This study will try to prove that the Bible is our spiritual DNA.
DNA is called the “language of life” as it controls every living cell. When we allow the Bible to control our lives, then the Word of God is the “language of Eternal Life”.
In the Old Testament God told Moses to build a wooden ark overlaid in gold. The ark was like a wooden box. The top of the ark was regarded by God as the mercy seat. Two golden cherubims were made which stood on top of the ark, looking over the mercy seat.
They looked eye-to-eye with each other. Thus we would say that they agreed with each other.
Between them was the Holy Spirit of God. This is where He spoke from. We know today that God speaks from His Old Testament and His New Testament. They are the only infallible source of Truth.
The two cherubims on top of the Jewish ark thus represent the Old and the New Testaments.
And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.
:18 And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
:19 And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.
:20 And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.
:21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.
:22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
Please note :
God communed from between the two cherubims.
This places an emphasis on the portion of the Bible that links the Old Testament to the New Testament.
This raises an interesting question. What links the two different Testaments into one Bible?
The Old Testament puts a stress on natural Israel as a nation who worshiped God and were saved by works done in obedience to the Law that involved natural sacrifices in a physical tabernacle or Temple worship. The focus was on a physical, restricted Promised Land that was given to Abraham by God. They fought and conquered their natural human enemies with natural swords. They hated those who killed them. They strove to succeed in the material world as a reward for serving God.
Then there is a spiritual New Testament where our Promise is the Holy Spirit and our Land is to live by every Word that is written in the Bible. Here we are saved as individuals by grace so that God can guide us and use us for His will rather than have us pursue our own will. The physical realm is no longer the main aim as the focus is to be ready for the second Coming of Jesus. We have no natural human enemies because we fight against sin and error, not human beings. Our sword is the Word of God. We love those who kill us because whether we win or lose on this physical earth is not of first importance in our lives. To get saved, live holy and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit so that we can find our place or position in the will or plan of God, is our most important objective. This life is just a preparation and training for eternity.
This Old Testament setup with the two cherubims above the ark represents the New and the Old Testament that agree with each other as the Old Testament is the shadow or outline for the New Testament. Christianity is the only religion in the world that follows the blueprint of a previous religion, which is the Jewish Old Testament. The New Testament is the fulfillment of the Old Testament.
God only speaks to us when we make the New Testament and the Old Testament agree with each other.
Coming between the two Testaments are the four Gospels which tell the life of Jesus.
So the ministry of Jesus comes between the two Testaments and bonds the New Testament to the Old Testament.
We normally regard the four Gospels as being part of the New Testament, which is correct.
But from a human viewpoint, each of us is a member of the Christian church and the church really starts with the Book of Acts, which is the Acts of the Holy Spirit in the Church.
Only in the Book of Acts did the disciples really know what they were doing.
During the ministry of Jesus, which is described by the four Gospels, the disciples just followed Him without actually knowing what was going on.
During the four Gospels, only Jesus really knew what was happening.
Thus the four Gospels are the heart of the Bible. The ministry of Jesus is where God really speaks to us.
There is absolutely no-one else who can speak to us in the way that Jesus does. He is supreme. His Word is the absolute. Only His Life could sew the New and Old Testaments together.
The Old Testament looks forward to Christ. The New Testament looks back to His ministry.
So if we consider the history of the Jews, it stops with the Book of Malachi in about 397 BC. After that they lost the plot as they had no prophetic guidance to keep them in God’s plan.
Church history starts with the Book of Acts, when the disciples received the Holy Ghost and swung into action. Only then did they begin to understand the new plan of God.
In between Malachi and the Book of Acts we have a profound era of human ignorance where humanity was totally unable to help or redeem themselves. Into this spiritual desert came Jesus who was like a green leaf in parched and barren ground. Thus only the ministry of Jesus is capable of holding the two different Testaments together.
Saint Paul was a skilled tent maker. God used him to stitch the Old Testament and the New Testament together so that they join neatly together without contradicting each other.
The puzzle is, why did God use four Gospels to link the New and the Old Testaments together?
Let the left hand curly black line represent the Old Testament.
Let the right hand curly black line represent the New Testament.
Then four coloured links, the four Gospels, join the Old and the New Testaments together.
This is the language of Eternal Life, the Bible.
By 1953 the two scientists Francis Crick and James Watson had unlocked the structure of the DNA molecule that exists in the cells of all living creatures. (A molecule is a collection of atoms that are stuck together). This DNA is called the “language of natural life” because it tells each cell how to build itself and how to perform its functions.
Let us look at a small piece of DNA, which is the language of natural life.
DNA has two long strands (represented by the curly black lines) that coil around each other. They are joined by four links called “bases” that are named A, T, G and C. Only A and T can join with each other. And only G and C will join with each other.
