Monday, May 31st, 2010
"[Christ] is a mediator of a new covenant." (Hebrews 9:15)
What does Jesus' role as Mediator involve? Well, Jehovah applies the value of Jesus' blood to those being brought into the new covenant. In this way, Jehovah legally credits them with righteousness. (Romans 3:24) God can then take them into the new covenant with the prospect of their becoming heavenly king-priests! As their Mediator, Jesus assists them in maintaining a clean standing before God. (Hebrews 2:16) What about those who are not in the new covenant, those who hope to live forever on earth, not in heaven? While not participants in the new covenant, these are beneficiaries of it. They receive forgiveness of their sins and are declared righteous as God's friends. (James 2:23; 1 John 2:1, 2) Whether we have a heavenly hope or an earthly hope, each one of us has good reason to appreciate Jesus' role as the Mediator of the new covenant.
(Watchtower issue: 12/15/08, 3:11, 13, 14)