Comprehending the Deeper Things
The Old Testament introduces us to our God and also introduces us to ourselves; the message it bears is as valuable as the history of creation. It would be impossible to evaluate its historical and literary value, but we need to understand that the Old Testament gives us more than history. These scriptures are given as types, shadows, and allegories. Without them we cannot understand the message of the New Testament.
I do not deny that these stories are factual. There is no doubt in my mind that Abraham and his family lived exactly as we are told in the Bible. But Paul clearly states that this story is also an allegory. Adam and Eve were real people, yet Paul points to their story as an allegory. We must acknowledge the historical value of the Bible, but the revelation it offers is no less valuable.
To substantiate the above statement I will turn to Galatians 4:21-31: “Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which genders to bondage, which is Agar (Hagar). For this Agar is (symbolic of) mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to Jerusalem (natural Israel) which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above (see Rev. 21:1-10) is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bears not; break forth and cry, thou that travails not: for the desolate has many more children than she which has an husband. Now we brethren (born from above Christians, heirs of the Spirit), as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he (Ishmael) that was born after the flesh persecuted him (Isaac) that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now (flesh warring against Spirit). Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son (Hagar and Ishmael, or the first nature, and its works): for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman (the son of the free woman is the fruit of the Spirit which those who are Spirit born into the church should bear). So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.”
“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect,” Hebrews 10:1.
“Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; a minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man (Christ) have somewhat also to offer. For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests (Mosaic) that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of Yahweh when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shown to you in the mount,” Hebrews 8:1-5.
“Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come,” Romans 5:14.
This allegory deals with those who have received the natural birth only, verses those who have experienced both the natural birth and the Spirit birth. We are first birthed into the natural realm, that is, born of flesh, but our second experience, the birth from above, births us into another dimension—the new creation. This second experience is as real as the first birth (see 2 Cor. 5:17-19). Hear, the word creature is #2937 in the Strong’s Concordance and means creation. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of Yahweh, who has reconciled us to himself by Yasha Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that Yahweh was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though Yahweh did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to Yahweh. For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of Yahweh in him.”
The natural mind stays with the natural things. It will stay with the sin issue and point to a moody and irresponsible God.
Israel looked at the Word with natural eyes and missed the glory of the spiritual revelation. If we do not look beyond what the natural eye sees, we will miss the Spirit of the Word. “Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech: And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished (the first covenant): But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
Nevertheless when it (the heart) shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass (mirror) the glory of the Lord, are changed (metamorphoses) into the same image from glory (of the natural creation) to glory (the glory of the new creation), even as by the Spirit of the Lord,” 2 Corinthians 3:12-18.
“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of Yahweh which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of Yahweh: Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom Yahweh would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (maturity or perfection): Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect (mature) in Christ Yasha,” Colossians 1:25-28.
“But we speak the wisdom of Yahweh in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which Yahweh ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which Yahweh has prepared for them that love him. But Yahweh has revealed them to us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of Yahweh. For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of Yahweh knows no man, but the Spirit of Yahweh. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of Yahweh; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of Yahweh. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (understood). But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ,” 1 Corinthians 2:7-16.
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh,” Genesis 2:24.
“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church,” Ephesians 5:31-32.
When we read these shadows and allegories as history alone, they lose their spiritual strength. But the word “mystery” here should sound a wake-up call in our spirit. “But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” The written word, as taught by the carnal-minded Christian, is so natural that anyone who knows how to read can read and understand their doctrine whether they are Christian or atheist; there is no need for the Spirit to reveal it because it is taught as history or dead letter. That is the reason why the denominations contradict each other in certain doctrinal points.
The natural man sees his sin as being a war of wills. The modern church, for the most part, deals only with the sin issue and completely by-passes the core of the message. Actually, the mission of Christ was to impart life to the man of clay; his message was— “You must be born anew, or again.”
If we reject the new birth, trying to produce good works will not win us any favors. We must submit to the Spirit of Christ to be birthed into the family of Yahweh. If we have received our new birth, we will have been converted also. We will have received a new attitude; we will have lost our desire for the lust of the world and the pride of life. We have now become the temple of the Lord—we have the Spirit of Christ dwelling inside; therefore, we do not have a sinful nature. But our salvation does not work on a point system. If we do not follow on to know the Lord, we can miss the mark. Even though we may repent and ask for and receive forgiveness, we still must reap the harvest of the seed we sow.