Made Complete In Christ
Yahweh’s word admonishes us to put on his whole armor and then to stand in full armor at our post of duty: “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Yahweh: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. And watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints,” Ephesians 6:14-18.
Yasha said the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, would abide with us forever; therefore, it is for this day just as the gifts and manifestations of the Spirit and power are for us today. Our faith need not stand in the wisdom of man, but in the power of Yahweh (1 Cor. 2:5). It is through the crucifixion of the old man (our first nature) that we receive our inheritance in the Spirit realm.
The Glory of the Shadows
The mystery of the firstborn (the heir of the promise) is a truth that is still being overlooked just as it was by many of our forefathers. It was not really an oversight on their part because they were not able to conceive the reality of it in their day and many cannot in this day.
The law, or the old covenant, with its ordinances, Sabbaths, and sacrifices was given as a type, or a shadow, which reveals much truth concerning the firstborn. When the veil of the flesh is rent, we can see the reality in all its beauty, which is revealed through the Spirit of Light and Life. “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,” Hebrew10:1. We look beyond these shadows to behold the glory that has been revealed in the Son.
We must become skilled in the word of righteousness before we are able to eat meat at the Father’s table. Paul said his letters were the milk of the Word and not the meat: “I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able,” 1 Corinthians 3:2. “Strong meat belongs to those of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil,” Hebrews 5:14.
Redemption of the Firstborn
When the Israelites were delivered out of the bondage of Egypt, Yahweh commanded them to kill and eat all of the lamb for the redemption of the firstborn. Every family that did not have the blood of the lamb on the door post of their home when Yahweh passed over their first born would die, for Israel was the firstborn of Yahweh. See Exodus 4:22 and 12:11-13.
This sacrificial lamb of Egypt was only a shadow that found its reality in the sacrifice of the firstborn of the Spirit. John the Baptist testified of this truth when he pointed to Yasha and said, “Behold the Lamb of Yahweh…,” John 1:36. This lamb is referred to as the Passover lamb, and the eating of it is called the Feast of Passover. This feast was the first of the three feasts that Israel was to keep once each year throughout their generations to commemorate the night in which Yahweh redeemed the firstborn.
Afterwards, Yahweh claimed the firstborn as his own and admonished Moses to sanctify and set them apart as his (Ex. 13:12). Moses was commanded to redeem the firstborn in Exodus 24:20. Later, Yahweh spoke again concerning the firstborn and said that the sons of Levi would take the place of Israel as the Firstborn, thus redeeming them unto Yahweh (Num. 3:41).
The priesthood tribe (Levi) became the symbol (or shadow) of the Firstborn Redeemer. If the first covenant was to cast a shadow, it stands to reason that its reality will be found in the New Testament. As we turn to the New Testament we find the teaching concerning the firstborn in all its glory and beauty.
Looking Beyond the Shadows
Many people, seeing only the shadows, are not able to look beyond them. They focus their eyes on natural Israel as they look for the fulfillment of the promise—proclaiming natural Israel to be the seed of Abraham; therefore, heirs of the promise. But this is not the truth. It is hard to understand why so many knowledgeable Bible scholars stumble at the simplicity of this revelation.
Yahweh had given Abraham a threefold promise concerning His seed (not seeds): “That in blessing I will bless thee (Abraham), (1) and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore.” (2) “Thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.” (3) “And in thy seed shall all the nations be blessed,” Genesis 22:17-18.
Many of our spiritual leaders know very little concerning this threefold promise to the children of faith, especially the last part of it. They are expecting to see natural Israel inherit the promise, but this will never happen because the scriptures cannot be broken.
Matthew began his writing with almost a complete chapter dedicated to the genealogy of the bloodline of Christ. Thus proving that he was a natural descendant of Abraham; therefore, qualified to become the seed of the promise. Paul, with the same thought in mind, went to great length to establish this truth. He made it so very plain when he wrote: “The Blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Yasha Anointed that we might receive the promise (that Yahweh gave to Abraham concerning his seed),” Galatians 3:14. Then in Galatians 3:16 Paul wrote, “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made, he says not, and to seeds, as of many, but as of one and to thy seed, which is Christ.” Now the natural aspect of the lineage is satisfied in Christ, for he was born of an Israelite woman; therefore, a natural Jew, or Hebrew.
