Predestination: sustained symbolism

 

Predestination for a Christian is made real by faith. When we accept Jesus Christ it means that the Will of God has been proved right because we believed Jesus Christ died for our sins. By faith we inherit eternal life instead of condemnation. Since that point life for a Christian is life hid in Christ. His reality takes in realities of heaven as well. Ep.2: 4-7 It is the Will of God which St Paul in his epistle to the Ephesians writes as “ordained that we should walk.. (vs.10, 8-9)”

When John pointed to him and cried “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (Jn.1:29).” we recall what occurred before his birth was announced. He was filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his Mother’s womb as was foreordained (Lk.1:15). In short foreknowledge of John the Baptist owed to God. The Bible tells us in so many manner our place in the Mind of God. The many symbols the Holy Spirit use in the Scripture signifies their role.

Let us consider our own body with that of the Son of man. Before the worlds began God the Father willed a body for his Son. The Spirit refers to it as a symbol. Body as a symbol. He is the Lamb slain (Re.8:13). As he is so are we in this world. We have a natural body and we bear certain relation to the symbol indicating our earthly reality has its heavenly antecedents. Therewith we have the boldness to say, “We shall also bear the heavenly (1 Co.15:49).”

For a child of God the body has two functions: one is at a physical plane and the other as a type: It is God’s will and pleasure to give all living things a body which we may, for the purpose on hand call it as natural body. It has its counter part in a spiritual body. When St Paul writes juxtaposing earthy realities with heavenly glory in his epistle to Corinth (1 Co.15:38-50) he is setting down earthly realities vis-à-vis heavenly realities. Also significant is the manner the Spirit brings unity to the scriptural narrative by sustained symbolism. The Lamb slain was the emblem in the eternal Mind. Redemption of man depends on his vicarious death. The brazen serpent in the wilderness in turn foreshadows the manner of death which is on the cross. The Lord taking up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind (2 Ki.2:9-11) is a forerunner of the resurrection of Jesus and his Ascension(Ac.1:11) Such sustained symbolism serves same service as rhyme pattern of songs in the ancient world as aid to memory. In spiritual terms it applies to every believer where he stands because of his belief in the vicarious death and resurrection of God the Son.

The body with which the Son of man came to the world was natural that we read that he experienced hunger and thirst as every other. God had willed God the Son would perfect his Will in his body but the symbol would never alter. It is a symbol applying to us and for eternity. Therein we trace what God had determined concerning us through the Son (Ro.8:29)”.

“There are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit and the water and the blood: and these three agree in one (1 Jn.5:8).” God has sealed us and the Spirit is our surety that on the day of resurrection we shall be received by him. 2 Co.1:22; Ep. 1:14.

When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Saviour we witnessed it by three things. Baptism by water signified that we are dead to the world. It also indicates that the price was the blood of Jesus shed for every believer, which by faith made it personal. Indwelling Spirit is also part of the personal equation we created in the process.

“For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God (Col.3:3). This is how we consider our body as having died to the world and its corruption. The body shall die once but on a symbolic plane it shall continue as ever because it is hid with Christ in God. In order to make a distinction between the two we shall consider the body of our spiritual life that oversees our newness of life is our inner man.

In Peter’s epistle we are told that the hidden man is incorruptible (1 Pe.3:4; Ep.3: 16)

Cain murdered Abel for he was angry that God had no respect for his offering. When God says, “The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me,” indicates God hears the dead just as well the living. For God is ‘not of the dead but of the living; for all live unto him.’ (Lk.20:38,32)

Analogy of Inner man to natural man is similar to Seth filling in place of his dead brother Abel. His descendants were considered as righteous line-, and not Cain or his progeny, into which Jesus shall be included. The Spirit witnesses to us our part in the genealogy of the family of Special Relationship. God adopted us in Jesus and symbol of it is in the indwelling Spirit. Being led by it we grow in knowledge of Jesus who speaks ‘better things than that of Abel (He.12:24).’

This leads to the reality of Christians in terms of body: They have a natural body that shall be dissolved. They also have a spiritual body that is incorruptible.

When we accept Jesus as our savior we have abundant life or life plus. Since our spiritual body is hid in Christ, meaning we are in heavenly places. That is our hope. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtainHe.6:19-NIV).”

benny

 

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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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