How Do We Know Matthew – John Are New Testament Books?

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager




I. Introduction:

A. Does everything in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John apply to us today?  NO!  Notice 3 of several we could talk aboutÉ

1. The kingdom has come (Colossians 1:13 and Hebrews 12:28-29), thus Matthew 3:2 and Matthew 6:10 do not apply today.

2. After Jesus died the Gospel was to be carried into the whole world (Mark 16:15-16), thus Matthew 10:5 does not apply today.

3. The Passover was practiced by Jesus (Luke 22:11), but was/is not for us (John 2:13).

B. Does the FACT that not all things in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John apply to us today nullify those books from being part of the New Testament?  NO!

1. If that logic applies, then the book of Acts is in the Old Testament since miracles were done then (Acts 3:1-6), but do not apply now (I Corinthians 13:8-13).

2. Would those who say Jesus practiced the Passover proving His words as O.T. make the same claim about Paul keeping some O.T. traditions (Acts 21:26)?

C. The fact is, there are things that apply and do not apply to us in Matthew – Revelation (not just MMLJ).  That does not nullify them from being part of the law of Christ.  That just requires us to rightly divide the word of truth (II Timothy 2:14-18).

1. I have to understand that most of the Book of Revelation is complete (Revelation 1:1-3).

2. I have to understand that there are no more Apostles today (Acts 1:15-26), though Scriptures could be misunderstood to say there are (Ephesians 4:11).

3. I have to understand that some N.T. prophecies are already fulfilled (Matthew 24:1-34).


II. Body: We can know for sure that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are part of the New Testament (Matthew 28:18-20).

A. The law and prophets were until John (Matthew 11:10-14 and Luke 16:16).

1. While the N.T. was not in effect until after Jesus died (Romans 7:4-6 and Hebrews 9:15-17

2. ÉMatthew, Mark, Luke, and John were written AFTER His death.

3. What Jesus taught, while on earth, is very much part of His will and testament (John 14:21-26).

3. An example of how the law changed when John started preaching is the command of the baptism unto repentance (Mark 1:4). 

a. No such thing was ever taught from Genesis – Malachi.

b. This was a new doctrine.

c. If it were not a new doctrine approved by God, it would then be a sinful addition to the law (Deuteronomy 4:2 and Deuteronomy 12:32).

d. Yet, we known John was a teacher of the truth (John 5:33) sent by God to teach this new, approved doctrine (Luke 3:1-6; cf. Isaiah 40:3-5).

B. Jesus also taught new doctrines in Matthew – Revelation (John 1:17).

1. The Law of Moses taught one thing, Jesus taught another (Matthew 5:21-48).

2. Moses said stone her, Jesus said go and sin no more (John 8:1-11).

3. We could go on and on, but the point should be clear.  Either Jesus taught a new law while on earth or He is a false teacher [same point we made with John].  Clearly, He is not a false teacher (John 14:6 and I Peter 2:21-22).

C. Acts 20:7 is not the only reason we partake of the LordŐs Supper.

1. Jesus put this memorial in place (Matthew 26:26-29).

2. Paul quoted Jesus in why we partake of it now (I Corinthians 11:23-26).

3. Was Paul teaching Old Testament doctrine when he taught about the LordŐs Supper?  Clearly not (II Corinthians 3:6).


III. Conclusion: If one denies the words of Christ that person is lost (John 12:48 and II Thessalonians 1:7-9)!



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