Inner And Outer Truth
The Inner and the Outer Man
Revelation and Knowledge
The Old Covenant and the New Covenant
The Visible Truth and the Invisible Truth
July 7, 2018
As we read and begin to understand certain scripture we may be amazed to find that there is a certain reality and a strange kind of life resident within these words of the Bible. We recognize that these words are different from reading any other book or newspaper. There is a strange but recognizable truth that seems to be hidden within the words. This “truth” goes beyond our normal understanding of outward things. This other kind of truth or knowing is unique to the scriptures and is probably the source of “conversion” of people that may have never opened the Bible before in their life.
During the days of the Full Gospel Business Men’s meetings we heard many testimonies of men who were converted in a hotel room while reading a Gideon Bible. Sudden conviction would come upon them and they would begin to weep for hours. Of course all the testimonies were not like this but the essence was of a “truth” being imparted that was sudden and extraordinary.
This indicates that “truth” can and is communicated in other ways than by seeing, reading or by hearing the Truth preached. This New Covenant inner truth seems to by-pass both reading and hearing and comes to man by some invisible and unrecognizable method from outside of man.
However, the knowing of the Truth is within man in some undefinable location! We know the Truth but we don’t know how we know or by when it came about.
This method of communication is called intuition, perception or even revelation. This is the inner ability to understand or know something immediately, without a conscious reasoning or by normal means of communication by hearing in the ears. We may know something but not know how we know. We might call this “inner truth.” Inner truth may come by years of learning, through certain trials, through personal rejection or thousands of other added experiences. It may also come instantly by revelation and be totally unrelated to outward experience of the outward man.
Since we use the Tabernacle of Moses quite often to understand spiritual things it might be possible to understand these different realms of truth from this graphic of eternal things. For example;
If we divide "truth" up into two dimensions; one for the Outer Court and the other for the Holy Place we would see two kinds of Truth. One is Outer Court Truth, under natural light and one is the Tent or Sanctuary Truth, under the illumination of the Seven Spirits of God. One is outer truth and the other is an inner truth. Both dimensions of truth are true and valid. However, both are separated by these different kinds of light or by realms of illumination. These two kinds of light will indicate two different realms and degrees of knowing. The Outer Court, since it is only illuminated by natural light, is limited to the natural understanding of a natural, logical truth.
By contrast, the Holy Place is only illuminated by the Seven Spirits of God and reveals another method of knowing that is not limited to natural ability. This realm touches upon the areas of Truth in the New Inner Man or in the Old Inner Man before conversion! This area of the inner man receives Truth by recognition, intuition, perceptions and revelations. The Unconverted Individual receives inner man Truth by conviction. We don’t know how that method works but it works.
To function in this New Inner Man dimension of knowing Truth it is first necessary to develop an inner mechanism that can comprehend things from that New Realm of Illumination.
For example; Truth that is revealed in this inner man must have a capacity that can receive Truth by an "inside" capability. This "New Christian Capability" for receiving this unspoken Truth is limited to the new inner man and his level of development and his capacity to function in the invisible realms. This “Inner truth” has the ability to modify or adjust the "outer truth" to the reality at hand. For example; The scriptures reveal levels of truth that will vary depending upon our spiritual capacity to comprehend spiritual things. The verses of the scriptures do not vary but our understanding of truth varies as the New Inner Man develops. Why? Because there develops in a New Covenant Christian a capacity to receive and know a combination of both inner and outer truth by knowledge in the outer man and by revelation in the new inner man.
There is "something" inherent within all or many men that is part of creation that can respond to the drawing of God and the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Even those who are dead in trespasses and sins can respond to this drawing by God from the other dimension of “life.”
In the Tabernacle we could point to the Most Holy Place and the Presence of God as the “location” of this drawing. Even though this level of “drawing” operates on the lowest level of intuition and perception it can still communicate “truth” to some area of man that is beyond the human capacity to hear or understand. It seems that this unknown realm is partially active in just the beginning of the Christian Life.
As the “real Christian Experience” develops we should have an inner growing “Life" that
should recognize “Spiritual Truth” by this inner method of knowing.
