An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 8 - Prophetic Truth - Page 13 of 304
(Col. 3:11)
Containing a special set of Prophecies relative to the Messiah
The goal of the ages, and the climax of the purpose of redemption, is
found in 1 Corinthians 15:24 -28, which may be set out thus:
Then cometh the end.
15:-24-.  when He delivers up the kingdom.
when He abolishes all rule.
for He must reign.
15:-25.  Till all enemies under foot.
15:26-.  The last enemy; death abolished.
15:-26.  for He hath put all things under His feet.
15:27.  when.  The one exception.
15:28-.  when.  The Son Himself subjected.
That God may be all in all.
Something of this complete and concordant unity is envisaged and
foreshadowed in every calling, but in none so fully and so clearly as in the
dispensation of the Mystery.  This can be seen in the words of Ephesians
'That in the dispensation of the fulness of times (seasons) He might
gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven,
and which are on earth; even in Him'.
The word translated 'gather together in one' is a compound, formed of
ana 'up' and kephale 'head', and so suggests that the Church of which Christ
is 'Head over all things' now, is the most perfect foreshadowing of the
goal of the ages.  There is, however, more in this word anakephalaiomai, for
as Irenaeus, a martyr of the second century, observed, and Dionysius II who
lived about 30 b.c. agrees, the word translated 'to gather together in one'
is a figure of rhetoric, known to us as 'recapitulation' or, as Liddle and
Scott have it, 'to sum up as at the close of a speech'.  All the outstanding
types of Scripture find their recapitulation and exhaustive fulfilment in
Christ.  As figures they set forth more than human frailty could fully
exemplify, but they all pointed forward to Him in Whom alone all fulness
could dwell.
Adam, who was of the earth, earthy and failed so tragically, was
nevertheless a 'figure of Him that was to come', the second man, the last
Adam.  The blood of Christ speaketh 'better things than that of Abel' yet
Abel is a type.  The divinely appointed sacrifices, while setting forth the
need of a ransom and a propitiation, never touched the conscience.  Every
priest failed, not only because he was a sinful man as were all the rest, but
because he was not permitted to continue by reason of death.  David and
Solomon were types of Christ as King, but how many blemishes besmirch the
record of those two kings, even though one was 'after God's own heart' and
the other was called 'Jedidiah' 'the Beloved of the Lord'.  See Kingdom2.  In
Christ alone can all the fulness of the Godhead dwell bodily wise, and
'bodily wise' (Col. 2:9) includes the Church, the Body, and this church of
the One Body is given a most wonderful title in Ephesians 'The fulness of Him
that filleth all in all'.  See Pleroma3.