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       II Tim. 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

 

The Scriptures given to man through the prophets reveal the mind of God. And God's thoughts and ways are invariably quite different from man's thoughts and ways. God thinks and does things from an infinite perspective, and on an entirely different plane from that of finite, fallen man.
The difference between the infinite and the finite in this respect are, in Scripture, compared to the difference between the heavens and the earth. God states in,

 

Isaiah. 55: 8—9

8. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” Saith the LORD.

9. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

The earth, the home of finite, fallen man, rests under a curse.  But the heavens beyond our solar system, the heavens in which God dwells; are far removed from the realm covered by the curse. And God uses a contrast between the two in order to show the wide, unbridgeable gulf which separates His thoughts and ways from man's thoughts and ways.

(In the preceding respect, note that the future destruction of the heavens [along with the earth], followed by the creation of a new heavens and a new earth (II Peter 3:7-13)], must be thought of only in connection with the one solar system in which we live;  the sun with its nine revolving planets.

II Peter 3:7-13 Very important verses to reflect on.

03. Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts.

04. And saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”

05. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

06. Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.

07. But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word [verse 5] are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgement and perdition of ungodly men.

08. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, [let not this one thing be hidden (as verse 5) from you] that one day is with the LORD as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Therefore this earth we are now on was created in 6 one thousand year days. We are all, now in the last days; the millennium being the seventh one thousand day [Sabbath] day of rest which is yet future and is termed Gods Future Kingdom. http://godsplan.org.uk/Index.htm  

09. The LORD is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

10. But the day of the LORD will come as a thief in the night; In the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. [Works built by men’s hands]

11. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.

12. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat.

13. Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

 

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THIS FALLEN EARTH. (Restoring of the ruined Creation).

 

In Gen. 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.

 

                   And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

 

The sin of Satan caused the sun to be darkened, producing darkness throughout the solar system. Thus, in a larger sense, Satan's act affected not only the earth but the entire solar system as well. And he [with his angels] presently resides in the heavens within this solar system. Heavens from which he will one day be cast out, heavens which will have to be cleansed before Christ and His co-heirs can reign from this realm or heavens which will be destroyed with this earth, and heavens which will be created anew with the earth.

 

Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Refers to Satan’s first rebellion and to those who followed him.

From Genesis 3:15 until now Satan stands ready to devour the promised “seed” [Messiah] of the woman [Israel].

Job 15:15 Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

 

II Peter 3:7-12t

07. But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word [verse 5] are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgement and perdition of ungodly men.

08. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, [let not this one thing be hidden (as verse 5) from you] that one day is with the LORD as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

09. The LORD is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

10. But the day of the LORD will come as a thief in the night; In the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. [Works built by men’s hands]

11. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.

12. Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat.

 

II Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

 

Rev. 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: [Future Kingdom]  for the first heaven and the first [fallen] earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.[People]
Future Kingdom
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And because of the vast difference which separates the thoughts and ways of the infinite God in the heavens far beyond our solar system from those of finite, fallen man on the earth, man is commanded to proclaim that which God has stated about the matter rather than what he may think about the matter. He is commanded to "Preach the word..."  He is commanded to proclaim that which has already been settled in heaven and given to man, emanating from an infinite mind, which is immeasurably "higher" (separated to the extent of the heavens being higher than the earth) than anything man could possibly come up with in an eternity of time.

II Tim. 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

 

This, thus, restricts the content of preaching to that which God has revealed in His Word. Man is simply to proclaim that which God has given to man through man.
And what man thinks about the matter, either about that which God has revealed, or about proclaiming that which God has revealed; is of no moment whatsoever. We are dealing with the Creator and the creature, the infinite and the finite, the One Who can't fall and the one who has fallen. The Word has been given, and the instructions concerning this Word are clear. It is this Word and this Word alone which is to be proclaimed.

 

Preach the Word

The word translated "Preach" in II Tim. 4:2 (above) is kerusso in the Greek text. Kerusso simply means "to proclaim," whether to one person or to a multitude; and the proclamation of the Word (simply stating that which the Word has to say) can be done by any Christian at any time.
Kerusso does not itself carry the thought of what type of message is to be proclaimed. That is, rather derived from the contextual usage of the word. Kerusso, for example, is the word used for the proclamation of the Gospel of the Kingdom by John the Baptist, Jesus, and the twelve, it is the word used for the proclamation of the Gospel of the grace of God by Paul to the Gentiles, and it is the word used relating Christ's proclamation (or announcement) to "the spirits in prison" http://www.godsplan.org.uk/paulineepistles.htm following His resurrection In each instance the content of the proclaimed message was different, governed by the context.

