7 Foundations – (2.3) Faith: Foundations for Maturity
Dimensions of Maturity
Correcting Our Thought Patterns to Adjust to The Ascending Realms
Hearing His Communications in 3 Distinct Realms
Leo Fenton (2013-2018)
6 Jesus said to him, "I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.
7 If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him."
8 Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us."
9 Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how do you say, 'Show us the Father'?
If our “hearing” and “comprehension” is on the lower level, we will clearly see and understand from these verses that Jesus is the Father.
This would be interpreted as Jesus was the Father in the flesh and the Father walks among us.
Therefore, Jesus IS GOD!
10 "Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My Own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.
11 Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; otherwise believe on account of the works themselves.
12 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father.
13 And whatever you ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If you ask Me anything in My Name, I will do it.”
If our “hearing” and “comprehension” is on the lower level we will clearly see and understand from these verses that there is some confusion and contradiction, Jesus and the Father are different persons.
“I go unto the Father” and “the Father is greater than I.”
There are many examples of this “confusion” of who is whom in the New Testament.
What is the answer to this dilemma?
There are “realms” of Life, Understanding and Revelation that are far beyond the natural realms of understanding.
1 If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the Right Hand of God.
2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, Who is our Life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
Attempting to explain this clearly to those whose minds are set on earthly things (upon the lower levels and in the dirt dimension of earth) will be impossible. Why?
These verses are not speaking of the lower dimensions of understanding.
“But, then, are you saying there are higher dimensions of thought?”
Absolutely, and higher thoughts is the normal Christian / Kingdom realm.
If we are in reality moving into these Holy Place / Priesthood Realms then we must be “leaving” the lower levels of thought and perception.
These are some of the realms which we call “Realms of Salvation and Dimensions of Maturity.”
Jesus said “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life.”
This is often referred to as the WAY to salvation.
These things that Jesus said obviously have several dimensions in which we may understand His Words.
The primary and shallowest WAY we hear and understand is by just receiving the obvious interpretations from the meaning of the words. That is Way, Truth and Life.
We can do that with a concordance, an English / Greek / Hebrew dictionary and the natural mind.
However, just a casual reading of these words will reveal several levels of communication in just these 8 verses.
There are several things mentioned here that cannot be understood in the natural mind.
Each level of Truth that is spoken requires a higher level of understanding to comprehend what is being said.
For example; “the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father.
Also; “If you ask Me anything in My Name, I will do it.”
From just a logical understanding of these words, it seems obvious that these are ABSOLUTE statements.
It we ask for ANYTHING, He will do it and greater works shall we do than He did.
This sounds VERY profound and a guaranteed statement.
Then why is this NOT universally experienced?
Making up excuses like, when they walked bare foot and rode on donkeys or some natural explanation from a historic viewpoint, is NOT the way to deal with these confusing issues.
My thesis involves the laying the seven (7) Outer Court Foundations that make these confusing realms both understandable and experiential. Why?
These FOUNDATIONS are designed to open up deeper and more profound realms of the inner man in which these things can be perceived by the outward man.
The lower life qualities we inherited from first Adam prevent us from perceiving eternal Truth from these higher realms.
Understanding what Jesus said in these higher realms will require a higher Life and NOT just a higher education and research into the intricacies of the Greek and Hebrew words.
Studying Greek will NOT help us understand anything in these Realms that communicate Truth beyond the capacity of the natural mind.
1 Corinthians 2:12-14
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit Who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God,
13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
It is a scriptural fact that neither the natural man or the natural mind is equipped to understand ANYTHING in the spiritual realm.
1 Cor 2:7 but we speak God's Wisdom in a Mystery, the hidden Wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our Glory;
1 Cor 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to babes in Christ.
The “hidden Wisdom” resides in these interior realms of the new inner man that must be first released and developed or matured!
This “process” of understanding by dealing with the natural mind of the natural man is very complex!
Our thesis in presenting these Foundation studies has been that without having the Foundations, that have been laid as experiences, neither the ministers nor the believers will ever grow or advance into the Kingdom dimensions of “knowing” or “understanding” spiritual things.
We are calling these three (3) dimensions of the Tabernacle of God “The Kingdom Realms of Salvation.”
It is from this concept that we identify these “Dimensions of Maturity.”
I have divided the 2nd Foundation into 3 documents to simplify their understanding on the different aspects of this Foundation.
However now I want to add Tom Hobart’s (a local pastor) understanding of these three (3) areas of the Tabernacle of Moses as they relate to the “Way, the Truth and the Life.”
