Can You Help Me to Understand a New Testament Christian?


  If you asked many in the religious world this question, though it may be with sincerity, what you would be taught would
be wrong, because much of what is taught in the religious world, man has added to or taken away from the word of God.
With that said let us take a look at what the Word of God says on some subjects of the New Testament.

  1.  The first thing we want note is that The Bible is Our only Authority - 2 Timothy 3: 16-17 reads, All Scripture is given
by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the
man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

  It is these Words that will judge us- John 12:48 “He who reject Me, and does not receive My words, has that which
judges him-the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.

  Not doctrines of men- Matthew 15:9  “And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

  NO CREEDS- With creeds men select the doctrines they will believe.  If a creed contains more than the Bible, it
contains too much.  If it contains less than what the Bible says, it contains too little.  So why do we need them- WE DON’
T.  Revelation 22: 18-19  “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to
these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book: and if anyone takes away from the words of
the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things
which are written in this book.” The Bible is sufficient.  So the question is not what does man or creeds say, but what
does the Word of God say.

  2.  We are subject to the New Testament or Covenant.  Matthew 26:28 Christ said, “ For this is My blood of the new
covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.  The Old Law was done away with, Hebrews 10:9 then He
said, :Behold I come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second.  The Old
Testament is still of great importance, Romans 15:4 says, For whatever was written aforetime was written for  our
learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Many prophesies and lessons
can be learnt from the Old Testament, but it is the New Testament (covenant, Law) in which we are to live by today.

  A).  How to establish New Testament Authority.  There are three ways in which we can establish New Testament
Authority.  We will list all three and then discuss them individually. 1) Commands, (a) specific, (b) general.  2) Necessary
Conclusions and 3) Approved examples.

   a)  Commands: In Genesis 6 we read of the story of Noah and the flood. God told Noah to build the Ark of gopher
wood. By telling Noah he was to build it out of gopher wood that eliminated any other type of wood, (specific) He did not
have to tell Noah, do not use oak, pine or any other type of wood other than gopher wood. He did not tell him how to
build it or what  tools use when he was commanded to (build), so he could use whatever tool was necessary (general).
Matthew 28: 19-20 Christ said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I
am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.  From these two verses there are  several  commands that we
can see: First command was to go. Though commanded to go they were, and we are, not told specifically how to go, so
we may use any means (general). Second command, baptizing is a specific command. The definition of baptism defined
as to immerse, dip. By this we can see that baptism is a specific command and we have many examples in Acts of this
being taught, which we will look at in more detail later. “Teaching to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded
you”.  (Specific). They was to teach what Christ said and not too add to or take away from his Word.  The same is for us
today.

  b)  Necessary Conclusions :  Acts 20: 7  “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break
bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day , spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.”
Here we see the disciples came together on the first day of the week to break bread. How often is the first day of the
week?  Every week.  So we can see that we should observe the Lord’s Supper Every first day. We read in Exodus 20:8
The law was given to remember the sabbath day,  to keep it holy. God did not have to specifically say every sabbath nor
did it  have to say every first day of the week in the book of Acts.

  c)  Approved examples: Matthew 3: 16 “And Jesus when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water.”  Acts
8: 38 “And he commanded the chariot to stand still and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch;
and he baptized him.”  As we discussed earlier the definition of baptism was to immerse, to dip.  Many today want to
teach that sprinkling or pouring is baptism. Nowhere in the New Testament can we find these examples and we can see
by these examples that baptism was immersion due to the fact it would not be necessary to go into the water for
sprinkling or pouring.  History tells us during the second century the practice of “clinical baptism” began, which was the
putting off of baptism until one was on his death bed in order that lifestyle need not be changed, since this was
demanded of one who had been baptized. The first recorded instance of this comes from the Ecclesiastical History of
Eusebius, when a man named Novatian was baptized by sprinkling just prior to his death in 250 A.D. This practice was
not generally accepted by the church and the majority of church leaders did not recognize it as valid. It was not until
1311 at the Council of Ravenna that sprinkling and immersion were considered as equally valid forms of baptism.  
Pouring or sprinkling was not commanded and we can see that it was put into practice by man and is not authorized by
God. We conclude this section on baptism with Romans 6: 4 - “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:
that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of
life.”
  Briefly let us take a look at the use of instrumental music in worship.  Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in
you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with
grace in you hearts to the Lord.  Ephesians 5:19 “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”  Every scripture in the New Testament has reference to singing
only and  shows no example, command or Necessary conclusion to use instrumental music in worship. But we do have a
command as stated earlier not to add to Gods word.

  3.  Christ’s Conditional Salvation by Grace.  Grace is defined as unmerited favor and love of God.  Man must accept
salvation on Christ’s terms.  Titus 2:11 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.”  Christ
died for all, but not all will be saved-Matthew 7:13 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the
way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.”  In order to be saved, it has to be on Christ’s  
terms.  Christ terms for forgiveness are:

  Believe- John 3:16 “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.”

  Repent-Luke 13:3 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

  Confess- Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that
God hath raise him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

  Baptize- Acts 22:16 “And now why tarriest thou?  Arise, and be baptized and wash away thy sins calling on the name
of the Lord.”

  Many claim unconditional salvation and throw out Baptism, but claim you must meet the other three conditions. They
say that John 3:16 does not mention baptism; neither does it mention repentance or confession, are they not
conditions.  Acts 22:16 mentions baptism, but not repentance, is it unnecessary.
It takes all: Mark 16:16 states belief and baptism, Acts 2:38 states repentance and baptism and Acts 8:37 states
confession and baptism.  We can not pick and choose what we want to accept, we have to follow all that Christ has
taught.

 
 A).  Benefits of baptism:

  Acts 22:16  “And now why tarriest thou: arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins calling on the name of the
Lord.”
Galatians 3:27  “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
John 3:5  “Jesus answered, Verily, verily I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot
enter into the kingdom of God.”
Acts 2:47  “Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added daily such as should be saved.”

  4.  The seed principle.  If we sow the same seed, we will have the same outcome.  If you plant an apple seed it will
produce a apple tree.  Orange seed - orange tree, etc.  If you plant the same seed that produced the New Testament in
the beginning it will produce the same today.

  Luke 8:11 “Now the parable is this:  The seed is the word of God.”
In Genesis 1:11 “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit
tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.”

  The Word of God teaches that division is sinful and unauthorized- 1 Corinthians 1: 10-13  “Now I beseech you,
brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among
you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.  For it hath been declared
unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.  Now this I
say, that every one you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.  Is Christ divided?  Was
Paul crucified for you or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?”

  Let us continue to study God’s Word and Obey only God’s Word. Let us plant the same seed that was planted in the
first century.