Firstborn Sonship of Christ

Vol 28 - Article 37 Continued
September 2002
The New Birth



      We continue our study of The New Birth in the Old Testament as is evident in what the Scriptures say about Enoch.


      "Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints,
      15 "'To execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him,'"
Jud 14-15.
      Jude writes that Enoch prophesied that the "Lord" would come with myriads of saints to execute judgment upon all. Enoch may not have known the Lord by the name of "Jehovah," but he knew Him as the Lord God who created Adam and Eve and made a last will and testament with them to be the Testator and Redeemer of all their descendants who would comply with the testament requirements.
      Adam and Eve were not initially created in the full image and likeness of God, Gen 1:26-27. And Enoch was well aware that God confirmed a last will and testament with Adam and Eve and their descendants which required a lifetime of faith obedience to qualify for the testament inheritance. This inheritance is a second birth from the dead into all the fullness of God's divine image and likeness, represented in the tree of life, Eph 1:22-23; 3:19; 5:31-32; Col 1:19; 2:9-10; Jn 10:30-36; 14:8-11; 17:21-23.
      The fruit of the "tree of life" represented everything "willed" to the overcomer in "the last will and testament." God's eternal purpose provided for Adam and Eve to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil and thereby plunge the human race into sin and death in order for God to demonstrate His love, mercy, and justice on those who believe and obey, and to demonstrate His wrath, power, and justice on those who choose to disbelieve and disobey, Rom 9:22-23; 11:11-36. The covenant between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit "before the foundation of the world" provided for the Son to be a Lamb slain "before" the foundation of the world, Eph 1:4-5; 2Ti 1:9; Ti 1:2; 1Pe 1:18-20.


      "You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female," Gen 7:2.
      God had taught Adam and Eve and all others that only specified "clean" animals and fowls "without spot or blemish" could be used in sacrificial worship. This originated with God sacrificing such animals in the Garden of Eden and clothing Adam and Eve with their skins, Gen 3:21. The shedding of the blood and the death of those animals served to sanctify and ratify that first "last will and testament," within the human race, provided for before creation and projecting the human life, death, burial, and divine resurrection birth of Jehovah the Son,Eph 1:3-5; 21Ti 1:8-10; Ti 1:1-2; 1Pe 1:18-20.
      Enoch could not have walked with God and pleased God so thoroughly for 300 years without having equally as thoroughly reviewed all the features of the last will and testament, verified by Heb 9:16-17 and context. Enoch clearly analyzed this last will and testament many times with Adam during those 314 years while he lived contemporary with Adam. But even more so as he walked with Jehovah for 300 or more years, most of which was contemporaneous with Adam before Adam died.


      "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.
      14 "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.
      The Lord has always maintained a posture of revealing His will clearly to those who truly hunger and thirst after righteousness as Enoch did, Heb 11:5-6. Review this passage (Heb 11:5-6) and see that verse 5 is given initially in view of Enoch "pleasing" God so thoroughly. Enoch ever so "diligently" sought after God, listened intently, believed heartily, obeyed completely, and thereby uniquely "pleased" God.
      Obviously, Enoch continued asking questions, and God continued answering them. How did Enoch become such a godly man? How could such a godly and dedicated man live side by side with Adam for 314 years without asking myriads of questions? – understanding stimulates the desire to know more. Again, how could Enoch walk with God for 300 years without asking the same artesian stream of questions? Were they mute as they walked together? Did they speak idle words which Jehovah says are foolishness? Pro 24:9; Mt 12:36.
      Enoch walked with God for 300 years. That must have included more than a "few minutes" once a week, a month, or a year. His encounters with the Lord, doubtless, provided a whole mountain range of detailed information – just as we have in the whole Bible, and just as we are enumerating within this series of major facts and events flowing from the Garden of Eden in the form of a last will and testament.
      Every detail recorded in Genesis 1 thru 4 was doubtless discussed far beyond what we read in these chapters – for instance, the last will and testament, the Seed of the woman, the subjects of life, sin, death, resurrection, the glorious return of the Seed of the woman in judgment upon angels and men, the seventh day of "rest" with its prophetic significance, and the ages of ages following the Millennium.
      God had to be born into the human family as the Seed of the woman and live a sinless life as the Lamb of God portrayed by the slain animals in the Garden of Eden, Gen 4:15-21. As the testament Testator, the Seed of the woman had to die as the sin offering for Adam and all his descendants, Heb 9:12-28. He must arise out of the grave in a divine born again human body, ascend back to heaven, and return at the beginning of the seventh day (millennium) with myriads of saints and angels to execute judgment, Jud 14-15. Jehovah obviously revealed this to Enoch as He did later to Abraham, Jn 8:56.


