Lesson 1: Types
Exactly what is a type? A type may be defined as a figure or en-sample of something future and more or less prophetic, called the Anti-type.
occurs only once in Scripture ( 1 Corinthians 10:11 , A.V. marg.). The Greek word tupos is rendered “print” ( John 20:25 ), “figure” ( Acts 7:43 ; Romans 5:14 ), “fashion” ( Acts 7:44 ), “manner” ( Acts 23:25 ), “form” ( Romans 6:17 ), “example” or “ensample” ( 1 Corinthians 10:6 1 Corinthians 10:11 ; Phil 3:17 ; 1 Thessalonians 1:7 ; 2 th 3:9 ;1 Timothy 4:12 ). It properly means a “model” or “pattern” or “mould” into which clay or wax was pressed, that it might take the figure or exact shape of the mould. The word “type” is generally used to denote a resemblance between something present and something future, which is called the “antitype.”
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The student or christian should first decide whether the word under consideration is used by the Spirit as a type. Not all objects are types.
Care should be used in arriving at a conclusion on this matter lest one distort the Word of God and thus arrive at decisions which were never intended by the Lord.
A safe rule is to ascertain whether an object is said plainly to be a type.
When Paul wrote in <461004>1 Corinthians 10:4, “They drank of the spiritual rock… and that rock was Christ,” we know that the rock in the wilderness was a true type of Christ.
When we read of the good and bad fish in <401347>Matthew 13:47, we know that these fish are types though the passage does not say so. The story is a parable intended to teach a lesson. It is needful therefore to learn just what they do represent and also what the net represents.
When we read of the Red Sea or the Jordan, we know this to be a type just because it teaches so many very interesting and profitable lessons. But even though we decide that an object is a type, there still remains the problem of learning what it represents.
Here great care is needed. Let us ask, “What constitutes a type?” Let us seek an answer by a series of comparisons:
1. There is likeness of appearance as “clouds” and “dust” ( <340103>Nahum 1:3).
2. There is likeness of action as “the leopard” and “Alexander the Great”
( <270706>Daniel 7:6).
3. There is likeness of effect as “rain and snow” and “the Word of God”
( <235510>Isaiah 55:10).
4. There is likeness of relationship as “nurse” and “Paul” ( <520207>1 Thessalonians 2:7). 5. There is likeness of value as “gold’ and “the Lord Jesus” ( <231312>Isaiah 13:12).
6. There is likeness of position as “head” and “Israel” ( <052813>Deuteronomy 28:13).
7. There is likeness of character as “the spider” and “the sinner”
( <203028>Proverbs 30:28).
Nahum 1:3 “The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”
“clouds are the dust of his feet” Scripture reference (Psalm 18:7, Job 9:4)
Psalms 18:7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.
Job 9:4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?
We can clearly see that both reference scripture does not go into the shadow or type, but confirms His sovereignty and place. He is above. Heavenward as some would say. I simple say this because the clouds that we see are above, yet in scripture it is a type in showing us God’s power, place and position. Nothing extremely deep but if we dig we see the reason why “types” are important and that they are clearly biblical. Types describe in detail of something important in a character, or word for this matter so show a pattern. I believe this one of many reasons why God when he spoke, He spoke is layers. That is why their is mysteries of God and His word.
If you continue to look into these comparisons a bible study with these first scriptures will allow you to see power of types, shadows and parables. This revels prophecy and revelations for us while studying. It helps us see the divine way God spoke to his prophets and writers during the Old Testament and New.
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