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Spirit Begettal

Spirit Begettal

The question is asked,

Are there factors, which we might possess in determining our spirituality with the Lord? I think there are, but there are some who might say no! What do you folks say?

Before looking into specific factors or evidences, which confirm whether or not one is Spirit Begotten, it would seem prudent first to determine just how one becomes Spirit Begotten in the first place. The reason we suggest this is because many believers erroneously believe that they are Spirit Begotten when in fact they are not, this is primarily due to the misleading of the blind guides of Christendom who have erroneously taught that all believers in Christ are spirit begotten, that a mere confession of faith in Christ is all that is required to receive the Holy Spirit and to be begotten to a new nature.

It amazes us that many Bible Students will spend hours upon hours attempting to explain to someone the fallacy of the trinity, the immortality of the soul, eternal torment, and etc., and yet neglect to include this one of the most commonly held errors taught by the professing church.

Like many other false doctrines held by orthodoxy, this one likewise has become a common belief, one held by the majority the unfortunate results of which has been to lead many who supposed they were spirit begotten to attempt to teach spiritual things, things which in truth they have little or no understanding. The very reason we have many of the false teachings we have today is because someone who believed that they were spirit begotten, and thus spiritually minded sought to interpret the scriptures from the natural mans point of view, which in turn has led to all manner of false and misleading conclusions not only upon the subject at hand but on many other pertinent subjects as well.

Another result of this false idea that all believers are automatically spirit begotten, one which will have a much more lasting consequence upon the believers eternal destiny if not corrected and this soon, is that they will miss out on their opportunity to enter the “heavenly phase of the kingdom”. Of coarse this would still be dependent upon whether or not they were called in the first place, “For no man takes this honor unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.” (Heb 5:4) We tend to believe that such as would allow themselves to be led around blindly (Lukewarm Christians), making absolutely no effort on their own part to verify what is being taught to them, that such would not be very pleasing to the Lord.

Nevertheless it as our Lord said it would be, the blind are lead by the blind,

Woe to you lawyers! (Doctors of Divinity, supposed Ministers [servants] of the truth) for you have taken away the key of knowledge (the bible; the standard of truth, substituting your own traditions and beliefs, thus not only deluding yourself, but also those who trusted in you as the Lord’s representatives to show them the way) you shall not enter in yourselves (enter the heavenly phase of the kingdom), and those who were (attempting to) enter in you have hindered.” (Luke 11:52)

The hypocrisy of these blind guides is that not only are they preventing themselves from joining the True Church, the body of Christ and entering into the joys of the heavenly phase of the kingdom, but likewise they are hindering (obstructing, diverting, by their own teachings on the subject) those who are reliant upon them to show them the correct way.

Note: this misleading by the blind guides in no way prohibits neither themselves nor the poor souls they have misled from entering the “earthly phase of the kingdom”.

How and where does Spirit Begettal take place?

We will use the Tabernacle picture, which is the shadow of the reality, to answer our question. (Some extracts are taken from W.P.R.S., Tabernacle Shadows and various reprints)

Picture the Tabernacle, first we have a rectangular courtyard surrounded by a wall of white curtains, this courtyard had only one entrance at the front known as the “gate”, passing through this entrance the first object immediately to be seen would be the brazen altar, upon which the fat was burnt, directly beyond this was a brazen laver, filled with water, beyond that the Tabernacle proper itself, a rectangular building consisting of two chambers, known as the “Holy” and the “Most Holy”.

Now as sinners we all begin our journey outside the courtyard in the “camp condition”, as non-believers. “The Camp represented the condition of the world of mankind in sin, needing atonement and desiring it and its blessings, however indistinctly it analyzes its cravings and groanings. In the type the Camp was the nation of Israel at large, which was separated from all holy things by the curtain of white linen, representing to those within a wall of faith, but to those without a wall of unbelief, which hindered their view of, and access to the holy things within.

Now as we had said there is but one entrance into the courtyard and that is through the “gate”, this gate represents our Lord, here is your only access to God, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father unless by me.” (John 14:6) By faith in Christ’s ransom-sacrifice, represented in the Brazen Altar, we enter the “Gate” to the “Courtyard”, thus the veil of unbelief and sin is passed.

The Courtyard,” represented the condition of Justification, entered through faith in Christ, thegate.” Into this Court only Levites (typical of justified believers) were allowed to come, during the Atonement Day. These had access to the “Brazen Altar” and to the “Laver,” and did service in the Court, but had no right as merely Levites (believers) to go into the Tabernacle; no, nor even to look into it upon penalty of death. (Num 4:19, 20)

Of course the condition of justification of those believers residing in the courtyard is merely one of tentative justification and not actual justification, only the Lord Jesus was ever actually justified in the eyes of God, Not because of anything done to Him, nor because of anything reckoned to Him. He was actually perfect, just, or right in God’s sight, because in Him was no sin. But none of us, His followers, are in that condition, because we are all “children of wrath, even as others” therefore, we cannot speak of ourselves as being in this type of a justified condition.

Even Abraham justified by his faith, was justified only in a tentative sense, for as it is written, “By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight…” (Rom 3:20) although justified to receive God’s favor, and justified to be treated as God’s friend, he could never have been actually justified considering the fact that Christ had not yet died for the sins of the world.

We see, now, that justification by faith, our first step” toward holiness, although only in a tentative sense brings us into a condition of “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 5:1). When our sins are forgiven, or reckoned covered with Christ’s righteousness (represented in the white linen curtains), we are a step nearer to God, we have entered theCourtyardasbelievers”, but even yet we are still onlynatural menfor we have NOT YET BEEN BEGOTTEN AGAIN.

The only way to draw near to God is to recognize that you are a sinner, and that God Himself has provided a sin offering, represented by that Brazen Altar, right at the Gate of the Court. So, to draw near to God means to exercise faith in the sacrifice of Christ. Likewise we must seek day to day to live separate from sin, seeking as best we can to wash away the filth of the flesh (1 Pet 3:21) this is pictured in washing at the Laver.

In this we are not attempting to justify ourselves, but rather merely we are trying to cooperate with God, this places us in the condition of tentative justification. All believers residing in the courtyard are considered thusly. According to God’s arrangement, full complete justification cannot be complete until we take the “second step”.

This step the Apostle Paul admonishes us to take,

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present (set apart, sanctify, consecrate) your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Rom 12:1)

This is the will of God even your (believers) sanctification (setting apart).” 1 Thes 4:3

This step the first part of the sanctifying process was pictured by the tying of the two goats at the entrance to the Tabernacle. In presenting ourselves, living sacrifices, we are binding ourselves to thedoorby way of making a covenant (a “covenant by sacrificePsa 50:5) with God. We have done all that we can do (our share in the sanctification process), the next step is our Lords, he must accept us as a member of His own body, and likewise as our High Priest must do the offering, that is he takes our sacrificed life (our justified humanity or human nature) and makes it a part of his own sacrifice, thus we are made participators with our Lord in his death as members of his body, so we become joint sacrificers with our Lord, participators in his death. He then becomes our Advocate before the Father. It is at this point that we pass beyond the first vail (the “door”, John 10:9) into the “holy” of the Tabernacle.

From the moment that the sacrifice was made it represented Jesus’ acceptance of our consecration. At that same moment we were begotten of the Holy Spirit and reckoned as a New Creature by the Father.

Thus we pass beyond the First Vail into the Holy (Our full justification took place at the very moment we knelt under this vail).

This passing under the First Vail represents the death of the will; just as the passing the Second Vail represents the complete death of our bodies. We go down under the First Vail when our wills are baptized into His death; we are buried with Him by baptism into His death, and raise the other side as New Creatures. So the First Vail of the Tabernacle represents our death, so far as our wills are concerned, and represents God having accepted us as New Creatures, through faith, that we may have access to the spiritual things as New Creatures. Everyone who takes this step is represented as a (prospective) member of the Body of the great High Priest, the Church, of which He is Head, and so, says the Apostle, we are seated in the heavenlies–that is in the Holy. But be it noted that our justification did not reach completion until the High Priest accepted our offering and imputed to it of His merit, making it Holy and acceptable to God.

So you see with out consecration, (sanctification), full or vitalized justification could not take place, and until one has been fully justified (i.e. had the merit of Christ righteousness applied to them) they could not offer a sacrifice, which would be holy (reckoned perfect) and thus be acceptable to God. Thus they would not be permitted to join the body of Christ (the Church), as only those who have made this sacrifice are permitted, these and these alone joined to Christ are considered the High Priest.

Now if you remember your scriptures correctly, you would have recalled that the “holy anointing oil” representing the Holy Spirit was pour only on the head of the High Priest (not on anyone else, not on any of the Levites in the court, nor even on the under-priest) this anointing oil subsequently ran down to the skirts of the High Priest priestly garments, thus representing that the whole body would receive of the Holy Spirit only as they were joined to the Head, which is Christ.

Therefore if you have not yet tied yourself to the door of the Tabernacle (consecrated yourself fully to the Lord by entering into covenant relationship with the Father), you are neither justified (in the full sense of the word) nor have you been begotten of the Holy Spirit. Your current position is that of the typical Levites working in the courtyard. But be forewarned the time is soon coming when the door will be shut, and the “acceptable time” for sacrifice will end, after which no one will be permitted to enter into the Tabernacle, and all those residing in the courtyard condition who have not made a consecration will be forced back out into the “camp” or worldly condition, and they won’t be alone.

