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The Pattern of God

a study

By R.S. Neaville

The pattern of God for revelation by the Spirit is the same as his pattern for creation. In creation first comes the Physical  then afterwords the Spiritual. We see this demonstrated beautifully between Adam and Christ.

1 Corinthians 15: 43.  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
 44.  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
 45.  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
 46.  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
 47.  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
 48.  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
 49.  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
 50.  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

This hinges on the concept that the last shall be first and the first shall be last. What come first is the Physical.The physical is the pattern, the example. The true (spiritual) is the reality. There for there  are several properties of the physical we should take note of ;


         It is temporary :  2 Cor.4:18.  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.


         It is the seen testifying to what cannot be seen: Romans1: 18.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
 19.  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
 20.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

         It is a copy of the unseen, a figure: Romans 5:12.  Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
 13.  (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
 14.  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
 15.  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
 16.  And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 

Hebrews9:21.  Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
 22.  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
 23.  It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
 24.  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

         The Physical, and the letter of the law that governs it, are only examples and shadows of better things to come. The Spiritual is the true:  Hebrews 10:

 1.  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
 2.  For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
 3.  But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
 4.  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
 5.  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

 Colossians2:14.  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
 15.  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
 16.  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
 17.  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
 18.  Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
 19.  And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
 20.  Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21.  (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
 22.  Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?


       This is great revelation.  For  the Pattern of God reveals his will and purpose in mighty ways. For example we see the Truth that Jesus was always God's idea  for Man . The new man is the real Man, not Adam. he was only the figure. the beginning. The physical. the Spiritual is our final state in creation. (Resurrection of the dead).


This brings us to the concept the last will be first and the first will be last.  The flesh exalts itself and is humbled. The spirit humbles itself and is exalted. In Adam we see the attempt to be exalted as God  Genesis 3:4.  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
 5.  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
 6.  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
 Then Man is  brought low in death. In Christ we see God comeing as a humble man, and God exalts him through the resurrection, Even to his throne. Phillipians 2: 5.  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
 6.  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
 7.  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
 8.  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
 9.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
 10.  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
 11.  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

More to come on this study. ....soon



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