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SPRINKLING
I cannot help but think that this is the real thought
found in 1 Peter 1:2. “Elect according to the foreknowledge
of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto
obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ.”
You will notice that the Apostle is not speaking about how
we have been chosen because of the sprinkling of the blood
of Jesus. We realize that we need the blood of Jesus just
as much as the world needs it in the next age, but we
recognize that we must get the benefit of the blood before
we would be of the elect, but, after becoming the elect, the
Lord shows us that we have the privilege of obedience, and
so today we are trying to be obedient, but there is going to
be a future work. After this has properly developed us, we
are then to share, in due time, in the sprinkling of the
blood of Jesus Christ. Well, one may ask, Has not the
blood of Jesus Christ been sprinkled upon us? We would
say, Assuredly. But
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we must ever bear in mind that there are a great many
things true of the Church today that will be true of the
world in the Millennial Age, but it would not be reasonable
to say that because such things are true of both the
Church in this age and of the world in the next age,
therefore everything that is true of the Church in this age
would be true of the world in the next age. That would lead
to some very erroneous conclusions. We know that some
things which will be true under the New Covenant are also
true under this covenant of grace, but it would not be
proper to say that because some of these things are true in
both instances that it is all therefore the work of the New
Covenant. We know that, according to the New Covenant,
the world will be enlightened in respect to the Lord, and we
have been; and we know that under the New Covenant the
world will be brought to love the Lord, to serve Him, and we
have been brought to love and serve the Lord. We are also
to bear in mind that we need the blood of Christ just as
much as the world under the New Covenant will need the
blood of Christ, even though there is some difference in the
work accomplished in us and later in the world.
NOT UNDER
One might be inclined to inquire of us, But are we not
reckoned as under the New Covenant when we accept
Jesus Christ as our Saviour, are we not in the step of
justification counted as under the New Covenant? But we
answer, No. The New Covenant includes the gradual
uplifting process that will bring man to a state of human
perfection, and will enable him to actually remain there for
ever.
Note the passage in which our Lord’s words to His
disciples in the upper room are recorded, Matthew
26:27-28: “And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave
it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is My blood of
the New Testament, which is shed for many for the
remission of sins.” Our saviour invited them to drink what
He here called the blood of the New Covenant. When they
drank of that cup, they assimilated the wine which it
contained, and thus it illustrates well how we assimilate
that which we receive of our Lord Jesus. Furthermore, it
indicates a participation with Him in that same cup of
suffering of which He drank. This is also clearly pointed
out in Paul’s reference on this statement in 1 Corinthians
11:25: “After the same manner also He took the cup, when
He had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in
my blood.” These words show that the Lord Jesus drank of
this very cup first, before He gave it to them to drink; and if
this implies their coming under a New Covenant, it would
indicate that Jesus came under the New Covenant, but if
this New Covenant had reference to the benefits that would
be enjoyed by all imperfect men,
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whether in this age or in the next, then it would lead us
to the contradictory conclusion that the Lord Jesus Christ
was also an imperfect being, and that He also needed to
participate in the imputed merit of His sacrifice. But the
very fact that Jesus was a perfect being, and did not
require at all the condition of the New Covenant, is an
evidence and a proof to us that in the drinking of this cup,
He had no reference to the coming under the conditions of
the New Covenant, but we see now that the real thought of
this passage is that, as He had drank of that cup of
degradation, bitterness, distress and suffering, and that
this even implied the sacrifice of His very life, and all of this
was done for the purpose of sealing a New Covenant, then
we must likewise believe that the share which Jesus had in
this was to illustrate the share which likewise His disciples
were to have. If His position was not that of one under the
New Covenant, but one who was to seal that Covenant, as
a result of the sacrifice of His life, then they likewise, in
accordance with the passage already noted in Isaiah 49:8,
were to share in the sealing of that New Covenant, by giving
themselves as He had given Himself. The difference was
that in giving Himself, He was perfect and complete,
without need of any imputed merit, while with us, we are
weak and imperfect, and we need the imputed merit of our
Lord the Master. We must get the reckoned righteousness,
which comes from the applied merit of our redeemer, before
we are in a fit condition to sit at our Master’s table and to
participate with Him in the cup which He offers us to drink.
HOUSES OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH
In concluding this discourse it might be well to say a few
words respecting why this New Covenant was to be made
with the house of Israel and the house of Judah—there is
no reference to its being made with the whole world of
mankind.
We know that all of God’s arrangements seem to have
been to the Jew first, and then also to the Gentile. We
remember that the Apostle Paul said in Romans 9:4, “To
whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the
covenants, and the giving of the law.”
ccording to the prophetic statements, when the great
time of trouble with which this age concludes, has drawn to
a close, there will be only one nation on the face of this
earth, namely the Jewish nation. The prophecies lead us
to the conviction that the time of trouble will mean a
