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OUR ANOINTING IN THE LORD

JESUS CHRIST

JAMES NILES


ISBN 983-99769-1-5 OUR ANOINTING IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST Copyright © 1993 by James Niles Cover Design © 1993 by Firstfruits Sdn. Bhd. Scripture taken from the New American Standard Bible, ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977 by The Lockman Foundation, Used by permission. All rights reserved © Copyright 1993 by James Niles. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Designed and Produced by Firstfruits Sdn. Bhd. 53B, Jalan 24/8, Taman Megah. 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia. Tel: 03-7758762 / 7759441 Fax: 03-7741642

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COVER DESIGN

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he cover design is by Gerard Chong. The design is a pictorial representation of the cosmic dimensions of "Our Anointing In The LORD JESUS CHRIST." The seven pillars represent the eternal pillars of the Tabernacle. The seven pillars are the fully perfected attributes of the anointing in the LORD JESUS CHRIST that will enable the sons of man to manifest as the sons of GOD - the dwelling place of the FATHER in the SPIRIT, prepared and described by the WORD. The fragrance of the seven pearls, representing the fragrance of the attributes of the anointing, is the fragrance of the LORD JESUS CHRIST that is predestined to permeate the universe in eternity in the Bride. That this will be so is testified to by "Our Covenant In the LORD JESUS CHRIST." And this testimony of the LORD JESUS CHRIST will be manifested as a living and growing witness to the glory of the FATHER, in the fullness of the SPIRIT.

The Jewels represent the nature of each attribute of the anointing in the Bride. A nature that shines as a many faceted Jewel to the glory of GOD. The magnificence of this nature manifests as the light of HIS glory from within each Jewel. The Water represents the Water Of Life from the SPIRIT of GOD that is fully manifested in the Bride as the Water Of the Word Of CHRIST, that enables the Bride to worship the FATHER in Spirit and Truth. AMEN!


DEDICATION

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o my Teacher, the HOLY SPIRIT. For teaching me how to think. For teaching me how to learn. For teaching me like a child. For the hundreds of hours of communion in thought. Thank YOU my LORD.

To Jo, for being a part of me in everything in HIS love.

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FOREWORD

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his is another monumental work by James Niles, who is now one of our Home Ministry Pastors. He has sought to bring forth an understanding of the work of the anointing within a believer's life. The explanation of the seven pillars of the Spirit of God is profound and would help many to be built into the image of Christ. Much work and thought has gone into this book. Read this book carefully, digesting it a little at a time and God will open you to the realm of the Holy of Holies. May God bless you with His seven pillars of wisdom as you read this book. Pastor Peter Tan

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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hree persons have played an important part in being a part of all that has been expressed in this book. The teaching ministry of Pastor Peter Tan has been foundational in my understanding of the anointing. His teachings have also been instrumental in stirring an interest in the inner workings of the mind and heart as buried in scripture. A third aspect of his ministry that has influenced this book is in the area of faith and the depth of meaning inherent in true faith in GOD. I also have much to thank him for the amazing concept of Light as revealed to him by the LORD. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to my partner and associate in the ministry, sister Indra Shan. Her unique ministry in long-suffering as an evangel ist-on-foot, and her astonishing experiences of the FATHER, the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT, have been reflected in my understanding that the deep experience of GOD is not limited to mystics but, is open to all who will look to HIM for their all-in-all. Watching her labor in love, praying for the terminally sick through the night, and her amazing testimony of obedience to the voice of the LORD, and the daily testimony of miracles, is a privilege. The privilege of seeing the LORD manifest HIS love and power in a yielded vessel. In this sense, I am also grateful to my friend, Sadhu Sunder Selvaraj for enabling me to see the reality of GOD through his example of simplicity in deep communion with GOD. It has convinced me that only holiness unto the LORD will produce the Church Triumphant, in complete obedience to HIM. And that every ministry must have this focus. Only in CHRIST can the Gospel be proclaimed. We can in ourselves do absolutely nothing. All our good ideas and programs are rubbish as compared to the will of the FATHER. Only the will of GOD is success. Only the will of GOD is a truly good idea!

To the members of the Tabernacle Of Promise, who have become an intimate part of my life and the treasure of the ministry of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. ix


AUTHOR'S PREFACE

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his book introduces the complex subject of the personal anointing. The subject is introduced within an analytical framework of the law governing it, the attributes comprising it, and above all, the GOD WHOSE presence and will alone manifests the anointing - both, upon us and within us. The purpose of this book is to aid our understanding of the anointing that conies upon us and, the anointing that works within us. More importantly, it will enable us to understand how to allow the anointing of CHRIST to work the greatest benefit according to GOD's will for our lives. Part of the complexity of this subject arises from the apparent complex of spiritual laws that govern the anointing and its manifestation. Is there a structure to this apparent maze of spiritual laws? The answer is a resounding yes! And the law governing the anointing (amongst other things) is called the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS (Rom 8:2).

Another aspect of this complexity is in relation to the subject of the inner workings of our human person. The inner workings of heart and mind; and, the complexity of the heart and mind in the context of our spirit and soul. As we will discover, our heart and mind functions have soul and spirit functions and "dimensions", which we need to understand and utilize in the way GOD wants us to. With this in mind, the subject of the Baptism Of The HOLY SPIRIT is discussed in terms specific to its impact on the functioning of our spirit man. And there is some discussion on the differences between soul and spirit motivated spiritual growth and the "empowering" received in the Baptism. The experiences of the mystics are glanced at in passing, not with the purpose of generating controversy, but with the view of opening our eyes to the dimensions of the anointing that are available to us through the SPIRIT of CHRIST.

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So for the sake of completeness of presentation, the realm of deep communion is presented as part of the spiritual realm of expression governed by the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. We however, do not discuss this realm in this book. In defining the building blocks that open into the realm of communion (in terms of prayer, worship and contemplation) we have chosen to define contemplation as a word denominated process. Traditionally, contemplation has been linked with all three aspects of prayer, worship and the word. It has also been presented as a soul and spirit function that focuses into GOD. In this book we have chosen to define contemplation as a spirit function (and meditation as a soul function). And, we have also chosen to define the contemplative aspects of prayer and worship simply as communion. So, we have chosen to define contemplation as a word denominated function that also enters the realm of communion. [This definition is derived from Heb 10:19-20 interpreted in the context of John 6:53,56-57 and Matt 4:4; 6:11.] The reason is because we introduce the subject of an "inner word construct" as being the necessary basis for spirit based consecration, as opposed to soul based consecration that gives rise to the traditional concept of contemplation. The reason for highlighting the inner word construct is because there is real power in the word that becomes "spirit and life" in us. That is, there is a process by which the word is able to become an actual part of us - as substance (spirit and life) of our own spirit man. In the NASB, the Greek word "hupostasis" is used to present faith as a "substance" in Heb 11:1 and, in Heb 1:3 as G O D ' s "nature" that ties in with the word of CHRIST'S power! Isa 66:2 opens a realm where trembling at the word of G O D [which is a part of the (definitive) substance of HIS nature] enables entry into a select position in G O D ' s eyes. So there is a supernatural realm of the word which, if contemplated in the spirit heart and mind functions - into Y A H W E H through the SPIRIT of CHRIST, will be more powerful in its transforming impacts than what the mystics talked about. That is, it will release a greater realm of grace towards us to enable us to at least experience some of what they experienced. Notwithstanding these complexities, we all need to understand that the anointing is intimately concerned with the workings of our inner man and the reality of our relationship with GOD. So this is not a theological book, rather it is a book that presents the anointing in a manner that will enable deeper pursuit through the word, rather than to express this

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realm as if it were purely experiential and therefore personal to people like the mystics. The anointing is a subject for every person in the Church and it is accessible at different levels. Communion too is accessible to all in the Church - at different levels [and this is the true reason as to why GOD wants us Baptised in the HOLY SPIRIT and Fire] - and is not something exclusive to the mystics; although, there is no doubt that the mystics entered very deep realms of communion. The message in this book is that all of us can enter some realm of communion and it is GOD's purpose for us to really understand and know HIM (Jer 9:23-24). It is HIS covenant with us (Jer 31:31-34). After all, we do call ourselves HIS children! 1 Thess 5:23 clearly tells us that we are in three parts: spirit, soul and body. We know GOD works with our spirit (see Eze 36:25-27; John 3:3-6) through our faith in CHRIST, and that through our spirit, GOD transforms our soul. And through the perfected attributes of our soul, our flesh is brought in submission. However, we need to understand that GOD works with us in the framework of something called the anointing. And, it is the attributes of the anointing in our spirit man that power the transformation of our soul. This anointing - which is part of our covenant in CHRIST - enables the building of the perfection of CHRIST into us in a process that is referred to as "being perfected in CHRIST". This is why this book is called "Our Anointing In The LORD JESUS CHRIST". We all acknowledge that CHRIST died to enable the manifestation of a new man in each one of us. The obvious question is how exactly is this done? The anointing of CHRIST within us - which we call the inward anointing - defines the "structure" within which this process of our perfecting is established. But there is more, the anointing also enables this process to take place because there is an attribute of power or strength manifest in the anointing itself, that the SPIRIT of CHRIST uses to work the anointing, in terms of a growth form in CHRIST'S image, into us. The anointing, as we shall discover, is the "power" CHRIST perfected in HIMSELF through Calvary (Eph 3:20b). The anointing expresses the TRUE MAN in WHOSE image we are to be conformed; ultimately, in perfection. The anointing is important because it is the way in which GOD has chosen to mold us. This is something that is realisable in very practical everyday terms. The attributes of the anointing open a vast and potentially limitless realm of experience to us in GOD - the FATHER, the WORD and the HOLY SPIRIT. The HOLY SPIRIT is the ONE WHO


opens this realm to us experientially as the Helper, Teacher, Comforter, Counselor, Strengthener, Intercessor, Advocate and Standby. But, this is a realm to be understood (or, discerned) and lived in terms of JESUS our L O R D W H O said "I AM The Bread Of Life", "I AM The Light Of The World", "I AM The Door", "I AM The Good Shepherd"; "I AM The Resurrection And The Life", "I AM The Way, The Truth and The Life", and "I AM The True Vine". Each of these "I A M " statements are related to the anointing in the sense that they express the dimensions in which the L O R D can become real to us through the medium of the anointing. In this book we have chosen to explain these statements in terms of the attribute of the Spirit Of Understanding only; because, understanding is the key to true fellowship. But, the application of these statements is actually all encompassing in terms of all of the attributes of the inward anointing. Ultimately, the anointing opens into the realm of the FATHERhood of GOD, a subject not addressed in any depth in this book. But, we need to understand that the anointing is the FATHER'S way of putting us together - in HIS perfection - so that we can truly function as HIS children. This book is designed to open our eyes so that we may each see in a small way the wonder of YAHWEH-JIREH (Our Provider). And, that this provision is an experiential reality within us! The subject of the anointing will be something that will thrill us through eternity, as we continue to discover the unending blessing that Y A H W E H has designed into it as part of HIS FATHERhood. This revelation has been an awesome blessing to me. It is my prayer that the LORD will bless you with even deeper revelation of HIS PERSON. In the matchless name of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, may you truly discover and grow in " O u r Anointing In The L O R D JESUS CHRIST." A M E N !

Yours-In-CHRIST, James Niles EPHPHATHA MINISTRIES Kuala Lumpur Malaysia May 1993

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CONTENTS

Keys To The Anointing Introduction

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PART I: DIMENSIONS OF THE PERSONAL ANOINTING 1. Describing The Personal Anointing 2. Different Levels In The Anointing

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PART II: THE LAWS GOVERNING GROWTH IN THE PERSONAL ANOINTING 3. The Burnt Offering 4. The Peace Offering 5. The Meal Offering 6. The Law Of The SPIRIT Of Life In CHRIST JESUS

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PART III: UNDERSTANDING THE ELEMENTS OF THE INWARD ANOINTING 7. The Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD 8. The Structure Of The Inward Anointing 9. The Spirit Of Truth 10. The Spirit Of Counsel 11. The Spirit Of Knowledge 12. The Spirit Of Strength 13. The Spirit Of Understanding 14. The Spirit Of Wisdom 15. Holiness Unto The LORD

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APPENDIX 1: The Tabernacle Revelation In Summary

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THE PROMISE: •

"For Zion's sake, I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not keep quiet, until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning. And the nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; and you will be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD will designate. You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your GOD You will be called, 'MY delight is in her.' .... And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your GOD will rejoice over you." Isaiah 62:1-5

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"And the SPIRIT of the LORD will rest on HIM, the Spirit Of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit Of Counsel and Strength, the Spirit Of Knowledge and The Fear Of The LORD. And HE will delight in The Fear Of The LORD." - Isaiah 11:2-3a

"But when HE, the SPIRIT Of Truth, comes, HE will guide you into all the truth ... for HE shall take of MINE, and shall disclose it to you." - J o h n 16:13-14

THE MANIFESTATION: •

"But you have an anointing from the HOLY ONE, and you all know. ... 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. ... No one who is born of GOD practices

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sin, because HIS seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of GOD." - 1 John 2:20,27; 3:9 "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of GOD and not from ourselves. ... For we are a fragrance of CHRIST to GOD.... Thanks be to GOD, WHO always leads us in HIS triumph in CHRIST, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of HIM in every place." - 2 Cor 4:7; 2:15,14


INTRODUCTION

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his book is an introduction to the subject of our personal anointing in the L O R D JESUS CHRIST. This anointing, the L O R D perfected in the Temple of HIS Body. Our L O R D has made this anointing available to us individually and collectively - as "Spirit without measure" (as prophesied in John 3:34). The personal anointing is a crucial part of our covenant in the L O R D JESUS CHRIST. The anointing is a covenant promise that enables our t r a n s f o r m a t i o n b u t , the a n o i n t i n g is also an expression of o u r transformation. The H O L Y SPIRIT engineers the workings of the anointing within us, in terms of both "enabling" and "expressing" our transformation. The "focus" of the anointing is the glory of the F A T H E R in the name of JESUS. And this focus manifests in two ways: (i) That we receive the FATHER'S glory perfected in CHRIST within ourselves; and, (ii)That we glorify our F A T H E R through the anointing that has been perfected (in CHRIST) into us. [See John 17:1,22.]

