THE ROBE OF THE EPHOD

ISRAEL

The Robe of the Ephod was solid blue in color.  The bottom of the robe came about to the middle of the calf of the leg and the sleeves came halfway between the elbow and the wrist.  This garment also was one piece and was seamless.  It was unrendable and was trimmed with bells and pomegranates at the hemline.

This Robe of the Ephod (blue-grace) was worn over the Linen Coat (white-law).  As the law was the first to come, so the Linen Coat was the first to be put on.  Just as the Robe of the Ephod was put on over the Linen Coat, so grace came and covered the law.

Blue also represents the baptism of the Holy Spirit and white also represents salvation.  Therefore we see again the testimony of the order of things and what would be.  Salvation first, then the baptism in the Holy Spirit. 

Blue spoke of:

A. Heavenly origin, character of office;

B. Divinity/indicating spiritual integrity & fullness;

C. Grace/Kingly (reigning) grace demanding respect and dignity

Couldn't enter into the Holy of Holies without this garment (Holy Spirit baptism)

Note: Blue lace:

A.  secured the crown to the Priests' head

B.  secured the Breastplate to the Ephod

B.  blue was always over white

When traveling, blue abounded....every of piece of furniture, utensil and other items of the Tabernacle were covered with blue cloth.  Prophetically, blue always speaks of grace, the Holy Spirit and Divinity.

Special note of interest: It is interesting that the sky was created blue which covers the whole earth. Compare the Holy Spirits covering work in the earth.

 

JESUS (The Truth)

 

Although priests are gracious, CHRIST IS GRACE!!!! LAW WAS GIVEN BY MOSES - John 1:17 - BUT GRACE CAME BY JESUS CHRIST!  He was of heavenly origin and came to reveal the Father's heart, a gospel not filled with law but rather with love, mercy, and grace. "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.   John 1:14

     "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.  Timothy I 3:16

The person and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ has neither beginning nor ending, therefore a ministry which can never be rent.  One may look for an eternity and still will not find His beginning for He always was, He always is and always shall be.  Men tried  to strip Him of His divinity and put an end to His life and influence, but they could not.  Little did they know or understand that you cannot put to an end that which does not have a beginning. "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.  Rev. 1:8

The relationship of Jesus with the Father was that of being ONE!  He was the exact representation of the Father in the earth.  The Father was with Him everywhere that He went and was with Jesus in all that He did.  Through the person of Jesus, man could know and have relationship with the Father once again. 

     "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.  John 14:6-10

Jesus came not to do His own will.  What He came to do was purposed in the heart of the Father before the foundation of the world.  They had unity of purpose and Jesus was the full expression of that purpose. "For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.  John 6:38-40

 

Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit to do the works and the will of the Father.  He was "Anointed to destroy the works of the devil.  Acts 10:38, and he had the Spirit without measure. "For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.  John 3:34

When He was baptized in the River Jordan by John, the heavens were opened and He received the baptism of the Holy Spirit……. and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him like a dove Matt. 3:16-17.    

     "And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,  Luke 4:1

     "And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

     "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.  Luke 4:14, 18-19

Jesus was the one who came that would baptize with the Holy Spirit (blue) and with fire.  He poured His Spirit out upon all flesh on the Day of Pentecost.  As with the Son, so it is with the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit cannot be ripped, rent or torn apart nor can His work be torn asunder.

The Holy Spirit bore witness with Jesus.  He was the one sent along side to help and the one who would quicken His mortal body from the grave.  The Holy Spirit was the seal of His ministry. "This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.  John 15:6-8

     "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:  1Peter 3:18

     "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.  1Timothy 3:16

 

Jesus came as a man, and it was through the Holy Spirit that Jesus was able to offer himself to the Father as the supreme sacrifice.  It was through the ministry of the Holy Spirit that he was offered without spot and able to keep himself from sin. "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  Hebrews 9:14

CHURCH

As the church, we have received the promise of the Holy Spirit.  This heavenly gift has been given to seal us, empower us, and anoint us.  The covering of the Holy Spirit separates us from the world and seals that which has been done through the work of the cross in our lives.  Not only is the Holy Spirit a sealing, but He is a witness of our covenant and our position in Christ Jesus as the sons of God.  It is the Holy Spirit that changes us from glory to glory.. "That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.  Galatians 3:14

     "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,  Ephesians 1:13

     "The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Romans 8:16

Because we are born of the Spirit of God, we have a heavenly origin.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (John 3:6).  We are to be baptized (covered & filled) with the Holy Spirit, "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Eph. 5:18. 

Jesus is our Holy Spirit baptizer! "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:  Matthew 3:11

     "And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.  John 1:33

     "And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  Acts 2:3-4

     "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:  Acts 2:17-18

 

Jesus has baptized us with the Holy Spirit to empower us unto good works and the fire of His Spirit is with us to continually purge us and change us from glory to glory.  The Holy Spirit has come and will walk with us all of our days. "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

     "But 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

     "Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  John 14:17

He has brought liberated us from the law by the fulfillment of its demands and covered us with His grace.  We, the firstfruits of the Spirit and as the children of liberty, we can now walk by the leading of the Holy Spirit, who will lead and guide us into all truth.   "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But 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 3:17-18

     "But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.  Romans 6:7

Even the deep things of God are available to us and we can know them.  We have the Holy Spirit to be our teacher and our guide.  He is the revealer of all truth and the witness of the Godhead. "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  1Corinthians 2:10

     "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.  1John 2:27

One of the greatest ministries and purpose of the Holy Spirit is to bring unity to our hearts.  Just as the Godhead is one, so we too are to be one.  It is not within the power of the natural man to come into unity, but the Holy Spirit works to bring us to that place.  We are to be of one Spirit and one faith.    "But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.  1Corinthians 6:17

    "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  Ephesians 4:4-6