I said to

the Jews, where I am going, you cannot come, so now I say to you....34) A new

commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that

you also love one another...By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you

have love for one another... What that passage means to us as New Covenant

Christians, is that if we love one another as Jesus loved us, then we are in full

compliance with the Moral Law of God, the 10 Commandments, and nothing further

is required of us for salvation other than through repentance in accepting Jesus

Christ as the personal Lord and Savior of our lives....The term New Covenant is

used in both the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament to refer to a new

relationship of restoration and peace, following a period of trial and judgment from

the Old Covenant reconciling us back to God....In Hebrews 8:8-10: Because finding

fault with them, He says: Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will

make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not

according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them

by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in

My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord....For this is the covenant that

I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My

laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they

shall be My people.....

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Jesus in speaking of a New Covenant, He makes the first one of being no longer in

effect and done away with.....Continuing in Hebrews 8:11-13 it says: None of them

shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, know the Lord, for all shall

know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them....For I will be merciful to

their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no

more....In that He says, a new covenant, He has made the first obsolete....

What has become obsolete and grown old is ready to vanish away....Now getting

back to the topic of my sermon, Something Old and Something New....The makeup

of the Christian Bible with separate Testaments can be misleading as if the Old was

for them, and the New is for us...Not so...The Bible is actually bound as one Book,

with the original Hebrew Bible being one long, continuous script of writings,

containing 66 books in all, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New....New

Testament writers understood the significance and relation of Old Testament texts

that would lead up to the first appearing of the Messiah and applied that text in

unique and insightful ways....Their theology, guided by the Holy Spirit, would be the

coming together of the events of the Old Testament Scriptures, fulfilling prophecy

with the arrival of the man Jesus, and the Kingdom of God message in this next

Scripture passage...From Mark 1:14,15: Now after John was put in prison, Jesus

came to Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, and saying, The

time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand....Repent, and believe in the

Gospel.....The time is fulfilled is the Scripture indication of the arrival of the

appointed time of the ministry of Jesus....The result of this collection of inspired,

authoritative writings from the Old Testament, now known as the Christian

Scriptures, was the process by which God's revelation to mankind, demonstrated

through His oral and written Word, was all in preparation for and leading to New

Testament times....The New Covenant !...The New Testament can be described as

part two of the Old Testament in God's revelation to world..... The blending of the

two Testaments actually puts us in complete obedience in following the Moral Law

of God and living in accordance to the New Testament times as Jesus instructed us

to...Jesus gives us this example of this when asked by a Pharisee in Matthew

22:35-40 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and

saying, Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?...Jesus said to him,

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all

your mind....This is the first and great commandment......And the second is like it:

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.....On these two commandments hang all

the Law and the Prophets....There it is !...It is literally quite impossible to break any

of the 10 Commandments if we're in loving obedience to these two

Commandments alone...


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Jesus said that on these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets....

meaning, when the 10 Commandments were handed down to Moses at Mount

Sinai, to bring the rebellious Isralites into compliance with God's laws and statutes,

God entered into a covenant with His people at that time...In Matthew 22 that l

just quoted, it reinforces the point that Christ was the fulfillment and completion of

the Old Testament Law and prophets, establishing the prophesied new covenant

that was to come...  In Jesus' Sermon on the Mount from chapters 5 and 7 of

Matthew, several times He is heard quoting from the Torah summarizing the

teachings of the Old Testament, in reference to how they are applied to the New

Covenant teachings of Matthew 22 when He said: This is the first and great

commandment and the second is like it...a condensed version teachings of the Law

and the prophets of the Old Testament....In Leviticus 19:18 it says:You shall not

take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you

shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord....Many New Testament writers

including the Apostles often quoted Old Testament Scripture in relation to the New

Covenant to the two love Commandment....Two Scriptural examples of this would

be in Paul and James.....In Galatians 5:14, Paul argues that Leviticus 19:18 is the

fulfillment, the sum total, of the Law...Paul said: For all the law is fulfilled in one

word, even in this: You shall love your neighbor as yourse1f....Now in James 2:8,9

:If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, you shall love your

neighbor as yourself, you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are

convicted by the law as transgressors....We can clearly see through just those two

passages alone, how the Old Testament is still relevant, in relation to the transition

to the New Covenant of the two love Commandments..... Here, both Paul and

James, New Testament writers, uphold the Torah as God's Law, being the Ten

Commandments still hold firm today but in the context of the New Testament

philosophy, yet being freed from the bondage of the Law of the Old Covenant...