The anointing therefore, enables us to glimpse at the wonder of perfection that YAHWEH has predestined for us in HIS glory nature. The anointing enables us to appreciate the wonder of becoming partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4). In 1 John 3:3, we see an amazing passage on hope: "And everyone who has this hope fixed on HIM purifies himself, just as HE is pure." This passage gives us an amazing insight into the realm of true hope where, there is a realm of hope that purifies us even as our FATHER is pure. This enables us to understand why the L O R D JESUS declared the "impossible" in Matt 5:48, "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly F A T H E R is perfect." Hope is the essence that births the faith (Heb 11:1a) that enables us to take hold of the anointing of CHRIST in the fear of the LORD. Since hope is able to move us into the realm of the FATHER'S perfection, the concept of xix


"perfection" is not some theological ideal that we can dismiss as impracticable. This is particularly important in our understanding of the anointing; as the final product of the personal anointing is the testimony of CHRIST in us and through us. The covenant testimony, that is one of the principle themes of not only the book of Revelation (Rev 19:1 Ob), but al so the whole bible. This is the testimony of the Church that is mentioned in Rev 12:11 in a manner corresponding to the dimensions of Rev 11:19 and Rev 15:2-5. In John 17:1, the L O R D asks the FATHER to glorify HIM, so that HE would glorify the FATHER. In John 17:22, the L O R D speaks of this perfected glory (see verse 19) manifesting is us so that HIS testimony could be produced as a testimony before the world. We need to understand that this is the testimony of the Church, and not merely a testimony of a few individuals. The grace for the beginning of this testimony "in the dimensions of the Church" is coming upon us. We must be prepared to receive and express the testimony of our LORD, so that the world may see HIM through us in no uncertain terms (Rev 12:11). This book is divided into three parts. The first part defines and describes the personal anointing. Here distinction is made between the personal anointing and the ministry anointings. However, the point is made that the personal anointing does impact the level at which someone operates in the ministry anointing. So it is important that we understand, that the personal anointing is the most important aspect of the anointing, in the sense that, we can each only minister to the extent of what is in us, or rather, to the extent of what Y A H W E H has placed within us. The second part introduces and describes the law that governs the anointing - the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. The principle facets of this law are described in some detail so that we can appreciate the incredible depth of the law that is operated by two PERSON'S of the TRINITY in fulfillment of the predestined will of the FATHER. In chapter six, the interactions of this complex law of the SPIRIT of CHRIST is presented figuratively. The law of the SPIRIT, in terms of its deeper implications are highlighted throughout Part III. So we ultimately come to the realisation that the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS is the F A T H E R h o o d of G O D . The third part is a somewhat lengthy introduction of the different facets of the inward anointing that resides within all of us who are born (again) of the SPIRIT of CHRIST. While the anointing operates as a whole, it is important that we appreciate the wondrous facets that are components of

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the anointing. Chapter eight describes a structure of the anointing that is founded on the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. The anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD is explained in terms of seven components, so that a true understanding of the term "fear of the LORD" manifests within us. Truth is an important aspect of the anointing. Truth "qualifies" the anointing. And so the subject of truth radiates all of Part III, because truth is the inward light of Truth that enables the distinguishment of what is of the True Light, as compared to what is of the light of darkness. For as there is an anointing of true light, there is also "an anointing of darkness" that plunges the human spirit into death and the human soul into the realm of falsehood and apparent truth. The other aspects of the anointing that are dealt with are the Spirit Of Counsel, Knowledge, Strength (or Power), Understanding and Wisdom. Ultimately, the anointing is expected to be driven and manifested as a delight in the fear of the LORD in accordance to Isa ll:2-3a. For we need to understand that the anointing is not an end in itself but, it is the light that enables us to worship YAHWEH in terms of a wholesome lifestyle - both individually and as the Church of JESUS CHRIST. This lifestyle, is perfection in conformance to our being in the image of the LORD JESUS CHRIST and, is fulfillment of the covenant name YAHWEH-SHAMMAH. This book is a call to "Holiness unto the LORD." It is a call to the Church of JESUS CHRIST to look beyond the frailties of our human limitations to the potentials made available to us in the LORD JESUS CHRIST. It is this potential of the collective Church of JESUS CHRIST that is the ultimate essence and substance of the personal anointing. Chapter 15 takes a glimpse at this potential as an appreciation of the wonder of the grace made available to us in our LORD and SAVIOUR. May the LORD bless you as you unravel the deeper realms of the anointing under the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT, so that the anointing of our LORD JESUS CHRIST will truly bring your life to the fulfilling experience of glorifying our FATHER in heaven - in JESUS name. AMEN.

In this book all quotations from scripture are primarily taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) and as noted from the New King James (NKJV) and King James (KJV) Versions of the Bible.

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PART I

DIMENSIONS OF THE PERSONAL ANOINTING

Defining The Personal Anointing Describing The Anointing Understanding The Anointing Different Levels In The Anointing The Necessity Of Communion


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DESCRIBING THE PERSONAL ANOINTING

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efore we define the term "personal anointing" let us first understand why the anointing is a subject worthy of our intense pursuit in GOD. GOD is perfect. HE can only be seen and communed with in some level of a state of perfection (see Matt 5:8). However, perfection is a state of being that is absolutely impossible to man. The broad attributes of perfection - love, truth, righteousness, faithfulness, and holiness - are all defined in the PERSON of GOD. They are not defined by the languages of man although, GOD has chosen in HIS grace to reveal in HIS written word the dimensions of each of these attributes. To truly understand these attributes we must live and experience them. But we can only experience these attributes in GOD. As mentioned, this is something that is a clear impossibility.

Impossibility became possibility, when GOD sent HIS WORD to manifest and describe a new reality in HIMSELF towards us. A reality that would be opened to man by faith in GOD through the LORD JESUS CHRIST - the WORD made flesh. A reality that begins when we are born of the SPIRIT of GOD (John 3:5-6). GOD the WORD was made flesh (John 1:14,14) so that we could behold the glory nature of GOD in flesh. Before this actually happened in space time history, man could only comprehend the awesome perfection of GOD in vague human terms through HIS law. [The term "law" is used here in the context of the law of regulations or "do's and dont's." The law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS is the New Covenant law that is administered by two PERSONS of the TRINITY on an "on-line basis" within us.] The highest form of the law stated that we were to love the LORD our GOD with all of our being (Deut 6:4-6) and that we were to manifest this love in our lives by loving our neighbour as ourselves (Lev 19:18b). However, imperfect and vague our understanding of love may be, we all know that this law was an obvious impossiblity and the history of the children of Israel


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demonstrated that reality in tragic fashion. They could not bring themselves (by faith in HIM) into the grace of HIS covenant and its wondrous promises. Something more was needed if man was to comprehend and live in accordance to the perfection of GOD (see Matt 5:48). [We can see "perfection" as a realm that exists in GOD.] Man needed some means by which he could be transformed so that he could put on the nature of perfection, for we all know that imperfection is death. The imperfection of sin is a state that we are familiar with because we experience it in our daily lives. It is the reality of the world. The L O R D J E S U S C H R I S T , the W O R D m a d e f l e s h , d e m o n s t r a t e d another reality the reality of perfection in H I S MANhood. And, HE also established at the cross, the means by which this reality of perfection could be translated into our lives - in HIS perfect image t h r o u g h faith in H I M . The "mechanics" that enables this amazing a n d s u p e r n a t u r a l t r a n s f e r is w h a t we call the anointing. This anointing - which has been established in the perfect n a t u r e of C H R I S T [manifested in the reality of HIS life on e a r t h and perfectly a n d fully d e m o n s t r a t e d (or, perfected) at the cross] - is a covenant g u a r a n t e e sealed in the blood of the L O R D J E S U S C H R I S T (see L u k e 22:20; Heb 7:22). In this book we will introduce the dimensions of the wonder that is called the anointing in terms of its attributes. We shall examine the law that governs the anointing, and we will see that inherent in the grace that is released to man in the anointing, is the necessary reality of our GOD. [A reality that manifests through faith a n d is n u r t u r e d experientially in love.] The reality of GOD, W H O is Y H W H (translated by suitable vowel inserts into Y A H W E H or, J E H O V A H ) , is described in H I S n a m e as: "I AM W H O I A M " and, "1 AM T H A T I A M " [see Ex 3:14; 6:3]. The " W H O " r e f e r s t o the P E R S O N , while the " T H A T " r e f e r s t o the expression of the P E R S O N . W i t h o u t the " W H O " the " T H A T " would be meaningless a n d without the " T H A T " the " W H O " would be a mystery never to be understood or, experienced. The complementary meanings of Y H W H are revelation that the anointing seeks to manifest as a living, worshipful, loving, holy and t r u t h f u l , reality into o u r lives. That, is the ultimate reason for the anointing - to know the L O R D our G O D in the deepest intimacy of communion (see J e r 31:31-34). May the LORD bless you as the revelation of the anointing is translated as a living reality into your spirit and life in JESUS name. AMEN! 4


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DEFINING THE PERSONAL ANOINTING Very broadly, the anointing is the holy covenant guarantee (in CHRIST) by which GOD manifests HIS salvation grace (Eph 2:8) and ministry grace (1 Cor 15:10; Rom 12:6) in the Church and into our lives in the very personal sense. Firstly, the anointing enables the manifestation of the "new man" (in conformance to the SON of MAN) through transformation of our inner man by the HOLY SPIRIT. Secondly, the anointing enables our effective ministry under the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT. There are two types (or modes) of anointing: (1) the anointing within which is (positionally) available to every born again Christian in equal measure (and is the focus of this book); and, (2) the anointing upon. One aspect of the anointing upon is that it enables us to operate in our ministries (and where applicable - by calling - in specific offices, see Eph 4:11-12). The anointing upon is given so as to enable us to minister or serve in the way in which GOD wants us to and, in HIS power. This is a ministry anointing or, an anointing to minister. This aspect of the anointing varies according to our ministry callings. We will not be addressing this particular aspect of the anointing upon in this book except in passing. But there is a higher dimension to the anointing upon which we need to understand. And this is that it is the sovereign manifestation of GOD's "direct" PERSONAL ministry to HIS children which can take place with or without any human intermediary, either during public ministry or, in individual prayer closets or, during private contemplation of the word or, in circumstances of personal worship, when we have brought ourselves in humility before YAHWEH. When we experience the manifestation of this aspect of the anointing upon we would oftentimes say that we are Fdled with the HOLY SPIRIT. [There are also realms in which we can receive the ministry of the LORD JESUS and on rare occasions some saints have even been ministered to in the awesomeness of the FATHER.] This sovereign ministry of the MOST HIGH brings change, by impartation, to our inner man. This aspect of the anointing upon is (positionally) available to every child of GOD - in equal measure. In this book we shall refer to the anointing within and the PERSONAL ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT (or, the SPIRIT of CHRIST or, the SPIRIT of GOD) through the anointing upon as the "personal anointing".

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From this point forth in this book, unless specifically mentioned the word anointing is always in reference to the personal aspects of the anointing that are associated with the inward anointing (or anointing within). However, we need to understand that in practice all aspects of the two anointings operate collaboratively although, one can operate or function in the anointing within alone - which is what we normally do. But there can be spectacular manifestations of the anointing within too (see Acts 3:6) that are a reflection of our spiritual level in the LORD. We could also be reading the word and meditating (or, even contemplating) it in accordance to the anointing within when the anointing of the LORD comes upon us and a new realm of contemplation (in spirit) is entered into. [This is the realm of receiving YAHWEH's counsel. Understand also that the Spirit of Counsel (Isa 11:2) is an attribute of the inward anointing.] This is a typical example of how the two modes of the anointing can operate together in a personal sense. [To the "child" who is willing to spend time with the L O R D the realm of the anointings of G O D are an experience of the limitless grace of Y A H W E H . This is the deep realm of covenant that we must be willing to submit ourselves to. Here we will see the beauty of the MOST HIGH. We need to understand that these realms are available to every son and daughter of the MOST HIGH.]

