In a previous post we saw that the land God promised to Abraham in the book of Genesis (12:1, 7) is a type of the all-inclusive Christ (link to post). Before this promise was fulfilled, Abraham’s descendants, the children of Israel, were enslaved in Egypt under the rule of Pharaoh for four hundred years (15:13; Exo. 1:10-14; 2:23). God’s purpose could not be fulfilled among His people in this situation of slavery in Egypt. Thus, God prepared and called Moses to deliver His people out of the usurpation and tyranny of Pharaoh and Egypt. In this post we will focus on the purpose of God’s calling.
Exodus 3:8 says, “I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey.” This verse reveals both the negative and positive aspects of the purpose of God’s calling. The purpose of God’s calling His people in the Old Testament typifies His purpose in calling the New Testament believers (Gal. 3:14). Negatively, God’s calling is to deliver His chosen and redeemed people out of the usurpation and tyranny of Satan and the world, typified by Pharaoh and Egypt (Rom. 1:16). Positively, God’s calling is to bring His chosen people into the all-inclusive Christ, typified by the land of Canaan flowing with milk and honey. Colossians 2:6 clearly reveals that Christ is our good land: “As therefore you have received the Christ, Jesus the Lord, walk in Him.” We can experience these things because Christ our land is also the Spirit of reality who is dwelling in our spirit, making the divine facts real to us (John 16:13; 2 Tim. 4:22; Eph. 3:8). Today we are able to experience and enjoy the all-inclusive Christ in a practical way by living and walking by the Spirit with our spirit (Rom. 8:4, 16; Gal. 5:16), thus fulfilling the purpose of God’s calling.
In forthcoming posts we will look into how God’s people entered into the good land, aspects of the riches of the good land, and the building up of the temple in the good land.
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