Can you imagine on the day of judgment that God looks to you and says, “You didn’t take me literally, did you? You better hope God never says such words to you, for it would mean that you would never know what to and what not to obey. It would mean God was a prankster, a jokester and never to be taken seriously. It would mean we would all be lost. The good news is that God never speaks to us figuratively unless he expressively tells us it is figurative. In other words, God’s commandments and their meaning is not hid from man_all has been revealed in simple terms and most with examples on how to carry them out.
Noah was commanded to build an ark and was specifically given the measurements. Moses was commanded to pass through the Red Sea and was specifically given the instruction how to do it. Joshua was commanded to march around Jericho and was specifically told how many times. The point is, God commanded and not once was it considered figurative. How does this apply to mankind today? It means that when God commands us to do anything, it is not a figurative commandment but a literal commandment. If it is literal, God intends for us to obey it. These commandments listed here were to specific people. God never intended anyone else to build an ark, but Noah. God never intended anyone else to pass through the Red Sea, but Moses. God never intended anyone else march around Jericho, but Joshua.
When it comes to the gospel of Christ, God intends the whole world to obey it. How do we know this? Because it was preached unto all the world and to every person. Mt 28:19,20 f; Mk 16:15,16 This was accomplished in the days of the apostles. Col 1:23 Does this mean God commanded this same gospel preached unto all the world and to every person? Not exactly. Yes, the gospel is to be preached to as many people as who will give ear. Mt 11:15 Yes, the gospel is to be preached in and out of season. 2 Tim 4:2 However, no one man can reach every person in the world with the gospel as they did in the days of the apostles. The world is much more vast than it was in the apostles day. Secondly, it could be considered a miraculous act which allowed the apostles to accomplish such a feat.
Having said as much, this blog, Biblical Proof, has reached every country in the world via the internet. However, I seriously doubt it has reached every person in the world. Not even close. Nevertheless, the gospel is to be preached unto all who will hear it and is to be obeyed by as many who desires to be saved. No part of the gospel is figurative as many denominations say. No! God demands all who hears the gospel to believe Jesus is the Christ with their heart and confess Jesus is the Christ with their mouth_Literally. Rom 10:9,10 God demands all who believes Jesus is the Christ to repent and be baptized for the remission of sins_Literally. Acts 2:38 God demands all who obeys the gospel to remain faithful to the doctrine of Christ unto death_Literally. 2 Jn 9 f; Rev 2:10
Baptism is not a figurative commandment but a literal one. How do we know this? We know this because every Christian convert was baptized. No, the thief was not a Christian convert. How do we know this? Because the gospel was not completed until Jesus arose from the dead, a feat which he had not accomplished while still on the cross. Therefore, the gospel of Christ was not preached until Pentecost where about 3,000 souls believed, repented and were baptized. Acts 2:37-47 The Ethiopian Eunuch literally went down into the water and came up out of the water. Acts 8:35-39 In fact, all Christian converts literally were immersed into water. The only thing figurative about baptism is that water baptism is symbolic of Christ’s death. God doesn’t ask us to literally die on the cross and be raised from the dead. However, God wants us to die to our sins, be buried with Christ by baptism, and raised to walk in the newness of life. Rom 6:3,4
Conclusion: God verily speaks to mankind literally and symbolically, but God lets us know which is which. Not once did God command man to do anything figuratively. He commanded us to do whatever he commands us, literally. Yes, the literal command may have symbolic meaning, but it never means we can obey it symbolically. We must obey God literally here on earth if we hope to obtain a literal heaven. Today, this literal commandment is for man to obey the gospel of Christ and to remain faithful to the doctrine of Christ.