THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE
by Bill Burns
P. O. Box 1148
Kremmling, Colorado 80459
In writing the Genesis account, Moses began with these words, "In the beginning God." Moses wrote the book of Genesis, which means "origin" or "beginning." The creation story was a mystery until it was revealed to Moses by God. Moses recorded what he saw through the glory of God. Moses wanted to see the glory of God ... "And Moses said, please show me Your glory" (Exodus 33:18), and God answered Moses.
Exo 33:19 Then He
said, "I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I
will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious
to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I
will have compassion."
Exo 33:20 But He said, "You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live."
Exo 33:21 And the LORD said, "Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock.
Exo 33:22 "So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by.
Exo 33:23 "Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen."
Verse 23 tells us that Moses saw God's backside. In other words, Moses was shown what was in the past, what was behind God. He saw the glory of God in creation, but that was not all he saw. Verse 19 tells us that Moses also saw the glory of God's goodness that passed before (ahead of) Moses. He saw the coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus was the Rock that Moses stood on and was hidden in when he saw the glory of God as it was to be revealed in His only begotten Son. We know this to be true because Moses wrote:
Deu 18:15 "The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear."
Peter refers to that which Moses said about the Prophet who was to come:
Acts 3:19 "Repent
therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so
that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
Acts 3:20 "and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,
Acts 3:21 "whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.
Acts 3:22 "For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you.
Acts 3:23 'And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.'
Moses represents the law of God -- His commandments. He, as God's representative, was commissioned by God to bring His people out of Egypt. Egypt represents bondage to the world. Moses was able to bring the people out of Egypt, but he was not able to bring the people into promise; he struck the Rock, which represented Jesus Christ, who gives us living water (Exodus 17:6). The law required that Jesus be struck down as a blood sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 9:22). Moses was then hidden in Christ the Rock (Exodus 33:22). The next step in the progression of God's purpose was for Moses to speak to the Rock (Numbers 20:8).
Speaking to the Rock represents life in the Spirit, but Moses chose to use the rod (law) instead. Unfortunately, many today are also using the law (God's word), but they are not living in the Spirit, and they are not speaking (prophesying) by the Spirit.
God will not allow His Son to be "smitten" twice (see Hebrews 9:24-28). Therefore, Moses was not allowed to lead the people into the Promised Land.
Num 20:7 Then the LORD
spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 20:8 "Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals."
Num 20:9 So Moses took the rod from before the LORD as He commanded him.
Num 20:10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, "Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?"
Num 20:11 Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank.
Num 20:12 Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them."
It was Joshua who would bring the people into the Promised Land. Joshua's name means "Jehovah is salvation." Joshua was a type of Jesus Christ bringing His people through the Jordan River. The Jordan River represents the living water that comes from the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Because Moses represented the law, he could bring the people out of Egypt (the world), but he could not bring them into the promise.
As Christians, we can follow Moses out of Egypt because of the blood of the Passover Lamb. We can also find ourselves covered by the hand of God (His grace), and be hidden in Christ the Solid Rock as Moses was. But, if we stay in the law as Moses did we will not cross over into the promise. Jesus has commanded us to receive the promise of the Spirit.
Acts 1:4 And being
assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart
from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which,"
He said, "you have heard from Me;
Acts 1:5 "for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
You can be saved by the blood of Jesus and can even be living in a measure of God's grace, but if you have not been baptized in the Holy Spirit, you will find yourself seduced back under the law like the Galatians were.
Gal 3:1 O foolish
Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the
truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among
you as crucified?
Gal 3:2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Gal 3:3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?
In Acts 1:8 Jesus said, "You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you." Jesus said this with regard to the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5). This power is so you can be His witnesses and fulfill the great commission as outlined in :
Mark 16:15 And He said
to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to
Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
Mark 16:17 "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
Mark 16:18 "they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
The Holy Spirit empowers us to live according to "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus." And, if we walk in the power of the Spirit, we fulfill the requirements of the law.
Rom 8:2 For the law of
the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law
of sin and death.
Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,
Rom 8:4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
The death of Jesus brought us out of the world; His blood has covered our sins. But, it is His resurrection life, which is imparted to us by the Holy Spirit, that gives us life to overcome all that comes against us. It was not enough for Jesus to die for our sins; He had to be resurrected so that He could give us resurrection life (1 Cor. 15:17).
Because He lives I can live according to "the law of the Spirit of life." The resurrection life of Jesus Christ brings us into the fullness of the kingdom of God. The resurrection life of Christ is imparted to us when we are baptized in the Holy Spirit. When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit then we can speak to the Rock, and living water will come forth.
John 7:37 On the last
day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out,
saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
John 7:38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."
John 7:39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
This living water that comes from the Rock within us will flow forth by the power of the Holy Spirit as words of wisdom, words of knowledge, prophecy and tongues with interpretation (see 1 Cor. 12:1--11).
We serve a supernatural God who is changing us from glory to glory into the supernatural image of Jesus Christ. Many in Christendom are not experiencing the victorious life because they are not living according to "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus."
My prayer is that all of those who have come out of the world by the blood of the Lamb would also come into the promise of life that is "exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power (of the Holy Spirit) that works in us." (Eph. 3:20)