Heart of the New Testament
What part of the Old Testament should we follow?
- All of it
- None of it
- Pick and choose
What section of the Old Testament is considered the Law?
- Ten Commandment (Exodus 20)
- Books of Moses (Gen – Deut.)
- The entire Old Testament
Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed.
We looked at the three categories of Old Testament Law
- Ceremonial Law – Sacrifice rules
- Civil Law – Laws to govern the people
- Moral Law – God’s heart for right and wrong
“Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.”
“Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Jesus just summarized 602,585 words in 37 words!
Galatians 5:6b “the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love”
1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sin”
James 2:8 “If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, love your neighbor as yourself, you are doing right”
James calls this verse “THE ROYAL LAW”
1 John 4:7-8 “Let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God, Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM BEING A LOVING CHRISTIAN?
“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
What does love do?
BINDS US TOGETHER IN UNITY
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
1 John 2:9-10
“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.”