FIRSTBORN SONSHIP OF CHRIST
THE NEW BIRTH IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
Article 54 Continued
THE INNER CURTAIN
We now come to the inner
curtain, or second "curtain" which divided the first holy place
from the second or most holy place. The first holy place
represents Israel as the qualifying Old Testament covenant
people. In this age, the first holy place represents the church
as the qualifying New Covenant people. Of course, when Christ
returns, Israel, as a nation, will be grafted back into their
covenant qualifying position as firstborn sons for the period
of the Millennium.
All who qualify under both
covenants will be born again (both spirit and body) into a
divine state of being when Christ returns. Hebrews chapter 10
is concerned much with the human divine body of Christ,
represented both by the animal sacrifices, and by the second
curtain of the tabernacle.
Verse 1. "For the Law, having a shadow of the good things
to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with
these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by
year make those who approach perfect," Heb 1:1.
The Law Covenant without the
proper faith obedience could make nothing perfect; but,
conversely, condemn everyone to death or separation from the
firstborn sonship. To break one law made one guilty of all,
Ja 2:10. The Law was our tutor, or disciplinarian, to bring us
The Law was a shadow to
bring us to Christ, Who Himself is the human redeeming
Sacrifice. To be so and do so, He had to condescend to live a
sinless human life, die a sinner's justifying death, and be
raised from the grave in a divine human body. He, therefore,
built the strait and narrow way that leads us to divine life,
Verse 2. "For then would they not have ceased to be
offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no
more consciousness of sins," Heb 10:2.
Animal sacrifices lasted
from the Garden of Eden to the cross of Christ. Everyone of
those sacrifices pointed to the virgin birth, sinless life,
atoning crucifixion death, and the divine resurrection birth
of Christ. Thus we have the strait and narrow way that leads
to divine live. Indeed, we can worship God with a good
conscience, but not as good as we will be able to do in sinless
divine spirits and bodies.
"But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of
sins every year," Heb 10:3.
One animal sacrifice was not enough. The Law required many
of them every day, and special ones every year. We are no
longer to offer animal sacrifices, but we ourselves are each to
be a living sacrifice, daily bearing about in our bodies the
dying of Christ.
"For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could
take away sins," Heb 10:4.
The blood of bulls and goats could not take away sin, but
the proper sacrifice of those animals portrayed faith in the
coming Redeemer that did bring forgiveness. The human body,
sinless life, sacrificial death, and new birth resurrection of
Christ perfected the strait and narrow way that leads to divine
life. Possessing this divine life, the firstborn sons will have
divine boldness to enter into the presence of the Father, the
Son, and the Holy Spirit, in a holy and divine relationship that
immeasurably excels all other relationships.
Verse 5. "Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:
"Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have
prepared for Me," Heb 10:5.
The bodies of animals were
used in sacrifices as a prophetic witness foretelling the coming of the true Sacrifice for sin.
The Redeemer had to be the Seed of the woman, Gen 3:15. He had
to be sinless without blemish, 1Pe 2:19. His blood must be
shed, Heb 9:22. He must bear the sins of all mankind,
Jn 3:16-17. He must be made sin and suffer God's wrath against
sin for the sins of mankind, Heb 9:14-17. He must die for the
wages of sin is death, Rom 5:12. He must be born again out of
the grave to create a divine human man for all the firstborn
9 "For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead
10 "And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all
principality and power.
11 "In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision
made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the
flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,
12 "Buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised
with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him
from the dead.
13 "And you, being dead in your trespasses and the
uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with
Him, (in a metaphor, with a view to the new birth resurrection)
having forgiven you all trespasses,
14 "Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that
was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it
out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
15 "Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a
public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
16 "So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or
regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths,
17 "Which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance
is of Christ" (the divine body of Christ), Col 2:9-17;
Verse 6. "In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had
no pleasure," Heb 10:6.
We will point out how this verse is true, and yet God did
have great pleasure in the offering of those sacrifices. When
the flood was over, Noah took of every clean animal and bird and
sacrificed them. "And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma"
(Gen 8:20-22), and was very pleased with Noah. Of course, the
faith of Noah, and the prophetic meaning of the sacrifices are
the things that so greatly pleased God.
Verse 7. "Then I said, 'Behold, I have come - In the volume
of the book it is written of Me - To do Your will, O God,'"
Ps 40:7; Heb 10:7.
It was the will of the
Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. It was the grandest
thing that ever happened, and perhaps that ever can happen.
