THE LORD’S TABLE
To His apostles Christ said, “And I appoint for you a kingdom, as My Father has appointed for Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Luke 22:29-30).
The kingdom in which the table of the Lord is located and in which Christ appointed His apostles to judge is a spiritual kingdom (see John 18:36; et al). The rule/judgment of the apostles in this kingdom is spiritual, not earthly and physical. “The twelve tribes of Israel” refer, not to fleshly Israel, but to the New Testament people of God, spiritual Israel (see Romans 2:28-29; Galatians 6:16). As the great scholar J. W. McGarvey said with reference to a related text (Matthew 19:28), “During their personal ministry they [the apostles, hf] judged in person; since then they judge through their writings” (Commentary on Matthew, p. 170). (More …)