This may help us relate our Salvation to these three (3) areas of our growth, perception, understanding, communication, maturity and union of Life.
Tom’s understanding incorporates these three aspects of Christ Jesus and His Sacrifice on Calvary.
These dimensions of Christ are transferable to us in a new experiential way.
(1) The Outer Court dimension which is related to our preparation incorporates the “Way, the Truth and the Life” in our preparation.
Of course Jesus Christ is primarily the “Way” but He is revealed, in some higher dimension, also as “the Truth and the Life” in the realms of our preparation.
We first experience His Life in a measure at the Bronze Altar in the first experiences of the Outer Court.
Also Christ Jesus as Truth is received in a measure as we begin in our salvation!
All three of these aspects of Christ are experienced in some measure in EACH of these three (3) realms of the ascending Life in the Tabernacle of God.
(2) It is in the Holy Place Realm, which is related to our calling as the Lampstand Church and our growth to participate in the Priesthood Ministry in this realm we experience Him again as “the Way, the Truth and the Life.”
In this realm He is experienced primarily as the “TRUTH” but He is also experienced in a more fuller and higher measure as the Way and the Life.
(3) Then in the Most Holy Place Realm He is experienced primarily as “the Life” but also experienced in a progressive measure as the Way and as the Truth.
Because there are three (3) experiences of Christ Jesus in each realm and since there are three (3) realms we might say there are nine (9) levels of the “Way, the Truth and the Life” that we have the potential of experiencing.
The “Way” has three ascending levels, The “Truth” has 3 ascending levels and the “Life” has 3 ascending levels.
We are relating these 9 Realms as the ASCENDING IN LIFE to Zion and the “High Calling of God.”
Each of the three realms reveals a progressive and higher dimension of experiencing the Resurrection Life of Christ Jesus.
Tom’s sharing and understanding of these “REALMS” is much more complete than this excerpt.
In this document we want to focus upon these various realms to identify our degrees of communications with the Father! Why the Father?
23 "And in that day you will ask Me no question. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you shall ask the Father for anything, He will give it to you in My Name.
24 Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full.
25 These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; an hour is coming when I will speak no more to you in figurative language, but will tell you plainly of the Father.
26 In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request the Father on your behalf;
27 for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from the Father.”
Our One God is:
- the Father,
- the Word and
- the Holy Spirit.
Our one Savior is the Man Christ Jesus Who is seated at the Right Hand of God.
Our communication in the New Covenant is directly with the Father.
Many are still praying to the Man, Christ Jesus, when He clearly said NOT TO DO THAT. Why?
Because our communication is with Our Father, God!
While our FELLOWSHIP is with the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, our ASKING is directly to the Father.
Nevertheless, My sheep hear My Voice and follow Me!
26 "But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep.
27 "My sheep hear My Voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;
28 and I give Eternal Life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My Hand.”
3 "To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.
4 When he puts forth all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.
5 And a stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."
The purpose of these Foundations is to correct many of these deficiencies that are so obvious and apparently universal among the visible churches!
It seems clear that when we read EVERY Word in the Bible we are shocked by what He said.
He gives Eternal Life to HIS SHEEP.
Then, when we can identify those who are “His sheep,” more confusion about realms of our Great Salvation emerges.
"My sheep hear My Voice” is a statement in the Absolute realm.
Of course, some do not hear His Voice because they are NOT His sheep.
Now John 10 presents a BIG problem for multitudes of Christians.
It is commonly and boldly shared that if you accept Jesus as your personal Savior, you are automatically His sheep.
However, it appears that if we do NOT hear His Voice, we are NOT his sheep.
Another BIG problem is that many “Christians” end up following strangers instead of fleeing from them.
We could probably make the case that the first Adam and his fallen species have a VERY difficult time hearing His Voice.
We might also make the case that the species of the first Adam usually follow strangers.
In fact the “strangers” seem to have the largest crowds and the most faithful followers and the best givers.
Our thesis concerning these seven (7) Foundations must include changing our “thought patterns” that affect our ability to hear accurately!
Since these realms of personal comprehension are integrally linked to our “Great Salvation,” it is necessary to point out certain realms concerning our “thought patterns.” Why?
Out thought patterns identify where we are in the growth of our new inner man.
My thesis is that our “thought patterns” will roughly follow these three (3) dimensions of the Tabernacle. Paul explains it this way;
Philip 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.
