“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
“Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”
“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”
We may have in some occasion wondered “As one indwelt by the Holy Spirit, what is my participation in this communion and what do I commit to the Holy Spirit?” We are the new tabernacle and temple of God, as we follow in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus, who told the Pharisees that if they destroyed His temple He would rebuild it in 3 days.
Jesus is the living temple of God, the high priest of God in the order of Melchisedec, with Jerusalem as the eternal throne. God’s word says we have been made by the blood of Jesus, priests and kings unto God. We are priests in the temple of God; this is precisely our role in this temple/tabernacle which we personify, priests to the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
Like the Aaron and his sons, we are priests unto the Holy of Holies (Holy Spirit) in this new tabernacle not built by man but by God; worshipping in Spirit and in truth as opposed to the fleshly worship in the wilderness. In using the Old Testament God left us traces and instructions on how we must worship in spirit and truth, everything we would need for these last days is coded in the Old Testament, we only have to interpret what was written for the flesh and translate it to the Spirit.
God judges the unbeliever (Flesh Man) by the Law, for Satan seeks the Law to condemn man, but the believer (Spirit Man) in Jesus Christ knows no condemnation as Christ made provision for us by His blood. Those, who having received Christ and still want to live by the Law, deny Christ and will be judged by the Law; this why many lack the power of the Holy Spirit.
In giving a terse description of the functions of the new Priesthood in Christ, let consider the Old tabernacle priesthood:
1. The Outer Court is Our Body;
With the gates permeated with Thanksgiving, our bodies should be a living sacrifice to God, washed continually with the blood of Jesus through incessant repentance for our daily sins. Our body should be praise unto God bearing His eternal Glory. The grace and mercies of God are renewed everyday, we are never to feel guilty of yesterday or fear tomorrow, and Jesus said we should worry about today; never carry sin from yesterday to the next day, commit all to Jesus and repent. We live everyday expecting that Jesus would come anytime.
2. The Holy Place/Inner Court is Our Soul & Mind;
Here we renew our minds daily with the word of God, the bread of Life (the showbread). Here also we offer up Holy prayers to God (incense) from our souls, interceding for mankind and the unsaved. Our bodies become quicken through the Spirit, and stewardship offered to God.
3. The Holy of Holies is Our Heart and Spirit;
This is the secret place before the Throne of God, where we are required to be always silent; only God speaks here. The mercy seat lies here above the testimony as the Spirit bears testimony of us in Christ. The mercy seat brings forgiveness to our hearts and enables us to extend His mercy to others. This is where the power of the Holy Spirit fills us and we become channels that others may be filled and touched of God in all ministry; the fountain of water that never runs dry. In the presence of God, there must be much reverence, here we truly experience that our Spirits are lodged in Christ Jesus at the right-hand of The Father, all power in the universe resides here, and prayers are answered here. Love and the gifts of the Holy Spirit reside here; these gifts are subject to the leading of the Holy Spirit only.
As a priest, we keep the etiquette of these functional areas, and the Holy Spirit does the impossible daily to the Glory of our Lord Jesus and The Heavenly Father.