The Veil of the Flesh
Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened,
that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy that it cannot
hear: (The truth here is) But your iniquities have
separated between you and your God, and your sins
have hid his face from you, that He will not hear.
Hebrews 10:20 (Speaking of Christ)
By a new and living way, which He
hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say,
(Here the writer of Hebrews declares that Jesus Christ has
made a new and living way that we might have fellowship with
God A way which Christ hath consecrated [Note that the writer
of Hebrews does not declare that we have automatically been
this way was made through the sundering or rending of the
veil of His flesh. As we understand Christ to be our forerunner
and we are to walk as He so walked, here the writer of Hebrews
opens to us the truth of the veil of the flesh.
you may be well aware in the tabernacle of Moses the holy
of holies was sealed off with a thick veil behind which the
Shekina of God dwelt. And later when Solomon built the temple
this too was built in the same manner with a heavy veil behind
which the Shekina of God dwelt.
1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the temple
of God, him shall
God destroy; for the temple
of God is holy, which temple ye are.
2 Corinthians 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God
with idols? for ye are the temple
of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell
in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they
shall be my people.
Ephesians 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: (Concerning the doctrine
of the Ek-Klesia being the temple
or tabernacle of God we see here that corporately it is only
as the individual members of body of Christ conform and fit
compactly together [Abide in Him and enter into the unity
of the faith] that they are the tabernacle of God.)
of all the religious or spiritual furniture and furnishing
one church or another can amass this does not make them into
the sanctified and holy tabernacle of God. In the scheme of things they are but a common
tent peg or an unsanctified vessel or utensil.
growth unto an holy temple is two-fold the primary understanding
here is a growing together, an intermingling as in vines so
that one can not see where one begins and the other ends so
that together these vines have become inseparable as one just
as Christ prayed for
His disciples in John 15 that I might be in them and they
might be in me and that my disciples may be one.
This event has never occurred in church history. And the body of Christ has never been more divided or broken
than it is today despite
all the rhetoric that declares the church has never been better
or more glorious than it is now.
second interpretation of these passages as brought out in
Ephesians that overshadows the primary interpretation is the
word groweth. The word growth implies
strongly that the making of the temple in the day of Paul
was yet incomplete. That
in that day though they had the greatest preachers and teachers,
in the day these were fed the purest doctrine, and having
seen the greatest demonstration and power that those that
heard the Apostles words were not able to enter in. (Just as the majority
of Israelites in the wilderness were not able to enter in.
7/07) Not because Christ and the Apostles omitted any good thing to
them, but they entered not in because of unbelief, that is faithlessness and disobedience.
so for the last 2000 years this same thing has occurred generation
upon generation and era upon era, for instead of going through
the process of pruning (Repenting and cleansing and stripping themselves
of death and fruitlessness 7/07) and growing these have declared themselves full grown, fully
mature, and complete, echoing the words of their fathers the
Pharisees and the Laodiceans who boasted that they were rich
and in need of nothing. And
were thus left desolate in their sin and nakedness.
1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the
temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which
ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (Here now Paul speaks individually rather than corporately
and we see he says something different to the individuals
within the Ek-Klesia. Individually our bodies are to be a holy of holies where
the Shekina of God dwells. We say to
be because in Ephesians 2:21 Paul speaks that corporately it
is not automatic but there is a groweth in order to enter
in. And as the church corporately has been incomplete for
the last 2000 years so it is that no man since the time of
Christ and the Apostles has groweth into this holy of holies where the Shekina of God dwells as
they would stand like Moses with the radiant visible glory
of God emanating from them, or be transfigured as Christ was.)
our bodies being a holy of holies we see that in 2
Corinthians 3:13-16 that besides being
something that is grown in the same manner as the fruits
of the Spirit that there is another function that is a bit
different than the earthly tabernacle of Moses.
2 Corinthians 3:13-16 And not as Moses, which put a veil over his face,
that the children of Israel could not stedfastly
look to the end of that which is abolished: (Christ so has also veiled himself from the corrupt
church that they might not look to the end when the church
made with hands shall be abolished)
But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken
away in the reading of the old (Greek Palaias Ancient
testament; (Diathekes Covenant) which vail is
done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses (The word of God) is read, the vail
is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the
Lord, (This is the turning
of true repentance unto full conversion) the vail shall
be taken away.
here we speak to the vail that was
in the tabernacle of Moses that filtered the Shekina glory
of God from the rest of the tabernacle and also the world.
In us is a vail that is to say our
flesh, and this vail of the flesh
filters out God and the Shekina from dwelling within the holy
of holies that growth into a glorious dwelling for God (If we walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh. And if
we seek after the Lord with all our hearts and following him into the baptism of
His death this veil shall be rent and the Lord of Glory
shall suddenly enter into His temple.)
Christ through the rending of
His flesh has made the way manifest, but it is through our
entering through true sanctification, submitting to the tutor
and governor of loving the Lord our God with all our heart,
with all our soul with all our mind and all our strength and
loving our neighbor as our self that we can with our whole
heart and an open spirit follow the Lord into the fellowship
of His sufferings, and become partakers also of the baptism
of His death so that we might fearlessly preach the gospel
with signs following.
This is not the message for those
who love their lives and the things of this world more than
they Love God and Jesus Christ. And those are not truly followers
of Christ because they can not walk as He walked or go where
But there is the place where many
sons shall made manifest in His Glory. Here is the place where
His Glory shall suddenly enter into His temple in us and go
the no more out and we shall enter into His temple and abide
there and go the no more out as well.
I in He
and He in me.