The Foundation Of The New Testament – Pastor Chukwuemeka Charles Asiegbu

New Testament Foundation:

New Testament FoundationNew Testament foundation is anchored on the love of God. The implication of this statement is that the establishment of the New Testament has nothing to do with our love for God. Also it means that the foundation of the New Testament is very different from that of the Old Testament. The Old Testament is proportionate to how much the people under it could demonstrate their love to God. And as a matter of fact that order became a flop because they lack the wherewithal to really love God. This is proved and expressed in their inability to obey God as their laws required.

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The fact is that there is nothing anyone could have done to meet the righteous standard of God (Isaiah 64:6). The New Testament foundation therefore, was not initiated because man has become righteous. And as a result God should come down and die for him. But just for the obvious reason that God loves man so much.  And because of this love He has for man He wouldn’t like him to continue to live miserably in sin. So while we are still sinning God came down to die, a demonstration of His love for us. It is apt to say that the New Testament foundation emanated from the love God has for man.

The Love Of God Not For The Jews Alone:

However, it is interesting to know that this love is not particularized to some certain group of people. The New Testament foundation stands on the love God offered and released to the world. Here it is obvious that God loves neither the Jews nor the Gentiles but as many that out there in the world. And this is irrespective of their race and gender God loved them. This is as stipulated in the verse below.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16

Also see, 2 Corinthians 5:12 – 20.

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This is the Good News and why the New Testament foundation was established! The implication is that man has been delivered from the wages of sin which is death. Any soul that sin will surely die, this is the legal standing of the situation and no one could change this standing. Therefore God decided to intervene by solely establishing the New Testament Foundation. The establishment of the New Testament foundation wasn’t a reaction from God but His eternal purpose for man.

The New Testament Foundation Was Prophesied:

The fact is that before the establishment of the New Testament foundation, it was prophesied beforehand in the Old Testament.  The quotation below signifies that.

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

Isaiah 53: 3 – 6.

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Notice that from the quotations above, because of God’s love for mankind, he has to come and be wounded for our transgressions. Also he came down to be bruised for our iniquities, be chastised for our peace. One thing very clear from the quotation above is that He received all these for our and not for His. This implies that New Testament foundation is established on the bases of the sacrificial pure blood of an innocent man. Let’s get some facts from the quotation below.

“And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it. For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

Matthew 26:27-28

Jesus Sponsored The New Testament Foundation:

Also let’s see what Apostle Paul wrote in his epistles to the Corinthians as indicated below.

”For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

2 Corinthians 5:21

The Man to die in place of mankind is the Christ.  He is the one to go through all the things listed above and thereafter enters into His glory. The gospel of Luke puts it better this way;

“Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken. Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

Luke 24:25-26

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Jesus Christ through His blood sponsored the establishment of the New Testament foundation. It is by His death God has offered mankind the gift of eternal life. So as many that believe in Him will certainly receive this eternal life. This eternal life is what is called the God kind of life. Eternal life is a life that is not subjected to sin and death. Eternal life is the reason for the establishment of the New Testament foundation.

Jesus Kept The Appointment For Man:

New Testament FoundationObviously, the death of Christ is a very important necessity for man. This is because that is what man needed in order to attain eternal life.  Since the wages of sin is death and the gift of God is eternal life Romans 6:23 it is important to note that the separation power Satan has between man and God is death. Man however, does not have what it takes to undo it. Therefore, it behooves on Christ to die in order to undo it. Therefore, eternal life is attainable by man in the death of Christ. This is because Christ kept the appointment of death for every man and met the requirements for the judgment. This is as stated in the verse below.

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”

 Hebrews 9:27

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So by meeting the whole requirements, He ripped off the power of death from Satan through his death, see Hebrews 2:14. But this arrangement was beyond the scope of Satan’s knowledge.  And as a result he didn’t realize that he was playing into the redemptive plan of God for man, see 1Corinthians 2:8.

God Didn’t Wait For Man To Change:

Like I said earlier, this was done by God not because man has turn into a new leaf. But while man is still walloping in sin yet God took the step. Apostle Paul stipulated that;

“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

Romans 5:7–9

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In this way God came to take our place so that we can take His place. He took our shame so that we can take His glory.  He took our weakness so that we can take His strength. And He took our hatred and gave us His Love so that we can be able to love Him and our fellowmen by His Love. Because man without the love of God is a selfish being. But with the love of God inside man he is able to love others and equally love God.

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The Old and New Testaments are just Testaments purporting the purpose and plan of God for man. Though this was expressed at a separate given period of time. The Old Testament foundation was laid in order to express the weakness of man. And the New Testament foundation was laid in order to express the Love of God for man.

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