FIRSTBORN SONSHIP OF CHRIST
The New Birth
INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT
CHRIST IN PSALM 89, A COVENANT WITH DAVID
have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David:
4 "'Your seed I will establish forever,
and build up your throne to all generations.'" Ps 89:3-4.
This psalm is a covenant psalm: of course, all the
psalms and all the Scriptures belong to and are God's covenants; however, this
psalm, among other psalms, pointedly draws attention to the solemn and binding covenant
relationship between Jehovah and His covenant people. The covenants are founded on
God's promise and oath of "life and good," for
those who choose life, "and death and punishment,"
for those who will not endure the severe disciplinary training which the covenants
require, 1Co 10:1-13; Heb 3 & 4; 5:8-9; 8:6-13; 9: 10; 11; 12.
All the Bible covenants are all "last will and testaments," where the death of the divine
Testator is required in order for the faithful covenant people to receive the promised
inheritance of the fullness of God – the fullness of God means the full range of
God's divine attributes, which constitute His divine nature, 2Pe 1:4; Eph 1:22-23;
3:19; 4:22-24; 5:31-32; Col 1:19; 2:9 thru 3:10; Jn 10:30-36; 14:8-11; 17:21-23. The
Son of God promised that He Himself would be the divine-human Testator in the Seed of
the Woman (Gen 3:15), and demonstrated the procedure of worship which would constantly
portray His sinless life, His vicarious death, and His divine resurrection birth as the
Seed of the woman. We must emphasize that all the covenants are last will and
The covenants promise "divine "life" (Deu 30:10-20; Mt 19:17-30; Mk 11:17-30;
Lk 17:18-30) within the firstborn sonship, only to those who choose divine life and
overcome the covenant discipline by grace through faith. On the other hand, the
covenants also promise "death" – being cut off
from the covenants and from the divine life which God promised through the last will
and testaments. The covenant people are in position to receive this life by way of
constantly believing into the firstborn sonship of Christ, who prepared this sonship
for us through His human life, death, burial, and resurrection birth into a divine
human body, Col 1:18; Rev 1:5; Act 13:29-33; Heb 1:5-6; 5:5; 1Co 15:44-50
A COVENANT WITH MY CHOSEN
have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David," Ps
This covenant is referred to as God's covenant
with David, and this is true, but the covenant was first made between the Father, the
Son, and the Holy Spirit before creation, Eph 3:1-11; 1Pe 1:18-20; et al. It is like
God's covenant with Abraham, which was initially made within the Godhead before
creation, and within the time capsule it was still between the Father, the Spirit, and
"the Seed" of of the woman (Gen 3:15), the Seed of
Abraham (Gen 21:12; Gal 3:19), and the Seed of David, 2Sa 7:12-16. This is true with
all the covenants, and is seen in God's foreknowledge and predestination, Phi
2:6-11; Act 2:23; Eph 1:3-11; 3:9-11; 2Ti 1:9; Ti 1:2; 1Pe 1:2,18-20.
In Psalm 89, the covenant was made with David,
however the focus in the covenant, and in all the covenants, is the Seed of the woman
(Gen 3:15), the Seed of Abraham (Gal 3:14-19), and the Seed of David, Jn 7:42; Rom 1:3;
2Ti 2:8. David, in Psalm 89, is chiefly the Messianic David, the Son of David.
CHRIST IN PSALM 89
Seed I will establish forever, and build up your throne to all
generations," Ps 89:4,29,36.
The word "seed" is singular, but may be used generically to include the
physical seed of David, but the primary emphasis is on Messianic David and His
spiritual descendants, Isa 8:17-18; Heb 2:13-16. These Messianic psalms are enriched
greatly when we project Christ into each verse of the psalm as Jehovah in the flesh
singing and praying the psalm.
What thoughts did Jesus have and what emotions did
He feel as He sang each verse of the Messianic psalms, knowing that He was Jehovah in
the flesh, predestined as the Son of David to fulfill each prophetic utterance, as well
as personally share each expression of weakness, of need, of prayer, of praise, of
waiting on God and each emotion of the psalmist resulting from selfishness, infidelity,
rejection, persecution, etc., on the part of mankind. Thus, each Messianic psalm
generates a greater richness and fullness of meaning and understanding (on our part) of
the inward emotions and daily life of Christ.
