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guided by the plain Word of God, which is now due to be understood? Let each reader answer for himself.

The foregoing shows that the perfect sacrifice of our Lord was pictured, was foreshadowed, and was performed. Furthermore, it shows that his life-blood poured out at Calvary provided the ransom price; that it was presented in heaven as a sin-offering, and that thereby the Lord God has opened the way to life for man and 'life more abundantly' for the new creation.

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CHAPTER VIII

The New Creation

EHOVAH ended his work on the seventh day.

"And he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made." (Gen. 2:2, 3) Without doubt this statement relates to the creative work of Jehovah so far as the same pertains to things earthly. God is never idle. Long after the creation of man Jesus said: "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work."-John 5: 17.

Man was the climax of the work of God as his creation related to things earthly, which work was perfect. (Deut. 32:4) Thereafter Jesus came to the earth; and it may be asked, Was not he the creative work of Jehovah as that work related to the things of the earth? No; he was not. He was the second perfect man on the earth, but he was not created as Adam was created. His life or existence, together with the right thereto, was transferred from heaven to earth. He was begotten in the womb of Mary by the power of Jehovah, even as the prophet had foretold that a virgin should conceive and bring forth. (Isa. 7:14) He was not created, but he was the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:16) The Scriptures frequently speak of him as God's only begotten Son.

Many make the mistake of thinking that God is responsible for the birth of every child. God delegated to Adam the power and authority to transmit life; and when Adam was sentenced to death the right to life was taken from him and he could not transmit the right to existence or life, but he did transmit life to a limited degree. Jesus was born in a similar manner to

other children; but his birth was perfect, because his existence and the right thereto emanated directly from Jehovah. "The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven."-1 Cor. 15:47. Since all the human race sprang from Adam and were begotten and born after his sin, all were born sinners. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all other men were under this same disability. The exception to this rule was Jesus; and he was perfect, for the reason that he was not begotten by man, as above stated. It therefore is clear that when he had created Adam, Jehovah rested from his creative work relative to the earth.

At the time Abraham offered his son Isaac in the mountain God said to him: "In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed." (Gen. 22:18) Any blessing of mankind that would be of lasting value must include an opportunity for man to gain everlasting life. The son of Abraham being imperfect, it is manifest that the promised blessing could not come through him. The fact that Isaac died and that the blessing did not come in his day is of itself proof that Isaac was not the real One meant, but that Isaac foreshadowed the real One intended by the promise. "And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many: but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." -Gal. 3: 8, 16.

For centuries the "seed of promise" through which the blessing must come to the peoples of earth was shrouded in mystery. God ordained it so. That mystery began to be made known at Pentecost, and was then made known only to those who were consecrated and faithfully devoted to the Lord God. (Col. 1:26; Eph. 3:4, 9) That "seed of promise", which is

the mystery of God, is the new creation, and constitutes the agency employed and to be employed by Jehovah in carrying out his plan to bless all the families of the earth as promised.

The new creation is The Christ. The Christ is a composite body made up of many members. The Head of The Christ is Jesus Christ, God's beloved Son. Those who are taken from amongst men, justified, begotten and anointed by the spirit of Jehovah, and who then continue faithful unto death, will constitute the members of The Christ complete. (Eph. 1:22, 23) "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 pre-eminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell."Col. 1: 18, 19.

The new creation while on earth is a real thing, not an imaginary or reckoned thing. It does not consist of all who claim to be Christian, but consists of only those who have been adopted into the family of God through Christ. "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."-2 Cor. 5:17.

The human body is taken as an illustration of The Christ, the Head and the members of the body being referred to as one. "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 the body is not one member, but many.' " (1 Cor. 12: 12, 14) The Christ and the new creation therefore mean one and the same thing.

Christ means the Anointed One of God. The pouring of the oil on the head of Aaron symbolically said: "This one is anointed and is set aside to serve the Lord God in the priest's office to which he is appointed.' This foreshadowed the anointing of Christ Jesus. God did the anointing; therefore Christ Jesus is The Christ

of God, appointed, anointed and installed in the office of High Priest for the service of Jehovah. (1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:17) "But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows."-Heb. 1:8, 9; Ps. 45: 6, 7.

The Christ is the "seed of promise", or "seed of Abraham", the official channel through which the blessings of all the nations of the earth must come. (Gal. 3: 27-29; 4: 28; Heb. 6:17; 2 Pet. 3:13) The 'seed of Abraham according to the promise' being definitely identified as The Christ, it is manifest that God would delay the blessing of all the peoples of earth until he selects, develops, and completes that "seed", which "seed" is God's new creation.

The clergy of the denominational systems have taught the people that the only place of salvation is in heaven, that no one can be saved unless he joins himself unto some denominational church system, and that then when he dies he will go to heaven. They have made the people believe that God has been putting forth a strenuous effort to get men into heaven. Satan the deceiver has been responsible for this scheme advocated by the preachers. His purpose has been to turn the minds of the people away from God and to blind them concerning God's provision for their salvation and blessing. Up to this time Satan has well succeeded in blinding mankind; but now the change is at hand, because it is God's due time to let the people know the truth.

It seems clear that the time is at hand when the people may understand that the mystery of God is The Christ, the "seed of promise" through which their blessing must come. Christ is God's way for man to

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