A Question I Was Asked:

Should a Pastor use the Old Testament to Establish Biblical Truths for Christian Conduct?

I read your recent response to the questions about keeping the law and it made me think about the relevance of the Old Testament to today's believers. Should a pastor use the Old Testament to establish biblical truths for Christian conduct?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Yes, we have to use it for general teaching, and it is there for that purpose (1 Corinthians 10:1-11),but far less so for the specifics because we now live under a different covenant. So the Old Testament continues as inspired Scripture but - nevertheless - it is substantially inspired Scripture for a different place and a different time. It is dangerous, for example, when one attempts to define how we should be doing things in the Church today by getting into the detail within books like Leviticus. Of course, the cults and sects do this all the time, but Christians should know better.

Divine revelation is progressive. The New Covenant, ushered in by the sacrifice and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, is a most glorious covenant. The old covenant looked forwards to it in vague shadows and shifting lights but now we have the full reality. Let us not forget some of Paul the Apostle's harsh words for those who having accepted Christ, wanted to turn back to the law, with all its legalist details (see Galatians 1:6-9,11-24).

But let us finish with a few words from Romans 3:

But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood - to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished - he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus (Romans 3:21-26).

Robin A. Brace. May 18th, 2015.