The "will" of
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit is always the same. Christ always did the will
of the Father (Jn 4:34; 5:30; 8:29), and the Holy Spirit always does the will of the
Father and the Son, (Jn 14:26; 15:26; 16:13-15), therefore the will of one is the will
of all three. Jesus said, "You search the Scriptures, for in
them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of
Me," Jn 5:39.
Jesus learned from the
Scriptures (Lk 24:26,46) at an early age that He was Jehovah in a human body,
and that His human body was predestined to be born of God in His resurrection, Lk
24:26,46; Col 1:18; Rev 1:5; Act 13:29-33; Heb 1:5-6; 5:5; 1Co15:44-50. This is what He
learned from many psalms (Ps 2:7; 16:7-11; 17:15; 24; 40:6-8; 45:6-7; 68:17-18; et al),
and all the Scriptures, as we will see.
"It is the Spirit who is
giving life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and
they are life," Jn 6:63.
In the above psalms, for instance, endeavor to
discern the understanding and emotions of Christ as He sang and prayed every verse.
When the psalmist speaks of his own sins, see Christ compassionately bearing our sins
in His own bosom (Ps 89:50-51), just as parents grieve over the sins of their children.
Of course, Christ was not made sin until those hours of darkness on the cross, 2Co
5:21; 1Pe 2:22-24.
ONE CHOSEN FROM THE PEOPLE
You spoke in a vision to Your holy One, And said: ‘I have given help to one who is
mighty; I have exalted One chosen from the people.
20 "‘I have found My Servant David; With My
holy oil I have anointed Him,'" Ps 89:19-20.
The Septuagint says "holy
ones" (plural) in verse 19. Whether singular or plural, it applies well
either way. David was a chosen one from among the chosen ones, so was Solomon, and so
was Jehovah as the Son of David. The covenant is with David, with Solomon, and with
Jehovah as the Messiah – the Messianic David.
They were all anointed with the holy oil, and were
all mighty ones in God's projection. However, the Messianic David, or the Son of
David, is the true "mighty One" because He is
Jehovah, Isa 7:14; 9:6-7; Zec 12:10. Christ was anointed with the Holy Spirit above all
others, and without Him there would be no salvation and no mighty ones.
Jehovah (Jesus) was born as a human into the family
of David that He could be the Son of David and could be chosen from among the covenant
people. The purpose of God was to create a new kind of man, a new kind of Son of God –
a race of firstborn divine sons of God.
I WILL MAKE HIM MY FIRSTBORN
shall cry to Me, 'You are My Father, My God, and the rock of My salvation.'
27 "Also I will make Him My Firstborn, The
highest of the kings of the earth," Ps 89:26-27.
David was the eighth son of his father, and was
never a firstborn except by covenant standing, Ex 4:22-23; Rom 8:29; Heb 12:23. Solomon
also was not David's firstborn son. The primary application of the passage and the
psalm is to Christ as the "Firstborn from the
dead," Col 1:15,18; Rev 1:5; Act 13:29-33. As the Firstborn from the dead,
Christ is the first human whose body was born into a divine state of being, so that now
all the fullness of deity dwells in the human, now also divine body of Christ, Col 2:9;
SEED OF THE WOMAN
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He
shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel," Gen 3:15.
Immediately after Adam and Eve sinned, God gave
this monumental prophecy that looms high as a major landmark leading to the divine
glory of the human yet divine Redeemer. From the beginning God intended for this
promise of redemption hope to catch and grip the attention of everyone, and for those
who pursue this hope and come to understand it, to then broadcast it likewise to
everyone we can.
Eve was deceived and ate the forbidden fruit, but
nothing happened: nothing happened. She ate of the fruit, but did not die. It was when
Adam ate of it, that the pristine nature of both of them was changed into an incurable
and inherent sin nature. "Therefore, just as through one man
sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because
all sinned," Rom 5:12.
Adam was made of the dust, and Eve was made out of
Adam to be his helper, and was placed under His authority. Sin entered the human race
by the man. In God's eternal purpose, the Redeemer would be a second Adam, and
would be the head of a new and divine human race.
