When the New Testament Began
Because the Church didn’t actually begin until Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost, readers of the Bible wonder how the Gospels (Matthew-John) factor into the New Testament. Did the Church begin with John the Baptist? Were Jesus and the disciples living under the New Church dispensation or under the Old Mosaic Law? In the illustration I’ve created, I show that the Gospels depict life under the Old Testament Law; WHILE, at the same time the New Testament economy or way of life is being introduced. The New Testament could not go into effect until the death of Christ (see Hebrews 9:15-17), since there needed to be the death of the one who made the Testament. Still, John the Baptist, Jesus and his disciples were laying the groundwork through their teaching for things that would apply to the New Testament Church Age. My opinion is that only a misguided soul would teach otherwise.