2 Corinthians 3:1-18
Lord, open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your Law" (Psa
Old Testament and the New Testament are the two lips of God to speak to
us. The New is concealed in the Old and the Old is revealed in the New. We
cannot understand one without the other.
the difference between the Testaments must be clearly understood. We have
the shadow in the OT but the substance in the NT (Heb 10:1). The New
Covenant, unlike the Old, is not of the letter but of the Spirit (2 Cor
3:6 Rom 7:6). In the OT the Law was written in tablets of stone, but now
God writes it in our hearts of flesh (Jer 31:31-33; Heb 8:8-10; 2 Cor
3:3). The ceremonial part of the Law takes a spiritual meaning in the New
Testament. For example, the Sabbath speaks of the rest Christ gives to His
people here and then in eternity (Mt 11:28; Heb 4:4-10). Similarly God
told Peter to eat even the "forbidden" food of the OT to explain
to him a spiritual truth, that is, how God can save the non-Jews also
(Acts 10:10-16,44,45). The Temple in the OT becomes the people of God and
their bodies in the NT. The New Covenant is called a "better"
Covenant (Heb 7:22; 8:6).
core of the OT is all about what God "demands" whereas the core
of the NT is all about what God "gives." Praise the Lord we are
not under Law but under Grace (Rom 6:14). Let us stand firm in the
liberty, and not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Gal 5:1). In
fact, those who attempt to be justified by Law have fallen from Grace
(v4). Law and Grace cannot coexist. Ishmael and Isaac cannot dwell in the
same house. An old cloth and a new piece should not be stitched together.
The new wine cannot be kept in old bottles (Mt 9:16,17).
saying so we do not mean that the Old Testament is irrelevant to us today.
Apart from the Law the OT contains prophecy, history and wisdom.
"These were written for our instruction, on whom the ends of the ages
have come" (1 Cor 10:11). The OT must be read and diligently studied
by every Christian, but the interpretation and application must be always
in the light of the NT.
you would have a balanced diet of both the Old Testament and the New
Testament truth, follow the Bible Reading Calendar given on pages 13-16 of
Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible,
the religion of Christ's Church! (C.H. Spurgeon, 1834-1892)