Transformation, restoration, sacrifice; threefold wonders/impact of Christ

african-elephant_435_600x450Exodus 4:9: And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.

When God sent Moses to Egypt to effect the rescue of the children of Israel, he equipped him with certain signs (Exodus 4:1-9).

He asked him to throw down his staff, which became animated into a snake. Then he told him to put his hand in his bosom, when he removed it, it was whitened with leprosy, and when he repeated that process, the hand was restored (as it nothing of such had ever happened to it). The third sign which the focus verse revealed involved taking water from a river and pouring it out; God told Moses that the water will turn to blood, when he does that.

Since Christ is the one who delivers us from the bondage of our own “Egypt” of sin (Matthew 1:21), He comes with those three possibilities and acts from God.

He brings transformation (he changes us on the inside), restoration (he changes us on the outside), while the third having to do with the outpouring of blood, shows the sacrifice of Jesus (he himself is changed, as a template for our own change, by his incarnation, death, and resurrection, corresponding to our soul spirit and body respectively).

Transformation

Can there be a better expression of transformation than a dead wood which has been extremely dry for many years turning into an active snake in the twinkle of an eye? If God can do that through the hand of Moses, what about Jesus who is, to say the least, greater than Moses?

Christ came with a transformation mandate. Through him God can cause transformation to happen in our lives making us brand new men and women. The transformation power of Jesus is effective in our spirit, soul and body.

Body

On the day of the resurrection of the dead, after the final trump, the dead will rise, that is when mortality will put on immortality. Our mortal body will be turned into an immortal form (1Corinthians 15:51-57). And that is a specific mandate of Jesus, based on prototype of his own resurrection.  His resurrection made ours possible. We have been promised a new body. He will raise us up on the last day (John 6:39). The very form of out body will be changed into an undying form.

Soul

For the soul, when Jesus as the word (John 1:1-5) is being ministered in preaching, or when we read the bible for ourselves, He manifests His life to our soul. James said that we should take in the engrafted word of God which is able to save our soul (James 1:21). That is the key to transformation on the soul level.

Paul wrote that we should not be conformed to this world but we should be transformed by the renewing of our minds (a component of the soul) (Romans 12:1-2). The transformation of the soul has to do with the change in the core of who you are. The very form of our soul is being changed through Christ Jesus.

Spirit

In Christ, we who are spiritually dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:5-6), through the new birth, are now alive in the spirit, we have experienced spiritual rebirth through the Holy Spirit; we have new spirits (John 3:1-10). We have ceased to exist only on the earthly plane have been elevated to the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, equipped with new spirits. Through Jesus we were transformed in our spirit.

Jesus came to the earth with the mandate of transformation. He translates us spiritually from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. He said that if we continue to follow him, we would know the truth and that will make us free. He brings the transformation of freedom. Paul says that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, and the Lord is that Spirit (2Corinthians 3:17), and He is in us (Romans 8:14). The baptism of the Holy Spirit transforms us into powerful witnesses to Christ (Acts 1:8), which is an experience subsequent to salvation.

Restoration

While transformation makes us into what we never were, makes us capable of things divinely, which were impossible for us before, restoration is about bringing something back to an earlier pristine condition and operation.

The mission of Christ is to transform us, to do in us what we cannot do by ourselves, the blood he shed has the power to purge our hearts from dead works. That is transformation.

While transformation is spiritual, restoration is physical. Restoration has to do with change of physical state. Transformation has to do with infusion of life, while restoration has to do with physical healing, which is restoration to better bodily state.

The restoration mandate of Jesus is his healing mandate. When in the Ministry of Jesus, which is continuing today through his people, the lame walk, the blind see, the maimed is restored, the force of restoration is being seen at work.

Salvation is a work of transformation, ditto the changes in the soul through the word of God, it is also transformation when the body changed in from mortality to immortality. But the healing of the body is restoration.

Restoration sign was done on the hand of Moses. Leprosy is the worst condition of the body as recognised by the bible, and Moses hand became leprous before God restored it. It has to do with his body, and the ministry of Jesus in the bible was massively associated with healing, including cleansing of lepers (Matthew 8:1-3). He was a walking restoration force (Acts 10:38).

Sacrifice

The last sign that God equipped Moses with was the turning of water, which he should take from the river, into blood (blood represents life).

David expressed the desire to drink from the well of Bethlehem, and three of his trusted associates fought through the garrison of the Philistines near the place to get some for him (2Samuel 23:13-17). They threw themselves in harm’s way.

But David refused to drink the water. He poured it out (like Moses was told, to turn water into blood), saying this is not water but the blood of those men; because of the risk they took with their lives. (Water means people [Revelation 17:5, Psalm 65:7], while blood means life [Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 17: 11, 14, Deuteronomy 12:23].)

The third sign is symbolic of the sacrifice of Jesus. He was taken from among humanity (water), and his blood/life was poured out on the cross as sacrifice for the salvation of humanity. The bible says that his soul was poured out (Isaiah 53:10-12). He gave his life for the rescue of humanity from the garrison of the devil in death and came back alive, as those three associates of David waded through the garrison of the Philistines.

There were three men of David, which stands for Jesus spending three days in the camp of the devil, in the grave.

Jesus brought us to God, sacrificing his own life in the process. God had a desire to bring us back to himself (just as David expressed a strong desire for the water of the well Bethlehem), but we were in the clutches of the devil, and through his sacrifice Jesus took us from there.

The bible says that we have been translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:13). The water that was brought to David was as precious as the lives of those three warriors; in the same vein, Jesus used his life to purchase us.

He is our redeemer. Peter wrote that we have not been redeemed by any corruptible thing but by the word of God (1Peter 1:23) (And Jesus is the word of God). In another place the bible says that Jesus redeemed us with his blood (Revelation 5:9).

I mentioned earlier that “he himself is changed, as a template for our own change, by his incarnation, death, and resurrection, corresponding to our soul spirit and body respectively.”

His incarnation was the word becoming flesh, and the transformation of our soul has to do with the same process, the word becoming reality with us.

His death has to do with our spiritual rebirth, he was disconnected from God as the one bearing the sin of humanity so that we would be connected spirituality to God.

His resurrection, as explained, has to do with our body, We are promised a resurrected body like him, because through faith we become part of him, as his body (Ephesians 1:22-23, 1John 3:2).

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