We're going to be studying from the book of Hebrews and looking at the only testement of Jesus Christ.
Is there any new revelation from God available to mankind since the completion of the New Testament? Many sincere religious people answer, “Yes!” Are there modern-day prophets or apostles receiving new revelation from God in our time? Again, many people today believe God is still giving mankind new revelation.
Is there another testament of Jesus Christ? One religious group advertises on television that they have “another testament of Jesus Christ.” The answers to these questions lie within the pages of the Bible.
Unfortunately, most religious people today know so little of the Bible that they fail to distinguish the respective roles of the Old and New Testaments. Further, some people know so little about the New Testament that they can neither implement it in their lives or do they know if they should expect continual revelation from God, such as “another testament of Jesus Christ.”
The Bible is not so difficult to understand or it's written so vaguely that one cannot discern between genuine revelation from God and pretended revelations from men. First, it is important to know the respective roles of the Old and New Testaments.
Second, it is imperative that one knows whether the New Testament of God is God’s final revelation to mankind. Should we expect something else?
Fortunately, both the Old and New testaments provide definitive information with which one can know the answers to these questions.
The Old Testament Prepared the Way for the New Testament
The Old Testament’s prepared the way for the New Testaement. The Old Testament's role was preparatory to the establishment of the New Testament and the coming of the Messiah. God never intended for the Old Testament to be his final revelation to mankind. The Old Testament was incapable of accomplishing the actual forgiveness of sins, until the sacrifice of our Lord came later.
- Hebrews 10:1-4
Those sins were forgiven under the law, but that forgiveness was contingent on the future sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Thus, the blood of bulls and goats could not tawe away sins. The Old Testament prepared humanity for the establishment of the New Testament.
- Galatians 3:19-25
It was the taskmaster to prepare for the New Testament. The Old testament has prepared the establishment of the New Covenant. The Old Testament foretold the coming of the Messiah through whom one’s ins can actually be forgiven.
- Isaiah 53:10-11
The Old Testament foretold of the coming Messiah
- Deuteronomy 18:15
God was intended for the New Testament to be his final revelation to mankind.
The New Testament reveals that one’s sins can be forgiven actually, owing to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, through the shedding of his blood.
- Ephesians 1:3-7
- Colossians 1:13-14
The Old Testament could not, the blood of bulls and goats, could not take away sins permanently. The New Testament, through the blood of Jesus Christ could take away the sins for all time.
Neither the Old Testament nor the New Testament anticipates a future lawgiver, an additional covenant or any new revelation postdating the New Testament, i.e. Joseph Smith, the Book of the Mormon, latter-day apostles and inspired prophets or even a role beyond the forgiveness of sins available through Jesus Christ.
- Hebrews 10:9-10, 26
Neither testament anticipates a future lawgiver, or a future means of forgiveness of sins, other than Jesus Christ.
The Bible Only Knows of Two Testaments
The Bible doesn't know of three, I.e. “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” The Old Testament anticipated or foretold of a second testament.
First, the Old Testament did not anticipate or foretell of a third testament (or any revelation from God beyond a the new covenant).
However, the Old Testament did predict a second or New Covenant.
- Jeremiah 31:31-34
Hebrews chapter 8 beginning in verse 5 the Hebrew's writer mentioned this passage from Jeremiah.
- Hebrews 8:5-13
He's talking about Christ, He is the mediator of a better covenant.
The Old Testament did not fortell of a New Testaement.
Furthermore, there are only two lawgivers, respectively, of the Old and New testaments. Moses brought the Old Testament and Jesus Christ gave the New Testament.
- John 1:17
Deuteronomy predicted that there would come another that we would listen to. Jesus brougth that new law. We aren't under the old law today, we are under the New Testament.
Neither Joseph Smith nor Moroni was a lawgiver of a third testament called the Book of the Mormon. Still further, there are no contemporary, inspired prophets or apostles through whom God sends new revelation to mankind.
The revelation of God is complete. God has given us everything we need for life and godliness.
"According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:" — 2 Peter 1:3
- Jude 3 ASV
- 1 Corinthians 13:8-13
Once the complete revelation came, the partial, the miraculous process of revelation is done away. When we grow from childhood the things of childhood are put away. Paul, says that at that time, the revelation wasn't complete, they saw only partially. But, he is saying that when the complete Word of God came to an end, the miraculous gifts was to be taken away. The purpose of the miraculous gifts was to confirm the Word. So when it was complete, there was no more need for miraculous gifts.
- Ephesians 4:11-14
We see that God's revealed Word is now complete. Once the revelation was completed those temporary things were no longer needed. There will be no further revelations from God.
The New Testament entertains but two testaments. The New Testament writers acknowledged the Old Testament and the New Testament only.
- Hebrews 8:6-7, 13
- Hebrews 9:1, 15, 18
- Hebrews 10:9
The Old Testament is no longer the law of God to which people living must turn for divine instruction.
- 2 Corinthians 3:11, 14
- Hebrews 7:22
- Hebrews 9:15, 20
- Hebrews 10:9
They acknowledged the Old testaement with the New Testament.
- Colossians 2:14
- Hebrews 8:6-7
The New Testament does not anticipate or foretell of a third testament (or any revelation from God beyond itself).
The New Testament Is An Everlasting Covenant
The New Testament is God’s present and final revelation of his will to mankind. It was an everlasting covenant.
- Hebrews 13:20
No deviation from the New Testament was allowed in the first century.
Congregations in the sub-Roman province of Galatia had accepted a modified Gospel, for which the apostle Paul rebuked them.
- Galatians 1:6-9
- 2 Corinthians 11:4
A man claims an angel gave him another testament of Jesus Christ, have they not read Galatians? The apostle John cautioned Christians to compare teaching and preaching to the Gospel to discern false teachers.
- 1 John 4:1
- 2 Corinthians 2:17
We need to compare what is being taught with what the revealed scriptures have given to us.
- Acts 17:11
- 2 Peter 2:1-3
God has always refused mankind the prerogative or permission to alter his divine Word.
- Deuteronomy 4:2
- Proverbs 30:6
- Revelation 22:18-19
God forbids alteration of the New Testament.
The New Testament represents itself as God’s final revelation to mankind. The final book of the New Testament demonstrates the victory of God, especially Jesus Christ, and the victory of those who faithfully follow the way of the Lord.
No additional revelation from God to mankind is anticipated within the New Testament because nothing else is needed. It contains all things we need for life and godliness.
There is not “another testament of Jesus Christ.” There has been no new revelation from God to mankind since the close of the New Testament. The New Testament is the final revelation of God to mankind.
It is to the New Testament only one living today must turn for salvation and preparation for eternity.
One must hear God’s Word only, Romans 10:17; believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, John 8:24. We mus repent of our sin, Luke 13:3, this means to change your mind. Based upon that belief I change my mind to sin, and change my life to stop sinning. We must publicly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, Romans 10:9-10; and be immersed for the remission of sins, Acts 2:38. That is how one becomes a Christian today. It is how the New Testament teaches us to be saved.
If you haven't doen these things, you are still in sin. And, the wages of SIN Is death. But, the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Unfaithful Christians must turn back to the Lord, repent and pray for forgiveness.
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Acknowledgement: Preaching the Whole Counsel of God, Volume 8