They will be joined by the “foolish virgins” those who have fully consecrated, but who have failed to make good on their consecration, these “foolish virgins” having failed to make their calling and election sure, but nevertheless refusing to deny their Lord will take their place among the hypocrites (the nominally professing church) there to be buffed by the Adversary that the flesh, which they refused to willingly sacrifice might be consumed (perish) that the spirit (the new life in them) might live.

Let he who has an ear, hear what the Spirit is saying.

The Great Pyramid, Part 56

The Great Pyramid, Part 56

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

Let us review some of what we have learned thus far.

As it was with regards to the “First Vail” in the Tabernacle picture so too with regards to the “Granite Leaf” in the Great Pyramid picture, both are of supreme importance as both represent the only gateway into the heavenly phase of the kingdom, there is no other way of entry into the heavenly phase of the kingdom but by means of this one “door” or entrance.

This is THEgate of which our Lord spoke of which few there be that find (the majority having been deceived and misled by the blind guides), the Straight gate which leads to life, and not just any life, but the highest form of life, one which at present is unique only to the Father and the Son, divine life, inherent life, immortality. This unique form of life is made accessible only now during the “acceptable time”, and by one means only, the narrow way of death by sacrifice (Matt 7:14)

The only way to access this gate is by stooping (or bowing) to the will of God (as depicted by individual number 6). And what was it that we learned was the will of God?

This is the will of God even your sanctification (your setting apart- your full consecration to Him and to His will).” 1 Thess 4:3.

This we do by taking the “SECOND STEP”, by following in the Master’s footsteps, consecrating ourselves entirely to the LORD and to his service, by entering into covenant with the Father, “a covenant by sacrifice” (Psa 50:5; Rom 12:1). In doing so we agree not only to surrender our wills for that of the Father’s, but likewise to surrender or sacrifice our justified humanity (our restitutional life rights), which are secured through the ransom sacrifice of Christ, and acquire through faith.

When we have done this, taken this second step (our share in the sanctification process), Christ imputes the merit of his righteousness to us and our justification become vitalized, actual justification thereby making our consecration, our offering holy and acceptable to the Father through Christ Jesus. At this point not only did the human will die, but likewise as human beings we were hence forth considered dead. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Col 3:3).

Here it was that we were baptized into Christ death, made participators in his death. “Being made conformable to his death” (Rom 6:3; Phil 3:10) we willingly laid down all our earthly rights and privileges as human beings, including our restitution rights, and in so doing we were begotten by the Father through the Holy Spirit to a “new nature”, a spirit nature, one possessing “the mind (or disposition) of Christ” (as depicted by individual number 6 stepping for the first time upon granite stone). This new creature (in mind only at the present time), only in its embryonic stage presently inhabits the old earthen vessel one which the Lord would have “quickened” and used up in his service and that of the brethren. However in order to accomplish this task, to grow in the graces and knowledge of our Lord Jesus, it needs to be properly natured and developed, this is accomplished in the school of Christ by means of various trials and testing which are brought to bear upon it to prove its worthiness, its faithfulness (as depicted in individual number 7). In so doing the LORD accomplishes his share in the sanctification process.

Now before one can enter the “Sanctuary” or King’s Chamber, which is a figure or type of heaven itself (Heb. 9:24), they must first accomplish two more very important things, the first and foremost of which is that they must be diligent in the study and development of their characters, that they make their calling and election sure (2 Pet 1:10), in developing a Christ like character, and secondly that they maintain this character likeness to the very end, that they be proven “faithful until death” (Rev 2:10), that is until their sacrifice (the sacrifice of their earthly lives) has been completely consumed upon the Lord’s altar, even as was their Lord’s.

In the Great Pyramid this is pictured in the fact that they must bow down once more (depicted by individual number 8), and pass through another low entrance-passage (the second low passage). The stooping necessary to do this symbolizes death, for those who will become joint – heirs with Jesus Christ must rise from the plane of spirit-begetting to the plane of spirit-birth, that is, they must be changed to the spiritual condition in the actual as distinguished from the reckoned sense before they can enter the heavenly glory, for “flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God“—1 Cor. 15:50 (that is the spiritual phase of the kingdom). That the plane of spirit-birth is higher than the plane of spirit-begetting is indicated in the Great Pyramid by the fact that the granite floor of the King’s Chamber is on a higher level than the upper surface of the first granite stone in the floor of the Ante-Chamber.

The emergence from the second low entrance-passage into the King’s Chamber symbolizes the ‘resurrection of those who have been faithful followers of Christ. This is the first or chief resurrection concerning which John the Revelator states: “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years “—Rev. 20: 6. Paul, speaking of the same class, said: “The dead in Christ shall rise first” (1 Thess. 4: 16), and again, “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him. If we suffer, we shall also reign with him2 Tim 2:11, 12.

This gracious offer of joint-heirship with Jesus is free to those who have ears to hear the glad tidings before the time when the door of opportunity will close, and all who accept and are faithful unto death (as depicted by individual number 10) will receive the crown of life, and will find that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in them, for they will be raised in the likeness of Christ’s glorious spiritual body and will reign with him—Rev 2 : 10; Rom 8 : 18; Phil 3 : 21; 1 John 3 : 2.

“The only furniture in the “Kings Chamber”, (the coffer, number 9) corresponds to the Ark of the Covenant, which was the only piece of furniture in the Most Holy of the Tabernacle and the Temple. What in the one was made of gold, in the other was made of granite; nevertheless both carried the same symbolic significance.”

As the Ark of the Testimony represents Christ Jesus and his Bride, the “little flock,” to be partakers of the divine nature and to be imbued with power and great glory…” (T121) so likewise the granite coffer.

Continued with next post.

The Great Pyramid, Part 55

The Great Pyramid, Part 55

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

We hope to have shown by now how the two chambers of the Tabernacle the “Holy” and the “Most Holy” depict the spirit conditions of those who have entered into covenant relationship with the Father, a “covenant by sacrifice” (Psa 50:5), those who have chosen not only to sacrifice all present advantage, but most importantly to sacrifice their earthly or restitutional life rights secured to all through the ransom sacrifice of Christ. These life rights they gladly sacrifice that they might obtain a heavenly inheritance that they might be made partakers of a new nature, a spirit nature even the divine nature itself. But of course such realize that this reward is reserved only for those who make their calling and election sure; those who have been proven faithful even unto death, only such will enter the “Most Holy” condition and receive the crown of life, glory, honor and immortality.

With this in view we would now like to see how these same lessons are likewise taught by the upper most two chambers of the Great Pyramid, viz. the “Ante-Chamber” and the “Kings Chamber

Returning once again to (Individual number 5), after having carefully considered the cost of following in the Master’s footsteps he determines to forsake all and stoops down and enters the first low passage leading to the Kings Chamber.

“The stooping necessary to pass through this entrance passage, which is constructed entirely of limestone, represents the voluntary death of the human or earthly will, self-renunciation, but this alone is not sufficient.

Some upon giving up their own will accept that of another rather than God alone, for instance the will of the Pope. To these the Pope’s will becomes infallible, and they consent to believe and do whatever he commands, for others it is the will or decrees of a particular sect or denomination to which they may belong. Many mistakenly imagine they have made a consecration to the Lord when in fact what they actually did was make a consecration to an organization this and/or to a particular work or ministry in which the church may be involved, food bank, choir etc., etc. Personal growth and study generally take a back seat to these pursuits. This is not a true consecration to God. In fact the fact that you have any say in the matter as to what particular service or ministry you would enter is evidence that your will is not dead. Those who accept the high calling of God in Christ Jesus must not only deny themselves (deny their own personal will), but they must also bow (summit) to the will of the Lord, and his alone.

As GRANITE in the Great Pyramid represents things Divine, so the Granite Leaf represents the Divine Will, to which those who would enter the School of Christ (the Ante-Chamber) must bow submissively. Before they do this, although they are standing under a granite roof representing Divine oversight and protection, they are, nevertheless, still standing on LIMESTONE.

This symbolizes the fact that although they are justified through faith they are still nevertheless natural men, human beings, NOT YET BEGOTTEN TO THE SPIRIT NATURE.

They must first consent to the will of God and in so doing set themselves apart, sanctify or consecrate their justified humanity to God.

To sanctify is to set apart or separate to a special thing or use. God’s will is that all justified ones should be sanctified or set apart to his service as we read:

This is the will of God even your (the believers) sanctification.” 1 Thess 4:3.

There are two parts to sanctification–first ours, and secondly God’s.

As we have seen, God provides for our justification as men (through faith in Christ, the ransom sacrifice), and then calls us to set apart–sanctify–or consecrate to him that justified humanity. When we do, thus consecrate or give up our will, our time, talent, life and all we have and are to God, and ask him to take our little all and use it as seems to him good, and agree to let the will of God dwell in us richly–when we have done this we have done all that we can do; and here God who accepts of every such sacrifice, begins His part of the sanctification work. He begins to use this will resigned to his care and “to work in you both to will and to do” in harmony with his will. From that moment it is no longer you (the human) but “Christ in you.” Even the earthly body under the new controlling will (God’s) is used in His service and is thereby made holy.”

As soon as the individual comes to the decision to bow down to the will of God (as illustrated by individual number 6) passing beneath the Granite Leaf, they give evidence of their willingness to “lose their lives” for Christ’s sake, Christ then imputes to them a sufficiency of his merit to render their sacrifice holy and acceptable to God. Their justification then becomes complete (vitalized); and as such their sacrifice being now a living one, because entirely free from the Adamic condemnation, is at once accepted by the Lord. As the Apostle states, “there is, therefore, now no condemnation to them which are IN Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit” (Rom. 8: 1). They now are entered into the school of Christ (as depicted by individual number 7) there to be developed both in the graces and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they might be made copies of God’s dear Son and fitted for a position in the body of Christ.

The visitor to the Ante-Chamber who bows down under the Granite Leaf (likewise typified by passing beneath the “first vail” of the Tabernacle), steps for the first time on to granite; symbolizing that those who submit themselves to the will of God, have now risen from the plane of human justification to the plane of spirit-begetting. Henceforth God reckons them dead as human beings (Col. 3:3),—not dead in Adam, but dead in Christ,—and alive as spirit beings.

The first stone of this granite floor (upon which they step) is about a quarter of an inch higher than the limestone floor; and if a vertical line were drawn downward from its first or north edge, it would pass just beyond (south of) the Queen’s Chamber which symbolizes the perfect human condition. This is the spiritual divide which separates the natural man from the spiritual man, until this divide is passed, until one passes beneath the granite leaf typifying their consecration and surrender to the will of God, even though they be believers in Christ they are still only natural men, earthly, human.

Once an entrance has been gained into the Ante-Chamber proper, it is found that the level of its floor falls immediately to the level of the limestone floor and the Step outside, showing that although those who are spirit-begotten are now in possession of the spiritual mind, the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16), they have as yet undergone no change of nature as regards their bodies. They have received the Holy Spirit of promise as an earnest or pledge of their future spiritual inheritance (Eph. 1:13, 14), the Divine nature, but their bodies are still human. Nevertheless, as they are standing on granite, this shows that they are reckoned by God as partakers of the Divine nature, because they have presented their bodies a living sacrifice, and are striving to fulfill their vow of consecration. Above them is the granite roof, signifying that they are, even more than before, under Divine protection.

He that dwells in the secret place of the most high, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty “—Psa. 91:1.

The “Ante-Chamber” like that of the “Holy” represents the School of Christ where the spirit begotten are nurtured and developed from mere babes in Christ to full grown adult Christians. This however cannot take place in the schools of men, the church nominal due to the fact that there is little if any real spiritual food, “meat” in her, the best she has to offer is “milk” (some of the first principle doctrines of Christ), and even these she has polluted with the doctrines and precepts of men thus rendering the milk “sour”, for the most part indigestible to any true child of God.

We will continue with our next post.

The Great Pyramid, Part 54

The Great Pyramid, Part 54

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

Standing on the precipice of the “step” considering the cost of further advancement the believer (Individual number 5) is not only weary of this next step, but likewise skeptical of its necessity. Having been for the most part deceived by the “blind guides” into believing that a mere profession of faith was all that was necessary to secure ones entry into the heavenly phase of the kingdom he was content to leave it at that, after all, all that was required of him was faith and his best endeavors to live a righteous life.

However things have changed, having gained a little further insight he now realizes that the “blind guides” were in error, yes it’s true that all that is required for salvation is faith in Christ and the putting away of the defilement’s of the flesh as best one can, but this salvation, the “common salvation” (Jude 3) is applicable to all, it is the very same salvation that will be offered to the rest of mankind (the non-believing world) in the next age. This salvation involves the restoration or restoring of all things as they were originally intended to be, the restoring of that which was lost. And what was it that man-kind lost through father Adam’s sin?

Why it was human perfection, and the image (or character likeness) of his creator, that and his dominion over the earth. The promise was that the earth would likewise be brought to perfection, that it would be made a glorious paradise. This he learned was the earthly phase of the kingdom in which all who enter, who exercise faith and obedience shall progress up the “Highway of Holiness” and to a complete and full resurrection (Greek: anastasis), which means a full, complete rising up out of death conditions into perfection of life conditions, It signifies to raise up again, thus implying that a thing (father Adam) was once up and fell down is to be brought up again to the place where it originally was. This salvation is “FREE” it is the gift of God; it cost nothing of the believer save faith, no sacrifice, no cost, the cost having already been paid through the ransom, even the precious blood of Christ.

Having obtained this further understanding he now realizes that the “blind guides” were blind and completely misunderstood this next step (the “second step”, the step of sanctification), nor did they know the way, that in their blindness and vanity they were not only missing the way themselves (the way into the heavenly phase of the kingdom), but likewise in their ignorance were hindering others from entering in (Luke 11:52).

As he now gazes down the narrow passage into the ante-chamber before him he recalls how he was once stumped over heavily laden with (sin), whilst traversing the downward path of the descending passage, and how he had found relief from this burden following his realization that the Man Christ Jesus by the race of God had paid the price of his freedom, and in so doing had opened a way of escape (as pictured by the well shaft) by and through which he could be justified by faith in Christ. This allowed him to enter the Grand Gallery (representative of the Gospel age and the faith-justified condition) in which he now resides.

And now having reached its end he has been made aware of the reason for which he has been so blessed with this justification, that the object of this grace being given him at this time was so as to permit or qualify him to become a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God through the great sacrifice of his redeemer Christ Jesus.

Now (with this knowledge) a decision has to be made, has he received this grace (this favor of faith-justification) in vain or will he use it for its intended purpose now during the Gospel age, theacceptable time”.

The Apostle Paul states the matter thus,

I beseech you therefore, brethren (fellow believers, those faith-justified), by the mercies of God (in which you were brought into this condition), that you present (consecrate) your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Rom 12:1

Perhaps the following excerpts taken from a discourse entitled “Consecration” written by Brother A. H. MacMillan may shed some further light upon this subject.

Many Christians seem to misunderstand the subject of consecration and on this account fail to take the necessary step, feeling that it might involve them in certain experiences that would work to their disadvantage.

When the subject is understood we see that it is the duty of all who desire to be in harmony with God to make a full surrender of themselves to Him as soon as they learn about His plan; for the time will come when all must so do, or forfeit their lives. Those who take advantage of the privilege as soon as they learn of it gain a decided advantage over those who tarry.

In the beginning Adam and Eve were consecrated to God; that is, they recognized His will as the supreme authority in the universe and were governed thereby. Later, however, they desired to have their own way about things, and thereby became estranged from God, and in this condition of alienation the whole human family have been born — “Behold I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psa 51:5). God, however, has provided a plan whereby all the willing and obedient of the human race may return from their wayward course and come into harmony with His will, those refusing to do so will be destroyed in the second death. Thus we see that eventually all intelligent creatures in existence will be consecrated to or will recognize and obey the one supreme will and ruling authority (Isa 45:23, 24). Those who make a consecration at the present time are assured that their offering will he accepted, and that the Lord’s blessing will be their portion.

We must remember, however, that God could not accept an offering brought by one under condemnation; and in view of the fact that all the human family were condemned in Adam, how could any of them offer an acceptable sacrifice? As expressed in our text above (Rom 12:1), this may be done by or through “the mercies of God,” in His providing for us a Redeemer. “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

By reason of faith in our Savior we are justified to peace with God, and are thus acceptable to Him as sacrificers. We now have a life (our restitutional life rights, although presently only reckoned to us) to offer, for “he that hath the Son (he that believes in the Son, the Redeemer of life) hath life.”

Nevertheless even with this divine provision there are still various excuses offered by those who have taken the first step (faith in Christ and a consecration to righteousness, i.e. right living), but who have failed to go on to a full consecration, (the second step, a consecration of sacrifice) as the Apostle so admonishes.

We will now examine some of these excuses to see if they are tenable.

Note: In his discourse the author lists three main excuses however we believe he has left out one of the most notable excuses for the majority not taking the second step of a full consecration at present, and that is that they have not even been made aware of this second step or of its necessity. Having put their trust as well as their eternal destiny in the hands of the “blind guides”, they have been fully convinced that all that is required of them is faith in Christ, and the attempt to live as godly a life as possible. This for the most part is true as respects salvation, that is the “common salvation”, but in respects to the special or “great salvation” there is a lot more to it that they are completely unawares.

First, those, not understanding the subject, hold back, refusing to make a full surrender to the Lord, feeling that it would mean unnecessary self-denial and sacrifice; that is to say, they are afraid that God would ask to much of them, possibly ask them to live in such a manner as to render their lives miserable and unhappy.

Second, others say they are glad they have not made a consecration, and on that account have more freedom to live in a careless and indifferent way, devoting their time and attention to personal or worldly pursuits. (Some of these having heard that they will receive a second opportunity in the next age to get their lives in order have no realization of the consequences that their present lives, their conduct, actions and etc. will have on their next lives, poor souls they delude themselves, forgetting that whatsoever a man sows so shall he reap. That is to say the character they develop now will be the same one they will have when resuscitated, if it has been sown to corruption one devoted to selfishness and selfish pursuits it will be all the more difficult for them in the next age to correct this downward course.)

