Joe, that's a tremendous cross reference for the Kingdom of God. I think it ties in quite well with verse 20 and also with John 14 (another part of lesson 23). I'm afraid that I don't quite understand what it means that the "new testament" is the Savior's final eschatology. I do, however, like the translation to covenant. Especially because the new covenant is "in his blood". When we compare this with John 14 which says things like "At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you" I think we get a way of thinking about this covenant.
Considering the new covenant to be in the blood of Christ, why must Christ's blood be shed in order for us to partake of it? How are we to think about this drama (the sacrament) in which we eat the flesh and drink the blood of Christ? Why is it significant that the ritual by which we enter into the new covenant is done by eating? --18:48, 23 June 2007 Mjberkey