“The earth brings fruit of itself, first the blade, then the ear, and then the full grain...Mk.4:28”.
Glory of a grain of wheat requires time before its fruition. God’s will to send the Son had to be in fulness of time. It also marks a passage of time.
The Spirit reveals a clue to the trajectory of the Salvation Plan. It is what Core Will signifies. God the Father willed and the narrative from God the Son includes all who would be thus adopted by him to himself. This progression we find in nature and also in heavenly realities.’By accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord Savior you are finding place as though you have been foreordained.
The Spirit indicates a switchover from earth time to Time since adoption in our Savior would mean we have been transposed to Time as well. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday and forever (Heb.13:8; Eph.1:4) . In short we have in heaven God, who is eternal. Salvation Plan in the Son has been lifted out of the time frame of the earth to bring God and man together. (Eph.1:10)
When the Spirit writes about the creative act of God uses a day as a length of time, which is set in God’s Time. In the epistle of Apostle Peter we read a clue to it. (2 Pet.3:8). A day with the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. Here we see an inversion. Naturally we find many examples to illustrate this aspect of which we shall discuss later. The Spirit places the narrative onto a mode, where all are standardized in God’s Time.
What is a mode? Mode means the consistent manner in which one may express anything that occurred or experienced: and it implies the literary devices of man his vocabulary acquires a fresh significance. Thus stream-of-consciousness passages adopted by James Joyce in his Ulysses and the Finnegan’s Wake, are in a mode. By the same token the Spirit has worked with the divine Will and in the manner God the Son fulfilled it he presents in a mode.
Salvation Plan in a nutshell is to reinstate the fallen man into peace with God. It is basically a progression from realizing his sinful state and enable him avail the power from above to reconcile with God. So the righteousness of God has marked a path to follow. Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress is basically the same theme.
Parallelism of man’s progress is echoed in the Book of Exodus. The Law of Moses was only ‘a shadow of good things to come’ whereas Christ was the end of law.
Messiah and the Son of man (as Servant King) are both God’s provision for man. Moses leading the children of Israel to the Promised Land and Christ leading us under a new covenant to New Jerusalem are parallel. The Messianic prophecies concerning the Servant-King and Messiah are Kangaroo word owing to the pivotal role of Jesus Christ. Similarly the redeemed of Israel and the Church are represented in the seven lamp-stands shown in the first vision of John. Israel and the Church consequently hold passages as mentioned earlier as though buried within one another.
In a manner of speaking the old covenant is brought into the new by the atoning work of Jesus Christ so he is all and in all. Such parallelism has bearing on the Salvation Plan.
‘Everything under the sun is cyclical: seasons come one after the other.’ (Eccles.1:9) So much so one can say that there is nothing new under the sun. When God says, ‘I make all things new (Rev.21:5)’ the Spirit tags the earth and heaven as new.