Typology is a
broad term that refers to anything, which can be used to illustrate
spiritual truth; these can be events, God-given instructions, inanimate
objects etc. This section is intended to help the Bible student
with this aspect
of Bible study. Before embarking on any of these studies
are a few points that need to be emphasised about typology.
Taking up point 2 we may well ask
is there any New Testament precedent for typology? Yes there is, for
example in the Bible outline
for Exodus we
out. In the NT the various words that are used to note types are:
figure (several different Greek words) and shadow. An
given in the NT is the Flood; Peter says it's a figure of salvation, by
into Christ I Pet. 3:18-22.
Types are only
illustrations and they should never be the foundations for doctrine
Any teaching must be consistent with the
revelation of the New Testament.
- Typology must never be pushed beyond that which was intended.
The following studies then are
offered to help the student.