by Phil Sanders
Since my earliest days of being a Christian, I have been thrilled with New Testament Christianity. Going back to the Bible for the rule of faith and practice is truly the ancient path.
When the priests found the book of the Law in the temple in Josiah’s day (2 Kings 22), they read it before the king. When he heard the words Moses wrote by inspiration, he became humbly penitent and tore his clothes in anguish. Josiah knew that Judah was not keeping God’s commandments.
Josiah began a campaign of repentance by destroying the idolatrous, by removing what was sinful, and by restoring the righteous practices in God’s Law (2 Kings 23). His example of faithfulness to God ought to remind us of our need to remove what is sinful and to restore what is righteous. This is repentance, and it is what the restoration principle is all about.
When we turn to the New Testament and examine everything we are doing today carefully according to its teachings, we imitate Josiah and please God. New Testament Christianity reaches to the Scriptures of the new covenant ratified by the blood of Jesus for its rule of faith and practice. Whatever is instructed in the New Testament, a faithful Christian seeks to do; and whatever is not ordained there, it removes.
Our task today is to “examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; and abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:21-23, NKJV).
New Testament Christianity is not merely a belief system; it is a way of life built upon trust and love toward the Lord Jesus and seeking to please Him in all respects. We are crucified with Christ, and the Lord Jesus must live in us by faith (Galatians 2:20).
It is out of this love and trust that our commitment to service and to worship arises in a life of purity and sacrifice. Let us all be New Testament Christians.
by Phil Sanders