Foreshadowing Theology explored
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the last of a five-part series written by Thomas M. (Tom) Saltsgiver, the president of Muncy Homes Inc. and Wirerope Works Inc. He has been involved in philanthropic giving and Christian ministry since 1985, when the Lord touched and changed his life. He has served in various positions on advisory boards of his local church, Prison Fellowship Ministries, Episcopal Renewal Ministries, Acts 29 Ministries, Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International, The Sentinel Group, Regent University and The Christian Broadcasting Network. Tom teaches the adult Bible study at 9 a.m. Sunday at the G.A.P. Fellowship, 312 Maynard St., corner of Third and Maynard streets, in Williamsport.)
In closing, I would like to further clarify why we may have difficulty in embracing the previously delineated “Foreshadowing Theology.” Could it be because of error in past teachings? Compare and consider the following two passages of scripture. The first is:
1 John 5:4-5 (KJV) (4)For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (5)Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
Remember that Egypt represents the world and the bondage of Satan. God delivers us out of that bondage through the gift of faith, our believing that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died for our sins. THIS IS BEING WASHED BY THE WATER OF THE WORD – EATING JESUS FLESH.
Now consider this:
John 3:16-17 (NIV) (16)”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
At first glance we would say that this verse is making the same point as the preceeding verse. Yet the foreshadowing would say that it is entirely different. This verse is making the point that if you are IN THE SON and are a believer you have eternal life.
Romans 6:23-7:1 (NIV) (23)For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life IN Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Timothy 2:10 (NIV) (10)Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is IN Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
1 John 5:20 (NIV) (20)We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are IN him who is true – even IN his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
Remember that Nicodemus asked Jesus: “What must I do to get eternal life?” Jesus answered: you must be born of Water and Spirit.
I believe that you must be IN Christ to receive eternal life, and you are not in Christ until you have crossed the Jordan, which is being baptized in the Holy Spirit, which includes groups three and four in the journey to the Kingdom of God.
I want to add that there is a difference between “eternal life” and “everlasting life.”
Lastly, I want to make the point that you must always identify which group or groups the various books are written to; and not to attempt to apply those passages to any other group. As an example, consider the book of Ephesians.
Ephesians 1:1 (NIV) 1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful IN Christ Jesus:
Following the above logic, this book is clearly written to those who are IN Christ Jesus, groups three and four. Therefore, when you read:
Ephesians 1:13-14 (NKJV) (13)IN Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, (14)who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
This passage has been taught, that when we believe, come to faith, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit guaranteeing our inheritance. Thus the belief, once saved always saved. However, when you take into consideration that Paul is writing to the faithful IN Christ Jesus, those who already had crossed the Jordan, those who already had been baptized with the Holy Spirit, it becomes clear that Paul is saying to these in Christ that, having believed (Red Sea Crossing), they were sealed (Jordan Crossing). Paul is making the point that something beyond believing, faith, has happened to them. He is saying that, they, having believed, were sealed guaranteeing their inheritance. In other words, you can not cross the Jordan without first crossing the Red Sea.
Looking at two other examples:
1 Peter is written to:
1 Peter 1:1-2 (NIV) (1)Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, (2)who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
These are God’s elect (the Church), chosen (before the foundation of the world), obedient and sprinkled with Christ’s blood (they drank the blood, they are baptized with the Holy Spirit, they are IN Christ). These people are in groups three and four.
In contrast, 2 Peter is written to:
2 Peter 1:1 (NIV) (1)Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:
These people have faith only, yet their faith is as precious as that of Peter’s. All faith is precious; however, they are only in the wilderness and in reading (2) Peter they are warned if they have escaped the corruption of the world not to be entangled in it again. In another passage they are told not to fall from their secure position. These passages establish the truth of the possibility of losing your salvation while in the wilderness through disobedience and unbelief. This book is written to group two.
I pray that this writing will be in accordance with God’s purpose in the revelation He has given me in his Word and that it will go fourth in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Foreshadowing Theology explored
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third of a five-part series written by Thomas M. (Tom) Saltsgiver, the president of Muncy Homes Inc. and Wirerope Works Inc. He has been involved in philanthropic giving and Christian ministry since 1985, when the Lord touched and changed his life. He has served in various positions on advisory boards of his local church, Prison Fellowship Ministries, Episcopal Renewal Ministries, Acts 29 Ministries, Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International, The Sentinel Group, Regent University and The Christian Broadcasting Network. Tom teaches the adult Bible study at 9 a.m. Sunday at the G.A.P. Fellowship, 312 Maynard St., corner of Third and Maynard streets, in Williamsport.)
If you look at the nation Israel, we say they were saved.
They ate the flesh, they had faith, they were justified, but they then disbelieved God and they perished. If you read the book of Jude, Jude lists the nation Israel with the fallen angels and Sodom and Gomorrah and it says, “They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.” Now you take that along with the fact that God said, “They will never enter my rest,” and it says to me that the nation Israel was saved, but later lost their salvation through disobedience and unbelief.