destruction of every nation except the Jewish nation, and
to that people it will mean a national resurrection. We
remember that in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus,
the Jewish nation was compared to a man; we remember
that their national death was represented by the death of
that rich man, and that as a nation the Jews have been
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dead ever since A.D. 70. We recall how in Ezekiel the 37th
chapter, reference is made to the resurrection of that
nation. The valley of dry bones here spoken of does not
refer to the individual Jew, but it refers to them in a
national sense. Note the explanation of this fact in the
11th verse, “Then he said unto me, Son of Man, these
bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our
bones are dried, and our hope is lost; we are cut off from
our parts.”
He does not give us to understand that these bones
represent men that are actually dead, because these people
are represented as speaking; they are talking about how
they were like dried bones, cut off from their parts, their
hope lost. In what sense was this true? Nationally. Then
in this passage, we have a picture of the national
resurrection of Israel. But the same time of trouble that
will result in the national resurrection of Israel will result
in the death and destruction of every other nation. In
Jeremiah 30:11 it says, “For I am with thee, saith the Lord,
to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither
I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee:
but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee
altogether unpunished.” Here the statement is made that
the Lord is going to make an end of all nations except the
Jewish nation, that He would give them a measure of
punishment, and when that period of punishment was
over, He was going to restore them and bless them.
When we speak of all other nations being destroyed, we
would not have you infer that we mean the individuals of
those nations, nor would we have you understand us to
mean that all lines of demarcation will be immediately
blotted out, that language and facial characteristics will
immediately disappear; but our thought is rather that from
their peculiar standpoint as a nation with a government of
their own, and with an organization of their own, every
other nation on the face of the earth will lose its national
individuality and standing in this time of trouble, except
this Jewish nation, who will gain what the others lose.
Why will the Jews survive nationally when the others will
not? Simply because the Jewish nation was the only
nation established by God; every other nation was
man-made, and God had nothing to do with their
organization. However, we see that through the Jewish
nation that covenant and its blessings will reach all the
remainder of the earth’s inhabitants in due time.
Note a Scripture to this effect in Isaiah 14:1, “For the
Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel,
and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be
joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of
Jacob.” Here we would have you specially notice the fact
that strangers, those who had been members of other
nations, were going to be joined at that time to Israel, to
share
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her blessings. The 2nd chapter of Isaiah is quite a picture
of the same thing. Jeremiah, 3rd chapter, 17th and 18th
verses, also remind us of the way all other nations of the
earth will gather about Israel at that time. Notice also
Zechariah, 8th chapter verses 20-23, “Thus saith the
Lord of hosts; it shall yet come to pass, that there shall
come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: and the
inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us
go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of
hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations
shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to
pray before the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; in those
days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold of
all languages of the nations, even take hold of the skirt of
him who is a Jew, saying, we will go with you: for we have
heard that God is with you.”
We have a further confirmation of this in Ezekiel
16:59-62: First the Lord reminds Israel how they had
despised that old Law Covenant that He had made with
them, and then He would have them further remember that
even though they had been unfaithful, He was not going to
forget the beautiful things typified in that Law Covenant,
and in due time, He would establish unto them an
Everlasting Covenant. Following that in the 61st verse with
the statement, that when He has made that Everlasting
Covenant, that New Covenant with the house of Israel, and
with the house of Judah, then He would give to them the
people of Samaria, and the people of Sodom, but He
specially reminds them that He would not give to Israel
those people by that old Law Covenant, but that it was
going to be by or through this New Covenant of which we
find His Word full of references.
Some might ask why the Lord had determined to send
this blessing to other nations through the Jews. One
reason is this: The Lord determined to humble the entire
human race. There is nothing that will have a more
humiliating effect upon a large part of the people of the
earth, and especially those who have professed the name of
Christ but have really been unfaithful to His teachings,
than to be compelled to look up to the Jewish people as the
divinely appointed channel through which they will get
their blessings. We can well believe many of them at first,
in that Millennial time, will refuse to accept the blessing
through the Jews, as much as to say, Lord, I want you to
bless me, I want to enjoy the blessings of that New
Covenant, but I am not going to take it through a Jew; you
must send it through some better channel than that. We
can imagine the Lord saying, All right, that is the method I
have adopted; if you do not wish to accept the blessings
through the Jews you need not accept them at all. We
realize that in due time man or woman will come to the
humble attitude of mind that will be ready
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to accept the Lord’s blessing through what ever channel He
may be pleased to send it.
We thus recognize that, beginning with Israel, the
