The Scarlet Cord

Written by Stephen Kingery

From Genesis 1:1 allrepparttar way throughrepparttar 141129 Bible torepparttar 141130 last verse of Revelation, there is a plan by which man can receive salvation andrepparttar 141131 promise of God for eternal life with Jesus Christ. This plan is like a scarlet cord which runs allrepparttar 141132 way throughrepparttar 141133 Old and New Testaments. This plan is embodied inrepparttar 141134 life, ministry, and deity of Jesus Christ. In this article we shall examine this scarlet cord;repparttar 141135 Christ ofrepparttar 141136 Old and New Testament.

Many uninformed Christians believe that Jesus Christ "appeared" onrepparttar 141137 scene inrepparttar 141138 book of Matthew and thatrepparttar 141139 New Testament is about Christ and His teachings. They also believe thatrepparttar 141140 Old Testament is an account ofrepparttar 141141 history and laws ofrepparttar 141142 Jewish people beforerepparttar 141143 time of Christ. They do not see or recognizerepparttar 141144 relationship betweenrepparttar 141145 two testaments. The relationship is Christ.

As early as Genesis 3:15 we see Christ inrepparttar 141146 Old Testament. The Old Testament is replete with prophesies aboutrepparttar 141147 coming Messiah, and God begins to tell His people these inrepparttar 141148 first book ofrepparttar 141149 Bible. In Genesis 3:15 we see that Christ isrepparttar 141150 seed ofrepparttar 141151 woman; in 4:25 we see that He is fromrepparttar 141152 line of Seth; in 9:27 we see thatrepparttar 141153 line continues through Shem; in 12:3repparttar 141154 line continues through Abraham; in 21:12repparttar 141155 line continues through Isaac; in 25:23 through Jacob; and in 49:10 we see that Christ shall be ofrepparttar 141156 tribe of Judah.

Another way we see Christ inrepparttar 141157 Old Testament is through types. A "type" is a historical fact that illustrates a spiritual truth. For example, Adam is said to be a type, "Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according torepparttar 141158 likeness ofrepparttar 141159 transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come." (Romans 5:14) How is Adam a type of Christ? Both enteredrepparttar 141160 world through a special act of God as sinless men. We think of Adam as beingrepparttar 141161 head ofrepparttar 141162 first creation,repparttar 141163 physical creation of man. Jesus isrepparttar 141164 head ofrepparttar 141165 new creation. Through Adam, sin was introduced torepparttar 141166 world, through Jesus sin is made null and void.

There are also what I like to call "pictures of Christ" inrepparttar 141167 Old Testament. An example of this is Abel's acceptable offering of a blood sacrifice which points to or "pictures" Christ as beingrepparttar 141168 acceptable blood sacrifice for all mankind's sin. In like manner, Cain's murder of Able picturesrepparttar 141169 death of Christ; both were a result of jealousy.

Joseph is also a type of Christ. Both Joseph and Christ were objects of special love by their fathers, both were hated by their brothers, both were rejected as rulers over their brothers, both were sold for silver, both were condemned though innocent, and both were raised out of their humiliation to positions of glory byrepparttar 141170 power of God.

Not all Old Testament books contain direct messianic prophecies. Some books which may not have direct prophecies will be full of types and/or pictures of Christ. Let's take a look at each Old Testament book following Genesis to see what of Christ we can see in each of them.

EXODUS: Exodus has no direct prophecies but is full of types. Some of these types are: Moses,repparttar 141171 Passover,repparttar 141172 seven feasts,repparttar 141173 exodus,repparttar 141174 manna and water,repparttar 141175 tabernacle, andrepparttar 141176 high priest.

LEVITICUS: Leviticus is also brimming with types and allusions ofrepparttar 141177 person and work of Jesus. Some ofrepparttar 141178 more important are:repparttar 141179 five offerings,repparttar 141180 high priest, and seven feasts.

NUMBERS: In Numbers there are several pictures of Christ. Some of these include: a bronze serpent on a stake (a picture ofrepparttar 141181 Crucifixion),repparttar 141182 rock that quenchesrepparttar 141183 thirst ofrepparttar 141184 multitude,repparttar 141185 daily manna,repparttar 141186 pillar of cloud and fire, andrepparttar 141187 six cities of refuge.

DEUTERONOMY: The most obvious picture of Christ is found in 18:15, "The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear." Also we see Moses as a type of Christ as described above. Also note that Moses and Christ wererepparttar 141188 only ones to fillrepparttar 141189 three offices of prophet, priest and king (remember that Moses was never named a king, but fulfilledrepparttar 141190 duties of a king as ruler of Israel).

