By Michael Gilbert
January 1, 2007
“The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.”
I have highlighted many passages in my Bible because of their importance. One such passage is Luke 16:16.
Understanding the difference between the Old Testament (i.e., the Law of Moses – Lk. 24:44) and the New Testament (i.e., the Law of Christ – Gal. 6:2) is essential to understanding the Bible. It has been said that that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. To truly understand Christianity, one needs to have a basic understanding of both Testaments.
The table of contents in my Bible agrees with Luke’s assessment that “the law and the prophets” (the Old Testament) were until John the Immerser (Lk. 3:1-6). From John’s time on, the “kingdom of God” (otherwise known as the church, Matt. 16:18, Acts 2:47) was and is preached. Christ’s law was given to replace the law of Moses (Heb. 9:15; 10:9-10) and govern spiritual Israel, the church (Gal. 6:16; Matt. 26:28).
Since the law of Moses is no longer binding on Christians today, we shouldn’t go to the Old Testament to find authority for our religious practices. Rather, we should follow Christ’s law, and use Moses’ Law simply for our learning (Rom. 15:4). See also Gal. 3:19, 23-27.