the Book of the NEW MAN in Christ
“Verse by verse” the deeper meaning of this Bible-book,
explained in the light of the Israeli Tabernacle
The life in ‘the holy of holies’ of the marriage child of God
The glory of the risen Christ (active) in the NEW MAN
We have come to the last chapter of the Gospel after Luke, and this chapter, according to the characteristics of the Tabernacle, we must view in the light of His Shekinah glory. It was the light of His divine glory (and the proof of His perfect presence), that at the time was present between the two cherubim on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant. This light depicts the light of the love of God that, by Jesus’ atonement, will work in the complete person – after body, soul and spirit – unto the full revelation of His justice in the sanctified person, and to the glory of His sweet and unsurpassed Name! Let us fervently desire the effect of this perfect light of God in our heart and life (Matthew 5:6), until we will be perfect in Him, as it is written:
“…every one (disciple) that is perfect shall be as his master” (Luke 6:40b).
Should there be among you who think that fullness in Christ here on earth cannot exist, then you detract from the Word of God (Colossians 4:12; Matthew 5:48; John 17:23; 2 Corinthians 13:11), which tells us that He will build a church without any “spot or wrinkle” (Ephesians 5:27). Never in the history of the church this was realized, how wonderful members of the Church, especially in the beginning, might have been (see a.o. the book of Acts). But in the end-time, which we have already entered into now, the (perfect) Bride of Christ (namely the New Jerusalem) will be formed! By the powerful effects of the Word and the Spirit of God this Bride(church) will be led into the fullness of and in God. She will be brought to this (divine) perfection in order to be able to experience the divine miracle of the Marriage of the Lamb; namely the actual union of Jesus – the living Bridegroom, the Lamb of God – with His Bride living on earth, namely the then perfected Church (members) which is (are) called hereto (Revelation 19:6-10). And all that will take place on earth (Luke 12:36)!
But the Marriage of the Lamb is an event which is hidden from the world. Therefore the divine Bridegroom will not (be able to) be seen by the worldly person, but they will know who the Bride (namely the woman married to the Son of God) is, and this is because of the Shekinah glory of God, which will seen in and through her being and actions (Revelation 12:1; Psalm 45:14-16; Isaiah 60:2). And this glorious Bride(church), although in secret on account of the persecutions by the then present political world-church of the end-time (Revelation 17:1-9), the Latter-Rain-Revival (i.e. the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the end-time – see Joel 2:23-32; a revelation of Him as the revealing light of God), which will then go over all the world; will lead in the omnipotence of her heavenly Bridegroom; as is also written in Obadiah 21:
“And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge (and to recover) the mount of Esau (= type for the carnal Christian); and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.”
In this Bride(church) the Word of God, which we can find in Ephesians 3:18-19, will have been realized:
“(that ye) may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”
Then all the weak and imperfect, all that is man’s own, will have been destroyed (brought to nought) by the victory of His resurrection power in our heart and life. Then God will (be able to) work in and through us, and we will be able to completely serve Him with a all-encompassing love and subjection! Then the wonderful waves of God’s love and power will go through us to lead carnal man – who, in the end-time, will have been brought to the extreme form of unrighteousness by satan (Ezekiel 22:25, 29) – to faith and true repentance unto God, as a divine triumph; God’s last triumph of the end-time!
God calls you and me now to go into His promise of this end-time; for He wants us to be part of His Bride(church) and the Marriage of the Lamb! Let us open our hearts for this and continue to walk in the “circumspection of the righteous” (Luke 1:17), so that God can work His way in our heart and life, and He will be able to fulfill His almighty works of grace in us unto the honor and glory of His divine Name!
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us (namely the way of the cross unto the killing of the “old me”), Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Spiritually seen, in this end-time we will enter an impressive time, even if it will entail a complete process of the cross (i.e. a complete dying to our old ego) as far as our “flesh” and our body is concerned; whereby we will experience increasing oppression and resistance. God’s Church will have to be detached from all earthly-minded life; and it will have to grow unto the perfection of the heavenly-minded life (Haggai 2:7-10).
Let us look at this last chapter of the Luke Gospel in the light of what was written up before. It is good to put the following, for the sake of order: Now that – by the death of our Lord Jesus Christ – the sin offering for the sin of man was made, in heaven, thus with God, an ETERNAL redemption of sin and death is fulfilled (Hebrews 9:11-12). Now this victory over sin by Jesus Christ, our High Priest, must, here on earth, still be assigned to all, who have repented unto Him, have confessed their sins, and who have given themselves over to Him in faith (Hebrews 9:14-15). After all He alone, with the help of His anointed as His spiritual instruments, will build His Church by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 16:8; Psalm 127:1-2; 1 Corinthians 3:9-15).
