Yea and Amen in Jesus

The promises of God find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ, “IN HIM,” they find their “Yea” and “Amen.” The things formerly “hidden” are revealed in his life, words, death, resurrection, and exaltation. He is the One in whom all the shadows and types prefigured in the Hebrew Bible are actualized. All the “mysteries” of God are laid bare for men to see in the Nazarene, especially in his Death and Resurrection.

The nation of Israel was not “replaced” by the New Covenant people of God. Instead, the original promise to Abraham to bless “all the nations” came to fruition as Jews AND Gentiles were united in Jesus to form one new people, “one new man”- (Romans 16:25, Galatians 2:28, 2 Corinthians 1:19-2:0).

Waterfall AK - Photo by Tyler Youens on Unsplash
[Waterfall AK - Photo by Tyler Youens on Unsplash]

In the
Gospel of Matthew, Jesus is the promised Messiah who came to fulfill “all the Law and the Prophets.” What was “written” beforehand came to fruition in him - (Matthew 1:22, 2:15, 2:17, 2:23, 4:17, 5:17-20, 8:17, etc.).

In the Gospel of John, he is the true Tabernacle where the unveiled glory of God resides. “Grace instead of grace” arrived in the “word made flesh.” Though the Law came through Moses, “Grace and truth came to be in Jesus.” He is the true Temple, the place where the presence of Yahweh is found - (John 1:14-18, 2:19-21).

The time has arrived for the true worshippers to worship God “in the Spirit and truth.” The old limitations of holy space and holy time no longer apply. With his arrival, all debates about where to locate the Temple have become moot - (John 4:23-24).

Likewise, the ancient feasts of Israel find their significance in the Son of God. He is the true “living bread from heaven” that imparts life, not the manna given through Moses in the wilderness - (John 6:50-51, 7:37-39).

According to the Book of Acts, when the Day of Pentecost was “filled full,” the Spirit was poured out on the 120 saints gathered “with one accord” in Jerusalem. Peter proclaimed this was the promised Gift of the Spirit predicted by the prophet Joel for “the Last Days.” The “Promise of the Father” was given to Jesus upon his exaltation, which he began to bestow on his disciples on Pentecost - (Acts 2:16-21, Joel 2:28-30).

In Galatians, Paul explains that Jesus came to “redeem us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse in our behalf.” This was so “the blessing of Abraham should come to the Gentiles.” The covenant promises were to Abraham and his “seed,” and that “seed” was none other than Jesus. The covenant always envisioned the inclusion of the Gentiles. This has been achieved through the Death and Resurrection of the Son of God - (Galatians 3:13).

The Law of Moses was a “custodianUNTIL the “seed” came. However, the time of “custodianship” ceased with the arrival of Jesus, the true “Seed” of Abraham. He is the “end of the Law for righteousness to all who believe” - (Galatians 3:19-25, Romans 10:4).

Thus, the Law was an interim stage between the promise and fulfillment. The Son came in the “fullness of time” to redeem those who were under the Law, and therefore, for those who are “in Christ,” no longer can there be “Jew or Greek, bond or free, male and female.” The old social distinctions have become inappropriate in the covenant community - (Galatians 3:26-29, 4:4-7, Colossians 3:11).

God has spoken with great finality “upon these last of days in His Son.” Previously, He spoke partially - Here a little, there a little. Those earlier words were true but promissory, preparatory, and partial. Now, He is speaking fully and definitively in Jesus, the only one who “achieved the purification of sins” – (Hebrews 1:1-4).

His High Priesthood surpasses the Aaronic priesthood. His sacrificial death achieved what no repeated animal sacrifice could ever do. Jesus is the “guarantee of a better covenant, one legislated on better promises” and his endless resurrection life. If the first covenant had been “faultless,” there would have been no need for another. The New Covenant has rendered the old one obsolete, including its sacrifices, calendrical observations, and other rituals - (Hebrews 8:4-10:18).


The old system constituted “glimpses and shadows of the heavenly realities,” mere patterns of the real and now permanent originals. “Let no one, therefore, be disqualifying you in eating and in drinking, or in respect of a feast, new moon and Sabbaths, which were SHADOWS OF THE COMING THINGS, but the substance is of the Christ” - (Colossians 2:9-17, Hebrews 8:1-7, 9:9-10, 9:23-24).

Jewish and Gentile believers now receive their “introduction in one Spirit to the Father.” No longer are they “strangers and sojourners, but fellow citizens of the saints and members of the household of God.” God has dismantled the “wall of partition” that separated Jews and Gentiles so that “the two he might create in himself into one new man” - (Ephesians 2:14-22).

The Body of Christ is composed of believers in Jesus, both Jewish and Gentile, who are now “resident aliens” and “sojourners” in this world, a people without a national homeland that possess the incorruptible inheritance of salvation and the promise of resurrection in the coming age. Peter strung together several appellations that originally applied to Israel but now apply to the Assembly of Jesus Christ:

  • But now, in Christ Jesus, you are the living stones being built up into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices well-pleasing to God, through Jesus Christ… You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for a peculiar treasure,” a people that “at one time were a no-people but now are the people of God” - (1 Peter 2:4-10, Exodus 19:5-6).

River Patagonia - Photo by Diego Jimenez on Unsplash
[Photo by Diego Jimenez on Unsplash]

The theme of fulfillment
IN JESUS is found throughout the New Testament. In HIM, “all the promises of God are Yea and Amen!” God defeated Sin, Satan, and Death on the Cross, not on the altar of the Temple in Jerusalem. The “mystery of God” that was hidden in past ages has been revealed in His Son, and especially so in the proclamation of “Christ crucified” - (Romans 16:25, 1 Corinthians 2:1-9, 2 Corinthians 1:19-20).

Since the substance of the promises and the disclosure of the everlasting “mysteries” of God are available in His Son, it would be foolhardy in the extreme to return to the types and shadows of the old and incomplete revelation for knowledge and illumination about the Creator of All Things and what He has accomplished in His Son. That way leads to obscurity, shadows, and even darkness.

  • The Living Word - (Jesus is the Word made flesh in whom the glory of God is revealed, the same word by which God created all things)
  • Decoding Scripture - (Jesus, the Word become flesh, is THE one and only interpretive key that unlocks the Hebrew Scriptures and Bible prophecy)
  • Jesus is the Key - (Jesus is the One in whom God unlocks the Hebrew Scriptures, reveals His nature and mysteries, and implements His redemptive plan for humanity)



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