“For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched...but ye are come unto mount Sion...”
The writer of this epistle has set forth a wonderful explanation of the superiority of the fulfillment of the law as opposed to the types and foreshadows. The types were constructed by man of the materials of this world and were a pattern of things to come. They stood as a reminder of the sin of Adam and the need for forgiveness but they were incapable of correcting the one or providing the other. No one was ever made perfect by the deeds of the law which stood in the meats, repentance, divers washings and ceremonies. Nor could they appease the conscience of those who had been made alive in Christ because as they observed the tenants of the law they were reminded of their sin and their need for forgiveness. The writer did not provide a new outlook on the law of Sinai and he did not try to find a way that man could keep the law as the Pharisees did, rather he explicitly states that there must needs be a change in the law as it passed from type to anti–type in Christ.
Everything connected to the handwriting of ordinances was the ministration of condemnation and everything connected with the fulfillment was the ministry of reconciliation. Moses was faithful above all the house but Messiah was faithful as the builder and maker of the house. He, being the only begotten of God, had a more excellent inheritance than anything Moses and the children of Israel could have because His inheritance was not of this world. He has a more excellent name than any name on earth for He is Jehovah’s salvation and at His name every knee, in heaven and in the earth, bows and every tongue confesses that He is the Master. Therefore, His people, for whom the deliverance of Jehovah is applied and accomplished, are not involved with the laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and faith toward God. They are involved in holding fast the things that pertain to one who has been delivered from the strong man’s house and set at liberty. The have their affections set on the things from above, their hearts long for the heavenly Jerusalem, they speak of the great things that God has done, is doing and shall do. They keep the commandments of God in that they love Him who first loved them with an everlasting love and they love the family of the redeemed as they love themselves. They have the testimony of a finished work in Christ Jesus and they seek that building not made with hands that is eternal in the heavens.
Messiah did not come to keep the patterns perfectly as a demonstration to man that it could be done. He came to keep the perfect law of God. He never brought a sacrifice for His sin since He had no sin. He never entered into the sanctuary to bring the blood for others for the altar was a mere facsimile and He had no earthly right to administer to the services of the Temple for He was of the house of Judah not Levi. He brought nothing new, as if it never existed before, since there is nothing new under the sun and Jehovah does not change. The Anointed of God came forth born of woman and made under the whole, perfect law of God, as it is in heaven, and manifested both the mystery of God and His gospel. In this most excellent ministry, He made known to His people the better covenant of better promises and better inheritance.
He did not place a seal of approval upon the priesthood of Aaron so as to praise the sons of Levi or a tribe of national Israel. Rather He was a priest after an order that had nothing to do with the Tabernacle in the wilderness or the service of the Temple of Solomon. This order stood under the lordship of a kingdom of peace, having neither beginning of days or length of nights, therefore, because Melchizedek continues forever, neither He nor His priesthood can ever change. Since He is not of the Levitical priesthood then His ministry cannot be flawed as the one at Sinai was for it could not make the doer thereof perfect. So, since there was a change in the priesthood, a change in the law and the Tabernacle, there must then have been a change in the testament (covenant), the sacrifice, the altar and the promise.
“there hath not failed one word of all His good promise which He promised by the hand of Moses His servant” (I Kings 8:56)
The word given to Moses and David was made manifest as being fulfilled and completed when Solomon finished the Temple. The nation was like the sands of the sea, the boundaries were to the extent that Abram had walked and all the enemies were subdued. God had caused Israel to inherit the land and He had blessed the land to sustain them just as He had promised at Mt. Sinai. So now there is no need to return to that model as a demonstration of God’s integrity, faithfulness or immutability. He has done all He had promised in the way He had spoken and to the extent that He had intended.
“But ye are come unto Mount Sion” – This is the mountain of sun and not the mountain of dark clouds, engulfing fire and the sound of trumpets, many waters and many voices. Here the Son of Righteousness has risen with healing in His wings. The light of His gospel has enlightened His children with a knowledge of the truth and has given them the hope of a better inheritance in a city not made with hands that is eternal in the heavens.
“...unto the city of the living God...” – This is not the ministry of death and it does not contain the provisions of death. It is a covenant of Life because Messiah came that His people might have life and have it more abundantly. He is the way the truth and the life of His people. He did not come to condemn them in their sins but to forgive them of their sins and to cleanse them of all unrighteousness.
“...unto...the heavenly Jerusalem...” – The promise given to Moses and David was for a country, a nation and a city in this world that stood as the type and not the realization of the truth. If the city that the patriarchs looked for, which David built and which God set His approval upon was the true manifestation, then it would continue today, since the promise was for an eternal kingdom. The son of David would still be on the throne that Solomon built and the Levitical priesthood would still be sacrificing the offerings. If the promise was in the Jerusalem in Arabia which answers to the law, then Messiah could not have been the High Priest of our profession for He was of the house of Judah. He could have never destroyed the Temple for He would have been obligated to protect it and preserve it and He would be guilty of having a ministry contrary to the commandments of God.
