The Tabernacle, its Spiritual Significance, Part 14

The Spiritual Divide

The Tabernacle `building,’ 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 `Vail’—death—represented the condition of the faithful overcomers, who
will attain to the divine nature. These, after having completed their consecration in death, will be fully
changed,
born from the dead by the First Resurrection, to the divine nature and organism.

The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit . . . neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned.
” (1 Cor 2:12–14)

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
. He cannot even look
into spiritual things, in the sense of appreciating them. However during the Gospel age, such 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.

“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 (
the Priests) had access to the
Tabernacle; so only those of the household of faith who are consecrated to sacrifice, even unto
death, enter the divine conditions represented in the Tabernacle.
” (T19, 20)


























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 recalled only priests were permitted in the Tabernacle.

Despite what most professing Christians have been taught to believe only the fully consecrated,
those who have passed beyond this 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 ALL non-believers, but likewise ALL believers whether in
the “
camp” or in “courtyard condition”, those not fully consecrated), receive not the things of the
Spirit of God
(the mind of God),

Why? Because they 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.

What is a New Creature in the sense the Bible uses the term?

A New Creature, from the spiritual standpoint, is one to whom old things
both good and bad
have passed away, and all things have become new
. Such a one may have been a noble, natural
man, or a less noble, or a most degraded natural man. The change may take place regardless of the
moral station of the individual. Reasoning’s and philosophies may and do affect the natural man,
sometimes favorably and sometimes unfavorably, but these do not produce the change from natural to
spiritual, from earthly to heavenly, nature.

This change comes from only one source, and only to persons in one condition of mind, or heart. It
comes from on high. It is superhuman and in its effect it is revolutionary. It comes to those who, because
of natural humility of mind, realize themselves to be sinners, and with natural conscientiousness and
veneration, desire to approach their Creator and to obtain his favor and forgiveness of sins, and who
thus are led to accept Christ as their personal Savior and Deliverer from sin. Or it may come to others
naturally less tender of heart, through sorrows and sufferings and heart-breaking experiences, leading
them to look for the Friend above all others and to accept his proffered forgiveness and guidance. These
experiences, accompanied by a turning from sin, with a desire to live soberly and righteously, bring such
characters to the place which the Scriptures designate
justification by faith (as typified by the Levites,
the tentatively justified believers in the courtyard condition
) Still, however, they are not New
Creatures
.

The word justification implies making right and does not imply making over, or a change of
nature.
It is the human nature that is justified or reckoned right in God’s sight, because of faith
in the precious blood of Jesus the Redeemer.
Another step must be taken before the change of
nature can take place
(the “Second Step), the step of consecration*, of devoting life, time, aims,
and ambitions, all, to the Lord and to His service.
It is to such only that the blessing of the Holy
Spirit from above is granted
. Its effect is the opening of the eyes of their understanding to new hopes
and prospects and interests not earthly, but heavenly. (
Harvest Gleanings Three, Page 706)

What is a Natural Man?

Using the word natural in connection with mankind in its primary sense, the strict meaning of the
expression,
the natural man, would be a man possessed of the sum of qualities and attributes
which belong to human nature, that is, a perfect man
. According to this strict definition, there is not
a natural man living in the world today; for there is not one who possesses in perfect measure all the
qualities and attributes which belong to human nature.
But the general use of the word "natural",
would define the expression, "
the natural man," thus: a man in harmony with the regular course of
things, and after the, usual order of mankind as it exists at present
, which Scripture asserts is a
fallen or depraved condition, and not the condition which belonged to, and was enjoyed by, the first of
the race.” (
“The Herald of Christ’s Kingdom”, Oct 1932, Page 8)

“The natural man however well-disposed is of the earth, earthly; this does not mean that he must be
sensual, devilish, degraded, for on the contrary some natural men have very fine characters indeed,
considering that they are sharers with all men in the degradation of the fall. Adam was thus a natural
man, in his perfection, the image of God.” (
Z.’07-4; R3914)

The natural man is an animal man, of the earth, earthly, a human being he can be
a good man or a bad
man, a perfect man
or an imperfect man, a believer or a non-believer, irregardless of which he is
still a natural man. Our Lord himself, when in the flesh was likewise a natural man and as such even he
was restricted to the limits of a natural man’s ability to understand. It was not until following his
consecration and baptism that “
the heavens were opened unto him”.

