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Reverse Engineering the Gospel for good Biblical Hermeneutics Print E-mail
Written by Oshea Davis   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Reverse Engineering the Gospel for good Biblical Hermeneutics

 In my book, The Divine Decrees, I show that what God originally intended first, in His decrees, is last in execution and his last decreed goal is executed first in order. The appendix in that book, on the Order of the Divine Decrees, would be helpful to go over first before reading this, for this essay is structured from it and uses it. But I will say this briefly.

Take the example of a business man.  When this now president of the company first began his journey in the working world he did not start as president but at the bottom of the corporate ladder.  Although he started at the bottom of the corporate ladder, yet this was not his original goal or intention; rather, being president was.  His originally goal or desires was accomplished last in execution, but his starting at the bottom of the corporate ladder, which was his goal last in order, was accomplished first in execution. With God’s decrees I call this purpose and execution; where purpose is the order of the decrees, and the execution is precision mirrored or revered engineered implementation of these purposes.  Ecclesiastes 7:8, “The end of a thing is better than its beginning.”

And so, God who is infinite in wisdom has His end goal as His original intention—this is the first decree—but his last decree is what He starts first in execution, and continues to take a series of reversed engineered steps of execution until His original goal is accomplished.  This original goal is the public illuminary and supremacy of Jesus Christ, and the pinnacle instrument to accomplish this is a public, redeemed bride married to His Son, enthralled with eternal joy and praises of Him.

            In any case, Adam and Eve in the garden were not God’s original intention and design for man; rather, their creation was at the bottom, in regards or order of goals; and so, as a result they were first in execution.  

As I have said before, the fountain, the original and perfect example of love, is the love of the Father for the Son and the Son for the Father, through the infinite energy and motion of the Holy Spirit. This is the original love, which all other types of love is patterned after, started from and for, and then also terminated back into this original LOVE. Therefore, the perfect type of audience for Christ to receive the highest form of public supremacy is the type of audience that is united to Christ as Christ is united to the Father in the Spirit.  This is the starting and spring of human existence and of the election of the church of God.

This was the original plan both for Christ and the church.  Adam was not God’s original plan for mankind, because Adam was not created one with Christ, united to Him in the Spirit, as Christ is with the Father.  This only happened after the cross and will only completed in heaven with glorified saints living with Christ, full of the Spirit and united to Him as He is to the Father!   Adam in the garden, (and then the fall, and then the incarnation, (etc.)), was a starting point to get Christ and the church to the original goal of Christ fully displayed in public supremacy, by a church that is as united in love in the Spirit to Him as He is to the Father, (within the context and capacity of the public).

The result is that the Church not only finds the joy in knowing Christ, but does so only because Christ found her in her sin and filth and then died in her place to bring her to Himself as a spouse.  This great mercy or great COST given by God insures and brightens the supremacy of Christ, even more than freely given love, for it insures and enlarges the churches ability to (1) know, (2) become and (3) enjoy Christ more through it!

NLT Ephesians 1:10, “And this is His plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ-- everything in heaven and on earth.”  And what is the goal of this?  Christ’s public supremacy!  NAU Colossians 1:18, “He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything [i.e. preeminence, supremacy].”

God’s mercy is that He takes away our sins.  Therefore, let us read the force of verse 32 of Romans chapter 11 with that in mind to see more clearly the weight of what is being said.  God appointed all (in context to the Jews) to disobedience so that He might take away their sins!  That is an incredible thing to say!  This is why Paul simply ends with praise to God’s wisdom and Supremacy after teaching on such incredible doctrines as this.

1 John 4:9,  “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.”  As said before, God’s wisdom concluded that the best possible way for us to enjoy God’s love was by us tangibly experiencing it through “mercy.”  God’s love to us is proven by mercy; this was God’s plan.  He conceived it, decreed it, and then made it happen.  God ordained the fall so that He could have mercy on us, which is the absolute and fullest measure of God displaying His love and assuring us of that love.  This was by God’s design, not by an accident, which God merely used.[1] 

 

One of the reasons God has it this way is because it helps to teach us about Himself and His character and ways.  Take for example how someone might ask why would God take so long to implement the New Covenant of Christ’s blood; why did God give us the old covenant and law?  Galatians 3:24, “Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian and teacher [tutor] to lead us until Christ came.”

Why do we have teachers, go to school, and have tutors to help us?  We have teachers and tutors because the end to which we are striving to accomplish (best in business, first in the orchestra, or best singer(etc.)) is too difficult and big for us to grab right now and so we are helped until the point we are ready.  This is similar with the Old Covenant and the New, or as some call it Law & Gospel.  In other words, the New Covenant of Christ’s blood was so spectacular and big and complex with so many bright glories that mankind needed preparatory aid and help to prepare them for its arrival.

Being taught and going to school is not my first goal, but getting a high paid job at a company is.  Accordingly, the tutor or Old Covenant of the law was not the first goal; rather, it was the New Covenant with a redeemed bride married to Christ.

It is important to note that the scripture is filled with this basic structure of the first idea introduced is the tutor, antitype and example and the conclusion is the actual or first intention.  In light of seeing how the first desire of God will be the last thing executed in history we see why patterns, antitypes, examples and tutors in scripture are not the original but reversed engineered from the original preparing us to understand and for the original desire or goal.  

Now, we will take a quick detour into establishing the importance of the metaphysical in light of God’s predestination and decrees...  

