Establish the Second

L. Campbell Evans

Hebrews 10:9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He TAKETH AWAY the first, that he may ESTABLISH (bring to completion) THE SECOND.

Taketh Away – (337 - anaireo - an-ahee-reh'-o) – literally means to take up, to lift up from the ground, to kill, slay, put to death. Establish means to complete, to bring to completion. Within Hebrews 10:9 we find a spiritual principle that will change one's perception of covenantal realities and one's personal life and growth forever when clearly understood. So many today do not know where they are headed, what their purpose is in the earth, why they are going through certain things or how God effectually works in their lives concerning the establishment of His kingdom. This principle not only helps to reveal what HAS been done, but also what IS. It is the finished work of Christ that is now progressively working in our lives that "…we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2Corinthians 3:18).

"for we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10).

Through Calvary, God took the first (old) covenant away so that he could establish the second, the new (eternal) covenant. "For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second" (Hebrews 8:7).

That which had been established first was not complete, sufficient, nor perfect and it took the death, the completion, the consumation of the old to release the new. Abel's blood which cried out for vengeance gave way to the blood of Jesus which cried out "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). As HIS VOICE resounded through the portals of eternity – MERCY!!! - "behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (Matthew 27:51-53) Never before had CREATION HEARD the magnitude of the sound of mercy! So powerful was the cry for mercy, that the veil which stood between God and man was rent, and the saints of old found themselves QUICKENED and RISING to the VOICE OF THE LAMB. This cry, brought forth a NEW CREATION that would never taste corruption again. The judgment seat became a mercy seat! Sin was swallowed up into forgiveness, hate was swallowed up into divine love, and ADAM (a living soul – 1Cor. 15:45) was swallowed up into the LAST ADAM (a quickening, life giving spirit 1Cor. 15:45).

Yes, the LAW has given way to GRACE! Jesus said, " Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil" (Matthew 5:17). Fulfil – (4137 - pleroo {play-ro'-o}: to render full, to complete, fill to the top with nothing wanting, TO BRING TO AN END). The fulfillment of the law does not destroy it! The law came to an end through it's COMPLETION. The law could not draw and exhibit grace, and it COULD NOT SAVE! The Law could only be a "schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith"(Galatians 3:24 ).

Jesus boldly declared, "If I be lifted up from the earth I will draw all men unto me" (John 12:32). He was lifted up in humanity and raised a life giving spirit. He is replacing shadow for substance. Sift away the sand, you will find the gold! Cut away the coal, you will find the diamond. Darkness gives way to light! Open up the shell and the oyster within, you will find the pearl. Let the seed fall to the ground and die, the life which is in the seed springs forth a mighty tree! Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. John 12:24 THE LIFE IS IN THE SEED!

In God's kingdom, everytime something is taken away, something greater replaces it!!! OUT OF DEATH COMES LIFE! He takes away the first so that he can establish the second. One would do well to consider the following passages of scripture, "Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly". 1Cor. 15:46-47, 49.

This new, eternal, final covenant has been established legally and spiritually and now is finding it's expressive life in our lives. Legally and spiritually He "hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Eph.2:6), and He did so "that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus" (Eph.2:7). Each succeeding moment in time we are becoming more aware of our spiritual position, eternal inheritance, and divine destiny which is to be totally (body, soul, & spirit) engulfed by His nature and character. He is changing our life into His life.

The Word of God is literally coursing through our being to find it's expression through us. It is being made flesh once again (taking us over) through the power of Christ. As Christ descends through revelation and illumination in us, we are ascending even higher in Him. As He descends into your understanding, consciousness, into your being, you are ascending in your experience in Him. The realities of our covenant are unfolding within us through the revelation of the Spirit thereby releasing understanding in the midst of us.

Quite literally, the mind of Christ has been freely given to us and now He is removing our thoughts and replacing them with His. The administration of this comes through the sovereignty of His will and His power. Paul told us "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:" Phil.2:5 and he also told us in 1Cor 2:16 that we HAVE the mind of Christ. In reality, when we look around us we hardly see this truth in manifestation, but in truth we do ALREADY HAVE IT, and it is overtaking us and revealing the PERFECT WORK WITHIN. Our gracious Father is releasing the mind of Christ to remove the carnality of man's thinking in order to establish spiritual operations and realities so that we will do things by virtue of who we are in Christ!

He is bringing us to the place that we live in the supernatural naturally We are a part of the people who will participate in the manifestation of the kingdom of God in the earth as an experiential reality. The first covenant was powerless in its' ability to free man from the bondages of sin, but the second (eternal) covenant came with the POWER OF THE ALMIGHTY and the AGES TO COME to execute the will of God concerning His beloved creation. "God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith" Rom. 12:3 to receive and walk in the power of His covenant, and it is "by grace" (Eph. 2:8) that His covenant has been established in us.

We live and exist by HIS power! For it is "in him we live, and move, and have our being" (Acts 17:28). He has made us to be "partakers of the heavenly calling" (Heb. 3:1), and He is bringing us forth as people who live and make decisions by the quickening of the spirit, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God" Romans 8:14. These are they who are governed by the King and His kingdom, who will not strive for position, the praise of men, nor the things of this world. For truly they understand that the words of the Master, "he that is least among you all, the same shall be great." Luke 9:48.

Everything that we see right now in this natural world is temporal – temporal things have long had a hold on mankind UNTIL CHRIST! The power of the temporal is being removed from our midst and giving way to a heavenly order of things. "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away…." (Rev. 21:1). Praise His Holy Name! Mixture is being removed from us and He is purifying the stream, the river that flows out of us. EVERTHING THAT IS NOT BUILT UPON THE PRINCIPLES OF GOD, IS BEING REMOVED FROM US! He TAKETH AWAY the first, that he may ESTABLISH THE SECOND.