One Testament

Posted by James Keller on OP3er @ 3:16 PM

Isaiah 53:6 (GW)
6 We have all strayed like sheep. Each one of us has turned to go his own way, and the LORD has laid all our sins on him.

When we talk about the Bible, we usually talk about it having two Testaments – The Old Testament and New Testament.  This division can cause us to think that God operated differently in each Testament.   Many people think of the God of the Old Testament as being a judging God.  They think of the God of the New Testament as being a loving God.  It almost seems that either they have two gods, or God is schizophrenic.

But the truth is, there is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4).  The two Testaments are not opposites of each other.  They are two parts of the same story – God’s love story for us.  The two Testaments have one central theme – Jesus (John 5:39).

Isaiah 53:6 is evidence of this unity of Scriptures.  Isaiah is sometimes called the fifth gospel.  It is called that because of the clear prophecies made about the life and death of Jesus.  Isaiah 53 is a chapter all about the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus. 

Isaiah 53:6 begins by emphasizing that all people are sinful.  We have all strayed like sheep. Each one of us has turned to go his own way. All of us have disobeyed God.  We have all broken the Ten Commandments.  This is the same message that the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 3:23 (GW)23 Because all people have sinned, they have fallen short of God's glory.

No one can stand before God based on his/her own righteousness.  We are all guilty.  We are all deserving of God’s judgment.

Isaiah 53:6 doesn’t end with those words because the LORD has laid all our sins on him. We have sinned, but God does something about our sin.  He takes all our sins and places them on Jesus.  We see Paul also making this same kind of statement in Romans 6:23 (GW)23 The payment for sin is death, but the gift that God freely gives is everlasting life found in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Throughout the entire Bible, Old and New Testaments, we see that God judges sin.  We see that no one is righteous on his/her own.  But we also see that God takes care of our sin Himself!  God is both the Judge and the Judged! 

This is just one example of how the two Testaments are unified.  Can you think of others?

Christ’s slave,

Pastor jim

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