 

 

Applying God’s Sovereignty to both His Decrees and Creation:

 

  Since this public creation is founded on God’s sovereign “good pleasure” to be a display of how Famous He really is through His Son, then God does not desire to “merely” give vague ideas of His Moral Beauty or Holiness, rather, His sovereign Will is to publicly reveal details about His Divine Nature and then act faithfully in this public world to this revelation so that His glory is clearly seen and adored by all watching eyes.  See Exodus 32:11-14, Psalm 79:9; God appeals to this in first person in Isaiah 45:4; Isaiah 48:11, Ezekiel 37:16-33; also compare Psalm 25:11 to 2 Samuel 9:1-12; also 1 John 1:9 –God is “just” to forgive in keeping to the promises He made.[2]

The point I wish my readers to keep in mind is this: behind any one Revelation of God, in the smallest statue, command or reward regarding what He will do, is behind it the Infinite Sovereign Will and Pleasure of God that established for His Son to have creation as a gift with Jesus as the public image of God, with His Son having the central public Supremacy and Preeminence. 

 Take for example God telling Joshua and the Israelites that He will cause and destine them to defeat their enemies.  Did Joshua say: God, because you predestined us to win it takes all the value and seriousness out of it?  No, of course he did not, for his is not stupid; rather, Joshua loved and sincerely longed for a homeland (taking the creation serious) and so God's predestination (taking the Divine perspective serious, or the decrees) made the victory sweeter and the fighting of his enemies more passionate.  Here Joshua consistently applied God’s sovereignty over the creation and the God’s decrees.

In any case, in my experience when talking of God’s sovereignty people revert to 2nd graders and will apply God’s sovereignty to His own decrees yet will forgo applying this same sovereignly will over creation; or reversely, they fail to apply God’s sovereignty over His own decrees, but will do so over creation.  If we would only consistently apply and believe God’s sovereignty over both the creation and His decrees and see the harmony between them, then many issues would be solved.[3]

The source that gives God’s decrees and predestination their value and importance is God’s sovereign will.  Likewise, the source that gives the creation and all that is in it, including God’s revealed commandments for man, its value and importance is the same Sovereign will.  The same sovereign will that predestined, giving the future its value, is the same sovereign will that established creation giving it its value.  The value of any given thing in the creation is only as great as God’s decree made it to be, and only strongly as He sovereignly made this thing relate and reflect to the centrality of Jesus Christ in public.

 

The Pattern is, Oh’ so Precise:

            Let us transition back to some more examples of Old Testament antitypes and tutors of the original New Testament intentions.  The goal is to show my readers that because history is a mirrored execution of the order of the divine decrees then the first examples, antitypes and patterns in the scripture are likewise reversed engineered from the original goals and pleasures of the Father, which He had for His Son being Supreme in the joyful praises of a redeemed audience.  Since the original is already known in precise understanding by God in His decrees; thus, God with great accuracy was able to make the pattern a perfect match as He so wishes. And form this there are implications for us to consider.

          The most important thing to understand is that such Biblical themes such as the messiah—sent not by man, but the messiah sent by the Father—will fit the pattern; that is, God’s chosen messiah will fit the pattern, the false ones will not.  Imagine how a tailor is able to make a paper pattern of a shirt so that others might use this pattern in order to make the same shirt design.  Now, image every promise of the O.T. adds another side and angle to the paper pattern, so that our pattern has hundreds and hundreds of sides and angles.  
         In any case, what we are able to do is place the pattern over the gospel to know if it is the one sent from heaven or from somewhere else.  Also, the pattern might have some additional information and instruction written on it that would be helpful in understanding the actual better.  See, the design is so accurate that we are able to know the actual by it.  It would be like laying particular paper shirt pattern over a shirt and seeing if it is the same design or not.  
        In fact, this is now Jesus treats the pattern found in the O.T. to Himself.  Our Lord instructs us in Mark 12:36-37 that the messiah sent by God, born of David, will be more than a mere human, because David calls Him his Lord.  Therefore, a particular side of our paper pattern is that the messiah is more than mere human but also divine.  So, by Jesus’ own standard He wants us to lay this paper pattern over Him (Jesus being the actual shirt) to test and see if He is a perfect match or not, and what we find is that He is!  The Scripture additionally informs us that God’s messiah is a one-of-a-kind, and so whoever fits the pattern is the actual messiah.  Thus, taking Jesus’ invitation to test Himself with the pattern we know He is God’s only Son, sent to save the church, judge the world, bring all things in Himself and reign with everlasting Supremacy in the joyful praises of the saints.
         Lastly, the pattern not only is precise but it has instructions on it about the actual make-up; or that is, it has a blue print of details regarding the shirt. Therefore, after we lay the pattern over the shirt and if we are confused or just ignorant regarding what type of stitching was used (etc.) we may find this out by what is written on the pattern.  For example: why did Caiaphas the high priest confess the sins of the nation unto Jesus Christ in John 11:49-51?  The pattern tells us why for in Leviticus 16 we learn that, “Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat.”   The pattern tells us the high priest transfers the sins of the people onto the escape goat, cursing it, so that the people are cleansed from all their sin.
          In any case, if some ignorant person said that God’s true sacrifice will not have the sins of the people transferred to it, then we know they are a lair, for the pattern tells us in detail that it will; and furthermore, Jesus the actual, had this happen to Him. And so, in addition to being a perfect fit, we learn details about the actual from the pattern. Again, this is owing to the fact that God the Father planned the actual first, in the eternal decrees, which is why He is able to reverse engineer the gospel in close detail, even similar to how a paper pattern is to actual.  God made the shirt first, and then made the paper pattern from it, to match it perfectly. Being designed in this manner, the pattern is able to convey in an intelligent-definite way, information about the actual.