MADE OF A WOMAN
when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law," Gal 4:4.
The Seed of the woman, the virgin birth, and born
of a woman, all harmonize and point to the sinless human body for our Kinsman Redeemer.
God knew what He was doing in the beginning, and in human terms set about to produce
that grand objective. In doing so, He utilized a large number of types or symbolic
portraits of the sinless Seed of the woman. We will indicate a few of these and later
deal with them in detail. They flow through the Scriptures, in multiple variety and are
often repeated, presenting a cloaked yet remarkably descriptive image of Jehovah in a
sinless human body made divine.
A VIRGIN SHALL CONCEIVE
"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall
conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel," Isa 7:14;
This is indeed unequivocally monumental. Nicodemus
and all in Israel should have understood that one within the Elohim Godhead would be
born of a virgin and become God in human flesh – and who else could He possibly be but
the prophetic Son of David to sit on David's throne and rule the nations for that
"seventh day of rest," Gen 2:1-3; Ex 20:8-11; Isa
2:1-4; 11:1-9; et al. And who else could he be but the Lamb of God that takes away the
sin of the world – the perfect "burnt offering"
and the perfect "sin offering" which were
repeatedly offered every day that the Levitical priesthood was functioning in the
tabernacle and temple.
Did anyone in the Old Testament days ever think of
this and consider what purpose God would have in becoming a human? Do you suppose
anyone ever thought that God becoming a human would have anything to do with redemption
of the human race? Could we suppose any of the Old Testament saints ever associated God
in the flesh with the many animal sacrifices, who would become the Lamb of God, the
sinless "sin offering," "without blemish and without
spot?" Lev ch 1 thru 7; Jn 1:29; 1Pe 1:18-19.
Did anyone ever associate this virgin birth with
Gen 3:15 which prophesies that the Seed of the woman was predestined to crush the head
of the serpent (of Satan), because Satan was the one who deceived the woman – that
Immanuel in the flesh would put away sin and redeem those who believe and obey to such
lofty heights as immediately began to be described and portrayed after the fall of Adam
Obviously, there were those who understood these
truths, and Simeon and Anna were two among those many who understood, Lk 2:25-38. Can
you read the words of Simeon without shedding tears of understanding, thanksgiving, and
THE MIGHTY GOD
unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His
shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting
Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace there
will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and
establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal
of the LORD of hosts will perform this," Isa 9:6-7.
This Child, this Son who is given to us is
explicitly "Immanuel." He is "God with us," and He is the Son of David who will sit on
David's throne and rule the nations through that seventh day of "rest." Those faithful Old Testament saints 1) saw Him as the Seed of the woman (Gen 3:15; Isa 7:14; 9:6-7), the
Seed of Abraham (Gen 12:3; Gal 3:8,14-19), the Seed of David (Jer 23:5-6; 33:15-16)),
2) they saw Him as the anointed Servant, despised and
rejected, but ministering to the poor and helpless (Isa 50:4; 53:1-3; 61:1),
3) they saw Him as God in the flesh on a lowly but divine
mission to finish God's work and create unsearchable and heavenly riches for those
who believe and obey (Isa 50:4-7; 53:1-12; 64:4; 1Co 2:9; Ps 45:6-9), 4) they saw Him as the spotless Lamb of God who would suffer God's
wrath on the "altar of burnt offerings" as the
daily "burnt offering," and "sin offering" (Ps 22; 40:5-8; Isa 53), 5) they saw Him dying, descending into sheol, leading captivity captive
out of sheol, and creating a divine human body by His resurrection birth, Ps 2:7-9;
8:1-9; 16:7-11; 110:1-4; Isa 8:13-18; Heb 2:13.
TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU
will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have
begotten You,'" Ps 2:7.
This is not vain repetition. This is what Simeon
saw, Lk 2:25-35. This is what so many saw who took time to believe and obey by grace
through faith. This is what all the Old Testament saints could have seen and should
have seen, and this is why Jesus lovingly rebuked Nicodemus by saying "Are you a teacher in Israel, and do not know these things?"
Jn 3:10. Nicodemus should have known, as we are seeing the Scriptures so clearly and
7 "I will declare the decree: The LORD has
said to Me, 'You are My Son, Today I have begotten You," Ps 2:7.
