“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.” Matt 13:44-52 (KJV)
I like it when Jesus asks His Disciples if they understood what He had just told them. They said they did; but do we understand what He meant? For many, I think not!
The Jewish rejected the New Testament while the Christian rejects the Old Testament and both are deeply deprived of the meaning of the entire Bible. For if you reject the New Testament, you are seen as legalists and having to “work” your way into heaven. If you reject the Old Testament, you are seen as liberalists and only need to “love” your way into heaven. Both are incorrect positions to take and unless you have a full understanding of both Testaments, your position regarding heaven and your ability to get there is in trouble.
I love it when I hear people instruct others as to where to begin reading the Bible and suggest they begin with the book of John’s Gospel. They claim, “So you will know who Jesus is.” How could you possibly know “who” He is without reading the proofs of “who” He is first established in the Old Testament? The very first chapter of John describes what He did, which you would have gotten by the very first chapter of the Old Testament! It is no secret why the first three words of the Bible are, “In the beginning…” Sounds like a good place to begin, doesn’t it?
You will hear others try to use theological terms, like “dispensation” separating the book into halves, the “first” and “second” dispensation, or “covenants” as if the first one was no good and needed a second, when together they form the total “Gospel” and the “Plan of Redemption” for you and I. Unfortunately it appears if they do read will understand all of the Old Testament and then discard it beginning anew with the New Testament, without having formed the proper foundation, which can only be had by remembering the Old. A great percent of what Jesus said was written in the Old Testament. There wasn’t any other around! And nothing He said changed anything in the Old Testament only establishing it because they are both necessary for our understanding about the Plan of Salvation. Again, if you try to understand the “Plan of Salvation” and don’t use the entire Bible you will never come to a full meaning of it nor can apply it to your Christian walk successfully.
Interesting how the publishers of the Bible will insert a blank page to separate Malachi from Matthew. Without having a bridge which enjoins the two, they use a “blank” page and unfortunately, this becomes the state of mind of those who “think” they know Truth. Jesus is the bridge between both the Old and New Testaments. You will find evidence of Him in the Old and proof of Him in the New. And unless you understand this simple Truth, the blank page will account for your experience!
April 6, 2015