      "But You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made Me trust while on My mother's breasts.
10 "I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother's womb You have been My God,"
Ps 22:9-10.
      1 "Listen, O coastlands, to Me, And take heed, you peoples from afar! The LORD has called Me from the womb; From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.
      2 "And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden Me,"
Isa 49:1-2.
      4 "The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.
      5 "The Lord GOD has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away.
      6 "I Gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting,"
Isa 50:4-6.
      40 "And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him," Lk 2:40.
      48 "So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, "Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.
      49 "And He said to them, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?"
Lk 2:48-49.
      52 "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men," Lk 2:52.
      All these verses speak of the childhood and early youth of Christ; of the Son of God in a human body, the Testator of all the testaments. They speak of the pristine, unwavering faith generated in Him as a human from His mother's breasts. Being without sin, His infant mind was keenly open to the Word of God that flowed so freely from the lips of Mary and Joseph.
      Over and over, doubtless, they told Him of what the angel had said to Mary (Lk 1:26-38), what Elizabeth said to Mary (Lk 1:39-45), what Mary prophesied (Lk 1:46-55), what the angels sang and said to the shepherds (Lk 2:8-20), what Simeon said (Lk 2:25-35), what Anna said (Lk 2:36-38), what the wise men said (Mt 2:1-12), plus what Joseph and Mary knew the Scriptures to say about the Messiah. Read these passages and consider how much Joseph and Mary already knew about the Messiah. They were among the most holy of that time period, chosen by God for their special roll in conjunction with their serene faith and obedience, which is consonant with considerable understanding of the Scriptures and being spiritually prepared for this supreme parenthood role.


      What did Enoch know about the life and ministry of Christ? That is what is being shown in the various headings of this article. There would have been little for Jehovah and Enoch to talk about if God did not reveal to Enoch in depth and in detail much of the things that would transpire up to and after the return of the Lord with a vast host of deified saints, as Enoch prophesied, Jud14-15. The Testator would have to be born as the Seed of the woman. He would have to live a normal yet perfect life, undergoing temptations of all kinds (especially by Satan personally) and hardships equal to the worst that mankind would experience in this life, Heb 4:15; 5:8-9. He would be a preacher of righteousness and would demonstrate Godly mercy and justice toward the poor. See more below.


      Enoch no doubt offered many hundreds of animal sacrifices, as no doubt Adam did, and as Abel offered the firstborn lambs of his flock, Gen 4:4. The burning of the lambs would therefore be a frequent item of discussion, where God explained fully what all the firstborn, the blood, the lamb, the death, the fire, etc., meant.
      Again we emphasize that God has always been urgently desirous for His covenant people to be thoroughly aware in every detail of His plan of redemption into His own image and likeness, Isa 1:3-6,18; Lk 19:41-44; Rev 3:16-17. God is immeasurably more delighted for us to share this unique and divine bridal "oneness" with the Godhead than for the ox to know his owner and the donkey to know his crib, Isa 1:3-6,18; Jn 17:21-23. God would not walk daily with Enoch 300 years without telling him all about this inexpressibly wonderful, eternal, and divine zenith of all hope and joy.


      "For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified," 1Co 2:2.
      The most important thing Paul wanted to know was Christ and Him crucified. Would God want us to know anything less? Would God walk with Enoch 300 years and not tell him about the most wonderful news that man could ever hear? Christ and Him crucified covers everything from God's predetermined counsel before the ages began (Eph 1:4-5; 2Ti 1:9; Ti 1:2; 1Pe 1:18-20) into the ages of ages yet to come.
      Christ and Him crucified is the greatest and grandest love story ever to be told. God would not withhold such Gospel "good news" from His choice friends like Abel and Enoch, from His faithful covenant people who treasured this Gospel news more than "life" in this world and all this life offers.
      10 "That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
      11 "If, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead,"
Phi 3:10-11.
       Surely the whole Gospel in prophecy was revealed to Adam, Abel, Enoch, Noah and all the others who constantly hungered and thirsted after God (to receive His divine fullness, promised in the Gospel). God would not have them ignorant, but taught them fully of His last will and testament. The Gospel in its perfected state in the person of Christ began to be preached by Christ after His resurrection, Heb 2:3. However, the Gospel in its prophetic essence was preached throughout the Old Testament, by word of mouth and by numerous types. The Lord willing, we will be addressing the new birth in these many symbolic ordinances in the Old Testament.


