I’m sorry, folks. This is not the BYC post you were hoping for. I am currently working on that, just so you know. I have something else for you though, while you’re ever so patiently waiting.
Lately, I have been thinking about typology, which, quoting from my dictionary.com app, means “a systematic classification or study of types.”
If you have thought about these kind of things, including clichés and similes, then you might have figured out that all things in the natural and physical world symbolize something in the spiritual world.
Take my typewriter, for instance.
Yes, a simple object that seemingly has no relation whatsoever to spiritual matters can even have a deep, yet uncomplicated meaning.
A typewriter can only work properly if it has ink, and if there is someone who knows how to operate it.
Mine is electric, so in order to work, it must also be plugged in to an outlet that has power running through it (I’m sorry to those who know all the electrical terms. I have no experience in that area whatsoever).
To “type this out” in the spiritual life (see what I did there? 😄), you are the typewriter. To be in working order, you must be “plugged in” to The Source of Salvation, and the switch, which is being baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, must be turned on. The ink represents the Holy Ghost, and God is the One who is doing all the typing.
First things first, to get your life as a typewriter in tip-top shape, you must be “plugged in” to the Power of the Blood of Jesus Christ! If you try to plug yourself in to an outlet that has no life in it, such as electronic entertainment, or drugs, or anger (the list goes on and on!), you cannot work.
Notice that it is a change from the inside out, because the gears and wires, or whatever is inside that thing to make it go, start moving. After that, there is an outward show that something changed in the inside! The electrical work starts humming, and it’s ready to be used.
The second of the three elements we talked about in an earlier paragraph to make a typewriter work, was ink, which I symbolized as the Holy Ghost. It is essential for you to have that component, because when God is ready to start typing on you, He wants the world to read what mighty things He has done. He could type, but there would only be an imprint, not the real letter that people can see, unless they are really close to see that imprint. That ink needs to be there so people can read your life from far away- they need to know exactly what your life represents!
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 3:2-3, “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men: Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.”
“Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” ~ Matthew 7:19-20
If our typewriters aren’t producing the Words of Jesus Christ, we aren’t spreading the Gospel as Jesus commanded us to do (Mark 16:15).
Onto the final important step in getting your typewriter going. God is the One doing the typing. He knows just what He wants our lives to say, and the great part is, He never makes a mistake! Notice that the typewriter doesn’t do anything, just surrenders it’s entire being to the typist. That goes to show how we are nothing in ourselves, but the Hand of God leads us in the way we should go.
We are His instruments, and the instruments can’t do anything unless Someone who knows what He is doing takes control of it.
And sometimes, we make mistakes, so God has to take us apart to fix the problem. You might have everything that we talked about right, but sometimes, we slip up! You aren’t condemned forever. I’m so glad God doesn’t just throw us away if there’s a little glitch in the system, but takes the time to fix our problems, because He is not just the Writer, but a Master Mechanic!
God wants to type a message to the world through you. Yield your life to Him, and you will be used to draw souls to the Kingdom of Heaven!
Here are some interesting typewriter facts I found for you:
“1. The English inventor Henry Mill had patented a similar machine long before in 1714, but it seems never to have gone into production.
2. Sholes’ invention was originally designed to print page numbers on books. It was Glidden who suggested using it to type letters.
3. The QWERTY keyboard was designed in 1873 to put common letter pairs far apart to reduce the chance of keys jamming and raise typing speed.
4. The longest common words using only the top row of letters on a typewriter are ‘proprietor’, ‘perpetuity’, ‘repertoire’ and ‘typewriter’ itself.
5. The word ‘qwertyuiop’ also now appears in the Oxford English Dictionary.
6. But the longest top-row word of all is ‘rupturewort’ (a plant used to treat hernias).
7. Peru is the only country whose name can be typed on one row of a standard keyboard…
8. …and Alaska is the only one-row US state.
9. The Guinness World Record for typing a given 103 character text on a keyboard using only the nose is 46.30 seconds.
10. According to Mark Twain, his “Tom Sawyer” in 1876 was the first novel written on a typewriter.”
Do you have anything else to add about our little “type”ology? Is there a different kind of simile or type you wish to share?
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