What “did” Jesus do?
He took us from… “God above us” … to “God with us” …to “God ‘IN’ us!!!” … Wow!!!
We continue considering what Hebrews 7 means. What does it mean that our circumcision is now one of the heart? And how did God get us there?
This was the great mystery kept secret by God from the beginning of time! Do you think God can keep a secret? And Satan was never so surprised when he finally learned God’s love was so great, he would actually put man in himself, and himself in man! He never dreamed a holy God would or could do such a thing!
Before the birth of Christ, God’s Presence was contained in the Holy of Holies of the temple, of which a High Priest was allowed to go one time a year, and at great risk to his life! Making matters even worse, scriptures seem to indicate the Presence of God had already left the temple all together! And the Levite ceremonies had basically become empty practices. But before all this, when the Hebrews were crossing the wilderness with the wilderness tabernacle, they were blessed by God with a cloud above them by day, offering a covering and shade, and a pillar of fire by night, offering a covering and heat. God above them.
By the time Jesus is born things have gotten into a pretty bad spiritual condition. At this point God makes a huge move on the spiritual chessboard. Jesus is born into the earth and Matthew 1:23 records: “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (!)
God is making a move and it is major! Satan has no idea! God is moving towards checkmate! And Satan never saw it coming! The one who blinds was blindsided! The Presence of God has now moved from “God above us”, to “Immanuel”, “God with us”! And God’s not done yet!
But if God does such a thing, then even the Law must be changed?
“For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.” (Hebrews 7:12)
And so God did, through Christ Jesus, when he fulfilled all the Law for us, not leaving a jot or tittle unfulfilled, as he shifted the priesthood from the Levite to Jesus, of the eternal order of Melchisedec!
Then, on the Day of Pentecost in an upper room, the Promise of the Father invaded from the Kingdom of God into the earth, and God’s Presence became “God in us”! Know ye not that ye have become the “temples” of God? Checkmate, Satan!
This changed everything.
An awakening had come!
Now we are led of the Spirit in all things, in harmony with God’s Word.
This article is about: “GOD IN US.”
Have you considered the dead body of Jesus? Jesus didn’t simply wreck his car that day, he totaled it!!! They say the whip and beating alone had him in such a physical condition you could not even recognize him. And yet, somehow his heart kept beating and his body kept moving forward in obedience to the Father.
This already badly damaged body is then nailed to the cross and suspended vertically for all to see. After several hours of this humiliation and suffering, (oh, and don’t forget the sins of the world are put upon him too), but right at the appointed time he releases his spirit of his own obedience unto the Father. Then a Roman soldier thrusts a spear in his side from which a mixture of blood and water pours, indicating his very heart has burst!
Now his body has laid in a tomb for three days. Dead. Not breathing. No blood flowing. Jesus shows up to his Insurance Agency saying he wants his car fixed. The Insurance adjustor says, “Sorry Jesus, but that car is too far gone. It’s not possible. All the experts have looked it over. The frame is horrendously bent. The front end smashed, pushing the motor into the front seat. Then it caught fire! It’s totaled, man. I’m afraid this check towards buying another car is the best we can do.”
Now…with these thoughts in mind…ask yourself the question: WHAT KIND OF POWER HAD TO HIT THAT BODY FOR IT TO BE INSTANTLY RESTORED AND MADE NEW?
CAN YOU, BY ANY STRETCH OF YOUR IMAGINATION, VISUALIZE OR COMPREHEND POWER LIKE THAT?
WELL…GOD SAYS THAT SAME POWER IS RESIDING IN YOU AND I RIGHT NOW. THAT VERY SAME POWER! THE SAME POWER HITTING THAT BODY THAT DAY SETTING IN YOU AND I RIGHT NOW! DO WE BELIEVE IT? WHAT ARE WE DOING WITH IT? (WOWWW.) THAT KIND OF POWER IN US? WELCOME TO THE NEW COVENANT OF JESUS CHRIST!
“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (!) (Romans 8:11)
Again, the Law was of Moses and the Levites. Jesus was not even of the tribe of Levi. He was of Judah. Our covenant with God was totally changed that day, disconnecting it from Aaron and connecting it to a mysterious person, (God’s secret), Melchisedec! Huge move! Huge revelation!
And now we do not have the external Laws, but we have a circumcision of the heart putting the laws in our heart, by which the power of God changing us causes us to be drawn towards those laws, and they have been revealed to us in summation as, love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. And love your neighbor as yourself.
We have entered into a Bride and Groom relationship in which all of yours becomes all of His, (not just 10% or one Sabbath a week); and all of His becomes all of yours! Now this is a beautiful thing that truly boggles the imagination to even attempt comprehending. Welcome to your new covenant in Christ Jesus. Welcome to the Kingdom of God. Welcome to the Holy of Holies. Live in God’s Spirit and come boldly into His Presence anytime you so desire. Desire often and much!
But don’t try to keep me in the Old Covenant. It’s an insult to what God hath done, and God hath said. Let us walk in God’s Spirit, render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s. And what is God’s? All of it. We have no inheritance in the earth. God’s Presence is our inheritance, and in His Presence, we have all things.