Between the shadow and reality.

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The temple of Solomon contained Cherubs. The real throne of God is surrounded by Seraphs.

What’s the difference you say?

A Cherub brings judgement. A Seraph brings removal of guilt and atonement for sin.

In other words, the shadow shouts judgment, the reality announces forgiveness.

What’s the point, I am trying to make? Many people tell us that the Law is a shadow of Christ. As such, it reflects Jesus or at least resembles Jesus.

Friends. That is pure nonsense. A shadow is black. The reality is made out a prism of 7 colours. The shadow is actually the very antithesis of reality.

That’s why the writer of Hebrews compared the earthly temple and the heavenly one.

Hebrews 9:6-8
When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry.

But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance.

The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning.

What the Spirit is saying while the shadow is around, you will not be able to see the real temple.

So it was necessary for that the “shadow temple” be destroyed.

That’s why the writer of Hebrews calls this Temple Sinai. A mountain of darkness. It is the shadow.

Hebrews 12:18-20

You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire;

to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.”

A mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;

to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded:

“If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.”

The “shadow temple” was destroyed in AD70. It was replaced by what Paul called the real one. The temple of the Holy Spirit. Peter called it God’s new house. John calls it “the new heaven and earth”.

Do you know you are the “reality temple”? Why do you think you are called “royal priests”? Why do you think you are called to offer your bodies as “living sacrifices”?

Your body is the Temple.

The writer of Hebrews calls it Zion. You are the new mountain God built his new house.

Hope that encourages you.

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