Yes or no; old or new?

More often than not an issue can be resolved with a yea or nay, and in that regard the Lord’s instruction about good communication comes is a fine place to settle our minds. There are two pressures that drive biblical interpretation and application as we seek for answers. The pressures seem to come from a backward look, which is the essential orientation of Christian theology. We look back to the cross and our looking forward is for the happy hope of the swallowing up of death. Looking back also comes in the form of viewing the first things, the things in antiquity, with a view to retrieving past glory. This includes pressures to reconstruct all the types and symbols. Reconnecting with the original is a necessary occupation since, after all, restoration is the rational for divine intervention in every age. However, since no-one has seen the destination, we cannot find an adequate declaration of its character in Scripture either. The goal of global salvation is not to restore Eden. It is the beginning of the new creation. Our response to his offer is a simple yes or no.

Long answers are questionable where a simple yes/no is indicated. Buts, ifs, and maybes often overshoot the question. As Christians we have been oriented to truth. While people pose reasonable questions about Christ’s message and teaching, his salvation needs no question. What question should we be asking the man in the lifeboat before accepting his rescue? Is Yeshua Salvation? Is Torah Instruction?

What about gold, silver, and precious things?

The factors that made the temple in Jerusalem a den of thieves (as far back as Isaiah’s days) instead of a house of prayer have poisoned the proceedings in most churches. At the point – the jubilee -where people should have been about the means to a sustainable livelihood, the priests could be found plotting to acquire property of widows and orphans. The gold and silver, even in the temple, are mere things, though put on a pedestal by the temple authorities, are not to be compared with the life/death of Christ.

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers; 1Pet 1:18, But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 1Pet 1:19,

The Christian’s  backward look connects with an eternal platform:

salvation by Lamb’s Blood

Faith opens the door to realities that are beyond human ability, understanding and knowledge.

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