Monday, June 23, 2014

THE NEW TESTAMENT BEGINS WITH ROMANS, NOT MATTHEW.

MYTH-- The New Testament begins with the Gospel of Matthew

TRUTH-- It begins with Romans.

    As I say on page 7 of my book,* "testament means "will," as in "last will and testament." In order for a will to be effective the person it is written for must be dead, yet in 95% of the gospels, the testator of the testament was alive.Hebrews tells us quite clearly:

Heb 9:16-17
 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

We all know that Jesus was born for the sake of the lost sheep of the house of Israel:
Matt 15:24
 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. KJV

We also know he was commissioned to fulfill the Law of Moses:
Matt 5:17
 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Jesus lived under the Law of Moses and we live under Grace, God's undeserved, divine favor. Salvation under the Law of Moses was dependent upon a person staying faithful to that law until the day they died. Today, we have salvation now, by the grace of God:
Eph 2:5-9
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. KJV

Yes, there are a lot of great principles in the gospels as well as the book of Proverbs. Like Proverbs, the 4 Gospels belong in the Old Testament, since it is in them that the Law of Moses was fulfilled! The preceding doctrine,(how to believe correctly), of the Old Testament was the Law of Moses. The doctrine of the New Testament was given to Paul the apostle by direct revelation from the ascended Christ:

Gal 1:11-12
 For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it by way of revelation through Jesus Christ. 

Jesus Christ is the author of the real NT, which he delivered to Paul by revealing it to him. This is why Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Thessalonians should all be in "red" letters! They are the words of the Messiah himself!

The doctrine for the Church of the Body of Christ thus begins with Romans and ends with Thessalonians. There is no Sabbath to regard, no water baptism, no sacrifices to be made, no Passover to be observed, nothing unclean to eat or drink; hence nothing to put yourself in bondage with.


* (http://www.amazon.com/Rightly-Dividing-Word-Truth-Understanding/dp/1449749313/ref=sr_1_2_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403540955&sr=1-2&keywords=fred+s+wolfe+II)