Simply put, as Scripture says, for if that first covenant had been found faultless,

there would have been no need or reason to look for, or establish a second

covenant......As all covenants between God and man described in the Bible, the

New Covenant is considered a bond in blood, sovereignly administered by God...

Jesus then being the Mediator of the New Covenant, instituted at the Last Supper,

is the connection between the blood of Jesus and the New Covenant.....

In 1Corinthians 11:25 it says: In the same manner He also took the cup after

supper saying, This cup is the New Covenant in My blood...This do, as often as you

drink it, in remembrance of Me....


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All writers of Scripture within each Testament were influenced by earlier Biblical

writings and the apostles and New Testament writers understood this, and applied

the teachings of the Old Testament to their own theology....This giving us then, a

better understanding of how blending something old with something new prepared

us for living in New Testament times....Knowing this, we can't leave out the Gospel

writers key important element of prophecy and it's firm connection to the vital role of

Scripture interpretation, after all since they represent some of Bible's history of

accurate interpreters of Scripture if we put ourselves into their prospective of

insight to accurately discern Scripture in finding and applying Scripture meaning

and Truth...In 2 Timothy 3:16,17 it says: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,

and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in

righteousness , that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equip

ped for every good work....There it is !...It very much so does matter how we

interpret Scripture...... Unless the Scripture itself indicates otherwise, we should

seek to interpret the Bible in it's literal, plain sense, and in context with what the

Spiritual text actually says, not what we think it says....From 1 Corinthians 2:14: But

the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are

foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned..

To not follow these guidelines increases the likelihood of reading into

Scripture false Truths, so as to error and misinterpret Scripture, something never

intended by the writers or the Holy Spirit who inspired them.... In 2 Peter

l:20,2l....Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private

interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God

spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit...God certainly intended His Truth in

the pages of Scripture to be Spiritually discerned and revealed, not

misinterpreted......The Bible is at the same time both human and divine, the Word

of God given in human words in Bible history...It is this dual nature of the Bible that

demands the task of us to interpret the Scriptures, but also enables us the Spiritual

ability to do so.....It is instructive and in our best interests that we to try to put

ourselves in the position of the original hearers and readers, and read and study

God's Word solely dependent upon the inspiration and guidance of the Holy

Spirit......In Biblical contrast to Something old, Something new, Paul said it best in

Romans 11:17,18 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a

wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of

the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18) do not boast against the branches...

But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root

supports you....One Bible -Two Testaments....Part I and Part 2....The blending of

something old and something new !


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So in closing my friends, as you leave the House of the Lord with my message in

your heart and mind, remember this.....In Mark 8:11,12 it says: Then the Pharisees

came out and began to dispute with Him, seeking from Him a sign from Heaven

, testing Him....But He sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, Why does this

generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this

generation...That sign, something old, was not meant for them then, but that sign

and message, something new, was meant for us today !


Closing Prayer: Let us Pray......

Heavenly Father....We ask and pray for You to help us to better understand the old

ways of Your prophets You sent before us, in opening up our hearts and Spiritual

minds to all of the Gospel, in blending the knowledge of the past, the Old Covenant,

to how You want us to live as New Testament Christians today...     

In Jesus' name we pray....Amen


Closing Remarks: Before I close the service with the Blessing, I would just like to

share with you that: The Old Testament times, Part 1, and the New Testament

times, Part 2.....From Genesis, something old, to Revelation, something new.....

God's promised Covenant with His people hasn't changed....it's an everlasting

Covenant.....Scripture can't be broken and prophecy will certainly come to pass...

            

Part 3, the 2nd coming of Christ, will be God's kept Word of Promise that fulfilled

prophecy cannot be changed....( John 14:1-3 )


                                       Benediction Blessing

As we all leave the House of the Lord, I pray this blessing upon you:

In the name of Jesus and by the Power of the Holy Spirit, I bless upon this

congregation God's blessings of hope, peace, joy and prosperity, going out and

coming in again, until we all gather together in the House of the Lord...Amen



               

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