Here we find various levels of ‘thought patterns” that are higher than what seems to be normal in the natural realms of church life in the Life realms.
The Kingdom Realms of Life have thought patterns essential for that level of comprehension.
In like manner, the Holy Place has “thought patterns” compatible with that level of Life.
Each dimension of our life and salvation has corresponding thought patterns in each progressing realm.
Any believer who is maturing can confirm this truth.
1 Cor 13:11 When I was a child, I used to speak as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
There is a definite difference between the “thought patterns” of the Outer Court and the thought patterns of the Holy Place.
In this section of the study we are NOT addressing the levels of comprehension or the levels of communications but just the levels of our “thought patterns.” Why?
This is because each visible church system has established “standard thought patterns” for their group or denomination.
Any deviation from these “thought patterns” will be suspicious or immediately rejected and for that reason they become inflexible and rigid.
Therefore, no further levels of a higher comprehension or higher levels of communications are possible!
Why is this important?
When we attempt to “minister” to individual believers, identifying their “thought patterns” will help us evaluate where we must begin our “ministry” to effect a Kingdom change.
What we see happening is that some “religious thought patterns” and “physical thought patterns” merge into a packaged outer lifestyle.
Also, social, political, financial and moral thought patterns merge into an activist life style that is commonly related to Christianity.
For example; abortion, gun control, governmental interference, ultra conservatism and others then are related to Christianity.
This level of “thinking” is much too shallow for the next Restoration!
In fact Christianity is of a much higher realm of thought that touches the High Calling, Perfection, Mount Zion and the New Jerusalem.
In other words, the world yet to come, God’s Eternal Purpose and all of eternity comes into view by what IS “REAL CHRISTIANITY!”
1 If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the Right Hand of God.
2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, Who is our Life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in Glory.
Of course, the social, political, financial and moral thought patterns are not wrong and this evaluation is NOT a matter of good and evil but we must NOT confuse these things with Christianity or the Kingdom of God.
These are of different and isolated realms and each has its own “thought patterns.”
AGAIN, my thesis focuses upon the necessity or experiencing all the proper Foundations to be equipped to advance from one ascending realm of Life, Communication and Comprehension to another, progressively.
From what is shared from Colossians 3, it should be obvious that the individuals who have developed the thought patterns integral to the Zoe Life and the “renewed mind” are equipped to comprehend things in the Holy Place realms.
If individuals have been “saved” for many years but are still full of doubts, present objections to Scriptural Truth and are always offering lower life opinions from the dirt realm, we might suspect something is seriously missing.
My “thesis” is that when this happens, someone has neglected the basic Foundations and this is the result of a pitiful condition.
The Kingdom realm is really not too complex.
To tap into this realm is really much more simple that we might expect.
What little we hear or read in the print media about the Kingdom is either irrelevant, much too simple or so complex that it cannot be understood.
In recent books that were written, the real Kingdom is misrepresented (in my opinion) by presenting it with less magnitude and seriousness than it really deserves.
Of course, I cannot be sure but it seems that the dichotomy between these "two Kingdoms" (the dirt kingdom and the Eternal Kingdom) that are being presented is the work of two different LIFE SOURCES!
Dichotomy- Merriam-Webster a division into two especially mutually exclusive or contradictory groups or entities <the dichotomy between theory and practice>;
Natural life, psuche, has established its own “thought patterns” and sees all things as naturally related and motivated.
It identifies life as routine and life is identified as a heartbeat and breathing and possibly by motion or action.
Most things in the natural realm then are not complicated, they appear normal, comfortable and more or less effortless to function in the outward realms.
This is the realm in which outward religion functions.
Preaching, out of the natural life and from that earthy realm is easily recognized and understood.
Nothing much of the Kingdom / Christian realm can be gleaned by that method.
To those living in the natural LIFE REALM, the ETERNAL KINGDOM REALMS are nearly incomprehensible.
In other words the Kingdom of God, God’s internal Government, God's Eternal Purpose and the world yet to come, salvation, the indwelling Holy Spirit, God’s calling, etc, etc, are only recognized as they are in the irrelevant and the mystical realms.
To those living in the natural reams, these other, eternal realms, are seen as for dreamers and the naive.
Some can boldly declare “There is no God, this is all there is.”
The other side of the coin is the Zoe Life, the Life that had no beginning and can have no ending.
It is the UNCREATED LIFE OF GOD.
This “Uncreated Life”, that we are SUPPOSED to receive in Bible Salvation, is of the RESURRECTION KIND of ZOE LIFE that has already passed through death.
