The divider page in your Bible placed before the Gospel of Matthew has the words New Testament written on it, but is that where the New Testament actually begins?
Why are so many Christians today still dealing with sin, still mixing law and grace and not experiencing the abundant life available to them, when Jesus said “It is finished” at the cross two thousand years ago?
Could the answer be that they don’t know where the New Testament really begins?
Let me ask you, where in the Bible does the New Testament begin, at the birth of Jesus in the manger or after the death of Jesus on the cross?
Because of the divider page many Christians think that the New Testament begins in Matthew, Chapter one at the birth of Jesus in a manger. Because of this misunderstanding, they believe Jesus is teaching born again Christians how to live their life by keeping all the rules and regulations under the law that are in the Gospels.
However, until after the cross there were no born again Christians, neitherJew nor Gentile.
In the Gospels Jesus was teaching the Jewish people, “…the lost sheep of Israel” that the law of Moses would not save them. They would need Him as Savior but they instead wanted to crucify Him, and they did!
Jesus’ crucifixion changed everything.
The old became new after the cross.
A picture is worth a thousand words
NOTICE…The Gospels are before the cross.
The dividing line between law and grace is the cross.
The Gospels are the conclusion of the Old Testament.
Can you now see why many Christians are still dealing with sin, still mixing law and grace, and not experiencing the abundant life? They don’t know where the New Testament begins.
So let’s stop all the confusion once and for all. Just move the divider page (in your mind) to its rightful place before the book of Acts. That’s where the New Testament really begins.
The Church was established when the Holy Spirit came first to Jews at Pentecost (Acts Chapter 2),then to Samaritans (Acts Chapter 8), then to Gentiles (Acts Chapter 10).
LIFE LESSON: The teachings of Jesus Christ in the Gospels were all meant to be applied to the New Spirit Life (the abundant life) He places within every born again believer, Jew or Gentile, from that point on. His Life in us, the hope of glory. That’s the gospel truth…Believe it and receive it.
Jesus Christ is The New Testament Alert!
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