Logos Word of God – BT6
The early Jewish Church only used 2.6% of the Old Testament and none before long
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Many Gentile-Christians and churches don’t understand that most of the NT was directed to Jews, or to specific individuals or churches to address specific problems, and that there is no indication these writings were meant for a broader audience – absolutely none! Many times you can get this from just reading the introduction or by careful analysis of pronouns “we” and “us,” the context of “I write this” or “I say this,” and the specific topics discussed. The first rule of every effective teacher is “to know thy audience” and the first rule of every bible interpreter is “to know the intended audience” and not try to apply what is written to anybody outside the “intended audience” – in other words, stay within the context! The NT shows great contempt for using the OT Law or old covenant’s scriptures within the Christian Church – see Logos Word of God – BT8, considering that 97.4% of the OT is based on the conditionally-loving favor of the Law – see Logos Word of God – BT5a, which is diametrically opposed to the unconditionally-loving-favor-of-grace that the gospel logos messages is based on.
Even a cursory reading of the OT will reveal that much of it is not prophetic, but mostly the Law of commandments, historical narrative, and doctrinal teaching. According to The Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy by J. Barton Payne, there are only 1,239 (5%) OT prophecies within 23,145 verses, only 61 clearly about Jesus (0.26%), and only 7 about the New Everlasting Covenant (0.03%)! There are about 600 verses (2.6%) that we see have been used in the early Church about Christ, the gospel logos message, and NT realities. This is what the Jewish-Christians were gleaning from every book of scripture (Luke 24:27), every major portion of scripture (a), and even Moses (b) to convert Jews to trusting-relying-faith in Jesus, not the other 97.4%. <Notes> a) Luke 24:44, b) John 1:45; Deuteronomy 18:15.
In fact, the NT writers were very careful to NEVER use scripture except to prove to Jews the the completely-different-in-kind New Way of Christ, His gospel or logos message of The Truth, “The Promise” of the Holy Spirit, and all NOW part of the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant (a). Most of these come from the 600 prophecies that make up 2.6% of the OT, leaving 97.4% that are based on the Law, that “has vanished, ended, and been abolished” and that Christian were to “have died to.” If the NT writers were so careful in their use of the OT, only using it to preach the gospel to Jews “imprisoned by the scripture” (b), will we follow their example? Or will we still hold on to it as the Jewish bible students did (c), or the Jewish-Christians tempted by Jewish teachers to “turn back again to the weak and worthless stoicheion elementary ‘abc’ principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more,” which in context is referring to the Mosaic Law (d), which is the whole reason the book of Hebrews was written to defend against? If the Jewish-Christians only used it to covert fellow Jews, why would Gentile use it to convert Gentiles? <Notes> a) Matthew 1:22, 2:5, 15-17, 2:23, 3:3, 4:4, 6, 7, 10, 14, 8:17, 12: 17, 11:10, 13:14, 35, 21:13, 26:24, 31, 56, 27:9; Mark 1:2, 7:6, 9:12-13, 11:17, 14:21, 27; Luke 1:70, 2:23, 3:4, 4:4, 8, 10, 17, 27, 11:49-50, 19:46, 20:17, 21:22, 37, 24:44, 46; John 1:23, 2:17, 6:31, 45, 8:17, 10:34, 12:14, 16, 38, 15:25; Acts 1:20, 2:16, 3:18, 21, 24, 7:42, 48, 8:28, 30, 34, 10:43, 13:29, 33, 40, 15:15, 23:5, 24:14, 28:23, 25; Romans 1:2, 17, 2:24, 3:4, 10, 21, 4:17, 23, 8:36, 9:13, 33, 10:15, 11:8, 26, 12:19, 14:11, 15:3, 4, 9, 21, 16:26; 1 Corinthians 1:19, 31, 2:9, 3:19, 6:16, 9:9, 10, 10:7, 11, 14:21, 15:45, 54; 2 Corinthians 8:15, 9:9; Galatians 3:10, 13, 4:22, 27; Hebrews 1:1; 1 Peter 1:10, 16; and 2 Peter 1:19-21, 3:2, b) Galatians 3:22, c) John 5:38-40, d) Galatians 4:9.
