Enter In, the Second Dimension

October 11, 2016

Enter In, the Second Dimension

1 Peter 2:5

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. 

In the tabernacle, the plan that God gave to Moses, there was a blueprint of heavenly order.  God works throughout His word in three dimensions.  There are many examples of this of which He as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and we, as body, soul and spirit are a primary example.  We have talked briefly of the first dimension, the outer court and how the entrance is a type of coming into a relationship with God through our faith in Christ and receiving Him as the sacrifice for our sins.  There we confessed with our mouth and believed in our hearts that God did raise Him up from the dead.  If we have not yet done this, then this is where relationship with God begins.

Now the second dimension in the tabernacle was the Holy Place.  This was not a place the general multitudes of Israel came into.  It was a place of priesthood ministry.  The order of priesthood ministry at the time of Moses was through the tribe of Levi, one of the twelve sons of Jacob, of which Moses and his brother Aaron were a part.  The function of this place was for priests to operate from as they did their service between God and man.  The requirement of entering this dimension was that you had to be a priest.  Off hand we might think, “well, that leaves me out,” but the New Testament order changes what qualifies as the office of a priest.  

Now understand that in the Old Testament order it paints for us the function and office of priesthood.  It was a place of consecration, being set apart for service.  The priest washed in a polished brass basin which could be symbolic to us today of washing in the water of the word as it speaks of in Ephesians 5:26, “That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” The priest could see his reflection as he washed, much as the Holy Spirit reveals our heart as it is reflected back to us through the light and truth of His Word.  He didn’t dress with regular garments.  The garments used for priestly ministry were made of linen, which didn’t cause sweat.  Sweat typified the works and efforts of our natural man.  The priest’s tasks and duties are to be done with the strength and empowerment of the Lord, not our fleshly or religious efforts.   As a priest one would step from the place of expecting to be ministered too, to the place of ministering to others.  In order to operate out of the Holy Place, the entrance included ministry horizontally, man to man and vertically from man to God.  The call of God on the priests was one of consecration and relationship with Him on a more personal and intimate level.  It became less outward and more inward as he learned to minister out of the realm of the Spirit of God and not out of the natural realm. The call to priestly ministry for the believer is not seen in going to seminary and being approved or appointed of men.  It is seen first through the call we find in our verse today in 1 Peter, which tells us that we “are built up an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices. ”  It is call upward to increased maturity in our spiritual walk with Christ.  

What are these spiritual sacrifices?  Romans 12:1-2 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  The place of the believer is a call to priestly service by the offering of ourselves, our wills and the transformation of our minds from thinking like the world to thinking as God thinks.  We learn that as we study, meditate and practice His Word.  The sacrifice God is looking for is not in a lot of religious works and efforts, but in the obedient and submitted heart to hear His Spirit and do his will.  Another area of spiritual sacrifice is seen in Hebrews 13:15, “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name.”  When our lives are in alignment with the will and purpose of God, that will be maintained through the sacrifice of our lips that expresses from our heart a continual praise, worship and thanksgiving to the Lord.   It is the worship that perpetuates Spirit and Truth ministry and ‘it is out of the abundance of the heart that our mouths speak.’

The Holy Place was illuminated by the golden candlestick fed by the pure olive oil as opposed to the outer court, which was illuminated by natural sunlight.  The Holy Place is a place that we gain spiritual understanding and revelation.  It is a place we are baptized into a deeper measure of the Spirit of God.  It was a place where the table of shewbread was placed speaking of the life and body of Christ.  That, in turn, speaks of our communion with Him and the body of Christ.  It is a place of holy things.  

The entrance into this second dimension of the Holy Place is that place where we begin to walk in the things of the Spirit and seek to be led by the Spirit.  We are no longer our own, but begin to mature and learn the place of Holy service and sacrifice where our lives are laid down, we take up our cross and follow Him.  It is a place where we become more than followers; we begin to develop and operate out of the spiritual gifts and anointing the Lord has placed upon us.   We are learning the place of selfless service to God and to man, but it is not a service of works, it is a service of love and divine direction.  And so Peter speaks again of our calling and priest hood in Christ when he says in 1 Peter  2:9, “But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:”  The priests bear the witness of their testimony and overcome by the blood of the Lamb.  The priestly ministry begins within our own lives and families.  Let us not neglect and take lightly this office and place the Holy Spirit is calling us to take responsibility for.  It is the second entrance in our progression to the Holy of Holies. 

Blessings,

#kent

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