Christs Body As The Sin Offering In Christ

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December 8, 2008

Good morning L____,

The fire of God’s word has to have been burning in your life to see the depths you have been given to seen here in this offering. Thank you for taking the time to share with me what God has given you to see.

You say:

“God is all powerful Mike, but he was not able to create sons of God, with the attributes he wanted, right out of the box.”

I would reword that to say ‘God is all powerful and therefore will not do anything contrary to His own Word, which requires that the natural be “marred” and always precede the completed spiritual.’ As you yourself put it: “God subjected the creation to flesh/ vanity because that was the way he saw fit to teach and instruct his children, by grace, how to discern good and evil.”

Jer 18:4  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [ was made] a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

I was especially edified when you point out that the sin offering is burned on the very ground, which ‘ground’ we are, and the ashes are then used for purification, which is how God uses us once He has burned out of us all that must be burned out:

Num 19:9  And a man [ that is] clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer, and lay [ them] up without the camp in a clean place, and it shall be kept for the congregation of the children of Israel for a water of separation: it is a purification for sin.
Num 19:10  And he that gathereth the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes, and be unclean until the even: and it shall be unto the children of Israel, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among them, for a statute for ever.
Num 19:11  He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.
Num 19:12  He shall purify himself with it [ the water of separation] on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean: but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean.
Num 19:13  Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifieth not himself, defileth the tabernacle of the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from Israel: because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness [ is] yet upon him.

Those ashes typify the fire of God’s Word in Christ, and through Him in us, which produces those. It is through these ashes of Christ’s body that we are purified, and it is through our burned up ashes that the rest of mankind will be brought to Christ:

Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

The choosing of God’s elect is at the expense of the many who are called but not chosen, and the salvation of the many called, is by the channel, or agency, of the mercy of the “few chosen,” the ashes of the red heifer, Christ, and Christ in us.
Thanks again for sharing with me the insights God has given you.
Your brother in Christ,

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