New Conception and New Birth
- The first, old covenant led to the conception of the seed of Christ through the faith of Abraham. After forming and developing in the womb of Israel, Jesus was born into His physical form within flesh, becoming a manifestation of the first covenant. While fulfilling and delivering on the promises of the first covenant, He also became the seed of the new covenant and an image of God’s plan for His children.
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
- After the manifestation of the son of God, it was time for a new covenant to be established. Now, within this new covenant, the Lord would again disclose more details about His purpose for us and ask us to unite with Him in faith as He had asked Abraham before. The requirements are basically the same as those mentioned to Abraham in Genesis 17, and they are that we walk before the Lord and be circumcised, albeit now of our fleshly nature.
- This passage from Hebrews 8 is a reminding reference to the prophetic words of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:31-34), which were previously spoken of God’s desire to create a new covenant with His people. The effects and goal of this New Covenant of the Lord would be to put His laws into our hearts. The only way for that to become a reality was through the seed of His Holy Spirit.
- It is worth noting that this covenant is again given to Israel, which is most likely the reason 12 Jewish disciples were chosen to initiate and activate the new covenant. But again, just like physical blessing of Abraham welcomes outsiders into God’s covenant people if they accept circumcision, so too is the case for us as Gentiles if we are willing to crucify our flesh. (Genesis 17:12-13). Again, it is only the Holy Spirit who performs this work.
4Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
1 Peter 1:22-25
22Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
- So, now we go back to where we began the series. The earth is currently experiencing birth pains, because the sons of God are about to be birthed into the kingdom.
18 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. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 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.
Spiritual Law Revealed through Physical Realities; God Requires Blood
- As we proceed, let’s take a look at several details within Hebrews that confirm what we’ve learned and prepare the way for where we’re going. A proper understanding of Hebrews uncovers a wealth of understanding for how we should operate in our current world.
- The only way to pass through the veil is with blood, and the only way enter into presence of God without perishing is, specifically, through the blood of Jesus.
Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. 3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. 6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. 7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: 9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
- As usual, God is an excellent teacher, and the book of Hebrews provides an amazing explanation of how He used physical realities to explain Spiritual truths.
- The spiritual state and arrangement of things, the legal requirements of justice and the Lord’s plan for redemption are revealed through physical instruments and institutions which serve as types and shadows in the earth, especially the Jewish temple.
- Much can be learned and extracted from the book of Hebrews which explains the wisdom of God which was much more difficult to understand prior to Christ.
- ABOUT TESTAMENTS… Among the many great revelations contained in Hebrews, is a beautiful understanding about testaments and what they are: The Old Covenant and New Covenant of the Bible are also referred to as the Old Testament and New Testament, and the use of these words uncovers greater understanding of God’s loving plan for His children. In a modern sense, we barely use the word testament as it is used here, but the place where it is most widely used is the reading of someone’s dying will. They are often called the last “will and testament,” and this helps to understand the use of the word in Hebrews 9. As verse Hebrews 9:17 explains, the benefits of a will and testament don’t go into effect until the testator—otherwise known as the person owning the possessions—dies. The beneficiaries of a testament, typically the children and descendants of the testator, can’t receive an inheritance until their predecessor dies. Thus, in a spiritual sense, we couldn’t recover the benefits of the Lord or His possession until He died for us. This is revelation, but it is also law.
- Furthermore, it is perhaps most important to observe the purpose of blood within the spiritual paradigm. The careful use of blood is spoken of at length, showing that it is an important element in dealing with veils and producing power, and it is continued into the next chapter.
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. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
- It becomes clear and obvious that the shedding of blood is a critical inclusion and requirement for communication and transition between veils. Among all of the major applications of divine veils, blood is involved in some way.
- After observing how the laws of God were revealed through His institutions, we can move forward to see how this same law carries consequences, still today.
- When blood is shed intentionally, it carries effects for and/or upon all parties involved. The blood of Cain cried out to God from the ground and the blood of the prophets is being stored to be poured out later upon all those who persecuted the people of God. The blood of Naboth was spilled for his vineyard and Jezebel died the same way. As we will discover, the ungodly removal of veils is an attempt to manipulate and leverage spiritual power for an ungodly purpose.
- Ungodly forms of bloodshed are mockeries of God’s control of veils and are often dangerous attempts to manipulate the power of within veils. Ordained and timely breaking of veils ensures safe communication and transition of life and power between dimensions, and the results are free of the depreciative, deforming and deadly effects of doing so, ill-advisedly. However, Just as fornication and sexual immorality bring about disease and a multitude of complications, there is a type of spiritual fornication which forsakes the will and timing of God to accomplish the will and timing of man, and the spiritual results are even more harmful.