"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."(Jn. 1:17)
The apostle John is contrasting the Old Testament, the law given by Hoses, with the New
Testament, the grace and truth brought by Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "If ye con;inue in my
word, then are ye my disciples indeed; - and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make
you free." (John 8:31,32) The truth would make men free from sin. Paul said, "For by grace
are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of Cod: Not of works lest any
man should boast." (Eph. 2:8,9) It is by the Mew Testament that men are saved, not by the Old
"Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law; do ye not know the law.'?"(Gal. 4:21) Even the Old
Testament spoke of the time when there would be established a new covenant. (Jer. 31:
31-3O "In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth
and waxeth old is ready to vanish away."(Heb. 2:13) The Old Testament, with the bringing of
grace and truth by Jesus Christ, vanished away.
On the mount of transfiguration, three personages appeared to them: Moses (representative
of the law), Elijah (representative of the prophets), and Christ representative of the New
Testament). Peter wished to build three tabernacles: one for Christ, one for Moses, and one
for Elijah. "While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a
voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye
him."(Matt, 17: 1-6) A voice from heaven brought the message not to hear Moses and Elijah
any longer, but now they were to listen to Christ!
Are you heeding the voice from heaven and listening to the doctrine of Christ, the New
Testament? Or arc you listening to the Old Testament?
"God,who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the
prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son."(Heb. 1:1,2)