Often the following scripture is used by Bible blenders to justify that all of the Bible is written TO us today :
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
- All scripture is given by inspiration of God – true.
- And is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
All scripture that is written TO us, that is. Since we do not keep Israel’s Levitical law today, it would be erroneous to reprove someone for not keeping all 633 commandments. It would also be erroneous reproving someone for not enduring to the end as per the Kingdom Gospel. The Apostle Paul’s 13 epistles are profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and for instruaction in righteousness with respect to the One New Man, which by the way isn’t mentioned in any of the other books of the Bible, after all – something that is new hasn’t existed before.
All the of the Bible is however written FOR us. It helps us put progressive revelation into perspective, it shows us that God deals with people differently during different dispensations, it shows us what happened in times past, what is happening now, and what will happen in the future. God isn’t currently dealing with us in the way He dealt with Adam and Eve, or Noah, or even Abraham. Gentiles were never part of Israel’s covenant and God given promises (unless they prostelyzed), and since there are no prostelytes in this current dispensation – there is no way Israel’s Levitical law is applicable to us, after all how can God give us something He gave solely to Israel?
I made a comment not so long ago to a denominationalist – that God didn’t make a covenant with Gentiles and he almost had a heart attack. He wanted to hear nothing of it – it was pure blasphemy to his ears. He hushed me up and didn’t want me to say anything further lest the wrath of God rained down. He almost ran away, the fear in his eyes was tangible. Why are denominationalists so superstititous?
The Apostle Paul gives us the master key to understaning the Bible – since the Dispensation of Grace that was given to him (as the Chief Steward) is different to Israel’s Gospel and marching orders, and the Apostle Paul’s epistles basically interrupt Israel’s programme, the key to understanding and opening up Bible understanding is 2 Timothy 2:15, which was given to him because his epistles are different doctrinally to the Hebrew epistles and synoptic gospels intended for Israel – and that’s what many just don’t get – they don’t see the progressive revelation present in the Bible, so they can’t discern what God is doing today.
The books written prior to Abraham being called out of Ur aren’t Old Testament books. The Old Covenant begins with Abraham and ends with the book of John. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John is Christ coming to earth to offer offer Israel her long promised Kingdom, which she rejected along with Christ, her Messiah.
The book of Acts is a bridge – it transitions from law to grace, so anyone who bases their doctrine on this book is pretty messed up doctrinally.
Then we have the Dispensation of the Grace of God inbetween, interrupting Israel’s programme, after the close of this dispensation Israel’s New Covenant will begin to take effect and is represented by the books of Hebrew to Revelation. The New Covenant will come into effect during the Millennium which will be a Theocracy, it will be the fruition of Israel’s long promised earthly kingdom, and the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy.
Noah wasn’t a Jew, nor were Adam and Eve. They weren’t under the Levitical law. One can see the dispensational changes in the fact that whereas Adam and Eve were herbivores, Noah could basically eat anything, and then again Abraham and Moses were kosher Jews. Today we can eat anything we like, but in a future dispensation they will have to uphold the Levitical law concerning what they can and cannot eat. A pig for one is still considered unclean. Interesting that a dog is also an unclean animal, hence the reason the Jewish term for Gentiles in times past was dog. Yet today there are certain Gentiles who eat dog meat, and I guess that’s okay if you’re into…………. dog meat………. some Gentiles even eat horsemeat, others eat rabbits and just about all of them eat the creepy crawlies that clean up the sea-bed which are considered unclean according to the Levitical law, but the Levitical law isn’t in effect today…. and those creepy crawlies are rather tasty…… it’s great being at the top of the food chain……
God has gone from saving nations (under Israel’s Old Covenant) with Gentiles having to prostelyze in times past, to currently saving all men on an individual basis without Israel – salvation is no longer of the Jews (as per John 4:22), but solely on belief in the Gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.
All people can now be saved regardless of gender, race, age or social status. Whereas in times past one had to prostelyze to the Jewish faith and become a Jewish convert.