“And they shall make an ark… and you shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and out you shall overlay it, and shall make on it a molding of gold all around” (Exodus 25:10-11)
The most valuable object in Moses’ tabernacle was the ark, both in the natural sense and its spiritual significance. The ark was placed in the inner most part of the tabernacle signifying the spirit of man. This is the part of man that possesses great value for it is where the Spirit of Christ dwells. Naturally, gold is valuable and precious. It is a measure of worth and riches. Spiritually, gold represents a state of being, that of the divine life and nature of our Father.
To possess the nature of Christ is true riches indeed. But in our old religious experience, our value system was distorted having lost sight of our true riches. Religion has blinded many today from digging out the treasures deposited in the indwelling Christ. Such is the condition of Laodicea. They claimed to be rich, wealthy, and in need of nothing. Yet the Lord proclaims: “you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked” (Rev. 3:17).
Our Lord summons us: “buy of Me gold tried in the fire that you may be rich” (Rev. 3:18). He alone possess gold tried in the fire. Gold tried in the fire is pure gold. It contains no traces of any other metals. Accordingly, the gold in Moses’ Tabernacle was pure gold. The gold in Solomon’s temple was pure gold. The New Jerusalem is also of pure gold: “the city was pure gold, like clear glass….And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass” (Rev. 21:18,21). This pure gold is an attribute of the bride (New Jerusalem) that has the glory of God.
The value of gold is measured by its level of purity. Pure gold signifies a life that is holy and unmixed, uncontaminated and unpolluted. It is a life that has been tested and proven by the fire of God. It has passed the test, its genuineness certain and its substance unquestioned. It signifies a holy people who have put on the Lord Jesus Christ and have no mixture within them. These are sons who not only possess the nature of Christ within, but the mind and spirit of Christ has been inwrought or worked-out to the degree that they exhibit His nature in their life.
Notice the instruction of the Lord to Moses was: “Inside and out you shall overlay it” (Exo. 25:10). To be fully perfected (spirit, soul and body) in our inner being and in our outward man is the divine plan of Father.
But there is a cost to possessing this pure gold. Our Lord summons us to “buy” from Him this gold tested in the fire. This quality of life is not freely obtained.
For gold to be pure it has to undergo a refining by fire. When the Lord comes as a refiner’s fire to purge His temple, He will do so with trials and testing until only the pure gold of His divine nature shines through His elect priesthood. Indeed “the Lord…will suddenly come to His temple…For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, And purge them as gold and silver” (Mal. 3:1-3).
Gold tried in the fire is a confirmed or proven life. There is yet much journeying and much proving for many of us in the wilderness. The precious gold is there, but mixed with various alloys of the Adamic consciousness. For in us dwells the fullness of the life and nature of Christ but its complete majesty is not yet radiant because it is mixed. God desires no mixture of spirit and flesh, of Christ and self, and of our old religious experiences with the new order of the Kingdom.The impurity that the Lord purges is the Adamic nature and all carnality that clings to us. It is a deep cleansing that requires His many dealings in our life.
Often times it is in the face of challenging circumstances that these impurities show up. The true substance of a person’s character is proven in the face of trials. Job had the testimony that he was blameless and upright, and one who feared God. Yet his character was unproven. Job knew the dealings of God for he declares that: “when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10). Our Lord Jesus Christ too was blameless those 30 years, nevertheless He was led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be proven. Only then was the Father pleased by the pure gold that emerged in a manifested Son.
God has deposited treasures unmeasurable in our earthen vessels. And He is both a miner and refiner. He will first dig deep into our being to extract that gold ore with all its imperfection. The patient refiner then takes over with His processing by fire to extract the pure gold from the alloys to bring forth the beauty and value of His divine life. What joy it is for the Owner to finally hold that pure gold in His hands. It is the result of much sacrifice and the fruit of His desire.
Christ is indeed our riches, our beauty and our true worth! Knowing this we allow the dealings of the One who sits as a refiner and purifier of gold until we come forth as the radiance of the divine.
Praise be to His name!