Second Coming of Christ Completes the New Covenant

//Second Coming of Christ Completes the New Covenant

Friday, January 22

It will not be like the covenant that I made with their forefathers . . . , “my covenant that they broke.”Jer. 31:32.

How do the Law covenant and the new covenant compare? The Law covenant was between Jehovah and natural Israel; the new covenant is between Jehovah and spiritual Israel. Moses was the mediator of the former covenant; Jesus is the Mediator of the new one. The Law covenant was validated by means of animal blood; the new covenant was validated by the shed blood of Jesus. And the nation of Israel was organized through the Law covenant under Moses; those in the new covenant are organized under Jesus—the Head of the congregation.  The new covenant relates to the Kingdom in that it produces a holy nation that has the privilege of becoming kings and priests in that heavenly Kingdom. That nation constitutes the secondary part of Abraham’s offspring. The new covenant thus reinforces the Abrahamic covenant.

COMMENTARY

According to the apostle Paul the purpose of the law was to act as a tutor leading to Christ. When once Christ came the law became obsolete, in that, it had accomplished its intended purpose. Indeed, Christ fulfilled the law.

The purpose of the new covenant is similar. It is intended to produce a kingdom of priests who will rehabilitate mankind.

As with the law covenant that went into force when Moses came down from the mountain but did not accomplish its purpose for 1,500 years, the new covenant has been in effect for nearly 2,000 years and still has not produced the new creation. Will it ever?

Flying-scroll-reYes, that is the purpose for the return of Christ. In his first letter to the Corinthians Paul was explaining the passing of the bread and wine of the Lord’s evening meal and how the cup meant the new covenant. And then he stated: “For whenever you eat this loaf and drink this cup, you keep proclaiming the death of the Lord, until he comes.”

Obviously his coming was not in 1914, or else that would have been the end of the observance of the Lord’s evening meal. Not only that, but in the 8th chapter of Hebrews Paul cited prophecy and explained that the new covenant will ultimately produce a people who know Jehovah, so that they will no longer need to be taught about him. Again, obviously that would obviate the need for any sort of Bible teaching program or the feeding by the faithful slave. 

No, the Lord’s coming is in the future, although from all indications it is imminent. 

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2016-12-08T15:10:44+00:00 January 22nd, 2016|Commentary|12 Comments
  • Huldah

    Here’s a thought
    At Rev. 1:10, John says “by inspiration I came to be in the Lord’s day.”
    Then he goes on to relate how Jesus stands among the lampstand congregations and the congregations are in an apostate state.
    This is before Jesus “comes” as he says, “I am coming quickly.” Rev. 3:11

    Could we now be in the “Lord’s day” because the apostasy has come as evidenced by the state of the WTO well matching the state of the 7congs in Revelation?

    Could the “Lord’s day”commence just before Christs presence or “coming”?
    In 3:10 he says he is “standing at the door and knocking”.

    Are we there yet?

    • Richard Long

      Wow, Huldah! That’s some deep thinking!

      • Huldah

        It hit me as I was reading Revelation one day. Thought I’d throw it out there. Is it all just crazytalk or does it add up to you?

        It’d sure be nice if it was true.

        • Richard Long

          I cannot say but that you have an exceptional mind and I would hope to see your process followed through. Maybe lay out your thesis in the forum and invite the more scholarly of us to explore with you? Not that I could contribute much, but I am quite interested in seeing your question answered!

          • Huldah

            Thanks so much for that gigantic compliment. I’m dealing with so much emotional stress these days, I usually think I must sound a bit loopy to everyone here. I go from hope to despair at lightening speed. It’s often hard to keep aware of where I am emotionally or who it is who is writing, me, depression, or elation.

            You have a lot of true humility. I am certain this draws Jehovah to you. I have no doubt that this alone would motivate Jehovah to provide you with unique and timely insights, especially while you read the Bible. You don’t need to trust that you are something special. Trust that Jehovah deeply appreciates your humility and interest him and dearly wants to reward it with a thing most precious to him, knowledge.

            Anyway, I’d appreciate your prayers. I’m heading out of the country to finish the massive dental work I need to fix my jaw and allow me to chew normally again. I have to go to Costa Rica to get the work done, since it is impossibly expensive here. I will be there for two weeks, leaving the 29th. It’s the final part, just a bit nerve wrecking because I will find out if everything took. I’m tough and I speak some spanish so I’m going to make the best of it and still travel to the beach and see some of their amazing wildlife. I’m focusing on that to get me through it. Jehovah has provided a workable solution, I think.

            Your comment will also sustain me. I’m grateful for it and feel that Jehovah used you to add some courage to the stressful planning and packing stages of the trip:)

            • Richard Long

              You have my prayers, such as they are, and my wishes for safe travels and desired results. Obviously, though, you didn’t see my travel advisory to Raven from Key West… Tropics in summer…prepare to suffer! lol?

            • The Raven

              lol! I live in Florida. We’re already suffering. Huldah, have a safe trip and I pray everything goes ok for you!

            • Huldah

              Thanks to you and Raven for the well wishes. I do value your prayers, both.

              I’m plant obsessed. I bet all the flowers and such are beautiful in Florida.

              I do hate the tropical heat. When I lived in Nicaragua, we chose to move to a high elevation in the mountains to avoid it. The large bustling town, Granada, on the coast that the branch wanted us to go to was miserably hot. I couldn’t do it. Jinotega was crisp and cool for several months. Temperature wasn’t a big issue.

              San Jose, Costa Rica is similar, except it’s a lot like a large city in the states. You don’t notice the temperature much. It’s an extraordinary place. It’s rainy season now so you get short heavy downpours in the afternoons and mosquitoes. We will be on the coast for a short tour to the beach. It’s hotter there due to the low elevation. I’m determined to have some enjoyment around my 8 dentist appointments.

              Hope you get some relief from the heat!

            • Burt Reynolds

              Best wishes for your expedition Huldah. im sure you will be biting fit before long. It’s not unusual for people here on the Costa Fortune in England to have to superglue teeth in place due to cost of dental care. I do hope all goes well for you.

            • Huldah

              I can relate. I’m sure it feels like a great blow to have to pay for anything extensive dentally, since you have some public health care (I know its not so great anymore.) Most Americans have basic dental, but it doesn’t cover large expenditures very much at all. I feel quite cursed that my problems have been dental due to the extreme cost. I’ve been fighting this battle since my twenties. I have several serious health problems that effected my teeth at a young age. (Then, I was traumatized by a narcissistic oral surgery student at WVUniversity here in the US. She literally was willing to let me die of a massive infection to hide her mistake from her professors.) It’s getting into the 10’s of thousands of dollars and it would be astronomically higher if I had this work done in the US. I do think Jehovah provided this solution. My mom is going with me and I know I will be glad I had this time to take her somewhere she would have never dreamed of going. She was afraid last time we went, but really liked it there. I’m working in sightseeing around appointments and rest time. I’ll be there two weeks. Thanks for your well wishes!

          • Huldah

            Oh yeah, I’ll look into this topic on Revelation more deeply when I get back, as per your request. (Of course, I am profoundly interested too.)

    • they clearly are in a bad state now before the beginning of Jehovah’s day and their bad state does not change until sometime after the day commences. that day begins sometime around the pushing that results in a sword-stroke and the congregations will witness Jesus coming quickly during that time

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