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CHRISTIAN  EXPERIENCE

 There seems to be three great spheres of Christian experience:  Redemption Way,  Church Truth, &
Spiritual Life  (John 14:6).  Most believers can ap-preciate redemption way and spiritual growth, but church truth seems to be much neglected.  We need to value "unity of the faith" and take "all the counsel of God" (Acts 20:27).
It is not required by God to be gathered in a scriptural assembly, but there is and will be blessing for saints to meet on that ground and  be part of a collective testimony worldwide, as God intended for His church, and by His revival of 1827 AD.  Faithful readers here can gain some understanding of such fellowship, and may desire to be associated to also express the "one body in Christ", embrace "all the counsel of God", and show forth "unity of the faith" by the "Word of Truth".  There is no such thing in the Bible as going to "the church of your choice", as many believers say.   Write to the Site Manager for further understanding and to find a Scriptural fellowship.
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CHURCH TRUTH  is about faithful compliance and conformity to what God intended in Acts 2: 41- 42 at the beginning of the church, and then the Epistles.  It speaks of obeying and honoring God collectively without innovations. One who is saved (Jn.3: 16) ought to follow the Word (see Jn.14:23-24; Jn.17:17; Titus 1:9; Phil. 2:2);  including baptism, the gathering locally, the collective testimony in the world; and obedience to the Word, a Godly walk, the Lord's glory and honor, etc.  A local gathering in accord with Scripture may be near to one to visit, if interested.

From time to time papers will be set forth here and on the Feature Pages herein, concerning various aspects of this truth.  We ought to love all saints everywhere and be a help, even if we cannot walk with all (Amos 3:3).    - RLD
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NOTE: When we speak of a scriptural assembly we need to be prepared to show what it is biblically, and what it is not by the innovations of men. This writer feels free to invite inquiry on each issue or order of Scripture ---and distinguish between what men have invented (and often prefer), and what some of us are holding as true to God's Word and that recovery of 1827 AD. One might disagree, and that is a choice, but Scripture is quite plain as to what God has intended for His testimony in the world. One can write for help herein to find such a fellowship.
 - RLD 08/15
ISRAEL IN TYPOLOGY
Thoughts By R.L. DeWitt

[The various types shown in the Old Testament of the Bible must be understood as not exact or perfect pictures for the church, but as a similitude or likeness, type and often prophetic ---a foreshadowing; and to appreciate the value of it readers ought to see that from the beginning in creation God had in mind His beloved Son, as the Redeemer and Deliverer of souls from the bondage of sin and our Adamic nature. He showed this in the Old Testament long before Christ came ---in the offerings, in the tabernacle, in ordinances, in prophecy, etc. God's covenant people of old were fore-ordained to inherit the earth in the linage of Abraham (Gen. 17), and a new generation will in the "new earth" yet to come.]


In considering Israel of old as a type of the Church today as it has been suggested, I am inclined to view it more as CONTAINING TYPES, and a picture of the Kingdom Of Heaven as in the gospel by Matthew, rather than the Church per se. That kingdom includes the professors of Christ together with the faithful believers. This is like unto the company of Israel in the Old Testament with faithful saints as well as those who only professed their God. The Church today is as the Kingdom Of God which is the present spiritual REALITY on earth (noting "born again" believers), within the PROFESSION of the coming reign of the Kingdom Of Heaven ---that reign of God yet to come. One might see papers on differentiating these two Godly kingdoms. 
God's dealings with Israel was always with the thought of their deliverance and preservation as an EARTHLY PEOPLE of God forever in a day to come; and in this present dispensation since the sacrifice of Christ, God has been preparing a HEAVENLY PEOPLE ---the Church as the Bride for Christ. Today Israelites must come to God on the same ground as the Gentiles, for Christ is their Messianic hope and the only Redeemer; yet, we know God will have both an earthly people and a heavenly people forever in a day to come. This has been expanded in other papers.  Jews (Israelites) since the advent of Jesus, the Christ of God, have mostly rejected His first coming as the sacrificial Lamb and Savior. If in this age they die before His return to establish His Kingdom on earth, they will perish in condemnation without that eternal hope for Israel to come, having not received God's "great salvation". 

The strangers who came among the people of Israel ---mentioned in the Old Testament, and the Israelites from birth, present a picture for us today of both those raised under Christian teachings and associated with the church from childhood, as well as those who are brought among the saints ("strangers" ---see Lev.19:34; Lev.24:22; Num. 9:14-16; Num.15: 15; Deut.26:11). The circum-cision of a child at eight days of age in the O.T., corresponds to Christian families now who baptize their children unto the Lord (see the paper on Circumcision And Baptism). A stranger was also circumcised to join unto the company of Israel ---owning their God (Ex.12:48-49), which is like unto a stranger today being baptized ---a SYMBOL as a sincere disciple and coming among the saints. It should be added that a child baptized, even as an Israelite child circumcized, must personally embrace the faith IN FULL to be accepted ---which speaks of the NEW BIRTH (John 3).

The Levites of Israel seem to be a picture of Godly and faithful brothers in Christ today, who may minister in the assembly and at the holy convocation (Lord's supper). The Levites were a separated tribe of Israel for the priestly work, and that is afforded to all the brothers in Christ today who have such exercise to minister the holy things of God (see Num. 8:5-26). It is not limited to the gifts of pastors, teachers, evangelists, deacons, and elders (plural) in the gathered fellowship, but every brother gathered at the Lord's table. Sisters in Christ are part of the holy priesthood, but not likened unto Levites, and are worshippers as were all the faithful and devoted saints of Israel. They have a different kind of ministry. In this regard we should appreciate that the Levites as a type, speak of works (gifts) in the church, and not as office holders superior to other saints.  

Let us note in Numbers 8:6-7 that the Levites among Israel were separated and prepared for a Godly service (v.11), as the brothers in the assembly today are privileged to do; and these Levites offered to God (v.12-14), even as the gathered brothers today are called to do in the assembly. Verses 24-26 seem to suggest in some degree the youngest brothers in the assembly might be occupied with necessary assembly chores and be "helps", while more mature ones handle the holy things; also, the elders should primarily "keep the charge" (oversight) for God's testimony. This picture seems part of the typology, but is not presented as church doctrine, so we should not be dogmatic about it.

The sons of Aaron may represent the perpetuity of Christ as our High Priest after His death, and may also speak of those servants today "worthy of double honor" for their special work (1 Tim. 5:17).  

Aaronic priesthood is presented in the temple as a weak type of Christ, who is our High Priest today. The Lord Jesus, the Christ, is the fulfillment of both High Priest of the holy priesthood, and Royal Priest after the order of Melchisedec (Gen. 14:18). Those prophets and Godly servants found down through church history, as special vessels used of God to help establish and maintain foundation truths, appear like unto Moses and other O.T. worthies in their leading and instruction to Israel.

Again, let us say we are only speaking about a foreshadow and typology for today and not exact portraits. This is a much larger subject than can be presented here, and much of the material shared here has been expanded in other papers, if one is interested in pursuing a study. – RLD: CF07; 12/07; 1019.