Indeed, all the grand things of the past, and all those of the
future find their source in this inexhaustible expression of
God's love, mercy, grace, and glory - that is, the sacrifice of
Verse 8. "Previously saying, 'Sacrifice and offering, burnt
offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had
pleasure in them' (which are offered according to the Law),"
As stated, God did have
pleasure in them because of the testimony they bore, of the
understanding, faith, fear, and humble obedience of many who
Verse 9. "Then He said, 'Behold, I have come to do Your
will, O God.' He takes away the first that He may establish the
second." Heb 10:9.
Coming to do God's will meant that the Son of God wold be
born of a virgin, live a sinless life, die a sinner's death, and be born again from the dead into a divine human body. In this
way Christ took away the first covenant with its sin-cursed
earthy body, and gave birth to a divine human body under the New
Verse 10. "By that will we have been sanctified through the
offeringof the body of Jesus Christ once for all," Heb 10:10.
Sanctified by the will of the Father, by the will of the
Son, and by the will of the Holy Spirit, our will has been
fashioned to present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable to God, in order to qualify for the inheritance of
the fulness of the divine nature, Rom 12:1-2; Eph 3:19; 2Pe 1:4.
On the basis of the finished redemption cycle on the part of
our Redeemer, the New Covenant people are now being progressive
sanctified on a daily basis by the once for all sacrifice of
Christ. In the metaphor we are crucified, dead, buried, raised,
and deified members of the deified body of Christ. But that is
a figure of speech. We are not literally members of the body of
Christ. The church is not literally the body of Christ. But on
the basis of that figure of speech, we have the indwelling of
the Holy Spirit.
Verse 11. "And every priest stands ministering daily and
offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take
away sins," Heb 10:11.
For the 4,000 years before Christ, especially under the
approximate 1,400 years of the Law Covenant, the same sacrifices
were offered over and over every day. All of those sacrifices
portrayed the one sacrifice of Christ, and availed nothing
beyond the understanding and conscience of the person who
offered the sacrifice. Of course, there are other outreaching
influences on family and other people.
Verse 12. "But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice
for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God," Heb 10-12.
The sacrifice of Christ fulfilled every righteous
requirement of the Law Covenant. Then Christ was seated by the
right hand of the Father, a place of the highest honor. But
also Christ gave promise that all who will overcome by His
grace, will be seated with Him on His throne, Rev 3:21-22. What
an inexpressibly glorious promise this is! There will be a vast
host of overcomers who will be divinely born into the fulness of
the divine nature. They will be accompanied by a vast host of
mighty ministering angels, all worshiping, and singing praises
to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
Verse 13. "From that time waiting till His enemies are made
His footstool," Heb 10:13.
Christ was born out of the grave into a divine human body:
the first divine human body ever, even till now. Christ has
the only divine human body - a new creation, providing for a new
kind of Godman, filled with the full range of God's divine
Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding
for His covenant people, waiting for the time to adorn them with
deity. Then put His enemies under His feet and under the feet
of His divine brethren.
Verse 14. "For by one offering He has perfected forever
those who are being sanctified," Heb 10:14.
Christ has perfected forever those who are sanctified, but
the time of that perfection to take place is when Christ returns.
He has perfected that divine-human body in Himself, and is
therefore awaiting the time fo perfect the same in His faithful
covenant people. Sanctification is a lifetime process of
forming His image in us.
Verse 15. "But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for
after He had said before,"
The Holy Spirit was given to the church in a fuller way than
under the Law Covenant. Furthermore, we now have the complete
Bible of sacred writings. Thus we should have better
understanding and produce more productively than those in the
Old Testament. We will therefore have the heavier judgment.
The Spirit will certainly do His part to help us along the the
strait, narrow, and righteous way to divine life in the new
birth when Christ returns.
Verse 16. "This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their
hearts, and in their minds I will write them," Heb 10:16.
God has progressively made a much better covenant with us
in many ways, and has given us the indwelling ministry of the
Holy Spirit. But God is permitting Satan to advance on us in
many more subtle ways, lest our greater advantage offset our
balance of choice, and devaluate the outcome.
Currently, we are still in an intermediate stage of God's
qualifying discipline. We have many better things than they had
in the Old Testament days, but perhaps many more subtle enticing
things to avoid from youth through old age. Perhaps the wiser
the better, but often the craftier the worse. Satan is
permitted to offset every holy advantage with an ingenious
enticement. These things add up to crowding the Word of the
Lord out of our minds and emotions.
The Holy Spirit is seeking to embed the Word of the Lord in our
hearts in order to guide our conscience in the ways of
righteousness. We must give heed and strive hard to have
Rom 12:1-2, and the many, many verses like that in our minds all
the time. Our minds and emotions will be balanced in the Godly
way only if we work hard at the task.
