In an email a lady inquired about the meaning of “shadow” in the Bible. Col. 2:17 says: “These are a shadow of the things to come; the reality however is found in Christ.” The shadows were the laws of Moses in the old testament that were done away, such as observing the 7th day Sabbath, circumcision, the tabernacle worship, etc. The reality was later to be found in Christ and His gospel and church 1500 years later.
Moses was warned that all in the Tabernacle was to be made exactly “according to the pattern shown him on the mountain” (Heb. 8:5). It was to typify God’s true church in the New Testament time: candles (representing God’s new law), showbread (Lord’s Supper), incense (the prayers), laver (baptism), etc.
The church is the real thing. It also is to follow the exact pattern God gave in the New Testament for it. If we all obeyed the pattern, there would only be ONE CHURCH (I Cor. 12:13-20).
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