Daily Walk with the Holy Spirit

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Are you a thinker?

"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever." Hebrews 13:8

Are you one of those individuals who thinks that God changes His mind?

Have you read a lot of books, but just not the Bible?

Do you think that the Old Testament is not for today?

Do you read the Bible like piecemeal, and only select what you want?

Do you take the Bible as a whole?

We as Christians are to take every part as a whole, to witness everything that it contains, not just bits and pieces.

There is not a scripture that does not either proclaim Christ or points to Him!

Take the book of Ecclesiastes points out Christ by bringing up the deadly void, and emptiness that Christ comes to fill.

This is just one, but there are hundreds of them.

The old testament is known as the book of man, B.C., before Christ came into man's life.

When Christ come into our lives it brings meaning and value, and truth to everything.

"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." Romans 15:4

When we have knowledge of the scriptures it can affect our attitude toward the present and the future.

The more that we know what God has done in the past, the more confidence that we have in what He can and will do in the future.

Most of us will not have hope in God until we have been brought to despair; despair in man, despair in ourselves.

In the Old Testament man is trying to find his way back to the Father.

This is the covenant of between God and man.

In the New Testament God came down to be a man, and to reclaim Him.

This is the covenant of God the Father and His Son.

"The New Testament lies concealed in the Old, and the Old Testament lies revealed in the New." - St. Augustine

Christ is at work, hidden away in the Old.

Christ appears in the flesh in the New.

Can we just read the New Testament and leave out the Old?

No!

The Old testament is not just written for a period of time, B. C.

We are still in that time, because it is not of a time that has happily ended, but made in the image of Christ.

The Old Testament is the book of man, before he was completely made over in Christ's image.

This book is made for you and me until we are made in His image, that the only thing that the world sees is Jesus.

Adam in the act of asserting his superiority over others.

Cain in his refusal of responsibility for his brother.

David in his lusting.

Saul in his jealousy.

Job in his complaining.

Jacob in his scheming.

Jonah in his self righteousness.

Rehab in her religion without morality.

Ruth in her morality without religion.

These are just a few, here in the ancient pages.

We all can see ourselves in the Old Testament.

We can see God leading us toward Christ.

In the New Testament Christ has come in and is taking a hold of us and beginning His new creation, His new work in us.

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." II Corinthians 5:17

The New Testament takes us in A.D., and is only the beginning.

It is still only beginning!

God is not dead, but very much alive!

"And this is the record, that God hath given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." I John 5:11-13

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