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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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Behold he cometh with the clouds: and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen (Re.1:7).”
The event of the coming of Jesus Christ as a Sign. Jesus has given a number of signs, ‘as the lightening cometh out of the east’, and ‘the carcase’ drawing eagles to it for example. Here the testimony of Jesus Christ mentioned in the key verse, presents an unmistakable emblem. A sign is both mercy of God and judgment of the Son the rainbow is an example. An emblem on the other hand is an attribute of God set in heaven. In this case It is now revealed all inhabitants of the earth. We read that every eye shall see it. Now the phrase ‘which also pierced’ establishes as to who it refers. With the first…

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And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;(v.6)”
The Salvation Plan of God explains Core Will and it covers all that was willed by God and fulfilled by his Son. Now when John speaks of ‘Kings and Priests’ firstly we are to understand that we were chosen before the worlds began. It has both sense symbolically as well as from the authority transmitted to us by principle of Association. As a symbol we shall examine the role of Melchisedec who met Abraham after he returned from a war. He stands as an indication of God’s relationship with man. The Spirit establishes his credentials of the King of Salem. He was also the priest of the most high God.
The Spirit presents him so early on in the narrative as a priest representing the possessor of heaven and earth (Ge.14:18-19). Through this incident the Spirit…

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The Book of Revelation is the testimony of Jesus Christ as shown to Apostle John in a series of visions. It is a audio-visual transcript given by his angel. The Spirit has supplied an additional clue: ‘from the seven spirits which are before the throne’. The number of seven (here signified by its perfection) already covers the past present and also the future. Time is God’s Time so when John writes ‘for the time is at hand’ let there be no mistake: the events are in flux where the heavenly realities intercut with events on the earth. It does not however mean there is any going back but what is happening and where these events are leading to which is what we need focus upon. In the previous post I had mentioned of the Four horsemen, which signified war, famine plague and death and are transcribed into visions of what…

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The Seven Candlesticks
While studying the apocalyptic writings the symbolism of lamps, stars to mention a few, must be understood for what it is. God is qualified as the Father of lights (Jas.1:17) and it would make the Son as ‘True Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world (Jn.1:9).’ As Son of man it is found true. While we interpret scriptural passage on the basis of symbols like must be compared with like. Principle of Similitude using the symbol of light would demand the symbol of a candlestick as the most appropriate to signify the church. We have several lamp stands as in the case of the lamp stand of beaten gold used in the Tabernacle (Ex.25:31-40). It is not what was apparently used in the Temple of Herod. In the vision of Zachariah (Ze.4:2) what we are shown is altogether different. It tells us of significant…

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What is the mystery of God? It is the word forever settled in heaven (Ps.119:89). Constitution for heaven and earth is the living Word. Its eternal nature works firstly as the Word made flesh. John in his gospel testified, “(He) dwelt among us and (and we beheld his glory…)full of grace and truth (Jn.1:14).” The power of word can be illustrated as a quality that not even death can quite erase. Mary seeing the risen Christ could not recognize him at first but when he spoke she knew him from his voice(Jn.20:16). Mystery of God in short is Word made flesh and eternally bound with the risen Christ whose glory the disciples beheld as a mystery outside their grasp. In the indwelling experience of the Spirit it is no longer a mystery but to be known and communicated to children of God every where. When John writes what he saw…

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Revelation (v.v.1-3)
How do we explain the term revelation, which in a secular context holds a meaning? Revelation means simply making known where men interact on the basis of established values given to human speech. It covers art and language of human kind. Even here confusion could arise. St Paul while speaking of the practice of speaking in churches provides an example, “And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?…(1 Co.14:7-8)” We make ourselves known so our speech at times could place our antecedences at the same time. We have an example from the denial of St Peter on the night Jesus was taken. St Peter without in the palace of the high priest was challenged three times and on the last time one was certain,’…Thou also art one…

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