Narrative Mode: law of gradation

Law of gradation is a narrative mode in which, the earth bears comparison with the realities of heaven.
The Son of man for example describes two aspects of God the Son, and as the Word made flesh. The Son of man would say, ‘everything concerning me has an end (Lk.24:45)’ and it was only with regards to his body. It was fulfilled as the Psalmist predicted, ‘In the volume of the book it is written of me (Ps.40:6; Heb.10:5).’ It has in heaven also an emblem. The Lamb slain before the worlds began establishes this law. Judgment of earthly events shall be on the heavenly realities made manifest to man. This is what the law gradation is concerned about.
Law of gradation is to set our own condition in direct context of our Redeemer Lord. “If we dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him (Ro.6:6-11). This law as our faith, is set on the basis for manner of life to be lived.
Law of gradation sets children of light and children of darkness. If we then be risen with Christ we yield our bodies as instruments of righteousness unto God’ (Ro.6:13). We shall be as members of a body of which Christ shall be the Head. We belong to many churches on the earth and it is only a body in the same manner as churches represented in seven golden lampstands mentioned in the first vision of St John. Considering the warnings regarding them they are liable to be removed from the stand unless they repent. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:..Re.319) ” Such chastening ought to warn the modern churches that it shall not be for long. What is changeable is presented in direct context of an emblem or God. Law of gradation in short has a practical use for students of the Bible.
Let us consider the vision of Christ in glory in the midst of the seven golden lampstands (Rev.1:12-20).
The lampstand is an emblem. Primary significance is as a memorial for Israel and the gentiles. According to the law we can grade these seven churches for their errors of omission and commission. We must compare their case with our own level and be forewarned. The scripture is instruction in righteousness. Faith, love for examples can increase or decrease. Grace is from above so no man can excuse for his shortfall.
We shall go over seven churches in Asia minor and it is not hard to infer that these are representation of assemblies of men whose Christian experience ranges from bad to good. The word of God is the common article of their faith but each one still carries cultural baggage, so heresies are bound to conflict their faith and circumstances of their Christian life must answer the social mores of the day. In the first century their faith was to account for persecution from powers-that-be and religious practices of their fellowmen. Contrast their conditions with what modern churches struggle now and we shall have a better understanding. Only change in labels differentiate one form the other. What is prosperity theology but learned from the trends of nation’s preoccupation with wealth? In a pagan world where worship of goddess of fertility carried in its wake licentious behavior, and eating things sacrificed unto idols a sign of model citizenship the early Christians were considered as ‘enemies of the state’ as we hear these days.(Rev.2:20) We read that the church at Thyatira had to contend with self appointed prophetess whose teachings were as ungodly as of Nicolaitanes. A close reading of Revelation ch.2-ch.3 shall show up the state of churches within a century after the Ascension of Christ. Law of Gradation demands us to set our lives on the word of God and the Savior Lord and none other.

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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