AN OVERVIEW OF THE BIBLE
A Free Online Bible Course
The Christian Age
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Throughout the Old Testament there are various promises concerning a coming
deliverer. This deliverer would be a king
(2 Samuel 7:13- 14),
and a priest
from the tribe of Judah
and He would be a blessing to all families of the earth
(Genesis 12:1-3; Isaiah 53; Acts
God promised that He would make a New Covenant with Israel
The writer of Hebrews confirms that it was Jesus who inaugurated this new
The writer of Hebrews answers this question: "For where there is a
testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a
testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while
the testator lives"
When the New Covenant came into effect, at Jesus' death, the Old Covenant
was done away
(2 Corinthians 3:7-11; Galatians 3:23-25; Colossians 2:14).
A Christian should not attempt to follow or justify his actions by the Old
New Testament Law
The Law of Moses came to an end at the death of Christ. This does not mean
that we are under no law at all. The writers of the New Testament make it
plain that we are under Christ's law
(Romans 8:1-2; 1 Corinthians
9:21). This law is found in the Gospels and
(1 Corinthians 14:37).
Further, we are told to do all things "in the name of the Lord
Jesus," i.e., by His authority
What we believe about the Bible will ultimately determine what we believe and
practice. Here are a few passages that affirm the Bible's inspiration:
1 Corinthians 14:37;
1 Thessalonians 2:13;
1 Thessalonians 4:8;
2 Timothy 3:16-17;
2 Peter 3:15-16.
Is there a pattern of doctrine to which Christians must adhere? ďAs I urged
you when I went into Macedonia- remain in Ephesus that you may charge some
that they TEACH NO OTHER DOCTRINE"
(1 Timothy 1:3); "Hold fast the
PATTERN OF SOUND WORDS which you have heard from me"
(2 Timothy 1:13; 2
Timothy 4:3-4). It is clear from these verses that there is a PATTERN OF
DOCTRINE that we must follow.
Does The Bible Condemn Deviations
From The Pattern?
The Bible condemns divisions in doctrine and practice. "Now I plead with
you, brethren, by the name [i.e., by the authority] of our Lord Jesus Christ,
that you all SPEAK THE SAME THING, and that there be NO DIVISIONS among you,
but that you be perfectly joined together [i.e., united in doctrine and
practice] in the same mind and in the same judgment"
(1 Corinthians 1:10;
Cp. Ephesians 4:1-6).
Divisions are condemned. Unity is commanded, a unity that Jesus Himself
The main reason for the religious division that exists today can be traced
back to an attitude of mind toward the scriptures. If one believes that the
Bible is "just a good book" then the concept of authority for every word and
action will be far from that person's mind. To such a person, matters of
faith and practice become personal rather than scriptural. Since everyone
has different views and opinions, religious division is inevitable. On the
other hand, if one believes the Bible is inspired of God
3:15-17) and the final authority on all
religious matters then religious unity is a real possibility.
We have already seen that there is a pattern of sound doctrine to which we
must adhere. The following passages teach us to abide in the teaching of
Christ and establish authority for all that we say and practice. "Whoever
transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God.
He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son"
(2 John 9); "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the
Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him"
3:17). A Christian, then, is not at liberty to do what he wants, nor is he at
liberty to invent forms of worship that he thinks might be pleasing to God. A
sincere Christian will do only what the scriptures teach.
The New Testament teaches that we must have authority for "whatever you
This covers every aspect of our lives: family life, civil life, and
religious life. In this section we shall focus on the religious sphere of
our lives. Jesus is the founder and head of the church
(Matthew 16:18; Ephesians
5:23), and to Him all authority has been
given in heaven and on earth
(Matthew 28:18). Therefore, we must look to the New
Testament for Christ's authority in all matters pertaining to the church.
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1. From the books of 2 Samuel,
Deuteronomy, and Psalms we learn that the Messiah was to be a...
2. From which tribe of
Israel would Jesus come?
3. What does God promise in
4.When did the New Covenant
come into effect?
5. What happened to the Old
6. Should Christians attempt
to keep the Law of Moses?
7. If the law of Moses has
been done away, does that mean Christians have no law?
8. Is the Bible inspired of
9. Does the New Testament
teach that there is a pattern of sound doctrine to which we should adhere?
10. What does the New Testament
teach about divisions?
11. What does it mean to "do
all in the name of the Lord Jesus"? For what must we have authority?
12. In who's doctrine must we
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