Look No Hands!

 

In the scriptures the phrase made with hands refers to the things of the creation, the phrase made without hands refers to things that are of God.

 

As we’ll see in the scriptures below this distinction is always maintained. Things that are of this present creation, such as our earthly bodies, are referred to as being made with hands.  Things that are of God, such as our resurrection bodies, Holy Places in heaven[1], and the tabernacle (body) that Christ came in, are not made with hands.

Our earthly flesh is made by hands…Ephesians 2:10-11

 

Adam’s race was formed from the dust of the ground by the hands of the Potter[2].  In the verses below Paul refers to the earthly children of Israel as the Circumcision that is in the flesh made by hands. 

 

Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Eph 2:11  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

 

The circumcision that is made with hands has no eternal value, what mankind needs is a circumcision that is made without hands.

 

The true circumcision is made without hands…Colossians 2:11

 

Col 2:11  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

 

One way of thinking about the new birth is to see it as the first step in a process that separates us from the current creation.  God’s Spirit draws us away from loving this world to where we set our love on Christ.  A new man is born within us and a struggle begins between this new man and our old Adamic flesh.  But this is not where the redemption process ends.  In the resurrection we will put off this earthly tabernacle and be clothed with flesh from heaven[3].  This is the redemption of our bodies[4].  There will no longer be an internal struggle between the new man and the tabernacle.  Death will have been swallowed up in victory[5].  We will have been fully redeemed.

 

The redemption of our bodies is portrayed in the act of circumcision. Flesh is removed to symbolize the putting off the body of the sins of the flesh.  This true circumcision is done without hands.  It is the circumcision of Christ where our vile bodies are stripped away from the new man and we are clothed upon with a glorious body like His[6].

Our resurrection body is not made with hands…2 Corinthians 5:1

 

Our eternal body is made without hands.  It is not of this world.

 

2 Cor 5:1  For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens


Christ came by a tabernacle not made with hands…Hebrews 9:9-14

 

The Son’s tabernacle (body) was not of this building, not of earthly clay; rather, He came by a greater and more perfect tabernacle.  The tabernacle in which Jesus dwelt is the same as what we hope to dwell in in the resurrection[7]. 

 

Heb 9:9  Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;

Heb 9:10  Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

Heb 9:11  But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

Heb 9:12  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

Heb 9:13  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:

Heb 9:14  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?

False witnesses said Christ’s body was made with hands…Mark 14:58

 

Some believe and teach that Jesus was raised in a different body than that in which He died.  Look at what He says though in John 2:19, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it [the same one] up.”  He doesn’t say, “Destroy this temple and in three days I’ll be raised in another one.”  Jesus plainly teaches us here that the body He dies in will be the same one that is raised. 

 

John 2:18  Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign showest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

John 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

John 2:20  Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

John 2:21  But he spake of the temple of his body.

John 2:22  When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

 

At His trial false witnesses took the statement Jesus made in John 2:19 and added a very significant phrase, made with hands.  They also added the idea that He would be resurrected in another body made without hands.  See Mark 14:58 below. Consistent with what we’ve seen in other sections, those who are against Christ resist and distort the teaching of Christ’s body.

 

Mark 14:55  And the chief priests and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found none.

Mark 14:56  For many bare false witness against him, but their witness agreed not together.

Mark 14:57  And there arose certain, and bare false witness against him, saying,

Mark 14:58  We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.

Mark 14:59  But neither so did their witness agree together.

Mark 14:60  And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?

The Stone that Is Cut Out Without Hands…Daniel 2:31

 

In the end times the Son, referred to here as a stone cut out without hands, destroys the kingdom of the Antichrist.

 

Dan 2:31  Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.

Dan 2:32  This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,

Dan 2:33  His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.

Dan 2:34  Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

Dan 2:35  Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

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Earthly things are made with hands.  Things that are of God, eternal things, are made without hands.  The scriptures always maintain this distinction.  Christ came by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building [not of earthly clay].  We must be careful to honor Christ as that one who’s Tabernacle was made without hands.  We do violence to Christ Himself and we do violence to our hope of a redeemed body if we think of Christ as having a tabernacle made with hands. 

 

Let the scriptures speak.


[1] Hebrews 9:24

[2] Isaiah 64:8, Genesis 2:7, Colossians 1:13-16, Job 10:5-9

[3] See Because of the Resurrection Bodies We Hope For.

[4] Romans 8:23

[5] 1 Corinthians 15:54

[6] Philippians 3:21

[7] See Because of the Resurrection Bodies We Hope For and Because He Arose in the Same Body He Died In.

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