Still others feel that if they made a consecration to the Lord now that it would involve serious results; if they failed to win the Heavenly prize they would lose all and go into the second death. These say that they would prefer to wait until the Millennium and share restitution blessings with the world of mankind.

All of these positions are un-scriptural and unreasonable views to take; for, as already stated, it is only a matter of a short time now until every intelligent creature must accept, bow to, and be governed by the supreme will of Jehovah(Isa 45:23). Why then should we hesitate or put the matter off?

Do we wish to take advantage of God’s goodness and continue in sin a space longer, and submit ourselves to Him only when confronted with the other alternative, second death?

Those who refuse to consecrate because it would involve, as they think, a great deal of self-denial and hard-ship to them, fail to appreciate the goodness of God. They feel as if he would expect something of them that would render them unhappy.

To illustrate their position, suppose a family of great wealth, enjoying great luxury, were suddenly reduced to poverty and dire want, and a friend should call upon them and noticing their great unhappiness on account of the loss of their prestige and wealth, should offer to restore them at the cost everything he owned. Suppose they should accept his generous offer and thus enjoy the privileges of their former condition. If their benefactor should later call upon them and make re-quest for a favor, suppose they would say to him, “State your desire first before we agree to grant it. We wish you to do this because we feel that perhaps you would ask us to do something that would involve great hardships and self-denial on our part.” Should they take this course, how ungrateful and unappreciative they would prove themselves to him! How little confidence they would have in their benefactor! If he was willing to reduce himself to poverty in order to give them the luxuries of life, surely he would do nothing to rob them of these. The attitude that they should take would be to tell their benefactor, “All we have we owe to you. Make your request, even to the extent of asking our all; we will gladly grant it.”

And so we say to those who fear that a life of consecration would entail great hardships on them, if God would give the dearest treasure of Heaven — His only begotten Son — to die that they might be redeemed from death, should they not trust Him with their all, assured that he would not require anything of them that would work to their disadvantage? “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things.” (Rom 8:32)

Those who refuse to consecrate because, as they say, they love their freedom so much, remind us of the fisher-men who were lost in the fog and unable to find land, and who concluded to seek the Lord’s help. One of them got down on his knees in the bottom of the boat and began to pray thus: “Lord, I have not bothered you or asked you any favors for over twenty years. Now if you will just help us get ashore, I promise — “The Captain shouted, “Shut up, don’t make any promises; I can see the land; we will get there without His help.”

Oh, yes, they say, we will make a consecration in the Millennial Age, when it will be a matter of life or death with us, but the question arises, will God appreciate your consecration THEN, if you refuse to make it NOW? What assurances have you that he will? (See Heb 3:7-8) A parent would not appreciate the service of a child who would render it only when threatened with punishment. Such a child would be considered unworthy of the parent’s love.

And then there are those who fail to consecrate because they are afraid they might go into the second death if they did, are making a great mistake. To our understanding of the Scriptures, no one will go into the second death because he has made a consecration, but because he did not consecrate. The only ones who will go into the second death will be those who have gone back on or refuse to fulfill their consecration, and those who refuse to consecrate at all.

Some think that they are unable to walk the narrow way, and on this account they feel sure that they would be condemned to the second death. Those who take this stand fail to appreciate God’s deep interest in their eternal welfare. God would never start anyone in the narrow way if He saw any reason why they could not win the prize. If a man saw his home burning and all his valuable papers in danger of destruction, his little ten-year old boy might offer to enter the burning building and rescue the papers, but the loving parent would not permit the lad to endanger his own life. He would prefer to have the son live and the papers lost. Nevertheless he would appreciate the offer made by his child and love him for so doing. Even so our Heavenly Father will appreciate the offering made by all who present themselves to Him, even though He saw best not to start them off into the narrow way. He will, however, confer upon them certain blessings because of their willingness to trust Him.

We should remember also that we have the promise based on God’s faithfulness that we will not be tried above that we are able, but will always be given a way of escape; He will direct the issue by giving us grace (favor) to endure the trials that we otherwise could not. As suggested in 2 Pet 3:9, “The Lord knows how to rescue the godly out of temptation.” That is to say, He will come to our rescue when our trials become too great for our strength. Again we remember how our dear Redeemer was rescued in the garden when the trials seemed to crush Him down. The Lord sent an angel to minister to Him. So He will do for us in our trials. So, dear friends, we have no excuse on this point, for the Lord has made every necessary provision for all who come unto Him and offer themselves in sacrifice.

Those who refuse to consecrate now WILL NOT go into the second death when they die the Adamic death, but if the spirit of holding back continues with them into the Millennial Age, and they still refuse, after a space of time (as a consecration to righteousness will be required of all then), they will go into the second death. It is a great mistake to refuse to consecrate when we learn God’s will; for this attitude will harden the heart to a certain extent and will require chastisements or stripes to correct this condition. Jesus said to the Pharisees who resisted His will that it would be difficult for them to escape Gehenna, for their course was hardening their hearts. The “Truth is a saver of life unto life, and death unto death,” and it begins to operate the moment we learn of it.

Therefore, “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain”. (2 Cor 6:1)

We will continue with our next post.

The Great Pyramid, Part 53

The Great Pyramid, Part 53

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

Returning once again to the Great Pyramid let us see just how like the Tabernacle of old it too pictures the steps which lead to the heavenly calling and the Kings Chamber. A little review of the preceding steps however might prove useful before we proceed. As you recall we had determined that like the courtyard of the Tabernacle the “Grand Gallery” likewise pictured all who during the Gospel Age had taken the “first step”, faith in Christ and in so doing passed beyond the “Entrance Curtain” into the faith-justified condition.

Having entered this condition by means of faith and a consecration to righteousness (or right living), it is required of the new believer should they desire to progress and to grow in the graces and knowledge of our Lord Jesus that they climb its passage way to the top if they would reach its completion and intended purpose now during the Gospel Age. This would be liken to those progressing through the courtyard on their way to the Tabernacle proper.

Now as illustrated in Fig. 2 above we have a picture of the condition of those (individuals number 4) that have advanced through faith to the end of this portion of their journey. Perseverance in following the path of faith-justification by the help of the grace of God has led them to the point where they can see (perceive) the further step of sanctification, (the “second step”) just as perseverance in climbing the Grand Gallery by the help of the ramps leads the traveler to the point where he can see the low entrance into the Ante-Chamber.

The “step” itself symbolizes the natural dislike of the human mind to entertain earnestly and sincerely the thought of self-denial and self-sacrifice, for “no man ever yet hated his own fleshEph. 5:29. With the help of the grace of God, however, some (individual’s number 5) are enabled by an effort to surmount this difficulty. When they do so, they find that more than half the battle of decision has been won. They are now, for a shorter or longer period, on the halting-place symbolized by the level upper surface of the Step, and can examine more closely the narrow way which lies open before them into the condition of sanctification, and thence to joint-heirship with Christ.

Here as pictured in Individual number 5 they must as the Lord admonishes all who come to this point, “Count the Cost” before preceding any further for unlike the first step which requires nothing of the believer save faith in Christ this next step comes with a price, it requires sacrifice of the individual, not merely the day to day sacrifice of those things rightfully theirs, such as worldly prospects, aims, desires as well as a good name among men all sacrificed for the Lord and for the sake of the brethren, but much more than this, life itself. Should they make the decision to proceed onward they must be willing to follow completely in the Master’s footsteps and this implies a consecration to sacrifice.

The most important part of this consecration is the sacrifice of their earthly or human life rights, their restitutional life rights, rights which were secured to all through the ransom sacrifice of our Lord. Each individual (human) has one opportunity to these rights, once sacrificed or lost they can never be regained; for “Christ dies no more”, they are forfeited forever. Such having entered into a covenant with the Father, a “covenant by sacrificePsa 50:5 have pledged to sacrifice these rights in the hope of obtaining a heavenly inheritance, to rise above the human or earthly plane of being to the spirit plane, even the divine plane itself should they be proven faithful until death. A sacrifice placed upon the Lord’s altar once accepted cannot be taken back, but must be fulfilled completely to its end.

They have entered into a contract with God one which cannot be altered nor broken, it must be fulfilled in one way or another, in other words they are presently on trial for life or death, unlike the rest of mankind who will experience their trial in the next age, during the Mediatorial reign. At that time they will be accorded every aid and assistance as they progress up the “Highway of Holiness”.

The opportunity to sacrifice however is given only once, NOW during the Gospel age, this choice will be instrumental in determining ones eternal destiny (that is should they pass their trial for life), it will determine whether they shall remain human beings on the earthly plane for all eternity or spirit beings on the spirit plane for all eternity.

Behold, now is the accepted time (the receivable time for sacrifice); behold, now (during the Gospel age) is (a) day of salvation (the day or time of the special salvation, “OUR salvation,” the “GREAT salvation,” that is in contrast with the “Common salvation” which will be made applicable to all mankind during the next “day of salvation”, the Millennial age).” 2 Cor 6:2; Isa 49:8; Rom 13:11; Heb 2:3; Jude 3

The GREAT salvation” must take place first, before the “common salvation” shall be accomplished, for those who experience the “great salvation” are to be God’s instrumentalities through whom the “common salvation” shall be bestowed upon all the world of mankind. They without us shall not be made perfect. (Heb 11:40.)

