Parables of the Gospel - Introduction
Learn to see the Gospel of the Kingdom portrayed via types
TYPES AND PARABLES
THE SCRIPTURAL METHOD
A systematic study of TYPES and PARABLES has tremendous benefits in matters of strengthening our faith, and increasing our understanding and appreciation of the Truth. By this method of instruction we confirm in our minds that a correct knowledge of the Gospel is essential for unlocking the meaning of the Scripture. What great joy comes from personally witnessing the ability of the one saving Truth to prove itself over and over again in every book—even every chapter—of the Bible. Equally important are the benefits that come from spiritual growth by adopting this form of study.
Once the "milk" of the "first principles of the oracles of God" is believed and embraced, it becomes incumbent upon believers to increase their spiritual diet to the "meat" of the Word (Heb. 5:12-14). This process of growth is essential: “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word that ye may grow thereby” (1Pet. 2:1-2). Being “born” of the Word (1Pet. 1:23; Jam. 1:18) and nurtured on the milk of the first principles alone is not enough to sustain us. We must continue to grow. The apostle wrote: “For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age (Gk. mature), even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Heb. 5:13-14). Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able” (1Cor. 3:1-2).
Recognizing the need for believers to “search” and “study” the scriptures, it has rightly been stated that “God will never reveal His Truth to the casual reader of the Bible.” A study of TYPES and PARABLES is certain to provide a remedy, as a deeper look into scriptural accounts will be necessary to extract the spiritual gems that are divinely hidden in the literal event. The end result will be an increased love for God and His Word, and a spiritual diet of stronger meat that will develop a more godly character in ourselves. The purpose of this booklet is to assist the reader to that end.
“And now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the Word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified”
THE BIBLE: THE MOST INTERESTING BOOK IN THE WORLD
“The Scripture method of imparting knowledge is not only the best, but unquestionably the most interesting. It doth not deliver its oracles after the cut and dried fashion of a creed, which states with the abstract and chilling formality the opinions of those who publish it; but it reveals its ‘wonderful things’ in narratives of creation; domestic troubles; of sin and murder; of violence; and apostasy; of physical convulsions; of loves (lawful and forbidden); of famines; pestilence and earthquakes; of invasions; massacres; sieges and sack of towns; religion, politics and superstition; of the foundation and overthrow of kingdoms, states and empires; of family histories in their minutest details; of personal adventure; of personalities, in accusations and vindication of character; etc, etc. Hence, while a creed is the driest and most repulsive elaboration of the ‘black art’; the Bible is the most interesting and readable book in the world. It is intelligible in all its doctrines; but it reveals them so as to make it incumbent on the reader to reason them out...the language of the Bible is, ‘Come, let us reason together,’ and ‘prove all things’; hence ‘the deep things of God’ are addressed to faith, not implicit, but resulting from a devout examination of the wonderful details of this most extraordinary of all books.” John Thomas, 1847