Verse 17. "Then He adds, "Their sins and their lawless
deeds I will remember no more," Heb 10:17.
All our sins and lawless deeds will be remembered, and
will weight down the judgment scales. Every thought, every word,
every emotion will be brought to light, and will make a
difference at the judgment seat of Christ, 2Co 5:10-11.
There will be a very great and eternal difference between
those who are least in the kingdom, and those who are greatest.
We are speaking here only of those who are counted faithful.
The least in the kingdom of God will be immeasurably greater
than the greatest on earth. And also the greatest in the
kingdom will be far greater than the least in the kingdom.
Once the judgment is over, the station or status of each one
in the kingdom is determined and will remain the same forever.
Never will sins or lack of righteousness be charged against
anyone who has qualified for the divine new birth into the
kingdom. No one will sin or come short of perfect fulfilment of
one's function in the divine state of being.
Verse 18. "Now where there is remission of these, there is
no longer an offering for sin," Heb 10:18.
There will be no more sin on the part of the firstborn sons,
and no more need for forgiveness. Christ died once for all, and
there will never again be a need for another sacrifice for sins,
Heb 9:28; 10:2; 10:10. Obviously, God's eternal purpose does
not provide for another state of sin and death, requiring a
redemption sacrifice of any kind.
There will be ages of ages to come, in which God will
demonstrate His creative glory in countless ways. God is not
limited in any way, except He cannot sin, but is righteous all
together, now and forever.
"But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor
have entered into the heart of man the things which God has
prepared for those who love Him," 1Co 2:9.
20 "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly
above all that we ask or think, according to the power that
works in us."
21 "To Him is the glory in the assembly in Christ Jesus, to
all the generations of the age of the ages. Amen,"
Obviously there will be ages of ages to come, which
indicates children being born in all the generations of the age
of the ages. The Scriptures also speak of a thousand
generations, Deu 7:9; 1Ch 16:15; Ps 105:8. This requires that
the nations on the new earth will be male and female and have
generations of children. Only in Christ (in the firstborn
sonship) will there be neither male and female, Gal 3:28;
Verse 19. "Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter
the Holiest by the blood of Jesus," Heb 10:19.
In the metaphor we are counted to be the body of Christ -
crucified, dead, buried, and raised in divine glory together in
the body of Christ. Therefore, in the metaphor we have access by
the Spirit into the presence of God.
16 "And that He might reconcile them both (Jew and Gentile)
to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death
17 "And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off
and to those who were near.
18 "For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to
the Father," Eph 2:14-18.
Here it is stated that both Jew and Gentile in the body of
Christ have free access into the Father's presence in heaven. We
are also counted, in the metaphor, as being seated together in
Christ in the heavenly places, evidently at the right hand of
the Father, Eph 2:6.
Verse 20. "By a new and living way which He consecrated for
us, through the veil, that is, His flesh," Heb 10:20.
A fuller translation would be: "By a freshly slain and
divinely born again from the dead state of being, which He
consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh."
The word "new" is better translated "freshly slain." In
any case, the word "living" must carry the meaning of "alive
from the dead in a glorified state of being." The curtain or
"veil," dividing the holy place from the most holy place,
represented the flesh body of the first Adam.
Christ took on this flesh body when He was born into the
human family. In His life He lived a perfect sinless life, and
then that body was made sin on the cross:
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.
Christ, as a sinless human Redeemer, had to be made sin for
us. He took our sins upon Himself and paid our sin debt in
full. This was done, in part, as we were properly baptized into
the body of Christ, Rom 6:3-6; Gal 3:26-27. Thus we were
counted as one with Him, being members of His body.
Therefore, when He was crucified, we were counted as being
one body with Him in His crucifixion, death, burial, and
resurrection into a divine body. Thus we are counted, in a
metaphor, as being freshly slain, but born again into an ever
living, sinless, divine body:
24 "who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree,
that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness - by
whose stripes you were healed," 1Pe 2:24.
19 "Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the
Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 "by a freshly slain and (divinely born again) living way
which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His
flesh," 1Pe 2:19-20.
We must recognize and keep in mind that we are credited, in
a metaphor, as being the human, now deified body of Christ.
Currently, we are not yet able to enter personally and directly
into the presence of God, only through the Holy Spirit, because
we do not yet have divine bodies. Currently we are still
defiled in both body and spirit:
1 "Therefore, having these
promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness
of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of
God," 2Co 7:1.
However, after the resurrection when Christ returns, both
our body and our spirit will really be born again into God's
divine state of being. Then we will have direct and perfect
access into the presence of the Father at all appropriate
21 "That 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.