As Iron Sharpens Iron

An ongoing and online discussion between: an Orthodox informed Ecumaniac without a denominational home, an ordained Baptist youth pastor with an open mind, a Calvinist worship leader/seminarian with a staggering vocabulary and ability to make a point, and a cradle Catholic with a love/hate relationship to Rome.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Questions and Types of Christ

One of the criticisms I've heard of "Western" theology is that they don't incorporate the wide range of OT pre-figurings of Christ and His work, but limit themselves to a few. I was wondering if you would all help me compile a list of all of them and how they show Christ. Before I begin, two quick questions:
  1. Was it the blood of the sacrifices that covered the sins of the people, or was that more like an OT sacrament, participating in the redemptive act of Jesus?
  2. If Christ paid for our sin-debt, to whom was the payment made? God? The enemy?
  3. If the Church is the Bride of Christ, but the wedding feast is still to come, does that mean we are still betrothed, or are we already married?
Here is my list so far:
  • The serpent shall bite His heel, and He shall crush his head.
  • Blood sacrifice from Abel to the temple. (Hbr 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.)
  • Noah's ark (more an image of the Church, I guess)
  • The Exodus from Egypt - rescue from bondage to sin
  • The serpent on the staff - healing
  • Manna - Eucharist
  • The scapegoat - placing sins on another victim
  • The mercy seat - covering sins
That's all I can think of off the top of my head. Thanks for whatever assistance you can render.

1 Comments:

Blogger fra edwin said...

Was it the blood of the sacrifices that covered the sins of the people, or was that more like an OT sacrament, participating in the redemptive act of Jesus?

The answer is "both." Jesus' blood was spilled for a reason. God would not do such a thing if he did not feel it was necessary. Exactly what that necessity was is perhaps best left to God. We know that sin cuts us off from the life of God, and so only through death - the punishment of sin - can one be restored to life. Only Jesus had the power to lay down his life and take it up again. Scapegoat sacrifices were performed by many peoples besides the Jews. Perhaps the lesson of that is that sin kills.

If Christ paid for our sin-debt, to whom was the payment made? God? The enemy?

The debt was paid to justice. God is just. The enemy declares that justice be done. But as Paul reminds us, Jesus' sacrifice was made while we were still "ememies of God," as an expression of God's love and mercy (John 3:16).

If the Church is the Bride of Christ, but the wedding feast is still to come, does that mean we are still betrothed, or are we already married?

The Bridegroom is yet to come. We know not the day or the hour. Be watchful and awake. Keep the lamps burning. Until then the Church has the Spirit as Paranymphos.

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