Mere Shadows

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Have you ever thought about how heavenly reality is actually more tangible our physical reality?


We know that when Moses was instructed to make the tabernacle, God told him to make it “according to the pattern” that He showed Moses (Exodus 25:9; Acts 7:44). 


This wasn’t some random blueprint that God thought might look good. No, it was actually a “copy… of heavenly things” (Hebrews 8:5). 


Think about that. 


What our senses experience here on earth are all copies of realities that already exist in the heavenlies (Hebrews 9:23). 


Man isn’t the only item God made with a pattern (Genesis 1:26).  In fact, all of creation is a reduplication of the heavenlies. 


  • Light is (Genesis 1:3; 1 John 1:5).
  • Vegetation is (Genesis 1:11; Revelation 22:2).
  • Living creatures are (Genesis 1:24; Revelation 4:7-9). 


Yes, what we see here on earth is not only a copy, but an indistinct one at best. Paul actually says that they are mere shadows of the heavenlies (Colossians 2:17). 


A little mind-boggling, huh?


Mere shadows….


When I was little, I remember trying to understand how my shadow could exactly mirror my outline, but could never reveal any color or detail. 


By definition, a shadow is merely a silhouette caused when something gets in between rays of light and another surface. 


I’ve always been amazed at the intricate details that we can see on our bodies. Lashes, toenails and freckles…all helping to define the qualities that make each of us an individual. 


Yet, despite each particular peculiarity, all that we can see is merely an outlined copy of its heavenly counterpart.  


Final reality awaits us.  Although we cannot see it clearly yet (because indeed we see in a glass darkly – 1 Corinthians 13:12) – yet, it is much more real than anything here on earth. 


Doesn’t that kinda blow your mind?