Jack Carroll - New Testament

The New Testament was written for the people of God and not for the people of the world.

 

It cannot rightly be interpreted by the natural man, educated or uneducated. The present Babylonish or confused state of Christendom has been produced by men who were not born of God, attempting to interpret the Scriptures.

 

Many different minds have made many different ways, hence, Babylon or confusion in the things of God.

 

The New Testament was written by men who were born of God, and who bore in their lives the marks of the Lord Jesus. Inwardly they manifested the marks of Jesus, Matthew 5:313. Poor in spirit, mourning, meek, hungering and thirsting, merciful, pure in heart, and peacemakers. Outwardly they also showed the marks of Jesus Luke 6:2022. Poor, hungry, weeping, hated, separated, reproached and cast out.

 

It can only be rightly interpreted by men after the same pattern instead of many minds seeing many ways.

 

These men had the mind of Christ, and were of one mind and saw one way. They preached one lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all; who rules over all. "One Spirit, one Lord, one fold, one Shepherd, one way, truth and life." Ephesians 4:46, Jonah, 10:16.

 

The New Testament contains 27 books, by eight different writers, all of who walked in Jesus' Way.

 

Matthew wrote one gospel, Luke wrote one gospel and Acts. John wrote one gospel and three epistles and Revelations; Paul wrote fourteen epistles, eleven to saints and three to workers. James wrote one epistle. Peter wrote two epistles and Jude wrote one epistle. The four gospels are a four fold picture of the life of Christ Viz.


Matthew               Lion,

King Mark            Ox, sacrificial service

Luke                     Man amongst men

John                      Eagle, Son of God, Divine

 

Matthew wrote for Jewish Christians and not for unregenerate Jews, as Plymouth Brethren and others claim. This gospel presents Jesus as King or Messiah, and is the gospel of the Kingdom.

 

Mark is Peter's gospel and presents Jesus as slave or servant of all. It is the gospel of sacrificial service, the only service accepted by God.

 

Luke is Paul's gospel written mainly for Gentile Christians of Jesus in chronological order. It is the story of Jesus, from childhood to manhood, from Bethlehem to Calvary. Tried and tempted in all points as we are, and yet without sin. It gives an insight to social life as man amongst men. Luke gives an interesting list of homes Jesus visited during His ministry after He had forsaken His home forever.

 

              Peter's home................              Luke 4:38

              Matthew's home...........              " 5:29

              Pharisee's home........                  " 11:37

              Pharisee's home........                  " 14:1

              High Priests home.....                  " 22:54

              Herod's home..............               " 23:7

              Pharisee's home...........               " 8:4956

              Martha's home............                " 10:38

              Zaccheus' home...........               " 19:110

              Water carrier's home..                 " 22:10

              Pilate's home................               " 23:1

              Enamaus' home............               " 24:28

 

John's gospel is supplementary, the last written, and gives incidents, miracles, and parables which the others omit. It is the gospel of the Son of God, the only begotten of the Father, the express image of His person; the word made flesh. Fortythree times in this gospel Jesus claims to be the apostle sent from God, and the destiny of His hearers depends on their accepting or rejecting Him. Chapters 13:13; 20:1718, 20:21. He taught us that the Father had sent Him, so He called, chose, and sent men in the same way, preaching the same Truth, and living the same life and said, "He that receiveth me, receiveth Him that sent Me." The four gospels give the life of Jesus before His ascension.

 

The fifth book gives the Acts of Jesus which He continued to do in and through His sent ones, the men whom He called, chose and sent forth in His name and is called the Acts of the Apostles. This book gives the record of the conversion of multitudes at different times and places and also the story of the conversion of individuals so that we can have a clear conception of how men and women are born into the family of God. The Ethiopian, chapter 8 Saul of Tarsus, chapter 9 Cornelius, chapter 10 -- Lydia and jailer chapter 16. This book gives the record of the founding of numerous churches in Asia and Europe Jerusalem chapter 2, Thessalonica chapter 17 Berea chapter 17 Athens chapter 17 Ephesus chapter 19

 

We have a clear Holy Ghost record to guide us to how men and women are born again and how churches are established.

 

The epistles to the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians, and Hebrews were written by Paul to the saints who had been gathered out of the world and separated unto God through His ministry and that of His coworkers and who met together in small groups, of 2 or 3, to 20 in their own homes, and they regularly worshipped God in spirit and truth.

 

The epistle to Philemon is a good example of Paul's private correspondence with one who was an elder, and in whose home the church met.

 

The epistles to Timothy and Titus are letters to two of his younger coworkers and fellowlaborers in the gospel.

 

The epistles of Peter and James were addressed to all believers and especially to believing Jews. John's epistles were written for churches in Asia, namely to teach saints what their attitude ought to be to true and false preachers.

 

Revelation is the unfolding of what was, what is, and what shall be forever.