Acts 28:23 When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.
A couple posts ago, I blogged about tradition. My proposition ultimately was that if your Church is biblical it must be traditional. That does not mean they must avoid contemporary music and read KJV bible only. My point was that there are traditional core beliefs that must be the foundation of your faith and teaching. These teachings and doctrines can be repackaged, while maintaining the same truth, so that it communicates well to the current generation.
Today, I will restate what I mean by using a different metaphor. In Acts 28:23 Paul argues for his faith in Jesus Christ using Scripture. Specifically, he engages with the writings in the Law and in the Prophets. Can you do that?
Up until the past couple years, I would have had a real difficult time demonstrating my faith in Christ using the Old Testament. I would say things like, “The Old Testament is no longer relevant to the Christian faith.” But that is entirely untrue. What we see in the New Testament is merely a continuation of the story of redemption of Israel and mankind in the Old Testament. A good metaphor to picture this is DNA.
Physically, we all have code/ DNA that composes us. So when we have children, our children will resemble us. The same is true with Christianity. It was birthed from Judaism. We should have some resemblance to our relatives of faith. Yet we are distinctly different. The difference that separates Christianity from Judaism primarily wraps around what each camps says about who Christ is. In Acts it records that Paul was trying to persuade his Jewish brothers from the Law of Moses and the Prophets.
Today, we continue the same beliefs that are deeply rooted in the faith. Biblical faith does not proclaim anything new today than what Paul preached then. I would highly question anyone who thinks they have a “new” idea or secret truth that is not already available to everyone through God’s word. One professor once said, “If it’s new it ain’t true, and if it’s true it ain’t new!” True that!
How are you doing in your study of Scripture? Do you have a good basis of understanding of your faith using both the Old Testament and New? Do you see your spiritual DNA resembled throughout all Scripture? If you need any resources, feel free to ask and I will be happy to share….