The first 200 years of Church history confirms that early Jewish-Christians used only ‘portions of’ of OT scripture that were “routinely, powerfully-enabling to make you wise reaching-arriving at salvation thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus” (a), clearly defined by the immediate context (b) of what: “you already learned and/coupled have already firmly had trusting-relying-faith by, having already [with ongoing results] eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceive/know from whom (c) you already learned it, even how from infant-childhood you had already [with ongoing results] eido mentally ‘seen’ to perceive/know the sacred gramma writings (d)” – not ALL of the ‘portions of’ the OT (e), but only “this [portion] that routinely is powerfully-enabling to make you wise reaching-arriving at salvation thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus.” The Messianic portions! <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 3:15, b) v. 3:14 , c) plural: not just Paul but Timothy’s grandmother Louis and mother Eunice, per v. 2 Timothy 1:5 and Acts 16:1, d) plural with no article = ‘portions of’ OT, e) see Logos Word of God – BT4 and – BT5.
Only the prophetic ‘portions of’ scripture are what Paul now considers in 2 Timothy 3:16 to be “profitable for instruction,” which is learning/teaching doctrine regarding godliness (a), “profitable” in what is the “Savior’s goodness, unconditionally-loving kindness, Christ’s appearing, salvation and justification by unconditional-favor-of-grace because of Christ’s works” (b), along with “devotion to good works” that “accords with godliness” (c), but certainly not “the unprofitable and worthless quarrels about the Law” (d). <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 4:8, b) Titus 3:8-9, c) 1 Timothy 6:3; Titus 1:1, d) 1 Timothy 1:10, 6:3; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9, 13, 2:1.
This is the context in which to understand 2 Timothy 3:16’s “All (pas) scripture,” where pas most often means, when there is no definite article in the [singular] as is here, “every within a kind/class/category/portion of” (a) “scripture”, that is, ‘the portion of’ scripture referring back to “this [portion] that routinely is powerfully-enabling to make you wise reaching/arriving at salvation thru-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith in Christ Jesus.” Pas “all” here is NOT the “composite whole” view of pas that occurs with the definite article of plural “scriptures” (b) or [singular] “scripture” (c) – see Logos Word of God – BT5. Greek grammarians know this but few English bibles make the distinction! <Notes> a) termed the “distributed or portioned” sense, cf. James 1:2; John 12:19; Luke 16:16 – see Logos Word of God – BT7, b) Matthew 22:29; John 5:39; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, c) John 19:28; Galatians 3:22; Romans 11:2.
Here “scripture” (graphe) in the [singular] without the definite article, with the “portioned” sense, in Hellenistic Judaism frequently means “a book of scripture” or in the NT, “a passage of scripture” (a), so likely, Paul is simply saying “every of a particular portion/book/passage of scripture.” Furthermore, it’s no coincidence that everywhere “scripture” is used without the definite article (b) it refers to prophetic scriptures concerning Jesus and His logos gospel message, and Paul’s three writings are 60% of these! <Notes> a) Mark 12:10; John 19:37; 20:9; Acts 8:35; 1 Timothy 5:18, b) John 19:37; 2 Peter 1:20, Romans 1:2, 16:26.
Traditionally, however, the 3 main “portions/categories/classes” of scripture are: “The Law/Torah, Pentateuch, or 5 Books of Moses (a), Prophets, and Writings,” though the NT only refers to the “Law and Prophets“(b), “Moses and Prophets” (c), and only in one place, “the Law, Prophets, and Psalms” (d). <Notes> a) the first 5 books of the OT, cf. Luke 24:27, b) Matthew 5:17, 7:12, 11:13, 22:40; Luke 16:16; John 1:45; Acts 13:15, 24:14, 28:23; Romans 3:21, c) Luke 16:29, 31, 24:27; Acts 26:22, d) Luke 24:44.