 

Moses and the house:             

NLT Hebrews 3:3-6, “But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a fine house deserves more praise than the house itself.  For every house has a builder, but God is the one who made everything. Moses was certainly faithful in God's house, but only as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later.  But Christ, the faithful Son, was in charge of the entire household. And we are God's household, if we keep up our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.

 Moses and his building of the tabernacle (God’s House) with all the things in it and how Moses managed the tabernacle, “was an illustration of the truths,” regarding God’s spiritual temple and how Christ would build it and manage it.  

An illustration is the act of clarifying and explaining.  Yet, not all illustrations are created equal: some are good and some are poor.   What makes a good or bad illustration depends on how closely the illustration patterns the actual and how simple it is so that the audience is able to grasp it mentally. 

The point to remember about illustrations of the Old Testament is that they were created by God who has infinite, endless wisdom and so the illustrations are a perfect pattern to the actual.  In fact, unlike how we might commonly use illustrations in a passing sentence, Jesus fulfills and does many of the illustration, literally.

Take for example the O.T. Law.  Jesus gives His own obedience and love to the Father for His elect that started before time began, but in addiction He also acts out and does, on earth as a human, all the Law required and gives this to the Father to be imputed to all who He died for.[4]  The O.T. Law, although an illustration of what obedience to God is suppose to look like, Jesus publicly lives out this illustration to the T.[5]

Back to Moses, imagine if we could not take the tabernacle, the things in it and the procedures associated with it literally and at face value?  It would mean we would not be able to relate these things closely to what is God’s house, the things there and how God runs His house.   But the reality is that because God does have a house and runs it a certain way; He therefore, with infinite wisdom patterned the tabernacle after it in a precise and intelligent way. 

Take for example the procedure of the high priest.  God reversed engineered the original design of Jesus and what He was going to do to save man to be illustrated in a very precise manner in a high priest.  The pattern is precise, not the actual thing itself. Jesus died (pattern) just like the first sin offering goat; Jesus was not a goat (actual).  Understand?  By pattern I am talking about how a model or an original is used as an archetype; or how a plan is used to be followed in the making of material goods; or how a sales man will use a representative sample.  For reference read the entire book of Hebrews.

What I want to do is show how precise the pattern of the gospel and Christ is in scripture.

The way God implemented the pattern of the high Priest has everything to do with the gospel; the way God implemented the pattern of Genesis creation has everything do with being patterned both after and for teaching about the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Even man and woman and marriage and how they image, and why they are united has everything to do with being patterned after and also for the gospel of Jesus Christ. All of these are reversed engineered from the original design, to help teach us about the original heavenly vision.  And so, Revelation 22 verse13 reads, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

       “When God is so often spoken as the last, as well as the first, the end as well as the beginning, it is implied that He is the first, effective cause and fountain, from where all things originate.  Therefore, God is the last and final cause for which they are made.  He is the final term to which they all tend in their ultimate issue.  This seems to be the most natural meaning of these expressions, and is confirmed by other parallel passages such as: Romans 11:36, “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all thing.”  Colossians 1:16, “By Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” Hebrews 2:10, “It was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things.”  Lastly in Proverbs 16:4, it explicitly reads, “The LORD has made all for Himself.””[6]

            Jesus’ death and resurrection being first in the order of God’s decrees means that the O.T. high priest was designed by God to be an illustration of what the original was, and as said before, with infinite wisdom He made the pattern to be a perfect match. 

            In any case, Jesus died in bloodshed (Heb.9:12) and so God ordered the sin offering goat in Lev. 16 to be killed in bloodshed.  Jesus was lead outside of the gates of Jerusalem (Heb. 13:13) having the sin of the peopled confessed on Him, even by the High Priest (John 11:49-51), and so God commanded that a second goat (escape goat, Lev.16) have the sins of the people imputed to it by the high priest in the O.T.  Jesus went to His Father in Heaven and gave to the Father his own blood as payment for sinners and the Father received it (Heb. 9:12); and so, God ordered in the O.T. that the high priest intercede and give the blood of the sin offering goat to the mercy seat once a year.  Do you see how close the pattern is! 

            In fact, it is so close to the original by God’s wisdom that we are able to deduce valid inferences about the original.  Take for example that in the O.T. illustration of the Mosaic Law that the high priest had to repeat the Day of Atonement every year: killing the sin offering yet again, imputing the peoples sins yet again to the escape goat, and interceding and giving payment yet again.  Although this Mosaic Law is only a tutor and illustration, yet the pattern is so close that God shows us we can deduce valid inferences from it!

Hebrews 10:1-3 “For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.  For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.  But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.”

God teaches us two things here. One, because the Law is only a tutor or illustration and not the actual, then of course it will not accomplish the goal!  Secondly, which is our point of discussion is that because the illustration is so close the original we can deduce that since God’s goal was to actually save sinners completely from sin (Genesis 3:15, Ezekiel 36:33, etc) and give them a clean conscience before Him, then the actual sin offering and escape goat and payment of sin will be a onetime act, because a continual acting of these things is a continual reminder that sins are not forgiven.  The pattern is so close that we are able to deduce valid inference about the actual (the gospel from the O.T.), and vice versa.  