blessing of the Lord shall reach ultimately to all the world
of mankind, and thus it will be true that the blessings of
that time will be to the Jew first and then to the Gentile,
the same as it is now.
The secret of the Lord respecting the selection of the
Church, etc., is with them that fear or reverence Him, and
He will show them His covenant. (Psalm 25:14.)
RANSOM AND SIN-OFFERING
We assume that all who have made a serious study of the
matter are satisfied beyond all question that the Ransom
provided for mankind is none other than the man Jesus,
who presented Himself for this purpose when He came to
John at Jordan, there to be immersed by him into that
typical water grave. (Matt. 20:28.)
Many Scriptures can be found to support this
conclusion, and none that can be construed to oppose it,
hence we accept it as sound and incontrovertible. This
being so we know that Jesus was in no sense inferior to
Adam before he transgressed: by this we mean that Adam
possessed no power, no right, no quality of any kind
whatever, now represented in Jesus, but this could not be
said of any other man; so that Jesus, and Jesus only, God
could use to restore all that was lost to the race through
the sin of its federal head Adam. His sacrifice made
possible a restoration of all things, spoken of by God
through all the prophets of old (Acts 3:19-25). In this
connection it is interesting to recall that Adam was given a
partner (Eve) to share with him his privileges and his
responsibilities, and the experiences of these two were
almost identical in every way.
So, in like manner, will the second Adam (Jesus), the
regenerator of the first Adam’s race, have a partner—"the
Lamb’s wife"—the Bride of Jesus (Rev. 19:7; 21:9.)
It is clear to all students that the loss suffered by our
race through Adam’s transgression included life—human
life in perfection, enjoyed amidst perfection. A restitution
of all things must, therefore, include these two conditions,
with all else rightly attached to them in God’s plan.
How was so wonderful a thing to be accomplished as the
providing for all those condemned in Adam, an opportunity
to gain to themselves everything that was lost by original
sin? It is not necessary to point out that such an
undertaking would be altogether beyond the skill of man,
beyond his wit even to devise, much more beyond his
power to perform. But “God so loved the world that He sent
His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life.”
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A JUST SENTENCE
A reverent mind has no difficulty in appreciating that the
condemnation, the curse of death, rests quite justly upon
the whole race; nor is there any difficulty in recognizing the
wisdom of condemning all in one man, seeing that this
made possible the redeeming of all by one. To explain the
philosophy of this redemption requires more than human
intelligence however, and nothing but enlightenment by the
Holy Spirit could make it possible. If the Lord can use this
pen to help make more clear some of the hidden mystery,
how grateful we all shall be.
In the first place we would remind ourselves of the
sentence passed on Adam by God: “Cursed is the ground
for thy sake; in sorrow thou shalt eat of it all the days of
thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee;
and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of thy
face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground;
for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto
dust shalt thou return.” Or in other words: “In the day thou
eatest thereof dying thou shalt die.” The matter is summed
up by the Apostle Paul as follows; “The wages of (the) sin is
death.” (Romans 6:23.)
Seeing the instructions of God were disregarded, and
Adam willfully transgressed (1 Tim. 2:14), there can be no
question of the justice of the death sentence, and the only
hope for a future existence for the race lies in a
resurrection from the state of death (Rom. 5:18).
THE PENALTY MET
The penalty for sin—death—passed upon all men in that
all were condemned in the one transgression, the sin of one
man. (Romans 5:12.) To make it possible for the race to
escape this curse of death Jesus died—"the just for the
unjust." His eternal extinction as a man—the
corresponding price—meets the original sentence as a
substitute for Adam and his race. He was “delivered up on
account of our offences”—"The Lord hath laid on Him the
iniquity of us all." Had sin never entered into the world
Jesus could not have died, for “the wages of sin is death.”
Now that He has died for us our reconciliation with God is
possible, and had God so planned the matter the
resurrection of the human race could have been long since.
We can see that the death of the man Jesus meets the
penalty—"the wages of sin," thus guaranteeing an
opportunity of life to all. But to raise humanity to life and
perfection requires more than this at His hand; they are
still held in bondage to sin and death; it is His part to
break the bonds of death and set the captives free in God’s
due time. The only way to accomplish this great work will
be to give life to the poor captives; that indeed will break
death’s bonds, and set the prisoners free! “I will ransom
them from the power of the grave; I will
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redeem them from death" (Hosea 13:14); “The gift of God is
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
When speaking of the Ransom it is necessary to
remember that it means—a price to correspond, just that.
One man brought condemnation—death, and one man, the
man Jesus, provided the Ransom for all.
The ransom, provided by Jesus, is the price necessary to
set men free from the power of death. Mankind has no
option but to come forth from the tomb in due time (Hosea
13:14; John 5:29), because the ransom has been provided
in their behalf.
As matters stand at the present time we see that not only
has Jesus voluntarily met the penalty for man’s sin—when
He by the grace of God tasted death for every man (Heb.
2:9)—but, additionally, the vast majority of the human race
have also suffered death on account of the same sin. What
a contrast is here presented, however! In the case of the
race a penal death from which they require to be redeemed.
In the case of Jesus a sacrificial death, providing the
Ransom, the means of redemption for us, and for all. This
