The Church Intermediate Between the Shadows of the Law and the Realities of Heaven.
If the law, according to the apostle, is spiritual, containing the images "of future good things," [2655] come then, let us strip off the veil of the letter which is spread over it, and consider its naked and true meaning. The Hebrews were commanded to ornament the Tabernacle as a type of the Church, that they might be able, by means of sensible things, to announce beforehand the image of divine things. For the pattern which was shown to Moses [2656] in the mount, to which he was to have regard in fashioning the Tabernacle, was a kind of accurate representation of the heavenly dwelling, which we now perceive more clearly than through types, yet more darkly than if we saw the reality. For not yet, in our present condition, has the truth come unmingled to men, who are here unable to bear the sight of pure immortality, just as we cannot bear to look upon the rays of the sun. And the Jews declared that the shadow of the image (of the heavenly things which was afforded to them), was the third from the reality; but we clearly behold the image of the heavenly order; for the truth will be accurately made manifest after the resurrection, when we shall see the heavenly tabernacle (the city in heaven "whose builder and maker is God" [2657] ) "face to face," and not "darkly" and "in part." [2658]

[2655] Hebrews 10:1. The apostle says, "a shadow," and "not the very image." The difference, however, is verbal only.--Tr.

[2656] Exodus 25:40.

[2657] Hebrews 11:10.

[2658] 1 Corinthians 13:12.

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