Jesus was in the grave for three days and came out as the redeemer world, and so God caused Jonah to be in the belly of the fish 3 days, coming out as the preacher of salvation to a wicked city (Matt.12:39-40).  Jesus was the infinite wisdom of God displayed in salvation (John 1:1, 1 Corin1:30): wisdom so great it brought God and man to dwell together in His house, and so God caused Solomon to be the wisest man on earth who brought God and man together in building of the Temple when God’s presence came down to dwell with men, and those who saw were all amazed (Kings 8:9-10, 66). 

Jesus’ reign over all things in the public is complete and all who are under His authority with joyful submission are filled with eternal joy, safety and the endless wealth of His love, and so God ordered Solomon to have a kingdom so great, and peaceful and filled with joyful servants that a Queen lost her breath at seeing its sight, saying: Blessed are you servants. (1 Kings 10:1-10)

            The physical body of Jesus was of little value, for it was in the “likeness of sinful flesh,” (Rom.8:3) and so the thing which made Jesus’ body so valuable so that it was able to pay for so many sinners, rising His body’s value to the height of heaven was the Divinity of His soul, the free obedience given to His Father made by the infinity of His Holy Soul; delighting with infinite energy and love to do His Father’s will.  Therefore, in the Temple of the O.T., the sacrifice lay on the altar so that the altar rises the body up, or sanctifies it to be a sweet smell to the Father.  Matthew 23:19, "Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?” Many might not think too much of the altar and the sacrifice of the O.T. Temple, but Jesus Christ teaches us that the basic order of the altar rising the body of the sacrifice up is so closely patterned to the original that Jesus calls the Jewish leaders morons for not understanding its proper order, because if the likeness Jesus’ sinful flesh sanctified His Divine soul then there is no gospel and no forgiveness of sins!  Because the illustration is so closely patterned to the original then a wrong understanding of it will lead to a wrong understanding of the real. And again Jesus called the Jewish leaders here fools and blind for this grave mistake.  The O.T. illustration is so close to the real we are able deduce that the proper order of the Soul of Christ sanctifying His body born in the likeness of sinful flesh!

            Jesus’ life was sought by evil men, as they seek to net a life as a bird in a snare, as He accented the Mt. of Olives and also prayed at its foot in Gethsemane, near the brook of Kidron, and so God illustrated this in David who ran from his pursuers saying in Samuel 26:20, "the king of Israel has come out to seek a flea, as when one hunts a partridge in the mountains."

Jesus was to be cursed for the church in her place—wearing a crown of thorns and hanging on a tree; therefore, God to illustrate this said, "cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree,” (Galatians 3:13) and likewise God said, “cursed is the ground for your sake… .thorns it shall bring forth for you.” Genesis 3:17-18.

Jesus was given the position of High Priest by the free, sovereign appointment of Yahweh and a position that was to be eternal and so God caused this to be illustrated when God choose Aaron when his staff budded and ordered it so that Melchizedek was a priest of God without beginning or end, so to speak (Heb. 7:3, 20-21, 9:4). 

Although prophecy is not the same thing as an illustration, yet, it is important to see how specific what Jesus did and what happened to Him and how exact it was to the last dotting of the “i” and crossing of the “t.”  This is owing to the fact God in the decree starts with the original desire or ending first, and so of course God knows exactly what to say about the future.  Jesus was sold, not for 31 pieces of gold, but for 30 pieces of silver and so Matthew 27:9 reminds us that Judas sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver: “Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, "And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced.”

Jesus Christ, the original, was going to say in His office of Mediator, “the Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor,”(Luke 4:18); therefore, God caused it to be prophesied hundreds of years before in the exact expression.

Such examples could be multiplied for a long time, but the point I believe should be sufficiently evident by now: which is that the O.T. pattern is a precise copy of the original because the original was decreed first.  

 

The 6 Day Creation Reversed engineered from the Gospel:

 

Imagine some moron saying: Jonah was in the belly of the Fish for 3 minutes or 3 millennium.  Imagine a fool saying: Eve did not come from Adam!  Ponder if some idiot said: Melchizedek does have a genealogy, or that Aaron’s staff did not actually bud.  Even worse, image a confused individual saying: the sin offering goat did not actually bleed or the escape goat on the Day of Atonement did not have the people’s sin confessed on it, or that the High Priest really did not intercede inside the Holy of Holies.

Remember in Hebrews 10:1-4 were we learned that the illustration of the O.T. (in this case, the sacrifices) are such a close pattern of the actual (Gospel) that one can deduce from the illustration what the gospel will be: in this cause the gospel will be a one-time act of forgiving sin so that the conscience of the elect will not be reminded of their sin, but completely free of sin’s guilt and shame, because continual sacrificing shows that God is not satisfied and needs more because He is still angry, yet God has promised complete forgiveness.  

God has designed the O.T. illustrations to pattern the actual gospel so closely so that the writer of Hebrews could deduce truths like the above and so that our Pastors and fathers, and those who diligently seek the scripture would be equipped to better understand the Supremacy of Christ and His gospel.