But this Jerusalem, the Holy city, is not of this world. It is not built with Adams hands or the arm of the flesh and it is not constructed of the materials of the land. God is the builder and maker. This is the city which Abram went out from his father’s house, seeking by faith, not knowing where he was going. It is the bride of the Lamb and because of His ministry, it has been granted unto Her to be arrayed in fine linens, pure and white. Because of His faithfulness she is adorned in the righteousness of the saints. She was quickened together with Him, she has been raised up together with Him in the resurrection unto newness of life and is now seated together with Him in the heavenlies. Her foundation is the true law of God and His Word by the prophets, Jesus Christ the chief cornerstone. The foundation is not the men of the law (Aaron, Moses and Joshua) and it is not the twelve apostles. It is the true law of God and the Word of He that was sent forth to preach good tidings unto the meek. The One who was sent forth to bind up the broken–hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and to open the prison to them that are bound (Is. 61:1). Her walls are of precious living stones who have been delivered from the bondage of corruption and set free from the demands of the weak and beggarly elements of this world. Her walls are always before Him. impregnable by the world and the gates of hell for they have been built by Him and they are the salvation of Jehovah.
“...and to an innumerable company of messenger...” – There is a great cloud of witnesses to the wonders and majesty of Jehovah of Hosts. They testify to the eternal love of the Father and His sovereignty over all His creation, but most of all they testify to the worthiness of the Lamb who has finished all that was set before Him. They proclaim from generation to generation the power and might of the God of the universe to do all His good pleasure, His power to redeem and His faithfulness of His Word. There are none in this company that sing anything but the songs of Moses, the song of deliverance. They all have the mind of the Anointed and they all speak the same thing. They praise His name before the throne and they testify to the hope that is within because of Immanuel who Tabernacles with His people. They are the witness that the Just, those justified by His faith and at peace with God, walk by His faith. They do not live by sight, the senses or the cognitive abilities of Adam. They follow what they cannot see and are assured by that which they hope for. They are tempted by the things that are seen and fade away, being temporal, but they walk the righteous path by the light of His Word upon the path and their feet.
“...to the general assembly of the church of the firstborn which are written in heaven...” – This is the house of the firstborn of many brethren being the first begotten of God and the first born from the dead. His inheritance is not the dust and clay of this world and His kingdom is not of this world. He is the sole heir of the glory of God which He had with the Father before the world began and His children are joint heirs with Him. This is a better inheritance than that granted to the nation of Israel under Joshua, it is an eternal inheritance and there is no possibility of the will ever being changed. These sons of God have been written in the book of life of the Lamb from before the foundation of the world. They do not worship the beast, they are not defiled with the great whore and they all walk in the light of the Lamb in the Holy city. Their names cannot be blotted out of the book for they are faithful in Him and have overcome the world as He has overcome the world. They do not wonder at the beast for they have been granted wisdom and spiritual understanding to know that the number of the beast is the number of Adam and when the books were opened, when the Lamb was slain, they were judged by the Judge of all to be righteous being justified by His faith. The second death has no power over them, they have entered into the Holy city to dwell forevermore and they stand in the fullness of the Word, the Oath and the covenant of God. These are just men who have been made complete in Him.
“...and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant and to the blood sprinkled...” – There is one mediator between God and man and He is Jesus Christ the righteous. He has not negotiated a deal with the Father nor has He been the arbiter of the terms. He has met all the demands of the perfect Law of God and has presented His bride, His house, His children without blame before the throne. He purchased the field with His own blood, redeemed His people unto Himself, cleansed them of all unrighteousness, washed their garments in His blood and after He harvested His plantation, He presented first the first fruits and then the full harvest to His Father; “Behold I and the children which thou hast given Me”.
“...that speaketh better things than Abel...” – Abel was a child of grace who had the Spirit dwelling within. He had the heart of stone removed and the Spirit caused him to walk after the commandments of God. He was a member of the new covenant and his sacrifice of blood was better than the sacrifice of the labour of the hands of his brother Cain. Cain had worked by the sweat of his brow to bring in the fruits of the land, none of which is by faith. He demonstrated the nature of man as being a diligent worker and he returned unto God what he had done. Abel was given to believe, without the law of Sinai, that the only acceptable sacrifice was blood.
And so, when the precious blood of the Lamb was slain as the perfect sacrifice for sin in the end of the world, it spoke of a better sacrifice, in a sanctuary not made with hands, by an administrator who was without sin, to appease the justice of God. By this the sin of His people was removed never to be called into account again, the horns of the altar were struck as mercy was applied and all the children were consecrated for the work of the ministry. They were not consecrated to find new converts, enlarge the borders of the land or bring salvation to the world. They were given the ministry of reconciliation, whereby God has reconciled the world unto Himself.
Brethren do not trust what can be seen, do not follow after the cries of the world who say lo here and lo there and be not entangled with the things of this world. The church of Jesus Christ is alive and very well. She is not in distress, disarray or disorder. She is not wallowing in the dust of Adam or burdened with the cares of the inhabitants of this world. She is without spot or blemish and she is seated with Her husband and Her Lord. We stand today two thousand years from the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord, the same distance after as Abraham was before. We live by and stand by the same faith as he did and we look forward to the manifestation of that self–same city, that has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
December 9, 2012