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Brief
Introductory
Remarks
on the
New Testament
The New Testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is a collection of writings
over nineteen hundred years old. Yet, these twenty-seven writings by eight
authors are read by more people than any other collection or single work in the
world. The New Testament has been translated into more languages than any
other collection or single work. More copies of the New Testament have been
printed and sold (including its publication along with the Old Testament) than any
other collection or single work in the history of the world. All of the literary great
must take a back seat to the New Testament, whether ancient or modern. From
the standpoint of its literary position, truly no man can be truly educated without
reading the New Testament (And, may we add to that its companion volume, the
Old Testament).

The New Testament has made an impact far greater upon the world than a purely
literary one; its impact has been moral, ethical, religious and spiritual. The New
Testament has changed the course of history to such a great degree that the
Western World reckons its time from the events chronicled upon its pages. Its
teachings changed the course of history in introducing to the world (in
contradistinction to the nation of Israel, as did the Old Testament) moral, ethical,
religious and spiritual values that caused great and unique strides in
benevolence and education. Although there have been (and continue to be)
those who have corrupted and perverted the teachings of the New Testament in
an effort to destroy benevolence and education, an overall view of the world
scene before the writing and compiling of the New Testament and after its
appearance will show any such tendency to be overcome by the force of the truth
of which the New Testament is composed. The New Testament chronicles the
reason for the change in world history. Thus, one cannot understand the full
course of human events without a knowledge of the contents of the New
Testament. Truly, a man cannot be truly educated without perusing the New
Testament.

The New Testament is more than a moral, ethical, religious and spiritual values
handbook which has been written by man: It claims to be a divinely inspired
revelation of God to man. This is the fundamental reason for both the literary
importance and the historical impact of the New Testament. It is a message from
the Almighty Creator to all of mankind. It is the Word of the One True and Living
God. Thus, those who wish to know the Creator of all that is; those who wish to
know the purpose and being of life; those who wish to know the love, mercy and
grace of the only God; those who wish to know Jehovah's will for their lives; and,
those who wish to know what lies in store for all eternity: read, peruse, study and
meditate upon the contents of the New Testament. Truly, a man cannot be truly
educated without studying the New Testament.

The New Testament is more than a divinely inspired revelation of God to man: It
claims to be the final revelation of God to man. The enduring quality of its
existence and impact are due to this fact. Other collections and works since the
writing and compiling of the New Testament have been written, com­piled and
published which claim to be divinely inspired revelations from God to man. None,
with no exceptions, have had the literary importance and historical impact of the
New Testament: because they are fraudulent in nature and inferior in quality.
They have lacked the power and endurance of the New Testament because they
lacked its divine inspiration. The last and final source of divine revelation is the
New Testament. Thus, if modern man would know of his God and Creator, his
Savior, his destiny and his hope, he must read, peruse, study and meditate upon
the New Testament. Truly, a man is not truly educated without knowing the New
Testament.

In view of its literary importance, its historical impact, its divine inspiration and its
complete and final revelation, no man can deny both the temporal and eternal
need of reading, perusing, studying, knowing and meditating upon the New
Testament. That is why we encourage you to do just that. Truly, a man is not truly
educated without meditating upon the New Testament.

"Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of
those things which are most surely believed among us, even as they delivered
them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the
word; it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things
from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, that
thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been
instructed" (Luke 1:1-4).

"And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of h is disciples, which are
not written in this book: but these are writ­ten, that ye might believe that Jesus is
the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his
name/' (John 20:30, 31).

"These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God:
that ye may know ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of
the Son of God'' (John 5:13).

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings:
for they will increase unto more ungodliness" (2 Timothy 2:15, 16).

"And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace,
which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them
which are sanctified" (Acts 20:32).