      "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die," Gen 2:17.
      It would be grossly naive to think that Enoch was unaware of death and of how death entered the human race. To please God so well for so long, Enoch had to be well informed spiritually about all aspects of the last will and testament. Adam and Eve sinned and immediately shame, guilt, and multiplied woes filled their lives. Cain killed Abel, more killings occurred, and God-defying men filled the earth, Gen 6:1-7; Jud 14-15.
      Enoch prophesied that the "Lord" would come with myriads of saints to execute judgment upon the ungodly, Jud 14-15. The "Lord" in Enoch's mind was clearly "Jehovah," with whom Enoch walked 300 years.
      This "Jehovah" would be the Jehovah whom Enoch knew so intimately well over these many years and who took Enoch to heaven that he should not see death. This Jehovah would be "the Seed of the woman" who would crush the power of Satan and redeem the godly out of sin and death into the promised divine "life" of the tree of life, Gen 2:9. He would be the Redeemer and Testator who would die the death that would satisfy the righteous judgment of God against sin according to the last will and testament, 1Jn 2:1-3.


      Cain buried Abel to hide his sin, but we can be assured that Enoch knew that Abel in his spirit was alive and well in paradise, and no doubt had his guardian angels with him. Jehovah had already said that the human body was made of the dust and would return to the dust:
      19 "In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return," Gen 3:19.
      The body would therefore die, be buried, and return to dust, while the spirit of the person would be confined to hell or to paradise (both in the heart of the earth) until the time Jehovah would die as the Seed of the woman, the Lamb of God, and the testament Testator. The Testator Seed of the woman must die, be buried, and rise again in the divine life of the tree of life in order to destroy death, hell, and the grave, and crush the head of the serpent 1Pe 1:18-20; Rev 1:18; 5:1-6; 13:8. The Redeemer Testator must experience these things and arise out of the grave victorious over them.


      "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?" 1Co 15:55.
      Sheol or Hades sometimes refers to the grave (Ecc 9:10; Ps 16:1), sometimes to hell, (Lk 16:19-31) and sometimes to paradise, Lk 23:42; Ps 68:17-18; 1Pe 3:19; 2Co 12:1-4; Rev 6:9-11. All three are included here.
      God's covenant in the beginning offered divine life in the tree of life by faith obedience: Adam was told they could eat of all the many trees in the garden, especially of the tree of life. There were many tasty do's and only one don't. Just simply believe and obey. But there was one sly and sinister enemy to contend with, and he is still around. Satan was given the opportunity to tempt Adam, and Adam fell, dragging all his descendants with him.
      We should recognize quickly from Gen 2 and 3 that the Seed of the woman would be man's substitute or the Second Adam. The Seed of the woman must pass through the same temptations as Adam and his descendants have, and must overcome at every point. This also included the Seed of the woman experiencing God's just judgment against sin, with death, burial, and resurrection into the divine state of being promised in the tree of life to the faithful covenant people.
      Genesis 1 thru 3 require this series of events in order to create the firstborn sonship, which sons will share the full image and likeness of God. These three beginning chapters of the Bible reveal this mystery of godliness, which Enoch understood and prophesied – Jehovah as the Seed of the woman would return with myriads of deified saints in divine power and glory to execute the judgment stipulated in all the last will and testaments.


      This series of articles on the firstborn sonship of Christ is dedicated to showing that the new birth is a resurrection birth that takes place when Christ returns. Christ was and is the firstborn from the dead, Col 1:18; Rev 1:5. When He was raised out of the grave, His human body was born into the Godhead, Ps 1:7; Act 13:29-33; Heb 1:5-6; 5:5; Col 2:9. Christ was God in a sinless human body, but that body was not a divine body until His resurrection – see Volume One and all the volumes on The Firstborn Sonship of Christ.
      How much did Enoch know about this? We are here showing that he had a vast knowledge of the last will and testament – the whole redemption purpose of God. He was not interested in the glory of this world, but in the glory of God. He lived 249 years contemporary with Adam before Adam died. He walked with God for at least 300 years, and was so specially pleasing to God by means of an exemplary life of such serene faith obedience that God took him to heaven without him dying.