JOSHUA: Joshua himself is a type of Christ. Joshua led Israel into their promised land, and as such he pictures Christ asrepparttar 141191 One who will bring "many sons to glory" (see Heb. 2:10). Joshua succeeded Moses and realizedrepparttar 141192 victory which was unattainable by Moses, and in like manner Christ realizedrepparttar 141193 victory which was unattainable byrepparttar 141194 law. The "Commander ofrepparttar 141195 army ofrepparttar 141196 Lord" which we see in 5:13-15 is evidently a preincarnate appearance of Christ.

JUDGES: The judges fulfilled two roles, that of spiritual savior and political ruler. These two roles picturerepparttar 141197 role of Christ as our Savior and King. The seven judges also functioned individually somewhat differently. Some are warrior-rulers, some priests, and one (Samuel) was a prophet. These different functions all picturerepparttar 141198 three offices of Christ as our Prophet, Priest and King.

RUTH: The book of Ruth showsrepparttar 141199 redemption of Ruth by her kinsmen. This kinsmen-redeemer relationship is a picture ofrepparttar 141200 relationship which Christ has with us. Also, Ruth wasrepparttar 141201 Great-Grandmother of David and therefore a blood relative of Christ.

I & II SAMUEL: Samuel is a type of Christ as he holdsrepparttar 141202 offices of prophet, priest and judge. However we see more of Christ inrepparttar 141203 life and person of David in these two books. David is born in Bethlehem, serves as a shepherd, and rules as king of Israel. David isrepparttar 141204 forerunner ofrepparttar 141205 messianic King, andrepparttar 141206 New Testament calls Christrepparttar 141207 "seed of David according torepparttar 141208 flesh" (Romans 1:3) and "the Root andrepparttar 141209 Offspring of David." (Revelation 22:16)

I & II KINGS: Solomon is a type of Christ in a number of ways. His wisdom points to Christ; his fame, glory, wealth, and honor also point to Christ. Solomon was indeed considered great, however Christ said of Himself, "indeed a greater than Solomon is here." (Matthew 12:42) Inrepparttar 141210 northern kingdom there were nine different dynasties. However, inrepparttar 141211 southern kingdomrepparttar 141212 dynasty of David is preserved and thereby alsorepparttar 141213 linage of David of which Christ comes. Elijah is more a type of Johnrepparttar 141214 Baptist than Christ but he reminds us of Christ in that he stressed repentance.

The Restoration Movement

Written by Stephen Kingery

Do you know whatrepparttar Restoration Movement is? Do you consider yourself to be a part of this movement? Do you think thatrepparttar 141128 movement is important torepparttar 141129 church? Do you even care?

Please don't think that I am trying to me a smart aleck. I certainly do not intend to be. However, I hope that you can find an answer to each of these questions in this article.

It would not be possible for me to even come close to giving a complete history ofrepparttar 141130 Restoration Movement in this short article. There have been volumes written aboutrepparttar 141131 movement,repparttar 141132 key people who founded it, its underlying principles, and how it has progressed. My aim is to acquaint you withrepparttar 141133 movement and hopefully spark your interest so you will seek to learn more about it.

The Restoration Movement was founded inrepparttar 141134 1800's by such men as Barton W. Stone, Thomas Campbell, and Alexander Campbell. These men, along with others, sought to getrepparttar 141135 church back to followingrepparttar 141136 New Testament as its only source of authority. They also preached against a denominational structure and in favor of local congregations modeling themselves afterrepparttar 141137 churches inrepparttar 141138 New Testament. They spoke in favor of usingrepparttar 141139 Scriptures asrepparttar 141140 only source to determine how one receivesrepparttar 141141 gift of salvation.

I am convinced that most people who attend Christian Churches and Churches of Christ which associate themselves withrepparttar 141142 Restoration Movement do not know what sets us apart from allrepparttar 141143 rest who claim to be Christian. So, what does set us apart?

