God’s previously hidden mysteries are now revealed in Jesus, and especially so in his death and resurrection.
The Bible speaks of the “mysteries” of God, His ways that are hidden from human wisdom and defy our expectations. In his teachings, Jesus declared that not everyone can understand the “mysteries of the kingdom.” It is God who reveals the deep and obscure things to whomever He pleases. And in His Son, He has done so for all who have “eyes that can see.”
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Jesus received complete authority from his Father to reign over the Cosmos. Only his kingdom will endure.
At the height of his power, the absolute monarch of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, boasted before heaven and earth, “Is not this Babylon the great and exceptional kingdom that I built by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?” His boast was not an idle one. Babylon was one of the great powers of the ancient world.
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Jesus is the True and Final Sanctuary in which the glory of Yahweh now dwells, the substance foreshadowed by the ancient Temple – John 2:13-22.
In the second chapter of John, we find the disciples discovered that Jesus is the True and Final Temple of God. The era of God “dwelling” in portable tents and stone buildings in Jerusalem or anywhere else had come to an end. God does not dwell in structures “made-by-hand,” nor can His presence be contained within physical or geographic boundaries.
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Jesus is the true and only way of access to the Father, the Greater Bethel, and the house of God – John 1:47-50.
John presents Jesus as the True House of God and the open way of access to the presence of Yahweh. He is the Greater and True Bethel, the “house of God,” and from now on, heaven is open to all men, and angels are “ascending and descending” on the “Son of Man.” What Jacob saw in an ancient long has become a concrete reality in Jesus of Nazareth.
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Jesus is the True and Greater Tabernacle in whom the presence and glory of God reside – John 1:14.
The gospel of John presents Jesus as the place where God dwells, where His glory is manifested for all to see. He is the Greater Tabernacle where true worship of the Father takes place “in the spirit.” Access to the glory of God is no longer confined by the physical walls of a temple building or the geographic boundaries of Ancient Israel.
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Jesus is the Greater and Final Temple foreshadowed by the ancient Tabernacle and the later Temple building in Jerusalem.
Jesus is the true sanctuary that was foreshadowed in the ancient religious structures and worship rituals of Israel. He is the dwelling place of God’s presence and glory, and the true and final mediator between heaven and earth. Christ is the temple “made-without-hands” that was destroyed by evil men but restored when his Father raised him from the dead.
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