Matthew. 3:1
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judća,

 

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

Matthew 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

Galatians 2:2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.

 

I Peter 3:18, 19

18. 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 quickened by the Spirit:

19. By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

 

In 2 Tim.4:2 kerusso is used in a context, and having to do with the whole of the written Word. Man, in this respect, is responsible for proclaiming "all the counsel of God"

 

Acts 20:27, 24, 25.

27. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

24. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

25. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

 

Which contextually, in the Book of Acts, has to do with two things? (Past & Future) http://godsplan.org.uk/Index.htm

1. “The gospel of the grace of God".

              2. “The kingdom of God". 

These two realms in Scripture are looked upon as covering the whole of Scripture, “all the counsel of God" (v. 27).
And this is shown at the very outset of Scripture, which must be the case. A skeletal framework for the whole of Scripture is given at the beginning.

Hebrew Berĕshīth, “In the beginning” because it is the book of all the beginnings. Genesis is Greek which = generation, creation. For its being complimentary to Revelation.

 

Genesis. 1:1--2:3 [see Chapters 3, 4]  http://www.godsplan.org.uk/dispensationalplan.htm and all subsequent Scripture must, after some fashion, rest on this skeletal framework.

Genesis 3 1—24. THE FALL.

(Introversion and Alternation).

J2  E| 1—5. The Nachash [Satan]: procuring man’s death, in Adam.

       F| 6. The Tree of knowledge.[Satan] Eating of it. (Cohabitation).

         G| f| 7-. Effect on both: the man and the woman.

               g| -7. Human provision: Man-made aprons.

                 H| 8—12. God’s enquiry of the man.

                    I| 13. God’s enquiry of the woman.

                     K| 14. Sentence on the Nachash.

                     K| 15. Promise of the seed.

                    I| 16. God’s sentence on the woman.

                 H| 17—19. God’s sentence on the man.

        G| f | 20. Effect on both: The man and the woman.

               g| 21. Divine provision: God-made coats.

      F| 22-24-. The Tree of Life. Expulsion from it.

     E| -24. The Cherubim: preserving man’s life in Christ. http://godsplan.org.uk/thestarsalso2.htm

           

Genesis 4 AFTER THE FALL.

(Alternation).

J3 L| 1—16. Adam’s sons: Cain and Abel.

       M| 17—24. Cain’s son: Enoch.

    L| 25. Adam’s son Seth.

       M| 26.Seth’s son: Enos.

 

This skeletal framework takes one from a Creation, through to a Ruin of that creation, through to a Restoration of the ruined creation, and through the Time involved in this restoration. It takes man from "the gospel of the grace of God" (a ruined creation necessitating restoration, redemption) to "the kingdom of God" (that which is in view throughout the six days of time = 6000 years [the reason for redemption], to be realized on the seventh day).
Note an illustration of proclaiming "all the counsel of God" from another part of the Word, in keeping both with the skeletal framework in Genesis and with following the structure and manner in which God has revealed His Word to man.

In Hebrews 11:4-10

04. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

05 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

06 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

07 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear{reverence], prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

08 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

09 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

 

Four individuals who walked "by faith" are named in the order in which they appear in the first twelve chapters of Genesis. These four alone appear in the opening part of Hebrews, chapter eleven (save for the mention of Isaac and Jacob [v. 9], who appear later in the chapter [vv. 20, 21]), though attention could have been called to numerous other individuals who walked by faith throughout that 2,000-year period.
Why these four alone? The answer is simple. Through these four individuals God could not only set forth great spiritual lessons surrounding "faith" but He could also present a dispensational framework of events which would not only be in keeping with that which is set forth concerning "all the counsel of God" in

 

Acts 20:24-27

24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

 

But would also be in keeping with that which is taught through viewing the whole scope of events in Gen. 1:1-2:3. "The gospel of the grace of God" is shown in type by Abel's sacrifice.

 

Genesis. 1:1-5

1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

 

And different facets of "the kingdom of God" are shown typically by Enoch's, Noah's, and Abraham's experiences.

