OT Saints compared to NT Saints…

OT Saints compared to NT Saints

As I study the New Testament and the Old Testament the Holy Spirit has impressed upon me so many truths. And probably an even greater number of truths that I have yet to grasp. That is actually a good thing as long as I continue to study God’s word as directed to do so in II Tim 2:15 so that I can handle, understand and apply its truths. God’s word never gets old as long as our desire remains to learn more of Jesus and His mission for us. According to God’s word not even the smallest word of the Greek and Hebrew in God’s word will be lost (Mat 5:18) from our view until all of God’s word is fulfilled. So that means that until Jesus returns a 2nd time mankind and/or satan cannot change or remove any of God’s truths for our lives. Our God protects the bible so we have His truths to make our eternal decisions on. What a powerful truth to have. With that in mind what does God say about the OT vs. NT believers and the responsibility each had and has.

One question I have had as I study God’s word is just what are the differences between the OT vs. the NT saints (Born Again Believers). Just recently the Holy Spirit nudged me with thoughts of some of the differences and I believe wants me to share them with as many as will listen. The differences point to the NT saints having been blessed with so much more and along with that I believe comes greater responsibility and accountability.

In James 3:1 teachers and leaders are challenged with the fact that they are held accountable for what they teach and how they lead. I believe that same principle applies to us as NT saints. In that verse teachers and leaders are told that they will have a stricter or greater judgment because of what they have been entrusted with. All NT saints have been blessed with much more than the OT saints and along with the increased blessings come increased responsibility and accountability. We are all teachers and leaders to someone who is watching us whether we accept that fact or not.  Our children mimic our deeds and our priorities. Many adults around us are watching carefully our lives because we have professed to belong to Jesus and do not love this worlds’ focus and priorities. If they are not doing so than that is an issue for another daily.

Some extremely important points of truth need to be kept in mind when studying this topic. First and most importantly is that the OT saints or believers were saved by the same Gospel that NT saints are. It is by grace through faith and no works that both are saved. Secondly the OT truths are confirmed with NT happenings. So when reading the OT truths they will and are verified and fulfilled with the NT truths. The biggest being the coming of a Savior, Jesus.

The following are some differences as I see them;

  1. Offering for sins and Mediator

 

  • OT = Only the Priests from the family of Levi and only the High Priest had direct access to God for requesting forgiveness of sins and the High Priest only once a year and only in one place in the Temple. Anyone other than the High Priest who entered the Holy of Holies would die.
    • Heb 9:6-8 Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance;
  • NT = saints have direct access to God 24/7 anywhere they are (I Thes 5:17). We do not need to go through a Mediator other than Jesus who sits today and every day at God the Fathers right hand making intercession for us.
    • I Tim 2:5 For there is one God, one mediator also between God and men, the man, Christ Jesus,
    • I Tim 2:8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;
    • Jesus as the NT High Priest offered His life ONCE for all who will accept His sacrifice.
      • Heb 9:11, 12 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
  1. Scripture

 

  • OT = Had the first five books of the Bible called the Pentateuch authored by God and recorded by Moses.
  • NT = saints have the completed OT and NT of 66 books to study and grow in faith by (II Pet 3:18) authored by God (II Tim 3:16, 17) and recorded by 40 different scribes (II Pet 1:20, 21) who were privileged to have their lives used to record God’s truths.

 

 

  1. Salvation

 

  • OT = saints, by grace through faith, were saved as are NT saints. The OT saints offered animal sacrifices out of obedience to God. That practice pictured and foretold the NT sacrifice that the perfect Lamb of God made for all believers both in the OT and the NT. (Hebrews 11)
  • NT = saints, by grace through faith, are saved. (Eph 2:8-9, Gal 2:16-20, Titus 3:5)
    • Eph 2:8, 9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
  1. The Holy Spirit

 

  • OT = saints had moments of the Holy Spirit indwelling and moving them to accomplish God’s will.
  • NT = saints have the Holy Spirit living in them 24/7.
    • Acts 1:5-8 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
    • Acts 2:4a And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
    • Romans 8:9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

 

  1. The Church

 

  • OT = had the Jewish temples to meet in and worship God as a group. Some were converts to Judaism but the vast majority were Jewish by heritage. The priests were from the tribe of Levi. Jesus and His Church that we see started in Acts chapter 2 were not yet in place.
  • NT = saints have Jesus as the Head of the worldwide Church which included all believers from every race and nation who placed their faith in Jesus.
    • Col 1:18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

 

  1. Spiritual Gifts

 

  • OT = Did not have special Spiritual Gifts given to each believer.
  • NT = saints have all been given Spiritual Gifts so they can perform the mission Jesus has for them. Every NT believer has at least one spiritual gift so they can perform for Jesus the life He has planned for them.
    • Eph 4:7, 8 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.”
    • I Pet 4:10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

 

When you look at the blessings given to the OT and the NT saints it’s obvious we as NT saints have greater blessings. With greater blessing comes greater responsibility and accountability. How are you doing this morning with that?????

Blessings can come from ADVERSITY….