Verses seventeen through twenty-five of the same chapter explains how the promise was given before the law and says that the law was added because of transgression till the Seed (Christ) should come to whom the promise was made.
In the next four verses, we find that it is necessary for us to be baptized into Christ and to be clothed in him; therefore, becoming part of that one Seed.
Not By Might, Nor By Power, But By the Spirit of Yasha
Paul was careful to make it very clear that neither nationality, circumstances, nor gender could affect the promise since Christ (the seed of promise) had come, when he wrote: “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ (being clothed, or swallowed up into Christ). There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for we are all one in Christ Yasha, and if ye be Christ’s then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise,” Galatians 3:27-29
Again we find this same testimony in First Corinthians 12:12: “For as the Body is one and has many members, and all the members of that one Body, being many, are one Body: so also is Christ, for by one Spirit are we all baptized into one Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free: and have all been make to drink into one Spirit, for the Body (or seed) is not one member, but many.” Yet it is one seed.
Yahweh carefully protected the records that contained the genealogy of the Israelites. But after the seed of promise came, He caused the continuance of record-keeping to stop.
Twice in the New Testament we are admonished to avoid genealogies and striving about the law, which, says the writer, is unprofitable and vain (1 Timothy 1:4 and Titus 3:9). Yet it is very obvious that our natural genealogy would be the all important factor if our inheritance is depending on our nationality. And if this were so, the inheritance is by the law; for the same law that made it available to some, would shut others out. Yahweh would then become a respecter of nationalities.
The First Ripe Fruit
The second of the three feast of Israel came fifty days after the Passover, and in the New Testament it is referred to as Pentecost (meaning fifty), but in the Old Testament it is called the Feast of Harvest, or Firstfruits (Exodus 23:16).
The offering of the firstfruits would begin during the Passover Feast, when a sheaf (meaning a handful) of firstfruit was brought before the Lord and offered with a perfect lamb: “And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be complete: even unto the morrow after the seventh Sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the Lord. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord,” Leviticus 23:15-17.
The Feast of Passover is not just something from the past, it is a feast that we are invited to partake of in this age. But the shadow fades away when the light of Truth shines through the word of Yahweh, and we see and partake of the true Passover Lamb, which was offered up with the firstfruits. Paul wrote, “Purge out therefore, the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: therefore, let us keep the feast, not with old leaven of malice and wickedness: but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth,” 1 Corinthians 5:7-8.
Yasha is our Passover, but he is more than our Passover, he is also our Pentecost, our resurrection. “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For in Adam all die even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterwards they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to Yahweh, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority, and power. For he must reign, tell he has put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he has put all things under his feet. But when he says all things are put under him it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that Yahweh may be all in all Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?” 1 Corinthians 15:20-29.
In the above scriptures there are three orders of resurrection seen: (1) Christ the firstfruits. (2) Afterwards they that are Christ at his coming (original Greek is “presence of him,” not “coming”). (3) Then cometh the end, after he has delivered up the kingdom. Christ (the Lamb of Yahweh) became the offering for the firstborn, and then his Body (the Church) becomes an offering unto the Lord for the rest of the harvest.
In the above scriptures, Paul said that some were being baptized for the dead (or on behalf of the dead ones). And in other scriptures, he said the true baptism is into Christ when all our flesh-life is swallowed up into his Spirit-life. And yet, in another place, it is written: “…present your bodies a living sacrifice,” Romans 12:1.
Again we read, “The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the Children of Yahweh; and if children, then heirs, heirs of Yahweh and joint-heirs with Christ, if so be that we suffer with Him that we may be also glorified together (with Him). For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us, for the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of Yahweh. For the creature (creation) was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who has subjected the same in hope. Because the creature (creation) itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of Yahweh.