So what does this teach us about the Bible, the “language of Eternal Life”?
The two long black strands represent the Old Testament and the New Testament. They coil around each other because they depend on each other. The Old Testament prophesied of what would happen in the New Testament. The New Testament fulfilled what the Old Testament spoke of. The Old Testament established a pattern or shadow or outline that the New Testament had to fulfill.
For instance, in the Old Testament they had to wash the sacrifice before it was offered.
So Jesus had to be washed as He was the great Sacrifice. John the Baptist fulfilled this when he baptized Jesus. John was simply washing the Sacrifice before He was offered up for our sins at Calvary.
II CHRONICLES 4:6
He made also ten lavers, and put five on the right hand, and five on the left, to wash in them: such things as they offered for the burnt offering they washed in them; but the sea was for the priests to wash in.
In the Old Testament the high priest Aaron had to be washed and anointed with oil.
And Moses brought Aaron and his sons, and washed them with water.
And he [ Moses ] poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.
John the Baptist washed Jesus in His water baptism in the river of Jordan and then the Holy Spirit anointed Him as He came out of the water.
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
Thus Jesus, as the High Priest of the New Testament had to be both washed in water and then anointed by the Spirit.
Oil in the Old Testament represented the Holy Spirit.
The Old Testament stops with Malachi, about 397 BC. After that the Jews had no more prophetic guidance until John the Baptist appeared.
Thus, after the prophet Malachi, the Jews began to lose their direction.
The New Testament church really starts in the Book of Acts. The four Gospels form a link between the New and the Old Testaments. In reality, only Jesus actually knew what was going on during His ministry. The disciples just followed Him, unaware at that time what it was all about.
We can argue that during the ministry of Jesus the disciples were slowly grasping the true direction.
From Malachi to the Book of Acts was a time of human ignorance where humans were unable to grasp what was happening in the spiritual realm. During this interval, Jesus came on the scene to do what He alone could do, which was to pay the price for sin and thereby launch a New Covenant.
Then when the Holy Ghost descended on the Day of Pentecost, the disciples began to properly see God’s plan and thus could get going, and after that they never stopped. On the Day of Pentecost the disciples really began to understand what the ministry of Jesus had been all about. Then they also began to understand what they had to do to spread the Gospel.
Then they also began to write the New Testament so that we would also know what to believe and what to do.
So why are there four Gospels? They all tell the same story of Jesus, but each one gives a slightly different viewpoint. You see, in the DNA molecule that controls natural life, there has to be four links between the two main strands.
So it takes four Gospels to join the Old and New Testaments together.
They are joined in pairs : Matthew and Mark. Luke and John. What does this tell us?
Matthew (28 chapters) and Mark (16 chapters) add up to 44 chapters.
Luke (24 chapters) and John (21 chapters) add up to 45 chapters.
These are the only pairs that have virtually the same length to bind the twisting strands of the Old and New Testaments together. As these links get repeated, so it begins to look like more and more rungs in a ladder. Climbing this ladder can only take us upwards, to Heaven.
So as we keep studying the four Gospels, we find that they reveal more and more links between the Old and the New Testaments. Jesus both did and fulfilled far more than what we realize. There is always more to discover.
This reminds us of the dream that Jacob had.
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
Let us now look at the emphasis which each Gospel makes on the ministry of Jesus.
Thus we see why Jesus is so different to other leaders. He is our King Who rules us and leads us by His example, yet He stoops to serve us and carry our burdens so that we are able, despite our weaknesses, to follow Him
3. Luke emphasizes Jesus as the ideal Man.
4. John is the deepest Gospel. He introduces Jesus as God, the Word.
Consider the Gospel of Luke.
Most people are poor. So Jesus is part of the majority as He was born in a stable. He owned almost nothing. He had to borrow a donkey for His ride in triumph on Palm Sunday. He had to borrow a room for the last supper. He had to borrow a tomb for His burial. He was falsely accused. The Jews shouted out that they preferred a murderer Barabbus, rather than Him. He was innocent but was shouted down by the mob, and then He got executed in the most horrific manner. He died to pay the debt for those who did not love Him (that is you and me). We only grew to love Him after He pardoned us, not before.
Then consider the Gospel of John.
There are no parables in John. A parable is an earthly example of a deeper spiritual truth. A sower sowed a seed. That is easy to understand. Then we must grasp the spiritual truth that the seed is the Word of God which must grow in our hearts. But this parable warns us to be careful. The Bible does not criticize the sower (the one who speaks to us of God’s Word in either a fluent or clumsy manner) but it criticizes the soil that receives the seed, which represents our hearts. So if you do not like the way someone spoke to you of the Lord, that is tough on you. You are expected to respond to God’s Word however well or poorly it is spoken.