sacrificial death Jesus spoke of as a baptism—"I have a
baptism to be baptized with," a baptism of death; it was the
consummation of the bitter cup God poured for Him.
The sin which made the death of Jesus possible, and
necessary, was the sin of the poor world of which we all
formed part—"dead in trespasses and sins." (Ephesians
2:1.) How remarkable it seems that God’s plan provides for
others to suffer this sacrificial death with Jesus, following
in His steps. Not to provide the Ransom however, for this
He had already found. To James and John Jesus says, “Ye
shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the
baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized”
(Mark 10:39). We recall that Jesus was thus baptized for
the dead; and the Apostle refers to the like experience
which comes to others when, in commenting upon the
resurrection of the dead, he says, “Else what shall they do
which are baptised for the dead, if the dead rise not at all?
Why are they then baptized for the dead? And why stand
we in jeopardy every hour?” (1 Cor. 15:29,30.)
The explanation why those who are baptized for the dead
stand in jeopardy every hour can be understood when we
realize that these form God’s first-fruits, who have been
ransomed and redeemed by Jesus and whose ransomed life
has been given up to God a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1). It
is as new creatures in Christ they stand in jeopardy: their
ransomed life sacrificed, they now have set before them the
one hope of their calling—"the high calling of God in Christ
Jesus" (Ephesians 4:4; Phil. 3:14): It is a question of
eternal life or eternal death for them.
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The sin for which Jesus died remains upon the race still,
the curse continues, and this makes it possible for those
first ransomed by Jesus, and therefore having a living and
acceptable sacrifice to offer, to be baptized into Jesus’
sacrificial death (Rom. 6:3). They are first passed from
death unto life (John 5:24) so that they might die with
Jesus. In John 6:44-58, the Lord sets the matter before
us; the essence of which can be found centered in one
verse (verse 53), which should be read in conjunction with
Lev. 17:10,11 where one feature is typically shown. To eat
(assimilate) the flesh of Jesus (by faith) means the
appropriating of His human life, and drinking of the blood
at the same time makes necessary the laying of that life
down as part of His great sacrifice for sin—drinking the cup
with Him (Mark 10:39): the cup must not pass, “drink ye
all of it.” (Matt. 26:27.)
ONENESS WITH JESUS
It is recognized by students of the Bible that we are living
in the antitypical Atonement Day, a time of sacrificing for
the purpose of atonement, during which “the whole
creation groaneth and travaileth in pain”—afflicting their
souls all the day long (Lev. 16:29,30). The Man Jesus was
sacrificed, offered up, over nineteen hundred years ago,
and the continued sacrifices which have followed have
consisted of those who have denied themselves, and taken
up their cross and followed Him.
That there would be further sacrifices following the
sacrifice of the man Jesus is set forth clearly in the book of
Hebrews in chapter ten. In chapter nine, verse 23, we
read: “It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things
in the heavens should be purified with these (the blood of
bulls and goats); but the heavenly things themselves with
better sacrifices (plural) than these.” Then in chapter ten,
verses 9 and 10, we read “He taketh away the first (typical),
that He may establish (not fulfill) the second; by the which
will (purpose) we are sanctified through the offering of the
body of Jesus Christ once for all.” The authorized
rendering of verse 12 is not complete; the full text can be
seen in the literal rendering of the Diaglott New Testament
which reads—"He but one on behalf of sins having offered a
sacrifice for the continuance (Lexicon: prolonged, extended)
sat down at the right hand of God thenceforth waiting till
may be placed the enemies of Him a footstool for the feet of
Him. By one offering He has perfected for the continuance
those being sanctified."
He has been waiting for nearly two thousand years and
waits still, whilst those who are perfected and sanctified
continue the “better sacrifices,” which He established for
the cleansing of the things heavenly (Heb. 9:23). When this
work of sacrificing is complete, the Lord will begin to deal
with the world, and will quickly put all enemies under His
feet. We read: “This is the
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covenant I will make with them after those days," after the
days of waiting during which the “continued” sacrifices are
completed. God says He will put His “laws in their hearts,
and on their minds will He write them,” and adds: “And
their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more,”
then no longer will offerings for sin be needed.
The Scriptures already referred to make clear that there
is a oneness with Jesus which His followers experience
preparatory to the oneness of glory to follow on the spirit
plane of being.
How can this oneness be defined? It is a fellowship with
Him in the sin-offering; a fellowship in atonement; but not
in the ransom which provides the intrinsic value which
makes atonement.
None of the fallen human race shares in this “oneness”
when in their fallen state. To have fellowship with Jesus in
the Sin-offering, we need to receive the grace of God in its
many aspects and applications, to fit us for so great an
honour: and even then the fellowship with Him is possible
only by the righteousness provided in Jesus. When Jesus
inaugurated this wonderful work, He expressed Himself
thus: “Suffer it to be so now, for it becometh us to fulfill all
righteousness." Our Lord’s words formed a message of
instruction to a fallen race, of whom none were righteous,
that God had now appointed that righteousness was to be
obtained in, and through, Jesus only.
JUSTIFICATION
The great doctrine of justification appears to be God’s
appointed way whereby men may be privileged to share in
the sin-offering.
It is interesting, and suggestive, to note that wherever the
expression “justified,” occurs in the New Testament it
invariably comes from the Greek word “dikaioo.” From this