 

Genesis 1:6-2:3

06 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

07 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

08 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

09 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

31 And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

2:1--3

1.Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.


Abel brought a blood sacrifice ("the firstlings of his flock"), in contrast to the fruit of the cursed ground which Cain brought; and Abel's offering alone was accepted by God.

 

Genesis. 4:3-5.

3. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.

4. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

5. But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

 

Enoch was removed alive before the Flood.

 

Genesis. 5:21-24

21. And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah:

22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:

24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

 

Noah went unharmed through the Flood.

 

Genesis 6-8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

 

And there was a new beginning in Abraham following the Flood.

 

Genesis 12:1-3

1. Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

 

That's the complete type. And this overall type points to an overall antitype in which

1.      Acceptability to God (redemption) is through the shedding of blood alone (the blood of the sacrificed Passover Lamb, seen in Abel's offering);

2.      The redeemed one new man "in Christ" is to be removed from the earth before the coming Tribulation (seen in Enoch being removed before the Flood);

3.      Israel is to go through the Tribulation (seen in Noah going through the Flood);

4.      There is to be a new beginning following the Tribulation, the Messianic Era (seen in the new beginning in Abraham, who "looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God").

The whole of the Word -- "every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" is to be proclaimed by man. And the Word is to be proclaimed after the structure and manner in which it was written. The Word has a dispensational structure, and it is highly typical in nature. And the latter, through Scriptures own internal testimony and evidence, extends to the whole of Biblical history

 

See Genesis Chapter 8:21—9:17. THE EARTH REPLENISHED.

Proclaiming the Word thus has to do with correct divisions, [Rightly dividing the word] drawing from the types and antitypes, drawing from the parables, etc. In this respect, one must know the Word, for the more one knows about the Word, the better equipped he will be to proclaim the Word.
But above all, the Word must be proclaimed after the manner in which it was given, regardless of what man in his finite wisdom may think about the matter. He is to proclaim the Word exactly as the infinite God gave it, which will require long hours of study on his part, comparing Scripture with Scripture. He, in the words of Scripture itself, is to simply "Preach the Word..." He is to speak, "not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Spirit teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual". Nothing could be stated plainer.

 

I Cor. 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

 

The Gospel of the Grace of God

The message surrounding the gospel of the grace of God is given in very simple terms in Scripture. In fact, it is so simple that man often misses it. And any person, missing the one true message given by the infinite God; and drawing from his own finite wisdom and knowledge, [invariably he can't help but so do] ends up with a corrupted salvation message to proclaim.
The overall key thought in the salvation message is the fact that "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" and now sits at the “right hand of Jehovah”.

 

I Corinthians 15:3—4

3. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

The one key word in the salvation message is "believe".

 

Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

 

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

John 3:16 (above) is often called "the gospel in a nutshell" by individuals seeking to draw attention to the overall salvation message stated in its simplest form in Scripture. God, because of His love for fallen man -- created in His image, after His likeness, for a purpose (Gen. 1:26-28) -- "gave his only begotten Son [I Cor. 15:3, 4], that whosoever believeth in him [Acts 16:31] should not perish, but have everlasting life."

 

Genesis. 1:26—28

26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.


27. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.

God. The Hebrew accent (Pasek) places the emphasis on God, the Carrier-out of His purpose.

Created: i.e., when He did create. The description of the act postponed until Gen 2:7, 21—24. (below).

See note on verse 26  above. Let us. The Divine purpose is here stated. The Divine act not described until Gen 2:7, 21—24.

man. Hebrew ‘ādām (no art) = mankind.

The Tosephta (contemporary with the Mishna, about A.D. 200) translate Sanhedrin, viii.7: Q = “Why was man created last?”

A = It was because the heretics might not be able to say there was a companion with Him in the work”: i.e. lest man should have claimed a share in it.

man. Here the Hebrew. ’Ādhām has the article and the demonstrative Hebrew ’eth, [the] to indicate that the man Adam who God created in Genesis 2:7 was the “man” who was here purposed. (The first man Adam, male and female, were created by God to have dominion over the earth).

them. Emphasis Here, in purpose. But, Genesis 2:7, 21—24, in historical act, and fact.

