“The Mediator and the New Covenant” Part 5

Who specifically is the Mediator?

As we had stated at the end of our last post the typical answer to this question is Christ, but who is THE
Christ? What say the Scriptures?

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being
many, are one body:
so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into the body…for
in fact the body is not one member
(Christ its head alone) but many (from the divine standpoint, a
composite body
)now you (who have been baptized into Christ, made participators in his death, Rom
6:2
) are the body of Christ (the Anointed, the Church, having lost your individually being joined to the
body),
members in particular (individually, the mystery hidden from ages and from generations, but
now revealed in his saints, ‘
Christ in you, the hope of gloryCol 1:26,27 ).” 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead;
that in all things he might have the preeminence
.” (Col 1:18)

So then if Christ is the Mediator of the New Covenant (Heb 8:6; 9:15) having obtained a more
excellent ministry
(a more exalted and effective service than the earthly priesthood), insomuch as he
is also the Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises
(promises
under which not only the “
Israel of God”, [Gal 6:16], the Church, the body of Christ benefits, but
likewise through them the whole world
), and furthermore God has since reconciled US (the Church,
the anointed
) to himself by Jesus Christ (NOT through any mediatorial work on the part of Christ, but
though faith in the blood as we had shown in Part 3 of this study
), and (now having been reconciled, He)
has given US the ministry [work] of reconciliation (the ministry of mediation) 2 Cor 5:18.

As members of the body, co-labors with Christ, we as under-priest are all involved in the same work,
some on this side of the Vail some on the other side, but nevertheless all of one mind, one purpose.

“As for the word Mediator, it is indeed a glorious name and title possessed by our Lord, but
it is not the
proper name to be associated with his service in
our justification. It is not scripturally applicable
to the church at all
, except that we are associates with the Mediator of the New Covenant as ‘his
members
’ in the sufferings of this present time and as joint-heirs with him in the glorious prospects of
the Millennium.” (
R4560:6)

The Lord is now gathering his Church, a “little flock,” to be members of the antitypical Prophet,
Priest, King, Judge, Mediator between God and the world of mankind
during the Millennium.
These called, chosen, spirit-begotten, are "
able ministers of the New Covenant," after the same
manner as their Lord--walking in his steps. They minister or serve the New Covenant as an attorney
serves in drawing up an agreement or Covenant. It will not be a Covenant until sealed, but, while it is in
process of preparation it is spoken of as a Covenant and, in writing the agreement; the attorney is serving
that agreement by putting it into shape, arranging for its sealing, etc. So Christ and his members are able
or qualified ministers or servants of the New Covenant which God has promised and in which the hope of
Israel and the world is centered.

In what way do Christ and the Church now minister for or serve that New Covenant? In various
ways:

(1)
In gathering the members of the Body of the great Mediator.

(2) In learning and teaching to others the lessons necessary to qualify for the position.

(3) In preparing the blood with which it is to be sealed--"his blood," "Jesus' blood," appropriated first
to the Church and ultimately, after having served its purpose in the justification of the Church, to be
passed on for the blessing of the world through the sealing of the New Covenant with Israel.” (
R4496)

Moses indeed said, a prophet shall the Lord God raise up unto you from among your brethren,
like unto me. To him shall ye hearken in all things whatsoever he shall speak unto you. And it
shall be, that
every soul that shall not hearken to that prophet, shall be utterly destroyed from
among the people
.” (Acts 3:22, 23)

That Moses, the mediator of the Law Covenant, was a type of Christ, the Mediator of the New
Covenant
, is clearly taught in the Scriptures and generally recognized by Bible students; but all have
not recognized that Moses was a type of
the entire Christ — head and body — and that in this
sense the entire Gospel age has been the period of Christ’s raising up...
” (D629)

“The antitypical Moses here pictured is undoubtedly the glorified Christ, Head and Body, in its instruction
of the world during the Millennium.
It is certainly not true that all are destroyed who disobey the
Lord at the present time
(thus furnishing a clear evidence that not only is the Mediator, the Great
Prophet incomplete at this time, but likewise the covenant mediated by this Prophet, the New Covenant
is not yet in operation
) It is this antitypical Moses (the body of Christ) taken from amongst the brethren
that God has been
raising up during this Gospel age. Our Redeemer and Lord was raised up first to be
Head over the church which is his body.’ Since then the members are being raised up from the world,
separated from the world to the Lord and the millennial work.” (
R4354)

Our Lord, the Mediator of the New Covenant, delays the mediation of the New Covenant, in order first to
gather together the "
very elect," who are to constitute the members of his Body, his joint-heirs, in
the millennial glory and mediatorial work
. He is the Messenger or servant of the New Covenant and
each one of the Church now being called and chosen becomes an under-servant and messenger of the
New Covenant. This work of qualifying
the Church, the members of the Body of the Mediator,
prepares them for a future service in helping Israel and the world under and through the terms of the New
Covenant.” (
R4474)

Moses served as the typical Mediator of the Law Covenant, a type of the great Mediator, the
Christ of God
, of which Jesus is the Head and the overcoming saints, his faithful followers, are
accounted members
.

We will continue with our look at the Mediator in our next post examining the role of the “
Testator


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