Christ in the Old Covenant Scriptures (21)

The Christ’s temple.

“Sacrifices and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, ‘Here I am, I have come – it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is written in my heart’.” Psalm 40:6 – 8, NIV. The apostle Paul, in Hebrews 10:5 – 7, applies the above verse to Jesus Christ. Paul translated directly from the Hebrew, so the statement “my ears you have pierced” reads “but a body you have prepared for me.” This translation agrees with the Septuagint, the oldest Bible, which Christianity used for centuries.  

“But a body you prepared for me” is a correct statement concerning Jesus Christ, because He is the High Priest in the order of Melchizedek. “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: ‘You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek’.” Psalm 110:4, NIV. The Melchizedek was a priest to the God Most High, and he officiated in his body, not in a human-made temple. In the same manner, Jesus, as the High Priest, accomplished His mission as the Redeemer and the Savior of the world while He was in the body here on earth. God reconciled the world to Himself on the cross at Golgotha, in the physical body of Jesus Christ. “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not man’s sins against them…” 2 Corinthians 5:18, 19, NIV. God accomplished this by placing on Jesus our sin that separated us from Him. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness from God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21, NIV.

The “I desire to do your will, O my God,” in Psalm 40:8, refers to what? What was the will of God? “‘For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.'” John 6:40, NIV. Where are we to “Look to the Son”? “‘Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.'” John 3:14, NIV. The will of God has been accomplished once for all. Therefore, all should look to the Son of God on the cross at Golgotha.  By trusting Jesus Christ that He has accomplished everything needed for our salvation, we have eternal life in Him, here and now.

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Dan Lazich

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