Is Moses what Christians were meant to have? Moses was “The Master-Teacher” for all Jews concerning the “earned, merited, and deserved conditional, loving-favor” of the Law! The teachers of Moses’ Law came into the Church as “false brothers secretly brought in – who slipped in to spy out our freedom (a) that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery (a)” (b). Jesus said nobody among Christians “are to be called kathegetes Master-Teachers, for you have One Master, the Christ (c)” (d) – see Coaches and Facilitators. <Notes> a) context: from Moses’s Law, b) Galatians 2:4, c) Messiah, the Anointed One, d) Matthew 23:10, cf. Jude 1:4; Luke 8:45, 9:33, 17:13.
Instead of the earned, merited, deserved conditionally-loving favor of God by the Law’s works of righteousness, aren’t we to “have the unearned, unmerited, undeserved unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of God and/coupled the free grace-gift (a) by the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of the One man Jesus Christ” (b)? Furthermore, “Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him” (c), for “as many of you as were water-baptized into Christ have put on [like fresh, clean, new clothes] Christ” (d). Only then we will “have the mind of Christ” (e), “having this mind among yourselves, which is yours [located] IN Christ Jesus” (f). <Notes> a) of righteousness through Christ’s ransom-redemption – Romans 3:24, 4:4, b) Romans 5:15, c) Romans 8:9, d) Galatians 3:27, e) 1 Corinthians 2:16, f) Philippians 2:5.
Finally, John warns Christians: “Everyone who routinely goes further than what is right/proper (a) and/coupled does not meno continue-to-dwell in/by/with (b) the teaching of Christ does not have God, but whoever does meno continue-to-dwell in/by/with (b) this teaching has both the Father and the Son” (c), and the context (d) of “this teaching” is that “Jesus Christ is coming (e) in the flesh” we know the antichrists and deceivers ridiculed, but Christians were to look forward to this to “win their full reward” (f) at Christ’s second coming (g), particularly Christ’s rewards at the Bema Seat of judgement (h). See A 11-21-2021 Vision about Meno abiding. <Notes> a) proago: either forward or backward in time, b) see Bible Info for a discussion of the preposition en with the dative case following, c) 2 John 1:9, d) v. 1:7, e) not has already come of 1 John 4:2, f) 2 John 1:8, g) 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:1, h) 1 Corinthians 3:14.
The prophetic ‘portion of’ sense of “pas all scripture” in 2 Timothy 3:16 above is even clearer by the next word, “breathed-out by God,” a compound adjective that comes from theos “God” + pneo “strong blowing” (a), which is associated with pneuma, the word for “wind, breath, Spirit.” Therefore, the adjective means “Spirit-blown” (b). This likely refers to the “wind or breath” of God that came “upon” or “on” OT Prophets (c) and God’s NT servants (d) as the grace-gift or promised Holy Spirit (e) or that started Christ’s ministry (f). Rabbinic Judaism ‘believed’ the “Spirit rested on/upon or rarely IN the Prophets, speaking through them so that their words were from God by the Spirit.” However, I couldn’t find any biblical evidence that the Spirit came INTO OT prophets! See also Logos Word of God – BT7. <Notes> a) Matthew 7:25, 27, John 6:18; Luke 12:55; Acts 27:40; Revelation 7:1, b) John 3:8, 20:22; Genesis 1:2, c) Numbers 24:2; 1 Samuel 19:20, 23; 2 Chronicles 15:1, 20:14, d) Luke 1:35, 2:25; 1 Peter 4:14, e) Acts 1:8, 2:17-18 citing Joel 2:28-29, f) Matthew 12:18; Luke 4:18.
