Jesus, Lord of the Old and New Testament
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty – Revelation 1:8.
For centuries believers have disagreed with the Bible, some beliefs are only in the Old Testament; while others believe in the New Testament. Then it’s those that believe in both the Old and New Testament.
Some believe that there is only God and not the Son, whereas some believe in the Son and not the Father, and then there are those that believe in the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Some will disagree that Jesus was with was the Father in the beginning, but according to the Word of God, Jesus is the Beginning and the Ending. Jesus conformed to be as God, to be similar in form and character. To act in compliance to bring in agreement.
When studying the Bible, you will see both the Old and New Testament agree with each other, just as Jesus and the Father agrees with one another. The Old Testament as under the Law whereas the New Testament is under Grace. A lot Christians mistake Grace as giving us the opportunity or the excuse to sin. Grace is the protection or sanctification by the favor of God and excellence of power granted by God to obey His commandments.
Grace is there for when we do sin and it’s not committed intentionally, Grace is there to forgive and not kill us. The Old Testament under the Mosaic Law as a guide in the way of moral conduct. The law of Moses depended on the Abrahamic covenant which was based on temporal promises which were conditional on the keeping of the Spiritual laws. There were several kinds of laws: civil, criminal, judicial, constitutional, ecclesiastical (as clergyman or priest), and ceremonial. Under Grace, we have been given the Spirit of God’s Son to enable us to submit to His written Word.
Under the Law, the people of God could not go directly to God to ask for forgiveness of their sins, but when Jesus came, instead of going through a priest, we are able to go to God through and by the name of Jesus. Jesus and the Father are one just as we are one with the Father and the Son. Jesus left the Father and became human in order to bring us back to the Father, He was both human and divine. Jesus was with the Father before He was born through the virgin Mary, something no human can explain or even comprehend with the mind.
The Old Testament is the beginning and history and the New Testament is the ending. Jesus is Alpha which is the Beginning and He is Omega which the Ending (In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same in the beginning was with God – John 1:1-2). You can’t have an ending without a beginning and you can’t have a beginning without an ending, and Jesus is both, the Beginning and Ending. Jesus is the Word that became flesh and dwelt among men prior to ascending back to the Father.
Before creating mankind, God talked it over with the Son (And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth – Genesis 1:26). “Us” in the objective case of “we” meaning more than one, so is “Our” meaning it consists of more than one person or thing. When God created, He created Adam in the image of Him and His Son in the beauty of holiness. He was not talking to the angels; the angels are not created in the image of God nor His Son.
Some believe that Jesus was not on the scene until He was born in Bethlehem, but He was here prior to B.C., Jesus was here before Adam and Eve, before Noah and before Abraham, before Abraham there was I Am (Jesus said, unto them, Verily, verily I say unto you. Before Abraham was I AM – John 8:58). Jesus was teaching the Jewish converts to continue in the Word and if they did, they would be His disciples. As Christians, we must not only believe, but we must be doers of what we believe! Jesus didn’t tell them if you believe in my Word then are you, my disciples. A disciple continues to follow the instructions of the Word of God.
It’s not about when I feel like it, or I don’t think if should be that way, it’s all about God’s will being done, when He wants it done! Satan’s objective is to keep us focusing on something that doesn’t cause for spiritual growth. He has influenced some just to believe in God, some in Jesus and debating about whether or not one should speak in tongues, or are the gifts of the Spirit still in operation. God’s Word never changes, it will be the same yesterday, today and forever just like Jesus, the Word of God!
Jesus visited Abraham (And the men turned their faces from thence and went toward Sodom, but Abraham stood yet before the Lord – Genesis 18:22). Now, we know Abraham wasn’t standing before God because He has stated no man can see Him and live. Neither was he talking to the angels because the angels were on their way to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham stood before the Lord pleading for the life of the righteous.
King Nebuchadnezzar saw Jesus walking in the fire with the three Hebrew boys (He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God – Daniel 3:25). Hanaiah, Mishael, and Azariah, better known as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These young men had been taken from their home land of Judah and brought in captivity in Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. God had empowered Daniel, and the three Hebrew boys with wisdom, knowledge and understanding of visions and dreams. God had also given them favor with King Nebuchadnezzar until Satan influenced the King to make a golden image and everyone was to bow to the image.
King Nebuchadnezzar knew the living God was dwelling in Daniel and the Hebrew boys and most likely knew they weren’t going to bow to the image, but Satan was testing their faith by King Nebuchadnezzar. When the horn blew the Hebrew boys didn’t bow. So many times Satan blows an alarm and rather than bowing to the King of Kings, we begin to bow to worry, fear, doubt, anger, self-pity, and all the works of the flesh rather than grabbing hold of the arms of the altar and pray until we see a manifestation of the Son of God walking in our situations and circumstances!
Although King Nebuchadnezzar was well aware of the faith the Hebrew boys had in God he became angry because they didn’t bow.
When you serve God whole heartily, people will get upset with you because you’re not bowing to sin as they are. When you bow to the wrong king, it will cause God to allow the very thing you’re serving to become your bondage and taskmaster.
Zechariah saw the Son of God by a vision (And the Lord answered the angel that talked with me with good words and comfortable words – Zechariah 1:13). Zechariah the Prophet of God was given the vision to encourage the children of Israel to repent of their sins and to rebuild the temple. The people were just coming out of captivity and needed encouragement and God did so by giving Zechariah visions and revelations of the Lord.
Gideon was encouraged by the Lord (And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the Lord, Gideon said Alas, O Lord God! For because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face. And the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not; thou shalt not die – Judges 6:22-23). Jerubbaal better known as Gideon was a military and spiritual leader who delivered Israel from seven years of oppression by the Midianites, the Midianites were children born to Abraham and Keturah.
Gideon was visited by an angel of the Lord, he was neither a priest or a prophet. The angel of the Lord manifested Himself in way that Gideon did not know that it was an angel until the angel’s disappearance. An angel of the Lord defines the word as “separate, surpassing or beyond apprehension. The angel of the Lord came to encourage Gideon and to inform him that he and his relatives were coming out of captivity through God giving them victory over their enemies by Gideon.
The Bible says it was the angel of the Lord and because the divine being had a staff indicating authority, He was the Christ. Secondly, because the angel spoke peace to Gideon and informed him that he was not going to die, Gideon built an altar there and named it Jehovah Shalom, meaning the Lord of Peace. According to the prophet Isaiah one of the names of the Savior is Peace!
Jesus is in both the Old and New Testament. We know Him in the New Testament as the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, born in a manger, whereas in the Old Testament He was referred to many times as the angel of the Lord. Besides bringing salvation and returning us to the Father, Jesus’ mission is to bring us all into the unity of faith. Denomination was established by man. God is concerned about the spirit and heart of man, not the denomination. Whatever denomination one may be in, there is one God, one faith and one baptism and it comes by Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We all must submit to the written Word of God if we want to enter into the kingdom and peace of God.