The Berean Expositor
Volume 21 - Page 105 of 202
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"In the mouth of two or three witnesses."
pp. 221 - 230
The relationship of the Lord's Supper to the Jewish Passover forms the
theme of a series of articles written by Mr. S. Van Mierlo in the Dutch
Magazine  Uit de Schriften  published in Holland.  He has kindly
permitted us to make extracts from these articles, and to give a resumé of
several important features therein for the benefit of English readers.
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The Jewish Passover and the Lord's Supper.
The question of the observance or non-observance of the Lord's Supper is a matter of
conscience; but conscience is not an infallible source of truth, though, enlightened by the
truth, it may prove to be a faithful monitor. So far as the witness of The Berean
Expositor is concerned, the question has been considered, and the fact that the Lord's
Supper is associated with the new covenant has settled the question once and for all so far
as the members of the church of the One Body are concerned. There are, however,
confirmatory arguments it were well that readers should consider.
The Covenants and the Law.
Mr. Van Mierlo rightly insists that we must recognize a distinction between the law as
a covenant, and the law as a moral code. We give our own paraphrase for the benefit of
the English reader.
The old covenant should not be mixed up with the law. The old covenant is a
covenant where in their own strength Israel promises to keep the law, supposing it
possible to be righteous on the basis of the works of law (Rom. 10: 5). The new covenant
was given to Israel to deliver them from their vow.  Christ, the "Husband"
(Jer. 31: 32--see Numb 30: 1-8 for the dissolving of a woman's vow), redeemed
Israel from the curse of the law (Gal. 3: 13), delivering them from bondage and leading
all who believed into sonship (Gal. 4: 3-24). The believer died to the law "with Christ",
and in this sense Christ became the "end of the law for righteousness to every one that
believeth" (Rom. 10: 4). So far as a "covenant" is concerned they were no longer "under
the law" but "under grace" (Rom. 6: 14).
The introduction of the new covenant did not, however, set aside the law, as such.
The Lord Himself Who established the new covenant also declared:--
"Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till
all be fulfilled. Whosoever shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach
men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven . . . . ." (Matt. 5: 18, 19).