Neither this “Spirit-blown” adjective or the next coupled (by kai) adjective “profitable” have a verb, but too many translations insert the verbs “is” (a) as if both were “predicate adjectives” (b), as if Paul was about to prove to Jewish-Christians that “the whole/entirety of scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for … .” If that were the case, why didn’t Paul give us any proofs for “the whole/entirety of scripture being inspired by God?” No, Paul simply started with an “attributive adjective” what Timothy already know infant-childhood, simply adding this adjective modifier to remind Timothy what ‘portion of’ scripture Paul was talking about – the prophetic ones he grew up on and were converted to Christ by, the ones produced by the pneuma Spirit of theos God through the mouth of the Prophets! Many Greek scholars agree this first adjective is “attributive” (c). One reason is that anarthrous (d) adjectives, like “God-breathed,” always show up immediately after the noun they modify (here “scripture”), thus according to Vincent’s Word Studies (e), should be translated “every divinely-inspired scripture.” <Notes> a) some with no indication that it is an insertion, b) those that introduce additional statements, c) see franknelte.net/article 281, d) i.e., without an article, e) and other scholars Adam Clarke, Henry Alford, Daniel Mace.
Furthermore, the conjunction kai between “inspired” and “profitable” in 2 Timothy 3:16 is omitted in Old-Latin, Clementine Vulgate, Syrian Peshitta, and many of the Church Fathers. The Greek scholar Daniel Mace’s in his NT of 1729 didn’t include “and” either in his translation. The Greek scholar Adam Clark (1760-1832) stated that “kai is omitted by almost all the versions and many of the fathers, and certainly does not agree well with the text.” Henry Alford (1810-1871) though he “nevertheless acknowledged that the presence of kai in this verse is an awkward one, which really deprives the sentence of symmetry.” So much effort has been made to force kai to mean “and” to couple “inspired and profitable” together and force them to both be predicate adjectives. This is unnecessary because kai has other meanings “still, besides, also, moreover, likewise, even, indeed, namely, specifically” (a) that could just as easily apply. Based on the context, Paul probably meant: “Every portion/kind/class of scripture, i.e. [those] God-breathed prophetic “oracles of God”, are indeed/specifically profitable for . . .,” where the first adjective “God-breathed” is normally attributive, but the second is normally predicate to supply the verb for the rest of the sentence. You have to understand that Greek words have multiple meanings and you have to use the meaning that normally fits the context! <Notes> a) http://biblehub.com/greek/2532.htm, b) http://biblehub.com/greek/2532.htm.
Even if you believe the arguments for both adjectives “is inspired and/coupled is profitable” being predicative adjectives to justify adding “is” in both cases, the vocabulary and contextual reasons stated above and below overwhelmingly indicate the meaning of “all scripture” to be “every of a kind/class/category/portion of scripture,” which in context are the prophetic ones that led Timothy as a child to trusting-relying-faith in Jesus Christ for salvation. These are certainly inspired and indeed profitable for the things that Paul will now talk about for Jewish audiences! Whatever your understanding of Greek, the context makes it clear what Paul’s logos message to Timothy is. Never build a doctrine on one verse anyway, and certainly not by taking it out of context!
But Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16 it’s also “profitable . . . for reproof (a), for correction (b), and for training (c), which the way God trains us to reject godless ways (d), in order to share in God’s holiness (e). Paul continues “profitable . . . for training in righteousness so that the Man of God (f) may be complete, that is, equipped for every good work” (g). In context, this is the “work of preaching or evangelism of the gospel logos message” (h), in which Timothy was grace-gifted by the Holy Spirit to do (i). This was written to a pastor-in-training, working with Jews to convert them to Christ, just as Paul routinely used OT prophecies, but here also equipping Timothy to argue against false teachers like Paul did, many who were Jewish teachers of the Law infiltrating the Church (j), even disguised as Christians (k). <Notes> a) context: patiently yet sharply refute and rebuke false Gentile and Jewish teachers, cf. Titus 1:9, 13-14, 2:15; 2 Timothy 4:2, b) restoration to uprightness, cf. Hebrews 12:12; 2 Timothy 4:2, c) paideia: child-rearing education: Ephesians 6:4, or corrective-training: Hebrews 12:5, 7-8, 11-12; 2 Timothy 2:25, d) Titus 2:12, e) Hebrews 2:10, 12:6, 7, 10; 1 Corinthians 11:32, f) this is Timothy: 1 Timothy 6:11, g) 2 Timothy 2:21; Titus 3:1; of women: 1 Timothy 2:10, 5:10, h) 2 Timothy 4:5; 2 Corinthians 10:16; Philippians 4:3, i) 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6, j) 1 Timothy 1:3-4, 6-7, 4:7, 6:20; 2 Timothy 2:14, 16, 23; Titus 1:11, 3:2, 9, k) Galatians 2:4
