Reading in Luke this morning and these verses grabbed me. It seems in different doctrine circles how the Old Testament/covenant and New testament/covenant are looked at. Some will discount the OT as no longer having relevance and in this they are missing everything that Abba put in place that was meant to prepare His people for the coming kingdom. Then there are some that have allowed the pendulum to swing too far the other way where they are so concerned with the old law and following that, over the grace freedom we have been given in Christ. If you look at Jesus’s analogy of the new and old wineskins. The first group throws the old wine skin away and the second clings to it in fear, sometimes totally ignoring the new one.
Luke 16:15-16 NKJV And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God. “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.
This verse in Luke shows that there is a point of transition that happened. The law and prophets clearly pointed to the coming Kingdom, but the thing that stood out to me was it says “until John”. You see John the Baptist was the last of the Old testament/covenant prophets. Then Jesus comes and when He is baptized and His ministry time on earth happens, something shifted, the need for pointing towards the Kingdom wasn’t necessary because He brought it with Him. The message changed from repent for what is coming to repent because the Kingdom is at hand. Man is that exciting or what? Jesus opened the gate that everyone before Him could only point to, and we have been given the choice to enter in and be changed forever.