Monday, December 12, 2016

Day 12- The Messenger Of The Covenant

The Messenger of the Covenant, whom ye delight in; behold, he shall come.

There are many messengers in the scriptures. Angels come to bring messages as well as individuals with a select mission to bring the world the truth. Some messengers bring information and power to fulfill covenants God made anciently. God will not forget the promises he made to Abraham. Most of them were not fulfilled while he was alive on the earth. The Old Testament ends with the account of Malachi. 




Malachi 3:1 says, “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.”

Who is the messenger of the covenant? Jesus Christ himself. The New Testament opens with the "good news" that he will come. But, he comes to a stable not a temple. Could Malachi be prophesying about his Second Coming?

    “Our Lord is the Messenger of the Covenant. (Mal. 3:1.) He came in his Father’s name (John 5:43), bearing his Father’s message (John 7:16-17), to fulfil the covenant of the Father that a Redeemer and Savior would be provided for men. (Moses 4:1-3; Abra. 3:27-28.) Also, through his ministry the terms of the everlasting covenant of salvation became operative; the message he taught was that salvation comes through the gospel covenant.” (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 488.)


   In this advent time of waiting I like to remember that the gospel was restored and we are waiting again for The Messenger of the Covenant to come. 


                 


Here are twenty-four names of Christ and twenty-four days until Christmas. Check back here to find the contents page of this series.


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