WHAT HAS RELIGION DONE FOR MANKIND?
putation bore our sins in his own body upon the stake, in order that we might be done with sins and live to righteousness . And 'by his stripes you were healed' ." "Christ by purchase released us from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse instead of us, because it is written : 'Accursed is every man hanged upon a stake .'" (1 Peter 2 :24 and Galatians 3 :13, NW) It was only by having the Anointed Seed die in this manner that the Jews could be relieved of the curse for having violated Jehovah's Law covenant with them, even to rejecting the Son of God whom that Law identified as the Promised Seed, the Christ . The curse means death as by a serpent's sting. Relief from it can come only by our looking up to him who was impaled on the stake and acknowledging him as dying, not for any sins of his own, but for the curse on the Jews and the condemnation of sin on all mankind. We must be drawn to him as our Sin Bearer. As he himself said a few days before his death on the stake : "And yet I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw men of all kinds to me." John who heard him say this says: "This he was really saying to signify what sort of death he was about to die ." (John 12 :32,33, NW) Though he died a reproachful death, Jehovah vindicated him by resurrecting him from death to heavenly life. 19 All this meant that there would be need of a new covenant . If the Israelites had followed the leadings of the Law covenant, they might have 19 . For what covenant did all this show the need, and how did Jehovah foretell it through Jeremiah?
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