The Substance of Christ
The general perception of the Hebrew Roots Movement is that Jesus came to offer forgiveness through His death and sacrifice, but beyond that He has no effective working in the life of a believer beyond the promotion and function of the Law. Another way to put it would be to say that Jesus simply made a way for us to keep the Mosaic Law better.
Ultimately, a person has to believe that we are identified to God through Jesus Christ and the Cross, or we are identified to God through the covenant of Moses and the Law.
A person also has to believe whether they follow Jesus Christ as their source for living, or whether they follow Moses and the Law as a covenant.
Jesus and the Law are not contrary when it comes to revealing the nature of righteousness, but for a person to say they follow the Law as a covenant; this borders on a renunciation of Jesus being the supreme revelation of God and His righteousness.
I’ve made it clear throughout this blog that Jesus is the end all-be all source for everything in a believers life. In the end, there is no way to form a doctrine or theology about Jesus. He is a person that must be grasped and apprehended by faith. To depend on any other means, whether it be study, works, ideas or doctrine, would limit and confine the life of the Son of God to those means.
In regards to the following scripture, there is little if any more commentary needed. A person is either going to believe what Jesus says about Himself, and seek Him according to those claims, or they are not.
THE CLAIMS OF JESUS CHRIST-
“Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world…I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”(John 6:32-35)
“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”(John 6:51)
“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”(John 8:12)
“Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”(John 11:25)
“Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”(John 10:7-9)
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser, Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”(John 15:1-2)
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.”(John 3:16)
“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who doe not believe is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”(John 14:6)
“…for until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away…But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the GLORY OF THE LORD, are being transformed into the SAME IMAGE from glory to glory, his as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
(2 Corinthians 3:14-18)
The difference ultimately comes down to those who see the morality and character of God through Christ, or those that view Him through the Law and various commandments.
The veil that Paul speaks about is what distinguishes these two groups or perspectives. Those who read Moses with a veil are the ones who can only see the things of God in relation to the things of this world.
They can only measure the things of God through human means and therefore, everything becomes defined on human terms and human substance such as days, food, and dress. Righteousness ultimately becomes something that is erroneously defined within their own person rather than the person of Christ and the end result of this error is an attempt to perfect their own nature through commandments rather than to distance themselves from their own nature.
These people are never truly married to Christ in order to lose their identity unto Him. The temptation is to try and behold something about our image, or our image in relation to other s and the world, rather than the glory and image of Christ in contrast to ourselves.
There is no more basis for trying to claim that the image and substance of our life should be based on an identity with Moses.
The veil over the face of Moses covered the glory of the Lord which Paul says was the end or substance of what was passing away (vs.14).
There is never really any basis, in either the words of Christ or the words of Paul to suggest that their is a composition of Moses and Christ rather, it is a transition from Moses to Christ.
Jesus Christ is the substance behind what was passing away.
It is His image, His glory, His nature, and the likeness of His resurrection that we are identified with. He is the substance and means of our entire life, and the glory of His people Israel.