Leviticus – Revealing Our Savior’s Offering

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Leviticus is the most intricately detailed book of the entire Old Testament, detailing to the Levitical priests the correct order in receiving, preparing, and offering all the gifts and sacrifices that the children of Israel offered to God. The priest fulfilled their charge by following the instructions contained in Leviticus. The priest interceded between God and man until the Redeemer would come. The book of Leviticus contains so much understanding, direction, and truth, underscoring the coming of the prophesied High Priest, who is Jesus Christ. Leviticus details many truths on how Jesus Christ would fulfil the legal requirements in offering himself as the true High Priest, and would give us, in grace, an eternal introduction to our heavenly Father.

Jesus was the ambassador of God’s Word as he displayed the wonders of the tree of life, for he was the faithful voice of God as he represented the fountain of living waters. He was the absolute Ark of the Covenant between God and man, the actual living tabernacle, the indisputable living Temple of God, the legitimate mercy seat, and the real altar. His own body represented all the genuine holy vessels of the sanctuary. His sinless blood was for the complete and dependable forgiveness of sins, the just atonement and total propitiation for the sin nature and humiliation in mankind. His flesh was for the true healing of many as it also was the authentic veil of the Temple, for he is man’s unquestionable entrance into the Holy of Holies and the righteousness and presence ─ and presents! ─ of God Almighty.

Hebrews 9:11-15, 24:
-11: But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle {his resurrected body}, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
-12: Neither by the blood of goats and calves {as the Levitical priest did}, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
-13: For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
-14: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit {God) offered himself without spot to God, purge {cleanse} your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
-15: And for this cause he {Jesus Christ} is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of {his} death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
-24: For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands {the physical temple that was in Jerusalem}, which are the figures of the true {temple in the heavenlies}; but {Jesus Christ went} into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

The more we find Jesus Christ within the Scriptures the greater he reveals his heavenly Father, Who then draws us ever close to Himself. The Scriptures reveal Christ and he reveals his Father in the hearts of our understanding. It is exciting when we recall what Jesus said in John 6:44, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him {to me}.” When we have the inner desire to know our Saviour Jesus Christ, who offered himself for us, he begins filling us with the truths that he gave everything including his very life so that we may walk with God. Jesus Christ is now in the eternal presence of God (for us).

Jesus Christ is the living and golden thread of truth throughout the book of Leviticus, which points forward to the great and glorious day of Jesus’ visitation, and our being lovingly drawn into the calling of our eternal redemption.

The Habitation of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Ephesians 2:18 – For through him {Jesus Christ} we both {believers from Israel and the Gentiles} have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

The word Spirit is in reference to the gift that God has given each believer and the spirit gives us personal access to the Father. Many people think that they have no real access to our heavenly Father; however, we most certainly do.

Ephesians 2:19 – Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

We are not estranged to God, nor are we foreign to Him, for He knows us intimately.  God has already made us one with spiritual unity before Him because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which gives us genuine citizenship from above – from heaven – from Him Who gave. God has also made us fellow-citizens with every other saint (every believer without exception), and we are also fellow-citizens of the actual household of the Creator.

Ephesians 2:20 – And {we, the fellow-citizens} are built upon the foundation of the {laid by the} apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone:

The Apostles and Prophets are those whom God in His grace has commissioned to lay the foundation by their teaching the truth within the Church Epistles. The Epistles teach us about the true spiritual foundation of Christ, and that the entire Church of God is built upon this.

Ephesians 2:21 – In whom {in Christ} all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

It is we, the believers, who spiritually grow within the temple, and we are “framed together” to make up the true spiritual temple that is growing in the Lord. You may wonder: How in the world can people make up a temple, and how is it that we are framed together? The next verse continues:

Ephesians 2:22 – In whom {the Lord} ye also are builded {up} together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

We are not only spiritually “framed together” in the temple of God, but we are also being spiritually “builded (up) together” to be the habitation of God. We know where we physically dwell, the place that we call our home, while spiritually speaking we are the place where God spiritually dwells, the place He calls His home, for we are indeed intimate members of His household. Not only do we have continued access to God, not only are we conducting our lives on the foundation of Christ, not only are we growing spiritually within the true temple of God, but we are also the place where the Creator of life has His habitation. We have access to God by the spirit that He gave us, and Ephesians 2:22 shows that God Himself inhabits the believers through or by means of the Spirit, and Spirit is the very essence of God.