“These words of the Apostle, quoted from the Prophet Isaiah (Isa 49:8), are generally understood to be a call to the world to improve the present opportunity of accepting Christ by faith in order to salvation, with the warning that the present time furnishes the only opportunity, this being the day of salvation.

But this is NOT the meaning of the text. Neither the Apostle nor the Prophet addresses the world (non-believers). Both address justified, consecrated believers. The class addressed is plainly seen from Isaiah’s prophecy, to be consecrated believers of the Gospel Age–the Christ head and body. It thus reads,

Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time I heard THEE, and in (a) day of salvation have I helped THEE: and I will preserve THEE, and give THEE for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; that THOU may say to the prisoners (i.e. the rest of mankind still under the sentence), Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves.”

It is the anointed, the Christ, head and body, selected and developed during the Gospel Age, which is to accomplish the great work here pointed out–the work of the resurrection, or restitution, in the next age, saying to the prisoners in death, “Go forth,” and to those in the darkness or shadow of death, “Show yourselves.” The Gospel Age now closing, has been the acceptable time for faith- justified believers to offer themselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto God; because this age was specially set apart by God for the calling and development of this class of sacrificers whose sacrifices are now acceptable.

Now,” or the accepted time, did not commence until the Gospel Age began, at Pentecost; or rather in the fullest sense it began with Jesus’ sacrifice, dating from his consecration at baptism. The sacrifice of Christ, which actually takes away sin, was the acceptable sacrifice; and it must be an accomplished fact, before any of the condemned sinners could be actually legally justified, so as to be accepted as joint sacrificers and joint heirs with him. When the sacrifice had been made, any (of the faith-justified) who trusted in it were legally justified, their sins being canceled, and the righteousness of Christ imputed to them by faith (their justification becoming vitalized).

Though justified thus by faith in Christ’s redemptive work, none of those justified in this age have been permitted to reach actual restitution to human perfection, that being the privilege not of this the Gospel Age, but of the coming Millennial Age. But that right to human perfection and lasting life, having been secured for all, those who now by faith accept it, are reckoned as now possessing that perfection–as though now perfect men. Such during the Gospel Age have been invited to present themselves as living sacrifices to be used up in God’s service (Rom 12:1), and the assurance is given that whoever thus sacrifices “NOWduring the acceptable time, is accepted of God, and shall in due time receive the reward of the crown, the throne, and the divine nature, as joint-heirs with Jesus Christ whose example they thus follow–after being justified by faith in his sacrifice for their sins.

Those who before the death of Jesus our ransom, trusted in God’s promises, and walked in obedience to God, were not actually justified until the only sacrifice, which could take away sin, was actually offered. Nevertheless their faith shall receive a reward in the times of restitution. But living before the “acceptable” time, they were not informed of the “high-calling” of the divine nature and joint-heirship, and therefore were not invited to thus offer themselves as members of the body of Christ and joint-sacrificers with him. “Now [the Gospel Age] is the accepted time.” “Now is THE day of [the “great”] salvation.”

The class thus called and accepted, the Prophet declares is called and chosen for the special work of accomplishing the salvation of the world–their restitution from death to perfect life in the next age. Then that will also be a day of salvation, –a day of salvation for the entire world. In that day men will neither be called nor permitted to offer themselves as living sacrifices, nor to deny themselves the comforts, joys and righteous liberties then provided for all, but simply to forsake sin and pursue righteousness.

Paul, in referring to these words of the Prophet, urges those who have received this grace [favor] of justification (now during the Gospel age, now during the acceptable time), to see that they receive not THIS grace (this special favor) in vain— (2 Cor 6:2).

This leads us to consider how we could receive the grace of justification in vain.

Since we may not in this age have an actual restitution to perfection, the only special advantage of being justified now, is that it affords us the opportunity of presenting ourselves as acceptable sacrifices, and candidates for the divine nature and joint-heirship with Jesus. Those therefore who have received the grace (favor) of justification through faith in the ransom, who realize that though still imperfect, they are reckoned of God as perfect so long as they rely upon the ransom, and who yet neglect to USE this reckoned perfection, and to present themselves covered by it, as acceptable sacrifices to God’s service within the acceptable time, have received the favor of justification in vain; and consequently they are little, if any better off than the world, whose day of acceptance to favor is in the age coming.

But those who have been justified, and who have ALSO consecrated themselves as sacrifices, may also have received the grace of God in vain, if they turn back to the world and to the gratification of the flesh, despising or ignoring their covenant.

If we would make our high calling and our election sure, we must fully carry out our consecration–even unto death.

Paul had a very clear idea of what a life of consecration meant. He did not have the idea, which many now seem to have, that it simply meant an easy-going tranquility of disposition, which might win friends in every direction, and be at peace with the entire world. No, such is not the experience of those who are faithful at the post of duty; for those who will live Godly in this evil time, shall suffer persecution in some shape or form, and generally in many forms.

Our consecration is to active service for the Master, and a patient uncomplaining endurance of whatever it may cost in the way of sacrifice. Faithfulness to our covenant will not shrink from any service because of the cost, and he that endures unto the end shall receive the crown of life. Let us mark well the example and counsel of Jesus and the Apostles, that we may gain courage and strength by the way.

Paul gives a vivid picture of the true Christian life, which we cannot ponder too carefully:

Giving no offense in anything [against the principles of truth and righteousness] that the ministry is not blamed. But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonment, in troubles, in labors, in watching’s, in fastenings; by pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left; by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers and yet true (i.e. teaching truth yet being accused of teaching false doctrines); as unknown (by the world, and the worldly church, the church nominal, and often times by friends and family) and yet well known (to the Lord); as dying, and behold we live; as chastened and not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” (2 Cor 6:3-10)

What a nondescript is such a life before the world; yet how perfectly this marks out the course of the truly consecrated. It is not a life of easy lethargy; it is not a course that secures the approval and friendship of the worldly minded; it is not a course which secures present temporal advantage; nor is it a course agreeable to the flesh; yet in it, the “new creature” rejoices with joy unspeakable and full of glory, and in every condition gives thanks for the privilege of fellowship in the sacrifices and self-denials with Christ Jesus our Lord and Redeemer.

In the little time, which remains before the glorification of the remainder of the Body–the church, let us endeavor to make our calling and election sure, and thus prove that we have not received the grace of God in vain. If you have made the covenant of sacrifice, even at the eleventh hour, your sacrifice should be on the altar and the fire of zeal under it consuming your time, talents, reputation and all in the heavenly service. Let it be burning briskly, that the odor of sweet incense may ascend (from the Golden Altar) to God, that you may be fully accepted in the Beloved in this acceptable time, and be made partaker of the glory to follow–now at hand.”

We will continue with our next post.

 

The Great Pyramid, Part 52

The Great Pyramid, Part 52

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

The “Most Holy”

As the passing of the First Vail, the Door, represented the death of the human will so the passing of the Second Vail (Individual #5) represents the death of the human body; both are requisite to complete our sacrifice, both fleshly mind and fleshly body must be left behind before we can enter into the “Holiest of All”, perfected as partakers of the Divine Nature and its spirit conditions; for “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God”, that is the spiritual phase of the Kingdom of God. (1 Cor 15:50 Compare John 3:5, 8, 13)

Here again just as the First Vail represented Christ, the Scripture Heb 10:19, 20, is applicable here also “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through the vail, that is to say, his flesh.”

Standing now within the second chamber of the Tabernacle, the Most Holy we notice once again that the room is completely covered in Gold as was the first apartment, the Holy (that is with the exception of the tapestry above our heads and the vail which we have just passed). This room although much smaller than the first is a perfect square and as you recall a square, because all its four angles and four sides are equal, is a symbol of “perfection.”

It is only after the “saint” has passed the “second vail” and entered into the “Most Holy” that he really attains the ultimate condition of glory, honor and immortality—the divine nature. Then that which isperfectwill have come and that which has beenin partwill be done away.

There was but one piece of furniture in this room, the Ark of the Covenant (Exod 25:10–22; 37:1–9), the only light the Shekinah glory which shown forth from between or in the midst of the two cherubim perched upon the mercy seat (the lid to the ark). We will take a further look at this shortly but first let us return to our examination of the room itself specifically the construction of the pillars behind us which upheld the second vail.

As there was a remarkable difference found between the pillars located in the courtyard (behind the courtyard curtains), and the pillars located in the Holy (located behind the First Vail), so too we should expect to fine some difference in those pillars located in the Most Holy (behind the Second Vail), for each of these three types of pillars represented the condition of those individuals who inhabited those particular areas or conditions.

Recall once again,

The Courtyard Pillars (at the present time) represent the faith justified, (believers) standing inside the wall of faith, The bare wood represents their corruptible nature nevertheless their being set in copper sockets represents justification and thus their standing as that of perfect human beings. These individuals reside within the courtyard or tentatively justified condition.

