Isaiah 55:7 “Let the wicked forsake his way, And
the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have
mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.”
What is forsaking
the wicked one’s way? Or an unrighteous thought? Why would I need mercy? Or God
forbid, a pardon? Surely, I’m not that bad.
I mean, really…I don’t even drink alcohol or smoke. Isaiah? This is OLD
TESTAMENT stuff. The Old Testament doesn’t apply anymore, right? I’m a
born-again Christian, so isn’t the New Testament more important?
questions, questions… Where, oh where, are the answers? Don’t worry. God may
have high expectations from His children but He’ll never fail us. Our manual is
Here is a quick
guide to the above questions and where to find the answers in the Manual (NKJV).
1: The Wicked Way:
1 Corinthians 6:9
The answers can
be found in various places throughout Scripture. As I’ve grown in my Christian
walk, I’ve discovered one thing about God’s Word. It’s the same.
Now, I’m not
talking about translations. NIV, NASB, KJV, NKJV… I can get lost in all the
acronyms. Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic… No way, not me! I’m not a theologian, I’m a
I’ve learned to
read the Bible as a whole. If I hear something, I don’t run to a book on a
shelf to confirm it. I refer to Scripture and yes, that means the Old
The Old Testament
proclaims God’s nature. Powerful, just, loving, pure, honest, and holy are a
few traits on display throughout its pages. It also shows God’s wrath on
occasion as well. Remember Jonah? What about Sodom and Gomorrah? Or the Great
The Book of
Matthew is the start of something new, though. At least, that’s what a lot of people
think. After all, the new covenant usually means the old way is gone, right?
Well, yes and no.
Testament is amazing! It’s the story
of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Yes, the old way is no longer necessary
because Christ was the atonement for all of our sins, past, present and future.
Yes, we don’t need a high priest to make our petitions to the Father since the
Holy Spirit is within us, whispering our needs to Him every minute. A person’s transformed
and the things of this world seem rather small in comparison to the mighty
wonders of God.
Testament isn’t a solo book. Without
the Old Testament, the view of God’s nature is incomplete. God is loving. He
wants to bring all to Him but a valuable lesson lies within the pages of the
older book. One that must never be forgotten. God is holy, mankind isn’t. An
enormous gap separates the two. This fact will never change. Not for fancy
doctrine manipulation or wishful thinking.
Check the Manual
out. It’ll give you the answers you need to figure out which way to go.
Galatians 2:20-21 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live,
but Christ lives in me; and the life
which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me
and gave Himself for me. I do not set
aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain."