A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued
In the Tabernacle picture the dividing line or “Spiritual Divide” which separates the natural man from the spiritual man is found centered over the “Door” of the Tabernacle, the “Kalumma”, or “First Vail”. Only those who have passed beyond this vail, having made a full consecration of themselves, having entered into Covenant relationship with the Father; a covenant by sacrifice (Psa 50:5) are permitted beyond this point. Henceforth all such are considered prospective members of the body of Christ, and of the Royal Priesthood, and as you recalled only priests were permitted in the Tabernacle.
In the Great Pyramid this “Spiritual Divide” is likewise evident.
The Natural and Spiritual Natures Shown
“By reference to the illustration above it will be noticed that an imaginary line drawn through the vertical axis of the Great Pyramid would leave the “Queen’s Chamber” and its “Horizontal Passage,” the “Entrance Passage,” the “First Ascending Passage” and the “Grand Gallery,” all on the north side of that line or axis, and only the “Ante-Chamber” and the “King’s Chamber” on the south side of it. By this arrangement the designer of the Great Pyramid (Jehovah) points out to us the distinction of natures, as noted in Vol. I, Chap. X.
The “Queen’s Chamber,” representing the perfection of humanity after the Millennial age shall have restored all the obedient and worthy ones to the moral likeness of the Creator, teaches, by the fact that its back or farthest wall is on a line with the Pyramid’s axis, that, thus restored to God’s image and likeness, though still human, mankind will be close to the divine nature–as close as one nature could be to another nature of which it is a likeness. And all the upward passages leading in the direction of that axis teach that the desires and efforts of God’s people are all to be toward human perfection, while those of the called-out Church of the Gospel age are to go beyond human perfection. They, as joint-heirs with Christ, are to enter into the fullness of the divine nature.
The fact that the “Subterranean Chamber” or “Pit,” representing trouble and death, does not lie wholly on the same side of the vertical axis as the “Queen’s Chamber” and its passage does not militate against this interpretation; for, strictly speaking, it is no part of the Pyramid structure at all. It lies under the Pyramid, far below its basal line. But it may have another lesson to impart. A *vertical line from its farthest wall would pass exactly along the farthest wall of the “Ante-Chamber“; and the lesson drawn might be, in harmony with the Scriptural warning, that it is possible for some who have entered the “Holy” or sanctified condition (who have been begotten by the word of truth, and who have even been quickened by it) to commit the sin that is unto death–the second death.
*We have not depicted this vertical line from the back of the “Pit” to the back of the “Ante-Chamber” for the same reason that we have not depicted the vertical axis line residing exactly along the back or farthest wall of the “Queens Chamber” as it is near impossible to get such a small illustration perfectly to scale.
So, then, the relation of the location of the “Pit” to the axis, if it have any significance in connection with the arrangement of the Pyramid above it, would seem to indicate that the second death–endless, hopeless destruction–will be the penalty, not only of the willful sinfulness of men who, during the Millennial age of blessed opportunity, will refuse to go on to human perfection, but also of any of those sanctified during the Gospel age, who willfully reject Christ’s proffered and previously accepted robe of imputed righteousness.
Another item worthy of note in connection with the vertical axis of the Great Pyramid’s structure above its basal line is this: our Lord’s first advent and his death, marked by the “Well’s” mouth, are on that side of the Pyramid’s axis which represents the human nature; and its location on the same level as the passage leading to the “Queen’s Chamber,” which symbolizes human perfection, is also noteworthy.
The Great Pyramid thus seems to say: “He was made flesh“–the man Christ Jesus gave himself “a ransom for all“; yet he knew no sin, was holy, harmless, separate from sinners, and had no part whatever in the downward, sinful course of Adam’s race (symbolized in the passage to the “Pit”). Moreover, the location of the “Grotto” and the fact that it was natural and not hewn are significant. It evidently symbolizes the death of our Lord Jesus. The fact that it was natural teaches that the Lord’s sacrifice of himself was not expediency, but a foreordained, prearranged matter in Jehovah’s plan, before the outworking of the plan symbolized by the Pyramid began. The fact that it is located above and not below the basal line of the Pyramid seems to teach another lesson in harmony with the Scriptures—that though our Lord died as a ransom for sinners, he did not descend into sin and degradation, but even in his death was within the limits and bounds of the divine plan, as symbolized in the Pyramid structure above the basal line.” Volume 3 Pages 358-362
Despite what most professing Christians have been taught to believe only the fully consecrated, those who have passed beyond the First Vail have been begotten to a “new nature”, a spirit nature, but of course this new nature is only in its embryotic state at the present time, the new creature possesses only the “new mind”, spirit or will at present, not the new body. Like the gestation period in which a fetus is natured and developed within the womb so too the new creature needs to be natured and developed first before it is to receive its new body and be born a spirit being.
The “new mind” is unique to the spirit begotten “new creature”, alone; it is not something which is given to every professed believer, only to those who have fully consecrated themselves and have experienced a change of natures. Thus such are the only ones in possession of the Holy Spirit, for the “new mind” IS the spirit or will of God in us, the Holy Spirit, and so only such are able to receive the things of the spirit of God which they without (whether believer or not) can neither receive nor understand,
“For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit (the mind or will) of the man which is in him? Even so no man knows the mind of God save he who has the spirit (or mind) of God. Now we have received, not the spirit (the mind) of the world, but the Spirit (the mind or will) which is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God… For “Who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind (the spirit) of Christ.” (1 Cor 2:11, 12, 16)
The natural man, (which includes not only non-believers, but believers alike those located in the “courtyard condition”, those not fully consecrated), receive not the things of the Spirit of God (the mind of God), for they are foolishness (incomprehensible) to him; nor can he know (accept) them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Cor 2:14)
Why? Because such are carnally (fleshly) minded, that is to say they still retain their own minds, their own wills.
One of the most common mistakes made by believers is the idea that all believers are automatically begotten of the spirit and receives the Holy Spirit immediately upon a confession of faith in the Lord; however a through comparison of all related scripture on the subject contradicts this thought. According to the teachings of the Scriptures, until one takes the “Second Step” of a full consecration and enters into covenant arrangement with the Father they remain a “natural man” human, earthly, and as such are limited to what the natural man is capable of accepting and comprehending.
The only way in which one could comprehend spiritual things is if one were spiritually minded, in possession of the mind or spirit of God, and the only way in which one can receive this mind or spirit of God is if they have experienced a change of nature from that of the earthly or human nature to that of the spirit nature. NOTE: it is not the natural or earthly man whom the Lord imparts his Spirit, the Holy Spirit, it is the “new creature”, the spirit begotten. And the only way in which the Scriptures teach that one can become a new creature, begotten of the spirit is by surrendering themselves entirely to God through Christ, which consists in following in the Master’s footsteps, fully consecrating one’s self and entering into covenant relationship with the Father.
As was stated above no amount of faith or justification changes ones nature. The human nature and the spirit nature are separate and distinct natures. The spiritual divide which separates the natural man from the spiritual man is unbreakable regardless of how much faith one may possess.
Continued with next post.