Throughout the Bible there are symbols in our physical world of truths and realities in our spiritual world, in many cases, of Jesus Christ and His plan of salvation. Below are only two:
1. The Great Flood was the pronouncement of God’s judgement on sin.
The Ark was a TYPE of Jesus’ plan of salvation.
(Genesis 6:11-13, 1 Peter 3:18-22)
2. The Brazen Altar in the Old Testament Tabernacle was another pronouncement of God’s judgment upon sin.
The Mercy Seat was a TYPE of Jesus’ plan of salvation.
(Leviticus 4 – 7, Hebrews 9:13)
So what does this all mean to us today? It means that through the study of the Old Testament we can better understand the New Testament. It also means that there is no sin so great that we cannot be forgiven.
1 Peter 3:8 and St John 1:12 give us the greatest hope in all the world. If you read them one behind the other they explain Jesus’ mission while here on the earth and what we can do to be forgiven of our sins.
1 Peter 3:8: “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but made alive by the Spirit.”
St. John 1:12: “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them who believe on His name.”
This was a topic that first came alive to me when I was a young mother with two babies on my knees. My father taught an adult class about the Types and Shadows of the Tabernacle during Summer Bible School and since I was a new Christian and the Bible was suddenly coming alive in my heart, this topic really took root and helped me understand the truths of Jesus’ life. In the years since that class I’ve found so many types and shadows in the Bible that help to clarify everything from wealth to wars, and covetousness to contentment, and all sorts of other issues, that I’d love to share a little of my studies. But, this is enough for today.