Type & Anti Type
“A Type” is a biblical person, thing, action, event, ceremony, furniture, colour or number that prefigures “An Anti-type” or the correlation in the New Testament. A likeness must exist between the “type” of the Old Testament prefigurement and the “anti-type of the New Testament reality. The “Anti-Type “is always greater. The most recognized “Anti-Type” in the New Testament is Jesus; Also known as the second Adam. God breathed life into Adam and made him His first-born son, born out of the earth. ( Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.) Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit which His mother Mary became impregnated by the Holy Spirit; as revealed to her by the angel that came to visit her (Luke 1:27-31 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS) Both are creations of God but Jesus was the greatest creation of the Heavenly Father. Adam was created by the dust of the earth and God put His Spirit in him after His creation. Jesus was to come into the world by way of a virgin women. We know this person to be His mother Mary. Mary received special favour from God because of her purity and obedience unto the Lord. Mary was to bring forth the pure sacrificial lamb we call Jesus. Adam chose to sin, but Jesus would triumph over sin. Christ came to fulfil the law as spoken by many Prophets throughout the Old Testament and He was the one to set the captives free (Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound) In the Old Testament an another reference often made to Jesus it the tabernacle. The tabernacle in represented as the Cross in the New Testament. Jesus was to bare the sins of the world on the cross. The tabernacle in the Old Testament was set up like the cross and how we approach our saviour to be washed of our sins. Coming in to the entrance of the tabernacle; You enter at a place known as brazen alter, the place where the lamb is slain. This would be the foot of the cross in the New Testament, we lay our sins down at the foot of the cross, the place where the Priest slay the lamb. This is the outer court before we enter into the tabernacle or into relationship with Christ. Then we encounter the laver about mid-way up in the tabernacle, this is the place where the Old Testament Priest washed after the atonement of sin by way of the slain lamb. In the New Testament this shows us that Jesus has washed away our sins or we have been washed by the word. (Ephesians 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word), We see the lampstand in the Tabernacle as Jesus being the light unto the world.( John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life ) The table of showbread with twelve loaves of unleaven bread to represent each tribe of Israel, This reveals to us that the Kingdom of God is about order; His word brings order. These three items are laid in the mid-section of the tabernacle extending outward on both sides. This reveals the mid-section of the Cross; this is the Holy place, the place where the heart of a person is found. Then in the tabernacle we come to the veil that conceals the Holy of Holies. Behind the veil is the Glory of God. The veil in the New Testament is Jesus and we must go through Him to get to the Father; to get to the Glory!! (John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me) There are many more types in the Old Testament that could be mentioned. We see Moses striking the rock to get water to quench the thirst of the people, (Exodus 17:6 Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel). In the New Testament water is the blood of our saviour, if we are in Christ then we thirst no more. His blood was shed for us and we now drink from the well of the Holy Spirit, the well of the vine.
Why is it important that we see the types and anti-types in the scripture? Does it apply to our lives today as Christians knowing the importance of such things? “A Type” in the Old Testament is the message of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit Concealed. The “Anti Type” in the New Testament is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit Revealed. By reviewing the Scripture of the Old and the New books of the bible we can see a common thread; That common tread is a message of redemption of God’s children. When Adam fell into sin God’s plan for the salvation of His children began on earth. Jesus was formed before the foundation of the earth to show us that God loved us so much that He already had a plan to bring us home to Him, To be reconciled unto him. Our Father is the Father of communion and relationship. In the Old Testament He would appear as a cloud of Glory in the tabernacle. In the New Testament He sent His Son in the flesh for a season and then sent the comforter after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. The manna in the Old Testament has become our communion in the New Testament, the bread of life which is Jesus. (John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst) We as followers of Christ must observe the whole counsel of God, from Genesis to Revelations. It is important to know your God and how He operates in all places and areas in the bible and in our lives. God has been unveiling Himself since the beginning of time and will continue to do so until our Saviour returns. We must continue to seek His wisdom and the treasures hidden within His word. It is important to recognize the “Types” and “Anti Types” because it shows us that God is a God who fulfills His promises to His children. It gives us an assurance of our eternal life and that God has plan and purpose for all of His creation. Amen.
Kingdom Blessing to all, May God Bless You and Keep You in His Divine Grace♥ ~Sincerely Cindy
C. A. Livingstone (©) 2013