But John has no easy-to-understand parables. He just gives us the deeper truth straight (and we usually just brush over and ignore it, because our understanding is too shallow). For example: they bring a woman taken in adultery, who they want to kill, to Jesus and He surprisingly stoops and writes with His finger in the dust. Why? He is trying to tell us something deeper, but we are mostly too blind and completely unconcerned. Jesus then gives a brilliant answer “ Let him who has no sin cast the first stone”. At this point they give up their murderous intent and let her go. So the whole event should be over. But it is not because He then writes a second time in the dust. He is hoping that we will grasp a deeper truth that He was trying to convey to us. Meanwhile we regard this writing in the dust as irrelevant. Something to be ignored.
When scientists discovered the DNA they were only able to understand and find a function for about 3% of it. The rest had no function that they knew of. So they dismissed 97% of our DNA as “junk” DNA. We tend to do the same with the Bible. Something is said and done that we do not understand or agree with and we promptly ignore it.
But today the scientists are not so sure of themselves any more. They are beginning to suspect that the 97% is vital to keeping us alive and for telling the active 3% how to perform their functions which appear to be far more complex than what we first realized.
So be careful about all the bits of Scripture that you ignore. They are far more important than what you realize.
JOHN 8: 4
They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
:5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
:6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
:7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
:8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
In John’s Gospel Jesus is presented as God. Because He is God, Jesus expects us to know and understand deeper truths.
God is not just a God of the ignorant and the kintergarden baby school. If we think we know enough to instruct other people, then God expects us to be able to think deeper and understand His will far more clearly.
After all, wisdom and knowledge are the first two gifts of the Spirit that are mentioned.
I CORINTHIANS 12:7
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
:8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
:9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
I CORINTHIANS 12:28
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
:29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
:31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
If we seek the best gifts, none are mentioned before the knowledge of what the Word means and the wisdom to link different parts of the Word together into an unfolding revelation.
Remember God interrogating poor Job. He expected Job to know about deep things.
JOB 38: 1
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
:2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
:8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?
This is a tough bunch of questions.
Up till then Job thought he was pretty bright. Compared to others he certainly was. But in God’s opinion Job obviously had a long way to go.
God is not impressed with our ignorance of Scripture.
Our natural human knowledge has exploded recently and we all learn hard to keep up.
We learn a lot and often have to unlearn some things as we find our knowledge inadequate and then have to relearn to keep up with the latest ideas. But our ignorance in terms of understanding Scripture does not seem to shrink. We are too lazy to search the Scriptures. Too blind to see the deeper meanings. We believe that every religious idea we have is the truth. When faced with a Scripture that we cannot explain, it never occurs to us that we have some wrong ideas that need to be unlearned so that we can relearn the truth. We are scared of admitting we need correction, so we just ignore the Scriptures that we cannot explain.
Jesus rebuked the disciples because they attached no significance to the number of baskets of crumbs and leftovers that they gathered after He had fed the multitude. They felt that the number of baskets was irrelevant. He however placed a deeper significance on the number of baskets of crumbs.
Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread?
:9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
:10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up?
So when we deal with Jesus as God, He expects us to know something about the deeper truths of the Bible.
It is not enough to know that they took up seven baskets and then twelve baskets. He wants us to know why these numbers were involved.
It is not enough to know that David fled from king Saul and ate the shewbread that only the priests were allowed to eat. We also need to know why God allowed him to get away with it. When a good king held the incense, which only a priest was allowed to do, God smote the good king with leprosy.
The Gospels of Luke and John are also paired together.
Jesus is the ideal Man who is also God. For us humans, this seems to be impossible. It is a most sublime mystery. God became a Man. This Man was actually God in the flesh, Emmanuel, God with us. Our human logic cannot grasp that a man can be God. We feel instinctively that this is not possible. But God specializes in the impossible. There is nothing that He cannot do.
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
This baffles the human brain but only God could become a Man and in the process link the New and the Old Testaments together. To pay the price for sin and fulfill all the Old Testament prophecies was just totally beyond the ability of any normal man. No man in human history could ever have done it. This special Man would have to be God Himself.
It is in the Gospel of John that Thomas says “My Lord and my God”.
God expects us to see deeper spiritual truths.
And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God
Natural light also behaves in a similar “unbelievable” manner. Scientists in the 1800s established that light behaves like a wave as it spreads out in all directions from a source. Just like dropping a stone into still water. The ripples go out in all directions. But then in the 1900s Einstein discovered that light could also behave like a particle, as if it were a tiny object that can only travel in one direction at a time.
So that seems to be impossible. How can it go in all directions if it can only go in one direction.
We obviously cannot understand this but Nature is not limited to what we can understand.
