Apostolic Preterist

Bible Principle

First comes the natural and then the spiritual principle

1st Corinthians 15:46

Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

Throughout a lot of the articles I have written I talk a lot about this very important principle called “First comes the natural and then the spiritual.” It's found in 1st Corinthians 15:46 which I have above. I would like to give some important examples of this principle. I'm sure once you read a few that you will be finding this principle all throughout The Old and New Testament.

  1. First God created the literal and natural heavens and earth. Then he created the spiritual second heaven and earth which was his people and their covenant. One example is when Moses came down from Mt Sinai. He addressed Gods new covenant people under law as hear oh heaven, hear oh earth when speaking to them. For more examples read the article on this website called heaven and earth.

  2. God created Adam who was the first and the natural man. Then the second spiritual man was the son of God Jesus Christ (the last Adam.) 1st Cor 15:45 says “The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 1st Corinthians 15:21-22 says “Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (This was to happen when Christ returned)

  3. Eve was the first natural woman and the church was the second spiritual bride. Eve the natural and first woman married Adam and came out of his side. Jesus (who represented the second Adam) when they pierced Jesus side blood and water came forth. That blood and water is what saved the people that became the Bride of Christ through baptism.

  4. Cain the first born and the natural displeased God by killing his brother. Abel was the second and spiritual son and he pleased the Lord with his obedient sacrifice.

  5. Esau was the natural first man and Jacob (who had his name changed to Israel) became the second spiritual man that pleased the Lord.

  6. Abraham had two sons. One, the first born natural son Ishmael who came from an Egyptian woman. This was in total disobedience to God, who had promised a son to Abraham by his wife Sarah. Sarah's son Issac was the second spiritual son who God had promised Abraham.

  7. There was the first natural old covenant law given at Mt Sinai. Then there was the second spiritual covenant of grace.

  8. There was first the natural first King Saul and he displeased God by sacrificing an animal instead of waiting for the priest to come do the sacrifice. The second spiritual king after Gods own heart was David.

  9. There are many others, but I just wanted to give a few examples. The last example I will give for today has to do with end time. There was the first and natural Sodom and Egypt and in the New Testament Jerusalem had become the second spiritual Sodom and Egypt where our Lord was crucified. 

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