With today’s devotion we will begin to introduce you to the Bible. We’ll start by talking about the two major divisions of the Bible.

The Bible is divided into two major parts—the Old Testament and the New Testament. The word “testament” means “covenant.” The word “covenant” means “agreement.” The Old Testament was an agreement between God and Israel—the church in the wilderness. The New Testament is an agreement between God and the church—the new Israel.

In the Old Testament, God gave His Law. In the New Testament, God gave His Son. The Old Testament was dependent upon man’s obedience to God’s Law. The New Testament is dependent upon man’s faith in God’s Son. Whereas the Old Testament resulted in man’s condemnation; the New Testament resulted in man’s salvation. Salvation is no longer a matter of sinners trying to live up to God’s Law, but of sinners simply trusting God’s Son.