“I give You for a covenant of the people, for a Light of the Nations” Isaiah 42:6.
In seeing Christ is given as our covenant we are facing the person of Jesus as our agreement with the Father. He is God’s gift, given as our whole relationship with God. It is Him. Everything of eternal reality is bound up with Him.
Since the Father has “delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Rom. 8:32 ASV.
Everything that is true is in Him and “with Him.”
All that Christ has accomplished, God’s people have accomplished.
All that Christ is, His people are. The Truth is bound up with Him.
Do you know that that love which the Father has set on His perfect Son, Is now set on you?
When you have the grace of witnessing His Life in your soul, He sinks every condemnation of self awareness to bottomless depths and you find yourself risen and set at the very right hand of God in Jesus Christ. You find yourself “in the midst,” at the dead center of every eternal goal. It is in the person of Christ. All attempts at preparing your heart, all our religious processes and pilgrimages, within and without, all our labors and sojourning closer to God, fall far away.
In seeing Him you are brought to all journeys end. He is The One. He more than just a finished work He is a living person in Whom the Church is gathered. You are in Him and He is in you.
Do you know that all that Christ is, is yours?
Do you see this One Who is God’s gift high and lifted up? Do you see the majesty of that awesome crown, inscribed with “holiness unto the YHWH?” How that His Body, the Church, lives and moves and is crowned with His very identity? Do you see this breastplate of His judgment? That on His breastplate your name is engraved in more than precious stones but by His very Spirit with marks of grace and truth?
“Come up here!” Revelation. 4:1.
Lets begin with accepting that it is only in knowing Him that we are knowing the Truth.
He is the Truth. Just as He has said,
“I AM the Truth” Jn 14:6.
We are knowing Him to be “The Truth” as opposed to falsehood. We are also knowing Him to be the Truth as opposed to the shadows and figures that testified of Him in the first covenant. Again and again throughout every generation the Father has declared One New Man to be our eternal covenant. He gathered mountains of animal sacrifices, nations, altars, houses, temples, rituals, places and objects to testify of Jesus Christ.
But that He should not be objectified, The Father has also has conformed people to the image of Christ as a testimony of His coming. And in this, He testified of the covenant of grace. Which is in substance One Covenant. As God is One. And Christ is One, and the substance of it. As there is one hope of one eternal Life; The Life of the covenant. One faith which is the way into this One Who is the covenant.
Christ the Covenant is “the same yesterday today and forever” Heb. 13:8. And the substance has only changed from the form that was once natural to Him Who is Spiritual. This is found in our Bibles to be the Old Testament and the New.
In the first, the Person of Christ is declared and testified of as the Messiah to come, From Adam till His incarnation. And in the Second, He is known as the Savior already come, His presence giving substance to the Church.
As long as Christ was yet to come it pleased God to train His Church by heaps of rituals, ceremonies, figures and shadows, to strengthen there faith in expectation of Him.
This first age was the time of infancy of the Church. When the household was not capable of the higher mysteries of the knowledge of God. But was taught by the external; by the eyes and the ears. And as one just out of the cradle, it pleased God to put the ancient Church “under tutors and governors until the time appointed.” Gal. 4:2. And so He appointed feasts and rites as elements and introductions to The Truth. Which was to be brought forward little by little until the true image of God being depicted came, Who is the Truth and the Light in opposition to those shadows. It is only in His appearing that we know true fulfillment.
God’s order has always been first the natural and then the spiritual. As in God’s order of creating the natural world, He determined to have darkness go before the light, and then to have the dawning go before the light of the full Day. So in edifying His Body the Church, It was God’s will to have Jesus shown to the fathers in the same way as the wise men saw Him, in swaddling clothes, which hid His glory. He respected them as children in a kind of pre-school set up in a corner of the world, in Israel, He set up the Law of Moses as a primer, a kind of A B C’s in which Christ was foreshadowed in obscure ways.
Just as in the eighth chapter of Genesis Noah’s ark came to rest on a mountain that was still concealed under dark waters. Noah opened a window in the ark, letting in a little light and letting out a dark bird. But after the dove returned with that great treasure of the olive branch, which was a kind of natural evidence of the gospel of rest. Then, “Noah removed the covering off of the ark” Gen. 8:13,
Then he stepped out, showing himself.