(In this study we are avoiding the popular word “spirit” on purpose (because of over use) and replacing it with “life.”)
It is in these inner "dimensions of knowing" that we recognize even static truth of black words on white paper as the Word of God. In these inner and outer realms, we may also reject other “truth” as just the thoughts and opinions of man. It is in this new and developing dimension of inner Life, of intuition, perception or revelation that we should be able to recognize "truth" in both the visible and the invisible realms. As this realm of growth of the new inner man and his new Life develops it should be able to reject questionable truth or to recognize the opinions and human concepts of the natural man.
Of course the scriptures will always be our guide and essential to "seeing" truth but it is this “inner witness” that confirms or rejects the "truth" that we "see" and how we comprehend and process the "truth!" This is the “truth” what we accept or reject as valid.
It is very disturbing when we recognize “ by Inner Knowing” that this “inner knowing” is not functioning in recognized ministries. It seems obvious that this Christian capacity “of the new inner man” to understand and apply spiritual truth does vary much from person to person that we meet. It is obvious that the Christian inner capacity to understand and apply spiritual truths is not universal in the visible church. Why?
In the visible church, not all believers in Jesus, are equipped with the New Covenant experience of being Born Again, being Born of the Water and being Born of the Spirit. It is because of this that each person, in the church, varies in their perception, intuition and degree of revelation.
It is for that reason we encounter, when we travel in the church, persons in each of these realms of illumination! Some are just in the Outer Court Realm of light! That is why each of these, in natural light, understand things in different ways and in different degrees of reality.
For that reason, from church to church, there may not ever be total agreement on the interpretation of Life, death or function from one degree of illumination to the next.
However, each degree of illumination should agree upon certain “truth” from that realm or we say there should be a “common Christian witness” to truth.
For example; The Outer Court function of truth should have a universal function among all who are living under the natural dimension of truth. The Holy Place function, being within the New Covenant Provision, should have the Illumination of the Seven Spirits of God in the Invisible Realms of the Tent! In this realm, there is the Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek that has “light” compatibly with that realm of seeking universal Truth.
We are assuming there will be a universal acceptance of this truth among the Kingdom seekers. Why? Because all these Seekers must be Born Again, Born of the Water and Born of the Spirit. These three New Covenant Births should provide a common degree of Light! Why?
That is because there should be the Common Ground of Spiritual Illumination from that other realm bringing some revelation and understanding from that realm. However, even though this may be true, there is still quite a suspicion of these Kingdom truths among a large group of Natural Believers in Jesus.
This is one of the difficulties we are encountering in presenting the Gospel of the Kingdom and the accompanying Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek! We believe that the New Covenant Priesthood will be all after the Order of Melchizedek. In that Spiritual Realm of The Kingdom and Its Priesthood both should be functioning in that same dimension of illumination, understanding and reality.
Finding those New Covenant Christians who are already sensing the need of a greater and of a different kind of illumination has been slow even though we assume there are many out there who are seeking this Truth. That greater degree of LIGHT is found in the Tent of the Tabernacle of God. It is in the Holy Place and that Inner Illumination is by the Seven Spirits of God.
The problem currently is that these “series of seven transformations” revealed in the seven hidden foundations found in the seven Outer Court dimensions, in lacking in much of the church! These Seven Outer Court Foundations, result in the Seven Stages in the development of this New Inner Life, that is being seriously delayed.
Since this Eternal Priesthood, after the Order f Melchizedek, is beyond the mechanical systems
of the church to produce, it will require a special work of God! To produce this Priesthood will depend heavily upon Experiencing the entire New Covenant by each believer! This New Covenant Experience will require the inner knowing, in the New Inner Man and receiving the Inner Truth for its function. Why? Because the scriptures stop short of telling us how this functions in real Life.
However, because of the illumination, within the New Inner Man, by the Seven Spirits of God, there should be an inner knowing (Epigenesis) that transcends outward knowledge (Gneiss). The Holy Place Priesthood, after the Order of Melchizedek, should be equipped and able to function in this higher atmosphere of Life.