This is the day the Son of David became
"the Firstborn from the dead," Col 1:18; Rev 1:5;
Act 13:29-33; Heb 1:5-6; 5:5. This is the day that Immanuel in the flesh arose from the
dead and was born again into a divine human body, yet that day has always been in the
knowledge and experience of the Father and the Son, who have always been infinite in
both knowledge and experience. This is the day the Father said to the Son, "Today I have begotten you." This
is the day that Immanuel in the flesh no doubt remembered these prophetic words and
sang them before the Father and the angels. This is the day to which the angels were
constantly looking forward with unspeakable anticipation, 1Pe 1:12.
This is the day of the "new creation" – the "new
birth" of the mere flesh body into a divine spirit, heavenly body, Col
1:18; Rev 1:5; Act 13:29-33; Heb 1:5-6; 5:5; Eph 2:10-15; 2Co 5:16-17; 1Co 15:44-50.
This is the day that the church as the body of Christ was born, and this is the day
that the human bodies of all in the body of Christ were generically (in a metaphor)
born again into divine, heavenly, spirit bodies, as members of the born again, divine,
flesh body of Christ, 2Co 5:1-5,16-17; 1Co 15:44-50; Jn 3:1-18; Rom 4:17; 6:1-13.
IF HIS SONS FORSAKE MY LAW
His sons forsake My law and do not walk in My judgments,
31 "If they break My statutes and do not keep
32 "Then I will punish their transgression
with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes.
33 "Nevertheless My loving-kindness I will not
utterly take from Him, Nor allow My faithfulness to fail.
34 "My covenant I will not break, nor alter
the word that has gone out of My lips," Ps 89:30-34.
The disciplinary training of the Lord in under
consideration. God is also demonstrating His love, mercy, forbearance, and justice (Heb
12:1-17; Rom 9:22-23), and in the process He is teaching us to possess and exercise
these virtues or attributes. It was not only the Father's will for Immanuel to
learn obedience by the things He suffered (disciplinary training), but that we must
also be trained and overcome in the same abrasive and treacherous environment, Heb
2:10-18 thru 5:9.
I WILL NOT LIE TO DAVID
covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.
35 "Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will
not lie to David:
36 "His seed shall endure forever, and His
throne as the sun before Me;
37 "It shall be established forever like the
moon, even like the faithful witness in the sky," Ps 89:34-37.
God has taken a covenant oath concerning
David's throne and David's seed that they will continue into and through the
age (the seventh day Millennial age). The oath of God is clear and steadfast, and all
the promises of God will be fulfilled perfectly as God intended. It is our part to
present ourselves as living sacrifices in order to discern His good and perfect will,
The Scriptures have many passages like this: the
language is so strong that, although it is said that "we are
killed all day long and counted sheep for the slaughter" (Rom 8:28-39), we
come to think that we cannot be cut off from the election – we cannot fail to make our
calling and election sure, in spite of Jn 15:1-6; Rom 8:5-6,13,23-25; 11:11-22; Gal
4:21 thru 5:4; 2Pe 1:9-10; 3:16-17; and many, many others which reveal explicitly that
the seed of Abraham and of Christ must walk daily in the steps of the faith of Abraham
and of Christ – same cloud of witnesses as above and in Heb 11.
YOU HAVE CAST OFF YOUR ANOINTED
38 "But You
have cast off and abhorred, You have been furious with Your anointed.
39 "You have renounced the covenant of Your servant;
You have profaned his crown by casting it to the ground," Ps 89:38-39.
The lamentations of verses 38 through 49 do not
apply to the glory days of David, but expressly apply to the last two and a half
millenniums of God's bitter judgments on Israel because of unbelief and hardness of
heart, following the few centuries of idolatry and rebellion against God in pursuit of
selfish lusts, Isa 1; 6:9-12.
