This name of this blog is New Testament Christianity in the Shenandoah Valley. What does that mean? Just what is New Testament Christianity, and why is it important?
The New Testament is one of the two main sections of the Holy Bible (The other being the Old TesCtament). It is the section of the Bible that reveals Jesus Christ to us. Though mentioned many times in the Old Testament, the Christ, or the Messiah, was not clearly revealed until he was born, thus ushering in the New Testament era, or age. After living, preaching, and working miracles for about three years (“Went about doing good,” as Peter put it to Cornelius in Acts 10:38). Though loved by many, he was hated by many who eventually convinced the Roman governor, Pilot, to release Him to be crucified. He was killed on a cruel cross and buried in a new tomb. But three days later he arose from the dead. Paul puts it in 1 Corinthians 15:20, “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.” That is, He died that all men might through Him rise from the dead to live eternally. He was the first to rise so that many might rise in that great day of judgment (1 Thessalonians 4-5).
Those that were closest to Him at the time of His death became the nucleus of the church of the Christ after Peter had preached that notable sermon on the Day of Pentecost, A.D. 33 (Acts 2). Some three thousand were baptized and added to the church on that day, with daily additions coming after that (Acts 2:47). The bulk of the New Testament is devoted to revealing the Lord’s will to the world. In fact, Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:3, that “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” were given to the Biblical writers by “His divine power.” These things eventually were put in a collection of books know by many as “the canon (See Bible.org ), but by most as “The New Testament,” as it describes the covenant relationship that exists between Jesus and His followers (As discussed in detail by Paul in the book of Hebrews).
At first, Jesus’s followers were known as “them that believed” (Acts 2:44) and “disciples” (Acts 11:26). But as Luke points out in Acts 11:26, the “disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” This was the “new name” that God had promised that He would give His people (Isaiah 62:2). It is a name that faithful followers of the Lord wear proudly, and are will -ing to suffer in that name (1 Peter 4:16). Christianity is the region that follows the teachings of Jesu Christ. New Testament Christianity is the religion that is taught in the New Testament.
It will be the endeavor of the blog to restore and promote pure Christianity as it is recorded in the New Testament. As the New Testament is where Jesus reveals His will, and it is His words that will judge us in the last day (John 12:48-50), it is appropriate for those who proclaim belief in Him there to learn how He wants us to live. More to the point, it is fitting that we go to the source of the words that will judge us to learn what we must do to live eternally.
As time progresses, in future posts, we will deal in more detail on just what New Testament Christianity is, why it is important to restore it, and how that can be done. See you then.—L. John Bost