Looking into the Word
“And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things,” Genesis 24:1.
This chapter is filled with wonderful truth. The mystery of the church was hidden throughout the Old Testament ages, and later revealed by the Spirit through Paul. But here we have some foreshadowing’s of the truth of the relationship of Christ to His body, the church. The terms 'illustration' or 'figure' are probably more appropriate then the word type.
In chapter 22, we see the Son offered up. In chapter 23, Sarah is laid aside. In chapter 24, the servant is sent forth to procure a bride for the son Isaac, who had been as it were, received in a figure from the dead.
These things coincide with the calling of the church. In the New Testament we see first the rejection and death of Christ. Second we see the setting aside of Israel after the flesh, symbolized by Sarah's death and burial. Third we see the calling out of the Church to the exalted position as the bride of Christ.
We see this foreshadowed in these three chapters. The death of Christ had to occur before the Church could be called out. It is also important to realize that the death of the system of Judaism had to occur before the church could be established. “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us,” Ephesians 2:14.
If Israel had not failed to love and obey God there would have been no need or place for the church. Ultimately, the world would have been blessed through Israel. Israel sealed their long history of disobedience by crucifying the Lord of Glorify. Then we find Paul is raised reveal the the new program of God, which was held back in the mind of God, while He worked with Israel.
“For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:” Ephesians 3:1-6.
The Mystery was the Church composed of Jew and Gentile being baptised into one body and joined to Christ as the head. This mystery had never been revealed until Paul’s day. “Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.” Ephesians 3:7.
In Ephesians 2:20, we learn that the Apostles were the foundation upon which this new building was built. "And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20).
Therefore whatever relationship the Old Testament saints had, they cannot be a part of the body which had no previous existence.
In Romans 11:25-29 we discover that when God's program and purpose for the church is completed He will return to completing His program and purpose for Israel. "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance."
We see the consumation of that purpose in two passages."
“And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God” (Zechariah 13:8-9).
"He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” Luke 1:32-33).
The Old Testament is literally filled with this program and purpose of God for Israel. Those who do not see this are blind to the messge of God in the Old Testament. If the Bible teaches anything it teaches that God is not finished with Israel.
All of history has been heading toward the "Kingdom of Heaven" on earth. It will begin with the millennial age and consumate in the eternal age.