            Back to the foolish statements above, let us reverse engineer them and see what the gospel and scripture would teach if what they say is true.  Remember it is right to be this strict with the pattern of the O.T. illustrations as the scriptures in Hebrews shows us.  Remember it is God’s infinite wisdom and Sovereign Will that makes these O.T. illustrations of the original so perfect and so valuable: valuable, because of their close connection of the Supremacy and Preeminence of Jesus Christ!

            Jesus said that the only sign His generation would see is that of Jonah.  Jonah 1:17, “Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” Matthew 12:40 "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”  Matthew 12:39, “But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.”

            If Jonah was only in the belly for 3 minutes, then it would mean the Messiah would only be in death for 3 minutes, and since Jesus was resurrected in 3 days, then it would mean by Jesus’ own standard that He failed the test and is not the Messiah. (This type of conclusion would be applicable for the rest: Jesus not meeting the O.T. condition to be the Messiah.)

            Moreover, if Eve was not originally made from Adam so that their reunion is as close and unified as the rib going to the perfect place and fit, then it would mean that the union of the Church into Christ is not that close, and not that special, and not that perfect of a fit.  Genesis 2:22-24, “Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman….they shall become one flesh.” Ephesians 5:30, “For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.”  John 17:21, "that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

            Furthermore, if Aaron’s staff did not bud, then it would mean the appointment of Jesus Christ as High Priest was not by God’s sovereign appointment but by man (Heb. 5:1-5).  If Melchizedek did have a genealogy then Melchizedek is not a superior priest to Aaron and likewise the new covenant would not be a superior covenant to the old.  This would also mean Jesus is not a superior priest to all others, and it would also mean Jesus’ Priest hood was not an eternal type, but a temporary type. Hebrews 7:3-24, “[Melchizedek] without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually… .It is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. For He testifies: "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek… .so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant. Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.”

If the sin offering goat did not bleed it would deduce God was not angry enough with sin to punish it with death and so the death of Jesus Christ’s bleeding and dyeing was not necessary, and so in this light it would be child abuse.  It would also mean that without blood (which is life payment Lev. 17:14, Gen. 9:15) Jesus would not be able to acquire the type of currency to purchase the freedom of human life.  If the escape goat did not have the sins of the people confessed to it and chased out of camp, then it would mean the actual, Jesus, would not save man from their inward unclean, evil hearts, or that the elect would never be rid of their sinful nature.  If the high Priest did not intercede in the Holy of Holiness before God and His presence, then it would deduce that Jesus Christ would never take His blood and tell the Father to whose accounts His life-currency goes to: the devil, pigeons, grass hoppers, who?

I apologize for having to subject, you my readers, to this nonsense but it does serve a purpose.   It is the height of stupidity and to the undermining of the gospel of Jesus Christ to tamper with the illustrations of the O.T., for they being so closely patterned to the actual would have dire consequences to the scriptural meaning of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  

It is easy to see the contradiction when a person says they believe Jesus is the only way to God and salvation, but who also says they believe in relativism and pluralism.  Such a person is to be mocked, dismissed and corrected, and if they are part of the church would need a public repentance of their hypocrisy and error or else be excommunicated.  It is easy for most to see the hypocrisy and stupidity to say Jonah was only down for 3 minutes but then say Jesus was down for three days and still say this confirms Him as the Messiah, when it would disqualify Him.   It is easy to see that when one says that we cannot deduce form the O.T. illustrations what the actual is, would be moronic and unbiblical when Hebrews 10 does just that, let alone, Jesus and the disciples.

Many in my day and time have been pleasuring themselves in the filth of worldly epistemologies and metaphysics so much that it leads them to tampering with the O.T. antitype of the 6 day creation or 7 day week that was reversed engineered by God so closely after the pattern of the gospel that we are able to deduce what the gospel is by its pattern.  They are so engrossed with pleasuring their minds and are so in-love with this world and its storytelling of books, movies, music and its old wives tells of evolution they do not see the glaring stupidity and damming consequence it has on the gospel and Preeminence of Jesus.

I could spend time defending the Genesis account in other ways, particularly with the Biblical hermeneutic of—the scripture interrupts itself—with verses like Exodus 20:11 and Jesus in Matthew 19:4 (if evolution was true God did not create man at the “beginning” and so Jesus was mistaken), but I am not.  In any case, the curse of death given by God, effected all things, and so evolution is impossible in that death/corruption of nature is the opposite of evolution which is life/betterment.  Furthermore, in my book, The Undefeatable Worldview, I have dedicated it, among other things, to showing how knowledge and ontology is justified only by Divine Revelation; that is: as sovereignly as God gives breath to every man every moment so too is all knowledge given as sovereignly.  Also, science because its epistemology is observation and the senses, and because it uses induction and affirms the consequent (a controlled test does not save this from being irrational!) has no justification for knowledge, let alone truth.  Many foolish Christians make the irrational leap of stupidity from seeing the usefulness of science in practical terms to conclude it is able to give truth.  This is an invalid inference.  Genesis 1:28 tells us that science (subdue) will indeed be a useful blessing in practical terms of manipulating creation, but the Scripture also tells us that only it justifies knowledge gives man truth: the age of the universe is a truth.[7]

Hebrews 4:1, “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: "So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest,' " although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: "And God rested on the seventh day from all His works"; 5 and again in this place: "They shall not enter My rest." 6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, "Today," after such a long time, as it has been said: "Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts." 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.”

