In early March of 2015, God showed me how to best grasp and understand His New Testament. He’d already given me the Old Testament throughout 2014. In both cases, Old Testament or New, as I would share my new insights with other close and trusted believing friends (some going back more than 3 decades, and some having been to the finest schools and possessing earned degrees, even more than one having doctorates), all confessed that they had never before seen what I was sharing with them. The Real New Testament Message revolves around 10 Essential Elements. Take any 1 away, and the whole thing collapses into complete and utter meaninglessness!
This study of the New Testament, begun May 26, is to serve the purpose of determining whether my thesis is correct. So far, now well past the half-way mark, I think that I am finding complete congruence with my thesis throughout every NT book. This is fascinating for a number of reasons. First, it supports the idea that there really is only One New Testament Message, and not as many messages as there appear to be churches or denominations. Second, it goes a very long way to supporting the concept that the New Testament actually originates with One Author; that being God, and not the opinions, ideas and views of at least 8 different men. Third, though no fewer than 8 writers are involved, they are not competing, fighting, arguing or criticizing any of the others, but are putting forth One Message in absolute harmony with one another! Where do you ever find that in the world? And, fourth, by bringing out the one message of the New Testament, we are able to exercise a discernment that says that Evangelicalism, in its more conservative form, is that one wing or group within that which we call Christendom, that brings forth the right and real message to the world, that those without might believe and be saved in the true New Testament sense. Have you been saved?
The 10 Essential Elements of The Real New Testament Message are as follows. The issue or matter with God is #1, righteousness, but you have a record of #2, sin, and the sure threat of severe #3, judgment. God responded by sending His Son, Jesus Christ to be #4, the Savior, who died for your sins and rose from the dead; that being #5, the Gospel. If you will respond to God, the Savior and the Gospel with #6, repentance toward God, and #7 believe on Jesus as your Savior and upon the Gospel; God will give the Holy Spirit to you as a truly penitent believer in a #8, New Birth, that will also result in a change that you begin living a #9, New Life in Christ. In the end, you, as a saved individual, will be received of God and Christ into their #10, Kingdom to live with them forever. It’s what the Book is all about! Does this describe you? You must be born again!
Harold F Crowell