This is the kind of Resurrection Life by which the authentic Christian normally functions.
Everything that God needs to impart to us, to fulfill His Eternal Purpose, is contained within this WAY, TRUTH and LIFE.
The LIFE initially comes to us as SPERMA (this is NOT a matter of male and female).
Male and female “thought patterns” are focused upon the earth dimensions.
We are not saying that male and female thoughts are wrong but these things are not applied to the Holy Place realm.
Male and female are creations in and of the natural realm.
That is why presenting marriage relationships and the husband and wife harmony in the natural realm is misplaced! This makes the Kingdom Realm misunderstood!
In the Kingdom they neither marry or and given in marriage.
To me, trying to present the Kingdom of God from the marriage relationship is of the earth realm and makes the Kingdom incomprehensible.
In some marriage seminars the church is presented as being female and Christ as being Male! (This is the key-note principle of many of the women's meetings.)
Of course these religious concepts (thought patterns) originate in the natural mind and the lower life (psuche) realm.
Our actions and function in the "Lampstand Church Realm" will depend upon the level of our “thought patterns” and by which life we are living in.
Each life source has its own thought patterns, that life source sets our action or function outwardly.
This seems to be normal, comfortable and relevant as it relates to its specific realm.
It is NOT that one life is wrong and the other is right but that one Life Source is ETERNAL and the other is NOT!
While the Christian may have both kinds of life, he is designed to function in the Kingdom / Christian Realm and ONLY by the Zoe Life.
Identifying the “thought patterns” of a believer will help us discern where to begin with the recovery process. (This is what we are calling “ministry”.)
While the Kingdom may appear to be too complex and confusing and is considered as much too difficult for a Sunday message, the fact is, it just depends upon which life source the assembly is living by.
It is true that the Higher Kingdom Message is limited to those who have the higher dimension of spiritual comprehension.
However, the higher level of comprehension is only limited by the fullness of the Foundations that have been laid, in their lives experientially.
For example; Hearing, comprehending, functioning, obeying and communicating in the Holy Place realm is NOT determined by education but by beginning the seven (7) Foundations.
Even ignorant and unlearned fishermen can comprehend and understand in the Holy Place realm, if they have experienced ALL the seven (7) Foundations.
The problem we see being experienced in the different assemblies today is that there is a great desire for "deeper teaching" and the normal Sunday meeting is too shallow and too boring.
For that reason many are traveling from church to church trying to find the “Message” or staying home.
What is becoming more and more evident is that those who are dissatisfied with the status quo just do NOT have the Life necessary to comprehend the Eternal dimensions of the Kingdom or why they have not experienced the essence of the normal Christian Life.
Therefore, the Eternal Truths that are relevant to the Kingdom / Christian experience are also boring and incomprehensible to the Christian who has not grown.
This is NOT because they are complicated but because of the lack of the proper Life necessary to possess a clear understanding of the Higher Kingdom Truths.
NOW, this is why we are emphasizing the seven (7) Foundations because this is the provision God has given us to make the transition from the lower life to transition to the Higher Life.
If we ignore the Foundations we will sentence ourselves to the natural realms of eternal ignorance.
That means we will be limited to giving and receiving a boring milk diet.
Being certain that there is an EXCHANGE of the kind of life (from the psuche to the Zoe), is the FIRST priority of ANY ministry that will be relevant in the next restoration.
This “exchange” is essential if we are going to hear and function in the Christian realms.
However, until the "ministries" have an authentic exchange of life from the natural (psuche) to the Eternal, (Zoe), those "ministries" will remain irrelevant and unable to move an assembly into the Kingdom / Christian dimension of Life and Function.
By this we are referring to passing through the Veil of Truth, the Second Veil, the Lampstand Realm.
Neither the Life nor the Function, within the Kingdom Realm, is complicated to anyone who is living in that realm and by that Life.
"Living in that Realm" means living by the Resurrection Life of Christ and having experienced Him as the Way and the Truth.
Functioning in the Kingdom Realm requires the Resurrection Life of the Living and Abiding Word of God and the fullness of the New Covenant Anointing of the Holy Spirit!
That fullness includes the Anointing that abides within and upon the new inner man.
Of course if there is no new inner man that IS the first priority for every ministry.
The Life that is essential for the Kingdom Dimension of comprehension and function is the resurrection Life of Jesus Christ.
This is the Uncreated Resurrection Life of God that is only experienced in the Christian realm.
