New Covenant Ways – BT1
Absolutely nothing from the old covenant was meant for the New Covenant
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Absolutely nothing from the old covenant was intended to be used in the New Covenant, because the bible says that the ‘old’ is finished and replaced by the ‘New,’ but it doesn’t stop people from twisting the scriptures to try. That’s what I found after studying everything I could find on the subject and writing many papers on the subject. The Law or old covenant’s scripture isn’t just 613 commandments or the books of Moses, the first 5 of the bible, as the Jews technically classify them as. All the NT speakers referred to every part of the OT as “Law,” just as most Jews do today, because all of OT graphe scripture is God’s instruction or Torah to the Jews. Every reference that Jesus made to scripture was either to answer a trick question put forth by experts to trap Him, or to show the limitations and insufficiency of scripture and the “traditions of the Fathers” of the Oral Tradition built around it, or to show that He came to fulfill scripture – which He did completely by the time of His last breath! He never taught His disciples scripture, certainly not the Law that makes up 97.4% of it – see Logos Word of God – BT5a, nor elaborated on its implications as all rabbis had ever done.
There was only about 450 OT prophecies of Jesus, and we know that early Jewish-Christians used these to convert Jews to Christ (a), just as Timothy was converted by his grandmother using these select scriptures – in context, that’s what Paul says: “Pas scripture is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” These are the only “ones that make you wise unto salvation through trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ,” because pas in Greek doesn’t often mean “the whole of” scripture but “all of a certain type” of scripture (b). Paul was always “reproofing, rebuking, admonishing, and correcting” the teachers of the Law, his opponents who infiltrated the churches and caused division, and he told his trainees to avoid them (c). Paul only taught “the righteousness of God that is through trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ” (d). The “man of God” in mind is Timothy, an evangelist of the logos gospel message, not a teacher of the Law (e). The “good work” above that Paul taught was the result of God’s unconditional-favor-of-grace abounding to you, now being God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus that Christ will establish in us and will complete in us at His coming, which is directly coupled (by the conjunction kai) to experiential, relational knowledge of God (f). Therefore it’s entirely false to hold up the bible and say Paul taught that “the whole of scripture is profitable for teaching!” It’s just not what he said! <Notes> a) the book of Hebrews uses many of these because it was written to keep Jewish-Christians from going back to the Law, b) 2 Timothy 3:15-16, c) 1 Timothy 1:4-7, 6:20; 2 Timothy 2:16, 23-25, 3:5; Titus 1:13-14, 3:2, 9-10; Romans 16:17, d) Romans 3:22, e) 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 1:6, 8, 4:2, f) 2 Corinthians 9:8, Ephesians 2:10; 2 Thessalonians 2:17; Philippians 1:6; Colossians 1:10.
The early Gentile church abandoned the use of the OT, considering it completely fulfilled by Christ and thus irrelevant. We know this from early Christian writings from 70-200 AD. The scriptures were but “shadows, copies, type, and symbols that correspond to good things to come, and only a hired servant to escort little children to school until they were of age” (a). The NT also states this often, especially in Paul’s writings to Jews unwilling to convert! Christians have been set free from the Law because they died to every one of its 613 commandments, which were nailed to the cross, so they are no longer obligated to be taught or guided by it. <Notes> a) Galatians 4:25; Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 8:5, 9:9, 10:1; Galatians 3:23-25, 4:1-5; 1 Peter 3:21; Romans 5:14; Revelations 11:8.