Antitype

ANTITYPE, ἀντιτύπον (Heb 9:24; 1 Pet 2:21) signifies a counterpart, and refers to the fulfillment of a type (τύπος, G5596, which occurs sixteen times in the NT). Persons, events, and things, in Scripture, and esp. in the OT, are often types of what later appear in the NT. The pascal lamb, e.g., was a type, and Christ is the Antitype. In all types and antitypes there is some sort of likeness. The earlier type is a rough draught, or sketch, of the later antitype. Adam was a “type of the one who was to come” (Rom 5:14), and so were Melchizedek, Abraham, Aaron, Joseph, Jonah, and others. The various kinds of types prepared the way for the antitypes—and the Antitype of antitypes is Christ.