 

Genesis 2:7 another man was created and called Adam. Hebrew ’eth-’Ha ādhām, with Article and particle, which = “this same man Adam”. From whose lineage in the royal line of David, the second man Adam, [Jesus Christ the Messiah] would be born to Joseph and Mariam [not Mary] of the house of Jesse. http://levendwater.org/companion/append14.html  

 

Genesis 2:7, 21—24,  

07. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

 

I Corinthians. 15:3—4

3. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 

Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

 

Everything, in its entirety, to procure man's salvation was done by Another (Second Adam). It had to be, for the first one being redeemed was "dead in trespasses and sins" (Eph. 2:1), totally incapable of acting on his own behalf. Christ is the One Who died, Christ is the One Who performed the work to procure man's salvation, and God is satisfied with His Son's finished work.

Ephesians. 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

 

When Christ cried out from the stake in "a loud voice" near the ninth hour, "It is finished", He used one word in the Greek text, Tetelestai, which could have been better translated, "It has been finished." Tetelestai is a perfect tense usage of teleo, which means "to bring to an end," "to complete." And the perfect tense refers to action completed in past time with the results of that action existing during present time in a finished state.

John 19:30
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

 

All the work surrounding man's redemption which Christ had come to perform had, at that point in time, been completed. This is the announcement which Christ made, in "a loud voice," and there was then no longer any need for Him to continue His sufferings on the stake. Thus, immediately after He had cried out, "It has been finished," He "gave up the ghost [lit., 'He breathed out' (He expired)]"

 

Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

 

The work of Christ on Calvary, from the point He cried out, "It has been finished," has existed in exactly the same state in which He proclaimed it to exist at that time. It has existed as a work completed in past time which extends into present time (in a finished state) and which will extend into all the ages comprising eternity ahead (in the same finished state). Nothing can ever be added, and nothing can ever be taken away. That is to say, nothing can ever change relative to Christ's finished work on Calvary.
That's the way God's procurement of man's salvation had to occur, that's the way it has to presently exist, and that's the way it has to exist throughout the ages of eternity. Because of Christ's finished work, salvation is extended to man "without money and without price"; and apart from Christ's finished work, there is no salvation.

"He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already [lit., 'has already been condemned' (a perfect tense)], because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God"


Isaiah. 55:1
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

 

John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved"

 

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

It is utterly impossible -- and foolish to even consider -- that finite man, "dead in trespasses and sins," could add one thing to or take one thing from the finished work of the infinite God through His Son. All man can possibly do is simply receive, through believing on the Son, that which has already been done on his behalf.

1. The Type and Antitype

The truth concerning man's salvation as being entirely through Divine intervention is shown in the opening three verses of Genesis, in the original type, in the very first type in Scripture. This truth is set forth at the very beginning, engraved, as it were, in stone; and it can never change.

In these verses there is a

          1. Creation, a Ruin of the creation,

          2. The beginning of the Restoration of the ruined creation.

          3. And to affect, this beginning part of the restoration, the Spirit of God moved, God spoke, and light came into existence

 

In relation to man in a type-antitype framework, this is the point where the Word of God divides between man's soul and spirit.

 

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

Genesis. 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

 

allowing light to exist where only darkness had previously existed.

 

 II Corinthians. 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 

Colossians. 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

 

Man's spirit is saved at this point, separated from his unsaved soul -- involving a spiritual birth, a birth from above.

 

John 3:3, 6

3. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

6. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

 

This being synonymous with man passing "from death unto life"; and the other five days in the Genesis restoration account have to do with redeemed man's soul, which is presently in the process of being saved (ref., Chapter IV).

Genesis 4 AFTER THE FALL.

(Alternation).

J3 L| 1—16. Adam’s sons: Cain and Abel.

       M| 17—24. Cain’s son: Enoch.

    L| 25. Adam’s son Seth.

       M| 26.Seth’s son: Enos.

 

But remaining within the subject matter at hand, having to do with the salvation which we presently possess and the simplicity of the salvation message, everything in the Genesis account was accomplished entirely through Divine intervention. The earth, covered with water and shrouded in darkness, was totally incapable of ever existing in any other state apart from Divine intervention. And that's the way it is with man "dead in trespasses and sins" today.
Divine intervention had to occur in relation to the ruined creation in Genesis1:1-5, and it has to occur in relation to the ruined creation today.