UNDERSTANDING THE ANOINTING GOD's Dwelling Established The anointing within (which as the name implies, flows f r o m the real presence of G O D within us) is a New Covenant mechanism which has the intent of establishing us as the children of GOD in a practical every day sense (see 2 Cor 5:17; 6:18; 3:3-6,18; 4:6-7) even as CHRIST is formed in us (Gal 4:19b; Rom 8:29; Eph 3:16-20). We - in a singular personal sense as well as in a corporate sense - are to be the dwelling place of YAHWEH the FATHER, the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT (see John 14:16-17.23; 2 Cor 6:16). This revelation actually originates from Ex 25:8 where the Tabernacle of GOD is introduced as GOD's dwelling place amongst HIS people. The fullness of the development of this tabernacle revelation is graphically expressed in Rev 21:3-7. The New Testament emphasizes the reality (and the purposeful necessity) of a "corporate" dwelling place being established in the Body of CHRIST -

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the Church (Eph 2:19-22). [That results from personal inbuilding - see Eph 2:8-10.] This Church is to be "the fulness of HIM WHO Fills all in all" (see Eph 1:22-23) "with a view to an administration suitable to the fulness of the times, that is the summing up of all things in CHRIST, things in the heavens and things upon the earth. In HIM (CHRIST) also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to HIS (the FATHER'S) purpose WHO works all things after the counsel of HIS will ..." (Eph 1:9-11). Ex 25:9 gives the "method" and "specifications" by which the dwelling place will be built: "According to all that I am going to show you, as the pattern of all its furniture, just so you shall construct it." The furniture in Moses Tabernacle graphically describes and depicts the ministry of the LORD JESUS and the HOLY SPIRIT (see Appendix 1). The Levitical sacrifices (Lev 1-5), a subject dealt with in my book on the covenant, introduces the dimensions of the finished work of CHRIST. We will in this book look at these sacrifices from the perspective of the anointing. The underlying revelation is that the temple will be built in the fullness of the ministry of two PERSONS of the ONE, TRIUNE GOD (Deut 6:4) - GOD the WORD and GOD the HOLY SPIRIT (see Isa 48:16-17). But, it will be orchestrated by GOD the FATHER'S will (see John 15:1-2,8; Eph 1:1 lb,3-6) and predestined purpose. What Eph 1:11b calls the "counsel of HIS (the FATHER'S) will." It means that we are each to be conformed to the image of our LORD JESUS CHRIST (Rom 8:29a). Collectively, it means that we will be moulded into HIS Body - the Church - displaying the "fullness of HIM WHO fills all in all." And, manifesting the perfect will and purpose of the MOST HIGH.

Salvation Grace Manifested All this (the new man - in each one of us individually - and, the accomplishment of YAHWEH's will through us collectively) will be established via the anointing within, that YAHWEH has placed within us. That's why we need to understand the dimensions of the anointing within. That's why we need to focus our spiritual growth in the fullness of all the attributes of the anointing within (Eph 1:3-4). We need to "see" (by revelation and by experience) the holy mechanism of our covenantal legacy (or, inheritance) in CHRIST (Eph 1:17-18). We will receive this legacy through "the HOLY SPIRIT of Promise, WHO is given as a pledge of our inheritance" (Eph l:13b-14). 7


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Our foundational inheritance is the anointing within: by which, we realize the fullness of salvation grace; by being conformed to the image of our LORD; and thereby becoming a true child of the MOST HIGH (see Col l:9b-14). This anointing within is called the " t r e a s u r e in e a r t h e n vessels" (2 Cor 4:7a). [A "treasure" that derives from the real presence of GOD. HIS presence in HIS temple in each one of us. T h i s is " t r e a s u r e " as A L M I G H T Y G O D considers treasure! For it is the HOLY SPIRIT in Paul WHO calls it a "treasure". This t r e a s u r e is priceless because it was configured in C H R I S T - in the Temple of H I S Body (see John 2:19,21; 17:19; Luke 22:19,15-16).] The anointing is the most tangible manifestation of GOD's salvation grace that we can experience in our life - second only to being in YAH WEH's manifested presence. Paul expresses this in characteristic fashion in 2 Cor 12:9; 4:7 and 3:5-6. But, the best description of the anointing within is given in Eph 1:6 (NKJV) where the anointing within is called the "glory of HIS grace, by which HE (the F A T H E R ) has made us accepted in the B E L O V E D ( C H R I S T ) . " This anointing is the holy mechanism by which the FATHER (John 15:1-2) will establish us "holy a n d blameless before H I M (Eph 1:4b)." This is fulfillment of the covenant promise given to Abraham (Gen 17:1-2) in the fullness of the covenant name "EL SHADDAI" (the ALMIGHTY and ALL-SUFFICIENT GOD): "I AM EL SHADDAI; walk before M E , and be blameless. And I will establish MY covenant between ME and you." In the New Covenant context (see Jer 31:31-34; Eze 36:25-27), it is the ALMIGHTY and ALL-SUFFICIENT GOD WHO will cause us and enable us to walk before HIM in holiness and in blamelessness. And HE does this through the anointing within that HE has established in us via the seed of Abraham - our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST (Gal 3:16). The atoning, cleansing and sanctifying power of the Blood of CHRIST (Heb 9:13-14) enables the nurturing of this anointing within through the word (and WORD - see 1 Peter 1:21-23; 2:9) and the HOLY SPIRIT (1 Peter 1:2; 2 Thess 2:13b). We need to see that CHRIST needs to be formed in us (Gal 4:19b) so that we can confess that "it is no longer I who live, but C H R I S T lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the SON of G O D , W H O loved me a n d gave H I M S E L F f o r m e " (Gal 2:20 - NKJV). Eph 3:17, explains how CHRIST is formed in us even as we live by faith in HIM. Eph 3:19-20 (NKJV). explains that we can be filled "with all the

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fullness of GOD" because the FATHER "is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us." The word "power" refers to the anointing within, but in the fullness of its meaning, it also refers to the power of the HOLY SPIRIT working through the power of the anointing (see Eph 3:16 for context).

GOD Uses The Anointing We need to understand that the anointing is a holy mechanism. We do not worship the anointing (but we respect it); we worship ALMIGHTY GOD and HIM ALONE. [We need to be reverent when the anointing of GOD manifests because such a manifestation is brought about by the real presence of GOD. The reverence is in response to GOD's presence.] GOD works in us through the anointing; in practice, through the two modes of the personal anointing. [That is, GOD uses the personal anointing upon to increase the anointing within. We need to continually experience this in our lives. It is the tangible experience of the ministry of GOD.] The anointing is a holy "implement" in HIS hand. [Please see Isa 41:10 and Isa 10:27 from the KJV or NKJV. Excluding the KJV and NKJV, the other major translations of the Bible translate Isa 10:27b along the lines that "the yoke will be broken because of the fatness." The "fatness" here refers to the manifested power of the personal anointing (although, it also refers to the corporate ministry anointing that is able to break the yoke). The use of the term "fatness" in Isa 10:27b, particularly refers to the inward anointing. We can see this from Lev 3:3-5, in the Peace Offering, where the fat is sacrificed as a soothing aroma to the LORD. The fat is the inward anointing resident within us.]

CHRIST In Us In Eph 3:16-20, we see that the power within is powered by the HOLY SPIRIT (vs 16). But, the purpose of the working of power is to establish CHRIST within us. We are to be conformed to the image of the LORD JESUS (Rom 8:29) in accordance with the predestined purpose of the FATHER. The anointing within is therefore the peculiar "framework" that establishes the moral attributes of JESUS - the WORD - within us (through the meditative and contemplative process in which we consume the flesh of HIS word). The writer to the Hebrews acclaims CHRIST (Heb 1:3) as "the radiance of HIS (the FATHER'S) glory and the exact (in an absolute sense)

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representation of H I S (the FATHER'S) n a t u r e . " The anointing within establishes some measure of the fullness of CHRIST within us (Eph 4:13b). 2 Peter 1:4b, tells us that we "become p a r t a k e r s of the divine n a t u r e . " That's why we are called the children of GOD. We are HIS offspring being conformed to HIS image through CHRIST. We are to be expressions of HIS nature (see Matt 5:48). We are "made" in CHRIST through the anointing. So what is the anointing within? We have called it a holy mechanism but, it is m u c h more t h a n our u n d e r s t a n d i n g of what a m e c h a n i s m entails, for the anointing within is eternal a n d it grows in us; it is alive! T h e anointing is a living power. It enables us to be c o n f o r m e d to C H R I S T . It is n u r t u r e d by the power of the H O L Y S P I R I T (Eph 3:16) in accordance to the will of the F A T H E R . The F A T H E R p r u n e s us (John 15:1-2) a n d the resultant growth is established, in the anointing within, so that we are increasingly like o u r L O R D . In a sense the anointing is a s u p e r n a t u r a l enabling to be like JESUS, even as the glory n a t u r e of G O D is established within us. It is all these things. Yet, t h e r e is very m u c h m o r e f o r us to u n d e r s t a n d a b o u t the anointing a n d take hold of by covenant. This is what we shall discover as the H O L Y S P I R I T defines the basics of the anointing t h a t originated t h r o u g h H I M f r o m the F A T H E R (Isa 11:2; L u k e 1:35; J o h n 1:32-34) a n d was perfected in C H R I S T (in c o n f o r m a n c e to h u m a n dimensions) a n d given to us - the C h u r c h - as Spirit without measure (John 3:34) in C H R I S T . The anointing is the deepest a n d most experiential expression of covenant salvation in our L O R D JESUS. It is the blueprint of J E S U S o u r L O R D - the first b o r n of a new creation (Col 1:15). Something like a spiritual "genetic code" t h a t defines a new being (a new m a n ) in C H R I S T . But yet again, this is only a p a r t i a l and incomplete description.

CHRIST'S Fragrance Manifested My personal descriptive preference of the anointing within is given in 2 C o r 2:14-15, where it is categorically stated t h a t the anointing is the fragrance of C H R I S T emanating f r o m our knowledge of C H R I S T [a t r u e and full knowledge arising f r o m deep communion (the fellowship of knowing H I M ) and revelation - 1 C o r 1:4-9; 11:24-25; J o h n 6:53,56,63; E p h 1:17,3:17-19] which accomplishes Y A H W E H ' s t r i u m p h in C H R I S T by establishing us (each one of us - personally) as sons and d a u g h t e r s of the M O S T H I G H (2 C o r 6:18; 7:1). 10


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We shall begin our journey of discovery - by faith (Heb 11:6) - at the Tabernacle of Moses that is the figurative representation of the dwelling place of YAHWEH. This is the conceptual framework. A perusal of Figure 1 (on page 14) will show that the anointing is founded in JESUS CHRIST and is nurtured by the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT. And, it is manifested to the glory of the FATHER as worship manifested in a living Tabernacle. As we study the anointing within, we must never forget that the anointing is fully defined, nurtured and manifested by the MOST HIGH ALONE. We are vessels. To seek to carnally manipulate the anointing in any of its modes is to descend into the depths of the greatest foolishness. Our focus must be the LORD and HIS purposes - in worship.

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e shall begin our study on the personal anointing by looking at the pattern of the Tabernacle. The "levels" of the anointing are described symbolically in the Tabernacle. Figure 1 gives us a quick overview of the three parts of the Tabernacle. And we can move (in a practical experiential sense) from one level to another at the speed of thought; in very much the same pattern as Peter moved from a strong faith level to a weak faith level (as he walked on the water), at the speed of thought. But, there is also a general level of the anointing that we "normally" occupy as a result of our spiritual state of being - in consecration. So some will normally live in the Holy Place, while others will normally live in the Outer Court. O n e day we shall live in the Holy Of Holies (Rev 21:3-7). In Appendix 1, there is a brief overview of the Revelation of the Covenant and how the Covenant Ministry of the L O R D JESUS CHRIST and the H O L Y SPIRIT is symbolically represented in the Tabernacle of Moses and its associated sacrifices. In this chapter, we are looking at the Tabernacle in terms of the anointing. And how this anointing can be understood from the pattern of the Tabernacle. F o r the t a b e r n a c l e of o u r p e r s o n operates on the basis (or, as a reflection) of the anointing t h a t is in place within us.

The New Covenant Ark And Tabernacle The anointing is associated with the Tabernacle or dwelling place of Y A H W E H with HIS people (see Ex 25:8-9). This "association" is a consequence of G O D ' s presence, since the anointing derives f r o m the real presence of GOD (Ex 40:34; Eze 36:27; John 14:16-17, 23). The Tabernacle, in a collective sense, represents the Church in New Covenant terms (Eph 2:19-22), ultimately manifesting as the Tabernacle mentioned in Rev 21:3-7. However, the collective is founded in the personal that is each of us.


