UNDERSTANDING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS
Hebrews 9: 16- 17 says,"For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth".
The inability of some people to differentiate between the Old Testament and the New Testament has resulted in the abundance of confusion and wrong doctrines right in the church.
In our bibles, the Old Testament books are grouped as Genesis to Malachi and the New Testament books are grouped as Matthew to Revelation. These groupings are very misleading.
The New Covenant does not begin with the book of Matthew.The truth is that, the New Testament started after the death of Jesus. The shed blood of Jesus ushered in the New Testament. Therefore, the New Testament did not start at the birth of Jesus in the book of Matthew chapter one but after his death.
The Old Testament also did not start from the book of Genesis and ended in the book of Malachi but it started in the book of Exodus when the Israelites left Egypt, around that time when God established the old covenant with them and it ended when Christ died on the cross.
So, until his death upon the cross, Jesus himself lived under the Old covenant and ushered in the new Testament after his death and resurrection. Testaments or covenants are more than books. They are the relationship God had with men. God’s plan for man has always been in Christ or based on the New Testament.
The Old Covenant was an interruption of the perfect relationship God was having with man in the book of Genesis. We must, therefore, study our bibles with the knowledge of these dispensations.
My knowledge of the scriptures is increasing with the knowledge of the Old and New Testament dispensations.