And forms the original, unchangeable type, and all subsequent types have to be in complete agreement with that which was established at the beginning. e.g. Gen. 3:21; 4:2-5, 8-10;

22:1-14; Ex. 12:1-29; 17:6; Num. 21:5-9

And there can be no possible change of any kind in the antitype (Matt. 12:40; John 3:14), for the antitype must follow the type in exact detail. What is true in one is true in the other.

 

Matt. 12:40  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

 

John 3:14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:


To see the matter in its pristine simplicity and completeness view the antitype in the light of the Old Testament types, beginning with the original type. One of the main reasons confusion exists in matters surrounding salvation is man's failure to do this. God has given His Word to man after a fashion which is highly typical for an evident reason. The various types surrounding man's salvation and the antitype must be studied together in order to see and understand exactly what God would have man see and understand in relation to salvation as it has been set forth in His unchangeable Word.
And putting it all together, a person will always come up with the same simple teaching. Viewing the antitype in the light all the various types will always reveal exactly the same thing Jonah stated immediately prior to his deliverance from the place of death, "Salvation is of the Lord"

 

Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.


2. The Question, the Answer

Christ has completed the work which God required, and God is satisfied with His Son's finished work This is the reason Paul and Silas could respond to the Philippian jailer's question, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved," with the simple answer, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved"

 

Acts 16:30—31

30. And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

 

This jailer at Philippi could do nothing. It had all been done on his behalf. The work had already all been done by Another. It had already been finished, existing at that time as a Divinely completed work. He could do no more than receive that which had already been done on his behalf. He could do no more than "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ."

Then, to view Acts 16:30, 31 after another fashion, note that this is the only place in Scripture where the question, "What must I do to be saved," is asked and answered in so many words. The salvation message can be found throughout Scripture, beginning in the opening verses of Genesis; but Acts 16:30, 31 is the only place in all of Scripture where you have the simple, direct question and the simple, direct answer regarding salvation pieced together in so many words.

If one desires to remain within a completely Biblical framework when answering the question, "What must I do to be saved," he will have to respond with Acts 16:31, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Remaining within a completely Biblical framework -- i.e., proclaiming the Word... -- there is no getting around responding after this fashion, for, again, this is the only place in Scripture where the question and answer appear together in so many words.
Then one can go to all the various types, the antitype, or other places in Scripture dealing with the salvation message and find exactly the same thing. He must, for this is the way the subject begins, remains, and ends in Scripture. There is no variance in the message from Genesis, chapter one; to Revelation, chapter twenty-two.

 

The Kingdom of God http://godsplan.org.uk/Index.htm

Moving beyond "the gospel of the grace of God," Scripture teaches that man has been saved for a purpose, which has to do with "the kingdom of God." But what is meant when referring to "the kingdom of God" in this respect? The expression is used in different ways in Scripture.
A message surrounding "the kingdom of God" could be looked upon as quite broad in its scope, for "The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom ruleth over all"

 

Psalms 103:19  The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

 

God, from His throne in the heavens rules over all things, which, in its larger scope, includes everything in the entire universe. Thus, in this respect, the expression, "the kingdom of God," could be understood in an all-inclusive sense.
However, references to the kingdom of God are used in this broad sense very sparingly in Scripture. The Bible is a book which deals, not with the universe at large, but with one province in the universe, this earth. And when "the kingdom of God" is mentioned in Scripture, the primary reference invariably has to do with the kingdom as it pertains to the earth.
Even Psalms 103:19 should be looked upon as pertaining first of all to this earth, though the verse in its larger scope would, of necessity, pertain to the entire universe. That would be to say, Psa. 103:19, in a primary sense, in keeping with how Scripture is structured (pertaining to this earth, not the universe), would refer to God's rule in relation to the earth; but in a secondary sense, also in keeping with how Scripture is structured (at times dealing with the kingdom outside the scope of the earth in order that man on the earth can properly understand things dealing with this one part of the kingdom), Psa. 103:19 would be looked upon as pertaining, as well, to the universe at large. In this respect, the verse could be viewed after a dual fashion.

1. The Kingdom and the Earth

Insofar as the kingdom of God in relation to the earth is concerned, Daniel states that God rules and exercises complete sovereign control within the kingdom of man, http://www.godsplan.org.uk/godcontrols.htm  though Satan (the disqualified provincial ruler) still holds his God-appointed position and governs as a rebel prince.

