Throughout the scriptures, and in the old covenant, there was always a physical foreshadowing of the heavenly things to come.. from animal sacrifice to the blood of the Lamb of God.. from temples made of bricks and stone to temples made without hands and us as the lively stones… from high priests to Christ the High Priest who makes intercession for us… from the earthly nation Israel to Christ the nation, and so forth…
These earthly things were a pattern after the heavenly things, but not the very things themselves. Where the earthly things have fallen short (and it all has), the heavenly things were greater than these.
“It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. ” Heb 9:23
Christ came to fulfill and do all that was written in the scriptures for Him to do… and then He established the new covenant/new testament. These are the Spiritual things and heavenly things that have finally come, and are made possible through Christ. We no longer walk after the flesh, but the Spirit. The Father desires for us to worship Him in Spirit and Truth.
The new testament did not begin in Matthew chapter 1, verse 1… but it began when Christ gave us His body (the bread) and shed His blood (the wine). We have received Christ, have eaten of Him, and drank of Him, and have entered into the new testament.
“And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.” Mark 14:22-24
According to the law, a testament had to be shed with blood and the testator must have died to put it in effect.
“For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.” Heb 9:16-23
*** so cool!!…notice how Moses took the blood of the sacrifice, and mixed it with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop?? We see this fulfilled by Christ also.. He is the blood mixed with water, His wool (the Lamb) is scarlet, and He purges us with hyssop***
Another physical foreshadowing that brought forth a heavenly thing that is missed by many is that the law was written on stone, and the scriptures written in the letters of scrolls which brought forth a greater and heavenly thing in Christ. The law is now not written on stone but in the heart of flesh in the new creation. We have become the living epistles of our Lord. He writes the law in our hearts and our mind and has given us His Spirit to guide us into all truth.
See… see how the greater thing is that we no longer know the truth by our natural minds, or by the outward man.. but it has become truth IN us.. the inward man..
The New Testament is written in living epistles.. in the inward man.. in the heart of flesh…
“Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? ” 2 Cor 3:3-8
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people” Heb 8:10
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jer 31:33
“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.” Psa 51:6