We are speculating (guessing) that this “equipping” is accomplished by receiving the series of experiences of the Seven Hidden Foundations that are the preparations for the Outer Court development. The Seven Foundations, laid in our lives experientially, we are calling our Outer Perfection that is required to produce the Lampstand Church of the Holy Place! The Lampstand Church has not reached Most Holy Place Perfection of even Holy Place perfection.
We arrive at that conclusion from the Scriptures in Revelation 2 & 3 and the “combination” of additions and their reciprocal multiplications that are revealed in 2 Peter 1. Why? Because the additions of these things provide the entrance into the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. This is where the King / Priesthood of Christ Jesus, after the Order of Melchizedek, begins! The Holy Spirit is working , as part of that Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
2Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ: 2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;
2Peter 1:3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
2Peter 1:5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge; 6 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness; 7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
2 Peter 1:8 For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; 11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.
2Peter 1:12 Therefore, I shall always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you.
This is a tremendous statement by Peter! He shows us the way that is necessary to enter into the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus!
Since this statement is true, how are we supposed to know about this realm of greater and purer light of the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus? The Next Dimension has the Light of the Seven Spirits of God. How are we to know and understand that we have a need of that dimension of spiritual light? That knowledge comes to the New Inner Man, by the Holy Spirit, in the Outer Court dimension of our Growth! That dimension of Growth is by laying the Seven Outer Court Foundations in our lives, experientially!
Why is not the natural light of the Outer Court sufficient for our total salvation and into the Kingdom? It is true that we begin our Salvation with natural light in the Outer Court dimension. But at our Baptism in Water, we experience our first inner life anointing by the Holy Spirit. There are two anointings that occur in the Outer Court preparations. The first one is in the waters of Baptism and happens when we are Clothed with Christ or the Holy Spirit puts us into our New Priestly Garment.
1John 2:26 These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. 27 And as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.
Now it is clear that it is the “inner anointing” that teaches the new inner man how to function in these invisible realms of the Tent. It we are content with the Outer Court anointing that is upon us but just in the “in part measure” or “down payment measure” we will have no desire to seek the next dimension. This lack of understanding is the result of not experiencing each and every hidden dimension of the Seven Outer Court foundations. This “ Lack” of understanding seems to be nearly universal in the visible church!
Without this “series of inner life transformations,” inherent within the Seven Outer Court Foundations, there will not be sufficient development of the new inner man and his ability to perceive these invisible realms. Therefore, the new man will still be limited to natural understanding and be content with the status quo in the Outer Court Dimension.
Up until now we have had no success preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom nor the next restoration, nor the Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek, to these casual believers. If there is no drawing, in the normal believe, into this Spiritual Light of the Holy Place, the New Covenant Priesthood Ministry will be too complicated or seen as unnecessary.
Unfortunately, man / natural ministry, cannot help others to receive the inner anointing that teaches these things. We can only preach certain facts to inform others there is such a thing as a further Priesthood Anointing in the Holy Place. If people have no recognition or witness of this “Truth” in the inner man, our words just fall to the ground.
This is the frustration of preaching the Kingdom of God! It is because, I find that, God is Sovereign over whom He accepts into His Holy Place, and in His Government and to whom He teaches these invisible things! Trying to find these people whom He is drawing into His Kingdom, will require a communication within our New Inner Man! Unless that happens, we will just continue to search in each country for one here and one there and try to preach to them.
I assume that there is a more excellent way than what we were using. We see God specifically directing Paul and Barnabas to one person in Acts 16.
Act 16:6 And they passed through the Phrygian and Galatians region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; 7 and when they had come to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; 8 and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a certain man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." 10 And when he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
This is how they found Lydia and a church was begun there. Two other dead end trips were avoided because of the leading of the Spirit and intervention of God. This is the realm of guidance we must seek now to avoid all this frustration of traveling thousand of miles and accomplishing very little over several years. I assume this “direction” to go to Macedonia was illuminated totally within the intuition of the new inner man. Why? Because, in the New Covenant, the Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Jesus speak in the SANCTUARY of the New Inner Man. Why?