we gather that some similarity must be seen wherever the
word is used: a correspondence, but not necessarily an
exactly similar meaning, because, as Prof. Young tells us,
“to justify” means “to make, or declare, right.” The
Scriptures say—"it is God that justifies (Rom. 8:33). For
God to make right would mean that the individual would be
holy—perfect: for Him to declare right need not mean a
state of perfection, but right in intention or action—a
qualified state of rightness. The first thing required by God
of a sinner is repentance: “Repent ye therefore.”
Repentance would appear to be the first stage of
justification, as clearly taught by our Lord in the parable
(lesson) He gave for the purpose (Luke 18:10-14). Here
Jesus teaches us that the man who confessed himself a
sinner, and cried for mercy, went down to his house
“having been justified” (Diaglott literal).
The next thing God requires is conversion, a change of
heart—"repent ye therefore and be converted." Such a
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state indicates a progression in justification, a drawing
nearer to perfection, and Jesus says: “By thy words thou
shalt be justified”; the good words spoken being an
indication of the converted state of the heart, as the context
shows.
Faith continuing to develop according to knowledge and a
fuller appreciation of God’s plan of salvation in Jesus,
brings a still further advancement towards holiness,
perfection, peace, and life. Jesus said, “According to your
faith be it unto you,” and the Apostle Paul expresses it
thus: “Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with
God.” (Rom. 5:1.)
Thus far justification is of a “declared” character, not the
end in view, but arranged to convey one to the final stage of
justification to life—a “making” right. To fail to proceed
would mean to receive the grace of God in vain—the object
in view not being attained to; but this would not mean loss
of life for the individual, he never having been justified to
life. So far he has been “declared” right, but not “made”
right. The next, and final, step of justification is found in
Romans 5:9, where we read “by much more then having
been justified now in the blood of Him”—a “making” right.
The Scriptures tell us that “the life of the flesh is in the
blood” (Lev. 17:11). Hence the expression “justified now in
the blood of Him” is a hidden way of saying justified in the
human life of Him. These are the “mercies of God” whereby
it is possible to present to God a living, holy, and
acceptable (human) sacrifice “our reasonable service”
(Romans 12:1).
THE SIN-OFFERING
The sin-offering forms the basis for forgiveness of sins
(Making atonement), thus affecting mankind from the
moral, or righteousness, point of view. It provides for
atonement from sin, but does not provide life for anyone.
In Hebrews 13:10-13, is clearly set forth what the
sacrifices of the Gospel Age (the antitypical Atonement Day)
are. We read “We have an altar, whereof they have no right
to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those
beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the
High Priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
Wherefore Jesus also that He might sanctify the people
with His own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go
forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His
reproach.”
Those spoken of as serving the tabernacle are the
consecrated, and anointed, Priests, both in type and
antitype. Which means that those, thus called of God
today, have an altar whereof they have no right to eat. Had
Jesus, the first of these favoured ones, partaken of the
offering, He Himself placed upon the altar for sacrifice, He
would have been unacceptable to God as an offering for sin.
The Apostle would remind all who are sharing this
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experience with Jesus, that their offering must be wholly
and totally consumed in like manner “for the bodies of
those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by
the High Priest for sin, are burned without the gate,” “let us
go forth therefore unto Him (Jesus) bearing His reproach.”
If we take back from the altar any part of the offering we
make to God we shall lose for ourselves the privileges and
honours of the Christ of God. “Precious in the sight of the
Lord is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15); “It is a
faithful saying: for if we be dead with Him, we shall also
live with Him” (2 Tim. 2:11). “Be thou faithful unto death
and I will give thee a crown of life” (Rev. 2:10). Quite
clearly the meaning of the references in Hebrews is that the
offering of the footstep followers of Jesus must be wholly
consumed upon the altar; and the reason for this is equally
clear, namely because their sacrifice forms part of the
sin-offering (Rom. 15:16), the completing of Jesus’ sacrifice,
as typically shown by the commingling of the blood of the
goat with that of the bullock upon the propitiatory. (Lev.
16:15).
THE LAMB’S WIFE
Jesus, the Lamb of God, delighted to do His Father’s will.
The course marked out for Him was a remarkable one. He
“made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the
form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself,
and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and
given Him a name which is above every name.” “Let this
mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,” for God
has predestinated that the Bride of Christ must first be
conformed to His image (Rom. 8:29). Those who
demonstrate their loyalty to their heavenly Bridegroom
under the various tests now upon us, filling up of the
afflictions left behind of Christ for the Body’s sake will be
counted worthy to form the Bride, the second Eve. O
glorious prospect drawing near—the Marriage of the Lamb!
“They that were ready went in with Him to the marriage:
and the door was shut.” When the marriage is
consummated, and the virgins, the Bride’s companions
that follow her, are brought into the King’s palace, with
gladness and rejoicing, then the regeneration of Adam’s
race, for whom atonement will have been made, will begin,
and “the fathers shall become the children” of the Bride
and Bridegroom, and they shall be made princes in all the
earth, as co-labourers in the glorious work—the restitution
of all things made possible through the sacrifice of the man
Christ Jesus.

