Understanding The Bible By Covenants

By Dan Billingsly

  For many the Bible is a difficult book to  understand  because most people do not understand the difference between the Old and New Testaments. However, when one properly divides all books, chapters and verses into their specific Old and New Covenants/Testaments - and then study by whole or complete covenants - the Bible becomes relatively easy to understand.

  Today’s misunderstanding of the Bible is primarily caused by the  erroneous Roman Catholic  division  between the Old and New Testaments in1486AD. As a result, many have misinterpreted Christ’s Old Testament teaching of the law of Moses in the four books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John -- before the cross (MMLJ/BC) as New Covenant doctrine -- when in reality these books describe Christ’s teaching of the Old Covenant law of Moses to the “last generation” of Old Testament  Jews in Israel.

  A Bible covenant is an “agreement” between God and his “covenant people.” The old covenant was made by God with  Israel, Christ has made the New Testament/Covenant with his “church.” Christ has set forth the facts, commands and promises; then  as sinners agree to believe the facts, obey the commands and receive the promises, at baptism Christ “adds” the saved to the New Covenant “church” (Acts 2:38-42). Understanding the different covenants will prove to you the New Testament truth of Christ!

  To understand the Bible, one must interpret the Scriptures by “whole” or “complete”  covenants, for each old and new covenant stands separate and independent from all other covenants. The facts to believe, the commands to obey, the promises to be received are completely different. The teaching or doctrine in both Old and New covenants is different and applies to different people in different covenant ages. The New covenant cannot be scripturally interpreted by teaching from the Old covenants.

  A basic understanding of the covenants in the Bible requires two things:

1) One must “rightly divide” between the books, chapters and verses that make up the different Old and New Testaments. The two former old covenant ages were the Patriarchal age -- described between Genesis 1 and Exodus 19;  and the Mosaical age revealed from Exodus 20 through -- the death of Christ -- in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23 and John 19 (MMLJ/BC).  The death of  Christ on the cross  marked the “end” of the Old Testament and law of Moses. Today, there is no New Testament doctrine in the Old Testament of Genesis 1 through John 19!   

  *The 50 day period/division between the Old and New Testaments is recorded and  described in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20, 21 and Acts 1.

2) The New Testament  or Christian Age “began” in Acts 2 with the revelation of the New Covenant doctrine of Christ described in Acts 2 through Revelation 22.

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