"The Tabernacle its Construction and Furnishings", Part 2

The Tabernacle is the key to the divine plan, which alone explains the “mystery” of this Gospel
age, which is the church and her special call to the privileges of sacrifice now and the privileges of
glory by and by
. (R 4434)

We once again continue with our look at the layout of the tabernacle and its significance to the student of
God’s Word.

Note in this illustration the perfect symmetry and division of the tabernacle with its two halves of equal size
each perfectly divided through their perspective axis points, one centered in the “
Most Holy” over the “Ark
of the Covenant
” and the other in the “Courtyard” over the “Brazen Altar.” Later when we begin a closer
examination of the courtyard with its various curtains, post, sockets, and etc. we will come back to this
diagram for a further study, but for now I merely wished to use it to illustrate the perfection of the layout
of the tabernacle as attributed to its master architect.





















Now generally when we refer to the tabernacle enclosure we are speaking of the whole structure both the
tent of tabernacle and the courtyard area in which it is contained, but every now in then we might wish to
speak specifically of one or the other. The “
Courtyard” is also referred to as the “holy place” in the
scriptures (
See Lev 6:16), but for the sake of clarity it seems best to continue to refer to it as merely the
courtyard especially seeing as the scriptures likewise refer to the “
holy” of the tabernacle as the “holy
place
” (See Exod 26:33)

In contrast with this, the tent of tabernacle or tent of meeting is also known as the “
tabernacle of the
congregation
” or “tabernacle of meeting” (See Exod 30:18) but for clarity we will hereafter refer to it as
the “
tabernacle proper”.

In the following illustration we have a picture of the tabernacle illustrating both the courtyard area and the
tabernacle proper, the tabernacle itself likewise being divided into two sections, respectively known as the
Holy” and the “Most Holy”. Outside of the tabernacle enclosure was what was designated as the “Camp”.
You will also note in our illustration that there are three distinct red lines separating first the camp from the
courtyard area, and then the courtyard area from the Holy and lastly the Holy from the Most Holy these
represent the gates or access points to each succeeding area or condition.





















As we had said outside the courtyard of the Tabernacle was what was designated as “the Camp”, this camp
represented the
condition of the world of mankind in sin, needing atonement and desiring it and its
blessings…There was only one gateway to enter the "
Holy Place" or "Court"; the type thus testifying that
there is but one way of access to God--one "
gate"--Jesus. "I am the way…no man cometh unto the
Father but by me
." "I am the door." John 14:6; 10:9 (T 18)

The Court,” (or “courtyard” if you prefer) represented the condition of (tentative) Justification, entered
through faith in Christ, the "
gate." Into this "Court" only Levites (typical of [tentatively] justified believers)
were allowed to come, during the Atonement Day. (
T 19)

"
The Tabernacle" building [itself] or “Tabernacle proper”, with its two parts, represented the two
conditions
of all who undergo a change of nature from human to spiritual. The first apartment, “The
Holy
”, represented the condition of all those who (as Levites—justified believers) have consecrated their
human nature to death, that they might become partakers of the divine nature (
2 Pet 1:4), having been
begotten of the Spirit. Its second apartment, “the Holy of Holies," (or “Most Holy) beyond the "Veil"--
death--represented the
condition of the faithful "over-comers" who will attain to the divine nature. These,
after having completed their consecration in death, will be fully changed,
born from the dead in the First
Resurrection, to the divine nature and organism.

No human being, be he ever so full of faith, be he washed from every sin, and in God's sight justified freely
from all things and reckoned perfect, can have any place or privilege in the spiritual things represented in the
interiors of the Tabernacle and Temple. (
Note it is important to understand that: “faith justification” is not
actual justification) He cannot even look into spiritual things, in the sense of appreciating them. But,
during the Gospel age, such ones are "called" to consecrate and sacrifice their human nature in God's
service, and to inherit instead the spiritual nature--as members of the Body of Christ (
Rom 12:1; 2 Cor 6:
1, 2
). "The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit...neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned
." 1 Cor 2:14 (T 19)

“The fact that all things in the Tabernacle were made of
gold, representative of the divine nature, implies that
it represented the condition of such only as are called to the divine nature. Only those of the Levites who
were consecrated to the work of sacrificing (i.e. the Priests) had access to the Tabernacle;
so only those of
the household of faith
(typical of all believers) who are consecrated to sacrifice, even unto death,
enter the divine conditions represented in the Tabernacle
.

The "
Court," the (tentative) justified human condition, is entered by faith only (typical of all who profess
faith in Christ and in his sacrifice for sins
); but while we must retain the faith that (tentatively) justifies
(
grants us the favor of God), we must do more, if we would experience a change of nature (experience
actual justification) and become "new creatures," "partakers of the heavenly calling," to be
"
partakers of the divine nature."

Entering the "
Holy," therefore, implies our full consecration to the Lord's service, our begetting of the
[Holy] Spirit
and our start in the race for the prize of the divine nature-- the terms of which are,
faithfulness to our vow, crucifying the justified flesh, presenting our human wills and bodies living sacrifices
to God; no longer to seek human pleasure, honor, praise, etc., but to be dead to these and alive to the
heavenly impulses. Yet, into this condition, also, we still come through Christ Jesus our Lord, who not only
opened for us the "
Gate" of (tentative) justification through faith in his blood (into the courtyard condition),
but who also opened the "
Door" (the first veil) into the Tabernacle proper (and to actual vitalized
justification
), "a new way of life," as spirit beings, through and beyond the second veil, by the sacrifice of
our justified flesh.

Hence the two apartments of the Tabernacle, the "
Holy" and the "Most Holy," represented two phases or
stages of the new life to which we are begotten by the Holy Spirit.” (
T 20)


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