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Hi Mark,

Have you thought of just posting the URL to the many, many pages of info you cut and pasted. Those of us who are interested can click and read and it would save our hosts space and money.

Just a thought,

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grissom6471 Wrote:

loving_truth Wrote:
Spiritual Israel is only 144,000 in number.  The rest of the ones are not part of the new covenant but benefit from it.

A nice link about an other view: http://www.reachouttrust.org/articles/jw/jw144000.htm

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There is no other view.

What I wrote is what is parallelled in the bible.

Hit and run? :shoot:

Grissom6417, you are very sweet !! Keep on dreaming. :covereyes:

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Hi,
I realize that this is an older thread, but I was just reading some of the posts and I thought the following article may be interesting to those who are still unsure of what the NC is and who it is for.
I apologize in advance if the article already appears elsewhere, I am not a very regular visitor to the site and could well have missed it.
I found it the simplest to understand when I was unsure.

The New Covenant
The New Covenant is far superior to the Law Covenant - it does not simply replace the Old Covenant.
The Law Covenant was just a shadow of the New one. In other words, by analyzing the pictures of the Old Covenant, we can grasp the New. (Hebrews 8:5) "but which [men] are rendering sacred service in a typical representation and a shadow of the heavenly things; just as Moses, when about to make the tent in completion, was given the divine command: For says he: “See that you make all things after [their] pattern that was shown to you in the mountain.”
The Law Covenant was between Jehovah and the nation of Israel – with the Levitical priesthood as a feature of it. (Hebrews 7:11) 11 If, then, perfection were really through the Levitical priesthood, (for with it as a feature the people were given the Law,) what further need would there be for another priest to arise according to the manner of Mel·chiz′e·dek and not said to be according to the manner of Aaron?
The New Covenant is between Jehovah and all mankind – with the Melchizedek priesthood of Christ and the 144,000 as its feature.
Moses represented all Israel and went up to Mount Sinai to receive the Law Covenant.
Jesus, as Son of Man, represented all mankind before Jehovah in the New Covenant.
If there was no Law Covenant, the Levitical priesthood could never have existed.
If there was no New Covenant, there is no question that the priesthood of the 144,000 could not exist.
For Israel, all of the people had to come into the Law Covenant first. Then, out of them, some were chosen (Levites) to be priests.
For mankind today, all of them have to come into the New Covenant first, then out of them, some (first-fruits) are chosen to serve as priests, when they are anointed with God's spirit.
This is the reason Jesus first made the New Covenant with his disciples, then later made the Kingdom Covenant – because the disciples wouldn't be able to be in the Kingdom Covenant if they weren't in the New Covenant first.
Why? Because of what the New Covenant actually accomplishes. It brings all mankind into Christ, and thus into an acceptable condition before the Holy God. The New Covenant is not the same as the Ransom Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, though it is closely linked. The Ransom Sacrifice was the act that enabled or facilitated the operation of the New Covenant following its inception. Without the New Covenant, Jehovah God will have no dealings with a person. Notice in Ephesians 1:3: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places [in] (union with) Christ",
In Adam, all mankind have sin, guilt, and are cursed to die. We have no other inheritance. Therefore to qualify to receive any “spiritual blessing”, we must first leave Adam, and come “into Christ.” This is accomplished by the ransom, bringing us into the New Covenant, by our baptism. Once in this condition, some of us will be chosen by Jehovah to enter the “royal priesthood.”
