Why we need the New Testament

Why the New Testament is relevant and needed today is a very good thought to ponder. The New Testament in invaluable to the Bible as a whole, and to the Christians. Without the New Testament, God’s Revelation to man will not be complete, and without it, the saints will not fully understand nor realised God’s purposes.

Why the New Testament is needed:

The New Testament is God’s Revelation about the New Convenant which is superior to the Old Covenant. The Old Covenant highlights the Law which God gave to Moses as a means of appeasing God’s anger and coming back to God. However, history reveals that it is never sufficient, for man could not and could never fulfill his obligations. The New Convenant is the superior one, highlighting the sacrifice of Jesus as God’s Lamb as a way of bringing man to God.

The New Testament brings God’s Redemptive Plan to man in completion. Having the Old Testament alone is not complete. Genesis 3:15, the seed of God’s Redemptive Plan will never be realised or understood without the New Testament. New Testament brings this to light and confusion is removed.

The New Testament fulfilled the expected Messiah from the Old Testament. The prophets prophesied more than 300 prophecies about the Messiah. All of Israel was waiting for His Coming. In the Gospels from the New Testament, the waiting has come to an end and almost all the prophecies were fulfilled, and the remaining few will be realised on His Second Coming.

The New Testament gives the final information on how God will put the end to evil, and bring Glory to His Kingdom and to His saints. On earth, Christians are sojourners, as citizens of heaven. The New Testament, especially the Gospels and some Pauline Epistles and Revelation give the details on how God will put an end to all the sufferings of His Children, how He will put an end to Satan once and for all, and gives us the glimpses of the future Glory to come reserved to God alone and His children. And this is our present hope, as we ensure in this broken world.

The Church is so blessed today to hold in her hands the complete 66 books of the Bible. The Early Church has only access to the Old Testament and some of the Pauline and General Epistles. God’s Word is under attack and under fire today as many scholars and critics try to challenge the authenticity and authority of those 66 books. Some on the other hand try to include other books to the Bible.

Let us then all pray and use our Bibles for personal growth and for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom. In Faith we believe that the 66 books of the Bible were given to us to glorify God.


Hebrews 4:12 (KJV) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Psalms 12:6 (KJV) The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

Isaiah 40:8 (KJV) The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

The Bible is not the Authoritative Word of God

Every true believer of God believes that the Bible alone is the Word of God.

However, if I believe that the Bible is not the Authoritative Word of God, I will have these possible reasonings:

  1. There is a religious book or books out there that is/are more infallible, more relevant, more reliable, and more authoritative than the Bible itself. It must be a book of an utmost value, one that is above all spiritual books.
  2. There is a religious book or books out there that has/have been proven to be “the one” by the Church and the saints in the most length of time. Tried and tested by innumerable saints, it must be the one.
  3. There is a religious book or books or there that has/have changed more the lives of innumerable people from all races, from all times, from all cultures. Such a book has changed the worst of the sinner to the most holy of the saints.
  4. There is a religious book or books out there that has/have more persevered its destruction by its opposers. Such a book/books have survived against all malice, all the burning, all the accusations thrown against it/them.
  5. There is a religious book or books out there that has/have more given Glory to the Only Living God and the strengthening of the Church. It is a book that highlights the Sovereignty of God and the immeasurable depths of His Love and Grace. It is a book that contains all the truth to edify the saints.

Well, unfortunately, these are just hopes, nothing more. I have never found a book that in these four categories have surpassed the Bible. In fact, the Bible alone is the only book that possesses these qualities.

So, the Bible is the Authoritative Word of the Only Living God.

Goodness on Fire

Cover of "Merriam Webster Dictionary"
Merriam Webster Dictionary’s definition of goodness fall short in comparison to the goodness of God.

What biblical goodness is
Goodness, as defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary refers to the quality or state of being good. The term good is then defined as a favourable character or tendency.

Receiving the compliment of being good is an honour and privilege – we may call many as exhibited some good acts, but labelling them as good people takes on a much higher level. Yes, being called good is such a rare opportunity.

National heroes may speak well of the term – but not all of them. It only shows that the term is heavy and calls for uniqueness.

In the Bible, the term goodness is said fifty (50) times in the King James Version (KJV), in which more than 90% refers to the goodness of God. Good is said seven hundred fifty (750) times, and the majority of it coming from the acts and nature of God. Very few of the biblical terms goodness and good refer to a particular biblical character. Clearly implied, goodness is a virtue in which God is exemplary, and none of His creation comes close to the degree of His innate goodness or good character.

A survey of the use of both goodness and good in the Bible defines the meaning by its qualities that are exhibited when practiced. One key area is forgiveness. When God shows goodness, it is often associated in His unwavering commitment to forgive His straying people (e.g. Isaiah 63:7). Another is God’s willingness to bless peoples materially. This is evident in the way God blessed Israel in the Old Testament times (1 Kings 8:66): God loves to bless His people not because of their own merit but because God desires to glorify His Name. It is also God’s way of showing that He desires a people who will speak of His goodness.

The list could go on but maybe the most important of all is how the goodness of God relates to His character of love. In the Holy Scriptures, the goodness of God in relation to His love (actually mercy (chesed), but the term mercy/lovingkindess implies love according to Strong’s dictionary of Hebrew) is mentioned sixteen (16) times in the KJV. When God chooses to do wonderful good acts, it is because He does it out of love. Or to put it differently, because God is love, He will never cease to do good things. Wow! O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. (1 Chronicles 16:34)

The goodness of the Lord therefore is of a separate class. It is far beyond the idea of human kindness. The goodness of man has its own limits, and its nature is imperfect, but God’s goodness crosses boundaries and is perfect in its nature.