Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Sufficiency of Scripture

I saw this a few months ago and am still in awe. This is Ryan Ferguson reciting Hebrews 9-10 at the Worship God conference hosted by Sovereign Grace Ministries. The sufficiency of Scripture brought to light...


Matthew said...

From whence comes this idea of "copies of the holy things"? They were not copies. They were the holy things. The tabernacle was the true dwelling of God, not a shabby representation of an abstract idea. This guy's a platonist through and through.

KC Armstrong said...


Thank you for stopping by and posting your comments. The view that these things were “copies” comes from Scripture itself. “They serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things…But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant He mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises” (Heb 8:5, 6). This gentleman is quoting directly from Hebrews 9 and 10 where Scripture declares, “Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these” (Heb 9:23).

True, under the old covenant, God’s presence was literally dwelling with His people. But the housing of His presence (the tabernacle and even the coming temples of Solomon and Zechariah) were always meant to be a temporary, earthly picture, of an eternal heavenly reality. Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the picture that the temple represented. Jesus Christ is the fullness of God’s presence dwelling in bodily form (Col 1:15-20). Jesus Christ is the High Priest that grants us access to the Father and is always making intercession for us (Heb 7:25).

It should not be considered demeaning to call the tabernacle a “copy” of heavenly things, for this is in fact what it was. How could the glory of a sinless and holy God be revealed here on earth to a sinful and unholy people? He has continued to operate behind the veil of sorts, but it is only in and through “we all, with unveiled face, [may behold] the glory of the Lord” (2 Cor 3:18).

Let me know if this helps to clear up any confusion.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Cor 13:14).