OT prophecy about Christ and His kingdom gospel logos message is pretty much all the NT writers used of the OT: John says the gospel “Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy” (a), and that same Spirit of Christ is who spoke through the OT prophets! That’s exactly what Paul reminds his Jewish readers of: “The gospel of God, which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy scriptures” (b). However, Peter, being the apostle to the Jews, appeals the most to the prophetic aspect of the scripture to prove his gospel logos message of The Truth: “We have the prophetic logos message [of the OT scriptures] more fully confirmed, to which you (Jewish readers) will do well to pay attention . . . knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of/belonging-to scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (c). It goes beyond the text to extrapolate these statements to something other that ‘the prophetic portions’ of scripture. <Notes> a) Revelation 19:10, b) Romans 1:1-2, c) 2 Peter 1:19-2.
Paul often cites prophetic ‘portions of’ scripture to prove the Messiah and His gospel logos message, specifically to stubborn or wavering Jews (a). Similarly, the book of Hebrews quotes the OT extensively (b) simply to prove to Jewish-Christians in 63-64 AD, who respected their Jewish “fathers that God spoke to BY THE PROPHETS” (c) but had been converted to Christ by the stoicheion “rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamentals of the oracles (d) of God” (e), to no longer listen to the teachers of the Law that taught “righteousness by works of the Law” (f). That’s because the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant replaces it with “righteousness that is by trusting-relying-faith” (g), a “kreitton more-useful-serviceable-helpful-better Covenant” (h), being that “Christ’s ministry is so much more excellent than the old [of Moses] as the Covenant He mediates is kreitton more-useful-serviceable-helpful-better . . . enacted on kreitton more-useful-serviceable-helpful-better promises, for the first covenant is not memphomai faulted-blameworthy-rejectable-condemnable” (i), for “He is the mediator of a completely-different-in-kind New Covenant . . . redeeming them from the sins committed under the first covenant” (j). <Notes> a) Romans 1:2, 4:3, 9:17, 10:11, 11:2, 15:4; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Galatians 3:8, 4:30; 1 Timothy 5:18, b) 1:5-13, 2:6-8, 12-13, 3:7-11, 15, 4:5-6, 7:17, 21, 8:8-12, 10:5-7, 15-17, 37-38, 12:5-6, 13:6, c) Hebrews 1:1, d) prophetic utterances, e) Hebrews 5:12; Romans 3:2; Acts 7:38; 1 Peter 4:11, f) Romans 4:6, 10:5; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:21, g) Hebrews 10:38, 11:4, 7, h) Hebrews 7:22, i) Hebrews 8:6-7, j) Hebrews 9:15, cf. 12:24.
It is the directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema of the holy prophets and the entole universally-binding commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles (The Great Commission to preach until Christ’s return) . . . that scoffers in ‘the last days’ will come scoffing, following their own sinful desires, saying ‘Where is the promise of His coming” (a)? Peter also refers to the “prophets who prophesied about the unconditional-favor-of-grace that was to be ours, this concerning your salvation” (b). It was this same Spirit-filled Peter that reminded 3000-plus Jews on the Day of Pentecost, the beginning of “the last days” or Church age in Acts 2:16-17 of the OT prophecy of Joel 2:28-32 to explain God’s completely-different-in-kind New Way of communicating to ALL His people under the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant – not to just a few “special” leaders in the OT period but to “ALL of God’s men and women servants, not through gramma writings collected into graphe scripture taught by a few “special” leaders, but directly through prophetic words, visions, and dreams! There simply is no mention of using any of the old “trappings” of the Jewish religion. God has gone direct!” <Notes> a) 2 Peter 3:2-4, b) 1 Peter 1:10.
