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Truth itself is ever twofold, and hence the Word of God is itself likened to a two-edged sword

As pointed out on a previous occasion, Truth itself is ever twofold, and hence the Word of God is itself likened to a two-edged sword. Not only is it, first, a revelation from God, and, second, addressed to human responsibility; but a great many passages in it have a twofold force and meaning, a literal and a spiritual; many of its prophecies possess a double fulfillment, a major and a minor; while promise and precept, or privilege and corresponding obligation, are ever combined. Cases of pairs are numerous. The two great lights (Genesis 1:16); two of every sort entering the ark (6:19). The two tables on which the Law was written. The two birds (Leviticus 14:4-7); the two goats (16:7); the twotenth deals of fine flour and the two loaves (23:13, 17). The repeated miracle of water from the smitten rock (Exodus 17, Numbers 20), as Christ also duplicated the feeding of a great multitude with a few loaves and fishes. The two signs to Gideon (Judges 6). The two olive trees (Zechariah 4). The two masters (Matthew 6:24); the two foundations (7:24-27). The two debtors (Luke 7:41); the two sons (15:11); the two men who went into the temple to pray (18:10). The two false witnesses against Christ (Matthew 26:60); and the two thieves crucified with Him. The two angels (Acts 1:10). The two “immutable things” of Hebrews (6:18). The two beasts (Revelation 13).

Arthur W. Pink-Interpretation of the Scriptures

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