Having therefore brethren boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh. (Heb 10:19 & 20)
Jesus is a gateway; THE Gateway, in fact, through which the righteous shall enter.
The passage above speaks of flesh, and of blood; our right to enter in is in the blood – the veil, or entry to pass through is His flesh.
What on earth does that mean?!
Have you ever read: ‘The Word became flesh…’? In fact let us not sell short the whole statement: ‘The Word became flesh, and made His dwelling among us.’
The Word of God BECAME… (surely we could stop and contemplate that for centuries and not exhaust of revelation!) God spoke all things into being; it was His Word (Jesus) that made creation – it could be said: it was His Word that BECAME creation.
Colossians 3:16 & 17
For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.
At the center of everything in existence is the Word of God.
Yet, there is a deeper revelation at the center of this Word BECAME flesh.
What is flesh? Is it not temporal (temporary)? Is it not physical, perishable matter? ‘…for dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return.’ (Gen 3:19b)
The Word BECAME the same stuff that your temporal body is made of.
Why? ‘…and made His dwelling among us.’
The Word was not natural, the Word was not temporal, or perishable, but eternal. You and I are temporary, we live in vessels made of clay. One such vessel the Lord BECAME. Have you ever thought that must not be right? Surely He didn’t BECOME flesh, He just came and inhabitted flesh, right?
The Word BECAME FLESH. Jesus WAS the vessel – the perfect vessel for the entirety of His being was made up of God’s Word. The first Adam was formed of the dust of the earth (physical matter, not literal dirt), the last Adam (Christ) is the Lord from heaven.
The revelation is the clay pot – He came as the perfect vessel, because vessels are what mankind was made to be.
We try to be spiritual, but Christ – who was Spirit – became natural. God is a Spirit, you are a body, a dwelling-place. Know ye not, know ye not: ye are the temple? God does not live in dwellings made with hands (beware, for the day is coming when the world will be led to believe that a building in the earthly city of Jerusalem will contain the presence of God – it is a counterfeit temple; an image made to the beast from the sea); God dwells, rather, in living stones.
God did not have to make a physical creation, surely a spiritual one was sufficient? But He DID make a physical realm, and His greatest desire is to be with His people who are made of dust.
God came as a flesh-and-blood man because only in flesh can the mystery of the Christhood appear: ‘…DWELT AMONG US.’ Further, only as flesh, He could be wounded for our iniquities, crushed for our sins. As the eternal, imperishable Word He could not die. As a man, He was the perfect sacrifice because He was the perfect vessel: pure and spotless Lamb of God.
‘For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a BODY thou hast prepared me.’ (Heb 10:4 & 5)
By His blood are we brought near, the blood makes possible reconcilliation with God. Only the blood of the perfect sacrifice can cleanse one from sin. Jesus was the perfect vessel –> the perfect man –> the perfect sacrifice.
What is the purpose of man? God is a Spirit, man is dust. This great mystery is Christ IN US the hope of glory (Col 1:27). As a clay pot you can be filled with the anointing of God; but the holiness of that anointing will kill you if you have not been washed in the blood – if you have not passed through the veil.
The Word of God has never been broken (Ex 9:26; Num 9:12; John 19:36); but it has been torn asunder, that we might enter in. The flesh is the Living Word of God – just as the letter, the law of carnal commandments stands against us as the veil, yet the veil was torn asunder; the heart of Christ was rent in two so that those on His left (gentiles) and those on his right (Jews) could be brought near beyond the veil of the letter.
‘That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and taken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that He miht reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain thereby: and came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Now therefore ye are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the fojndation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. -Eph 2:12-22