Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Silver and Gold -- Redemption and Divine Righteousness in Christ

Silver transfers value. Silver speaks of redemption in the Bible.

Gold reflects value. Gold speaks of divinity,
In Exodus 26, the LORD outlines the outer walls of the Tabernacle, would be constructed with the silver shekels that the Israelites donated to Moses and the priests for the construction of the Tabernacle.

First, silver pedestals with two sockets would establish the foundation of the Tabernacle. Then gold would cover boards of acacia wood, which speaks of every believer in the Body of Christ. Wood indicates our humanity, and the gold speaks of God's divinity, the righteousness of God which covers every believer in Christ.

In another sense, the value of gold is  harder to determine without first establishing the merits of silver. In the same manner, who we are in Christ means nothing to us if we do not understand the total and complete redemption which God wrought for us in sending Jesus Christ to be the propitiation of our sins and the sins of the entire world.

For many years, I never really understood that all of my sins were forgiven -- past, present, and future -- nor was I skillful in righteousness (Hebrews 5: 12-13). In Christ, I have received an "everlasting righteousness" (Daniel 9: 24), a gift which God calls every believer to keep receiving (Romans 5: 17), along with abundance of grace, the unmerited favor of God which covers us, for in Christ the Beloved we have been made gracious, or "accepted" as translated in the King James Bible (Ephesians 1: 6).

Do not despise the silver, for the gold has no standing or value without it. Rest in the full redemptive work of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit will transform you from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3: 18), revealing more of the divinity of Christ in you (Colossians 1: 27).

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