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The Importance of the Old Testament Scriptures

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Easy Bible Guide Part 4

Pastor Steven Birnie

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I certainly hope you enjoyed the Overview of the Scriptures aspect of this Bible Guide as much as I did writing it as it does give us a complete picture of the history of God and mankind and, we can have complete confidence in its truth as a full and complete authority of the ages. It does bring us nicely on to the next subject in our Bible Guide called The Importance of the Old Testament Scriptures and this one is important. Many look upon the Old Testament as something which has passed and has no real relevance for the New Testament Christian however, nothing could be further from the truth. I’ve deliberately kept this extensive subject brief for our less experienced Christians to understand so I hope you enjoy….

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(2 Timothy 3:16-17) “…..all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.  That the man of God be complete, thoroughly furnished for all good works….”

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The reason I have begun with this verse is that it shows us just how important the Old Testament is to the Church. As Paul said to his dear son in the faith Timothy, all scripture is profitable for doctrine, well, the Bible as we know it had not been produced yet so Paul couldn’t have been speaking of the NT Scriptures we know, he was talking about the scriptures Timothy had known since his youth, the Old Testament teachings however, the scriptures were to be read and taken in a certain light and that light is a method called The Foreshadow. A Foreshadow was basically something God did in the OT which was a shadow or a type of things to come, in many respects the OT was inferior to the NT because it was only ever an example, the true reality of God’s plans would come through his coming Son, Jesus Christ!

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Everything in the OT was leading up to Jesus and everything was a foreshadow of things to come, so we can see how imperative it is that we don’t dismiss the Old because quite simply, it confirms the New so, let me give you two brief examples (of thousands) of the Foreshadow method.

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Old Testament Foreshadow of Noah’s Flood – Noah as we know was a righteous man in the eyes of God and because of the evil of mankind, God decided to judge man by sending a great flood. He asked Noah to build an Ark over a 65 year period to house him, his family and animals of the earth. So Noah spent those years building the Ark and trying to warn those who looked on of God’s coming judgement and of course that judgement came, covering the earth with water killing every living thing, but saving Noah and his family keeping them safe on the ark.

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New Testament Age of Grace and Evangelism – Like Noah, we now live in that age where we know God’s judgement is coming (death in Hell or the trials and tribulations to come) and like Noah, we’re preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ telling them the way to heaven is open (the open door of the Ark) however, this age will come to an end like the flood in Noah’s day(the open door of the Ark will close), the unrighteous will go to the Lake of Fire, the righteous will spend eternity in heaven.

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Old Testament Foreshadow of the Children of Israel – The Children of Israel at the time were slaves in Egypt under Pharaoh however God sent them a Saviour and Prophet called Moses to deliver them out of the land and take them to a new place. The Children of Israel left and crossed over the Red Sea into the Wilderness to spend the next 40 years being prepared to be the people of God. When they were ready, God took them across the River Jordan to take back their land and have a country of their own.

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New Testament Salvation – Like the Children of Israel, we were once slaves in our own Egypt until that day Jesus came by his Spirit and through another, to set us free and lead us away from our old lives. He took us though our water baptism (through the Red Sea) and into our own life with him allowing him to begin to work on us (in our wilderness), building us up into a Christian and a Child of God, so we could cross over our Jordan to our promised land and live that full life and plan in Jesus!

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So, the above would have been what was revealed by the revelation of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles and the Elders of the early Church. Being men who knew the scriptures well, it must have been just amazing to see God’s plan come into effect and see the Messiah Jesus Christ throughout and I’ve no doubt, their messages must have been amazing. It’s this foreshadow of things to come which confirms time and time again the teachings in the New Testament and this is why we are presented with both as our Christian Bible, the Old can’t stand alone without the New and the New requires the Old to confirm the truth, so I hope you see from the basic and brief message of just how important the OT is to our NT in Jesus Christ.

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The above barely even scratches the surface of this kind of teaching and I hope it’s stirred up within you, a real desire to read the Old Testament Scriptures however as a word of caution, I would always make an individual aware, especially a young or in-experienced Christian, that the OT scriptures are what the Word of God would term as ‘meaty’ teachings in that they can be difficult to understand and misinterpreted easily unless a sure foundation has first been established in the New Testament Love, Grace and Faith our Lord Jesus Christ. The OT was a different agreement between God and mankind, serving as a foreshadow, so we should read this aspect of his Word in the way it was intended in this time, through his Grace.

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God bless

Pastor Steven Birnie

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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.


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