The Mystery in the Bible
When we study the bible, we should know the purpose of the bible. Most of the books contains the purpose and goals in them intended by writers of those books. In the same way, the bible was given to us by God and thus the bible contains the purpose God has intended to teach. Therefore, to understand the bible correctly we must know the reason why God allowed the bible to be recorded and gathered together in the present form. Through the bible ultimately we must understand the relationship between the fulfillment of laws and Christ.
The Fulfillment of Laws and Christ
Then why did God give us the bible? What is the bible for? The answers for these questions can be correctly answered only by God himself. Then let us take a look at the words of God in the bible because there is no other thing available to us except for the bible to know the teachings of God. Just as Peter said the bible is “something completely reliable” (2 Peter 1:19) to us. Therefore, we have to “pay attention to it,” to know the will of God.
Then what is the purpose of the bible according to the teachings of God in the bible? Let us take a look at the words of Paul about the bible and its laws.
Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. (KJV)
To give an answer for the question in Verse 19 of the same chapter, “Why, then, was the law given at all?” he says that the law exists to do the role of a teacher. In this case, the mission of the laws as a teacher is to lead people to Christ. In other words, all the laws of the old covenant were recorded as testimonies for the Christ who would appear to give salvation. Therefore, ultimately the one who we must recognize and meet through the Law of Moses is the Christ, or the Messiah who was to come to fulfill the laws.
Jesus’ Testimonies About the Laws
Matthew 5:17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Jesus says that he came to fulfill the laws or the old covenant. All the laws of the old covenant was intended to lead us to all the fulfillment of the laws, that is, the Christ. Paul confirms about this when he said, “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” (Romans 10:4)
At the end of the road of the old covenant, you will be able to find the Christ who would be waiting for you at the end. All these testimonies have the same message in it, that is, the laws of the old covenant was recorded to lead us to the Christ who would come to fulfill all the laws. Let us look at another testimony of Jesus about the relationship between himself and the laws.
John 5:39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
The Scriptures means the words of God in the bible or the laws of the old covenant. And Jesus teaches that the purpose of the Scriptures or the laws was to teach people about the Christ himself. In other words, all the Scriptures and the laws came into existence to teach us and lead us to the Christ who can give us the salvation of eternal life.
The Second Coming Christ And the Laws
Then what about the Savior who would come in the last days? How can we recognize him? According to the bible he would appear for the second time for our salvation in the last day. (Hebrews 9:28) Then when he appears, will it be easy for us to know him and receive him? Probably not, because the bible teaches that the Christ is the Mystery.
Colossians 2:2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Paul says that Christ is the treasure which contains all the knowledge and wisdom for our salvation. If only the Jews of 2000 years ago accepted the Christ, they could have received the salvation of eternal life. In reality, however, they rejected him and crucified him. It was because the glory was hidden within him. For this reason, the bible calls the Christ “a mystery.” His glory and power were hidden from the eyes of men of the time.
They could not see the Godhead hidden inside his physical appearance. Then how about the Christ who would appear for the second time? Would it be easy for people to know him? The bible says the Christ is a mystery, not only in his first coming, but also in his second coming. Then if this is the case, how can we know who the Christ is? It is the same. As the bible says, “These are the Scriptures that testify about me,” Christ is testified in the laws.
Laws of the Bible and the Savior in the Last Day
Unlike the Jews in the time of Jesus who were given only the laws of the old covenant, we have both the old and new covenant. And all the laws of the bible was recorded so that we may find the Christ who would come to fulfill all the laws of the bible.
Then what does the laws say about the Savior? The laws of the old and new covenant teaches the true Savior in the last day, that is, God the Mother or the Heavenly Jerusalem who comes to give us the water of life.
Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
What is the water of life? It is the salvation of eternal life we expect from the Second Coming Christ. But the bible says the salvation is coming from the Spirit and the bride. The Spirit is, as we know, God himself, then who is the bride who comes in the last day? If we look at the same book in Chapter 21, the bible teaches the bride is the Jerusalem, not the physical Jerusalem City on this earth, but the Heavenly Jerusalem coming from heaven as the bride of the Christ. (Revelation 21:9-10)
Heavenly Jerusalem in the Old Covenant
About the Spiritual Jerusalem, the laws of the old covenant testify like this:
Zechariah 14:8 On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.
Not only does this book testify about the living water or the water of life as in the Book of Revelation. But this book also confirms that the source of the living water is the Jerusalem. Since the living water does not speaks about the physical water, neither can the source be the physical Jerusalem, but the spiritual Heavenly Jerusalem. Through the laws of the bible, God teaches us that the true source of salvation that we must seek in the last day is the Heavenly Jerusalem who comes down to this earth in the last day to give us salvation. Then who is this heavenly Jerusalem.
Galatians 4:26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.
In the Book of Galatians, Paul testifies that in heaven there is another Jerusalem, that is, heavenly Jerusalem. But interestingly enough he says that she is “Our Mother.” In other words, in heaven, there are our Father and our Mother. 2000 years ago, as the fulfillment of the laws of the old covenant, Christ our Father appeared to give us eternal life. But the same bible says that at the last day to fulfill all the laws of the bible, both the old covenant and new covenant, our Mother would appear as Savior to give us salvation of eternal life.
God the Mother and Salvation
The bible teaches through many parables that God the Mother is the source of salvation we must seek in the last day. Paul said that the purpose of the laws of the bible was to guide us to Christ. In this sense, the whole purpose of God through the bible was ultimately to lead us to God the Mother, Heavenly Jerusalem who would come down to this earth to give eternal life.
Therefore, those who want to eternal life must come to God the Mother because she is the true source of the water of life.