In writing for www.gotquestions.org, I was asked which Scriptures are most important? The questioner also asked if they are bound to Old Testament laws and if the different parts of the Bible apply to Asians.
While I am not sure we can say that some parts of Scripture are more important than others, there are certainly passages that are crucial to our salvation and our spiritual growth. Additionally, passages tend to take on more importance when there are deaths in the family, divorce or illness. Having said that, regarding salvation Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 10:9,10, Ephesians 2:8-9 are vital to having an accurate understanding of our need for a Savior. For proper understanding of our Christian life and spiritual growth Romans 12:1-2 is very important to a Christian. Lastly, II Corinthians 10:3-5 and II Corinthians 11:2-4 reveal to us the spiritual battle we have before us and gives insight into the methods Satan uses to attempt to trip us up in our faith walk.
If you read the account of the wilderness temptation of Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11, we find that Jesus countered Satan by quoting the Word of God with power. In order for him to be able to have that power, He would have spent time memorizing the Word of God. Clearly, Jesus Christ is God in the flesh but since He took on the limitations of a human body we can be certain he took time to memorize Scripture. All of the verses mentioned above are excellent verses to have memorized. These verses express the foundation of the Christian salvation and life experience and make excellent tools to remind ourselves of who we are in Christ. Additionally, the 10 verses in Psalms 112 are an excellent description of the promises in Scripture for the believer who fears the Lord and delights in His commandments.
The New Testament is not more important than the Old Testament. It is not an issue of choosing between the two. Both testaments are intertwined into a beautiful tapestry of God’s love for His people. The Old Testament pointed towards a coming Messiah and the New Testament is the account of His life and sacrifice for us. The crimson thread of redemption can be tracked from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Never forsake to study the Old Testament under the thought that it no longer applies. It provides richness in understanding of the
salvation that Christ provided through his gruesome death on the cross.
Within the Old Testament, we find many laws and rules for the Israelites. These are primarily found in the book of Leviticus. However, those laws were there to demonstrate very dramatically our inability to follow them and gain acceptance with God. Colossians 2:14 (NIV) tells us that Jesus “cancelled the written code with its regulations that was against us”. Some people have found a joy in following some of the Old Testament rules regarding diet. However, it is important for them to realize that it is a choice and not a requirement of God. Christ provided the entire acceptance we will ever need through the blood He shed on the cross.
The Bible is not a book of only regional application. Jews are no longer bound to the law as a way of appeasing their sin. Jesus Christ has provided the only way to God. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jesus provided a universal way of salvation. Therefore the Bible is a universal book of universal application. Psalms 112 applies to someone that lives in Asia as much as it applies to someone that lives in America or Australia. Certainly, there are some areas of scripture that deal with specific issues in the church.
For instance, Paul speaks to a problem in the Corinthian church in I Corinthians 14:26-40 regarding confusion in worship services. The Corinthians were coming together and there was disorder in the way their services were being conducted. In this situation, Paul is issuing a word of correction to a church that is in disorder. However, for the modern Christian this passage is to be used as a guideline for worship to keep the problem from ever occurring in the first place.
Being a student of the word of God is our highest calling. Memorize large portions of Scripture. If you have trouble with memorizing, write the verses down on several cards and put them in several places around your house. May God bless you as you delve deeper into His word and discover the spiritual treasures that he has for you.