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Secrets of the Tabernacle Unlocked





OUR NEW HOUSE


For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.....

We who are in Christ have a house in Heaven prepared for us. But meanwhile, before time to move into our new house, we must abide this house of clay.

For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.....

In Genesis we read of two of our ancestors who discovered they were naked. Nakedness in the natural is not a sin, but to be naked without a Spiritual house to wear, only a fig leaf apron of excuses, that is not acceptable.

For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.....

Paul tells us:

But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: (Col 3:8-10)

Paul describes for us what is put off with the old fleshly man. Then he tells us that the new man we're to become is in the likeness of Jesus, who is in the likeness of God. That's a tall order to fill, which no man on his own can accomplish.

Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit......

It's only through the Holy Spirit of God that we are able to put off this house of dust and put on the house of the Spirit God has for us.

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) …...

While we're at home in this body, we are absent from our home in Glory. And the more at home we are here on earth, the less miserable we will be due to being distant from where we ought to be.

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.....

In order to be present with the Lord, which is to be our objective, we must be found acceptable to Him. It's in this old house we strive for this acceptability.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (2Cor 5:1-10)

Some of us expect to be taken into the presence of God without having to pass “go.” Judgment is in store for all of us, especially those of us who have taken on a house provided from Heaven.

Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (1Pet 2:5)

We are not an entity in ourselves. We each are a brick, a stone, a jewel in the house that God is building without hands.

But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. (Heb 3:6)

We are part of a house that Christ is building for Himself. We are not a house for our own sake, but for His.

(Take special note of the requirement needed to become a part of God's house. That little word “IF” is easily passed by, and missed by many people.)

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. (2Tim 2:20)

What would you think if you were to arrive at your new house, to discover that you had only attained to a position in that house of dishonor?

A question was asked in Bible study class last week, wondering what the rewards are that the Bible speaks of, and if they are like crowns? I think many people wonder the same thing, but for whatever their reason, they don't ask. I for one would hate to discover, to my loss, that the answer to that question included me in those who didn't strive to be an object of honor in the House of God, and that such an honor was part of the rewards offered.

For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (1Pet 4:17)

Judgment begins with us, it doesn't exclude us.

Peter neglected to dismiss carnal Christian sinners from the judgment hall, an advantage promised the Christian as taught in so many of the churches today. Aren't those Christians who continue in their sins, who don't work to clean up this house of clay, excused from judgment?

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)

This passage is favored by many people in the churches. We're given a picture of living forever in the lap of luxury, floating with golden wings and silver slippers in the grand villa that God is making just for us. As disappointing as it may be, such is not what is being described here. The Greek words used is descriptive of a “household” where there are “many dwelling places.” We have several examples of this arrangement in the natural to help us understand this concept. For one we have the Native Americans who built “long houses” which were added to as the family grew and the children married and had children of their own, adding to the family. Better still, we have the Bedouin system as viewed through Moses in the wilderness. Moses was the “Head (steward) of God's family” who was “Faithful in God's house” (Numbers 12:7). God's house was the nation of Israel, who Moses was responsible to care for and led to the Promised Land. Still today we find the Bedouins, who though the tribes are made up of many families, or tents (“dwelling places”), are under one “roof” so-to-speak, forming a single “household.”

But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. (Heb 3:6)

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. (1Cor 12:27)

To further provide us a picture of what God is doing in us, he uses a body rather than a building or a family. The Church is composed of all the members of the body as a unit. But each of the components of that body are considered to be a body in themselves. When a finger, as a part of the entire body, hurts, the entire body is in pain and works to relieve the discomfort of that part of the body that suffers. In the Church, the body of Christ, it's to be the same way (Galatians 6:1-2). We're to act as a unit, as a family, or as an army, directed toward the same goal, but given different responsibilities and abilities, often called “Gifts.” We see a clear picture of this very thing in the wilderness where God provided special gifts to those who were working on the various parts of the Tabernacle. Each had their separate gift, but the gift was to be used in the direction of a common goal, which is building a dwelling place for the Shekinah Glory, the Spirit of God.

David wanted to build God a “house.” But God rejected the offer, stating that He will build Himself a house, meaning Jesus and the Church, a house made of clay, but filled with the Spirit of God. This is what we are to be, a house that, not we move into, but that God can move into.

 

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