As I was listening to a well-known TV evangelist, I heard him say that the New Testament really should have begun at Hebrews instead of Matthew because it was only in force “after” the death of Jesus (Yasha). He said that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were before the death of Jesus and Acts was only history. So I started thinking about this subject because it just didn’t ring right in my spirit.
In the Old Testament, the Father made a promise to send his Son into the world to show the people his own true nature because they had a false concept of him (See John 3:16). The nature they saw in the Savior as he walked on earth was the true nature of their Creator.
As our Savior walked among the people, he communicated with them about his “will” and how they could best make use of that which he was getting ready to give them at his death. His “will” is found in the first four books of the “New” testament. Yahweh’s first contract dealt with natural things, while his second contract dealt with the spiritual.
Jesus’ will is explained and established in the four gospels and each end with his death. In The Acts of the Apostles we see the Holy Spirit falling upon the believers and its effect in their lives. This truly was the receiving of the will.
The man we call Jesus, was the Christ, the Anointed Word made manifest. He willed the anointing to them—his very life-force. He said, “At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you” (John 14:20). His death set his will into action, and it will accomplish that which he promised. He said, “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matt. 26:28).
Luke 22:29-30, writes, “And I appoint [bequeath] unto you a kingdom [righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit], as my Father has appointed unto me; That you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” This scripture puts a whole different light on Israel’s concept that they are the chosen leaders of the world.
In 2 Cor. 3:6, we see “life” is in the will. “Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.”
His laws that are put in the hearts of mankind are in the will. (Heb. 8:10-13, from Jer. 31:33-34), “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. In that he said, A new covenant, he has made the first old. Now that which decays and waxes old is ready to vanish away.”
Eternal redemption is in the will (Heb. 9:11-15). “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”
In “The Acts of the Apostles” we learn about what the believers did with the “will/contract” that was left to them after he poured out his spirit – the Guide, Comforter and Teacher – upon “all” the earth, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon “all” flesh: …” (Acts 2:17).
Those in the upper room who received the gifts were dispersed among the unbelievers as lights that would shine the light of truth that they might see the image of their Father. He granted unto them according to the riches of his glory, they were strengthened with might by his Spirit in their inner man (Eph. 3:16).
They began to see Yahweh in a new and greater light. He was not wrathful, cruel, and impatient, nor was he the judgmental God that they were taught that he was. Yahweh did not send his Son into the world to condemn them, but that the world through him would be saved (John 3:17).
Christ encouraged the believers to pray after this manner: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:9-10). Their prayers were answered.