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This means that while the Tabernacle is ultimately corporate, we must understand that we - individually - are also a tabernacle of GOD (see 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19; 2 Cor 6:16; Eph 3:17; John 14:23). The Ark of the covenant or testimony is represented in each one of us individually. Specifically, it is the ark of the spirit (in the spirit heart) where the presence of CHRIST is established (Eph 3:17). And, it is upon the tablets of the heart that the law is written (Jer 31:33). We are each the testimony of CHRIST. The testimony is graphically described in the passage from 1 Cor 1:4-9 shown below. "I thank my GOD always concerning you, for the grace of GOD which was given you in CHRIST JESUS, that in everything you were (are) enriched in HIM, in all speech and all knowledge, even as the testimony concerning CHRIST was [was predestined and is being] confirmed in you ...." 2 Cor 3:3 continues the narrative description of our spirit being the ark of testimony along the following lines, "... you are a letter of CHRIST, .... written not with ink, but with the SPIRIT of the living GOD, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts." [The symbolic Old Covenant foundations to these principles are outlined in Deut 5:29 and 10:2.] The Tabernacle is a figurative representation of the complete Ministry of the LORD JESUS CHRIST and the HOLY SPIRIT in each of us individually. This ministry has the ultimate purpose of moulding us into the collective of the Church that is truly CHRIST's Body - "the fulness of HIM WHO fills all in all (Eph 1:23)." This points to the Church as being the ultimate fulfillment of YAHWEH's New Covenant Plan, "a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your (our) GOD" (Isa 62:3). The Bride (see Rev 21:9-23). The written word was designed so that the "symbolic" of the Tabernacle would be explained and manifested by the subsequent revelation of JESUS CHRIST and the HOLY SPIRIT within us individually and collectively. The complete outline was first given symbolically, so that there would be no misinterpretation of the parameters of subsequent revelation that would enable the balanced development of the Church. Church history however, shows that we have divided the truths into components suitable to varying "conveniences" and the results have often been a Church which has often been at war within herself. [We must never forget that it is the blood of the LAMB that defines the Church. We are brethren in the precious blood of JESUS. It is time for us to 15


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practice this even amongst those who patently dislike (hate?) us! The parable of the Good Samaritan speaks of Jew and Samaritan. Today that translates into: Charismatic and non-Charismatic. Catholic and Protestant. Orthodox and Catholic. Orthodox and Protestant. Remember what the division between Samaritan and Jew was! It was supposed to be theologically unbridgeable. At man's level it was and yet it really wasn't. To the LORD it wasn't. HIS love has the power to bridge the apparently unbridgeable. When we look at the perfect power of GOD in eternity and HIS perfect provision in CHRIST, the mountain of impossibility becomes a plane of certainty. Are you willing to walk in the faith that the mountain will be removed? There are many parts of the Body of CHRIST that are in pain. Some are dying. Some are decaying. Reasons vary from being bound in falsehood, to pride, to stubborness. Nonetheless these are wounds. Festering wounds. Some of which will lead to eternal death. So many of us are replica's of the Priest and the Levite who passed by very piously! Unwilling to apply the anointing (balm) GOD has bestowed on and in us - to give life by binding the wounds. Who is going to be the Good Samaritan in the Body Of CHRIST? Heal the sick we say! Are we really willing to heal the sick? Or, do we even know what is the real sickness? We want the gifts to manifest. Yes, they are wonderful; but, so often we use them to produce stage shows not to heal real sickness and disease. We need to love even as the LORD loved us unconditionally on the cross. It is the fundamental of realizing the anointing in our lives. Doctrine and revelation are not above the law of love. This law is established by "GOD is love." And this law was fully manifested on the cross. It must now be manifested in the Church to fully express the triumph of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. This is the testimony of JESUS that is the spirit of prophecy (see Rev 19:10b). We will end this book by briefly discussing this in Chapter 15. The covenant promise of salvation establishes the law of love as a living reality within us (see Jer 31:33). This law of love can only be written into us if we are willing to practice it and be perfected in it.]

Establishing The Anointed Church Today there are the beginnings of a major move (of the HOLY SPIRIT) towards a Church consciousness (of being CHRIST'S Body versus belonging to a particular denomination) - a reflection of the beauty of CHRIST. The LORD is raising a new generation that is turning its back on the mediocrity of worldliness (including that which exists in the Church) to the 16


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excellence of knowing and demonstrating CHRIST. A conscious effort to receive our blessed LORD in the dynamic of a demonstrative victory over sin and death and in a unity reflective of HIS prayer in John 17:23 - in the grace of the MOST HIGH. This will not be a unity of compromise on truths but the miracle of HIS precious love manifested. What has all this to do with the anointing? Everything! The anointing was designed and nurtured in the LORD JESUS in order to achieve this state of the Church. In John 17:19,23 the LORD declares that HE sanctified HIMSELF so that we would be perfected in unity. The personal anointing is to establish the inward changes, that would enable the real presence of CHRIST within each one of us, to transform the body through the corporate ministries and offices designated (and established) by the LORD. The sovereign ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT through the anointing of the LORD JESUS will change the Church. [There are dimensions of the personal anointing that we will receive in our individual capacities only if we are focussed on the collective of blessing the Body of CHRIST. We will understand this better when we discuss the law of the Meal Offering.] The transformation of the Church however is solely dependent on the anointing within that enables us to be conformed (ultimately, perfectly!) to our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. There are many books that have been written on the corporate aspects of the anointing (which is part of the anointing upon). This book places the anointing on its Foundation - the LORD JESUS CHRIST in our life in the most personal revelation sense. This is the realm of the inward anointing. For the great move of the HOLY SPIRIT, that is coming upon us, to really bear fruits, there must be a conscious understanding that these fruits must be established through the anointing within in ourselves, and in those whom we minister to. While it is inspiring and awesome to see miracles, and certainly these are of the utmost necessity, the Church is built on JESUS CHRIST ALONE and WHO HE really is in the very personal revelation sense (Eph 1:17). This is the realm of the anointing within. The forming of JESUS CHRIST within each one of us. And this must be the ultimate focus of all ministry. All ministry must ultimately conform to the overall will and desire of YAHWEH for man (Rom 8:29). That means that it must be revelation WORD centered (Rev 12:11). We must not fall into the (easy) trap of basing our evaluations of the truth (which is an attribute of YAHWEH) on the experiential alone. The 17


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experiential is to give form and substance to the word foundation and the reality of CHRIST but, it cannot take the place of the foundational of WORD revelation. On the other hand, studying the word and not seeing the experiential means something essential is missing in our spiritual life. For we do not serve, and commune with, a silent GOD or a GOD of theory. HE is real - absolutely real! There is no substitute for HIM and HIS holy presence in communion. When we look at the Tabernacle pattern in terms of the anointing we can see that there are three broad levels (or, realms?) of the anointing within that are depicted by the three divisions of the Tabernacle - the Outer Court, the Holy Place, and the Holy of Holies. In general, the anointing within grows through these three stages. But as we said earlier, we can also move from one stage (or, realm) to another at the speed of thought (or, desire). Similarly, we can also move from one stage (or, realm) to another through the anointing upon either coming upon us (or, lifting from us) during worship, prayer or contemplation. We can similarly also conceive, that at each stage (realm) we can also be impacted by different measures of the anointing upon. Such that, within each stage (realm) the manifested anointing varies. In addition we need to understand that when we enter the realm of the Holy of Holies, the progression available to us is potentially limitless. So we see that the realm of the anointing is beyond human conception. It is truly a tangible experience of YAHWEH's grace. The anointing describes a reality of the MOST HIGH in our lives. And, the anointing functions in the sacred presence of GOD. This is the privilege of sonship.

THE OUTER COURT The Outer Court depicts Christian living commencing with our born again experience (at the Brazen Altar). [See also Appendix 1.] Our GOD gives us a new spirit and a new heart. HIS SPIRIT takes HIS place in our spirit (see Eze 36:25-27; John 3:3,5-6; 4:10,14). Our anointing within is depicted as a well of living water springing up to eternal life (John 4:10,13-14; 17:3). Ezekiel depicts the anointing as a new heart (a new desire in sincerity that is supernaturally imparted in the born again experience) for GOD and the things of GOD. Through Jeremiah, YAHWEH assures us that this will result in our knowing HIM (Jer 31:34). This is the realm of intimacy that 1 Cor 6:17 expresses. The Ministry Of CHRIST and the HOLY SPIRIT nurture growth and, establish the initial change of our inner man in increasing measures of "fullness" over time. We note the changes (sometimes spectacular changes) 18


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in our inner person and this causes us to pursue the deeper things of YAHWEH. [Over time, we see that all change is spectacular.] This change manifests through the medium of the inward anointing. The word (depicted by the Laver) becomes a revelation of cleansing in our inner man (see John 15:3; Eph 5:26; Eze 36:25). The Outer Court is therefore, the dynamic launching pad for life in the Holy Place - which is an "everyday" living experience of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

Moving On Is A Necessity Unfortunately, many Christians choose to live their entire life (on earth that is) in the Outer Court and, battling sin becomes the foremost experience of their Christian life. Their experience of CHRIST remains in the realm of repentance which is represented by the Levitical sacrifices of the Sin Offering and the Guilt Offering. [Please don't get me wrong, repentance is a necessary state of being in all stages of our Christian life. It is however, not to be our primary focus. Sin must be dealt with at all stages of our Christian life and we must never be complacent about it. But, it cannot be the focus of Christian living. For our focus is to be like CHRIST.] People who choose to live in the Outer Court of Christian living never quite come to grips with the well of living water bubbling forth and springing up to a victorious and joyful (Phil 3:1; Col 3:12-17) living. The danger of living in the outer Court is that many eventually get fed-up with Christianity. Through time Christianity becomes a religion - a practice of religious routines and ceremonies - often, to keep an increasingly seared conscience quiet. But this Christian living is not satisfying. It lacks the experiential reality of the real presence of JESUS within us and a true knowledge of HIM. Some who live in the Outer Court may even lose their salvation grace. That's tragic. Those who choose to live in the Outer Court fail to pursue the growth of the inward anointing that has been given. Their experiences of the anointing upon are forgotten; sometimes even deliberately ignored. This is the state of being hardened of heart.

THE HOLY PLACE The Holy Place is where the anointing within begins to blossom and take form and, this is the primary focus of this book. The Holy Place has the p r i m a r y t'ocus of m a k i n g us holy unto o u r GOD. Enabling us to truly be

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a living witness of CHRIST-likeness as the sons and daughters of our FATHER in heaven (see 2 Cor 6:18; 7:1). Here the springs of living water have the potential of springing up and becoming the rivers of living water flowing out of us (John 7:38-39). [This is the realm of true ministry that is an expression of the anointing within.]

Becoming The Children Of GOD The ultimate manifestation of sonship to YAHWEH is when we are able to relate to each other as brethren in love (John 13:34-35; 1 John 2:3-6). This is the ultimate manifestation of the anointing within (1 John 2:20,23,27-29; John 17:22-23). Simply because the command to love others as ourselves is the fulfillment of the commandment to love GOD (1 John 4:7-9). This is how we are perfected in the anointing. [This is why the book of 1 John talks of the light of fellowship (1:7), the anointing within (2:20,27) and love (John 4:7) as an integrated subject reflective of the attributes of GOD - light (1:5), love (3:1; 4:8) and life (1:1-3; 2:14b; 3:24; 5:12,20) - manifesting in and through us. This is the practical realm of being perfected in CHRIST. It is the realm of receiving HIS sanctifying grace. Note the very peculiar phrasing of 1 John 1:7.] The LORD prayed for this "perfecting" before HE went to the cross. It was the ultimate prophecy (and is the guarantee) of the success of HIS ministry through the inward anointing; the anointing that HE would sanctify in the Body of HIS Temple (Matt 12:6; John 2:19,21) on the cross at Calvary (see John 17:18-19; Heb 2:10-11; 5:9; 10:14-16) and pour forth into HIS bride so that the bride would manifest "the fullness of HIM" (Eph 1:23). What the prophet Isaiah expressed as (Isa 61:3b;9b), "So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD (see also John 15:1-8), that HE may be glorified.... The offspring whom the LORD has blessed. ... So the LORD GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations." [John 17:22 refers to the anointing as the glory that CHRIST has given us. Paul refers to this glory as a treasure in 2 Cor 3:18; 4:6-7. We see here that there is a Glory in GOD - that belongs to HIS PERSON - but, there is a glory that derives from HIM. This glory emanates through the attributes of the inward anointing - perfected in CHRIST (in HIS humanity by HIS divine UNITY in the GODHEAD) - that will be described in some detail in this book. John 17:23 tells us what the glory perfected in us, will bring forth glory - AMEN!] 20


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In Isa 62:2b-3, Isaiah completes the description of the LORD'S creative wonder through the anointing within, "And you will be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD will designate. You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your GOD." All this flows, from the anointing upon the LORD JESUS CHRIST (see Isa 61:1), that was nurtured in HIS Body, and is manifested to us through repeated infillings of the HOLY SPIRIT - the SPIRIT of CHRIST as Spirit (John 3:34). [We receive much through the anointing upon. But, what is received remains "within" - permanently - through the Spirit of the anointing within. It is the strengthening of the anointing within by impartation that is called the repeated fdlings by the HOLY SPIRIT. Can we be repeatedly filled by the HOLY SPIRIT? Most assuredly so! (Acts 4:8a; 4:29-31; 7:55; 9:31; 13:52.) That is the purpose of worship! We receive much when we worship GOD in the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. YAHWEH designed worship to provide us with HIS deepest provision - the treasure of HIS life (John 5:26; 6:26-40; 14:6a) and the ability to live that life to the fullest (John 1:4,9,12-13,16; 1 John 4:9; 5:12,20; John 17:3,22). GOD is love. Love always gives unselfishly - for the good of the receiver (1 Cor 13:4-8a). The fact is, GOD loves us. Why HE does that is beyond our understanding but we know it derives from HIS nature of love in HIS complete fullness. That's why we need to glorify HIM in HIS love. And we need to do so because it is the very basis and essence for/of our life. We can only live (and, in this sense if we say we have life then we must be able to live it) in YAHWEH - the FATHER, the WORD and the HOLY SPIRIT - in the name of JESUS our LORD and SAVIOUR. Everytime we are filled we are strengthened within (Eph 3:16). That is, our anointing (the power) within is increased. What manifests into our living being - permanently - is always through the anointing within (Eph 3:17). What then is the difference between the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT and the repeated fillings of the HOLY SPIRIT? The Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT completes the power dimension (or, "empowering") of the inward anointing once and for all (see Acts 1:8; 2:1-4; 11:15-16; 19:3-6). The Baptism is a special realm of grace. This concept of power, will be examined when we deal with the anointing of the Spirit Of Strength. Power is a peculiar attribute in GOD that requires an unique understanding of it. The Baptism is a (positional) completing of the inward anointing given to us at the new birth in terms of the "power" dimension. The completing opens 21


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a realm of special grace in "power". "Power" is a qualifier that is given to us in the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT to increase in holiness and minister from this realm of holiness. The New Testament refers to the anointing within as the power within - see Eph 3:20b. So there is something peculiar in the use of the word power that we must understand as it refers to the inward anointing. This we will discuss in the context of an experiential "empowering" in Chapter 12. The repeated infillings increase the anointing within in whatever form that it exists within us. We continuously need a fresh anointing upon so that we will keep growing by importation in accordance to our needs and true desires that are inspired by the inward anointing of the Spirit The Fear Of The LORD. We shall develop this dimension of thought later.] John 17:21-23 records the deep prayer of the heart of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, "that they may all be one; even as THOU FATHER, art in ME, and I in THEE, that they also may be in US (see Gen 1:26; Isa 6:8); that the world may believe that THOU didst send ME. And the glory (see 2 Cor 3:18; 4:6-7) which THOU hast given ME I have given to them; that they may be one, just as WE are; I in them (see Eph 1:22-23), and THOU in ME, that they may be perfected in unity, that the world may know that THOU didst send ME, and didst love them (John 15:7-11,13-14), even as THOU didst love ME." This is the end-time ministry of the Church (Rev 12:10-11; 15:2-5) that we need to rise to in HIS grace (and only by HIS grace - Eph 1:5-6) freely given. The key concept here is that the glory given to us, must be witnessed by the world, through our being perfected in unity. This is true power. The power manifested on the cross. This is the real purpose of the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT - to release a realm of grace that will enable the power of HIS love to be demonstrated. This is to enable a ministry from the realm of holiness unto the LORD.