James 1:2-3 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”

BLESSINGS can come from ADVERSITY

“In their affliction they will seek me early.”- Hosea 5:15

Losses and adversities are frequently the means which the great Shepherd uses to fetch home his wandering sheep; like fierce dogs they worry the wanderers back to the fold. There is no making lions tame if they are too well fed; they must be brought down from their great strength, and their stomachs must be lowered, and then they will submit to the tamer’s hand; and often have we seen the Christian rendered obedient to the Lord’s will by straitness of bread and hard labor. When rich and increased in goods many professors carry their heads much too loftily, and speak exceeding boastfully. Like David, they flatter themselves, “My mountain standeth fast; I shall never be moved.” When the Christian groweth wealthy, is in good repute, hath good health, and a happy family, he too often admits Mr. Carnal Security to feast at his table, and then if he be a true child of God there is a rod preparing for him. Wait awhile, and it may be you will see his substance melt away as a dream. There goes a portion of his estate-how soon the acres change hands. That debt, that dishonoured bill-how fast his losses roll in, where will they end? It is a blessed sign of divine life if when these embarrassments occur one after another he begins to be distressed about his backslidings, and betakes himself to his God. Blessed are the waves that wash the mariner upon the rock of salvation! Losses in business are often sanctified to our soul’s enriching. If the chosen soul will not come to the Lord full-handed, it shall come empty. If God, in his grace, finds no other means of making us honor him among men, he will cast us into the deep; if we fail to honor him on the pinnacle of riches, he will bring us into the valley of poverty. Yet faint not, heir of sorrow, when thou art thus rebuked, rather recognize the loving hand which chastens, and say, “I will arise, and go unto my Father.”

–C.H. Spurgeon

 

2 Cor 12:9 “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

 

Mat 6:33a “But seek you first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness…”

Seeking Approval from

John 12:43b “…for they loved the approval of men rather than the
approval of God”.

Seeking Approval from….

He had been waiting his entire career for this one moment.
With just four seconds left-his team trailing by six points in the
championship game, Steven caught the quarterback’s perfectly placed pass
and sprinted down the sideline. Seventy thousand fans erupted, raucously
cheering for Steven as he crossed mid-field and headed for the end zone.

He was the center of attention, and, with just thirty yards left
to sprint, Steven seemed destined to be a hero-his name plastered across
the newspaper and television for weeks to come.

Yet, amidst all the screams of approval, Steven failed to notice
the defensive back closing in. Before he could protect the ball, he was
suddenly thrown to the ground, jarring the ball loose moments before his
knee struck the turf. The defensive back quickly recovered Steven’s
fumble and ran out-of-bounds.

The game was over.

As Steven, stunned and disoriented, lay face down on the turf,
he quietly listened as the stadium full of fans incessantly booed him.
Seventy thousand cheers had instantly turned to seventy thousand jeers.
He felt completely alone, utterly rejected.

In a society of fickle opinions, we often place too much weight
on the judgment of others, forgetting that our relationship with God is
our only constant source of stability.

Even in biblical times, certain rulers-who were believers that
had direct proof of Jesus’ miracles and existence-publicly rejected
Christ and adhered to social tradition and legalistic rules instead.
They clearly “loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God”
(John 12:43). For fear that they would be cast out of the synagogue and
disowned by the Pharisees, these rulers chose social acceptance over the
approval of almighty God, even as Christ Himself stood before them.

When we seek other people’s approval, what is our limit? How
much of our own conscience are we willing to sacrifice in order to gain
social endorsement?

In James it says, “Our lives are just a vapor that appears for a
little while and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). How much of this
precious time are we willing to spend at the mercy of the ever-changing
opinions of those around us? When our lives are complete and we stand
before God’s throne, will we really care about the opinions of others?

In trying to please one person here and another person there, we
will eventually lose our focus on what is important to God. And isn’t
that what is important to focus on? Our lives are a gift from God. We
exist to glorify and represent Him, not to receive the glory for
ourselves.

Have you fallen prey to the social game of acceptance? If so,
it’s a game you’ll never win. God approves of you so much that He sent
His Son to die an excruciating death for you.

That’s all the approval we need.

John 12:42-43 “The rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees
they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the
synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval
of God”.

Me, myself and I….

Luke 9:23 “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

Me, myself and I…

The main enemy that loves to usurp our Lord in the priorities of our lives is self. Self is
a very dangerous enemy, because he comes in like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He is a cruel and
crafty enemy. Whenever we serve self, we are no longer serving Christ.
Self will never be satisfied. It always wants to be just a little more comfortable, pampered and
the center of attention. He whispers in your ear that you deserve all of the things that you need to be supposedly happy and content. Funny isn’t it that lasting happiness and contentment never come when self is at the wheel of setting priorities in life? Or should we say, sad isn’t it?
Self will deceive you saying just a little more sleep, food or entertainment, or money, but the next day he demands more. And the more you give the more he wants. He will tell you how to serve Jesus and get you so busy doing all kinds of religious work that you won’t have time for prayer and the reading of the Word. Or he will convince you that you are not intelligent enough to do that work for Jesus, or that someone else who is more qualified really should be doing it anyway. Or simply that you don’t have the time to do it.
In reality you are not abiding in Him and have become alienated from the abundant life that you
should have in Him. No wonder the first item Jesus mentioned to His disciples if they wished to follow Him was to deny themselves and to do it daily.
Just like an addict when self and this world program us there is a deprogramming that must take place if we truly want to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.


Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

So, who controls your life this morning and have you been deprogrammed?
It is your choice who or Who you will serve!
Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites (Americans for us), in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”