Lesson 4 of 8
We have said it before in other lessons and will repeat it again here, the spiritual man in Christ does NOT worship God with the tools and contact points of Moses. To continue to worship God now with the tools and contact points of Moses is no different than trying to touch God through the blood of an animal, and to do so is to ask God to account the blood of an animal as sacred after the blood of Christ had been shed for your redemption.
Apostle Paul addressed this in the book of Hebrews when writing, “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:29).
Let’s be clear about one thing. God did not sprinkle the blood of Jesus Christ upon the tools, laws, precepts, commandments, or article of the covenant of Moses, but the blood of an animal, thereby showing that those traditions were not equal to His Christ. This is why the traditions of the First Covenant did not bring Christ’s fullness to the soul, as this restriction was seen in how the laws, ordinances, and commandments of Moses were restricted to a region, to a tribe, to a city, and to a tabernacle of stone.
Both the law and the tabernacle were restricted to physical form and obedience to God was demonstrated within those restrictions. Obedience had to do with marriage; marriage had to be within the same tribe, and it had to be of one of the tribes of Israel so the inheritance would not pass from one tribe to another. It was also restricted by custom with regard to what they could wear, what they could eat, how and when labor could be done in the field, how they were to gather their harvest, how they were to build their houses, and how they were to conduct their businesses.
As the faithful served God within these restrictions, faith was restricted to Moses. The restrictions of that First Covenant were further seen in the construction of Moses’ tabernacle, within the boundaries and restrictions of the curtains and the overspreading of the animal skins; similarly in Solomon’s temple where everything was restricted within the walls of that temple.
But the prophet said this, “Heaven is my throne and earth is my footstool. What house will you build me, saith the Lord, or what is the place of my rest?” (Isaiah 66:1). Through this prophecy, God was saying: No place constructed by the hands of flesh can contain Me; yet I will dwell in holy vessels (speaking of the soul). 1Corinthians 6:19 speaks of our body being the temple of the Holy Ghost.
Now, in the Second Covenant, the Holy Ghost is no longer constrained within the skins of an animal, nor restricted to the form of a house. Now, the restrictions of our faith are placed within Jesus Christ: He is our faith. God sprinkled His blood upon the tools of His Second Covenant, and the restrictions of this covenant of Christ have to do with the terms God set for our contact with Him and the way we are to minister to Him, for by this God daily receives our souls into His care.
When Jesus spoke of the Spirit He said, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me” (John 15:26). Jesus was bringing to the attention of the church that the Holy Spirit would now only testify of Jesus Christ—not Moses.
So then, the traditions of the First Covenant did not bring Christ’s fullness to the soul, as we see by the restrictions placed upon faith through the laws, ordinances, and commandments of Moses.
The Portion is NOT the Fullness
The portion is not the fulness! What does that mean? It means that Jesus Christ was seen “in part” in the First Covenant. The purpose of His sacrifice was to provide us His fullness, that we no longer serve God in the symbolisms of the portion, but in the fullness of Christ. How do we see Jesus in part in the First Covenant? We see Jesus in part by these things:
By these examples we observe how God revealed Jesus Christ in part for the exercise of faith of those who were in the First Covenant. When we look at each of these commandments we also see the restrictions God placed upon faith, thus indicating the toil of the flesh with the things of Moses could not bring the fullness of Christ.
As the Lord spoke through the prophet Isaiah, “Behold Me, behold Me” (Isaiah 65:1). They were to behold Christ in these imperfect things, until that which is perfect is come. When that which is perfect (Christ) came, then that which was in part (Moses) was done away (1 Corinthians 13:10). Jesus did not come in part, He came in His fullness (John 1:16) so that our faith would always come to the same point of experience in Him.
When Christians define their faith as a journey towards the fullness of Christ and focus education on efforts to find the fullness of Christ, it stands as a testimony that their faith is still in part, still tied to Moses and not to Christ. When the conscience follows this testimony of experience, Christians continue in a losing battle with the flesh. “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins” (Hebrews 10:4), meaning, it was not possible that the symbols of Christ could bring His fullness.
When God spoke to Moses He was giving Moses the pattern for all others to confirm. When the Levites performed their duties, they were confirming the pattern; when the children of Israel brought their sacrifice, they were confirming the pattern; and when we offer our spiritual sacrifices to God, we are confirming the pattern God set through Jesus Christ.
The mystery of Christ’s work was concealed in the Old Testament sacrifices. When the Levites offered a lamb, it concealed the mystery of Christ's own blood being shed for the sins of the world. When the priests performed the duties of the temple in acknowledgment of this sacrifice, it concealed the mystery of our priesthood, that our spiritual sacrifices are in acknowledgment of Christ, as written by the righteous David, "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart O God, you will not despise." And again, "I will offer unto Him the sacrifice of my lips." And again, "Let my prayer be set before you as incense and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice," (Psalm 119:108) (Psalm 14:1-2).
Here we see that David understood aright the path of faith, which the saints were to follow when Christ came. For he also said, "I see the Lord always before my face," which means that the activity of the covenant will be sanctified, in that Christ fulfilled all the law and the prophets and all things written concerning him.