Without going into depth about the significance of the number 7 in the Bible, it is notable the work week is 7 days.  The O.T. antitypes are not hypothetical.  Seven days are seven days.  If the Queen of the south did not actually say to Solomon, “Blessed are your servants,” then it being an illustration, to teach that all the elect will be Blessed in the Kingdom of Christ, would be an unintelligible illustration.  If the numbers in the Bible are not true to their numbers then the number 7 could not intelligently convey Biblical significance or any intelligent thought, for 7 could as easily mean 4 or 89 or a chicken foot.  Among other things with changing Genesis, is the issue of not consistently and correctly using the law of Identity and Contraction (which Jesus appealed to in Mark 12:37), which as in all causes leads skepticism.  

To affirm contradictions is to affirm nothing, yet, the Word of God is something.  To assign no definite propositions to definitions ushers an abyss of skepticism and nonsense, yet, the Word of God is revealed truth.

Thus, some might be so foolish to think that if we call the 6 day creation an illustration or an antitype that it would diminish the claim that 6 days are literally 6 days.  Yet, what my modern day free thinkers fail to do is, well, to think intelligently, for if the illustration and its pattern is not known strictly and perfectly then one loses the ability to intelligently convey propositions about the original.  It is precisely because the Bible makes the 6 day creation to be an illustration that it forces Genesis account to be strict, exact and with rigid details, for its pattern is to teach us about definite truths about the gospel of Christ.  The less strictly we know about the illustration the less we can intelligently know of the original.   

This is why creation is so detailed with every calculable work God did with every calculable day; this is why the Tabernacle is so detailed with all its items and how they were used in definite details; this is why the Day of Atonement is spelled out with many specifics, and this is why they are easily understand and comprehended so that we might worship in intelligence about the original: the gospel of Christ and His Preeminence.

The importance of our Hebrew passage is that it is in the same Book where it over and over uses the O.T. creation antitype and illustration to interrupted and deduce what the Gospel really is and what Jesus actually did and what the effects of this are!

It unfortunate to see so-called preachers and teachers who use the N.T. and particularly Hebrews consistently to show how the O.T. illustrations pattern the gospel perfectly with the High Priest and (etc.), but because of their fornication with worldly thinking will deny this to chapter 4 of this same book with the same standard they use for the rest of it!  Hypocrites!  Men make judgment far too easy for God.

Hebrews chapter 3 interrupts truths about the actual (Jesus and His House) with the antitype of Moses and the Tabernacle.  Chapter 4 interrupts truths about the actual (Gospel and its effects of eternal rest for believers who press in) with the O.T antitype of the 7 day creation weak.  Chapter 5 gives truths about the actual (Jesus being divinely appointed to Mediator) with the O.T. illustration of Aaron and his budding staff.  Chapter 6 interrupts truths about the actual (Jesus going to the presence of God for us, to bring us to Him) with the high priest going behind the veil, for the people. Chapter 7 gives truth about the actual (Jesus being a better, eternal Priest with better promises) with the O.T. illustration of Melchizedek.  Chapter 8 sums up truths about the actual (Jesus and the Covenant) with the O.T. illustration of the previous chapters.  Chapter 9 interrupts truths about the actual (Jesus’s death, resurrection, and Covenant) with the O.T. illustration of the Day of Atonement. Chapter 10 interrupts truths about the actual (the effect of Jesus’ one-time finished work on the conscience of believers) with the O.T. illustration of the repetitive sacrifices.  Chapter 11 gives truths about the present (what N.T. faith is to be) with the O.T. illustrations of O.T. saints faith.

One would have to resort to the worst sort of scriptural gymnastics and use the most powerful sorts of twisting of scripture to deny the 6 day Creation account, used in chapter 4, is not really 6 days when it and ALL the other O.T. illustration used in Hebrews are used to interrupt the gospel precisely because they were orchestrated by God’s Sovereign Will and Wisdom to be a definite pattern of the original decrees of God in order to explain them!  Let them try if they may.  Hebrews does not use Jesus’ acts to explain the gospel; rather, the scriptures in Hebrews tells us what to make of Jesus and the gospel from O.T. illustrations: it is in this context the 7 day creation week is mentioned!

Since God through the writer of Hebrews uses the Genesis account to deduce what the gospel is let us see what the gospel would be if evolution was true.  In my experience most so-called Christians in this camp will say man was made by God as a man, but only after God so-called evolved the universe for billions of years, (leaving aside the irrationality of this) we will work with it.  

According to Hebrews, God worked for only 6 days and then entered into an eternal rest.  The spiritual work of pressing into the Kingdom is short, but the rest is eternal: this then is the lesson from Hebrews we learn.  Abraham’s life is a similar type of illustration: (6:15) “After he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” Again, if Abraham really did not exist or if his endurance was not a hard spiritual struggle and the promise not sweet, then it would fail at being an intelligent illustration of N.T. believers in Christ.  The same is true with the 6th day creation and the day of eternal rest.

In any case, like God did in creation and like Abraham’s life, man’s spiritual work is short (at most 120 years) but for them that trust in Christ their spiritual peace and promise is eternal! 

If evolution (billions of years) is true it would deduce that man’s spiritual struggle is, in all practical terms, eternal!  Also, since within evolution it never arrives at perfection, but is always improving, it would mean that the man’s spiritual work to find peace with God will never be perfect but always striving to grasp perfect peace with God.  There would be no scriptural hope of true spiritual rest for the elect if evolution is true.

