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I am enjoying my time in Bellingham. We had a fantastic workday at the church on Saturday and got a lot of work done, as well as some great bonding time as community members. Yesterday we enjoyed communion together in our morning service time and in a meal together afterwards. I am pleased with all that God is doing in our midst. I hope you had a great weekend as well.
Today I am going to continue on the subject of the Red Heifer. The shadow of the Law was given for our learning in the reality of the New Covenant, a place of personal relationship with God our Father and Jesus the Son by the inward habitation of the Holy Spirit. In this, we are not only destined for heaven, but there is an increasing influence of heaven in our lives.
Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a 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.
Jesus was the body of Christ so that we could become part of the body of Christ, the habitation of God’s Spirit in us individually and together as Christ in the flesh. Jesus made this possible by His complete sacrifice for our complete sanctification.
Numbers 19:5 Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight: its hide, its flesh, its blood, and its offal shall be burned.
In the shadow of the Law, all flesh, inside and out, was consumed by fire as well as all of the works of the flesh – including the refuse of that body. Jesus gives the power to transform all flesh to a testimony of His life-giving Spirit. This includes everything inside and outside our lives – including our works. Our sanctification to God in Christ includes a freedom from the futility of the curse of the administration of the knowledge of good and evil.
Numbers 19:6 And the priest shall take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet, and cast them into the midst of the fire burning the heifer.
The cedar wood is a testimony to the generational inheritances of the curse of sin. Cedar is a wood that endures for generations and without the gift of God’s love in the form of Jesus Christ we are bound to the generational cures of the past. Hyssop is a testimony to bitterness. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice in His flesh to sanctify us in our flesh, even to the healing of all bitterness in our lives. Scarlet is a testimony to sin. Biblically sin is as scarlet. I believe that these three things, cedar wood, hyssop, and scarlet are a testimony symbolizing our iniquity, transgression, and our sin. It is in the body of Christ that we find our true sanctification and freedom from iniquity, transgression, and sin.
Numbers 19:7 Then the priest shall wash his clothes, he shall bathe in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp; the priest shall be unclean until evening.
Jesus was the washing (sanctification) of our lives as priests unto God by His death and resurrection. We know this through a ‘born again’ experience in Christ. We have been ‘born unto God’ by the resurrection life of Christ. As was symbolized in the sprinkling of the pure water of the Old Covenant, this is a ‘third day’ washing that allows us to be in this world, but not of this world. We are kept safe from the evil one. The custom of sanctification in the Old Covenant was for what was unclean to be sprinkled with the water containing the ashes of the red heifer. After a full seven days the unclean was examined again and if it was found to be free of defilement it would be pronounced fully clean. In Christ, we live in this world with the inward connection with God as our Father in Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
Jesus prayed to the Father for His disciples and in this He also prayed for us.
John 17:15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.
Ephesians 5:26 …that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word…
The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the word that sanctifies us to be in this world but sanctified unto God while we walk out our journey in Christ. We have experienced a first resurrection from the dead in Christ so that we will receive the full resurrection of our lives unto heaven.
John 5:24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.
Ted J. Hanson
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