The Book of Acts
If we believe that Christians should not read, study, and preach and teach from the Old Testament, then in a previous post, we have shown that we would have to eliminate the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), from the New Testament.
Therefore, we move on to the Book of Acts. What shall we find here?
In Acts 1, Peter realized that Judas had to be replaced, but do you know what Peter used as his authority for replacing Judas? He used the Old Testament, namely, Psalm 69.25 and Psalm 109.8. Oh, but Don, truly the New Testament had not started yet, because although a Testament is of force after men die, there still has to be the reading of the testament or will, and that is what Acts 2 is, Don, that is the first Gospel sermon.
Okay, so we start reading Peter’s sermon in verse 14, and just two verses later we read,
“But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel…” (Acts 2.16).
Then we discover that Acts 2.17–21 is nothing more than Joel 2.28–32.
Furthermore, he quoted David in Psalm 16.8–11 in Acts 2.25–28! Peter kept talking about David in verses 29–31!
He liked David so much, Peter quoted him again in Acts 2.34, 35, which is a quotation from Psalm 110.1.
Well, that did not go too well for a supposed Gospel sermon.
When you read Acts 3, you run into the same problem, a Gospel preacher referencing and quoting from the Old Testament. Peter’s sermon in verses 11–26 is nothing but Old Testament history.
Acts 4 shows the church quoting the Old Testament to God in a prayer.
Acts 7 is nothing but Old Testament history.
In Acts 15, a preacher used the Old Testament to solve a church problem.
You will keep reading of this in the Book of Acts, gospel preachers quoting the Old Testament as authority, as Paul did when explaining why he would preach to Gentiles,
“For so the Lord has commanded us:
‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles,
That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.'”
quoting Isaiah 42.6 and 49.6!
Therefore, if we believe that the church should not be in the Old Testament, we have to eliminate the Book of Acts from our teaching and from our Bibles.
Who wants to do such a thing?
Ah, but we shall continue to explore the New Testament in future posts!
- Are You Truly Reading the New Testament? Part 3 (theoldtestamentandthenewtestament.com)
- Are You Truly Reading the New Testament? (Part 1) (theoldtestamentandthenewtestament.com)
- Are You Truly Reading the New Testament? (Part 2) (theoldtestamentandthenewtestament.com)
- Bulletin Articles from June 24, AD 2012 (grantspasschurchofchrist.com)
- Messianic Prophecy Number 9: Gen 14.18 – Melchizedek, a Type of Christ (theoldtestamentandthenewtestament.com)
- Messianic Prophecies and Their Fulfillment (theoldtestamentandthenewtestament.com)