Looking Back in the Spirit

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOME

CONTACT

GOSPEL

COVENANT

FESTIVALS

TESTIMONIES

Q and A

Exposing Lies

 

Looking Back in the Spirit

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

 "As to this salvation, the Prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the Gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven - things into which angels long to look." 1 Peter 1:10-12

 My arenít we privileged?! Things which never entered into the minds of generations past are now revealed to the Church by the Holy Spirit which gives us the very Mind of God, -"Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard and which have not entered the heart of man. . .For to us God revealed them through the Spirit. . .Even so, the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. . .But we have the Mind of Christ." (1 Cor.2)

Itís amazing to know that the holy Prophets of old did not understand their prophecies pertaining to the Church age and the dispensation of the Spirit.

Oh, but how they yearned for the revelation. Our text reveals that even the angels were left out of the information loop and longed to look into the mysteries freely given to the Church. "By revelation there was made known to me the mystery. . .which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men. . .to bring to light. . .the mystery of the ages which has been hidden in God. . .so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the Church to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places." (Eph.3)  Wow! Even the angelic hosts of heaven are learning the mystery of God from the Church.

 There is a common belief in Christianity that to understand the New Testament writings you must first understand the Old Testament writings. But is this really the case? Perhaps the key word here is "understand." If the Spirit-filled Prophets of old could not truly understand what they were writing and why, but were "serving" a future generation to which the revelation would come, then we could not understand much of the Old Testament without looking through the Spiritual eyes of the Church -remember, the mysteries of God are revealed through the Church.

 I believe the meaning of the Old Testament Scriptures are revealed in the New Testament. Letís look at a few examples: Without the NT writings, would we understand that the Passover lamb was a shadow of Jesus and was pointing to the true Lamb of God? Would we understand that the manna which God sent from above in the Sinai wilderness really represented Jesus, the true bread of life which would be sent later? The OT says to not muzzle your ox while it is working, but the NT says, -"For it is written in the Law of Moses, ĎYou shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing.í God is not concerned about oxen is He? Or is He speaking altogether for our sake? Yes, for our sake it was written." (1 Cor.9) Meaning that those who are in ministry should be paid.

 The OT forbade yoking two animals together which were not equal, but the NT reveals the true meaning - that the saints should not marry unbelievers. In the NT we learn that hatred breaks the sixth Commandment and that lust breaks the seventh. "The mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints." (Col.1)

The OT helps us better understand the NT, but without the NT we cannot understand the OT. Let us look back through the Spiritual eyes of the New, for to us alone has revelation been given. WHAT AN HONOR! PRAISE HIM IN THE HIGHEST!

 

 

Points of Truth Ministries