I BEAR IN MY BOSOM THE REPROACH OF ALL THE PEOPLES
"Remember, Lord, the reproach of Your servants; how I bear in My bosom the
reproach of many peoples;
51 "Wherewith Your enemies have reproached, O
LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of Your Anointed," Ps
This keenly calls to mind Psalm 69:9,19-21, another
clear Messianic psalm, where we will also be greatly enriched when applying the
emotional pain experienced, not only to David in his troubles, but primarily in the
bosom of Christ as He was "in all
points tempted (and tested) as we are, yet without
sin," Heb 4:15. "In all points" (in every way) that sinful humans have been
tried by God and tempted by Satan, Christ was also tested and tempted, yet without sin.
No one enjoys being reproached, mocked, falsely accused, yet perhaps none felt it so
deeply and compassionately as Christ did as He learned obedience by the things He
suffered, Heb 5:8-9.
Likewise, Jesus daily experienced inexpressible
love and compassion toward us as He, in His heart, empathized with us, com-passionately
bearing in His bosom our short comings and rejoicing with the angels and with us in our
repentance and faith obedience, Lk 15:10. See Jehovah Elohim in Ps 89 in a lowly human
body as our Kinsman Redeemer, especially in verses 46-51. More than any other human,
Immanuel with human emotions experienced and expressed the love, mercy, forbearance,
and justice of the divine Trinity.
THEY TWO SHALL BE ONE FLESH
this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the
two shall become ONE flesh," Gen 2:24.
32 "This is a great
mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church," Eph 5:31-32.
Here is the heart of the Bible from Genesis to
Revelation. From the largest of creatures to the smallest there is male and female
which are joined together to produce offspring, bearing testimony in varying degrees of
two becoming "one." God created Adam without a
mate, then out of Adam created woman who was also bone of his bone and flesh of his
flesh; and these two He joined together to become one flesh in a fullness of oneness of
enduring life experience.
And this serves to augment God's witnesses in
nature of a resurrection and of the faithful covenant people being made "one flesh" with Christ (Eph 5:31-32), therefore and thereby
being filled with all the fullness of God's divine attributes of deity.
ONE WITH GOD
they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one
in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.
22 "And the glory which You gave Me I have
given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
23 "I in them, and You in Me; that they may be
made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved
them as You have loved Me," Jn 17:21-23.
God's grand plan of redemption not only
delivers the faithful covenant people from death, hell, and the grave into an eternally
immaculate and blissful utopian society, but far more than that. God's greatest
pleasure is that His faithful covenant people be "one" in divine relationship with Him. His purpose is to bring
them into a divine "oneness" with Himself, and
though the eye has seen, the ear has heard, the hands have handled this Word of life in
the person of the deified body of Christ, and God has revealed this to us (1Jn 1:1-3;
Mt 17:1-5; Jn 20:16-28), yet these "unsearchable
riches" of Christ are only faintly understood by His chosen people.
This unique "oneness" with God means God being in us and we being in God,
as the Father is in the Son and the Son is in the Father, which is also true of the
Holy Spirit. It is on this basis that the Holy Spirit is given to the covenant people
as an earnest (guarantee) of that divine relationship, Gal 4:4-7; 2Co 5:1-5,16-17,21.
By covenant reckoning, we are counted as being divinely born of God, on which basis the
Holy Spirit is given to us to aid us to qualify us for that firstborn sonship through
severe covenant training, Heb 2:10 thru 5:9; 12:1-29.
GLORY TO NO OTHER
10 "Behold, I have refined
you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
11 "For My own sake, for My own sake, I will
do it; For how should My name be profaned? And I will not give My
glory to another.
12 "Listen to Me, O Jacob, And Israel, My
called: I am He, I am the First, I am also the Last," Isa 48:10-12.
Israel is God's covenant people. They are His
"called," His "elect," Isa 45:4; Rom 11. Israel is God's "glory" (Isa 46:13), His special people who will show forth
His attributes, Isa 43:21; 1Pe 2:4-9. And Jesus said, "And the
glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are
one," Jn 17:22. God has promised that His glory will be given to His
faithful covenant people of all ages that they may be "one" with and in the Father, "one" with and in the Son, and "one" with and in the Holy Spirit, Eph 1:22-23; 3:19; 5:31-32;
Col 1:19; 2:9-10; Jn 10:30-36; 14:8-11; Jn 17:21-23; 2Pe 1:4.
GOD WITH US
"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall
conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel," Isa 7:14.
