What’s so new about the New Testament?

May 7, 2009

Here’s Ephesians 3:2-6.

Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is…

The doctrine of the Trinity?
A new way of salvation through faith in Christ?
The ‘arrival’ of the Holy Spirit?
New eschatological depth to all the physical promises to Israel?

No, it is

…that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

The big issue in the New Testament is the inclusion of the Gentiles in Israel.  Nothing more, nothing less.  What is the great privilege of Israel that these newly introduced Gentiles share?  Christ Jesus.

What’s new about the New Testament?  Not very much, really.

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2 Responses to “What’s so new about the New Testament?”

  1. […] 12 May, 2009 by Glen What’s so new about the New Testament? […]

  2. “Nothing more, nothing less?”

    I think you make a great point up to that statement. Surely though, “this mystery” is the big deal that was revealed to Paul and characterised so much of what he said (including his passion regarding the Galatians debacle) but that doesn’t mean it’s the only revelation in the NT????

    It’s been sadly overlooked for sure, but there’s an awful lot that’s new in the NT. A Messiah who is himself accursed, for one – that was pretty unexpected for Paul. How about the temporary role of the law? What about the resurrection of one Man in advance of many others?

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