 

Dan. 4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

 

In its narrower interpretive sense, referring to the earth alone would cover the complete scope of God's sovereign control over this one province in His kingdom.
In the New Testament though, the expression, "the kingdom of God," is used numerous times in a sense referring to only a part of God's complete government of the earth. Almost every time the expression appears in the New Testament it appears as synonymous with "the kingdom of the heavens" (a segment of the complete provincial kingdom). And the reason for this is quite easy to see and understand. This is the way in which the New Testament begins, and this is the subject matter dealt with throughout the New Testament. In this respect, the expression, "the kingdom of God," is limited in scope to that covered by the subject at hand -- "the kingdom of the heavens."


1.      I.e. the New Testament, after describing events surrounding the birth of Christ (Matt. 1, 2),

2.      Opens with the offer of the kingdom of the heavens to Judah. (Matt. 3:1, 2; 4:17; 10:1-8).

3.      It then progresses to that point where Judah rejects the kingdom (Matt. 12:14-32; 21:33-41),

4.      With the kingdom subsequently being taken from Judah (Matt. 21:42, 43).

5.      Progression is then made to the calling into existence of a separate and distinct nation to be the recipient of that which Judah had rejected (Matt. 16:18; 21:43; I Peter 2:9). And almost all the remainder of the New Testament involves this new nation – The Gentiles -- and the proffered kingdom of the heavens.

When John the Baptist, Jesus, and the twelve carried the message concerning the kingdom to Israel, that which they offered was "the kingdom of the heavens," or, as also expressed at times, "the kingdom of God" (cf. Matt. 4:17; 21:43; Mark 1:14, 15). "The kingdom of the heavens" is that which was taken from Israel [Jews] -- exactly the same thing which was offered [“and is now in abeyance”] -- and this is what is presently being offered to the new creation "in Christ," Gentile Christians.

 

(To summarize, "the kingdom of the heavens" and "the kingdom of God" are not necessarily synonymous expressions in Scripture, though usually used in a synonymous sense throughout the New Testament. "The kingdom of the heavens" refers specifically to the heavenly segment of the kingdom, and "the kingdom of God" could refer to a larger scope of the kingdom, both heavenly and earthly.

However, the expression, "the kingdom of God," is usually used in a more restricted sense in the New Testament, referring to that part of the kingdom which was;

1.      Offered to the Jews,

2.      Taken from Israel,  

3.      Is presently being offered to the Gentiles.

 

Matthew 19:23—24

23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

24 And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

 

Matthew 21:43  Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

 

Mark 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

 

I Corinthians 6:9—10  

09. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

 

Galatians 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

That would be to say, the expression, "the kingdom of the heavens," identifies which segment of the kingdom is in view; and the expression, "the kingdom of God," is usually used in a sense which is limited to this same segment of the kingdom, remaining within the scope of the subject matter at hand.)

God deals with the Gentile today in relation to the kingdom of the heavens, i.e., in relation to the heavenly segment of the kingdom. He dealt with the descendants of Abraham in relation to this segment of the kingdom (along with the earthly) at a time in the past, lasting 2,000 years and climaxed by a direct offer of the kingdom at Christ's first coming. Today though we are living in a separate dispensation following that time when the kingdom of the heavens was taken from Judah.

 

Matt. 21:43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

 

And God is today offering the kingdom to a separate and distinct seed of Abraham for another 2,000-year period.
During the past 2,000-year dispensation -- during that time when Israel could, as Abraham, look beyond the earthly to heavenly promises and blessings.

 

Heb. 11:8-16

08. By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

09 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

 

Numerous Israelites did exactly that (cf. Matt. 8:11; Luke 13:28, 29; Heb. 11:13-16, 35-40). And these Israelites, even though the kingdom of the heavens was later taken from Judah, will, in the coming age (a new dispensation), occupy positions in the heavenly segment rather than the earthly segment of the kingdom.
During the present 2,000-year dispensation -- following a climactic offer of the kingdom to Israel and the removal of the kingdom from Judah by the King of the kingdom Himself -- the kingdom is being offered to Christians, who are "Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise [heavenly, not earthly]"

 

Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.


