Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | June 18, 2007

What Was the Authors’ Purpose in Writing the New Testament?

What Was the Authors’ Purpose in Writing the New Testament?

The purpose is made clearest in this passage: John 20 “30Jesus did many other miracles in the presence of his followers that are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Then, by believing, you may have life through his name.”

John the Apostle wanted to make it clear to readers of his Gospel that it were written so we may know Who Jesus is, and come to believe in Him. All four Gospels, while often containing different accounts of Jesus ministry, authenticate His followers’ beliefs about Him. This helps prove that the essential beliefs of Christianity were not, as many claim, added to the faith at a later date but affirmed during Christ’s life and ministry on earth.

The Book of Acts is also an historical record of the early Church. The epistles that make up the New Testament deal both with problems faced by local congregations and issues that concern the Church at large. Today’s congregations facing difficulties can greatly benefit from the wisdom found in these books.

And were they reliable sources?

From the outside sources written around the same time, the books of the New Testament appear to be reliable. There is a book known as the Diadache, or Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, written about 60AD which is consistent with the New Testament. It’s worth noting that issues such as different accounts in some of the Gospels that are often disputed should not be used to invalidate the Scriptures.

Keeping the proper historical and literary context of the books in mind is essential. There are events recorded in one Gospel that are recorded differently in another, or there may be events in one Gospel not recorded in another. The reason for this is that each of the four Gospels were written for different groups of believers. Example: Matthew was written primarily for converts from Judaism and emphasizes how Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecy about the Messiah. The Scriptures are a record of salvation history, and those who try to look at them with the wrong perspective will probably miss their message altogether.


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