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 The Primary Perspective 
THE BASIC PERSPECTIVE; THE A-B-C OF WHICH BRINGS TOGETHER THE TOTALITY OF GOD'S SELF REVELATION
 "Then God said, 'Let us make man[kind] in our image, after our likeness.  And [therefore] let them have dominion 
over the fish of the sea and
over the birds of the sky and
over the livestock and over all the land and
over every creeping thing that creeps on the land'."
 
Genesis 1:26.
 
From this first chapter of the first book of the Bible – to the very last chapter of its last book –
one underlying concept runs through all that God has done and will still yet do...
The plural pronouns in this quote refer to the statment made in God's judicial Court (see Isaiah 6:8 as an example of this plural) to represent His authority. (They do not reflect plurality in God, i.e. the Trinity).
God our role-model
He could have created all things in a fraction of a second but He did it in seven days so as to be our role model (Ex.20:11; 31:15-17).
Genesis 1:28.
'dominion' statement
repeated for emphasis!
The Bible
contains so much information about persons and events through its Old and New Testaments, many of which are linked together in themes which carry significance beyond the particular, that it is sometimes natural to see Holy Scripture as a collection of truths rather than as one cohesive revelation from God.
Yes.
A knowledge of historical circumstances and cultural detail does add much to our understanding of the Bible, but there nevertheless still remains a sad lack in most Bible teaching of the –
all-encompassing perspective of Holy Scripture
– which brings together all these details and themes into one direction.
This may be called the Primary Perspective of God's Word, the Bible.
The
A
THE INSTRUCTION
Bible begins with God creating our world in seven days as our role-model for the human work-week, in which –
"God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply and fill the land and
subdue it and have dominion
over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the land'."
Humanity,
made in God's image, is here instructed to exercise authority over their whole environment in following God's work-week model for their lives.
 
 
Unfortunately, countering evolutionary theories of origins has often so preoccupied many of those who believe the Bible that this primary concept of human existence that is given to us in Genesis One is hardly noticed.
 
The
concept here is of humanity representing the authority of its Creator within its total environment, and it is in this sense that we ought to understand the Bible's statement that humanity is 'made in His image'.
 
 
Theological speculation that this 'image of God' means some religious or moral factor in humanity misses this primary concept. Even after the Fall and the Flood of Noah, the given basis of jurisprudence (Gen.9:6), as distinct from the treatment of all other life, is this 'image-of-God' in humanity which makes it unique – as no angel of God could ever be.
 
As
the Fall in the beginning of humanity came from not trusting God beyond their understanding, so the primary human personality of this first book, Genesis, is Abraham, who therefore learns this specific lesson, and whose posterity were therefore to become a priest-nation to the whole planet (Ex.19:5-6) and therefore the bearers of the written revelation of God (Rom.3:2).
Not trusting God more than we
trust ourselves is an insult to Him!
 
After the humanly impossible conception of Isaac, Abraham's son now naturally represented/encapsulated Abraham's faith in God, and therefore Abraham's faith needed to be freed from this limitation, by again lifting it beyond this horizon of his understanding, which it had become in Isaac. Hence the necessary horrific experience of Abraham in having to be willing to offer this same son as a sacrifice to God. The history of humanity then continues this lesson throughout Scripture in various ways of needing to trust God beyond human understanding, in which all of us have come short.
See:
Three Days of pain
Christ's
human life portrays the life acceptable to God – human life as God had originally designed it to be.
 
 
Christ's answer to repentance-preacher John the Baptist's understandable objection to baptising Him ("Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness", Matt.3:15) is the character of Christ's own exemplary life. So then, understanding the motivations of humanity as well as He did, Jesus summarized human responsibility as "seek first the kingdom/rule/authority of God and His righteousness/justice", with the accompanying assurance that then "all these things [food, clothing, etc] will be added to you" (Matt.6:33).
 
  This is not Jesus cleansing the Jewish religion, or creating a new one called 'Christianity'.
Note:
Biblical Hebrew Idiom
1. 'Son of God' = Messiah King
(e.g. Psalm 2:7).
2. 'Son of Man' = Human
(e.g. Psalm 8:4).

Revelation 5.Roman scroll
Legal Will: tied with a triple thread (linum) on the upper part of the Scroll margin, which was perforated at the middle part, and the wax was put over the thread and sealed by the seven witnesses.
(Kaser 1968:291)