God’s Shekinah glory working in our body
LUKE 24 verse 1-12, “Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulcher, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulcher; and stooping down, he beheld the linen clothes laid by themselves, and departed, wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.”
The Lord Jesus Christ did not lie anymore in the sepulcher of Joseph of Arimathaea, wherein, three days and nights previously, they had laid Him, after they had wrapped Him in embalmed cloths, whereby the cloths became hard as plaster. Only His face they had not (yet) covered, they had put a sweat cloth on it (John 20:7). The women had wanted to work His face with the spices they brought. But the Spirit of resurrection raised Him from the dead!
In Acts 2:23-24 we read:
“Him (Jesus) being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.”
And in Acts 2:31-32,
“He (i.e. David) seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.”
And in Acts 13:30-33,
“But God raised him from the dead: And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, God second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.”
In the place of the sinner, the Son of God and the Son of man underwent eternal death (James 1:15). By the baptism in His death He had laid down His life (John 10:17-18) in order to receive that life again at the resurrection. Therefore it is written: this day have I begotten you (Acts 14:32-33). Before this dying He was begotten of the Father in the eternity of the past (Colossians 1:15). As the newly begotten Son of God He rose from the dead on the day of the resurrection, but now in an ETERNAL relationship to His Church – which was to be formed from mankind. God’s Shekinah glory raised Him from the grave and had filled His soul with victory and joy. Therefore this newly begotten Son also had to receive all divine power again (Matthew 28:18; Daniel 7:13-14); something He has always had already as Son of God before His sacrifice.
The Roman guards at Jesus’ grave were terrified when the saw God’s flashing glory revealed there, and immediately took flight. With great ease, characteristic of the resurrection body, the Lord Jesus Christ came out of the embalmed wrappings and left them like a cocoon of cloth (an empty cover) behind in the grave. Peter and John later also saw that empty cocoon of cloths and therefore believed in His resurrection (Luke 24:12; John 20:6-9).
Our body, too, must be cleansed from sin, sickness and death by the Spirit of resurrection.
“And if Christ be IN you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit of life because of righteousness” (Romans 8:10).
“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” (Rom. 8:13). We must kill the works of the body by allowing the power of the Holy Spirit therein, so that our body be freed from all sinful lusts of that body (2 Peter 1:4b). The Spirit of resurrection also frees us from all dominion of powers of disease over our body:
“But if the Spirit of Him (i.e. God) that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” (Romans 8:11).
“And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26). Finally, by the Spirit of resurrection, also our body will share the resurrection of righteous, and will thus triumph over the power of death (2 Thessalonians 1:10).
“And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day“ (John 6:39-40).
“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first-fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming“ (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
As regards the Bride(church): it will not die at all, for it shall be found alive at the return of Christ, because it was “kept” in the desert by God (see Revelation 12:6, 14). The Bride will put on immortality at some point in time. We can read this in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52:
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we (the Bride, which is then stlll on earth [in the dessert] – see Revelation 12:6 and 14) shall be changed.”
The Bride of Christ will fully experience the effect of God’s Shekinah glory, thus also in her body. Not only will the body of the members of this Bride(church) be protected against sin, sickness and death, but they will also, in their earthly body, be carried off to the desert as on the wings of a great eagle (Revelation 12:6 and 14); just as Philip was carried off to Azotus by the Spirit of the Lord (Acts 8:39-40); and Ezekiel was taken to Babel by the Spirit (Ezekiel 3:14-15). The story of the missing in Matthew 24:40-41 and Luke 17:34-37 relates to this same event.
By E. van den Worm
Translated from Dutch into English
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If you want, see also the ‘verse by verse’ study of:
- LUKE Chapter 1
- LUKE Chapter 2
- LUKE Chapter 3
- LUKE Chapter 4
- LUKE Chapter 5
- LUKE Chapter 6
- LUKE Chapter 7
- LUKE Chapter 8
- LUKE Chapter 9
- LUKE Chapter 10
- LUKE Chapter 11
- LUKE Chapter 12
- LUKE Chapter 13
- LUKE Chapter 14
- LUKE Chapter 15
- LUKE Chapter 16
- LUKE Chapter 17
- LUKE Chapter 18
- LUKE Chapter 19
- LUKE Chapter 20
- LUKE Chapter 21
- LUKE Chapter 22
- LUKE Chapter 23