Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Christianity does not begin with serving and working, but it begins with resting.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
We are now going to correlate the New Testament principles as the reality of that which the Old Testament was speaking of.
All those things are “not mere shadows” in the plural, but they are called a “mere shadow” in the singular because it is viewed as a one time event where all things are summed in its entirety in Christ.
JOH 10:7, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
The first shadow in Nehemiah’s day was the gate where TLJC is said to be the door of the sheep, while the walls referred to the wall of fire manifested by the Shekinah glory indwelling the body of Jesus Christ.
It points to the reality of the CA bel going through the death, burial and resurrection of TLJC at the moment of Salvation, called theologically the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
O.T. SHADOW = N.T. REALITY
1. Sheep Gate-Walls – Baptism of HS-POSITIONAL TRUTH
JOH 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
At the moment that you expressed your “faith alone in Christ alone, a miracle took place.”
At the moment of salvation, through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, He reveals to us the principle of death to the OSN and how to discover life to the new nature.
At the Sheep Gate or the door opening up the way to the wall of fire, ZEC 2:5, awaiting is God’s highest and best for the Church-Age believer.
ZEC 2:5 ‘For I,’ declares the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’ “
He or she is now ready to have the correct attitude toward the Enemy, Which is to STAND” in EPH 6:11.
To be useful in God’s plan a believer must be properly adjusted in respect of all three: his position, his life, and his warfare.
We Gentiles, Church-Age believers, look backward for what has already taken place.
The Jews were looking for the work of their Messiah to be fulfilled we are thanking and praising the Lord that the work has been fulfilled.
Our Lord said in MAT 5:17 “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.”
JOH 17:4 “I glorified Thee on the earth, [and how is it that you glorify God the Father on the Earth?] having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do.
In JOH 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit.
The point is that for the believer in the Church-Age, Christianity does not begin with serving and working, but it begins with resting.
The Christian era began with Christ, of whom we are told that, when He had made purification of sins, He “sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (HEB 1:3).
Our natural reason says, If we do not work, how can we ever reach the goal?