So the New Covenant is not just with the 144,000. It is with all mankind. Anyone can come into it if they exercise faith and get baptized, identifying themselves with Christ's death, burial and resurrection. Then, from those who have come into the New Covenant, some are chosen to be part of the 144,000, kings and priests of God.
Just as the Levitical priests were ministers or servants of the Old Covenant, the 144,000 are ministers or servants of the New Covenant. (2 Corinthians 3:6) "who has indeed adequately qualified us to be ministers of a new covenant, not of a written code, but of spirit; for the written code condemns to death, but the spirit makes alive".
Where the Old Covenant failed to produce the kingdom of priests, the Law being written on stone tablets and therefore the Israelites being unable to live up to it in their power, the New Covenant does produce a kingdom of priests, because now the Law is written in our very hearts, with the resurrection power of Christ operating in us. (Jeremiah 31: 33, “For this is the covenant that I shall conclude with the house of Israel after those days,” is the utterance of Jehovah. “I will put my law within them, and in their heart I shall write it. And I will become their God, and they themselves will become my people.”
2 Corinthians 3:3-6. "For YOU are shown to be a letter of Christ written by us as ministers, inscribed not with ink but with spirit of a living God, not on stone tablets, but on fleshly tablets, on hearts. 4 Now through the Christ we have this sort of confidence toward God. 5 Not that we of ourselves are adequately qualified to reckon anything as issuing from ourselves, but our being adequately qualified issues from God, 6 who has indeed adequately qualified us to be ministers of a new covenant, not of a written code, but of spirit; for the written code condemns to death, but the spirit makes alive".
(As to whether the 144,000 is a literal number is another discussion)

I hope that this is helpful,
Love to all.

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Howdy nowzthetime.

Thanks for posting/re-presenting this.

Christian love and appreciation,

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nowzthetime,

The death of Jesus Christ was absolutely necessary in order for the new covenant to become valid.

Hebrews 9:16-18
For where there is a covenant, the death of the [human] covenanter needs to be furnished. 17 For a covenant is valid over dead [victims], since it is not in force at any time while the [human] covenanter is living. 18 Consequently neither was the former [covenant] inaugurated without blood.

That is what the ransom is all about.


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Hi Abe, (& Gogh)
[The death of Jesus Christ was absolutely necessary in order for the new covenant to become valid.

Hebrews 9:16-18
For where there is a covenant, the death of the [human] covenanter needs to be furnished. 17 For a covenant is valid over dead [victims], since it is not in force at any time while the [human] covenanter is living. 18 Consequently neither was the former [covenant] inaugurated without blood.

That is what the ransom is all about].
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Exactly, you put it more specifically than the article.
No death of Jesus = no New Cov, etc etc.
Just as no death of our flesh with Christ. (the old man) = no ressurection or new man (Christ living in us & refining us instead of us trying to live up to his standards)

God made us in his image to live by spirit, Adam caused the severing of that complete link, Christ through the ransom and our faith in him and the ransom restores that spirit link.

If we identify with him, we no longer walk as "flesh" but in "spirit", of course still sinners in this body but covered by both the blood of Christ (forgiveness of sin) and the body of Christ (power over sin).
The beauty of all this is; it is by Grace or undeserved kindness, not by worth or our good acts. If we feel we have to do this and that & strive to achieve worthyness for this provision, we are saying that there is something lacking in God's grace or his offer of an undeserved gift, throwing it back in his face.
Faith is the key to receiving these gifts.
Faith, by spirit produces good works in us as we are refined. That is the correct sequence as originally blueprinted by our Creator.

