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Substance vs Symbolism

Substance vs Symbolism

In the Old Testament under the Law of Moses, the children of Israel practiced much symbolism. These symbolic rituals were commanded by God through the over 600 ordinances and so with a good and pure conscience in obedience to God, and sometimes in ignorance of the full impact of what the ordinances were symbolizing, they obey the laws. The symbolisms were the circumcision, the washings, the dietary laws, the Sabbaths, the feast days, the sacrifices, and the baptisms, to name a few.

The mistake, of course, was when the Pharisees and the Sadducees focused on the symbolism rather than the substance. Col. 2:13-14 reads,”And you being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh hath he quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of the ordinances that was against us, and took it out of the way nailing it to the cross.”

We are to worship God in spirit and in truth. Our faith has to be in what was accomplished by Christ’s finished work on the cross, alone, for our salvation from eternal death. Rom. 3:25, “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood.” Placing your faith in symbolism or the ritual or ceremony, rather than the substance is idolatry. Col. 1;20, “Having made peace through the blood of his cross.” We are to put our faith in the substance. Eph. 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Categories Bible Studies | Tags: | Posted on December 20, 2012

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