uninformed, the WTS claims the new covenant does not apply to any but the 144000, not by any biblical support, but purely because scriptural references to those of the new covenant show they gain the holy spirit and will be in heaven. As the WTS says only 144000 receive holy spirit and will be in heaven they have no alternative but to say the new covenant only applies to them, and hence the twisted obscure reasoning that results.
For instance look at the line of reasoning from w89. Basically it says "this is what we believe, therefore this is what it must mean, so now we will force the scriptures to make it so". Then further down it basically says that "although the scripture sounds like it means something else we are sure Timothy would have understood it the same way we do now."
***w89 8/15 pp. 30-31 Questions From Readers ***
·Is Jesus the Mediator only for spirit-anointed Christians or for all mankind, since 1 Timothy 2:5, 6 speaks of him as the "mediator" who "gave himself a corresponding ransom for all"?
... To grasp what Paul is saying, we must first appreciate that the Bible sets out two destinies for faithful humans: (1) perfect life on a restored earthly paradise and (2) life in heaven for Christ’s "little flock," numbering 144,000. (Luke 12:32; Revelation 5:10; 14:1-3) Christendom teaches that all good people go to heaven, which unscriptural position has colored the general view, so that Jesus is considered a go-between for all such people. What, though, does the Bible indicate?
... This should help us to understand 1 Timothy 2:5, 6. Here the reference to "mediator" was made after the five other occurrences of the word in letters written earlier. Hence, Timothy would have understood Jesus’ mediatorship to be His legal role connected with the new covenant. The Pastoral Epistles, by Dibelius and Conzelmann, acknowledges that at 1 Timothy 2:5 ‘the term "mediator" has a legal significance,’ and "although in this passage, in contrast to Heb 8:6, the [covenant] is not mentioned, one must nevertheless presuppose the meaning ‘mediator of the covenant,’ as the context shows." Professor Oepke observes that 1 Timothy 2:5 presents Jesus as "the attorney and negotiator."
However reading the NT and it is obvious the new convenant did not apply to this limited number.
The 1991 watchtower makes it quite obvious that the GC are not mediatored by Jesus but do get him as high Priest.
Watchtower 1991 2/15 pp. 17-18
8 Hence, the ransom sacrifice is fundamental to the new covenant, of which Jesus is the Mediator. Paul wrote: “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus, who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all—this is what is to be witnessed to at its own particular times.” (1 Timothy 2:5, 6) Those words especially apply to the 144,000, with whom the new covenant is made.
9 When God made a covenant with fleshly
Gathering the Things on Earth
10 Is it only anointed Christians who can experience a release by ransom, the forgiveness of their sins? No, God is reconciling to himself all other things by making peace through the blood shed on the torture stake, as Colossians 1:14, 20 indicates. This involves the things in the heavens (the 144,000) as well as the things upon the earth. …
11 Nevertheless, in a preliminary way, the great crowd have already “washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:14) Christ does not act as Mediator of the new covenant toward them, yet they benefit from this covenant through the work of God’s Kingdom. Christ still acts toward them, however, as High Priest, through whom Jehovah can and does apply the ransom to the extent of their now being declared righteous as God’s friends.”
With the Israelites the covenant applied to all Israelites, not just the priests. Yet the WTS claims that only the 144000 priests can be part of the covenant and part of spiritual Israel. To correspond to the OT example it seems to make more sense if all who accept Jesus are part of the covenant and have Jesus as their mediator, and then the 144k are the kings and priests of that covenant.
As (Galatians 3:20-22) says . . ".Now there is no mediator where only one person is concerned, but God is only one. 21 Is the Law, therefore, against the promises of God? May that never happen! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, righteousness would actually have been by means of law. 22 But the Scripture delivered up all things together to the custody of sin, that the promise resulting from faith toward Jesus Christ might be given to those exercising faith."
It indicates that the Mediator is for all who excercise faith in Jesus, not just the priestly class. Does that make sense or have I missed something?