Re: Do Christians Partake of the New Covenant Promised to Israel?
Of course the death of the Lord Jesus did ratify the New Covenant promised to the house of Israel but in order for it to come into effect it was necessary for the nation of Israel to repent. And on the day of Pentecost we see Peter telling the nation that if she repented then her sins would be blotted out and the Lord Jesus would be sent to them so that they could enjoy His presence:
"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, that the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you" (Acts 3:19-20).
Of course the nation did not repent so even though the New Covenant had been ratified by His blood it did not come into effect. It would be ridiculous to even imagine that a people who refused to repent would begin to receive the benefits of that covenant.
Luk 14:16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
Luk 14:17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
Luk 14:18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
Luk 14:19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
Luk 14:20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
Luk 14:21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
Luk 14:22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
Luk 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
Luk 14:24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
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