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SPIRIT. In this book we will not discuss the ministry anointings but, we will discuss spiritual growth in accordance with the personal anointing that nurtures and expresses the inward anointing in a personal ministry as children of GOD.

We Are Established By CHRIST Life in the Holy Place is depicted by the first three Levitical sacrifices (which are described in some detail in my book "Our Covenant In The LORD JESUS CHRIST"). The sacrifices are symbolic representations of the finished work of CHRIST. The fact is, CHRIST went to the cross to complete a work that would establish a new man or, "true" man. This involved HIS becoming a Burnt Offering, a Meal Offering and a Peace Offering on our behalf. But there is much more. HE was not only the offering, but HE established the offerings for all eternity. How did HE do this? By nurturing the personal anointing of the TRUE MAN within the Temple of HIS Body. The anointing carries the full result of all three sacrifices. That's why the anointing is called the fragrance of JESUS CHRIST (2 Cor 2:14-15). In the book of Leviticus (1-3) all three of these sacrifices are called a "soothing aroma" to YAHWEH. Only YAHWEH can bring forth something that would truly "soothe" HIMSELF. That's why HE sent HIS WORD. [The name JESUS means "YAHWEH Saves." In fact, the name "JESUS" itself is a soothing aroma, when that name is used in the fullness of revelation knowledge that is the substance of true worship of the FATHER in the SON.] In John 17:19 the LORD JESUS said that "for their sakes I sanctify MYSELF, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth." Our sanctification is enabled or established in practical reality through and by CHRIST. We will examine this statement in the context of the covenant law of the offerings symbolically represented in the Book of Leviticus in the next chapter. The covenant law of the Old Testament is expressed as "the law of the SPIRIT of Life in CHRIST JESUS" in New Covenant terms (see Rom 8:2). In New Covenant terms, we live by the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. The HOLY SPIRIT puts the law of GOD in our hearts and enables us to know GOD (Jer 31:33-34) even as HE causes us to walk in HIS statutes (Eze 36:27). This is the outline description of the "law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS" that governs eternal life. This is why John 17:3 calls eternal life knowing the true GOD. We will examine varying facets of this revelation of the law of the SPIRIT in some detail in Chapter 3 and in various inserts there onwards. 23


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The necessity for the impartation of the covenant law into our hearts, under the New Covenant law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS, is (ultimately) to enable us to live and function out of the HOLY of HOLIES.

THE HOLY OF HOLIES This is the realm of YAHWEH's infinitude. This is the realm of HIS eternal. This is the realm of HIS BEING and HIS tangible Presence as HE chooses to manifest it in HIS divine sovereignty. This is the realm of HIS Glorious Nature and HIS Majesty. This is the realm of the MOST HIGH - EL ELYON. From our point of view, this is the realm of the incomprehensible and our understanding of our infinitesence (or, insignificance before HIM). Yet for us - by HIS grace - it is also the realm of our ALMIGHTY and ALL-SUFFICIENT GOD - EL SHADDAI. For us there is an infinite number oflevels of experience and being in this realm, that stretches into eternity. This is the experiential realm of communion that enables the realization of the infinite grace of sonship to/in the MOST HIGH. [Actually, this is why man was created.] Revelation 21 declares that one day we will live in this realm eternally. That one day we will physically dwell in the secret place of the MOST HIGH. And YAHWEH will indeed - in HIS infinite love and grace - establish HIS Tabernacle among men (Rev 21:3).

Experiencing The Wonder Of GOD Today we have different levels of exposure to the HOLY of HOLIES. The extent of our exposure depends on HIS sovereignly manifested grace (as reflected in the anointing upon) and YAHWEH's sanctifying grace, as reflected in the level of the inward anointing that rises within us; that is in turn reflective of the extent to which we are willing to bring ourselves in humility and submission before HIM. While this is the realm of deep communion with the MOST HIGH, we also see that it is also the realm of operating in the heavenlies as a result of (or, while in) this deep communion. This is the realm of true covenant that Enoch, Moses, Elijah and Elisha entered although, they were only operating under the Old Covenant. Isaiah, Daniel and Ezekiel saw incredible visions and, some of the most expressive prophetic narratives are seen in the books that bear their names. All of their

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experiences were under the anointing upon which was the only anointing available under the Old Covenant. Under the New Covenant, the personal experiences available are deeper because of the indwelling presence of YAHWEH. So we see Paul and John caught up into the third heaven under the simultaneous operation of both anointings. We also see that there was much that Moses and Isaiah and Ezekiel wrote that they did not have understanding of because of the absence of the power of the inward anointing to receive personal revelation knowledge in the mind of CHRIST. This defers markedly with the level of comprehension that Paul had in his letters. The same level of very deep personal understanding and wisdom is seen in both Peter and John's letters/books. [Notice how Peter's level of revelation knowledge, as reflected by his life and spoken word, changed from Matt 16:15-17 (under the Old Covenant realm), through John 20:22 and Luke 24:44-45 (under the New Covenant realm) to Acts 1, and then in Acts 2 (after receiving the fulness of power that completed the inward anointing). Something changed within him personally in a supernatural sense in two distinct stages. And, this change was a permanent change within. This change within would mature over his remaining life so that he would write with very deep personal revelation in 2 Peter 1 before going to his death. The personal changes in his life were reflective of the inward anointing. This is what we need to pursue in our lives.] This depth of personal revelation is perhaps the most marked difference between the Old Testament writing styles and the New Testament writing styles. That is not to say that the Old Testament writings are not deep, infact, they are equally deep as the New Testament writings; but, it is obvious that the Old Testament writers themselves often simply obeyed the HOLY SPIRIT rather than writing with a deep personal understanding of the subject matter. It is the inward anointing of the CHRIST mind that enabled John, Peter and Paul to write with deep personal understanding which was also a reflection of CHRIST in their lives. In Acts 3:6-7,16 we also see the power of the inward anointing manifest miraculously through Peter to the beggar at the gate of the temple. This is covenant application in the realm of the heavenlies. And, it arose from within him. The HOLY of HOLIES is where we receive deep experiences. It is also the place in which the development of the inward anointing is most pronounced. As we discover the principle elements of the inward 25


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anointing and the underlying principles of developing these elements, in the next several chapters, we must remember that the depth of development is dependent on whether we are willing to enter the realms of deep communion in the HOLY of HOLIES.

Are We Willing To Pursue GOD? In simple terms, the HOLY of HOLIES represents our willingness to spend time with YAHWEH so that we are able to draw from HIS grace. We must bear in mind that even the ability to be able to spend time in HIS presence is something we develop in HIS grace. But, our willingness to pursue the things of GOD - in faith - is the necessary beginning. As we read the great works of saints of past generations, in particular, we must always remember that it is GOD WHO made the saint. We must realise that GOD is well able to do the same with us. That is HIS purpose! The bottomline is simply this - are we willing to submit? Submission, in true acknowledgement of HIS LORDship. HE will do the rest that is the promise of HIS covenant with us sealed in the blood of JESUS. AMEN!

A FOCUS ON GROWTH In this chapter we have introduced the idea that the anointing within must grow continuously. There must always be a fresh anointing. The point is there can always be a fresh anointing! A fresh anointing is always received everytime we enter into the presence of YAHWEH. HE anoints us to overflowing because that is HIS nature - to give of HIS best to all HIS children, as we are willing and able to accept it. This we see from Calvary. The Burnt Offering made on our behalf was a complete and total sacrifice. This was a total sanctification on our behalf (John 17:6-26). [We need to digest this passage. It outlines the infinite grace of GOD to us. A promise in the fullness of "I AM WHO I AM" that the people the LORD JESUS CHRIST sanctified may be one, as the FATHER and the SON are ONE. The Burnt Offering is the fullness of the CHRIST love that John 15:7-9 speaks of.] There was no half-hearted attempt. This was a total sacrifice. The Peace Offering made on our behalf was to establish the peace that passeth all understanding (John 14:27); the peace that guards and nurtures our inward growth by enabling a proper focus of our mind on the things of GOD (Phil 4:7-9) in fulfillment of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS (Rom 8:2-8). The peace that delivers us from every bondage of the flesh.

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In fulfillment of the covenant name YAHWEH-SHALOM (Judg 6:16-24; Isa 54:10). Note that this name was contextually given as an assurance of deliverance in the peace and presence of GOD. This is the principle underlying the story of Gideons triumph. That same victory (in the assurance of a supernatural peace) applies to our personal lives, as well as the life of the Church.

GOD Consecrates Us Again we need to digest the power made available by covenant. Understand that the power is from GOD. The secret is submission that gives YAHWEH the opportunity to work on us in the purifying reality of HIS Presence. For all of the sacrifice must be consecrated with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (1 Cor 5:7b-8). Note that it is not the sacrifice of fleshly effort but sincerity and truth that matters. It is the sacrifice of a circumcised heart that matters. Too many of us attempt to please GOD in our strength instead of drawing from HIM. Paul proclaims a tremendous truth about growing in GOD in 2 Cor 12:9-10. Learn to look at HIS Strength rather than your strength. Do not despise your weaknesses, for they are potentially the gateway to HIS grace in perfect power. Consecration is a process of letting HIM work with us and on us rather than presenting HIM with our fleshly efforts. This I believe is the secret. Dying to self is submission to GOD in the discipline of faith (in GOD) rather than a self-denominated attempt at self-control. We need to understand that self-control is a fruit of the SPIRIT (Gal 5:22-23), not self-imposed discipline based on faith in our strengths. We need to realise that this is what it must become. Note that self-control is the consequence of the growth of love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness in our life. I believe that the fruits are listed in a general progression. [Notice how we grow out of what were once seemingly impossible weaknesses as our nature is changed over time. Notice how there are times when we feel a deep need to spend time with the LORD. These are examples of HIS handiwork. I think we need to come to the objective understanding that our Christian life is an enjoyable experience. Yes there is discipline needed but, it is the discipline of loving GOD that we must ask for and pursue - in faith in GOD. When we can enjoy working hard at our secular jobs, why do we so often present time spent with GOD as something that must be mindlessly obeyed instead of, presenting it as a time of wonderment and a time of basking in HIS beauty. We need to have high expectations when we go 27


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into the presence of our GOD and FATHER. We need to ask HIM for great things about HIMSELF. We need to have great thoughts about HIM WHO is I AM WHO I AM. Surely there can be no greater discovery than the discovery of YAHWEH! Why do we so often pursue mediocrity in excellence and pursue the INCOMPARABLE in mediocrity?] This should make us realise that the Christian life should be a focus of entering YAHWEH's Presence as often as possible instead of following a set of do's and dont's. [This is the meaning of following the law versus being responsive to the HOLY SPIRIT.] Christian living is about functioning in the Holy Place and going into the Holy of Holies as often as possible in HIS grace and mercy.

The LORD Has Provided Notice what the LORD promised as the impact of the New Covenant, through Jeremiah, in Jer 31:31-34. Does He not say that HE will do all things necessary to enable us to truly know HIM? Does HE not say in Ezekiel 36:2527 that HE will cause us to follow HIS statutes? Does He not seal all this in the blood of JESUS CHRIST (1 Cor 11:25)? Does HE not say remember HIM? What HE did and what HE achieved (Phil 2:3-13), is ALLSUFFICIENT in accordance to the covenant name EL SHADDAI (Gen 17:12; Eph 1:3-14). InfactRom 8:31-39 clearly declares that only "we" can stand between GOD and ourselves! Hear what the SPIRIT of the MOST HIGH is saying to the Church. "I AM YAHWEH-JIREH your All-Sufficient Provider. You are MY possession," says the MOST HIGH (Gen 14:18-19). "I have given MYSELF to you as your Inheritance and Possession (Eze 44:28) in fulfillment of the covenant name YAHWEH-SHAMMAH (Eze 48:35; 1 Cor 1:30-31). You are the temple of MY dwelling (1 Cor 6:17,19; 2 Cor 6:16,18). Am I not your Way, Am I not your Truth and Am I not your Life (John 14:6)?" asks the LORD. "Are you not supposed to live through ME (1 John 4:9)?" asks the LORD. "If I have told you these things will I not fulfill these in accordance to MY WORD and MY promises (2 Cor 7:1)? Come unto ME all ye who are heavy ladden and I will give you rest in MY promises. Enter MY Sabbath rest. Hear MY voice MY children for I will surely bless you in MY abundance," says the LORD. We thank you FATHER for speaking life into us today. In JESUS name we bless YOU and take hold of what YOU have given us FATHER. AMEN. 28


PART II

THE LAWS GOVERNING GROWTH IN THE PERSONAL ANOINTING • Understanding The Spiritual Laws Governing The Growth Of The Personal Anointing • The Burnt Offering Of A Circumcised Heart • The Peace Offering Of The Fatness Of The Anointing Within • The Meal Offering Of Living CHRIST Everyday • Understanding The Law Of The SPIRIT Of Life In CHRIST JESUS


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n chapter 2 we noted that three sacrifices recorded in some detail in the Old Testament book of Leviticus are a precursor to understanding "the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS." [We shall sometimes be referring to this law as the "law of the SPIRIT" or, "law of the SPIRIT of CHRIST."] The law of the SPIRIT is expressed by these three sacrifices (strictly speaking, by all five of the Levitical sacrifices - Lev 1-5). Under the New Covenant, YAHWEH undertakes to write HIS laws on our heart. This includes the Levitical sacrifices that expressed the law of covenant. These sacrifices not only define the law of covenant, but they also have deep spiritual significance under the New Covenant "law of the SPIRIT." Under the New Covenant, these laws are raised into the realm of the law of covenant in the SPIRIT of CHRIST - the SPIRIT of Promise.