Why is this Resurrection Life essential for the Kingdom Christian?
That is because this is the Life of our High Priest and to function in that Priesthood requires that we have the same Life and are able to function in that same dimension of His Resurrection Life.
Melchizedek was NEVER born and NEVER died.
He had NO beginning of days or end of Life. Why?
Melchizedek is the Holy Spirit, Who is God, and CANNOT die.
Now our High Priest has brought that Eternal Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek into the realm and reach of EVERY Christian.
However, every Christian must give up his dependence upon the natural life of first Adam and incorporate the Resurrection Life of our High Priest!
This is essential if we are to participate in His Resurrection Life of comprehension and function.
This is fundamental to become members of the Body of Our High Priest!
In other words:
When we remove the "natural life" and receive the Resurrection Life, we remove the complexity associated with the Kingdom / Christian Life.
Within the REALMS of the Resurrection Life, the complexity will diminish in proportion to the increase of His Life that we receive!
When we ignore the seven (7) FOUNDATIONS we, in effect, ignore the KINGDOM. Why?
When we fail to adapt to the Life of the Kingdom, which on man's side is of the RESURRECTION KIND, we eliminate ourselves from the cognizance necessary to function in that Kingdom Realm.
Our thesis for the seven (7) Foundations includes the REALMS in which God communicates with us.
He "speaks" (communicates) in 3 distinct realms that I have referred to previously.
He doesn't always communicate in the one realm where our maturity has taken us.
These 3 realms of communication do NOT refer to:
the Body = Outer Court or
the Soul = the Holy Place and
the Spirit = Most Holy Place.
Why? Because these are related to the outer man and in the New Covenant God speaks / communicates in the new inner man.
Before the New Covenant God spoke through the prophets and sometimes through the angels.
Why? Because, there was no new species of persons at that time.
Now God has spoken to us, outwardly, in His Son.
He also speaks to us inwardly through the Living and Abiding Word of God and by the Holy Spirit of God!
The wrong concept we are addressing is that these three (3) parts of the outer person (the tent) represent the Temple of God.
This is a popular interpretation but is too shallow and leads to a wrong understanding of these three realms.
God generally speaks in these new realms of the new inner man according the level of our maturity!
Of course, we are NOT referring to these 3 places as being in the natural / physical realm at all.
I am referring to these three (3) places, IN THIS STUDY, as the three DISTINCT REALMS of the new inner man!
These REALMS also require three (3) distinct dimensions of communication.
The Outer Court dimension speaks about our preparation of the new inner man.
The Holy Place speaks of our communication with the Father at the Incense Altar and His communication with us.
Each dimension also has several degrees of effectiveness depending upon maturity of the new inner man.
AGAIN, this is why we are identifying the proper seven (7) Foundations as essential to our function! Why?
Because, there are 3 distinct realms and degrees of speaking, hearing, understanding and interpreting the communication in the Christian’s life.
Basically the Outer Court dimension is dealing with our preparation.
The Holy Place dimension speaks about our function and the Most Holy Place speaks about our UNION or ONENESS with the Father. (I in you, you in Me)
This can be clearly seen by just looking at the Prototype SON and HEARING what He is SAYING and understanding what dimension He is speaking about OR FROM.
If He is clearly speaking from the Holy Place, the only logical dimension that we can understand the communication is from the dimension from which it was spoken by Him.
In other words if He is speaking from the Most Holy Place, from a UNION of Life perspective, we can NOT accurately interpret what He said as something earthy, logical or from the Outer Court dimension.
If He is "speaking" from the Outer Court dimension about our preparation, we should NOT interpret that as communication for the BRIDE, from a union / oneness / intimacy viewpoint.
This is very important because many interpret all communication as coming from the Most Holy Place and for the Bride!
This is the danger of saying "the Lord spoke to me" but then interpreting it from the wrong dimension.
Some things the Lord speaks are from the “logical preparation stage” so they MUST be received and understood from that realm of the Outer Court.
This understanding is not received corporately but personally perceived!
This is true of discipline, correction, exhortation or direction realms of our communication!
If we examine the different realms from which He speaks to the 7 churches in Revelation, we should understand that VOMITING YOU OUT OF MY BODY is from a different realm than the problem with the Jezebel spirit.
Rev 3:17 Because you say, "I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing," and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
It is obvious that this “church” THOUGHT they were MUCH farther along that they really were.
These leaders were obviously perceiving things from the Outer Court dimension but He was speaking to them from the Holy Place dimension.