For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption to wit, the redemption of our body,” Romans 8:16-23. In the original writings, “adoption” is “to son place,” these has different meanings. We must be born of the Spirit, not just taken in by Yahweh but begotten of his Spirit of Life.
This thought is again expressed in Revelation 2:26-27: “And he that overcomes, and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers even as I received of my Father.” This is not speaking of a manifestation of cruelty, wrath, and hate, but of the manifestation of the sons of Yahweh, which is the fruit, or seed, of the Father.
Paul said that the fruit of the Spirit (Yahweh) is: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. When and wherever there is a manifestation of Yahweh or of His Seed, it will be a manifestation of these same attributes. Even the judgments of Yahweh must manifest his nature; we know that Yahweh is love. His actions will express the nature of his Spirit.
Paul said, “I reckon that the suffering of this present time is not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.” Then he goes on to say that the whole creation is groaning in pain waiting for this manifestation. Why should they wait for such a manifestation if its only purpose was to bring them into a greater degree of torment?
Jude said, “Behold the Lord cometh…To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly…”
Isaiah said, “When thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness,” Isaiah 26:9.
The Mystery That Reveals
If the work of Christ was to draw all men unto Yahweh, and Yasha said it would (John 12:32), then why did Yasha speak of a “little flock” in Luke 12:32, and a “few” in Matthew 7:14? This is the question asked by so many people when confronted with the truth of the Father’s love that is to reach out to all creation. Before Yahweh can reveal these answers to us, we must first come unto the knowledge of his Son. In order to understand the Son, we must be able to comprehend the mystery of Christ and his bride—the Church.
We read in Colossians 1:15, concerning Christ and his bride: “(Christ) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” Then in verse eighteen, we read: “And he is the head of the Body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn….” In the above scriptures, it is made clear that the Church being joined unto Christ becomes the beginning of Yahweh’s creation. This is a mystery on which many stumble. They see only the cleansing of the bride and the uniting of her to her head (Christ). They do not see that the Spirit is masculine while at the time the soul is in the feminine gender and the flesh is neutral being only the house, or temple.
We turn now to the types in the Old Testament (Genesis 5:2). In the beginning, the male and female dwelt in the same body for there it is recorded: “He called their name Adam.” Later Eve was taken out from Adam.
Adam is a figure of Christ (Rom. 4:14) and Eve (the feminine part) is a type of the Church. Just as Eve, the womb of man, was taken from Adam, the Church was birthed through Christ and is still a part of him, for she is forever to be joined to her head. The Church is the womb of Christ, or the part of him which receives the “Seed” (the anointed, living Word), which brings forth the Son (the manifestation of Spirit) in his likeness—the new creation. Even though the soulish, or Church, is flesh of his flesh and bone of his bones, she is not and never shall be his heir; this promise is to her Seed—he must be the firstborn. He is Spirit.
Dealing with this subject, Paul writes of the relationship of Christ and the Church, calling it a mystery. He explains how Christ is the head of the Body, the Church, just as the man is the head of the woman. Paul said, “Christ loved the church (his bride) and gave himself for her; that he might sanctify and cleanse it (her) with the washing of water by the word.” Here, the original writings used the word “her”. But much of the truth of Paul’s words were lost in the translation for it reads, “…Even as also the anointed loved the church, and himself delivered upon the behalf of her, so that her he might sanctify, having cleansed in the baptism of water by the word; that might place beside her himself glorious the church, not having a spot or blemish, or any of such like thing…,” Ephesians 5:25-27.
When a man takes a bride it is usually because he loves and desires to reproduce his seed through her; this is why Christ took his Bride. When the Church becomes sanctified, and is under subjection to the Holy Spirit, she will bear his fruit (the fruit of the Spirit: joy, love, peace, goodness, etc.), and the seed of promise will be manifested, for the seed is in the fruit.