All of the LORD JESUS' declarations and commandments in the SermonOn-The-Mount (Matt 5-7), are actually elements of the New Covenant law of the SPIRIT of CHRIST. These chapters reveal deep spiritual principles. All these principles are actually specific expressions of the Levitical sacrifices. We shall see this as we examine these sacrifices in the light of the New Covenant. Since these spiritual principles are applications of these sacrifices, the sacrifices are therefore the basis of the fulfillment of all spiritual laws. Simply because, the sacrifices are fulfilled in the finished work of CHRIST on the cross (see Matt 5:17-19; John 19:30). These laws are the laws of life in Covenant. But, these laws can only be fulfilled through the SPIRIT of CHRIST, WHO is the SPIRIT of life. And, they can only be fulfilled while we are "in CHRIST." We can now "see" the beginnings of the "law of the SPIRIT - in CHRIST." In this section, we shall look at three principle sacrifices and examine their New Covenant implications, that are of practical necessity in our everyday lives, as expressions of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. The Burnt Offering, the Peace Offering and the Meal Offering have deep meaning in the context of the New Covenant. They are actually explaining the way in which the covenant is to be received, nurtured and, lived. We shall explain this in Chapters 3-5. However, before we go into these offerings we need to appreciate that the Sin and Guilt Offerings are necessary prerequisites to the main offerings. We need to be in a state of repentance before the LORD. Both, in terms of our sin, and those whom we sin against. The effectiveness of our offerings will be impacted by our state of repentance.

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[As we grow spiritually, we will begin to realise that even our willingness to forgive others - unilaterally - for wrongs done against us will impact our rate and extent of spiritual growth. There is real power in forgiveness. Matt 18:21-35 and 6:14-15 explain the prerequisites.] So even as we speak of the three principal sacrifices we are always assuming that a state of repentance before YAHWEH is in place. So that there is no hindrance to the acceptance of the major offerings. As the LORD declared in the Sermon-On-The-Mount (Matt 5:23-24), "If therefore you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, and go your way; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering." [This passage actually links the Levitical sacrifices into the New Covenant.] Without laboring the point any further, we must always bear in mind that spiritual growth can only progress to the extent we are in a state of repentance before the ALMIGHTY. We must remove every hindrance in the strength of the LORD. Only then can we can talk of true growth. The Old Covenant sacrifices were executed at the door of the tent of meeting (or Holy Place) - see Lev 1:3; 3:2; 4:4. Only the blood of our LORD, enables us to enter the corridors of YAHWEH's holiness and HIS manifested Presence. HIS blood is both atonement and life. The Holy Place and the Holy Of Holies are about living this life in Blood Covenant. The sacrifices that we shall examine in this section, are the laws of life that govern this Blood Covenant "living." They are necessary in order to live the New Covenant life of holiness and righteousness (see Eph 1:4). It is the HOLY SPIRIT WHO will write these laws on our heart and cause us to walk in these statutes. And we can only do this while we are fully focussed into CHRIST. Let us briefly examine the validity of our thought sequence through the following examples which will enable an appreciation as to why we are looking at these sacrifices. Matt 5:8, proclaims that those who are pure in heart shall see GOD. As we shall discover, the "pure" heart is both, the basis for (at one level), and the outcome of (at a higher level), the Burnt Offering. Similarly, Matt 5:9, proclaims that those who are peacemakers are sons of GOD. The act of making peace or, presenting the peace of the gospel of CHRIST, is the Meal Offering unto GOD. 31


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Matt 5:6, declares that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, shall be satisfied. As we shall discover, this hunger and thirst for righteousness is the manner in which we make the Peace Offering of spiritual growth before GOD. Similarly, we had earlier also noted from Matt 5:23-24 and 6:13-14, that our necessary state of repentance is reflective of the Sin and Guilt Offerings. Hence we can see that the purpose of all the Levitical sacrifices, is to produce a people who are to be perfect as their heavenly FATHER is perfect (Matt 5:48). We can now see that the Old Covenant symbolisms have powerful New Covenant applications in the SPIRIT of CHRIST. This is why holiness is the primary focus of the book of Leviticus - the book of the law of covenant (see Lev 19:1; 20:7). In fact, the law of the Blood Covenant was declared as the difference between life and death. To disregard the law of covenant is to ask or, choose to die. That distinction has not changed under the New Covenant, for YAHWEH is still holy! But, through faith in CHRIST JESUS, we are now able to draw supernatural strength and grace through the SPIRIT of CHRIST, so that all of us can be perfected in CHRIST (see Phil 3:7-16). Blessed be our Saviour and Deliverer, for HE has indeed delivered us unto righteousness and holiness in HIMSELF. AMEN! The mechanics of this deliverance is experienced through the New Covenant celebration of the Levitical sacrifices - spiritually - which enables life in the Holy Place and the Holy Of Holies. The law of the SPIRIT governs this application.

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he Burnt Offering is the prerequisite to communion and, as such it is also the prerequisite to spiritual growth. This is premised in the faith, that the LORD has made a complete and sinless sacrifice - HIMSELF - on the altar of the cross. One of the primary reasons for CHRIST'S sacrifice was to establish perfect communion between GOD and man (Matt 27:51). This is the reason for the Burnt Offering in the New Covenant context. A heart to Heart communion.

The LORD JESUS took upon HIMSELF the sins of the world. HE was untainted, in HIS inner PERSON, by the sin expressed against HIM. But this was not all; HE actually overcame the evil power of every sin expressed against HIMSELF in love and forgiveness and, what HE accomplished on the cross was triumphantly recognized in the resurrection, when HE was found to be spotless (see Rom 1:4) and therefore, deserving of the greatest tribute by HIS FATHER (see Phil 2:5-11). The perfect balance of Y A H W E H ' s love and righteousness is thus seen at Calvary. Amongst other things, the resurrection of the L O R D implies that the sacrifices that HE established in perpetuity are sanctified in resurrection power (see Eph l:19b-20; Phil 2:12-16a; 3:10-15a; Rom 6:313). This is the incomprehensible power to overcome evil and transform man, that is manifested through the inward anointing. The key message from Rom 6:13, is that we are to present ourselves to GOD - in order to receive this p o w e r of change from H I M . This is consecration. A presentation of all of ourselves to the LORD. This is the Burnt Offering in its New Covenant context. The Burnt Offering is an offering of consecration to Y A H W E H . [The outcome of the offering is true sonship to our FATHER. The outcome is a pure and perfect gift of grace and love from GOD. This perfection is established in the heart.] Consecration is modelled on (and in) the perfect SON of MAN - in HIS perfect submission (see Heb 5:8-9).


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Consecration - in the highest sense - produces a desire for perfection (Matt 5:48) in the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Under the New Covenant law of the SPIRIT of CHRIST, we shall see that the three principal offerings actually refer to our being "in CHRIST JESUS" in practical terms. While the Sin and Guilt Offerings are related to repentance in CHRIST, the Burnt Offering is made with the desire to be in CHRIST JESUS. A desire also to be like CHRIST. In progressing or, growing in anything, we must first look at what is going to be the end state. Ours is to be like CHRIST. The Burnt Offering is made on the premise that we want or desire GOD's predestined purpose fulfilled in our lives (in accordance with Rom 8:29). The Burnt Offering is an offering of self by choice, in fulfillment of the law of covenant. The law of covenant simply requires the sacrifice to be made as a basis for drawing upon the promises or, privileges of covenant. This requirement has not changed under the New Covenant. Therefore, this law has deep significance to us who are under the New Covenant - from a SPIRIT-led perspective. Under the New Covenant, the HOLY SPIRIT moves us in our heart to consecrate ourselves to GOD. This is the fulfillment of the "law of the Burnt Offering." But, this fulfillment is by the SPIRIT! [See Gal 5:25.] As we shall discover, the Burnt Offering establishes the prerequisite to taking hold of the promises (and obligations) of being in covenant with the MOST HIGH. The positional Burnt Offering - in GOD's sovereign grace - that enables our Burnt offering to YAHWEH, was made 2,000 years ago. Because that Burnt Offering was made, ours can now be accepted in CHRIST. The Burnt Offering is a blood offering. HIS blood opens the door to the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies (Lev 1:3) where, as we shall discover, the New Covenant offerings are made by us and, received, blessed and multiplied by GOD. What are these New Covenant sacrifices and how are they linked to the so-called "Old Covenant" Offerings?

The New Covenant Sacrifices In the Holy Place we offer the New.Covenant sacrifices of worship, prayer and contemplation. In the Most Holy Place or, Holy Of Holies we enter the New Covenant sacrifice of communion - in worship, prayer or, contemplation. The Burnt Offering is one of the necessary prerequisites to each of these New Covenant sacrifices. 34


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[In a similar sense, t h e N e w C o v e n a n t s a c r i f i c e of t h e H o l y C o m m u n i o n - often c e l e b r a t e d ritualistic-ally - c a n be e n t e r e d into in deep contemplation of worship and p r a y e r in the Holy Of Holies. " R e m e m b e r M E " said the L O R D J E S U S C H R I S T . W H O i s " M E " ? "I AM W H O I A M , " according to J o h n 17:6a. Holy C o m m u n i o n is actually an invitation into the r e a l m of Y A H W E H ' s infinitude. And the purpose of the contemplative and worshipful, c e n t e r e d on C H R I S T , is b e c a u s e t h o u g h t s of G O D a r e spiritually s t i m u l a t i v e a n d e x p a n s i v e . Especially, when they are Face to face (Num 12:7-8a; Ex 33:11; 2 Cor 3:18)? The celebration of our covenant with the M O S T HIGH (see Gen 14:18) is no five minute ritual of convenience. It c a n be c e l e b r a t e d in a c t u a l c o m m u n i o n . It is e n t r y into the c o n t e m p l a t i o n of w h a t it m e a n s to be a son or d a u g h t e r of G O D . Think about it! These are subjects that stretch into eternity and bring the eternal into the reality of living today - IN CHRIST. AMEN! This why John 6:53 and 56 speak of abiding in CHRIST in a very special context. Doesn't eating HIS flesh mean that we are to contemplatively take hold of the revelation word of CHRIST while in deep communion (see Heb 10:19-20)? Doesn't drinking HIS blood represent the contemplative pursuit and active expression of life in CHRIST, through HIS attributes, as a true expression of covenant? Isn't communion the position in which we actually claim and express covenant? From Luke 22:16, isn't something to be fulfilled in us through this covenant celebration?] T h e B u r n t O f f e r i n g , Peace O f f e r i n g a n d Meal O f f e r i n g , you will notice, were sacrificed in the O u t e r C o u r t a n d they t h e r e f o r e a r e the f o u n d a t i o n s of building a life of worship, p r a y e r a n d contemplation. Ultimately, the p u r p o s e is c o m m u n i o n . These sacrifices establish the foundations (or, principles) - in C H R I S T - t h a t enable deep worship, p r a y e r a n d c o n t e m p l a t i o n , in c o m m u n i o n . So t h e r e f o r e , the New C o v e n a n t sacrifices - of worship, p r a y e r a n d contemplation - arise f r o m the Old Covenant symbolisms. They include the s p i r i t u a l d i m e n s i o n s of t h e O l d C o v e n a n t sacrifices. T h e Old C o v e n a n t symbolisms become t h e New C o v e n a n t f o u n d a t i o n s . [Which is why we are studying them.] The New C o v e n a n t sacrifices also complete the Old C o v e n a n t sacrifices a n d , enable the spiritual expression of these sacrifices, ultimately, b e f o r e the t h r o n e of Y A H W E H (Rev 19:1-10). T h e law of the S P I R I T of life r e f e r s to the necessity of these " O l d C o v e n a n t " f o u n d a t i o n s ; so t h a t the fullness of the New C o v e n a n t benefits

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can b e u n d e r s t o o d a n d received. The t e r m " l a w " r e f e r s t o the covenant law f o u n d a t i o n a l , while "life" r e f e r s to the New C o v e n a n t m a n i f e s t a t i o n or, experience of life in C H R I S T a n d living t h r o u g h C H R I S T . T h e " S P I R I T " , r e f e r s t o the P E R S O N o f G O D W H O energizes, directs a n d e n s u r e s t h a t t h e (daily) increasing fullness of the manifestation of all these sacrifices continues in each one of us - spiritually (Rev 22:1-4) t h r o u g h eternity!

