By this time the careful student has had impressed upon him a deep respect
for the Word of God and has had pointed out the difference in the Old and
New Testaments. This lesson deals with the next great principle of the
Christian system, respect for the authority of Christ. The Great Commission is
the marching orders for the kingdom, but could be no better than the authority
by which it was given. Thus Jesus said in Matthew 28:18, "All power (authority)
has been given unto me in heaven and on earth..." He understood that if men
were to preach His gospel He had to have the necessary authority to give reward
to such preaching. In the famous 14th chapter of John, Jesus declares that
faith in Him is as firmly fixed as faith in God. He said, "Let not you heart be
troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me." It is God's design,
therefore, that Christ and Christ only be heard in all matters of religion. The
Hebrew writer declares that we are the house of Christ, who house we are if we
hold fast. Hebrews 9:15 teaches that Jesus sealed His New Testament with His
blood by reason of death and that no man can disannul or add thereto. The
great lesson on the Mount of Transfiguration is the same. God declares that we
are to hear His Son. Study the following scriptures carefully and understand
that Christ and Christ alone is to be heard.

Read carefully Matt. 17:1-6.

1. Jesus took , and into the mountain
    with Him.

2. and appear and talk with Christ of His coming

3. Peter said, Let us build three one for , one for
     and one for Elijah.

4. God spoke from heaven and said,
    " ; hear ye ."
    This means that God intends for us to hear Christ instead of Moses who
    gave the Old Law or Elijah, who represented the prophets.

5. Matthew 28:18, Jesus said, "All is given unto in
    heaven and in earth." Jesus has all power, therefore, Moses and the Law of
    the Old Covenant had to make way for the New Covenant of Jesus Christ.

6. Hebrews 5:8-9, Jesus is the of eternal salvation.

7. Hebrews 12:2, We are to look unto who is the author and finisher
    of our faith. Men who look to the Old Law given under Moses fail to
    heed the command of God as given here.

8. Acts 2:38, Men were to repent and be baptized in the name or by the authority
    of .

Read carefully Hebrews 9:11-28.

9. Jesus is to be heard because He himself without unto
    God.(verse 14)

10. This was accomplished by means of . And for this cause He
    became the of the new covenant. (verses 14,15)

11. Where a testament is the testator must have . (verses 16-17)
    Christ died therefore His is of force today.
    The testament of Moses, the Old Testament, is no longer in force because
    the testament of Christ, the New Testament, is in force. There cannot be
    two laws in force at the same time.

12. A testament is of no strength while the testator .
    While Christ was alive He could dispense with blessings as He saw fit,
    as He did with the thief on the cross, but after the testator dies his
    will or testament is of force and then his blessings must be dispensed
    according to it. That is why the New Testament is our only guide to
    show us the way of salvation it is the will or testament of Jesus.

13. The New Testament, therefore, began to be in force after the of
    the testator.
    Did the thief on the cross obtain his blessing before or after the New
    Covenant became effective? . Did the law that a man must be
    baptized in order to receive the remission of sins (Acts 2:38; Matt. 28:18-20;
    Mark 16:16)apply to the thief on the cross? Why?
     (Luke 24:43)

14. Galatians 5:1-4, Men who reject the authority of Christ and went back
     to the authority of the Law of Moses from grace.

Paul teaches in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, that the scriptures will make a man perfect
completely furnished to every good work. Hear him: "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." Thus we see that we need no
human creeds. We have the New Testament and that is all that is needed. Think a
minute. If a human creed is longer than the New Testament, it is too long. If
it is shorter than the New Testament, it is too short. If it is different from
the New Testament, it is unnecessary for we already have the word of God.


1. Law of Moses

2. Manuals
3. Disciplines      HIS NEW TESTAMENT
4. Catechisms
5. Prayer Books

***All Bible texts and quotations are taken from the King James Version.

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