New Covenant Ways – BT13a
The OT scriptures were only for the Jews and only UNTIL Christ finished them
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We’ve already seen that the OT was simply God’s way of creating a “peculiar people” (a) for Himself, holding His children by the hand as paidagogos “household school-escort guardians” (b) or “epitropos household-guardians and/coupled oikonomos household-managers” (c) learning their stoicheion rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamentals (d) from the logion oracle-utterances of God, but only UNTIL the coming of trusting-relying-faith in His Son Jesus made them adults to receive their promised inheritance, the Holy Spirit’s teaching being the first-fruits. That’s why the NT only quotes from prophetic OT passages about the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant and Jesus’s gospel logos message, simply for the Jews to “Come To Me,” as Jesus kept saying. <Notes> a) 1 Peter 2:9 in KJV, BRG, PHILLIPS, NMB, b) Galatians 3:23-25, cf. 1 Corinthians 4:15, c) Galatians 4:2, d) Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:15; Titus 1:3.
But the bible students and teachers would rather go back to their scripture “tables,” even though Jesus said, “but it is they that testify/bear witness about Me” (a). Jesus didn’t lie when He said, “I did not come to definitively/wholly kataluo loose/tear down the Law and the Prophets (b) but to definitively/wholly pleroo fulfill-to-completion them . . . before heaven and earth passes away, every [detail of] the Law . . . definitively/wholly ginomai becomes/occurs” (c). However, “Jesus, knowing that ALL (d) was now teleo finished-accomplished-completed-ended said in order to definitively/wholly teleo finish-accomplish-complete-end the graphe scripture (e), ‘I thirst’ and soon after said, “It is teleo finished-accomplished-completed-ended” and died (f). There is no more pleroo fulfilling-to-completion left to do, because the glass was now full – Christ’s work was teleo finished-accomplished-completed-ended. <Notes> a) John 5:39; Luke 24:27, b) the most common division of the OT, c) Matthew 5:17-19, d) pas normally as “every of a kind/class/category/portion of,” in this every prophecy about His work as the Messiah e) in all 3 cases where graphe scripture is used with the article, it refers to a certain ‘portion of’ scripture that is the prophetic portions regarding Christ and His work – see Logos Word of God – BT5, f) John 19:28-30.
“I thirst” may indeed refer to “the scripture that was teleo finished-accomplished-completed-ended” which was a citation from Psalms 69:21, “for My thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.” However, it’s no coincidence that teleo in regards to “scripture” is never used elsewhere by John because he uses pleroo fulfill-to-completion instead. However, Luke 22:37 refers to Christ’s death as “teleo finished-accomplished-completed-ended IN Me that which has already been grapho written [with ongoing, routine results]” regarding a citation from Isaish 53:12 “He was counted with the sinners.” Both uses by Jesus indicate finality! Some Greek grammarians note that “scripture” in the [singular] with the definite article without clear citation may actually refer to the whole/entirety of scripture (a), or at least all those “in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms (b) concerning Jesus” being pleroo fulfilled-to-completion or teleo finished-accomplished-completed-ended (c). Jesus kept His promise “before heaven and earth passes away,” which was a common hyperbole! That’s why Paul could boldly say, “The Law has been katargeo thrown-down-to-be-inactive-useless” (d)! Christ’s death so completely “finished” scripture, as least all the prophetic ‘portions of’ those referring to His work, that the “the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom” (e), signifying the end of the OT separation of the common man from the presence of God in the “Holy of Holies” that was behind the curtain! <Notes> a) e.g., “imprisoning everything under sin” Galatians 3:22, cf. John 10:35; Romans 11:2, b) the most detailed division of the OT, c) Luke 18:31, 24:27, 32, 37, 44-45, d) katargeo: thrown down to be inactive and useless, terminated, destroyed, voided, annulled, and thus released from – Ephesians 2:15; 1 Corinthians 1:28, 13:11; 2 Corinthians 3:7, 11, 14; Romans 7:2, 6, e) Matthew 27:51; Mark 15:38; Luke 23:45.
As Christian musicians, why are Gentile Christians trying to apply palios “old, dated, ancient, antiquated, worn-out, weak, worthless” OT graphe scriptures that were designed ONLY for the Jewish people, acting for one purpose as: paidagogos “household school-escort guardians” or “epitropos household-guardians and/coupled oikonomos household-managers” to teach them ‘the milk’ OF stoicheion rudimentary ‘abc’ fundamentals from the logion oracle-utterances of God? These are all Jewish terms for Jewish people! Jesus pleroo fulfilled-to-completion and teleo finished-accomplished-completed-ended not only the prophetic ‘portions of’ scripture regarding Him and His work, but really the whole purpose of the Law, which is the basis of the other 97.4% of the OT – see Logos Word of God – BT5a. So unless you are trying to convert Jews using the other 2.6%, there is no purpose for you to be reading the OT, especially with the stern warnings about doing so or teaching it – see Logos Word of God – BT6.
Lord, thank You for delivering us from “the graphe scripture that imprisons everything under sin” and delivering us from “a ministry of death and condemnation because of gramma writings” and now giving us a ministry of zoe genuine-life that is no longer by gramma writings on stone or with ink but by the Holy Spirit grapho written on human hearts.”