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We use time to separate events where as God being omnipresent has no need for it. In God’s Time the Spirit reconciles different time scales in terms of symbol. By the same token the Lamb slain is an emblem set in heaven that shall not change no matter whether we speak eternity or historical time. John the Baptist by pointing out to his disciples Jesus who was embarking on his earthly ministry hails him as ‘the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world (John.1:29)’. Symbols play a crucial part in reconciling the realities of heaven and the earth on a single standard and God’s Time validates them.
Disregard for this aspect of time has rendered many interpretations fall flat. Significant is the opening statement in the Book of Genesis: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Gen.1:1).” Similarly when speaking of the birth of Jesus we have this, ‘But when the fullness was come (Gal.4:4).’ Throughout the Bible we shall see the Spirit serving as timekeeper holding the narrative accounts together. From these examples mentioned here my purpose is to point out Rule of Three carries the burden of narrative where history of the nation of Israel and the gentiles must also be subsumed into God’s Time in order to throw the Salvation Plan of God into sharper relief. To sum: the narrative mode employed by the Spirit throws light into the Will of the Father; and how these have been fulfilled by the Son hints into the rationale of his narrative method. The Spirit has an additional task to glorify the Son of which Jesus foretold (Jn.16:14). Yes indeed, the Spirit does not draw attention to himself. As an example I shall cite two almost identical verses side by side. Matt.12:31-32 Jesus warns of the unpardonable sin and one verse is from the Father while the Spirit throws a veil on his view in the matter.

Principle of Similitude

This is on the basis of comparing the like with like. The Lord’s Prayer teaches us to pray “Thy Will be done, as in heaven, so in earth (Luke.11:2).” Divine Will of God the Father is compared by the free will of man. Where Adam placing his will over that of God brought curse upon the world Jesus by obedience brought salvation to the world. Negating his will to do the Will of his Father is called obedience. (‘Lo, I come to do thy will, O God’-Heb.10:9’). What would this mean to us? Similitude is not merely comparing for its sake but for instruction. Righteousness of God by Association is what Christ demonstrated and it available to whosoever believes in his death and resurrection. “By man came also the resurrection of the dead (1 Cor.15:21).” Representational typology of Christ can be compared with Adam as antitype. Also significant is how St Paul qualifies the risen Christ as last Adam (1 Co.15:45)
As mentioned earlier the emblem of light set in heaven (‘Father of lights’) compares with Jesus Christ who is the light of the world..
When God predicts ‘And I will put enmity between thy seed and her seed’ it speaks of two groups of people, which are as dissimilar as light and darkness are. In the very outset we have had God separating the light from darkness (Gen.1:3). Principle of Similitude is a device the Spirit employs from two narrative strands of the Father and of the Son to instruct man what makes both children of light and of wrath as irreconcilable. “This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness than light (John.3:19-20).” So when Jesus declared, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John.8:12; Jn.6:37).”, we understand that the light makes all the difference. The Spirit by judicious use of symbols gives continuity to the whole narrative. When the holy city of God is revealed in eternity we read that ‘the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light of thereof’. This symbol of the Lamb similarly is with reference to the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev.13:8). Those who follow Jesus Christ have abridged the earth and heaven as one. It speaks for their bodies while being absent from the Lord ‘being hid in Christ (Col.3:3; 2 Cor.5:8).

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Without light any such distinction as evening from morning does not make sense to us. Night is different from day because in the former light is absent. From such details as the Spirit has given the creation Day we get a meaning: the sun rules the day and the moon the night.
Would it then mean the Greater Light stands for the sun and the lesser light for the moon?
No, of course not. Things of the Spirit we are to discern as having spiritual overtones and with this post we shall examine what ‘the greater light and the lesser light’ represents in the Spirit’s lexicon. Both are taken as a single entity. It signifies the Father-Son relationship.
The moon has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. Considering that there were many pagan cults existing in the Ancient world where moon worship was very much in vogue it is improbable…

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In order to understand the memorial aspect of the heaven the best place to look for is the ark of the Covenant(Ex.Ch.25). Mercy seat above the ark signifies it as the seat of God. The Ark of the Covenant at rest held two tablets of stone, pot of manna and Aaron’s rod.
All the three celebrate God the Son, He is the Word; He is the bread from heaven and lastly the rod signify the death and resurrection of the Son of man. In short it encapsulates the fellowship of God with man: symbolically as well as reality of love can only be consummated between two entities namely God and man. Memorial of God is His eternal nature as envisaged in Core Will and fulfilled through his handiwork.
God when He introduced himself to Moses said: “I AM THAT I AM (Ex.3:14)” Being perfect the name was His holiness. “For…

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“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven…(Matt.5:45)”
Jesus Christ was made manifest to reveal the perfection which is in his Father. In his sacrifice we are told that he made us perfect. “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified (He.10:14).” No man born of woman can be deemed perfect. We have the testimony of Jesus ‘There is none good but one, that is God (Matt.19:17)’. We are among our own kind and the body always shall testify against us though we have confessed among children of men that we have died buried with our Lord Savior in baptism, and risen with him. It is a principle which we see where body demands what are inconvenient for the well-being of our soul.”For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the…

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Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart (2 Co.3:3)”.

“And his name shall be in their foreheads (Re.22:4).” Mode of inversion speaks of the state where death holds no more dominion over His servants. It signifies their spiritual bodies.
God sent the Son with a clear mandate to the world. The Word made flesh thus dwelt among men. It is counted according to earth time. His earthly ministry barely lasted three and half years. To those who received him he gave the power to be the sons of God. This Sonship is however counted in God’s Time. Being foreordained consequently would mean being adopted in God through the Son. It is what the emblem of the slain…

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“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (Lk.12:32)”.

1. Heaven as spiritual corollary for the earth, its material aspect.
Consider this verse,”If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell ye of heavenly things(Jn.3:12)?” The parables of Jesus relied on the nature in order to explain the kingdom of heaven (Matt.13).

The Spirit while presenting the Salvation Plan of God lays it in a series of steps. Glory of God is his holiness. How shall anyone understand from an abstract idea like holiness? The Spirit therefore uses light as a symbol with which He separates children of light from children of darkness. So the role of Spirit testifying the Will of God and how it is fulfilled serves two narrative accounts from God the Father and God the Son. God as…

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Heaven is designated as the Authority of the Lord God for everything concerning the earth. Figuratively God enthroned would indicate him as the Judge and Sovereign Lord.”A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes (Pro.20:8)”. Here we have God in terms of his sovereignty. In a vision Apostle John saw, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them (Re.20:11-15″. In terms of light we already discussed God as the Father of lights. White Throne is his Holiness before which holiness of the heaven and the earth differs in degrees.
In order to explain the nature of God for example His mercy the Spirit uses the earth in context. The aim of the Bible is to instruct man in righteousness…

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