The New Testament is not needed for salvation


Like myself, most believers in Jesus Christ, if not all, have believed that understanding the gospel message of the New Testament was crucial to our hope of salvation.  How many years like me, have you been joyous not to be subject to the demanding overbearing requirements of the Law of Moses?

How many of you would disagree with me when I say, knowledge of the New Testament is not necessary for a man to be saved.

How many would disagree with me again when I say, those who received the Law at Mt. Sinai had our gospel.  I know the writer of Hebrews doesn’t disagree with me.

Paul’s desire to go to Rome and preach the gospel is expressed in his letter to the Romans.

in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.[1]

So what was it that Paul preached when he got to Rome?  What was his text to bring the light of the gospel to his hearers?  Was it what we like to think of when we use the word gospel or was it the Old Testament?

They arranged to meet Paul on a certain day, and came in even larger numbers to the place where he was staying. From morning till evening he explained and declared to them the kingdom of God and tried to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.[2]

Paul’s gospel, even towards the end of his ministry, was the Law of Moses and the Prophets.  It was not our New Testament gospel.  Do we think Paul’s hearers didn’t hear the true gospel of Jesus Christ since Paul preached from the Old Testament?  Or was it sufficient for the hope of salvation?

Jesus confirmed His gospel found in the Law of Moses and the prophets.

And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.[3]

In fact Jesus was holding men accountable for His gospel found in the Law of Moses.

“But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set.  If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.[4]

The gospel message found in the Law of Moses and the Prophets is so consistent, that Jesus speaks of a man who has escaped judgment and others who will go to their torment based on the writings of Moses and the Prophets.

“He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’  “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’  “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’  “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'”[5]

Even though we have the benefit of New Testament, it is not necessary for one to come to an understanding of the gospel message of Jesus Christ in order to put their faith in Him for salvation.  It is very nice and handy to have it anyway and we do benefit from it greatly.

The question you must ask yourself, if you have bought into the New Testament only gospel of Jesus Christ, is what else have you not understood about our gospel message?  What else have you missed in the church gospel you have received?  By reading my blog you will discover The Gospel According to the Gospel, a gospel the church refuses to believe.

You will find under “The book” tab a link called why the cross.


[1] Romans 1:10

[2] Romans 28:23

[3] Luke 24:27

[4] John 5:45

[5] Luke 27-31

12 thoughts on “The New Testament is not needed for salvation

  1. David,

    This is a misunderstanding of both the Law & the Gospel! Indeed, the NT message of salvation in Jesus Christ has a basis from the OT and the Law of God, but it is also in fulness a Gospel or Good News of a Revelation that we see in the ministry of St. Paul, (Gal., Rom., Eph., Col.,etc. note, 1 Cor. chapters 1-2). And later even in the Gospel of John, (John 1:1; 1:14; 17-18). The Letter to the Hebrews is written to the Jewish people, and those Jews that first came to Christ, but were being tempted to return to the Law of God, etc.

    Again, sadly, you have some need to get some theological reading & study under your belt. Your all over the place “biblically”, both in application of the scripture and in theology – or the lack of and need. Again see, Col. 2:13-15; 20-23 ; chap. 3: 1-5. These texts show us that the ground of the NT Gospel, though somewhat based on the OT, have moved to a New Covenant relationship “In Christ”! As Gal. 3:23-25. The law was our “tutor” in leading us to Christ. But it is no longer our master.

  2. M friend, how can you say, “the NT gospel, though somewhat based on the OT?” Paul in the last chapters of Acts is still preaching the gospel from the Law of Moses and the Prophets as stated in my post.

    Jesus Himself started with the Moses when He explained the gospel to two of His disciples. Scripture testifies that Jesus went through what was said in all the scripture. That we be Old Testament to you and me.

