The Scripture Of The Old Scripture

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A lot of Christians today do not believe that the scripture of the Old Testament has authority. Jesus though, stated many things about the Old Testament. Here are just some examples of what Jesus said about the Old Testament. Jesus taught the Old Testament was a “source of authority”. When Satan confronted Jesus, Jesus used the Old Testament as His foundation for His authority by saying “It is written,” (Matt. 4:4). The Old Testament is unbreakable, “Scripture cannot be broken,” (Jn. 10:35). Jesus used it as His source of Doctrinal Authority. Jesus always referred back to the Old Testament when correcting false doctrine, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God” (Matt. 22:29). He confirmed the truthfulness of the Old Testament, “Your word is truth” (Jn. 17:17). Finally, He taught that the Old Testament was the accepted books in Jewish Scripture. Jesus referred to the entire Old Testament by mentioning all the prophets from Abel, the first martyr to Zechariah, the last martyr (Matt. 23:35).

The law was central to God’s old covenant with the people of Israel, and many Jews in Paul’s day still saw it as critical to how God’s people lived. Therefore, in Romans, Paul frequently deals with questions about the law. The pinnacle of his treatment comes in Rom 7, where Paul powerfully argues that the Law of Moses, rather than having a positive effect on people’s lives, stimulated sin and brought death. The law does not and cannot bring victory over sin and death since sin is defined and even promoted through the law. But those who have died with Christ are set free from sin and the law.

Paul states in “Or do you not know, brothers —for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law ...

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...fe of the Israelites. But God never intended that people should view it as a way to earn salvation, namely: by keeping it perfectly.”

As Christians if we are obeying Jesus’ command of “loving God” and “loving our neighbor” we are following the Ten Commandments, because they all flow into these two commands given by Jesus. The Old Testament Law was condemning, as all men are sinners and unable to fulfill the law and it pointed the way for mans need for a savior (Rom. 7:7-9; Gal. 3:24). Since we could never obey the Old Testament Law, God sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. If we “love our God” and “love our neighbors,” we will be following the two greatest commands Jesus gave to his followers. As unworthy sinners we should praise and honor God for the gift of salvation He provided to us. It is in Jesus Christ that Old Testament Laws are fulfilled.
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