The Tabernacle, its Spiritual Significance, Part 17

The Three “Entrances”

Apparently the difficulty many have in understanding the spiritual meaning of the Tabernacle is the
inability to differentiate between the various “
places”, viz., the, “camp”, the “courtyard”, the “holy”,
and the “
most holy” found in the Tabernacle and the “conditions” in which these typify, this
unfortunately has led to many erroneous conclusions and much confusion as to the true significance of
the Tabernacle.


































With the proper understanding of what these various conditions represent we turn our attention to the
means of access to these conditions.
In the Tabernacle picture we find there are three distinct
entrances
or doors if you will which open into each succeeding condition viz. the “gate”, the
“door”, and the “vail”, accessible only by first meeting certain requirements
. These doors act as
barriers barring those in one condition access to what is hidden from sight in the next.  Only as the
terms of access through each doorway are met can the individual precede and with each step the
individual reaps the rewards access.



























THE FIRST ENTRANCE

The first entrance, the “gate” has but two requirements, first and foremost faith in Christ as pictured
in the entrance curtain, and secondly
a consecration to righteousness (or right living). This
consecration at the “
gate” to the courtyard (the “First Step”) generally takes place immediately following
ones
conversion. As to what takes place at this curtain and the rewards of those privileged to enter
through into the courtyard,
                                
(1) The forgiveness of sins.

(2) A tentative status of justification temporarily known as “faith justification”, thereafter,

(3)Being justified by faith, we have peace with God” (Rom 5:1) that is one is no longer
considered as God’s enemy, but rather as his friend, and as a friend is equated certain favors, foremost
of these is the opportunity as believers to follow in the Master’s footsteps and present themselves in
sacrifice (
Rom 12:1).  

(4) Likewise the individual secures a provisional status as a Levite a member of the Household of
Faith
.

Note: It is important to understand that having taking this “First step” in no way implies spirit begettal,
(a change of nature) nor the reception of the Holy Spirit, such individuals remain human, natural men,
nevertheless such as believers are given the opportunity to sacrifice their human nature in exchange for
the spirit nature should they be willing to go on further and take the “
Second Step” of a full and
complete surrender or consecration to sacrifice. “
Faith in the Redeemer, accompanied by a
consecration to follow righteousness, brings (tentative) justification, but does not imply
sacrifice. Sacrifice is a voluntary act, not demanded
.” (F152)

THE SECOND ENTRANCE

The second entrance, the “door” or as it is commonly referred to by most Bible Students, the “First
Vail
” likewise has requirements, once again first, faith in Christ Jesus as the only means of access to the
Father.

I am the door…” “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except
through me.
” (John 10:9; 14:6)

Secondly
a consecration to sacrifice is required, however it should be noted that it is voluntary and is
by
invitation only, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity offered only now during the Gospel Age, and only
to those especially called by God (
2 Cor 6:1, 2; Heb 5:4).  As to what takes place when one passes
beneath this particular curtain and the rewards to follow it should become all too apparent to all just how
important this First Vail is.
This is literally the “doorway” to heaven, the doorway to the spiritual
phase of the kingdom, and to spirit begettal; there is no other access
.

Although ALL who profess faith in Christ are permitted to enter through thegate” into the
courtyard or tentatively justified condition as represented in the Levites,
ONLY the priests were
permitted to enter through the
doororfirst vailinto theHolyor spiritual conditions of the
Tabernacle
. And as the priests were only taken from amongst the Levites, so too this typifies that only
those who are already
believers (antitypical Levites) granted access to the courtyard have the
opportunity to become priests.

As with the “
gate” this entry way likewise is only made possible through Christ (as depicted in the
elaborately wroth curtain of similar colors as that of the “
gate”), the difference being the first entry way
is accessible to
all through faith bringing the sinner back into favor or “peace with God”, viz. “A
condition in which one has become reconciled to God. It means the estranged is now in harmony with
God--he has turned his back on sin and is seeking to walk in the path of righteousness.”(
R5431:3)

This same “
gate” or condition of favor, of peace which some receive now to a limit extent, God through
his angels has promised will be opened once again to all men in due time, during Christ’ Millennial reign,
during “
the times of restoration of all things”. (Luke 2:14; Acts 3:21)

However in contrast with the first entry way the second entry way is not accessible to all, but
only to those especially
called, and who subsequently meet the necessary terms and requirements,
chief among them being that they have already exhibited the necessary faith to have entered the
courtyard, the tentatively justified condition, and that they have a willingness to follow in the Master’s
footsteps, to sacrifice. This entry way as you recall was not only much narrower than the first, but
likewise twice its height, thus implying a much higher or loftier attainment (a heavenly attainment), and as
such requires much more of the believer than simple faith to obtain. This entry way requires
both faith
and
sacrifice for this entry way is thedoorwayto the spiritual phase of the kingdom.

Many are called (but only from amongst those in the courtyard or tentatively justified condition), but
few are chosen
” (few prove worthy of the favor to which they have been called) and as such “receive
this grace
(this special opportunity, favor) of God in vain” (Matt 22:14; 2 Cor 6:1)

The following list may not be in the exact order as to how and when certain aspects transpire but it
should prove sufficient enough to prove the importance of the First Vail.

First as stated before, certain requirements have to be made
before passing beneath this vail.

(1) We must first be a believer (an anti-typical Levite) one who recognizes the great (ransom) sacrifice of
our Lord as typified in the “
Brazen Altar”, likewise we must have begun the cleansing of the “filth of the
flesh
” at the “Laver” representative of the cleansing we receive by the study of God’s word, “The
Apostle Paul tells us that Christ gave himself for the church, "
that he might sanctify and cleanse it
with the washing of water by (or through) the word
." In praying for his own, Christ said: "Sanctify
them through thy truth, thy word is truth
." To his disciples he said: "Now ye are clean through the
word that I have spoken unto you
." As water cleanses the natural, so truth cleanses the spiritual.”
R118

(2) We must first “count the cost”; determining if what we are about to sacrifice is something we are
truly willing to do, this of course implies that we are fully aware of what we are sacrificing.

(3) We must take the “Second Step”; we must bind ourselves to the Lord as was typified by the two
goats which were tied at the door of the Tabernacle. (
Lev 16:7) That is to say we must enter into a
covenant or contact with the LORD, “
a covenant by sacrifice” (Psa 50:5)

(4) We must heed the Apostle’s injunction that “through the mercies of God (the divine favor in which
he has shown by granting us tentative justification at this time, and made known to us this special favor
and opportunity)
that we present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God
(through Christ)
which is but our reasonable service (seeing he has granted us this grand
opportunity in the first place, to become sons of God joint heirs with Christ.)
Rom 12:1

Having done our part, performing our share in our sanctification (or setting apart) we enter the
race for the high (or heavenly) calling which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” by means of the
narrow gate” the First Vail into the Holy and there embark upon the “narrow way”, a way in which
our Lord states “
few there be that find” (most having been misled by the blind guides who know not
the way themselves).
Matt 7:13, 14; Luke 11:52

Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not
be able
.” Luke 13:24

The point here is that many will merely seek to enter, but only those who strive to enter will succeed.

"
Many are called (called to enter the race) and few are chosen." Paul estimates that many run, though
few so run (strive) as to obtain the prize of the high calling. (
1 Cor 9:24) R281:1

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