Grin! I'll bet I have your attention!
I was originally going to title this Blog post, "The Bible and the New Covenant," but I thought that the title I chose might stir things up better!
OK, let's get right to the point....When a Believer has only an Old Testament, Old Covenant view of God, they most likely will not fully comprehend what God has given them in the midst of the New Covenant. If you see God from the OT model of being a Judge, welding a huge ball bat, killing those who would dare to cross Him, you are not rightly discerning Him today. The problem lies in our perception of Him, especially that seen as we view Him from the Old Testament.
For years the Church has taught that Christians must read their Bible, daily and often daily. We have been given plans on how to read the Bible in its entirety in a years time. We are told that we will never have a right relationship with God if we don't spend time daily in the Word. Question then....How in the world did the Early Church Saints manage to be so victorious? Their world was much more difficult than ours, yet they managed to overcome and they didn't even have Bibles to read! They were tortured, murdered by the droves, yet the reports of them never denying Christ are manifold! They could not read their "Word" daily, for the most part they probably couldn't even read. Of course there were no Bibles in those days either andI hate to shake up your world, but Bibles are a rather new fangled thing!
Here is my new stand on Bible reading....Read all about the New Covenant. We used to tell New Believers to begin their Bible reading with the Book of John. Might I suggest that we begin with Romans and continue on with all of the Pauline Epistles. When a new Believer understands New Covenant Grace then they could read the Gospels and then and only then they should read and learn all of the richness of the Old Testament. Does this make any sense?
Paul suggests the same thing...II Corinthians 3:12-16 (NLT), "Since this new way gives us such confidence we can be very bold. We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. But the people's minds were hardened and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read the same veil covers their minds so they can not understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses writings, their hearts are covered with that veil and they do not understand. But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away." (emphasis mine)
I would think that most who stand against New Covenant Grace do not understand it because they have a veil coverning their minds, their understanding! It can only be removed by placing their entire faith in the finished work of Christ, not just part of it!
This morning I got up early so I could go out on our lake and chase some Florida Bass. I was eating my usual fishing breakfast of a banana and peanut butter when I sensed the Holy Spirit lead me to read Galatians chapters 1 and 2. Wow! What revelation came to me! I've taught a lot on those two chapters over the past several months and yet this morning it was like I was reading it all for the very first time! It seems that the more I come into the revelation of the New Covenant the more powerful my Bible becomes. To be honest, I can't ever remember me reading and devouring my Bible like I have over the past several months. Not only is this so in my Bible reading, but it's so in my marriage relationship as well. Corinne and I have always had a marriage where we have communicated with one another. Have you ever seen the couple sitting in a restaurant eating their entire meal without saying a word to each other? That has never been us! Thank the Lord! Yet, we are talking to each other now more than ever and the things we are talking about are so exciting! We will come home from a meeting and talk about these things right up until we go to bed and sometimes the conversation continues in bed. I love it! I love it! I love it!
OK, I feel to conclude with this statement....The ENTIRE Bible, the Old and New Testaments are God's Word! We should read, learn and understand the Old Testament! However, we need to fully comprehend the New Covenant first then we will be given the proper understanding of the Old reading it with the veil completely removed and this is the place of freedom and peace!
Grace and Peace!