The compromise at Sinai during the time of Moses not only deferred God's visit, it left a void as far as the Testimony of heaven was concerned. Most of the Lord's commandments remained unstated. There were always meant to be more than ten, but the balance of God's commandments had to await the voice of heaven's intercessor.
The proof that the Israelites fully understood all of this was revealed by their consuming expectation ever afterward of the coming Messiah. The entire Hebrew religion was built on the promise of this holy Intermediary defined at Sinai.
That is why the people of Jesus' time were so astir -- they were waiting in fervent expectation of the Christ predicted by Moses. When Moses said, "God will raise up for you a prophet like myself, from among yourselves...to him you must listen." (Dt.18:15), he bound the Israelites to the obedience of Jesus, who was the prophet of God that these words were written for.
But when he appeared, Jesus turned out to be more than a prophet and more than an intermediary. He came as Divinity. He came as God Himself, clothed in flesh.
This was the meaning of the Trinity, and it freed the world from the Law's stipulation for an intermediary because the moment Jesus was glorified in heaven, the intermediary became our ruling God. At that instant of glorification, the master of the Law of Moses became the Master and Lord of all creation.
This meant that Jesus' words were far more than mortal inspiration; they were, in fact, the direct Testimony of God. This put Christ's Gospel on the same level as the Ten Commandments.
"He who comes from above is above all others. He who is born of the earth is earthly himself and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven...speaks God's own words." (Jn.3:31-34).
Jesus brought the missing Testimony which the compromise had blocked at Sinai. Jesus brought a peaceful visitation by God. There was no theophany associated with His appearance. The sky did not cloud over. The earth did not heave and roll. There was no lightning; no thunder. He did not bring words of judgment. Instead He brought an offer of peace and salvation -- an olive branch.
Accompanying this offer of reconciliation Jesus issued a stern warning of what would happen if that peace was rejected. The theophany of God, He said, would return in a world display that would bring Judgment.
God has made Jesus our King. Together with God and the Holy Spirit, He will rule over us in the new kingdom. This Trinity will form its entire government.
"I have conferred the crown on a hero, and promoted one chosen from my people. I have selected my servant David and anointed him with my holy oil; my hand will be constantly with him." (Ps.89:19-20).
Before Jesus ascended to God he had not yet been glorified. (Jn.7:39, Jn.20:17). This is why Paul said,
"Even if we did once know Christ in the flesh, that is not how we know him now." (2 Cor.5:16).
Once he had been glorified, Jesus ascended to a position as high or higher than any he had ever held before. He became King and God -- his authority acknowledged by God to be absolute.
"Then angrily God addresses them, in a rage he strikes them with panic, 'This is my king, installed by me on Zion, my holy mountain'. Let me proclaim God's decree: he has told me, 'You are my son, today I have become your father. Ask and I will give you the nations for your heritage, the ends of the earth for your domain. With iron scepter you will break them, shatter them like potter's ware." (Ps.2:5-9).
The word 'God' is not a name, it is a title -- it means 'King above all Kings', and represents absolute rule and authority over all creation.
Christ's kingship, already made manifest by his glorification, will be officially revealed at the coronation which unites him with the kingdom of the third heaven. It is this coronation that Daniel saw in his vision of the future.
"I gazed into the visions of the night. And I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, one like a son of man. He came to the one of great age and was led into his presence. On him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship, and men of all peoples, nations and languages became his servants." (Dn.7:13-14).
In that spectacular event -- an event vividly foreseen by Daniel -- Jesus, the only Son of God, is to become our own God -- King of his own kingdom -- a rule he will share with the Father and the Spirit.
"This is my king, installed by me on Zion, my holy mountain" (Ps.2:6).
The Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. formally declared the concept of the Trinity to the world -- i.e., that Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit were three persons in a single nature. This decree has remained a primary teaching of the Christian Church ever since (See Nicene Creed).
1. 'The Clock of God', Chapter 6, 'The Scattering'
1. 'The Clock of God', Chapter 13, 'The Kingdom of Heaven'
Jesus -- Maker of Creation
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