For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities.
Jesus once said: “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34). Doesn’t that also apply to God? When He communicates, He expresses His heart. He reveals who He is and what’s meaningful to Him.
In the Psalms, we read that He communicates through creation: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge” (Ps. 19:1). Since creation is through Christ and for Christ, doesn’t that mean that it proclaims His glory? The Father’s heart overflows with the beauty and glory of His Son.
At the beginning of Hebrews, we read: “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son” (Heb. 1:1-2). Jesus is the supreme expression of the Father.
Paul wrote that he was, “set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son” (Rom. 1:1-3). From the beginning, the Father has communicated the good news of Jesus.
In today’s verse, we read that the law is “but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities.” In the next two days, we’ll consider how God’s law communicates Jesus in two significant ways—the sacrificial system and God’s commandments.
One more thing…
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