“There, at Jordan, the Father granted the Son the opening of His eyes of understanding. There He
became the slain Lamb. At the very moment He made His consecration at Jordan He died, so far as His
covenant with God was concerned. And so it is with His followers. The very moment we make our
covenant with God, we are dead indeed to sin and to all earthly interests. Our death dates, not from the
time we actually die, but from the time we give up our will. So God there counted Jesus dead. He was the
sacrificial Lamb. To Him was given the right to open the Scroll.

So we read that at His baptism, when the Holy Spirit descended upon Him, “
the Heavens [the higher
things] were opened unto Him
.” (Matt 3:16) The deeper things of God’s Plan became open to
His mind
. Never before had He seen the meaning of these things. They were hidden from Him, as from
any natural man.
The natural man whether perfect or imperfect, “receives not the things of the
Spirit of God; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned
.” (1 Cor 2:14)
Jesus became a perfect natural man, and as such He gave all that He had in consecration, then God begat
Him of the Holy Spirit to the new nature. From the moment of spirit-begetting, old things passed away
and all things became new.

After Jesus had received the Holy Spirit, He went immediately into the wilderness for forty days. During
that time He was a
Bible Student, thinking over the Scriptures, which from boyhood He had heard read
in the synagogue. Having now received the illumination of the Holy Spirit, He could understand what was
meant by the manna in the wilderness, by the serpent erected upon the pole, by the bullock of the
Atonement Day sacrifices and by the Passover Lamb. The whole Plan of God for human salvation was
opened to Him. He had “
loosed the seven seals.” By that time He fully understood all that He was to
suffer. He saw that He was to give up His life sacrificially, that He was to be crucified.”
(Harvest Gleaning’s Three, Page 747)

NOTE: In regards to the step of consecration*

There is a tendency with some to confuse a consecration to the Lord with a consecration to an
organization, a church or specific work
. "Among Christians there is much which passes for 'entire
consecration
,' but it is often a consecration to some self-imposed task, or work instead of to God.

Some appear to be busy in the Lord’s service involved in various works and/or ministries, such as food
banks, Church Choirs, Youth ministries, Sunday school classes and etc., imagining that they are
severing the Lord. It’s true that many of these are very noble pursuits; however the tendency is to
sacrifice personal study and growth in the graces and knowledge of the Lord whilst enraptured in these
pursuits convincing one’s self as well as others that one is fully devoted to the Lord rather than to the
work itself.

"Our consecration, like that of Jesus, should be to do the will of our Father in Heaven. Jesus says
He came not to do His own will, but the will of Him that sent Him. (
John 6:38) This implies a thorough
study of God’s Word to determine what exactly that will is, and how specifically He would have it
accomplished. If one becomes so engrossed in some work or charity that they don’t take the time for
personal study, to “
show thy-self approved” they may unbeknownst to themselves be inadvertently
working against the Lord
. The fact that you have any choice or preference as to what you shall
do, is an evidence in itself, that your will is not dead
.”

“There is a tendency to put outward activity (works) in place of the inward work of grace, transformation
of life and character, sanctification. In the closing portion of the Sermon on the Mount (
Matt 7:21-23),
Jesus warns against this, saying “
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the
kingdom of heaven
(the heavenly phase of the kingdom), but he who does the will of My Father in
heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not
prophesied [preached] in
your name… and
have we not done many wonderful works in your name (some of which we
mention above
)?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you
workers of iniquity!”

In astonishment they might ask, Workers of iniquity? What was wrong about preaching in your
name? … Doing wonderful works?
The problem was they were doing this on their own, having their
own program and activities, disregarding the Divine instructions, not being "
co-laborers with God”, (not
laboring together
with Him, in his work, but rather laboring along their own specially chosen paths
which they imagined to be his works
)".

When we seek our own works (
devise our own plans for furthering the kingdom), when we would have
the praise of men (
their admiration and praise for our supposed devotion in the Lord’s service), then we
disgrace
both him and ourselves. It is then that we risk having these words pronounced over our life’s
efforts: ‘
I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity’.

We will continue with our next post.

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