The fact is, light can behave like both a particle and a wave. So we just had to accept that fact.
One suggested way of coping with this is not to think of both at the same time.
If we do an experiment to show that light is a particle, then we do not think of it as a wave during that experiment. During another experiment to determine how light will behave like a wave, we then do not think of it as a particle while doing the wave-experiment.
Jesus is the Light of the world.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
So Jesus somehow does the impossible because He behaves like God and like Man.
Just do not try to see Him as both Man and God at the same time.
When He walks on water and creates bread and resurrects from the dead, see Him as God and do not ask how a Man can do this.
When He sails over water, falls asleep, eats bread and dies then think of Him as a Man and do not ask how God can do this.
He is both Man and God even if we cannot understand how this is possible. Jesus is not limited by our inability to understand what He can do.
Job did not understand the mysteries of creation that God spoke to him about. But Job’s ignorance did not stop God from creating the earth.
So what symbols can we attach to these ministries of Jesus that almost seem so contradictory?
To us, a king is not a servant. A man is not God.
So is there an easier symbolic way of thinking about these oppositely sounding ministries that would be mutually exclusive to any other person except Jesus?
Represent the King as the king of the beasts, the lion. Jesus is the Lion of Judah.
Then, even if Satan rises up in the form of the great and dangerous beasts that we read of in prophecy, our Jesus remains the King of all the beasts (both good and bad) and as such He can keep these awful beasts in check.
Represent the servant as an ox. A heavy sack on your back will slowly drive you to your knees as you try to carry it. But put that same burden onto the back of an ox, and such is its colossal strength that it plods on down the road almost without noticing the load that was destroying you. Jesus is here to carry our burdens for us.
The ideal Man is a man like us. He shared our pain, suffering and emotions. So He understands us. And He is our Advocate Who wants to plead our case to get us released from the accusations of the Devil.
So if we confess our sins, He forgives us our sins and we get an “innocent” verdict because His blood was shed to wash our sins away.
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
I JOHN 2:1
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
As God, Jesus is like a flying eagle. He goes high in the sky where He can get a much bigger picture and even see the future coming and thus knows best how to guide us. The eyesight of the eagle can magnify objects many times bigger than what our eyes can. So He sees all the details that we miss. Thus He wants to steer our lives down the best paths because He does not just see our local situation and its deceptive pressures. He also sees all the way to eternity. We will kick ourselves one day for not trusting Him more.
So now we get to see a picture of Jesus which is more like the vision that John saw in Revelation Chapter 4.
And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
Eyes speak of intelligence. They see the past (eyes behind) and they see the future (eyes before).
:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
A calf is a young ox. Jesus died young, he was only 33. But that young Ox was strong enough to never sin and to defeat Death, Hell and the Grave.
These are the good beasts. A beast represents a power because a beast is strong.
These are the four bodyguards who stand around the throne of God.
The church can only be the body of Christ if He is the Head.
For that church, these bodyguards are there to protect and guide.
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church:
Please, never say that some man is the head of the church.
Only Jesus can be our Head, because once again He does two seemingly impossible things : He dwells in Heaven where He holds the future in His hands and He also dwells in our hearts here on earth, at the same time, so that He can guide us. No human leader can duplicate that miracle.
Human leaders can only react to the pressures and circumstances of the present. With the complexities of modern life, human leaders have no idea what is coming next.
No one predicted the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 (it actually happened because of a mistake). No one predicted 9 / 11 when the Twin Towers were destroyed. No one predicted the two Gulf wars or the sudden rise of ISIS with its incredible cruelty. No one predicted the Syrian civil war and the flood of refugees to Europe.
Even Brexit caught us by surprise when England voted to leave the European Union. No one predicted this years before it happened. We cannot even properly predict the confusion that it will cause. We can just hope that effective and wise damage control will minimize the harmful effects.
So in a world of bewildering change we cannot trust the opinions and predictions of human leaders who are just guessing because they cannot forsee the future any better than what we can. That is why the leaders of the “leave Europe” vote are just as bewildered as everyone else. Many who voted to “leave” now regret it, complaining that no-one told them the true consequences of that vote. The world is simply too complex to predict all the consequences. Basically the “leave” leaders did not really know what would happen nor did they know what problems they were unleashing.
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
So take your eyes off human leaders, both in the church and in politics.
Many corrupt and incompetent leaders are in the world today and they merely demonstrate to us, in a very unpleasant manner, just how little human leadership can be trusted. So who can we trust?
One Leader only, Jesus Christ.
Surrender your heart to Jesus and believe and follow His Bible. He is the one Leader Who knows exactly what is going on and also what will happen in the future.
Only one Leader is infallible, Jesus Christ.
Keep your eyes on Him and follow Him through His Word, the Bible.