Because that is where they dwell and the Holy Spirit provides this” inner anointing” that teaches the invisible things. I am assuming that they speak in the invisible realms of the new inner man, when he is able to hear.
Being able to function in the realms of Inner Light and Truth will save us much frustration and wasted time and resources, in the future. If we could just go to the ones God was already drawing to Himself, it would be much easier. Unfortunately, this “Inner Guidance” and intuition within the New Inner Man is not yet working in me. Philip was sent to the wilderness to minister to the eunuch by direct revelation.
Therefore, let us try to search out our personal defects that prevent us from functioning in that Holy Place Realm. We must soon discover how this next dimension of Spiritual Ministry really works. It seems obvious that the Priesthood Ministry after the Order of Melchizedek is not by trial and error but by direct or by natural revelation. This next level ministry, in the Holy Place, is NOT about wasting more time but going directly to the proper place and sharing our spiritual dimension of light or receiving the understanding that we currently lack. This may seem to be the impossible dream but the pattern that God has given us in the Tabernacle Of Moses reveals this possibility in the Tabernacle of God.
The problem is not in God’s plan but in our own lack of development in this area of the New Inner Man so we regularly know things from that Holy Place realm in the Tabernacle of God.
We assume that God is always speaking from between the Cherubim, above the Ark of the Covenant, in the Tabernacle of God. However, we are not yet able to hear what He is saying.
It is in the Tabernacle of God, in the Holy Place Life and Ministry, that this dimension of guidance and understanding is normal. This must be true! Otherwise how could we Burn Incense, on the Altar of Incense, that was wholly for God and not try to do it by trial and error.
Even our airplanes do not take off the ground level and fly at 36,000 feet by trial and error but function by a non- negotiable and exact system of natural engineering. Surely God’s system can be no less exact. It seems that the” trial and error system of ministry” has run its course. At least I am frustrated and tired of it.
This “trial and error” system of doing His will, is run in this same natural realm of outside truth. This occurs when we try to discover the personal will of God by studying the scriptures. Even the scriptures clearly tell us that we only discover the Will of God after we present our body to Him as a living sacrifice and then through the renewing of our mind after we have rejected the world system.
This seems to be not complicated, but really confusing, to the natural man who is looking for a natural guidance, into a natural system of religion, that is in the wrong realm, to discover anything today that is spiritual or even relevant.
All God’s Truth is in the Eternal Christ and came to earth in the Life of The Man Christ Jesus. He was born of the Spirit of Christ, the Word of God, that was conceived in the Womb of Mary. Jesus is now called The Word of God. He became What He was Born of, the Word of God.
Col 2:2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Paul is expecting his believers to EXPERIENCE all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
All this Treasure of Wisdom and Understanding is hidden in the SPIRIT of CHRIST. The Spirit of Christ is the Living and Abiding Word of God by which we who are true Christians are ALL Born Again by.
1Peter 1:22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God. 24 For,"ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF, 25 BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ABIDES FOREVER." And this is the word which was preached to you.
I don’t think that I have received all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I know that I have received Christ, the Living and Abiding Word of God. This Christ is Spirit! He is the Living And Abiding Word of God. I have received the Spirit of Christ.
But what I have not received yet is attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself,
There are many such scriptures that I have not yet EXPERIENCED since I have become a Christian. Colossians and Ephesians have many of these Scriptures that Paul counted as attainable to all Christians.
Ephesians 3:14 For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God.
It is Scriptures like these that I have not yet experienced. I have not yet EXPERIENCED “that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God.”
I have not yet experienced “may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge.”
Paul obviously expected the believers in the Book of Ephesians to experience these things. We believe the Bible is True but we have not yet Experienced these things. “The Love of Christ, surpasses knowledge”, so how can we know these things. That YOU my be filled up to all the fullness of God, seems to be a very radical statement, if we are to actually experience that statement!
Christianity is obviously much more complex when we see these scriptures apply these statements to our Lives and our Personal Experiences! Maybe, you have not yet thought about the Scriptures being Personal Experiences. Salvation that is only a doctrine and not a Personal Experience is not a reality. The Doctrine of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit may be true but if it is not experienced it is not real!