Jews during the present dispensation can still have a part in the kingdom of the heavens, but, to so do, they must become new creations "in Christ." They must, through believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, become part of the nation presently being afforded the opportunity to bring forth fruit for the kingdom. They must relinquish their national identification with the nation from which the kingdom has been taken; and become identified with the new nation to whom the kingdom is presently being offered, becoming part of the "remnant according to the election of grace"

 

Romans 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

 

Ephesians 3:1-6

1. For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,

4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

 

During the coming age there will be lineal descendants of Abraham from both the past dispensation and the present dispensation in the kingdom of the heavens. There will be Jews from the past dispensation that looked toward and had respect for heavenly promises and blessings, and there will be Jews from the present dispensation (believers on the Lord Jesus Christ, having become Christians) that also looked toward and had respect for heavenly promises and blessings.

Then there will undoubtedly be some Gentiles from the past dispensation who became Jewish proselytes and looked beyond the earthly to heavenly promises and blessings.

 

Hebrews 11:31  By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

 

The main influx of Gentiles though will come from the present dispensation.

 

Acts 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.

 

Romans 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.


During this present dispensation there will be innumerable Gentiles (believers on the Lord Jesus Christ, having become Christians) who also (as some Jews past and some Jewish believers present) look toward and have respect for heavenly promises and blessings. In this respect, those having a part in the future kingdom of the heavens will actually come from two dispensations covering 4,000 years of human history.

 

 Hebrews 11:35-40

35. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

 

36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

 

37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

 

38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

 

39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

 

40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

 

2. Gospel of Grace, Word of the Kingdom

The proclamation of "the gospel of the grace of God" is for a purpose, which has to do with "the kingdom of God." Man was created to rule within this kingdom. He was created to rule the earth in the stead of Satan and his angels.

 

Genesis. 1:26-28

26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

 

In Genesis 2:7 another man was made and called Adam. Hebrew ’eth-’Ha ādhām, with Article and particle, which = “this same man Adam”. From whose lineage in the royal line of David, the second man Adam, [Jesus Christ the Messiah] would be born to Joseph and Mariam of the house of Jesse. http://levendwater.org/companion/append14.html

 

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

 

However, Satan, the incumbent ruler, brought about man's fall; and man, in his fallen state, was no longer qualified to take the sceptre.
But God provided redemption for fallen man so that he could one day realize the purpose for his existence, so that he could one day take the sceptre. Redemption has to do with "the gospel of the grace of God"; and man's rule over the earth in the stead of Satan and his angels has to do with "the kingdom of God," which involves present and future aspects of salvation (the saving of the soul, with a view to occupying a position with Christ in the kingdom). And that's the connection between the two in;

 

Acts 20:24—25

24. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

 

That is also why the proclamation of the two can be looked upon as "all the counsel of God" in

 

       Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

 

It moves man from the point where he is likened to and typified by the ruined creation in Gen. 1:2a through not only events set forth in day one of the restoration (1:2b-5) but also through events set forth in days two through to six (1:6-31), anticipating the seventh day, the earth's coming Sabbath, the Messianic Era (2:1-3). And that covers the complete skeletal framework upon which the whole of Scripture rests.

Referring to a larger overall type, also resting on the original type in Gen. 1:1-2:3, the proclamation of "the gospel of the grace of God" and "the kingdom of God" together moves man from the death of the firstborn;

 

 in Egypt in Exodus, chapter twelve

 

 to an inheritance in another land, set forth in the Book of Joshua. This complete sequence of events moves man from the place of his salvation in Egypt, through the Red Sea, through the wilderness, and into the land set before him.

The type was set forth in perfect, minute form by Moses at the very beginning, in the opening two chapters of Genesis. Then, going beyond the original type, Moses records numerous events -- also forming types -- which provide various additional details.

 

Genesis 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

 

And when one arrives at Exodus, chapter twelve, Moses devotes the entirety of the remainder of that which he wrote to providing the largest single overall type in Scripture covering the whole of the original type, relying on Joshua to complete the work.

(Though the author of the Book of Joshua is unnamed, it appears evident that Joshua wrote the book. Joshua was chosen to complete the work which God had called Moses to do, which would not only involve leading the Israelites into the land but would seemingly also involve providing the historical record; completing the type [cf. Ex. 3:10, 16, 17; Num. 20:12; Deut. 34:1-9; Joshua 1:1-9].)


And within this overall type extending from Exodus, chapter twelve through the book of Joshua there are innumerable individual types. That's the way Scripture has been written, that's the way Scripture must be studied, and that's the way Scripture must be proclaimed.