-- JULY 31, 2011
The Birth of Christianity
Part 5: The Old Testament
The Gentile Christians were
ignorant of the Old Testament and did not have access to the scrolls
in the synagogues, so it was necessary for the apostles to write
down the doctrine of the Christian faith and explain how the Old
Testament pertained to them. The rabbinical leaders had divided the
Old Testament into three parts: the Law, the Prophets and the
Writings. The Law was yet further divided into three parts
consisting of the Moral Law, the Practical Law and the Sacrificial
Law. This division was accepted by Jesus and was used in setting
forth his doctrine. There is very little teaching on this subject in
the Christian churches today and most believers in Christ like to
claim every positive promise in the Old Testament but in the same
breath many will declare that the curses of God are no longer valid.
The doctrine of the Christian church is found in the New Testament
written by the apostles, and if the Old Testament was good for them,
is it not also good for us? It is therefore to comprehend which
parts of the Old Testament are still valid is crucial for living a
victorious life in Christ.
All Scripture references are taken
from the King James Bible.
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