This is NOT a matter of the LOCATION of the Lampstand Church but about their misunderstanding of how to function in that realm.
The gold, the garments, the ability to see in that realm (illumination) and the inner Anointing is of the Holy Place dimension.
Therefore, we should interpret His rebuke from that realm and FOR that realm of maturity.
Therefore, we must always discern from what REALM is He speaking so we will know to which realm we should apply what are hearing.
This is how we gain confidence in discerning to which realm we are interpreting what we heard.
Interpreting things in the wrong realm will result in a twisted interpretation.
If He is saying "COME UP HERE" but you continue to stand in a lower realm, your interpretation of what He said will be shallow, limited, misunderstood, distorted, twisted and maybe WRONG.
This is a common failure of prophecy!
This problem of REALMS is not as complicated as it may seem!
None of this is beyond our ability to understand or function in the Foundation realm in which we now find ourselves!
We should NOT expect to function in some higher dimension than the realm to which we have grown and achieved!
Still, that is NO excuse to just remain in the realm of maturity to which you have attained.
In other words, if you have stopped somewhere in the Outer Court preparation, the first priority is to discover where you stopped and take the next step (complete the next Foundation) as quickly as possible.
That may involve Baptism, putting on the priesthood garments, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit or maybe Consecration.
Some may discover they have skipped the Repentance or Faith Foundation and are halted in their growth.
“But, Brother, none of this is being shared in my fellowship and I have no one to help me.”
This is such a wide spread problem in the visible church but we cannot use this as an excuse.
When Jesus ascended, He sent the only HELPER that we MUST receive and have the experience.
Receiving the Holy Spirit’s Fullness is part of the 6th Foundation.
Anyone who is alert and sensitive to the pattern given to His believers can move through these seven (7) Outer Court Foundations with the HELP of the Holy Spirit, even if you have NOT experienced Him in His Fullness.
How do we know that?
It is because the Holy Spirit is active from the very first Foundation which is the circumcision of the heart and the repentance from dead works.
28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly; neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.
29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.
Since man is NOT involved in this circumcision, how can we use the lack of “ministry” as an excuse to remain outside the Plan and Purpose of God?
John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
We can no longer use the excuse that I had no one to help me or teach me.
This was provided to us within the New Covenant.
Just maintaining the normal progressing “thought patterns” related to the Outer Court Foundations will reveal the next step to take.
This is really NOT complicated and it is certainly NOT profound.
This is just following the pattern that God showed Moses on the mountain.
This pattern is confirmed in the Book of Hebrews and in the example of the Prototype Son and in the example of the early church life.
These seven (7) Foundations are JUST the basic Outer Court preparations so we CAN go on to Perfection!
Since their sequence and their details are clearly given in the New Testament, in the Acts and the letters, there can be no possible excuse we can give to justify our lack of these required seven (7) Foundational experiences!
Continuing to “build upon the sand” has proved to be fatal to growth.
Working up arguments against their necessity is just wasting time that could be spent in actually experiencing each of these seven (7) Outer Court Foundations.
After these are firmly in place, He, Jesus Christ, will take over the responsibility of training and developing us.
This is what we see in Revelation 2 and 3 as He disciplines, corrects, warns and threatens the churches for their deficiencies for functioning in the Holy Place dimension.
Here, in the Book of Revelation, we see Him building His Church so the gates of hell are helpless to inflict damage to it.
Trying to “build a church” in the Outer Court dimension will surely fail, as history confirms, because of deceptions, lies, perversions, temptations and the illusions carried by the insects of hell.
The functioning corporate group are first seen in the Lampstand Church that has gone through the elimination of the dross and is identified as Pure Gold.
My thesis ends with this:
The Pure Gold is the result of all the seven (7) Foundations completing their work of:
- sanctifying, and
the individuals so they can be hammered into a ONE PIECE LAMPSTAND CHURCH.
However, the Lord and High Priest is still not satisfied until He has a Body of sons that can function in the Priesthood Ministry and as the Body of the High Priest.
God’s Eternal Purpose is to have a Kingdom of these Priests, after the Order of Melchizedek!
Since it has become obvious that what we are doing is NOT accomplishing God’s Eternal Purpose, we need to step back to discover what God has provided to meet His need.
In my opinion, the seven (7) Foundations laid in our lives is the only thing that will meet His Need to have that Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation that have become His Own Possession!
Can I now live under the Absolute Sovereignty of the Head and do His Will by understanding His Voice and discovering the next step?