The Pillars of the “Holy” represent the spirit begotten, “new creatures in Christ Jesus” residing within the “Holybehind the First Vail, the vail of consecration and the death of the human will. These pillars were covered in gold symbolic of the divine nature. Their being set in sockets of copper represented how “we have this treasure [the divine nature] in earthen vessels” (2 Cor 4:7); i.e., our new nature is still based upon, and rests in, our justified humanity (the copper sockets).

The Pillars of the “Most Holy” represent the spirit born (Individuals # 6), the faithful over-comers, residing beyond the Second Vail (the death of the flesh) these have proven themselves to be “faithful until death” and as such have received the crown of life, the divine nature, glory, honor, immortality (Rev 2:10). These pillars were likewise covered in Gold, but no longer set in copper—no longer dependent on any human condition—they were in sockets of silver (reality, truth, verity) seeming to say to us, When you come inside this vail, you will be perfect—really and truly new creatures.

“There were five pillars that supported the first Vail into the “Holy” (Exod 26:37; 36:38). There were four pillars that supported the second Vail into the “Most Holy” (Exod 26:32; 36:36). It may be that this ratio of 5:4, as suggested by Brother Russell in connection with the five wise and five foolish virgins, is not of particular significance. “The numbers are not significant; neither are the proportions.” (C91)

On the other hand, it is possible that in the case of the pillars supporting these respective vails—five for the “door” to the Holy and four for the “vail” into the Most Holy—may be intended to reflect the fact that there will be more who consecrate unto death than will actually make their calling and election sure, to become inheritors of the divine nature.” (Notes on the Tabernacle”, Page 102)

The Ark of the Covenant or Ark of the Testimony was the only article of furniture in the Most Holy. (Heb 9:2–4 Diaglott footnote) Its name suggests that it illustrated the embodiment of Jehovah’s plan, which he had purposed in himself, before the beginning of the creation of God—before the minutest development of his plan had taken place. It represented the eternal purpose of God—his foreordained arrangement of riches of grace for mankind in (and through) the Christ (Head and Body)—`the hidden mystery.’ It therefore represents Christ Jesus and his Bride, the `little flock,’ to be partakers of the divine nature, and to be imbued with the power and great glory—the prize of our high calling—the joy set before our Lord, and all the members of his Body.” (T121)

The slab (or lid) which covered the Ark of the Covenant was called the Mercy Seat or Propitiatory (Exod 25:17; 37:6); and yet it represented more particularly that most basic and fundamental attribute of Jehovah’s character— one that can know no mercy, Justice.” (See T124)

It was here that Israel’s high priests had once each year to sprinkle the blood of atonement, to satisfy the demands of a violated Justice. Only then could the high priest come forth as the administrator of God’s mercy, to bless the people with forgiveness and peace.

In the New Testament, our Lord Jesus is referred to as both the propitiation (hilasmos)—1 John 2:2; 4:10—and propitiatory (hilasterion)—Rom 3:25, Rotherham, Fenton, Wilson. The former of these expressions means “satisfaction” whereas the latter means “the place of satisfaction”—i.e., the place where satisfaction is made (justice is satisfied); hilasterion has been so translated in Hebrews 9:5. (See also E442)

Putting first things first, we see that God’s Mercy (an essential element of his love) could not act on behalf of sinners until Justice had been satisfied, how beautifully this also is illustrated in the position of the two cherubim representing Love and Power upon the “Mercy Seat.”

The two cherubim represent divine love and divine power. These attributes, justice the foundation principle, and love and power of the same quality or essence, and lifted up out of it are in perfect harmony. They are all made of one piece (Exod 37:6-8): they are thoroughly one. Neither Love nor Power can be exercised until Justice is fully satisfied. Then they fly to help, to lift up and to bless. They were on the wing, ready, waiting; looking inward toward the `Mercy Seat’ toward Justice, to know when to move.” (T125)

Over yonder is the stream of God’s Mercy, dammed up by Justice. In the dam, however, is a sluice gate, representing that God intended to find a way in which he could remain just and yet justify the sinner who would believe. The sluice gate would permit the waters to pass beyond the dam if someone would only open it. This is just what Jesus did by way of his ransom sacrifice, so that the gate which once was an integral part of the dam of God’s Justice, now becomes the channel of blessing.

It is just so that the cover of the ark first of all represents God’s Justice, but after the sprinkling of the blood of atonement upon it, it becomes the “Mercy Seat” or channel by way of which God’s Mercy flows man-ward.

Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness [by extension: the realm of truth] and peace [by extension: the realm of mercy and love] have kissed each other.” (Psa 85:10)

As for the rectangular box overlaid with gold upon which the Mercy Seat was placed this represented the divine nature granted to the glorified Church. (T121)

As the Ark represented the Christ, so the Mercy Seat or cover represents God,The head of Christ is God” (1 Cor 11:13)

In our next post we will return to the Great Pyramid to see how the second half of the Tabernacle picture beginning with the second step is likewise illustrated there.

The Great Pyramid, Part 51

The Great Pyramid, Part 51

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

Once again having entered the first apartment of the Tabernacle proper, the “Holy” we noticed three distinctive pieces of furniture in this room, the most notable being the Golden Lampstand, the only source of light for this room. This lampstand we determined represents the Church, both its Head and body as bearers of light (truth). The light which emanated from this Lampstand representing the light (or enlightenment) of the Holy Spirit, accessible only to the Priests, the spirit begotten class, that is those who have experienced a change of nature having entered into covenant relationship with the Father, a “covenant by sacrifice” (Pas 50:5; Rom 12:1).

We should now like to examine the next piece of furniture in the Holy, (Item #3) the Table of Showbread’, or in Hebrew lechem panim meaning “bread of presence.”

“The Golden Table like that of the Golden Lampstand … represented the Church as a whole, including our Lord and the apostles—all the sanctified in Christ who serve in `holding forth the word of life.’ (Phil 2:16) The great work of the true Church during this age has been to feed, strengthen and enlighten all who enter the covenanted spiritual condition. The Bride of Christ is to make herself ready (Rev 19:7), to build one another up in our most holy faith. The witnessing to the world during the present age is quite secondary and incidental. The full blessing of the world will follow in God’s `due time,’ after the Gospel age (after the antitypical Day of Atonement with its sin-offerings) has ended.” (T115)

Upon the Table of Showbread (made of wood and overlaid with gold) were placed twelve cakes of unleavened bread in two piles, with frankincense on top of each pile. (Lev 24:6, 7) This bread was proper for the priests only to eat (typifying those wholly consecrated to the Lord): it was holy, and was renewed every seventh or Sabbath day.” (T16)

Antitypically, the showbread represented the “word of life” the Truth, (specifically “meat in due season”, or present truth, in our case the *Harvest Message) upon which the “royal priesthood” serving in the “Holy” of the Tabernacle must of, needs eat—or feed upon. This food lawful only for the priests to consume represents the “deep things” of the Word of God solid food (the meat of the Word) belonging only to those who are of full age (mature Christians) that is, those who by reason of use (practice and study) have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil (able to rightly divide the Word of God, to distinguish between truth and error, to recognize the “times and the seasons”).” Heb 5: 14

* The harvest is the richest season of the year, when the buds of prophecy and promise have developed and are now bringing forth their golden fruit, and the table of the Lord fairly groans under its bounty (not only this, but it is the Lord of the harvest himself who comes forth to serve his people). R1899:2, 1890:1

The truth is all of the Lord’s words are considered spiritual (that is heavenly mana or food), they all emanate from heaven, from the Father of lights (James 1:17), this regardless of whether it be found in the courtyard as pictured in the Copper Laver or in the Holy as pictured in the Table of Showbread, the difference however is in substance of the food, one is suitable for the natural man, the believer in the “courtyard condition” (as represented by copper), and the other designed specifically for those in the “spirit begotten condition”, new creatures in Christ Jesus, (as represented by gold).

It should likewise be noted that without the aid of the light shining forth from the Golden Lampstand (representing the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit) we would not be able to fully discern (comprehend) the food placed upon the Golden Table.

These two sources, the Laver and the Table of Showbread however are not the only two sources of information from which believers feed; outside the courtyard in the camp are the tables of devils tables filled with every detestable thing. (Rev 18:2) That is to say that while the Lord spreads his table, the devil spreads his also. R1898:3

The following extract taken from The Herald of Christ’s Kingdom, Oct 1921, Page 29 well illustrates the differences between the table of the Lord and those of the Adversary.

INTOXICATION OF CHRISTENDOM (Isa 28:1-13)

Golden Text.–“Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink.”–Hab. 2:15.

“We note that, in harmony with the Apostle’s words, nearly all the Old Testament prophecies were written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the ages have come, and in many instances those who uttered the prophecies and those who heard them comprehended them not. (1 Pet. 1:12.) The prophecy at present under consideration we understand to be of this kind-specially applicable to spiritual Israel, though not without a meaning to natural Israel at the time of this writing.

In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people, and for a spirit of judgment to him that sits in judgment and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate”. Isa 28: 5, 6

Today we see the Christian world intoxicated, bewildered and confused with the wine of false doctrine mentioned so explicitly in our Lord’s last Message to His people. There it is clearly set forth that the great Mother of Harlots would make all the nations of Christendom drunk with the wine of her fornication. The crown of pride and the fat valleys of her possessions are easily seen from this standpoint. But at the same time that the glory passes away from the nominal system a proportionately special blessing will come to the residue of the Lord’s people who are not of this -class, drunken with the wine of false doctrine, but, as the Apostle declares, “Sober, girding up the loins of their minds, and pressing along the Narrow Way for the prize.”

