Ha, that is the worst title ever, but if you are reading this line you’re ready to jump in with both feet and continue in our study of To Whom is the Bible Written.
I really want to get to how these books are addressed to us if I have time. Yesterday you saw a great example of that in Romans. Today, I’d like to discuss some of the ramifications of where this great error in our New Testament has taken us.
Had the New Testament started in at the day of Pentecost so much of the confusion involving Jesus Christ would have been avoided. Before we go too much further, I ask you to allow the Word of God to speak for itself. The chapter headings, book placements and all the grammar we find, including verse numbers, were added by man. These things make the Bible easier to navigate. Is it so surprising they may have put something under the wrong heading or in the wrong area. God is the Author. When we look into the way He laid out the covenants with His children, we see that before the day of Pentecost the covenant was the Law of the Old Testament. It isn’t until after all believers were filled with the gift of Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost that things changed. How did they change? Did the head Pharisee and spiritual leaders of the day say, okay now we believe Jesus Christ is God’s son and God raised him up. NO. In fact they revolted against the changes. Man does not tell God when things change. How arrogant! God is the Author of all Life and the Maker of all Flesh. No one, and especially not one of His creation, tells God what’s best. The religious leaders refused God’s change. They refused GOD’s Son. Are we so prideful to force our opinions on God like they did? Okay, Terri, what do you mean.
How is 1 Corinthians addressed?
“Unto the Church of God…” 1 Cor. 1 2
Wow. There it is just as if the letter was written to you and me. We are the Church of God. That means everything in that letter can be taken and practically applied in our life today. That is what God’s Word says, that’s what it means.
“Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 1:1
Who are the saints? The saints are the born again believers.
This is so simple. The entire Old Testament plus the Gospels are addressed to Judean and Gentile. But each on of the church epistles, Romans, I & II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and I & II Thessalonians are addressed specifically to the Church as are the personal epistles like Timothy, Titus and Philemon. Hebrews is not addressed to the Church. Hebrews is addressed to those born-again of God’s Spirit but who have never walked in the freedom or greatness of the new birth. Hebrews is written to those still zealous for the Law or Old Testament. Like wise the book of James is addressed to the same Old Testament minded believers.
” James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.” James 1:1
Could God write these addresses any more accurately?
There are still believers who, today, want to live like this, under the old testament condemnation and law. They refuse to believe the scriptures which are addressed TO them and want to put them selves under they bondage and conformity of the law. It’s the same as the problem from the first century church. This isn’t new.
“And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou sees, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law.” Acts 21:20
These Judeans were born-again of God’s Spirit. They could claim all the incredible blessings and promises of the new birth, but they stayed in these chains.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1
How many times have we stayed in our old way of thinking when God wants to move us into the light of a new perspective? I know I have pridefully clung to my religious ideas and training and when God wants me to walk in love in a situation, it’s difficult. I’m bound and cluttered about with ever wrong doctrine of this world. God wants us to travel light and ready so dig a little deeper into His Word and find out for yourself.
God Bless You Today!