LIVING BY THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST Let us now go back to the subject of pursuing CHRIST as a focus of the Burnt Offering. How do we pursue CHRIST? By the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT, W H O is also called the SPIRIT of CHRIST. [Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our GOD, the LORD is ONE! - Deut 6:4] Unless we a r e led by the H O L Y S P I R I T we cannot live a n d grow in C H R I S T . This is why HE is called the S P I R I T of life. Because what we are talking about here is experiencing true life itself. Desiring to live in an entirely new way as a p r e r e q u i s i t e to being able to do so. As Y A H W E H Sabaoth declares (in Zech 4:6b), "Not by might n o r by p o w e r , b u t by MY S P I R I T . " Meaning, the PERSON of the HOLY SPIRIT.

Spiritual Laws Are Fulfilled In CHRIST Now we can begin to see the graphic phrasing of the New Covenant "law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS." We need to u n d e r s t a n d t h a t t h e higher laws of G O D a r e all related to H I S P E R S O N . They are perpetual and they open the pathways into deep communion with HIM. They are deep spiritual laws. Spiritual laws m u s t flow f r o m the S P I R I T of the M O S T H I G H a n d t h e r e f o r e they can only b e i m p a r t e d a n d revealed b y H I M . B u t every spiritual law t h a t governs m a n in p e r p e t u i t y m u s t be (and can only be) fulfilled in CHRIST. This is Blood Covenant. It is the W O R D of GOD made flesh WHO is the fulfillment of the law (Matt 5:17-18). Why? Because the law is based on Y A H W E H HIMSELF and therefore it can only be fulfilled in HIM. [Only G O D c a n fulfill the law in absolute perfection! No angel can. No saint can. T h a t ' s why J E S U S C H R I S T was G O D m a d e flesh - the exact representation of the F A T H E R ' S n a t u r e (Heb 1:3). T h a t ' s why only G O D has proclaimed the law (Ex 19:3-8; M a t t 5-7). F o r the law is holy (Rom 7:12a). And, holiness is an a t t r i b u t e of G O D A L O N E . P a r t of o u r covenant is the g u a r a n t e e of the fulfillment of the law in us - in C H R I S T . ] 36


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The FATHER chose to make the revelation and fulfillment of all spiritual laws in CHRIST JESUS by the HOLY SPIRIT (Heb 9:14). This is why Jeremiah writes (31:33-34) that as YAHWEH puts HIS law in our hearts we come to know HIM! [For quite sometime I wondered how the law could be related to "knowing GOD".] We can only know GOD in communion and, this is the purpose of the Burnt Offering - to create the "atmosphere of supplication, submission and worship" in which the laws of GOD can be written on our hearts so that as Ezekiel writes (36:26-27) we are caused to walk in GOD's statutes. As we walk we "see" and "know" GOD. How do we walk? By the SPIRIT! [See Gal 5:25. We shall see that this walk is the realm of both the Meal Offering and the Peace Offering.] I used to wonder how I could walk by the SPIRIT (Gal 5:25)? I also used to wonder about the meaning of Zech 4:6. Because, might and power are attributes of the HOLY SPIRIT. We can see that operating the covenant at the highest realm of power requires harmony with the laws of GOD; the laws which are revealed (harmoniously in peace - see Phil 4:6-9) in the PERSON of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and lived through the SPIRIT of CHRIST. We are talking of the New Covenant law that flows from the higher principles outlined symbolically in the Old Testament which the LORD JESUS explains in new light, especially in the Sermon-On-The-Mount. But. the LORD went further, HE also established and expressed the laws of covenant in HIMSELF by HIS sacrifice on Calvary, so that a new man could be formed supernaturally by the working of the SPIRIT of CHRIST within us. [Hence the term "law of the SPIRIT of life".] We now come to the crux of the revelation. How is the law of GOD written in our hearts? Paul describes it as "CHRIST is formed in you (Gal 4:19b)." Understand what we are saying here: it is not that CHRIST is the law but that CHRIST is (amongst other things also) the fulfillment of the law. This law governs the Kingdom of GOD in us (Luke 22:16). What sort of law is this? This is a law of faith (and hope) in CHRIST (Rom 3:27-28 and, note the peculiar phrasing of Eph 3:17; see also Rom 8:24a); which, is the necessary premise to operating in the law of the SPIRIT of life. The law of faith is focussed in CHRIST and through CHRIST in YAHWEH HIMSELF. [That is, to base our faith on GOD, for WHO HE is in HIMSELF. "Seeing" HIS word in the light of HIS PERSON.] And as Eph 3:16-21 explains, CHRIST dwells in us - through faith; and, even as HE indwells us through the SPIRIT of CHRIST, we come to know (and manifest) 37


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the love of CHRIST; and, this then enables us to be filled to the fulness of GOD! And be like HIM! AMEN! [See 1 Cor 13:10,13.] Peter calls it becoming partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4). [GOD is love.] Listen to what he writes: "HIS divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, t h r o u g h the true knowledge of H I M who called us by HIS own glory and excellence. F o r by these HE has granted to us HIS precious and magnificient promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature ..." W h a t better description can there be of the law of the S P I R I T of life in C H R I S T J E S U S that governs the Kingdom of G O D (Isa 9:6-7). [Notice that the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS can only be fulfilled through True Knowledge of HIM. GOD will write this "knowledge" on our hearts. And, we will know HIM! Bless the L O R D O my soul, and all that is within me bless HIS holy name! Can you see what David was able to see in writing these incredible lines of wonderment at YAHWEH? Can we not experience this too?] And, to make sure that we do not go away thinking that we now understand all this, the HOLY SPIRIT declares that the FATHER "is able to do exceeding a b u n d a n t l y beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power t h a t works within us (Eph 3:20)." This is an astonishing promise (see Heb 7:22,28) called the word of the Oath! We can now sense - spiritually - that the development of "the power that works within u s " holds the key to a realm that is beyond what we can readily conceive intellectually. [This is the reason for contemplation.] This power that works within us is the anointing within. And Peter and Paul are talking about GOD transforming us through the anointing within so that we can operate by GOD's grace from the realm of the HOLY of HOLIES (in the heavenly places). [This also implies t h a t if we are to operate or, minister effectively in relation to the fullness of the anointing upon, we must have a sufficiently developed i n w a r d anointing t h a t " k n o w s " G O D a n d responds to H I S leading and counsel. U n d e r s t a n d that all this is opened to us u n d e r the oath of G O D (Heb 6:13-20) that is in the L O R D J E S U S (Heb 7:22).]

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Prov 20:12, 27). The passage from Proverbs points to there being spiritual senses of hearing and seeing. This spiritual sensing ability is both a function of the inward anointing and the anointing upon. We shall describe this through some readily understood examples under the Ministry Anointings. For instance, a worship leader leading worship must be able to spiritually sense the direction (musically, and in terms of the lyrics of the music) in which the HOLY SPIRIT wants to move so that the maximum (or, optimum) anointing is manifested. He or she senses the change in the anointing upon through the inward anointing and responds accordingly by choosing the right music and words at the right time. This is a h e a r t to H e a r t sensing t h a t is a reflection of knowing G O D the H O L Y S P I R I T . Even as I am writing these lines I am continuously in an inward thought sensing mode. Sensing the thoughts of the HOLY SPIRIT (either received directly or through my spirit) and in which direction HE would want to take this narrative into and what are the passages of scripture that HE is bringing forth (see 1 Cor 2:12-13). [It necessarily follows that the ability to f u n c t i o n is d e p e n d e n t on the ability to receive as well as the ability to perceive a n d u n d e r s t a n d . Both these elements can be exclusively a f u n c t i o n of the i n w a r d anointing or, in t a n d e m (or. in cooperation) with the anointing u p o n . This is simply a process of hearing or, listening inwardly to the flow of music or, thoughts within oneself. With prayer, and perseverance in learning to discern, this becomes a natural spiritual process. But, it is also a pure spiritual •"sense" function that cannot be explained in words.] In the same way, someone preaching under the anointing upon would be sensitive to the thoughts of the HOLY SPIRIT. The degree of perfection to which the "product" is manifested is a function of the degree of perfection of our response - which is in accordance to our inward anointing - to the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT. An evangelist ministering healing under the anointing upon may hear specific instructions or. see a vision that he will have to interpret in accordance to the level of his inward anointing and minister accordingly. A prayer warrior may see a vision of the results of his labor in prayer which would in turn determine his next set of actions. Or, he may see a vision of someone he is required to pray for. Obviously, we are talking about a vast realm of the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT. The governing principle is outlined in Rom 12:6. In the context of this specific reference (in Rom 12:6), we see that the prophetic voice is dependent on the level of faith (in GOD. for something) 39


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that has been developed, in accordance with the inward anointing. This also illustrates the general principle that we each have different levels of faith for different spiritual things. One of the reasons for this book is that through it we will see the need to pursue balanced spiritual growth in all areas of the inward anointing. [Many have a problem with the inward witness or, leading because it is apparently imprecise. The impreciseness of the inward witness arises from the position in which we operate it and, our overall level of consecration in the LORD. [The LORD JESUS certainly had no problems with HIS!} In the Outer Court, it is imprecise because of the manifestation of major elements of our fallen nature. In the Holy Place, it is generally precise most of the time. In the Holy of Holies it is absolutely precise because we are deeply conscious of the presence of GOD. This is where every book of the Bible was written - in the Holy Of Holies. What determines the point of operation? Our inward level of consecration (Outer Court, Holy Place or Holy of Holies) at a specific point in time; as well as, our overall level of spiritual growth and consecration (or, spiritual sensitivity) in the LORD.] How do we train or develop our spiritual senses? This is the realm of the Burnt Offering of consecration; the Peace Offering of inner growth and the Meal Offering that "actions" or, expresses the inner spiritual state - in daily living and outward ministry. This "inward-growth, outward-expression" spiritual model needs to be defined. As we shall discover, the dimensions of this model are defined in the attributes of the inward anointing. And, this is the primary purpose of this book; to describe the elements of the dimensions of the inward anointing that will result in greater spiritual depth, spiritual sensitivity and spiritual power. We need to bring ourselves in submission, faith and expectation before the LORD our GOD. The process, in a general sense, is a gradual transformation of our inward man. And, a growing sensitivity to our spirit man and the leadings of the HOLY SPIRIT. We need to understand that this is a natural process of spiritual growth. We cannot achieve this by self-effort (and, its not going to be instantaneous), but we can see tremendous growth when we go in (disciplined) submission and expectation before the LORD our GOD. The key is our heart of con triteness and WHO we truly believe our GOD to be - in a practical everyday sense. [We need to ask ourselves several questions. Am I willing to live GOD in my life - all of the time? Do I realise that GOD wants to be with me all of the 40


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time? Do I realise that GOD wants to be part of my life - in all areas of my life? Imagine the power of the new life and the realms we will be able to function in if we are able to recognize and pursue this style of living in GOD. T h e only r e q u i r e m e n t t h a t d e t e r m i n e s this reality is this: Do I really want GOD in all aspects of my life? The answer from most of us will be: "Yes LORD, in some areas." But, it has to be in all areas. We must be prepared to surrender all by faith. HE will do the impossible. For HE is willing to create this desire in us in all areas of our life: personal, family, work etc. This brethren is the real wonder of the Burnt Offering that CHRIST has accomplished as TRUE MAN, that is available to us in the inward anointing. Will you not partake of this?]

THE CIRCUMCISED HEART The purpose of the Burnt Offering is to bring a circumcised heart before the LORD. We shall attempt to describe this circumcised heart in this subsection. [For a start, we can say t h a t in the New Covenant, circumcision r e f e r s to the r e m o v a l of worldliness f r o m o u r inner m a n (see Lev 1:6).] T h e B u r n t O f f e r i n g can be m a d e in the context of p r a y e r , w o r s h i p (in song, t o w o r d s a n d i n d i f f e r e n t levels o f s p i r i t u a l t o n g u e s ) a n d c o n t e m p l a t i o n of the w o r d (and even by meditative confession of the personalised w o r d ) . [Sadhu Sunder Singh, in one of his books, talks about communing with GOD in heavenly language; which, he presumably understood supernaturally.] The areas identified are very broad. In reality, one would have one's peculiar style of doing things in each area. Infact, it is necessary that all that we do before GOD, be "very personal" in nature. It must involve "us" in the deepest personal sense. F o r we a r e talking about developing our personal GOD-given anointing to be HIS child. Only a "child" will truly receive. Before we develop this area of thought further, there is some background on the Blood Covenant that we first need to appreciate. F o r the anointing flows f r o m the Blood of C o v e n a n t .