Christian love,

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nowzthetime Wrote:
Hi Abe, (& Gogh)
[The death of Jesus Christ was absolutely necessary in order for the new covenant to become valid.

Hebrews 9:16-18
For where there is a covenant, the death of the [human] covenanter needs to be furnished. 17 For a covenant is valid over dead [victims], since it is not in force at any time while the [human] covenanter is living. 18 Consequently neither was the former [covenant] inaugurated without blood.

That is what the ransom is all about].
_____________________________________________________________

Exactly, you put it more specifically than the article.
No death of Jesus = no New Cov, etc etc.
Just as no death of our flesh with Christ. (the old man) = no ressurection or new man (Christ living in us & refining us instead of us trying to live up to his standards)

God made us in his image to live by spirit, Adam caused the severing of that complete link, Christ through the ransom and our faith in him and the ransom restores that spirit link.

If we identify with him, we no longer walk as "flesh" but in "spirit", of course still sinners in this body but covered by both the blood of Christ (forgiveness of sin) and the body of Christ (power over sin).
The beauty of all this is; it is by Grace or undeserved kindness, not by worth or our good acts. If we feel we have to do this and that & strive to achieve worthyness for this provision, we are saying that there is something lacking in God's grace or his offer of an undeserved gift, throwing it back in his face.
Faith is the key to receiving these gifts.
Faith, by spirit produces good works in us as we are refined. That is the correct sequence as originally blueprinted by our Creator.

Christian love,

nowzthetime


Nice one Abe & Gogh
Christ and His once and
for all sacrifice to redeem man. We have a perfect temple in place now.
One made without hands. Its cornerstone is Christ and we as
believers are its living stones.


Well, be assured that the God Jehovah. The One the Jews of old
worshiped - is the very same God that we worship.
And because we worship this God of the Jews,
We cannot be classed as a new movement.
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Hi All
Strange indeed
I couldn't sleep as thoughts of the New Covenant kept coming to mind.

I knew there was a Thread on the New Covenant and before looking into it" ,low and behold ""it was already brought up by nowzthetime, Welcome, and thank you for the opening.:heartbeat:

I just want to add my thoughts along with yours/ Post 34

Was just thinking the New Covenant was inaugurated with Christ death or shed blood , as posted the Old Covenant was a shadow of better things to come.

Hebrews 10:1
[ Animal Sacrifices Insufficient ] For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.
Hebrews 10:1-3 (in Context) Hebrews 10 (Whole Chapter)
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This is where we go , from the God of Israel to the " Spiritual Israel of God."
Yes the Royal Priest hood was held out to the Nation of Israel, this was why Jesus just preached to the House of Israel. The gathering from this Nation for this Priesthood continued 3.5 years or the end of the week 36 AD. after Christ death

.Chapter 10 of Acts is dedicated to a vision given to Peter to ready him for the acceptance of gentiles to be added to the brothers in Christ ,or this spiritual Temple.that would make up the Royal Priesthood.

The " Jehovah" that the Jews recognized was a God of war, that always fought their battles, He gave them up to the year 70 AD as a Nation, A Jewish system of things was destroyed then

, but as a stiff necked nation, most never seen the spiritual shadow of the old Covenant , which was a tutor leading them to Christ. To this day they that rejected Christ still don't see our God Jehovah as a God of "Love." Jesus the head of this spiritual temple said , "NO one comes to the Father except thru me," ( Jesus )

Yet at the same time ,there was a remnant that did accept him , so prophecy was fulfilled. Gods promises were held out to a remnant from Abraham's seed.
The door is still open,for individuals ,that are worshiping in spirit and in truth to be grafted in among the Jewish remnant, that make up the priesthood.

Every one that is following Christ, instead of man or a organization is really a candidate , that is if they are reaching out for the higher calling. This is where the grafting of branches takes place, It started with Cornelius in 36 AD and ended with the pagan doctrines that crept into the church ,but will resume again in the very near future.

Jesus does the inviting, but Jehovah does the choosing and adopting of His sons/daughters.
Galatians 3:16
1Now the promises were spoken )to Abraham and to his seed He does not say, "And to seeds," as referring to many, but rather to one, "(And to your seed," that is, Christ.

Galatians 3:29
29And if (you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to (promise.

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Just wanted to share mY thoughts .Thats all they are .
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Just wanted to share mY thoughts. Thats all they are.

And good thoughts they are, Susanna, 'nowzthetime' and all!

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