This will mean to this class a spirit of judgment, or what the Apostle calls the spirit of a sound mind, enabling them to comprehend the Divine Plan, and enabling them to be strong in the defense of the Truth and to “turn the battle to the gate;” that is to say, the citadel of Truth will be preserved notwithstanding the fall of the masses of Churchianity. This is in accord with the prophetic statement, “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked, because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation.”–Psa. 91:7-10.

Where do we find ourselves, dear brethren and sisters, as we investigate this picture, so applicable to our day? Are we amongst those intoxicated with the spirit of the world, the spirit of Babylon, the spirit of anti-Christ, the spirit of false doctrine, the spirit of sectarianism, that has “a form of godliness but denies its power?“, the table of devils.

Or are we classed with the Lord and more and more being filled with the spirit of a sound mind? And are we standing faithful as good soldiers in the defense of the Truth and turning the battle at the gateway; not suffering that any false doctrine shall intrude upon us (or upon the brethren), but insisting that every doctrine shall be decided by the Word of the Lord, and be squared by the Golden Rule and by the Scriptural presentations on the subject of the Ransom? We trust that the more we examine ourselves, the more we can assure ourselves that we are with the latter class.

Verses 7 and 8 “But they also have erred through wine, And through intoxicating drink are out of the way; The priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink, They are swallowed up by wine, They are out of the way through intoxicating drink; They err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.”

 Verse 7 seemingly pictures these drunkards of Ephraim as the leaders of the people, their priests (Ministers) and prophets, their religious instructors, who have all been misled through the strong drink, the false doctrine of the Dark Ages, and who are all erring in vision and stumbling in their judgment respecting the Truth, the Divine Plan.”

TABLES FULL OF UNCLEANNESS

 The statement in Verse 8 that all their tables are full of vomit and filthiness so that there is no place clean could hardly be understood to apply literally to the millions of Israelite’s of Isaiah’s day, but it does apply spiritually to the millions of nominal Israel of our day. We need scarcely say that the table of the Lord’s people signifies their spiritual supply of food, nourishment; and as we look about us we find in Churchianity many such tables, one to each denomination–its creed. The creed of each denomination represents what it claims God has set before it as the truth for its spiritual nourishment and refreshment; and for centuries each denomination has been busily inviting each other and the world to come to its table. Now, however, these tables are measurably deserted. Very few want to talk about the doctrine or creed of their sect; they generally prefer to ignore creeds.

For the most part most are completely ignorant of their church’s creed or statement of beliefs. As for those who do wish to know, the sect generally provides a modest outline of the church’s creed, one which provides just enough information to satisfy the inquisitor while at the same time avoiding those things which it deems would offend the senses of any righteously inclined individual, such as the belief in eternal torment as the wages of sin.

Many, while thinking that they worship God, really worship “doctrines of devils,” of which they are for the most part, if they are honest individuals ashamed and by which they are hindered. R4006:5

On the contrary, how is it with the remnant mentioned in Verses 5 and 6?

Have they any table? Yes, indeed! They have a table spread with Divine bounties, and it is referred to, prophetically in the 23rd Psalm, “My table thou hast furnished in the presence of mine enemies.” Having gotten free from the wine of the false doctrine of Babylon, these have sought the Truth of the Divine Word unadulterated, and have drawn nigh unto the Lord with their hearts and not with their lips merely; they have gotten mercy and found grace to help in time of great need. The Lord has bountifully supplied their wants with truths both new and old, and thus He fulfilled the promise He made when leaving us, saying to those servants who would be ready to hear the knock, indicating Hispresenceat His second coming, that He would open the door, enter in and sup with them. Furthermore, be promised, that He would gird Himself and become our servant, and bring forth to His faithful ones things new and old from the larder, from the treasure house of Truth and grace. We found it so! We have a table spread with the most wonderful bounties, riches of grace, mercy and truth.”

Returning to the Table of Showbread we note the following,

And thou shall take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake. And thou shall set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the LORD. And thou shall put pure frankincense upon each row that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD. Every Sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant. And it shall be Aaron’s and his sons’; and they shall eat it in the holy place: for it is most holy unto him of the offerings of the LORD made by fire by a perpetual statute.”(Lev 24:5–9)

It is not fully ascertain as to whether or not the twelve loves or cakes were placed in “rows” or in “piles”, Rotherham’s one of the most reliable translations states that it was rows, but in the margin suggest likewise that it may just as well have been piles.

The frankincense placed upon each row (or pile) represented praise to Jehovah (R3703:4). This frankincense, was, of course, not eaten, but offered by the priest as a “memorial” upon God’s altar “for an offering made by fire unto the LORD.” (Lev 24:7) For a time, the frankincense was identified with the showbread, though in no way a part of it. So the element of praise is not itself a part of the Word of Life—the TRUTH: but it is called forth by it!

Thus he (the antitypical priest) who has been “refreshed and strengthened . . . with the truth, as represented in the `showbread…should daily offer up sacrifices at the `Golden Altar (Item #4),’ acceptable to God through Jesus Christ —a sweet perfume to our Father.” (T22) Such sacrifice upon the “Golden Altar” are of praise and thanksgiving (Heb 13:11; Psa 50:5, 14) unto Jehovah God. “Praise ye the LORD Praise God in his Sanctuary.” (Psa 150:1) “Notes on the Tabernacle”, Pages 174-179

Close to the `vail,’ stood a small altar, of wood covered with gold, called the `Golden Altar’ or `Incense Altar.’ It had no fire upon it except what the priests brought in the censers which they set in the top of this `Golden Altar,’ and then crumbled the incense upon it, causing it to give forth a fragrant smoke or perfume, which, filling the `Holy,’ penetrated also beyond the `second vail’ into the `Most Holy’ or `Holy of Holies.‘ ” (T17)

The Golden Altar in the `Holy’ would seem to represent the `little flock,’ the consecrated Church in the present sacrificing condition. From this altar ascends the sweet incense, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ—the willing services of the priests: their praises, their willing obedience—all things whatsoever they do to the glory of God. Those who thus offer incense acceptable to God (1 Pet 2:5) come very close to their Father—close up to the `Vail’ which separates them from the `Most Holy’; and if they have requests (prayers) to make they may be presented with the incense—`much incense with the prayers of saints.’ (Rev 8:3) The prayers of such priests of God are effectual.

Our Lord Jesus kept the incense continually burning, and could say, `I know that thou hear me always.’ (John 11:42) So the under-priests, `members of his Body,’ will be heard always if they continually offer the incense of faith, love and obedience to God: and none should expect to have requests recognized who do not thus keep their covenant—`If ye abide in me and my words (teachings) abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you.’ (John 15:7) The necessity of a clear apprehension of Christ’s teachings as a guide to our requests and expectations, that we may not `ask amiss’ and out of harmony with God’s plan, is clearly shown by this scripture—but seldom noticed.” (T120)

As was stated earlier all three of these items, the Golden Lampstand, the Table of Showbread and the Gold Incense Altar are indispensable to the new creature, available only to those who have taken the “second step” and have fully consecrated (sanctified) themselves to God and to His service. Such having been begotten of His spirit have entered the school of Christ that they might be fully developed, sanctified by God and made copies of their dear Lord and Master.

In our next post we will take a look at the “Most Holy” and how we may enter.

The Great Pyramid, Part 50

The Great Pyramid, Part 50

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.

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Pyramid, Part 49

The Great Pyramid, Part 49

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

As stated in our last post, the Golden Lampstand represents the complete Church from its Head, Jesus to and including the last members of the “Little Flock” whom he is taking out from among men to be partakers of the divine (Gold) nature. As our Lord so stated: the seven candlesticks which you saw are the seven churches’ (Rev 1:20) The Church whose seven stages or developments were symbolized by the seven congregations of Asia Minor (Rev 1:11). Yes; that lampstand represented the entire church of the First Born, not the nominal, but the true Church. The form of its workmanship was beautiful—a fruit and a flower, following successively—representing the true Church as both beautiful and fruitful from first to last.

Located at the top of each branch was a lamp in the shape of an almond. A peculiarity about the almond tree is that the fruit-buds appear before the leaves. So with the `Royal Priesthood:’ they sacrifice or begin to bring forth fruit before the leaves of professions are seen. (The leaves of profession cannot come first.)

“The light from this lamp was of olive oil was, `beaten,’ or refined; and the lamps were always kept lit.

THE FOLLOWING POINT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND: This oil was symbolic of the Holy Spirit, and its light represented holy enlightenment—the spirit of the truth.

Its light was for the benefit of the priests alone, for NO others were permitted to see it, or to proffer from its light.

Thus was represented the spirit or mind of God given to enlighten the Church, in the deep things of God, which are entirely hidden from the natural man (1 Cor 2:14), even though he be a believer—a justified individual (residing in the “courtyard condition”). None but the truly consecrated, the `Royal Priesthood,’ are permitted to see into this deeper light, hidden within the Tabernacle in the `Holy.’