At that time, in His appearing, a new creation also was made apparent.
And also with Joseph, Who at first made himself obscure to his brothers, but at “The second was Joseph made better known to his brethren” Acts 7:12-13.
So Christ is “seen as the second [covenant, & Man] by those looking for Him, apart from sin, for salvation, through faith.” Heb. 9:28 ELT.
And so in going forward into Christ, the wisdom of God, when we compare the first law with the person of the Gospel, Jesus Christ is manifested in a far greater brightness and glory than the glory of the first. His glory is a glory not to be explained, but a glory to be experienced in every soul by the revelation of Christ in you. His glory is the true purpose, fulfilling the real meaning of all that was of the first.
“For the Law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17.
The gospel of Christ is the gospel of grace not because the same grace was not present under the first covenant.
He is “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday and today and forever” Hebrews 13:8. But because of the darkened understanding, He was only known to be a grace promised in the first. But in His newness we see that the Grace of God is come because Christ is come. In seeing Him the night is passed. But the things of that age are not just discarded as if invalid or usless, but the first has it’s purpose fulfilled in His coming.
“The light of the moon has been like the light of the sun, And the light of the sun is sevenfold, like the light of seven days, In the day of YHWH’s binding up the brokeness of His people, When He heals the wound of His smiting.” Isaiah 30:26 ELT.
In His appearing, we see that He has always been the “eternal covenant” with an unchangeable God and Father in Whom there is “no shadow of turning”, or changing of purpose. The writer of Hebrews says,
“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Heb. 13:20-21
So today is the Day of the eternal, New, Covenant. Peter calls this “the day of the age” 2 Pe.3:18 YLT. And in this growth out from the shadows into the perfection and light of faith, believers in the whole earth are finding themselves hidden in this “One New Man”, Who is perfection. So the Law was merely “a shadow of the good things coming—not the very image and truth itself, every year, by the same sacrifices that they offer continually, are never able to make them perfect” Heb. 10:1.
Paul points us to the Person when he writes, that the commandments were only “a shadow of the coming things, and the Body is of Christ” Col. 2:17.
In this we see that Jesus was the original cause of shadows. And so His Spirit, is greater than all the natural effects. And because a shadow just represents the shape of the body, whatever His actions and motions, It is not the substance itself. So Jesus was always the One that the Father had in view in creating and commanding the laws and ceremonies. And these “elements” are called shadows in that they were only dark representations bearing an obscure resemblance to His body.
Christ in you is worship in “Spirit and Truth”.
It is held in external religion that nothing is actually “true” until it has had some effect on the tangible. The natural man will always have this backward. He only accepts something spiritual “so that” his natural things can have some remedy. “But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.” 1 Cor. 15 :46. For example, the faith movement has set it’s hopes on the miraculous instead of Christ and so they have the wrong creation in view. This is out of order, and in a twisted way, is an expression of unbelief, because it is a fearful looking for God to to do what He has already accomplished in His coming. God has fully effected the natural for the testimony of Jesus Christ, “so that” Christ is the end and goal of all. Jesus is it.
His presence does effect this shadowy natural realm in ways that confound the first man, and yet the changing of things of the natural realm has never been God’s end. Yet still He heals, helps and holds. But the Goal is coming into Him, abiding in Him, our eternal inheritance.
Jesus has always been the new heaven and earth.
When Abraham, had come to a rest under a new sky and in a new land, then, YHWH began to testify of this Son Who is a realm completely above any tangible inheritance. The One being formed in you is a new heaven and earth, a heavenly country, all found in One Seed. And seeing Him is key.
“Look now at the heavens and count the stars, if you are able to count them. And He said to him, So is your Seed” Gen. 15:5 …“The whole earth which you are seeing, to you I give it, and to your Seed—to the age. As the dust of the earth, so I have established your Seed” Gen. 13:15.
So Christ in you is “in Spirit and Truth” the fulfillment of all these natural things. Him living in you is Spiritual worship. He is the substance of all the relationships, things and persons who were conformed to be testimonies of Jesus. They are God’s sketches, and only in His appearing, does His color fill with all His fullness.
As we find the souls of our feet standing in His substance, and our toes digging into this heavenly country, we see that Jesus is more than just the fulfillment of the shadows, He is The person of the New Creation.