The Bible Jesus Read: Why We Need The Old Testament
January 3, 2016 Speaker: Ken Ramey
Topic: The Scriptures
There are at least FIVE COMPELLING REASONS why the Old Testament is so important to the life of every church and the life of every Christian. It is essential that we be well-nourished by a well-balanced diet from both the Old and New Testaments.
1. THE OLD TESTAMENT IS POWERFUL
The Old Testament is the Word of God, therefore it is powerful. Christ Himself testified as to the efficacy of the Old Testament. The prophet Jeremiah also made this declaration numerous times (Jeremiah 1:9, 5:19, 23:29, and 55:10). The New Testament writers also referred to the Old Testament as powerful (Luke 24:27; Acts 20:20; 1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 2:16, 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20).
2. THE OLD TESTAMENT IS FOUNDATIONAL
The Old Testament serves as the foundation for the New Testament. In fact, it is impossible for us to understand the New Testament without understanding the Old Testament first. The Old Testament points to the coming of Jesus Christ as Savior and thus serves as the foundational basis for what would later be written by the New Testament and witnesses of Christ.
3. THE OLD TESTAMENT IS THEOLOGICAL
The Old Testament teaches some theological doctrines that are not included in the New Testament. In fact, the New Testament assumes a pre-established knowledge of these doctrines. Moreover, an understanding of the Old Testament is necessary for avoiding heresy.
4. THE OLD TESTAMENT IS PRACTICAL
The Old Testament is practical because it addresses the practical issues of life. Although technology and cultures have changed over time, human nature has not changed - people are still sinners. The Old Testament wisdom and truth is therefore just as relevant today as it was during Old Testament times. Moreover, the God of the Old Testament is the same today as He was then, and as He will always be.
5. THE OLD TESTAMENT IS CHRISTOLOGICAL
The Old Testament is all about Christ. Even though He is not mentioned specifically, it points to His coming as Savior. New Testament Saints often referred to the Old Testament to demonstrate the prophesy that pertained to Christ (Romans 1:1-2; 1 Corinthians 15) and often used it for instruction (1 Corinthians 10:6; Romans 15:4).
Thank God for providing both the Old and New Testaments so you could understand all He wants you to know and as a result be all that He wants you to be. Ask Him to use our upcoming series in the book of Daniel to nourish, edify, equip, and transform you and our entire church.