Some might be saying: Oshea, you are not suppose to deduce what the Gospel actually is so strictly by the actual account of creation.  Yet, this is exactly what Hebrews, Jesus and the N.T. letters do with the O.T. illustrations: interrupt the actual by them. 

To those who wish to affirm evolution is true and still affirm a short spiritual struggle for the saint and an eternal rest through Christ’s suffering are no different than the fool who says: I affirm Jesus is the only way to salvation and to God, but I also affirm because the Bible teaches in the Trinity that it means a person may go to heaven by believing in Buddha or Hitler or a mole-rat, or that there are many paths to God.  This would be contradictory within the Biblical system of thinking: by affirming both it would be enough to disprove the Bible and the Christian God as false, for it denies the law-of-noncontradction, which even Jesus, the Logos, appeals to it Mark 12:37. 

Likewise, to affirm evolution is not only to twist and distort the Bible’s revelation, it would cause the Bible to affirm two contradictory propositions of the gospel.  See, standing on the Bible’s own revealed system-of-thinking of interrupting the gospel by the O.T. anti-type, it would affirm a dreadfully long spiritual work and through Christ’s suffering although peace is greater it will never be perfect; yet, in other places it would affirm the opposite.  This alone would be enough to disprove the entire Christian revelation as false, for by the Bible’s own standard to be contradictive is to be false.  Those within the church who affirm such, or that is those who within the church who affirm the scriptures are false like the above should be boldly called to repentance and/or discipline or else be excommunicated.

 

Conclusion:

The scripture interprets itself.  Sadly, for some this hermeneutic gets replaced with—science interprets scripture—to the shame of them who partake of such epistemological-gluttony of the world. 

Rejoice in the Wisdom of God!  How marvelously wise, logical and full of infinite understanding is our God?  He had original plans for His Son’s public Preeminence through the praises of a redeemed church.   In great kindness God wisely schemed how to teach and prepare His Son’s bride for these wonderful things.  The Infinite Existence reversed engineered His original plan, copied it perfectly with such stunning detail, and starting at the beginning with how He created the world in 6 days, to why a woman gave birth when her womb was so old, to why the tabernacle was erected and why a goat was chased out of a camp in the wilderness, He did so to perfectly illustrate the brightness of what His Son was going to accomplish and the effects that would follow.  God’s illustrations are not like man, who so often makes pathetic illustrations.  With the greatest attention to every detail and without missing the majesty of the original God’s illustrations are the displaying of unstoppable Wisdom that comes from a mind that is without limits or constraints.  

 

For Meditation,  

Oh! What Wisdom there is in Christ! Wisdom displayed in the redemption of man in every facet and crevice.  1 Samuel 17:35, “I went out after [Lion & Bear] and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it.” Jesus was the Lamb of God for the people who willingly placed himself in the mouth of that lion called the Devil, and although He was at His weakest, through suffering, Jesus not only overcame the devil, but triumphed over him in it, making a spectacle of the devil: in this Jesus humiliated the devil by wisdom, for the Christ overcame His strongest enemies while He was in His weakest. 

By Redemption the scripture teaches us that Christ not only rescues us from our vile condition of sin and filth but also He brings us into a more glorious positive than where we were before, so that those who used their tongues for such stupidly and used them to set forest on fire, will through God’s Wisdom, speak truth and set hearts on fire for the love of Christ.  Isaiah 29:24, “These also who erred in spirit will come to understanding, And those who complained will learn doctrine."  Indeed, prostitutes who used their lips to kiss all sorts of things and used for such evil, will by the redemption of Christ’s wisdom be the very thing used in His Kingdom.  Luke 7:45, “This woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in.

Oh such Wisdom displayed in Christ that overcame the weakness of the law with the weakness of flesh wrapping His Son Jesus Christ who condemned sin in His flesh!  Oh such wisdom that overcame man’s distance to Himself with the nearness of a Man who was humbled, acquainted with grief and sorrows like us!  Such wisdom that would not allow there to be mercy and forgiveness for man without vindicating the Holiness of Father: which cost Jesus His life and being abandoned: abandoned by all, by this disciples, by His countrymen and even by His own Father.  Such wisdom that through His abandonment sinners are not forgotten but made the children of God!  Such wisdom that blinded the natural olive branches so the by its roots many wild branches of the gentiles are grafted in, so that all may behold and ponder both the kindness and severity of God through Christ!  Such wisdom displayed in causing the whole world to become liars, through one man’s sin so that with their mouths being shut, God would be justified in His Judgments, so that through His judgment of His Son He might judge many as becoming the righteousness of God through Him!  Oh such wisdom that caused the world and Israel to be lost in disobedience and blindness so that He might send His Son to die in suffering and display the Mercy and Justice of the Infinite Existence.  Oh such wisdom that from the same lump molded some of mankind for destruction and some for mercy so that they through this perspective might rebound in eternal praises and thanksgiving to the Father through Christ!  Oh such wisdom that reversed engineered the gospel into the why the entire creation was made in 6 days and why God rested on the 7th!

Wisdom, Endless Wisdom!  For the thirsty, there is a fountain that never runs dry.  For the hungry there is bread that satisfies. For those seeking honor, glory and immortality, there is a place to find it.  For those desperate for wisdom, there is one greater Solomon who is ready to both share and even be their wisdom.  For he who is lost there is a way; for he who is confused there is a truth; for he who is dead there is a life!   For the one drowning and struggling in their blood, there is One who is able to say one word to save: LIVE! 