      Jude quotes Enoch, saying that Jehovah (the Seed of the woman), who walked with Enoch 300 years, would return from heaven with an innumerable host (Rev 7:9-17) of deified saints to execute judgment and rule all creation for the seventh millennium day of "rest," Jud 14-15; Gen 2:1-3; Heb 4:1-4. This is called "the day of the Lord," Act 2:20; 1Th 5:1-9; 2Pe 3:10; et al.
      There is no doubt that Enoch walked with the Lord many, many times longer and much more intimately than any of us has. He saw the day of the Lord just as Abraham did (Jn 8:56), and likely a lot more and better than Abraham did. He obviously knew the spirit of man went down to Sheol when the body died, yet his prophesy (as understood by Jude, Jud 14-15) has the saints coming down from heaven, as stated often in the Scriptures, Zec 14:5; Act 1:9-11; 1Th 4:13-18.
      Clearly Enoch knew that Jehovah (with whom he walked) would be the Seed of the woman and would experience this necessary series of last will and testament events. Jehovah, the Son, would be born of a virgin, live a perfect unblemished life, die for all human sins, be buried, descend into Sheol, ascend out of Sheol, arise out of the grave in a tree of life deified body, ascend into heaven with the spirits of the saints, and come again with the saints at the appointed time to execute judgment upon the ungodly, as he prophesied, Jud 14-15.


      "Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints,
      15 "'To execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him,'"
Ju 14-15.
      In the beginning God gave Adam authority over all the earth in view of qualifying to be ruler over all creation, Gen 1:26-31. We must not perceive Adam with less than peak intelligence or Enoch with only normal Christian reverence toward God. Enoch must be rated at the zenith of both, especially in godliness. This means that Enoch excelled in his desire to know God and know what God wanted him to know, and God rewarded him bountifully. Paul's chief desire is best presented in Phi 3:7-14; perhaps we could expect Enoch's desire to be much in parallel with that of Paul.
      The expression that "Enoch walked with God" 300 years, does not mean that Enoch walked with God every day, or that God appeared to Enoch in visible form every day. It does mean that God communicated with Enoch often, and Enoch's mind and emotions were fully committed to God and Enoch was constantly searching out the will of God in every detail.
      Most of Adam's descendants did not do this, were ignorant of God's righteous will with regard to all things, and were therefore destroyed in the flood and with eternal loss, Gen 6; 2Pe 2:5. Israel should have known, but did not know in their day of God's blessings, therefore they have reaped two thousand years of bitterness as a nation, and eternal loss as individuals, Lk 19:41-44; Rom 11.
      Enoch applied himself with all diligence and therefore was constantly learning in detail the things of the last will and testament and about Jehovah as the Testator, as the Lamb of God Redeemer, and as the Seed of the woman who would crush the head of the serpent and judge and rule all creation, Jud 14-15; Ps 8:3-6; Heb 2:5-13.


      "Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints,
      15 "'To execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him,'"
Jud 14-15.
      Look at this passage again and evaluate the state of the deified saints whom Jehovah will bring with him. This was clearly of great interest to Enoch as it is to us. Considering all the time Enoch spent with Adam and with Jehovah, he must have discussed this subject at considerable length with both, and preached it countless times through those many years.
      As we have shown already, God taught Adam quite thoroughly about the husband and wife union and family relationships before or at the time He presented Eve to Adam. Otherwise, Adam could not have understood these matters enough to say what he did:
      24 "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh," Gen 2:24.
      Adam spoke of a young man leaving his father and mother and taking a young woman to be his wife. This appears to have been said immediately after God created Eve out of Adam, and was Adam's response when God presented Eve to him. What did Adam know about a family at that point unless God had already taught him? Gen 1:28 reveals a part of God's introducing Adam and Eve to each other and their commission as a family. God may have discussed this with Adam before He created Eve, but certainly with both Adam and Eve after He created Eve.
      Obviously God gave Adam (and Eve) considerable information about the marriage union of man and woman, which God ordained from the beginning to represent a unique "oneness" between God and the faithful last will and testament people. The creation of man was designed from the beginning to bring man (a firstborn sonship out of mankind) fully into the image and likeness of God. The following passages provide a good commentary on this matter, Eph 1:22-23; 3:19; 4:24; 5:31-32; Col 1:15,19; 2:9-10; 3:10; Heb 1:3; Jn 10:30-36; 14:8-11; 17:21-23; et al.
      Likewise, the significance of the firstborn and the birthright of the firstborn was taught in the Garden of Eden or soon thereafter. Otherwise, Abel would not have been so precise in offering the firstborn of his flocks. The sacrificing of the "firstborn" (Gen 4:4), of "clean" animals (Gen 7:2,8; 8:20), of "burnt offerings" (Gen 8:20), of "sin offerings" (Gen 4:7; Lev 4 & 5) etc., emphasized so much in the Bible, had their beginning in the Garden of Eden, Gen 3:21.
      God has always wanted His covenant people to thoroughly know the last will and testament, as shown in the following passages, Gen 18:17-19; Ex 31:13; Deu 4:1-10; 6:1-9; Ps 40:6-10; 119:1-176; Isa 1:3-6,18; Lk 19:41-44; 1Th 4:13; 1Jn 2:24; Rev 3:17-18; et al.