In fact, Clement of Rome from 92-99 AD quotes the OT scripture only to support the Christian’s resurrection of the dead, to support a Christian’s virtuous life, to use messianic prophecies, and to use typology (anti-types and types) to support Christian doctrines. Clement of Rome around 88-99 AD, Ignatius of Antioch (35-108AD), and Polycarp (69-155 AD) looked at Jesus as being the completed fulfillment of the OT scriptures.
The “good” Law “portions” of scripture are absolutely NOT meant for Christians to use, for to do so would then be “unlawful” – see Logos Word of God – BT8. That’s what Paul said in 1 Timothy 1:8-11 in his accusation against the teachers of the Law inflicting Christians! The Law was intended by God “for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane.” The NT says Christians are now considered by God to be the opposite of all of this: “free from the Law” (a), “dead to the Law” (b), “released from the Law . . . so now we serve/minister in the completely-different-in-kind New (c) Way of the Spirit and absolutely in fact not in the old way of [singular] gramma writing” (d), “set free in Christ Jesus from the Law of sin and death” (e), “written no longer on tablets of stone (or ink). . . ministers of completely-different-in-kind New (c) Covenant, absolutely in fact not of the gramma writing but of the Spirit, for the gramma writing kills but the Spirit gives zoe genuine-life” (f) – see Logos Word of God – BT20. <Notes> a) Romans 8:2, b) Galatians 2:19, c) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, d) Romans 7:6, e) Romans 8:2, f) 2 Corinthians 3:3-6.
How could Paul include the Law in the ‘the portion of’ scripture . . . is profitable” in 2 Timothy 3:16, when we have seen so many negative things said about the Law – see Logos Word of God – BT8, even if the Law promised “wisdom and understanding” (a)? For example, the Law: “was only UNTIL John, but since then the gospel“; has been stamped “null and void” or nullified; its “way of serving God is old and worn out”; is filled to completion, accomplished, ended, or finished by Christ, and thus has faded, vanished, and passed away; has been abolished since Christ fulfilled it; has been set aside because of its weakness and uselessness; Christ has does away with it violently or has put it to death . . . in order to establish the second Covenant; is no longer binding since we have died to it and thus no longer under it; that there is now no such Law for those who live by the Holy Spirit; was added originally by God only as a schoolmaster/escort service, guardian, or manager to protect the Jews (as ‘little children‘) only UNTIL the coming of Christ; that the Law’s regulations to control indulgence are “elementary or rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamental principles” given to the Jews as infantile “milk” only to lead them to the person of Christ; the Law’s rules are actually powerless (of no value) in curbing the flesh as compared to the “solid food” of the Holy Spirit’s discernment of good and evil – see New Covenant Ways – BT16; that the reading of Moses continues to this day to cover the hearts of the hearers with a veil that blinds, separates, and hardens them from the glory of God in Christ Jesus. <Notes> a) Psalms 110:10, 119:98; Deuteronomy 4:6; Job 28:28; Proverbs 1:7, 9:10.
Furthermore, the “teachers of the Law” were not permitted to teach in the Church and so were referred to as “false teachers or Judaizers or the Circumcision Party”; that the scripture (including Law) were simply shadows, copies, corresponding types, and prefigures of things to come, but the real “body” that casts a shadow backwards into the scripture is Christ and His New Covenant’s promised Holy Spirit; the Law is of sin and death; is weakened by the flesh; makes sin known to us and shows sin to be sin; through the commandment sin might become sinful beyond measure; holds us as captive slaves and controls us; The scripture imprisons us under sin; the Law arouses our sinful passions; is the enabling-power of sin; is the reason sin comes alive in us; Personified sin uses the Law to produce all kinds of sin in us; the Law multiplies sin; it condemns us; it kills us; it brings wrath and death; by it no one is justified; doing of one rule of the Law commits us to doing it all, bringing a curse upon ourselves; the Law only promises merited, earned, deserved conditional-loving-favor from God, which is the opposite of unmerited, unearned, undeserved, unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace so that any attempts at the doing of the Law causes us to fall from unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace, causing us to be severed from Christ; the Law is absolutely not of trusting-relying-faith in Christ that alone saves; and the Law made nothing perfect, so absolutely won’t perfect us.