    (Luke 24:27 NIV) And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

    How is it you are again making two gospels out of one gospel. Just because Hebrews was written to the Jews doesn’t mean it is not part of our gospel. Is there something about the letters to the Jewish people we gentiles need to treat as heresy to our gospel, as if we had a different gospel? Remember it is taught in our gospel that there is no Jew or Gentile, free of slave, male or female in Christ.

    Never once did I say the Law was our master. Not once in my post did I encourage one to follow the Law. All I advocated in this post was there is the gospel message of Jesus Christ in the Law of Moses and the Prophets. Secondly, one can put their faith in the gospel even before the cross and have a hope of salvation just as we do today.

    • No David,

      St. Paul as Luther taught Law & Gospel, the Law shows us our sin and need of Christ, this is that aspect of the tutorial of the Law. St. Paul was not a dispensationalist, but indeed in some sense the Book of Acts is a book of transition from the OT ground, unto the New Testament Covenant. This is also an aspect in the Book of Hebrews. Again, “theology” mate! Try reading a theological primer of some kind. I will leave that to you, and “your” search. If your going to try and teach the Holy Scripture, you simply must do this! My thoughts at least.

    • New Testament was not yet written, so, of course, Paul was preaching from Moses and the prophets. You might want to think through your random theology. You are deep but a bit too wide, IMO.

      • I would like you to let me know through the use of scripture how my theology is random. I am willing to learn, but you have to show me how I violate what is written.

  3. I have to agree with irishanglican here, but understand your points. I plan to add you both to my blog as I will need some help on mine, meaning, I am tackling the issues within the church of Christ. My site is spawned from the one Dave has been commenting ( answering church of Christ )

    • Gracecrossroads,

      I too agree with irishanglican and Luther, that the Law shows us our sin and need for Christ. This is clearly in scripture.

      But to say our NT gospel has left the OT gospel is a mistake. What do we have over our Father Abraham and his descendants when it comes to being credited righteousness? Nothing, for he is our example in the NT of the grace to come to us. What do we have over our father Abraham and his descendants when it comes to being God’s people and He being our God. Nothing, for he was the one who received this covenant and we are grafted in.

      The NT does not teach a transition from the OT, but a grafting into the Faith of the Law or the OT. And why this grafting, because the Law of the Faith has showed us we need Christ.

      I encourage you to read my tab “The Book” and go through it link by link. I spell it out much better there. It will definitely give you something to chew on.

      • Dave,
        The NT does not leave the OT gospel, as it fulfills both, as it is a progressive revelation! This is the very nature of the Covenant of Grace seen in both Testaments, but fulfilled in the NT itself! Thus, the Letter to the Hebrews…13:20-21. See also in Hebrews that the work of Christ is done, and complete! (Heb. 1: 3 / Chap’s. 9-10)…HE, Christ mediates from this position of completion (grace & glory), at the Throne of God, in “session” for HIS people!

  4. I am constantly amazed how you put Luther on a pedestal. Yes, he was fundamental in the reformation, but it in no way means he had all understanding of the gospel, as if he were Paul himself. I am sure you are aware that he didn’t think Jews should own any land. Are you for that too?

    Luther was right when he taught that the Law showed us our sins. (This is the Law of the faith.) But the gospel is found in the Law as I have been pointing out. (This is the faith of the Law.) I know it doesn’t mean anything to you, since my name is not Luther, but it is clear that it meant something to the writers of our New Testament so I will go with them on this one.

    As always you bring a smile to my face.

  5. “The church finds itself in a semi-eschatological tension – between the “now” and the “not yet”. The reality of this experience comes to expression particularly in the Pauline indicative-imperative. The believer is now seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6), while he yearns for the consummation and the resurrection of the body (“not yet”). However, his life, “hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:3), possesses even now the status of the sons and daughters of God as an indication of what is yet to come. And the moral imperative of the Christian life is the realization of the indicative – the living out of the heavenly arena even now in the present evil age.” This is the biblical-theological tension of every real blood-bought Christian in this evil “age”, or last days! (Gal. 1: 4)

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