Now you have the discussion between Calvinism and Arminianism. The Calvinists would say, “once saved, always saved” and the Arminianists would say, “No, you can lose your salvation.”
At this point in the Promised Land journey the foreshadowing establishes that it is possible to lose your salvation while in the wilderness, through disobedience and unbelief.
Remember that Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”
Two things are required to have life, the Holy Spirit in you. You must eat the flesh and you must drink the blood.
Ephesians 5:26 speaks of Christ cleansing the church by the washing with water through the word.
Eating the flesh is believing the word, is being washed by the water of the word, is being born of water, is being born of God (a term used by John: 1 John 5:4-5 (KJV) (4)For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (5)Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? God delivers us out of Egypt with a mighty outstretched arm. Faith, a gift of God, delivers us out of the bondage of Satan and puts us in the wilderness.
Leviticus 17:11 says the life of a creature is in the blood.
That means that the life Jesus is referring to, the Holy Spirit is in his blood and drinking his blood would put the Holy Spirit life in you. 1 Corinthians 12:13 (NIV) (13)For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Consider the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.” Again, these two experiences – “born of water and born of spirit” have the same meaning as “eat my flesh and drink my blood.”
Remember that Israel was God’s elect in the natural and the church is God’s elect in the spiritual. The Mosaic covenant states: Exodus 19:5-6 (NIV) (5) Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, (6) you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” This covenant was conditional and was prefaced with “if you obey me fully and keep my covenant,” which the nation Israel did not do through their disobedience and unbelief. Consequently, Peter says to the church: 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) (9) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
So, we are to be a chosen people, a royal priesthood, and a holy nation. Now, one thing you must keep in mind is that God is very consistent in his application of words. So, the words “chosen,” “royal,” “priesthood” and “holy” have specific and consistent application as to which group of people they make reference to, and these terms are all applicable to the true church of Jesus Christ.
If you look at how a priest is consecrated in the Old Testament, first of all, they have to go to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting and be washed with clean water. (Does this sound familiar?) Then, they had anointing oil poured over their head (an anointing done to kings – royalty).
It was done to King Saul and it was done to King David. Then, they took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood of the sacrifice, mixed it together and sprinkled it on the priests.
The priests are the only people in the Old Testament that got sprinkled with the blood of the sacrifice (except for Exodus 24 which is under the heading of ‘Ratifying the Covenant” a separate teaching not covered here). Now, having been washed with clean water and having been sprinkled with the blood of the sacrifice they can now enter into the very presence of God and He will not raise his hand against them (the same point that was established in Exodus 24).
Being sprinkled with the blood of Christ is the same as drinking the blood of Christ. 1 Peter 1:1-2 (NIV) (1)Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, (2)who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: It is receiving the promise of the Father.
Acts 1:4-5 (NIV) (4) On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. (5) For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
It is being baptized with the Holy Spirit, 1 Corinthians 12:13 (NIV) (13)For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. it is the blood of Jesus being applied to the person by Jesus himself, instead of placing it on the door frames as in Egypt.
So, if we are sprinkled with the blood, if we have drunk the blood of Jesus, we now have the Life giving Holy Spirit residing in us. We are born again of the spirit.
Lets look at these two experiences, eat my flesh and drink my blood – born of water and born of the Spirit – washed with the water of the Word and sprinkle with the blood of Christ, and see how they are played out in our journey from Egypt to the Promised Land.
Now remember, when we “believed” we went from Egypt into the wilderness. Now the second generation Joshua took across the Jordan.
Joshua is the name Yeshua, and Yeshua takes us across the Jordan. God delivers us out of Egypt, but Jesus takes us across the Jordan.
Acts 2:32-33 (NIV) (32) God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. (33) Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. When they crossed the Jordan, how did they do it?
First of all, the priests had to carry the Ark of the Covenant, but that was not the priests’ job; it was the Kohathites of the Levites who were supposed to carry the ark, but on this extraordinary occasion God said the priests were to carry the ark.
Who is our high priest? Jesus is our high priest. The priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant had to step into the Jordan River first.
What’s in the Ark of the Covenant?
The stone tablets, manna, and the budding rod, all three of which represent Jesus.
So the picture is that Jesus had to step into the Jordan first before the elect could cross over. When did he do that? When he was baptized by John in the Jordan. Jesus having been baptized in the Jordan by John, now allows the elect, the church, to cross over the Jordan into the Promised Land. Crossing into the Promised Land represents entering into the kingdom of God and Kingdom living.
There were two and one half tribes of Israel that did not want to cross the Jordan and go into the Promised Land.
They wanted to stay in the wilderness.
They had seen the green grass there and thought it would provide prosperous living.
They were told, “You have to go in and help your brothers to possess the land. Then if you want, you can go back and live in the wilderness.”
So, two and one half tribes after crossing the Jordan went back across and lived in the wilderness.
