Emanna for 04/17/2019

The Riches of Christ Depicted in the Old Testament

Bible Verses

Eph 3:8 To me, less than the least of all saints, was this grace given to announce to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ as the gospel Col 2:16 ...a new moon or of the Sabbath, (17) Which are a shadow of the things to come, but the body is of Christ.

Words of Ministry

The Bible is deep and profound. Only when we get into its depths do we see the riches it contains. Beneath the surface of the Bible are the riches of Christ... The riches of Christ are depicted in types. It is not easy to find all the types of Christ in the Old Testament. Some types are hidden. For example, the earth that emerges in Genesis 1:9 and 10 is a type of Christ
[coming up out of death water--resurrection]
. Many other types are found in chapter one of Genesis: light, the sun, the star, and the trees.... Types are mainly persons or things that signify Christ, whereas shadows mainly refer to rituals and practices in the Old Testament that portray Christ. The Sabbath day and the new moon were shadows. Although the Sabbath was a rest, it was not the real rest, for the real rest is Christ... A figure mainly refers to a situation that presents a certain picture. For example, the wandering of the children of Israel in the wilderness is a figure, a picture, of our experience in the Christian life today, which is often a life of wandering. The Passover is another figure. Although the Passover lamb is a type of Christ, the Passover itself is a figure depicting how Christ, our Passover, saves us from God's judgment and feeds us with what He is. Christ is so rich that He needs not only types, but also shadows and figures to portray Him. All the types, shadows, and figures of Christ in the Old Testament are descriptions, explanations, and definitions of what Christ is. We need to study all these matters in the Scriptures in order to know the riches of Christ.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-study of Ephesians, pp. 260-262. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 8/8/97) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.