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Precious parallels boost faith
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Christ related
Taking a birds eye view (overall view) of the Bible, we find the following amazing parallels:
1. The earth was born (Genesis 1:1), became ‘frail’ (cursed with thorns and thistles), is subject to decay (Romans 8:21), will ‘die’ (2 Peter 3:10), and be ‘resurrected’ (2 Peter 3:13).
2. Likewise each person is born on earth (Genesis 1:28 ‘God blessed man and told them to be fruitful and increase in number). We all die because of sin (Genesis 2:17; 5:5), and are buried (‘gathered to our forefathers’ is the Old Testament term for death). We will be resurrected (2 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
3. Jesus was born of a virgin (Luke 1:26-31). He lived by taking the very nature of a slave, being made in human likeness (Philipians 2:7). He died, was buried (John 19:40-42) and was resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:20). He was the first to experience the resurrection, while humanity and the earth still wait for it in faith. Note the miracle: He ascended and is at the right hand of the Father in heaven (Acts 1:9; Ephesians 1:20). Because Jesus went to be with God for ever, we have confidence that by the parallel truth, we will also be with God forever (1 John 3:2; Colossians 3:2). The brand new earth will fit into God’s program as it will be our abode.
What God set out to accomplish, He has completed in Jesus Christ. That boosts faith that the other parallels of saved humanity and the new earth, will be accomplished also, because God gave us the Holy Spirit as a pledge of the things to come (Ephesians 1:13,14).
The resurrection of Jesus in God’s whole plan of restoration, is very important. Without it, the hope that the earth will be renewed and that men will be resurrected, becomes a fairy tale. Then there is no reason to live for Christ. Without the resurrection of Jesus, the essence of the Gospel (to be saved from punishment for our sin in hell and to live for eternity in God’s glorious kingdom on the recreated earth) falls away. To oppose God’s plan, the enemies of God, the liberal theologians, declare that the resurrection of Jesus was not physical. Reading 1 Corinthians 15 carefully will show the importance of the resurrection. These false preachers are trying to destroy the hope of human resurrection and a renewed heavens and earth (Revelation 21:1) where God will reign eternally.
(Note that the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit will again be united at the end of the ages. For a time Jesus Christ left heaven to come to earth to save man from his sin. He returned to heaven where He sits at the right hand of God. He sent the Holy Spirit to earth. He is at present establishing the Kingdom of God in men’s hearts. That union of the Godhead, typifies the eventual union of the Trinity, the sons of God, and the renewed earth.)
A bit of good advice: It is worthwhile to believe the Word of God. God backs it; He guarantees it; and He will see to it that it happens exactly as He said it would (we have ample proofs of what He has already done). Do not be taken captive by so called learned men who masquerade as angels of light (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). God is our Light: God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of Lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To Him be honor and might for ever (1 Timothy 6:15.16).