Types, shadows and the real deal


“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;”

(Heb 1:1,2)


The Old Testament is replete with types and shadows. The phrase, ‘diverse manners’ is got from the Greek word, ‘Polytroupos’ which literally means various methods and forms. But in Christ, we have the real deal. God resting on the seventh day pre-figured the ‘rest’ we now have in Christ. Jesus is our true Sabbath. The sacrifice of lambs was also a figure; it was the salvation story in a figure.

Circumcision was also a figure. Col 2:11 says: “In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:” Wow. So the real circumcision is the one made without hands. The truth that when in Christ, we put off the old man.


Today, I also want to show you another figure in that same chapter. Col 2:12  says: “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” Baptism was also a figure. It describes the supernatural operation that makes us beneficiaries of Christ’s redemptive work. Water baptism is a symbol of supernatural operation in Christ by God’s spirit.


When we believe in Jesus, then we have been truly baptised. We were crucified with him, buried with him and resurrected with him. The man in Christ has been truly circumcised, not with the circumcision made by hands, but has put off the old man by the spirit. The man is Christ has entered true Sabbath, he is at peace with God. He isn’t clinging on to types and shadows. In Christ, he has found the real deal.