6 "For unto us a Child is
born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His
name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of
7 "Of the increase of His government and peace
there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and
establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal
of the LORD of hosts will perform this," Isa 9:6-7.
In order for us to become "one" with God, God had
to become "one" with us. "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become
the righteousness (the fullness) of God in Him,"
In the body of Christ we become the "righteousness" of God, 2Co 5:21; Phi 3:9. In the body of
Christ we become the "fullness" of God, Col
2:9-10; Eph 1:22-23; 3:19. In the body of Christ we become "one" with God (10:30-36; 14:8-11; 17:21-23) – one with and in
the Father, one with and in the Son, and one with and in the Holy Spirit (Gal 4:4-7;
Rom 8:10-13,23-25; 2Co 5:1-5) – we in Them and They in us, Jn 17:21-23.
THE SEED OF THE WOMAN
15 "And I will
put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall
bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel," Gen 3:15.
God had shortly before created Eve out of Adam and
had joined them together as "one," Gen 2:24. The
Seed of the woman is Immanuel (God with us) – God becoming "one" with us. Nicodemus should have recognized, as Simeon
obviously did (Lk 2:25-35), that the Seed of the woman and the virgin giving birth to
Immanuel spoke of the same mighty God, the son of David to sit on David's throne,
CLOTHED THEM WITH SKINS
for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them,"
God could easily have made clothes of numerous
kinds of material. Why shed blood and take the life of animals? Because as throughout
the Old Testament, the sacrificing of animals portrayed God in the flesh (Immanuel)
shedding His blood and giving His sinless human life for our redemption from sin and
its consequences, 1Pe 1:18-20; Jn 1:29.
21 "For He made Him who
knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in
Him," 2Co 5:21.
7 "Let us be glad and
rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has
made herself ready."
8 "And to her it was granted to be arrayed in
fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the
saints," Rev 19:7-8.
6 "But we are all like an
unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, Have taken us away," Isa 64:6.
The righteous acts of the saints are the works of
the Holy Spirit in us as we believe and obey, Phi 2:12-13; Mt 10:19-20. We have no
righteousness before God, Isa 64:6. It is God's righteousness in which the saints
will be clothed. In order to clothe us in His righteousness (His divine nature), God
had to become a human, live a sinless perfect life, die for our sins, be buried, and
then be raised out of the grave in a new born divine body. This divine body is clothed
in the divine righteousness of God.
THE LAMB OF GOD
next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes
away the sin of the world!'" Jn 1:29.
18 "Knowing that you were
not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct
received by tradition from your fathers,
19 "But with the precious blood of Christ, as
of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
20 "He indeed was foreordained before the
foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you," 1Pe
The blood of the Passover lamb, for instance, was
sprinkled on the outside of the door posts and above the door, and the whole household
ate the whole lamb. The sprinkled blood speaks of cleansing from sin, and the eating of
the flesh represented eating of the flesh of Christ, as the true Lamb of God, Jn
Of course, we do not eat the flesh of Christ, but
the Old Testament saints ate the flesh of the Lamb. And we eat the unleavened bread in
the Lord's Supper which represents eating the flesh body of Christ. Both eating the
flesh of the Passover lamb and the eating of the bread in the Lord's Supper are
symbolic of believing and obeying God's Word.
Believing and obeying God's Word transforms our
thoughts, our speech, and our deeds, and conforms them to that of Christ or of God, Rom
12; 2Co 3:18; 4:7-12,17-18; 5:1-21; Col 3. When we observe the Lord's Supper we
commemorate the Lord's death, burial, and new birth resurrection. That is precisely
and most importantly what God intended for the Israelites to do in observing the
Passover. For instance:
7 "Therefore purge out the
old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
8 "Therefore let us keep the feast, not with
old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread
of sincerity and truth," 1Co 5:7-8.
BE YOU HOLY, AS I AM HOLY
I am the LORD who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall
therefore be holy, for I am holy," Lev 11:45.
26 "And you shall be holy
to Me, for I the LORD am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should
be Mine," Lev 20:26.
Holiness is a state of separation from sin and
dedication to God. Divine holiness is an attribute of God, which He has promised to
share with His covenant people:
10 "For they indeed for a
few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be
partakers of His holiness," Heb 12:10.