We strive forrepparttar 141144 restoration ofrepparttar 141145 church, both in unity and practice, on a New Testament basis. The church was instituted by Christ. The church is His! Local congregations (we most often call them churches) are just a part ofrepparttar 141146 church which Christ instituted. If this is true, and it is, then we have an obligation to Christ to patternrepparttar 141147 local congregation afterrepparttar 141148 pattern which is set forth inrepparttar 141149 New Testament. By reading and studyingrepparttar 141150 New Testament we can learn howrepparttar 141151 first churches which came into existence conducted themselves, how they were governed and so forth. Here are a few things we can learn:

"And they continued steadfastly inrepparttar 141152 apostles' doctrine and fellowship, inrepparttar 141153 breaking of bread, and in prayers." (Acts 2:42) They continued steadfastly, or in other words, they did not allow themselves to deviate from these practices. They continued inrepparttar 141154 apostles' doctrine -- they followedrepparttar 141155 teachings ofrepparttar 141156 apostles. We have these same teachings inrepparttar 141157 New Testament. We too can, if we choose, continue to followrepparttar 141158 teachings ofrepparttar 141159 apostles. They continued in fellowship -- they met together as Christians to worship. They continued inrepparttar 141160 breaking of bread -- they observedrepparttar 141161 Lord's Supper on a regular basis. They continued in prayer -- they went torepparttar 141162 Lord in prayer on a regular basis. There are many groups today (over 300 major denominations) who claim to be Christian but have gone away fromrepparttar 141163 teachings ofrepparttar 141164 apostles. Just turn on your television and listen torepparttar 141165 doctrines being broadcast as if they were part ofrepparttar 141166 apostles' doctrine. Such things as infant baptism, sprinkling or pouring as a form of baptism, speaking in tongues, "once saved always saved," salvation by faith only, faith healing, prophesying (as if relaying a message directly from God), denying that baptism is a necessary part of salvation, andrepparttar 141167 list goes on and on. None of these "doctrines" can be found inrepparttar 141168 Scriptures. And if this isn't bad enough, there are other groups who claim to be Christian who denyrepparttar 141169 deity of Jesus Christ or who followrepparttar 141170 teachings of men (latter day saints) who teach things contrary to Christ.

"Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full ofrepparttar 141171 Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business;..." (Acts 6:3) The local church is to be governed by deacons and elders, each office having its own functions or duties. This governing group is to come fromrepparttar 141172 people inrepparttar 141173 local congregation not a regional or state governing board as isrepparttar 141174 practice of those in denominations. See also: Acts 14:23, Acts 20:17, 1 Timothy 5:17, Titus 1:5, James 5:14, 1 Peter 5:1-5, and 1 Timothy 3:1-13. "Now onrepparttar 141175 first day ofrepparttar 141176 week, whenrepparttar 141177 disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to departrepparttar 141178 next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight." (Acts 20:7) We inrepparttar 141179 Restoration Movement observerepparttar 141180 Lord's Supper each Lord's Day (the first day ofrepparttar 141181 week) as is patterned in this Scripture.

Not only should we patternrepparttar 141182 local congregation after those inrepparttar 141183 New Testament, butrepparttar 141184 church should be unified. "For as we have many members in one body, but allrepparttar 141185 members do not haverepparttar 141186 same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another." (Romans 12:4,5) Notice inrepparttar 141187 New Testament that allrepparttar 141188 local congregations were givenrepparttar 141189 same teachings. A study of this shows thatrepparttar 141190 apostles consideredrepparttar 141191 church to be unified, that all were obeyingrepparttar 141192 gospel, that all were to obeyrepparttar 141193 commands of Jesus, and that all were expected to conduct themselves inrepparttar 141194 same manner. Are we today to believe that when Jesus returns for His church that He will receive a divided church, a church which teaches different doctrines, a church which has different means by which one may receive salvation, and a church which will not even associate or fellowship with each other? No, He will not! Listen to some ofrepparttar 141195 things Jesus tellsrepparttar 141196 seven churches in Asia as written in Revelation: "Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and dorepparttar 141197 first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place - unless you repent." (Revelation 2:5); "... Be faithful until death, and I will give yourepparttar 141198 crown of life." (Revelation 2:10b); "Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them withrepparttar 141199 sword of My mouth." (Revelation 2:16); "And he who overcomes, and keeps My works untilrepparttar 141200 end, to him I will give power overrepparttar 141201 nations-" (Revelation 2:26); "He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name fromrepparttar 141202 Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels." (Revelation 3:5); and "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth." (Revelation 3:16) Please read this entire passage in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. Do we see here a picture of what Christ expects when He returns? He expectsrepparttar 141203 church (you, I and everyone who professes to be a follower of Christ) to be faithful and not following false teachings. If we don't measure up, then we can expect to have our name blotted fromrepparttar 141204 Book of Life.

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