Natural things, or the things that are seen, reveal the things that are not seen.
Spirit is always the controlling force; for instance, there is a spirit-principle, or force, controlling our president. We cannot see this force because it is of the unseen. But as that spirit moves upon his flesh and manifests itself, we are then able to understand the principle and character of the controlling force in his life. We still don’t see spirit, but we witness an expression of it.
Before Christ came, there was no expression of Yahweh, or of his unseen Spirit in the earth. There were many people who believed the witness that there was a God, and even believed He was righteous because they had been taught that he was righteous. The problem facing them was that they had no idea of what righteousness was and how it was to manifest itself.
Man or Beast?
Animals do not understand that it is wrong to kill—some may disagree here, but I can prove my point. A trained dog, if he is trained to kill under certain conditions, will show a guilty reaction to his master for not having killed when the need arose, as much, or more than an untrained dog would when he had been caught killing. The animal is controlled by the spiritual influence which exists around him. The only guilt he experiences is brought about when he feels he has not measured up to the expectations of the more dominate spirits that are in control.
Mankind, without Yahweh, has a beastly nature. When the restraining laws are revoked, the unconverted accept the principle of stronger spirits, even when the principle is evil. After the rejection of truth, mankind could only judge right and wrong by the influence of the strongest spirit force, and his principles, or standards, are controlled by the same force.
We see this principle at work in other countries that are being controlled by strong, but evil, spirits. They have lost all sense of right and wrong even though they feel they are right.
Yahweh’s Love Verses Man’s Love?
Yahweh’s word had to come to mankind in a form that they could comprehend as righteousness. If Yahweh had been manifested as pure love, they could not have accepted it as righteous, just as most of the church world cannot today. They say, and I quote, “If God does not torture the wicked, he is not a just God.” They seem to be unaware they were never tortured for their sins, nor do they expect to be.
If we do not react strongly when our children give in to their base nature, if we shower them with our love and mercy, which our spirit would like to do, they would immediately assume it to be a sign of approval and feel that we secretly share their weakness.
When laws are passed legalizing vice and low-life expressions, such as liquor and drugs, children interpret this as an act of approval and acceptance by society, and will practice it as normal conduct.
Yahweh gradually worked his principle into those who would allow his Spirit to influence them; this is why he had to come in the form of law before he could come in a higher manifestation.
The law revealed the love of Yahweh, at the same time it revealed his righteousness. It revealed the destruction of sin, while it revealed the salvation of the sinner—but it revealed it lightly, as only a shadow or dim view. They were so wrong they could not see right as right. Right looked wrong and wrong looked right, just as it does to some today.
Bringing Light Out of the Shadows
If we can look at the shadows until the light dawns, we can comprehend and teach the gospel as true witnesses. But if we have no foundation for the building of truth (as far as the world is concerned), they will take our words and build on the old rotten foundation. In other words, they will say, “Oh God is righteous and he loves me! He approves of everything I do, need, and want.” That is why we must go back and look at the types and shadows until we can remove the veil off our faces. We will not understand the meaning of those types and shadows that were revealed through the law, unless we take time to look. Head knowledge cannot help, unless the spirit is involved. Most of Israel could not see; Moses wore a veil lest the people be blinded. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of Yahweh,” Romans 3: 23.
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us,” 1 John 1: 8-10.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path,” Psalm 119:105.