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Abbreviated: New Covenant.  Who is included?

When a person wants to go to see a movie by himself, how many tickets does he buy?  Yes, exactly! One! 
If two people go, they of course buy two tickets.  Just plain logic.

God used the Law Covenant to bind the Israelites as his people -- one covenant, one people, one group.  

Why then did Jesus institute the new covenant and the covenant for a kingdom.  Because there are two groups, thus two tickets. 

How does this work?

1 Peter 3:21, Which water in manner corresponding, doth, now, save, you also—even immersion,—not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the request unto God, for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Rotherham)

Here the Danish and Norwegian (see primary page for specifics) Bible uses the word 'covenant' instead of request.  This is interesting because of what a Scholar, Mr Darby said.

Commentary to I Peter 3:21: (Colors by me)
3:21  demand (n-20)  Or 'engagement,' or 'testimony.' The Greek word here  translated 'demand' is a very difficult one, and has puzzled  all critics and commentators. It means 'a question.' All the  commentators speak of its use as a legal term with the sense of  contract, or rather stipulations or obligations of a contract.  I judge (as usual in these forms) that it refers to the  question asked rather than to the asking of the question. The  legal use arises from a questioning which settled the terms of  the contract, hence called the questioning. I am disposed to  think it is the thing demanded. It requires as before God, and  has it in baptism as a figure by the resurrection of Jesus  Christ. It must be remembered that 'of a good conscience' in  English may be the thing requested or 'he who requests.' The  form of the word in the Greek would rather make it the thing  requested or demanded.

When we now include another scripture by Peter we see this:

Acts 2:38. And Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptised, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for remission of sins, and ye will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Darby)

We can now understand that baptism is for getting our sins forgiven through the covenant of Christ's blood, the new covenant!  That is why Paul said this in the letter to the Hebrews:

Hebrews 9:15,  And for this reason he is mediator of a new covenant, so that, death having taken place for redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, the called might receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. (Darby)

It is therefore not surprising that the new covenant is said to be for forgiveness of sins!  

Matthew 26:28,  for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many unto remission of sins. (ASV)
Thus it is through this new covenant that Jesus instituted that his blood gives us forgiveness of sins.  This covenant is entered when we are baptized and is conditional on our remaining sinless (from willful sin) and righteous to God and his Christ from that point on. 

Hebrews 9:20,  20Saying—This, is the blood of the covenant which, God, hath sent in command unto you: (Rotherman)

Rev 7:9, 13:
9 After these things I saw, and lo, a great crowd, which no one could number, out of every nation and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palm branches in their hands.
 13 And one of the elders answered, saying to me, These who are clothed with white robes, who are they, and whence came they? 14 And I said to him, My lord, *thou* knowest. And he said to me, These are they who come out of the great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and have made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Therefore Christ's blood is the new covenant's blood that gives Christians forgiveness of sins through the covenant of baptism that each individual enters with God.  Thus all Christians are in the new covenant that Christ instituted and should partake of the emblems.  This fact is supported by Rev 7:9,13 where the human survivors of the Great Tribulation are seen to have washed themselves clean in the blood of Christ.
That is why Christ said, I have two groups, the Little Flock and the Other Sheep. But, who goes to heaven?

Jesus stated that: 

Luke 12:32, Fear not, little flock, for it has been the good pleasure of your Father to give you the kingdom. (Darby)

Thus we see that because there are two groups there are two covenants.  One covenant, the new covenant, covers all and gives forgiveness of sins to all who have faith and gets baptized.  The other one is for the Little Flock only. 

The Little flock are the king-priests, or ministers, of this new covenant as the tribe of Levi was to God in the Old Covenant.

II Corinthians 3:6: who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 

The old covenant was not the property of the Levites just because they were ministering to it and to God; similarly, the 144,000 are not exclusively in the new covenant, but as scripture said above, all Israel, spiritual Israel, is.



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