This story portrays the four positions of mankind relative to their standing before God and their position for eternity.
The four positions are (1) those in Egypt, they are lost (2) those that have only progressed into the wilderness through faith, and they can lose their salvation through disobedience and unbelief (3) those who have crossed the Jordan but afterward chose to go back and live in the wilderness, they were sealed guaranteeing their inheritance – they are in Christ (4) those who crossed the Jordan and became fruitful, they were sealed guaranteeing their inheritance – they are in Christ and will be the bride of Christ.
Foreshadowing Theology explored
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth of a five-part series written by Thomas M. “Tom” Saltsgiver, the president of Muncy Homes Inc. and Wirerope Works Inc. He has been involved in philanthropic giving and Christian ministry since 1985, when the Lord touched and changed his life. He has served in various positions on advisory boards of his local church, Prison Fellowship Ministries, Episcopal Renewal Ministries, Acts 29 Ministries, Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International, The Sentinel Group, Regent University and The Christian Broadcasting Network. Tom teaches the adult Bible study at 9 a.m. Sunday at the G.A.P. Fellowship, 312 Maynard St., corner of Third and Maynard streets, in Williamsport.)
The parable of the sower and the seed is in all four Gospels and tells of the same four positions of mankind. If you read the parable of the sower and the seed, it will read:
Luke 8:5-8 (NIV) (5)”A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. (6)Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. (7)Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. (8)Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Then Jesus interprets:
Luke 8:11-13 (NIV) (11)”This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. (12)Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.
That first group is in Egypt. Notice that it says they could not believe and be saved. All those who do not come to faith are lost.
Luke 8:13 (NIV) (13)Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.
The second group is everyone in the wilderness. That’s what happened to the nation Israel. They crossed the Red Sea by faith and were delivered from bondage; but, they then fell into disobedience and unbelief when God told them to go in and possess the land. Seeing trouble looming, they disobeyed because of their unbelief and they lost their salvation.
Luke 8:14 (NIV) (14)The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.
The third group is those who are baptized in the Holy Spirit but are more concerned with the problems of this life and their desire for material things. They do not mature and become fruitful.
Mark 4:20 (NIV) (20)Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop – 30, 60 or even a hundred times what was sown.”
The fourth group is those who are baptized in the Holy Spirit and live a life pleasing to God. They are mature Christians who are proclaiming the gospel in word and deed and demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) (22)But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23)gentleness and self-control.
God says it another way in Revelation 22:11.
Revelation 22:11 (KJV) (11)He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
Again we see four positions before God:
If you are unjust, it means that you are not justified. You have not come to faith. You are lost in Egypt.
If you are filthy, you have not been washed by the blood of Christ You have eaten Jesus’ flesh but you have not drunk His blood and therefore do not have Life in you. If this group continues in their faith, they are saved, they are justified; but, they are not in the body of Christ.
1 John 1:7 (KJV) (7)But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Hebrews 9:14 (NIV) (14)How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
Revelation 1:5-6 (KJV) (5)And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (6)And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
If you are righteous, you are in Christ and He is in you. You are righteous, but it is not your righteousness. It is Christ’s righteousness who is in you.
If you are holy, you are in Christ and you are living a life worthy of your calling.
Ephesians 4:1-6 (NIV) (1)As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. (2)Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
1 Peter 1:15-16 (NIV) (15)But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; (16)for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
So, there are four groups. My concern for the churches is that they are hearing that there are only two groups – you’re either lost or you’re saved – and they figure, if I believe I’m saved, I’m going to heaven, but that is not what I see the Scriptures saying. Even on who’s going to heaven, everybody is not going to heaven. Even of those who are saved, everybody is not going to heaven. I say that because of the parable of the 10 virgins.
All 10 of them are virgins and, if you do a word study on virgins, you are going to find out that virgins are saved. But, five had oil and five did not. When the bridegroom comes for his bride, as in the parable of the 10 virgins, who is it that goes? The five with the oil. The virgins without oil remain. Who is it that goes to Heaven? Those with oil, the Holy Spirit, those who are in Christ and He is in them. Who are the virgins that remain? – those who are in the wilderness and have remained faithful.
Again, speaking of foreshadowings, another foreshadowing: At the end of Chapter 16 of Matthew, Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before you see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” Chapter 17 begins: “After six days, Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves,” speaking of the Mount of Transfiguration. Why does it say “after six days?” Again, one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day to the Lord. So, after 6000 years, here’s the picture of the Son of Man coming in his kingdom. Jesus is in a glorified body; Moses and Elijah are in glorified bodies, representing the church which will rule and reign with Christ, all in glorified bodies. One had died and one had not. One was a Jew and one was a gentile. The mountain represents Jerusalem. You always go up to Jerusalem. Peter, James and John represent the nation Israel who will be in natural bodies occupying Jerusalem and the territory that God promised Israel. And the nations around the base of the mountain representing those who are saved (not the church) all in natural bodies. We are getting close to Christ coming for his bride.