“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” – 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Here’s an interesting fact that many most likely overlook. When Paul wrote this passage stating that all scripture is profitable for doctrine, correction, and instruction in righteousness to Timothy, there was no New Testament, there was no bible, He was talking about the Hebrew scripture that comprise our Old Testament.
It always baffles me to see the way many among the church dismiss the Old Testament as though it is irrelevant, obsolete, or somehow separate from the New Testament when Paul said that the Old Testament scriptures were given for our learning, to be our example of what we ought do and not do, and if we don’t learn and heed them then we will fall.
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” – 1 Corinthians 10:11-12
Remember that the early church moved in such great signs, wonders, faith, and power such as we read of in the book of acts, yet they had no New Testament Bible! All they had were the Old Testament writings of this great God of impossibilities, power, and strength who parted seas, raised the dead, defeated armies, judged the wicked, extended mercy to the humble, and a testimony that He has sent His son to make a way for them to partake of all that He was! That He had been killed and raised from the dead as an evidence and witness that His testimony was true and this great and powerful God of the Old Testament has now made His Spirit and the power of it available to you in the New! So that now nothing that we read of the Old Testament patriarchs, priest, and prophets are out of reach for those who come to know and truly believe in this same God that they did, and more! It truly was given for our example.
So don’t neglect the Old Testament, or you will stray in your faith at some point and fall away as Paul warned. For you cannot truly know the God of the New if you do not know the God of the Old because He is the same God and He never changes! Jesus’s blood atoned for us that we might be brought into the family, priesthood, and kingship of this great Old Testament God. One of the main reasons that the modern church is so lacking in power is because it is so lacking in faith and it is so lacking in faith because it has broken the second of the Ten Commandments by creating a limited powerless unholy unrighteous god of it’s own making, in its own image, and of its own understanding that does not line up with the God of the Bible… the whole Bible.
But for those who take the time to seek Him, learn of Him, and get to know Him, the real Him, and believe in Him, all He is, and all that He has done, that He has not changed or lost any of His power, strength, holiness, or presence but rather has made it available to anyone who will believe, seek, hear, and obey as Abraham did. Then they will be counted faithful and righteous just as Abraham was. If you want to have New Testament church power like they did, then you need to put your faith in the power of the Old Testament God like they did. Read and believe, it’s that simple, because we are saved by grace through faith, faith in who He really is, and how does this faith come but by hearing, and hearing by the word of God!
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6
“Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.” – Acts 20:26-27
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.” – James 5:16-18
“And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” – Daniel 11:32
“Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” – Galatians 3:6-9