Modern Christianity clings to the New Testament, and rightly so, knowing that nothing will ever conflict with it. If anything “new” comes along that is not in agreement with what our God has revealed to us, we throw it out. “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19)
But did you know that you can cling to the Old Testament too, knowing that nothing will ever conflict with it? If the New Testament had conflicted with the Old, it would have been thrown out. “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” (Deuteronomy 4:2) In fact, the Bereans tested everything that Paul said against the Old Testament (Acts 17:11). And do you know what? It passed the test. Paul never said that the Law had been annulled. He said quite the opposite. (Read Romans and Hebrews in their entirety.) He also said that he preached nothing new. (Acts 26:22) The Jews should not have had a problem with anything he ever said. The key to winning souls among the Jewish nation is proving the harmony between the testaments. They know that God will never alter His Word: “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.” (Psalm 89:34) The Jewish nation has that part right. Until we come to terms with that, we are not qualified to witness to them.
Folks, knowing the eternal standing of God’s Word should bring us comfort. We don’t have to be afraid that someday God will reveal a “new” testament, and change His mind about everything He ever said. We do not serve a fickle, man-made God. We serve the King of the universe, and His Words are forever. All of them.
81 My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.
82 Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
84 How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
85 The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
86 All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
87 They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.
88 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.
89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.
90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
94 I am thine, save me: for I have sought thy precepts.
95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
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