Brief Notes

The Passover:
Without and
Within
the House
(1)

13 January 2024

We need both the work
of Christ for us and
the work of the Spirit
within us to fully
experience redemption

When God instituted the Passover, He gave Moses instructions for what the Children of Israel were to do on both the outside and on the inside of their house.

As for the outside, God said the children of Israel were to kill an unblemished lamb (Exo. 12:6), and then

…they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it.
— Exodus 12:7

The New Testament makes it very clear that the Passover lamb was a type of Christ; He is the real “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29; cf. 1 Cor. 5:7). How we long that more people today would behold Him as such a one!

So, what happened on the outside of the house is a type of how Christ died for our sins so we could be forgiven.

In the next verse, however, God went on to tell Moses what should happen on the inside of the house on that same night, the night of the Passover:

Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
— Exodus 12:7

First, we have here an Old Testament picture of how we as the New Testament believers in Christ feed on Him and partake of His divine life and nature by eating the flesh of the real Lamb of God; He Himself said,

“Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
— John 6:54; cf. 2 Pet. 1:4

Second, the unleavened bread signifies the purity of the life of Christ that we now partake of; and finally, the bitter herbs signify our repentance for our sins that put Christ on the cross.

So, while the blood on the door of the house signifies the work Christ accomplished for us on the cross, the eating of the lamb within the house signifies the work Christ does by the Spirit within us, to impart Himself into our being.

This show us that, to have a complete experience of redemption, we must have both that aspect of His work that took place apart from us, namely, His death for our sins, and also, that aspect of His work which takes place within us, namely, the life-imparting work of the Spirit.

Moreover, for our experience of redemption to be solid and healthy, we must keep each of these two aspects in their proper place. This is just like the Israelites, who had to follow the instructions for what they were to do on both the outside and on the inside of the house to keep the Passover in a proper way.

We shall see this in the next Note in this series.

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