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A few thoughts of my own about the tabernacle and growing in grace.
"And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them." Exodus 25:8
"And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." Revelation 21:3
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.(tabernacle effect)
In the holy of holies was the ark of the covenant. The mercy seat corresponds to the heart of man, where the blood is applied and the Spirit comes to dwell. "having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil consciousness...."
The acacia box was gilded, man adorned by the divine nature, corresponding to the soul, that is being transformed through the renewing of the mind, converted by the kindness, discipline and revelation of God. Within it was the testimony of God.....thus it was called the ark of testimony
Above it were the cherubim, wings outstretched, corresponding to the spirit of man. All this corresponding to the pattern of the heavens, wheels within wheels, the tabernacle of God is with men."Holy Holy Hoy Lord god Almighty who was and is and is to come."
We have not received a spirit of fear, but of power(cherubim), love(mercy seat) and a sound mind(acacia box).
In the outer court, praise God, their is a lot of blood being shed, many sacrifices for sins- much forgiveness for babes and little children. Yet where there is much forgiven there is much love, and eventually gratitude draws us towards the holy place, and true discipleship.
At the entrance is the bronze laver, sitting atop of the bronze bulls. The entry to the holy place requires acceptance of progressive sanctification(the bronze sea) through submission of the will(oxen). To go in unwashed(having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water) was against the law and unwise. The prerequisite to life in the holy place is the acceptance of sanctification through the renewing of the mind/fellowship in the Spirit(lampstand) and Koinonea /fellowship among the saints (the table of presence/showbread). The lampstand was hammered by a skilled craftsman out of one lump of pure gold "tried in the fire 7 times". (I counsel you, by of me gold tried in the fire and eyesalve for your blindness)
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing
, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We all stumble in many ways, but on the way toward the veil into the holy of holies there is a golden altar. This is a witness to a deeper sanctification. A deeper submission, brokeness and prayer. It corresponds to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus, our high priest, before He entered once and for all(\o/), sanctified himself before the father in agony of soul, offering the last step of obedience, "Nevertheless not my will but thine be done". In the holy place maybe we can sleep a little but at the golden altar He chides us, "What can you not wait one hour?".
The blood of a firstborn male Lamb is sprinkled upon that altar, corresponding with the sacrifice of the son, the Isaac of God(our desire)-the sonship offering that qualifies us for life in the mature son- "Until we all attain."
This golden altar of incense is at the door of the heart, the way into the life of the spirit man, the overcomer. I believe Jesus could only enter through total humility and dependence on the Father....How much more do we need this grace.
It also corresponds to the 5th seal, the saints beneath the altar in Revelation 6:9, those "beheaded" for their faith,
and to the 7th seal in rev 8, the prayer of these saints are what brings judgment on the earth (thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven), as the angels add incense to the incense of the prayers of the saints upon the golden altar of incense and cast it down to he earth with the fire of the altar. "When your obedience is complete I will bring about their obedience also".
So all our life in Christ is a drawing further in, so that as the high priest entered we might join in the intercession and the warfare, seated with Christ in the heavenly realms, casting down imaginations, tearing down strongholds, living in the power, the love and the soundness of mind that comes from the Spirit.
More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.