      "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall crush your head, and you shall bruise His heel," Gen 3:15.
      14 "Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints,
      15 "‘to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him,'"
Jud 14-15.
      Enoch knew that Jehovah, his very close companion for 300 years, would judge and punish the ungodly. Enoch knew that Adam had sinned and that this sin brought all the ungodliness and its punishment upon the human race. Enoch knew that Jehovah would be the Redeemer and thereby would be the Seed of the woman who would crush the head of the serpent: the "Lord" of Jud 14-15 would be the "Seed of the woman" of Gen 3:15. Enoch knew that, as the Seed of the woman, Jehovah would have to live a sinless life as a human, endure God's righteous wrath against the sins of the world, die, be buried, and arise out of the Sheol and out of the grave in a divine body fully transformed into the image and likeness of God, Gen 1:16-17; 5:1; 9:6; Eph 1:22-23; 3:19; 5:31-32; 2Pe 1:4; Col 1:18; 2:9-10; Jn 10:30-36; 14:8-11; 17:21-23.
      Without question, Enoch offered many hundreds of sacrifices on altars during his 300 years of walking in the highest degree of fellowship with Jehovah. Enoch obviously knew what those sacrifices represented in the fiery consumption of the bodies of the animals on an altar. Yet Enoch recognized the resurrection and deification of the human body of the Seed of the woman into the divine state of being, and thereby He would possess the personal and divine authority and power to crush Satan's head. This is the only way the Seed of the woman could satisfy justice and qualify to justify the faithful believers into the image and likeness of God.


      "Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.
      2 "And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
      3 "Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made,"
Gen 2:1-3; Ex 20:8-11; 31:13-17.
      In Gen 1 & 2, God purposely, with prophetic intent, performed creative works for six days and rested the seventh day, Gen 1:2-31; 2:1-3. God could easily have done all that work in the time it takes to read Gen 1 & 2, but He spread it over seven days. The intent is that each day represent one thousand years, This is made clear from Heb 4:3-4:
      3 "For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: ‘So I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest,' although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
      4 "For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: ‘And God rested on the seventh day from all His works,'"
Heb 4:3-4.
      The Holy Spirit signifies in this passage that the seventh day of the creation week represented the Millennial "rest" during which Christ will reign over the earth, Rev 20. The curse of Gen 3:16-19 will be lifted (Rom 8:18-22) and the earth will enjoy one thousand years of rest and peace. The quality of this "rest" is signified by the words of Heb 3:6,14:
      6 "But Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are IF we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end....
      14 "For we have become partakers of Christ IF we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,"
Heb 3:6,14.
      The "hope" and the "if" make "partaking of Christ" conditional on "holding fast." We must hold fast our confidence to the end (be faithful to the end, Heb 3:6 thru 4:11) in order to partake of Christ. Partaking of Christ will be experienced by the faithful saints when Christ returns. At that time those who hold fast to the end by grace through faith will be born again into a divine state of being as Christ's human body was born again from the dead, Col 1:18; Rev 1:5; Act 13:29-33 (Ps 1:7); Heb 1:5-6; 5:5.
      This is the "rest" of Heb 3 and 4. It is the partaking of the fullness of God – the fullness of the divine nature, Eph 1:22-23; 3:19; 4:13-24; Col 1:19; 2:9-10; 2Pe 1:4. This is becoming "one" with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in Their divine "oneness," Eph 5:31-32; Jn 10:30-36; 14:8-11; 17:21-23. Eating Christ's flesh and drinking His blood portrays becoming "one" with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is portrayed in eating the Lord's Supper (1Co 5:7-5; 10:16-18; 11:23-29), in eating the Passover and the unleavened bread (Ex 12: 1-20; 1Co 5:7-8), in eating the sacrifices (Ex 2 thru 7; 1Co 10:16-18), in eating the showbread (Lev 24:5-9), in eating the manna (Num 16; Jn 6:27-67; 1Co 10:3), in drinking the water from the rock, Ex 17:6; 1Co 10:4; Jn 4:10-14; 7:37-39. In this way the saints are being transformed (being born again, Gal 4:19) into the image and likeness of God, Gen 1:26-27; 5:1; 9:6; Heb 1:3; Col 1:15; 2Co 3:18; 4:4,7-12,17; Rom 8:29; Col 3:10; Eph 4:13-15.


      "And the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing,
      18 "since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
      19 "For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him,"
Gen 18:17-19.
      4 " Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one!
      5 "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
      6 " And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
      7 "You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
      8 "You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
      9 "You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,"
Deu 6:4-9.
      41 "Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying,'If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes did not know the time of your testing,'" Lk 19:41-44.