By Douglas M. Williams, Sr — “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11).
The New Testament tells us of the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies of the coming of Christ, and the establishment of the church that provides salvation for us. Prophecies and the teachings of the New Testament show us that the message of the Bible is about Christ and the salvation He made possible for us.
When Adam and Eve sinned it necessitated the need for salvation, and God began to reveal His plan of salvation through Christ. Since Christ is the theme of the Bible, its purpose is summed up as the salvation of man through Jesus Christ, and this brings glory to God.
The Law of Moses was given only to the Jews, but the law of Christ is given to all people as shown in the above Scriptures. Also, the change of covenants was the fulfillment of Jeremiah’s prophecy (Jeremiah 31:31-34) and Hebrews 8:8-12 quotes this prophecy and shows that it was fulfilled by Christ in the new covenant. Hebrews 8:6-7 precedes the quotation of Jeremiah’s prophecy by stating that Christ “is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.” Then Hebrews 8:12 states, “A new covenant, He has made the first obsolete.”
The purpose of the New Testament may be summed up as the message of the way of salvation from sin in Christ, and teaching us how to live and worship God as we make preparation to go to heaven (Acts 4:12; Revelation 2:10).
—From the Geneva AL church bulletin