The priests (the fully consecrated believer, the Lord’s anointed) always have access to the Holy; it is their right and privilege; it was intended for them and them alone (Heb 9:6), whereas in contrast the Levites (representative of the un-consecrated believer those residing in the “courtyard condition”) were forbidden to even attempt to look upon the holy things contained within the Tabernacle, upon penalty of death.

So you see through the strict enforcement of the type, (in this case the death sentence appointed for violators), the Lord assured the antitype, (the substance or reality, which he intended to emphasize), that it is forbidden (nay impossible) for one abiding in the courtyard condition even though he be a believer to see, to look upon (to comprehend) the things hidden in theHoly or spirit begotten condition”.

The reason being is that the Vail of human-mindedness (the natural mind, with its various limits both in conception and understanding) comes between them and the sacred things; the only way of access being to fully consecrate and sacrifice wholly the human will (mind) and nature.”

No ordinary Israelite (typical of the non-believer in the worldly or “camp condition”), nor any ordinary Levite (tentatively speaking, the believer in the “courtyard condition”), ever saw the lighted Lampstand. Even when the Camp traveled, it was covered (Num 4:9, 10) so as not to be visible to the people.

Thus the teachings of the Scriptures as exemplified in the Tabernacle picture wholly contradict those of the church nominal (the professing church), who erroneously teach that all believers in Christ, whether they be fully consecrated or not are granted the Holy Spirits enlightenment, this however is not true, only those who have passed beyond the First Vail, who have entered into covenant relationship with the Father, a “covenant by sacrificePsa 50:5, and who have subsequently entered the “Holy” are privileged to receive of the light of the Golden Lamp-Stand, THE ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

It is worthy of note that the Word of God, the Truth (the Bible), is represented in both the Laver in the Courtyard, and in the Golden Lampstand in the Holy, The difference? The Laver was made of polished copper (Exod 30:18; 38:8) and contained water for the cleansing of the priesthood (the Levites) that served the Tabernacle (R2671:5), whereas the Lampstand was made of beaten gold (Exod 25:31; 37:17) and its lamps contained oil for the enlightenment of those (the Priests) who served within the Tabernacle.

There is however a corresponding difference with regard to the particular aspects of the Truth, reflected in these two pieces of furniture, respectively. The one in the Court—the Laver, made of copper—bespeaks the basic elements of the Truth, never hidden from those of humankind who would “see” (comprehend) the perfections of the man Christ Jesus; and in so doing see their own need of cleansing, ere they would be able to follow in His footsteps into the Sanctuaries of God.

The elementary or basic aspects of the Truth are such as the Apostle Paul designates the first principles of the oracles of God—the milk of the Word. (Heb 5:12, 13) These involve repentance from dead works, faith toward God, baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, eternal judgment (Heb 6:1,2), all of which center in the ransom sacrifice of the man Christ Jesus; and where there is faith there is a consequent justification. The Laver stood in the Court. It is by or through means of these elementary truths, these first principle doctrines, the “milk of the word” that we as prospective members of the bride of Christ have come to be sanctified, begotten of the Spirit.

“The Laver which stood in the Court full of water, at which the priests washed their hands and feet…, is a symbol of the cleansing effect of the truth upon the outward conduct of believers in general. It symbolizes the putting aside of filthy practices—lying, stealing, etc., and the putting away of filthy communications out of our mouths—slanders, envy, strife, backbiting, etc., a cleansing as proper for the natural man as for the consecrated saints.” (R1543:6)

On the other hand, the Lampstand, made of beaten gold, bespeaks of the deeper, diviner elements of the Truth, to those only who by consecration of their justified all’s unto the Lord have “died” to their human hopes, interests and ambitions, and, as sanctified and anointedpriests,” are now in the light of the Golden Lampstand…”

The deeper aspects of the Truth are such as the Apostle Paul designated Strong meat” (Heb 5:14), and involve membership in the (royal) priesthood with a recognition of Christ Jesus as the High Priest (Heb 3:1), membership in the “Seed of Abraham” (Heb 6:12–17; Gal 3:29), membership in the “body of Christ” (1 Cor 12:13), the sharing of Jesus’ cup in a communion of saints (1 Cor 10:16), and the hope of glorification with Jesus (Heb 6:12,19) which belongs only to the predestined, foreordained respondents to the high calling (Rom 8:24,29; Phil 3:14; Heb 3:1). Thus does this deeper aspect of the Truth involve sanctification (a setting apart) by God’s Holy Spirit.

Continued with next post.

The Great Pyramid, Part 48

The Great Pyramid, Part 48

A Comparison between the Great Pyramid and the Tabernacle, continued

Having entered through the first vail of the Tabernacle into the “Holy” or spirit begotten condition the first thing we note is that there are three distinctive pieces of furniture located in this chamber, the Golden Lampstand, the Table of Showbread, and the Golden Altar. These three items are indispensable to the child of God in the school of Christ.

In the illustration above we have intentionally placed the Golden Lampstand out of its proper place simply for better clarity; its true position however is directly across from the Table of Showbread as illustrated in the picture below.

Place the table (of Showbread) outside the inner curtain (that is the second vail) on the north side of the Tabernacle, and place the lampstand across the room on the south side.” (New Living Translation Exod 26:35; see also Exod 40:24)

The first item which we would like to examine is the Golden Lampstand.

The Golden Lampstand, as a whole represents Christ and the Church giving forth their light. The central candlestick typified Christ Jesus; it had its own foundation, and its course was straight upward from the very start. On the other hand, the branches, representing the true, consecrated church, had no base of their own, their support being the main candlestick; also their course was not straight upward, but at the start they were almost horizontal, parallel to the earth, but gradually their course changed upward until at last they ran parallel to the main candlestick. So with the consecrated: We have no standing in ourselves, our support; our foundation is in Him.”

This Lamp Stand was made of one piece of beaten pure gold, that is to say the Candlestick had to be brought into shape by the process of beating, not by pouring the molten metal into a mold. As the Lamp stand symbolizes our Lord and the Church giving forth their light, so then in the process of its development it must of needs be “beaten” into shape.

Surely he hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isa 53:4, 5)

And as surely as the servant is no greater than his Lord so likewise are we bruised, as was the shaft so are the branches, all of one beaten work. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus…” (Eph 2:10)

“Human nature rebels against suffering, hardship, and the beating process…The candlestick had to be beaten, beaten until formed into a beautiful and serviceable piece of furniture to give light in the holy place (the Holy). We often hear Christians pray, “That I may know him and the power of his resurrection,” but they seemingly neglect to pray the rest of Paul’s prayer, “that I may know him and the fellowship of his suffering.”

Beloved, think it not  strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you; but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye shall be glad also with exceeding joy.” (1 Pet 4:12, 13) Rejoice then, for the candlestick is being made and His glory shall ultimately be revealed. “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.” (1 Pet 4:14)

Our only excuse for existence is that we might be to the praise of His glory. So when called on to suffer and endure the beating process, let us be jubilant and say with Peter, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.’ (1 Pet 1:3–7)

No warrant gives Christians authority to say, `Why?’ to God’s beating process in their lives. The suffering of the Christian is no mystery, for we have the plain Word of God which says, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom 8:18) . . . So beloved, count it not strange concerning the fiery trial. God’s beating process is at work in your life. The candlestick can be made no other way.

The form of the Lamp Stands workmanship was beautiful; picture it if you would, a fruit (a pomegranate) and then a flower, following successively one after another up the main shaft, and likewise out and up the various branches, this represented the True Church as being both beautiful and fruitful from first to last, These branches three on one side and three on the other represent the consecrated, they had no base of their own but rather relied upon the support of the main central shaft for support, just as we have no standing, no foundation of our own but are reliant upon the merit of Christ which supports us or gives us a standing before God.

Herein we have a lesson of encouragement for all the Lord’s children especially for those who are struggling with the frailties and weaknesses of the flesh, who truly love the Lord but feel that they are not making much progress.

As these branches represented the consecrated it would be noted that their course upward was not straight from the start, but rather was parallel to the world, but gradually their course would change upward until they ran parallel to the main central shaft.  What this pictures is that at the beginning of our consecration our course was not so very different from what it had been before; we still followed many earthly things, but as we grew in the grace and in the knowledge of the truth our course bent more and more upward until at last if we are faithful, at the end of the course, we will be going in the same direction as our blessed Master.

Now it will be noticed that some of the branches were longer than that of the others (remember there were three levels of branches extending out from the central shaft), yet even so they all held the same amount of oil in their lamps and all gave out the same light.

So you see pictured first (the top branches) are those who have fewer character flaws and weaknesses to overcome and thus are making quicker progress than others, that is turning from the course of the world upward, likewise those pictured in the second level of branches, would have greater weaknesses to overcome and so their upward journey would take even longer to reach, and lastly those on the bottom, these are they who are heavy laden with sins and weaknesses, these spend a lot more time running parallel with the course of the world before making the turn upward, but the point is, through perseverance, they eventually make that turn, and just as those who’s journey upward is a little more easier and comes sooner, these too can hold just as much of the Lords spirit as the they and can shine just as brightly.

So then Dear Brethren do not allow your failings and weaknesses to dishearten you, stay the course, your turning point upward is just ahead if you will only continue to trust the Lord for assistance.

We will continue in our next post.