The Whole Story
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV®)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Some Christians seem to feel that the New Testament has more authority than the Old Testament. It’s almost as if the New Testament is understood to be an amendment correcting the weaknesses of the earlier work. I meet Christians who have never really read the Old Testament, which is unfortunate, because the New Testament makes no sense without the context of the Old Testament. Jesus knew it well and quoted it often. His disciples, observant Jewish men, also knew the Old Testament writings. If God intended for us to put the Old Testament on the shelf and focus on the New Testament only, He would’ve told us so. In fact, the opposite is true, as Paul reminds Timothy that ALL Scripture is God-breathed and useful. Make a commitment to read your Bible. Reading the whole story of the Bible will bring good things to you.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word, ALL of Your Word, which is Your message to me. Thank You that You have not left me to wander through life, but You have shown me how to live through Your written Word, the example of Your Son, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your faithfulness to all generations. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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