14 "Follow peace with all men,
and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord," Heb 12:14.
When God rolls back the heavens, all devils and
wicked human beings will see God, and He will laugh at them and chide them for their
wickedness, Rev 6:12-17; Ps 2:4-6; Pro 1:24-27; et al. However, to have free access
into God's presence and behold His face, the covenant people must possess His
attribute of holiness and thus be "one" with Him,
Heb 10:19-22; 12:14,22-24; Rev 3:12; 22:14.
THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL
ox knows its owner and the donkey its master's crib; but Israel does not know, My
people do not consider.
4 "Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with
iniquity, a brood of evildoers, children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the
LORD, have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel, they
have turned away backward.
5 "Why should you be stricken again? You will
revolt more and more. The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints.
6 "From the sole of the foot even to the head,
there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; they have not
been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment," Isa 1:3-6.
Jehovah in the flesh is the holy One of Israel, but
see how despised and rejected He is in these verses. This sets the stage for the book
of Isaiah: a sad picture indeed of the human race, specifically and especially of the
covenant people with whom the Holy One of Israel is specially working.
Twenty-five times this very meaningful and
appropriate expression, "the Holy One of Israel,"
is used in the book of Isaiah, but only a few times otherwise in all the Scriptures.
Jehovah is very specially the Holy One of Israel, with whom He has a covenant
relationship which covenant contains a holy code of disciplinary training. This
discipline is uniquely designed to convert the psyche and therefore the life or
lifestyle from a sinful, selfish function into an instrument of the Holy Spirit to
produce a holy lifestyle as Christ exemplified in a sinless human body.
Webster defines the psyche as "1 the human soul 2 the intellect 3 Psychiatry the mind considered as a
subjectively perceived, functional entity, based ultimately upon physical processes but
with complex processes of its own: it governs the total organism and its interactions
with the environment."
or "mind" is not an "entity" within itself. The psyche or mind is an integral
(inseparable) part of the human spirit, and when the human spirit is separated from the
human body, the mind goes with the spirit, and the spirit possesses form and members as
the body, Lk 16:19-31.
While the spirit is in the body, the mind governs
the functions of the body through the human brain. In the body environment, the mind is
influenced by the needs of the body and its sinful emotions. This results in an
inevitable natural lifestyle, which requires that the mind be controlled by the Holy
God's purpose in grace is that the Holy Spirit
bring the mind to a state where the mind can make choices toward righteousness instead
of toward the sinful needs and emotions of the body, Gal 5:17; 2Co 10:3-5; Rom
QUESTIONS AND WORK TASKS FOR CHAPTER FIVE
1. Define how the covenants are necessarily last will and
2. Point out the major redemption correlations permeating all the covenants.
3. Enumerate some of the promises that are given along with the promise of divine life.
4. Psalm 89:27 states that God would make David His firstborn. Explain how David or the Son of David could be God's firstborn Son.
5. Obviously Christ sang the Psalms often. Express what you think Christ would think and feel as he sang Psalm 89:49-51.
6. The following passages (Luke 2:40,52; Isaiah 50:4-6) speak of Jesus growing in knowledge and learning from the Scriptures. Explain how Jesus was God
in a human body, and learned the Scriptures as a human.
7. Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and did not die until Adam ate of it. Give your understanding as to why.
8. Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and nothing happened until Adam ate
of it. Explain this aspect of God's eternal purpose in the perspective of two Adams
and two sonships, Genesis 3:1-21; Galatians 4:21-31; and 1Corintians 15:44-50.
9. Seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15), virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14), and made of a woman (Galatians 4:4): what two major things do these three statements
10. They two shall be one flesh, Genesis 2:24; Eph 5:21-32. Correlate these passages with Genesis 1:26-27 and John 17:21-23. Emphasize the divine
11. Consider the urgent importance of the oneness of husband and wife (the two shall be one) as it relates to rearing godly children and influencing others
in constant godly worship and praise.
12. God clothed Adam and Eve with the skins of sacrificial animals. What does this symbolize, what does it say about how much God taught Adam and Eve while
still in the Garden of Eden. How does all this relate to the Seed of the woman crushing