God chose Abraham and his descendants to carry a message to the world. That message was embodied in Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus chose twelve disciples to lead the people of God in bearing witness to Jesus as raised from the dead, Messiah of Israel, and soon coming Judge of heaven and earth. The 27 New Testament documents that we have are ample evidence that this mission was fulfilled.
Thus the New Testament documents complete the Hebrew Scriptures. They bear witness of the fulfillment of God’s great promises to the Jewish people. Immediately after that time, the end came and a new heavens and earth were ushered in. The purpose of Israel was fulfilled. It gave its life for the birth of the new world in which we have lived ever since.
The completion of the New Testament therefore marks the end of the old age and the beginning of the new. We may always thank God for the people of Abraham who told us the story of how it all came to pass. Know that the major divide is not between the Old Testament and the New, but rather between the whole Bible and life ever since.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.