Bible Study Outlines

Volume 4, Lesson 17
by C.I. Scofield

Failure at Kadesh-Barnea, Part II

The Lesson for Christians
(1Corinthians 10:1-13; Hebrews 3)

  1. Israel is a picture of the believer's redemption Like Israel, the believer is saved and brought into blessing.
  2. The geopgraphical types
    1. Egypt (the world)
    2. The wilderness (journey as a believer)
    3. The promised land (Heaven)
      1. Blessings of Israel
        • Ephesians 1:3-14 -- "Blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ"

        The blessings of Israel were wonderful (Deuteronomy 8:7-10), but they were all in Canaan. After they had, in part possessed their possessions (Obadiah 1:17), Joshua could say the Lord had given them a land "for which ye did not labour" (Joshua 24:13). Here they had rest, victory, and possession (Joshua 21:43,44), in contrast to the wilderness where they had unrest, defeat, and wandering.

      2. Blessings of believers
        • 1John 1:9 -- "He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us." Fellowship maintained.
        • Galatians 5:22,23 -- "Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." The Fruit of the Spirit.
        • Galatians 2:20 -- "Christ liveth in me." Indwelling of the Spirit (also Philippians 1:21).
        • Ephesians 5:18-20 -- "Be filled with the Spirit." Filling of the Spirit.

        The heavenlies signify abiding in the great realities of our salvation, in contrast with worldliness. "In Christ" (Ephesians 1:3), is true of every believer (1Corinthians 12:12,13), and we see that all blessing flows from Christ as we abide in unbroken fellowship with Him. The Holy Spirit gives us the actual experience of these blessings (Galatians 4:6).

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