In our last message we pointed out that the progressive development of God’s Kingdom plan is comprised of ages. The kingdom advances and triumphs with every successive age. Each new age brings a new day of God’s inworking. The dispensation of the fullness of the times marks the completion of God’s plan of the ages when He will reconcile all things in Christ (Eph. 1:10). Those apprehended by Him are in the last days of the church age within themselves and they are being quickened to come up higher into the realm of God’s fullness (Rev. 4:1).
Dear reader of these lines, along with my fellow brothers and sisters, I am here to tell you that there is a greater spiritual experience; a more glorious dispensation in His kingdom that transcends all you have learned and experienced in the church age. There are truths that will never be uttered form the pulpit of your denominational gatherings. With a new age comes a new sound that the ears of many will not discern.
Perhaps, you’re wondering what all this has to do with the coming of the Lord. You see every new age brings a greater revelation and possession of the mind, will, and nature of Christ. With each age, God enlarges Christ in us through greater revelations and experiences of Himself. As He increases within, He draws us into a life of deeper union where He begins to move and live and have His being in a greater plane of experience.
This new age of which I now write is a realm where His incorruption and immortality begins to be raised up in us, not after we die and go to some far-away heaven, but right here upon the earth. This is the kingdom manifest on earth as it is in heaven. This is a state of fullness, maturity and perfection where God becomes all in all in His saints. This is the realm of manifest sonship where you manifest Him as yourself and become as He is in this world (1 Joh. 4:17). Dear saint, it is to such heights that God is calling us to in this new dispensation of His kingdom.
The scriptures emphasize three experiences in God that every saint is called to advance through. These progressive spiritual experiences are signified by various types and shadows of the Old Testament. In Moses’ tabernacle, we see it signified by the Outer Court, the Holy Place and Holy of Holies. Again, we see this tri-part progression in the feasts of Israel; the feats of Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. In the Outer Court and Passover, we experience the Lord coming to us as Savior in our initial salvation experience. In the Holy Place and Pentecost, we met Him in the power of the Spirit as our firs fruit inheritance and experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit. But, in the Holy of Holies and the feast of Tabernacles we possess the full harvest of His life. Unfortunately, this third experience is one that the church system has postponed to the “afterlife”.
Today, many believe that it is impossible for us to be perfect, incorruptible, or immortal until we “go to heaven”. I recently came across a writing which states: “Perfectionism, as you now it, is a lie. There is absolutely no way we can ever truly be perfect on this earth”. Dear saint, how big is your God? Such statements are plain indicators of which nature one lives out of. Those who live out of the limitations of their Adamic consciousness always see their sinful condition and incapacity to live up to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. They see the indwelling Christ as inferior to their carnal man and therefore deem it an impossibility for Christ to have absolute dominion (spirit, soul & body).
If you are Christ conscious, you will know that the Christ in you is complete, there is nothing you need to add to Him. And certainly, you do not need to die a physical death to lay hold of the fullness of His life within. If such was the case, why does the writer of the Hebrews not encourage us to “go on to physical death”? Rather he calls us to: “go on to PERFECTION” (Heb. 6:1). Why does Paul claim: “not that I have already attained, or am already PERFECTED; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me” (Phil. 3:12)? Hallelujah! You see, perfection is the very reason why Christ has laid hold of you and I. For this cause; “Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man PERFECT in Christ Jesus” (Col. 1:28).
This truth echoes in the hearts of those who today have been awakened to the third day experience in God. Jesus said: “Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures, today and tomorrow, and on the third day I shall be perfected.”(Luke 13:31). The third day is an experience of the glory of the Holy of Holies. It is the day we possess the full harvest of our inheritance in Christ and entre into the sabbath rest of God. This is the realm of experience that Paul referred to as “that which is perfect” (1 Cor. 13:10).
Here, I would like to point out an important point that I’ve often overseen. Although it is true that each area of Moses Tabernacle foreshadows a progressive spiritual experience, we are told that “God has raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6). “And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace” (Joh. 1:16). The question arises, if indeed we are presently seated with Him in heavenly places and have received His fullness, how can we still abide in a lower spiritual realm?
Every child of God, no matter their level of spiritual maturity or experience, is hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3). Therefore, every spiritual attainment, be it in the Outer Court or the Holy Place finds its life, revelation, and power from the presence and glory of God in the Holy of Holies. It is the Holy of Holies that inaugurates the lower planes of spiritual attainment.
Let me illustrate. When I was a child, we had Russian neighbors who had these beautifully painted Russian dolls called Matryoshka dolls in their living room. They were a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another. As you open the biggest doll, there would be smaller doll of the same figure, which, in turn contained another figure inside of it, and so on until four or more dolls were revealed.
You see, our spiritual experience begins as the smallest doll in the set, where our understanding is confined to the realm we are enclosed in. Only when the doll is opened will we know of the next doll (next realm of experience) where a greater dimension of Christ’s life be revealed to us. This is the process of our progression into His fullness. To settle before the largest doll, that contains all, is revealed is to continue to abide in a lower order. But, notice that even the lowest realms in which we walked are spiritual experienced that were encompassed within the greater realm, although they were experienced by us in their in-part or incomplete expression.
Dears saint, everything begins from the Holy of Holies within you. God comes out of, speaks out of, and acts out of the fullness of life in the Holy of Holies. What we have experienced in our spiritual progression in Passover and Pentecost are partial expression of this fullness – the earnest of our inheritance. But God is awakening His saints to this third day. He is calling us to press on to lay hold of that for which Christ took hold of us – our perfection in Him and the manifestation of Christ in flesh.
May the eyes of our hearts be enlightened to know the deeper and more glorious realities of His fullness in this third day!