 

For Rebuke,

It is precious and magnificent to know that all this great wisdom is given to His saints to drink in and enjoy freely through the reservoir of His Scriptures.  God has not abandoned His children.  The scriptures are written by God!  In His Sovereignty He caused and wrote out History itself: in His Sovereignty God planned and created the human authors who He made to pen the scriptures, and wrote out the man as sovereignly as a man perceives himself writing out a story on paper: in His Sovereignty God wrote out the Scripture as His self-disclosed biography about how Famous He is through the public outshining of His Son Jesus Christ in the gospel! 

How terrible will God’s displeasure be on them who do not behold His Son as the Father as revealed His precious Son to be!  What shame they bring on themselves who trade the Wisdom of God displayed in Christ through the gospel for the filth of worldly wisdom and epistemologies, when its best wisdom is weaker than God’s weakest.  For those who in this life traded the wisdom of God displayed—centrally seen in Christ crucified—for the wisdom of this world will find God’s wisdom displayed in darkness, chains and a fire that cannot be quenched.  God is on a love crusade for Himself to display His wisdom through His Son.  All will see The Infinite Existence’s wisdom displayed supremely in the risen Christ, on one side of the great gulf or the other.

 

For Encouragement,

Repent in the ashes of your sinfulness and like a beggar who has nothing to offer God except that your sin qualifies for guilt, plead with God for mercy.  Ask for eyes that love Jesus as He has been revealed in the wisdom of the scriptures.  Ask in confidence knowing God’s “Will” is for your “sanctification.” All such prayers from His humble will be answered for such prayers are already His Will. (1 Thess. 4:3)

For those that have been steadily rejecting the world’s wisdom for the wisdom of God displayed in His Word in Christ I would encourage you to keep beholding and enjoying: for those that thirst for righteousness, they will be filled.   There is no telling the pathways of great filling they will have who seek greatly for God’s righteousness displayed in Wisdom of the Logos.  Do not stop Beholding!  Look!  There stands among you one who is Holy, undefiled and meek, appearing as a Lamb who was Slain!



[1] Ephesians 2:6-7, “[God] raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, and that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”   God desired and designed in His love, before the dawn of time to show us the “exceeding riches of His grace.”  This verse also tells us how this is done: “In Christ.”  God knew before He created us (even before He ordained or permitted the fall of man) that, if He was going to create children to love as much as He wanted to, that He must uniquely unite them in His Son.  Evidently, this is why God decreed the fall of our first parents, so that as all mankind was lost in disobedience, God could uniquely unite them in His Son through His death (we die with Him) and resurrection (we are raised in new life, in Him, part of His body). 

Christ is the brightness of and very outshining of God’s Glory.  Hebrews 1:3: “[Christ is] the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person.”  God loves a person through the blood covering of Jesus Christ whom the Father infinitely loves.  The Father will never look at you un-lovingly because Christ His Son is the exact shining forth of His own Glory.  God the Father loves His Glory above all things and so will always love those who come to Him through the blood of His Son whom He perfectly loves.  To reject at any time those who come to Him sincerely through His Son, whom the Father loves, as Christ is His own Glory, is as much possible as God rejecting Himself.   The fountain of all God’s love and enjoyment streams from the love and pleasure He has in Himself and particularly in the person of His Son Jesus Christ.  Adam and Eve, although greatly loved by God, were not united and grafted into Jesus Christ.  Therefore, the intimate closeness and love, which God could share with Adam and Eve before the coming of Christ, was not as great as we who are now united in Christ’s body.  This means Adam and Eve at their time in History, before the Fall, were not able to receive the “exceeding riches of His Grace.”  The reason is that they had not been raised up and united into Jesus Christ’s body.

Therefore, if God did not preplan the sin of Adam and the whole world, then God in this light never “planned” to give humans the glory and happiness of being made one with Him.  In other words, if God did not preplan to give us His righteousness from the very beginning, then God did not love us as deeply as he could have.  It would demonstrate God only loved us and gave us the righteousness of Christ because of an accident and not because God loved us so deeply that He planned from the very beginning to give us these wonderful things.  To say that God’s love was an accident and that God only used or permitted Adam’s sin, is blaspheme for it both diminishes God’s wisdom and His love He has toward the church.  God’s wisdom and love is easily seen because He planned from the beginning to give us the unspeakable gift of being brought so near, in the loving communion of the Trinity that we will be made one with God.  This gift of God’s righteousness to His church, through Christ, is no mere accident but was decreed by the Almighty Father in His infinite wisdom and love, even before the world began. “Love never fails!”

 

[2] Also see Jonathan Edwards book: The End for which God created the World, which is found in my book, When Infinite Existence Goes Public, which contains this Edwards work, to which Edwards lists dozens and dozens of scriptural examples of this.

 

[3] I would recommend my essay called: Consistently applying God’s Sovereignty.  Found on my website or in my book: The Divine Decrees, 2013.

[4] NIV Matthew 5:17, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

[5] He does more than this because His willing obedience to be a Redeemer is purely a gift to the Father not required of the Law, which is given to the Father before time, on earth and even today as He still intercedes for those He died for.

[6] Jonathan Edwards as quoted from my book: When Infinite Existence Goes Public; from his book: The End for which God created the World.

[7] To know more about this see this book; this is free at my website.

 

 
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