Thursday, March 2, 2017

"For what saith the scripture?"

"For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness."
 Romans 4:3



Paul was quoting from Gen 15:6 in Romans 4:3 when he spoke about Abraham's righteousness credited to him because of his faith in God.  

At the time of Paul's writing, the only books in existence were the Old Testament, books from the four evangelists, and a few from the other apostles.

Recently I published A.W. Pink's sermon "Christian Fools".  Much like Spurgeon, he courageously and effectively puts his point across with scripture proofs. Unlike Spurgeon, Pink is at times harsh with criticism towards his colleagues of the cloth, harsh but honest.

Rev. Pink accused his preacher-brothers, even the Baptists, and Calvinists, of avoiding Scriptures that clearly speak about the doctrine of the elect. 
 
It is true of many preachers today: they know these doctrines are in the Bible and yet they do not preach or teach their flock. Many pastors preach only from the New Testament, and therefore their congregation know little about the Old Testament, about God's character, His mercy and righteousness, and His Divine grace. 

Many scriptures in the New Testament are directly quoted from the Old TestamentIn some easy-to-read translations, and paraphrased renditions, they are not in quotation marks, or by indentation of the text.    

Therefore, we must be familiar with the passage, or have a reference bible to realize that these New Testament quotes are from the Old Testament.  

For example, Hebrews 10:38, "the just live by faith"  is a quote from Habakkuk 2:4
  
Salvation by faith alone, or sola fide, is not a New Testament doctrine, or a Pauline theology, and I think if Paul the Apostle could speak for himself, he would agree. Justification through faith alone appears throughout the Old Testament ~ the covenant of grace.

Christ quoted frequently from the Old Testament.  

It is our responsibility to read all of Scripture.  There are many Christians who believe that the Bible is only the New Testament, and disregard what God reveals in the Old Testament.



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