This
is Jesus restoring human life to its original designed direction. This is the man who, in being directly designated as Israel's messianic king by the words of God Himself ("My Son, the beloved"), is also described by Him as the one in whom God's desire for all humanity is fulfilled ("in whom I have been delighting", Matt.3:17 literal translation).
B 1
THE "IMAGE" FULFILLED
Thus Jesus later answered His disciple's query about seeing God with "Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father" (Jn.14:9). This is the human Jesus speaking. It had nothing to do with His deity, as gloriously true as that is. This is the fulfillment in Christ of God's human design, as demonstrated in His personal and public ministry among them through works of grace and power, in fully being "in God's image".
Therefore, in
that climactic last book of Holy Scripture, the Revelation, the pivotal focus is its 'Seven-sealed Scroll' on the right hand of Him who sits upon Heaven's Throne, of which no-one in all human history is found worthy to open it – except Jesus as the 'Lion of the tribe of Judah' (i.e. the human Jesus). This Seven-sealed Scroll is not a divine revelation in seven-chapters/parts as some ignorantly teach!
This is the ultimate deed of inheritance! The inheritance of His kingdom, the reign of God!
B 2
A RIGHTFULL INHERITANCE
Roman private law applicable at that time teaches us that it was a Deed of Inheritance; seven-seals on a waxed thread inserted through the edge of a rolled Scroll – identified it as such to the people of that time. (When God speaks He always does so in the language and cultural idiom of the people directly addressed). The Revelation is therefore simply telling us in this chapter that no one in the human race is found worthy to inherit the Kingdom from God, the rule/authority of God – no-one, but the MAN Jesus.
In
terms of Roman legal practice, no part of that Scroll could be opened until all its seven seals were broken (it did not have seven parts), which is why there is silence in Heaven when that seventh seal is broken, as a prelude to the opening of the Scroll itself – the inheritance by Christ of the Kingdom which destroys all other kingdoms in its coming. The visions associated with the breaking of each of the preceding six seals are to prepare our understanding for the event of the opening of the Scroll when Christ takes the Kingdom after the breaking of its seventh seal.
The
B 3
HIS FELLOW HEIRS
message of this Revelation then comes to its climax in the vision of God's redeemed people, the fellow-heirs with Christ (Rom.8:17; Jam.2:5), as the Bride of the Lamb, as a Cube City – the New Jerusalem. It comes down out of Heaven, and God's Throne is in it, no longer in Heaven! Its cubic dimension is to tell us that it fulfils the Presence of God that had been represented in the cubic Holy of Holies in Israel's Tabernacle (10x10x10) and later in its Temple (20x20x20). But this cube is now 12,000x12,000x12,000; the ultimate. This number twelve in its foundations, gates, and dimensions does not simply point to Israel or the Jews as so many mistakenly believe through ignorance of the Bible's perspective.
Revelation 22:3.
Jacob/Israel
(son of Abraham by Sarah) became 12-tribes in God's providence for the same reason that Ishmael (son of Abraham by Hagar) became twelve–clans/princes (Gen.17:20; 25:16). The ancients believed that as their year was divided into 12–months/moons under the Creator's rule, that particular number therefore represented His divine management of creation, and so even the ancient Egyptians therefore divided their day into 12 parts and their night into 12 parts, which persists with us today internationally in our 24-hour-day.
 
 
For this same reason then in the Revelation the 'Elders' around God's Throne are 24 in number. So to see them as simply representing 12 Jewish tribes and 12 Christian apostles (or Old Testament saints and New Testament saints) is to completely ignore both its Biblical and historical background, which God really expects us to take seriously.
 
In
C
THE SEAT OF AUTHORITY
this Cube City's foundations the personal names (not any inheritable offices or titles) of Christ's 12-apostles (12 as on the Day of Pentecost) signify the unrepeatable historical foundation of the New Covenant ministry, by which Christ's People become the dwelling place of God's presence on earth – His Temple (1 Cor.3:16). Therefore there is no temple in this City (Rev.21:22), for the City itself is the Holy of Holies, the ultimate centre and place of that Holy Presence of God.
It is the capital of God's Kingdom – the centre of His rule over all!
 
This
climax brings us back to the fulfillment of the original design of humanity to be the unique instrument of God's rule over all as the image-of-God within His creation –
 
 
the direct demonstration of His character and authority on His behalf
 
 
His Name!
See:
The Bride Poem
That
the Lord Jesus Himself held this particular perspective of human-representative-authority is shown by His reaction in the boat to being woken by His disciples when they (experienced fishermen on that lake) believed that they were sinking.
For those who still believe that the miracles of Jesus demonstrated His deity, please note Matthew 17:20 & 21:21, applicable to all His disciples always, and which does NOT mean therefore that the eternal deity of Jesus is transferable, so His miracles do NOT point to His deity!
Matthew 8:25-27.
Before
dealing with their overwhelming problem of being engulfed by wind-driven waves and probably drowned, He first expresses His disappointment in their reaction to their circumstance.
 
This would have been an unkind and unreasonable reaction if He did not hold this perspective of human responsibility to authoritatively represent God within His creation –
"And they went and woke Him, saying, 'Save us, Lord; we are perishing.' [as any Christian might sincerely pray today]
And He said to them, 'Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?'
Then He rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
And the men marveled, saying, 'What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey Him?' "
  This is the man Jesus – the gateway of our restoration and our example to follow.
see: The Foundation

Understanding The Bible Authority Restored
AA Biblical Structure of History Biblical
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The New Anointing New Wineskins

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