So Christians who keep reading, studying, trying to do, and teach the Law are using the Law just like these teachers of the Law did – “unlawfully” by judging themselves and others based on obedience to commandments (a), forbidding marriage (b) and requiring special foods (c), drinks (d), ceremonial washings (e), body regulations (f), debating/quarreling over the Law (g) as if it were way to latreuo worship-serve God (h). Paul would scream! <Notes> a) Colossians 2:16, b) sounds like the Catholic priesthood, c) 1 Timothy 4:3; Hebrews 9:10, 13:9, d) Hebrews 9:10; Romans 14:17, 21, e) Hebrews 6:2, 9:10; Mark 7:4, f) Hebrew 9:10, g) Titus 3:9-10, h) 1 Timothy 6:4; 2 Timothy 2:14, 23; 1 Corinthians 1:20.
Why in the world are Gentile-Christians today trying to use 2 Timothy 3:16 to teach all Christians everywhere to use ALL ‘portions of’ the OT for their own spiritual growth? Again Paul would scream! Talk about “twisting/distorting” a verse to create a doctrine by taking it out of context! Many of Paul’s letters were attempts to undo the damage down by Jewish teachers of the Law and the Traditions of the Elders. Paul wrote volumes about not using the ‘portions of’ the OT that contain the “commandments of the Law,” so he certainly wouldn’t be advising Timothy to use the Law! NO! “The logos gospel message I preached to you” is what they were “to hold fast to” is the “gospel I preached to you, which you welcomed, in which you now stand, and by which you are being saved” (a). How can so much of the Church be so confused? 95% of the sermons I’ve heard in 15 churches I’ve served in had nothing to do with Christ or His logos gospel message, and many times they focused more on OT scriptures (b) instead of the reality, substance, or true forms expressed in the NT writings! Talk about no Holy Spirit guidance! <Notes> a) 1 Corinthians 15:1-2, b) the shadows, copies, symbols, types, corresponding figures.
As Christian musicians, if the early Church greatly limited OT usage to mostly prophetic passage to convert Jews to Christ, because they understood Christ had completed the ‘old’ revelation of God’s will to mankind, particularly the Jews, why do we use it “willy-nilly” in our personal Christian lives and for ministry to mostly Gentile people? Are we being as careful to look at only 2.6% of the OT, or we falling into the “snare, trap, and retribution” – see New Covenant Ways – BT17 – of the other 97.4% that “imprisons and kills us?” Are we unaware that what is “fulfilled to completion and ended is also nullified, so that we can die to it and be freed from its yoke of slavery?” Are also being deceived by false teachers to “turn back to such weak and worthless ‘abc’ fundamentals to become enslaved again?” Shouldn’t we heed the warnings not to and embrace “the promised grace-gift of the Holy Spirit given for these last days, so that we ALL will prophecy” instead of just reading about a few people who did 2000-3500 years ago?
Lord, give us faith to “let go” of the palios old, antiquated, worn-out, weak, worthless covenant writings, especially the Law that bound us, and move us forward into these later years of the “last days” to instead focus our attention and desire on the “promised grace-gift of the Holy Spirit and the way You want to speak to us ALL NOW – prophetically, even through visions and dreams. Keep us from being captured by the “snare, trap, and retribution” that studying the scriptures became to the Jewish bible students, such that they were blind to see that they simply “testify of You.” Lord, keep us from “majoring in the minors” by getting bogged down in ‘words about You’ instead of NOW simply “coming to You as little children, for such is the kingdom, and to them You un-hide the secrets of the kingdom but keep them hidden from the ‘so-called’ wise and understanding ones.”