Understanding the Blood Covenant As we enter the realms of the Burnt Offering (and. the other associated offerings), we need to remember that the Burnt Offering is a Blood Covenant offering of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. What does "Blood Covenant" mean? As a first step, we m u s t u n d e r s t a n d t h a t the sacrifice was m a d e complete in H I M - not you or me! So we m u s t not a t t e m p t to earn a place 41


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or, right b e f o r e G O D . [We must distinguish between trying to earn something versus pursuing something out of true (and disciplined) desire.] Instead, we must have faith that what we desire, as the outcome of the sacrifice or, offering to GOD - in the sense of personal spiritual growth - has been pre-destined in CHRIST from before the beginning of time. We must have faith in G O D ; in W H O HE is; in HIS n a t u r e ; and, in the perfection of HIS predestined will for us individually. We must also hope in H I M (see 1 J o h n 3:1-3) and H I S promises. F o r hope purifies. On the other hand, there must be no false humility also. To think that one does not deserve or, is unworthy of entering the Holy Presence of GOD, is not what CHRIST meant by HIS sacrifice. HE came to give us the right (John 1:12) to take hold of this reality of communion with Y A H W E H . HE paid the price f o r it - in HIS blood. We must be careful not to belittle the blood sacrifice t h r o u g h false humility. There is no doubt that no created being is worthy of coming into the presence of GOD. But, Y A H W E H desires to have HIS children in H I S Presence. T h a t ' s why HE sent HIS SON to enable H I S S P I R I T to indwell us - forever (John 14:16)! We m u s t r e m e m b e r that all this privilege is by the blood of C H R I S T . Without the blood of CHRIST in us, the HOLY SPIRIT would not be able to indwell us. And the anointing will not be manifest within us. The SPIRIT of life is in CHRIST. The blood of JESUS is our lifeline (see John 6:53,56) to being in CHRIST. The Blood Covenant sacrifices are an expression of GOD's grace towards us. They are a covenant blessing, unilaterally given by the MOST HIGH. They can't be earned. These blessings are focussed in C H R I S T a n d on the realisation, in faith, of the ability to live in H I M a n d through H I M - by d r a w i n g f r o m HIS grace or, strength - through HIS SPIRIT (Eph 3:16). This is part of what it means to abide in CHRIST. The Levitical passage (17:11) on the significance of the blood sacrifice reads as follows: " F o r the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the a l t a r to m a k e atonement f o r your souls; f o r it is blood by reason of the life that makes a t o n e m e n t . " J o h n 6:63 declares that, " I t is the S P I R I T W H O gives life; the flesh profits nothing..." Hebrews 9:13-14, declares that, "... if the blood of goats a n d bulls a n d the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of C H R I S T , W H O through the eternal SPIRIT offered H I M S E L F without blemish to G O D , cleanse your conscience f r o m dead works to serve the living G O D ? "

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In progressing from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant, we may conclude that under the New Covenant, the blood of JESUS CHRIST carries HIS eternal life (John 5:26) because the blood sacrifice was made through the eternal SPIRIT (of life). T h e indwelling presence of the S P I R I T of life or, the S P I R I T of C H R I S T gives the blood of C H R I S T its e t e r n a l life-sustaining a t t r i b u t e . The i n w a r d anointing flows f r o m the S P I R I T of C H R I S T W H O indwells the blood of C H R I S T . Now we c a n see how the i n w a r d a n o i n t i n g c a r r i e s t h e f u l l n e s s of t h e C H R I S T s a c r i f i c e of sanctification t h a t J o h n 17:19,17 mentions. And this fullness - of what is or, can be accomplished in us - is brought forth by the full range of the Levitical sacrifices that are expressed in the spiritual magnificence of the New Covenant. We can also see this by looking at a few passages from Lev 8-9 that relate to the consecration of the priesthood. We too are a priesthood (see 1 Peter 2:9). As Moses consecrated the Levitical priesthood, we are consecrated at a higher spiritual plane by the same process (expressed in terms of the spiritual realm of the New Covenant) - in and through CHRIST. We a r e consecrated in the Spiritual Body of HIS Temple t h r o u g h the eternal S P I R I T before G O D the F A T H E R . [This is the wider spiritual significance of Heb 9:14.] The Levitical consecration was over a period of eight days (Lev 9:1; 8:3335). Note that all the instructions for the consecration of the priesthood are from Y A H W E H HIMSELF (see Lev 8:1.5.9b,13b,17b,21b,29b and 36). In consecrating the priests, Moses carried out the following sacrifices: Sin Offering (Lev 8:14-17); Burnt Offering (Lev 8:18-21); and, Peace and Meal Offerings (Lev 8:22-29). In verse 30, the core elements of the Peace and Meal Offerings - the blood and the anointing oil - a r e sprinkled on the priesthood to complete the initial process of consecration a n d sanctification. After seven days (see Lev 8:33-35) - seven signifying perfection [the LORD'S perfection in us] - the same sequence of sacrifices are executed (Lev 9:1-6) but, now the purpose is so that the "glory of the L O R D m a y appear to you". We now have a complete picture of the purpose of the Levitical sacrifices when expressed in CHRIST - c o m m u n i o n with G O D in the manifested presence of HIS glory nature. [So we see that t h e New C o v e n a n t a p p l i c a t i o n of t h e Levitical sacrifices a r e to be reflected in a n d t h r o u g h o u r New C o v e n a n t sacrifices of worship, p r a y e r , a n d contemplation. T h a t ' s why in H e b 9:3-5, the A l t a r of Incense is in the Holy of Holies!] In the Levitical passage, t h e a c t u a l glory of G O D m a n i f e s t s in a c k n o w l e d g e m e n t of the total process of sanctification a n d consecration

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before YAHWEH and, in acknowledgement of the acceptance of the same sacrifices after they were executed by Aaron himself. And, so we see the manifested fire of the HOLY SPIRIT consume the sacrifices (see Lev 9:23-24). In the New Covenant, the glory manifests in resurrection power within the temple of our being in CHRIST. But it can also manifest over us. It depends on GOD's grace and the true desire of our heart - in sincerity and truthfulness (2 Cor 5:8b) - that we present to GOD, as we carry out the New Covenant sacrifices of prayer, worship, and contemplation; ultimately, in a state of deep communion. This is to be the tangible experience of the transforming power of the MOST HIGH in us and towards us. In the New Covenant, the sacrifices were all accomplished in the LORD JESUS CHRIST at a single point in space time history. The blood and the oil of anointing flow together from CHRIST into and, in us. This is the spiritual "process" of eternal life in us. The law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS - when applied and realized - implicitly assumes the blood life-line from CHRIST and, the anointing that flows from the indwelling presence of the SPIRIT of CHRIST; both of which enable us to be partakers of HIS divine nature. As the presence of GOD increases in us, so does HIS anointing within us. As we shall see later, all of the attributes of the inward anointing are directly or indirectly related to the attributes of the MOST HIGH. Therefore, it follows that we progressively become partakers of the divine nature in line with the growth in the anointing. All of this - being perfected and manifesting "perfection" - is mandated by the Blood Covenant in CHRIST. In fact, the term "in CHRIST" is entirely a Blood Covenant term. This is why we have to drink the blood of CHRIST (spiritually) to abide in HIM (see John 6:55-56).

Dimensions Of The Circumcised Heart As we direct our thoughts once more to the circumcised heart, it is important that we understand that all modes of the New Covenant offering prayer, worship and contemplation - are equally important; although, it is necessary that prayer and worship be based on the word and word principles. This is because each mode of offering relates to different areas or, aspects of our inward man (in both spirit and soul). While it is not clear as to what exactly makes up our spirit man, we can say with certainty that worship deals primarily with the area of our desire and emotions, while contemplation primarily deals with the area of our mind and, 44


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prayer deals with the area of our will and desire. In practice, we see that there is always some degree of mix to the areas of our inner man that are impacted in each mode of sacrifice. [And this mix changes continuously.] We also need to recognize t h a t all t h r e e a r e a s also involve o u r h e a r t . T h e key to effective consecration is t h e r e f o r e the circumcised h e a r t of the B u r n t O f f e r i n g (see 2 Chron 15:12,15; 16:9a; 1 Kgs3:9,12; 8:18,58,61; 2 Cor 3:3). [The will, emotions and mind are soul functions. There is every reason to believe from experience that there are at least similar or, parallel functions in our spirit. Certainly our spirit has a mental function (Eph 4:23) which is far superior to the natural mind. Also, there is a function of the "heart" that exists in our soul as well as our spirit. We know experientially that there is a part of our heart that can be weak in terms of the things of GOD but, there is a part that has strong desire - even longing - for the things of GOD. One part, reflects the fallen nature arising from our partially renewed soul, while the other part reflects the pure spirit man - who is growing stronger each day.] T h e circumcised h e a r t enters the r e a l m of c o m m u n i o n . It is c e n t r a l to the r e a l m of c o m m u n i o n . [In line with the same principles, we should also realise t h a t the celebration of o u r Holy C o m m u n i o n also should be done with circumcised h e a r t s t h a t m a k e it an objective celebration of worship, in p r a y e r , while d r a w i n g u p o n the d e p t h s of Y A H W E H ' s covenant w o r d - (potentially) in deep contemplation. This will enable us to t a k e hold of w h a t h a s been given to us by Y A H W E H in covenant sealed in the blood of o u r L O R D J E S U S C H R I S T . ] Given its i m p o r t a n c e , w h a t exactly is a " c i r c u m c i s e d " h e a r t ? A n d , w h a t is its t r u e significance? Let's begin with Gen 17:lb-2,7,11,13b: " T h e L O R D a p p e a r e d to A b r a m a n d said t o him, ' I A M E L S H A D D A I ; walk before M E , a n d b e blameless. A n d I will establish MY covenant between ME a n d you.' ' A n d I will establish MY covenant between ME a n d you and y o u r descendants a f t e r you t h r o u g h o u t their generations f o r an everlasting covenant, to be G O D to you a n d to y o u r d e s c e n d a n t s a f t e r you.' [See Rom 9:6b-8.] 'And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of y o u r f o r e s k i n ; and it shall he the sign of the covenant between ME and you,' '.... thus shall MY covenant be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.'" Circumcision of the foreskin symbolised the physical and spiritual continuity of the Israelite generations. In Deut 10:16, Moses expresses the

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true spiritual dimensions of circumcision in no uncertain terms, "Circumcise then your heart, and stiffen your neck no more." Before this (Deut 10:12-13) Moses had explained the dimensions of this spiritual circumcision, "And now, Israel, what does the LORD your GOD require from you, but to fear the LORD your GOD, to walk in all HIS ways and love HIM, and to serve the LORD your GOD with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the LORD'S commandments and HIS statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?" Note the word "require". The state of our heart is a mandatory prerequisite to spiritual communion. We also note that before expressing all this, Moses received something very special. In Deut 10:2, the LORD declares, "And I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets which you shattered, and you shall put them in the ark." [See the New Covenant parallel in 2 Cor 3:3] Eight hundred and fifty years later the prophets Jeremiah (31:31 -34) and Ezekiel (36:25-27) express the act of circumcision as a unilateral act of YAHWEH. YAHWEH will remove the heart of stone and replace it with a heart of flesh i.e., a heart that is alive and vibrant with love for HIM. HE would write HIS law upon our hearts. [Note that in Deut 10:12-13, GOD equates love with keeping HIS law and serving HIM. Note that the LORD JESUS makes the same declaration in John 15:10,8.] As EL SHADDAI declared to Abraham, "thus shall MY covenant be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant." GOD would write HIS covenant law on the tablets of our hearts - the flesh of our hearts. If this heart were truly circumcised to HIM, then it would be in the Holy Of Holies, below the Mercy Seat of the LORD. What David calls the secret place of the MOST HIGH GOD - in the shadow of the ALMIGHTY HIMSELF (Ps 91:1). [Man is being created (and perfected) in the bosom of GOD HIMSELF! In the same fashion as a child is in the bosom of the mother.] The circumcised heart is one that has a relationship of obedience in love and passion for GOD. [Submission to GOD is a function of our love for HIM. This is what it must become. This is what it will become as GOD perfects HIS love into us. GOD will write the first commandment to love the LORD our GOD with all our being, into us, on our hearts! That is HIS covenant undertaking - by oath.} It is a union in CHRIST to GOD. It is the fountain of life that flows through the SPIRIT of life (see Rev 22:1-4). [Can you see 46


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the anointing of the S P I R I T of C H R I S T flow over a n d t h r o u g h you continuously t h r o u g h all eternity? A M E N ! ] This will be H I S creation a n d , is the essence of the fullness of the B u r n t Offering. Ultimately we come to the conclusion that it is the LORD HIMSELF (our HIGH PRIEST) WHO makes the effective sacrifice of the Burnt Offering through us\ T h a t is why we a r e a f r a g r a n c e of C H R I S T to G O D (2 C o r 3:14-15). A f r a g r a n c e t h a t flows f r o m the i n t i m a t e love of t h e t r u e k n o w l e d g e o f G O D i n C H R I S T ( t h r o u g h fellowship w i t h C H R I S T - 1 C o r 1:9). This i s Y A H W E H ' s covenant u n d e r t a k i n g t o w a r d s us too ( J e r 31:34)! T h e f r a g r a n c e is the f r a g r a n c e of C H R I S T ' S anointing in us. F o r it is the anointing t h a t HE p e r f e c t e d t h a t is growing in us. T h e B u r n t O f f e r i n g is the offering of the h e a r t of submission to G O D (see the implications of this in Isa 66:2). C H R I S T o u r H I G H P R I E S T sanctifies o u r h e a r t b y H I S blood a n d , t h r o u g h H I S S P I R I T , enables the f r a g r a n c e o f H I S a n o i n t i n g t o m a n i f e s t i n us; a n d , H E (as H I G H P R I E S T ) offers it to G O D as an acceptable sacrifice. T h e F A T H E R accepts the sacrifice because it is JESUS'' offering! Y A H W E H t h e n i m p a r t s a m e a s u r e of a f r e s h anointing in a c c o r d a n c e to o u r true desire in covenant. [Our desire in covenant represents the substance of the Peace Offering that we shall discuss. This desire must operate in the realm of truth.] What we are talking of here is the realm of covenant c o m m u n i o n . Notice that the fear of the LORD mentioned by Moses in Deut 10:12 is, under the New Covenant, an attribute of the inward anointing - the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. We shall examine this attribute of the inward anointing later on in some depth as this is the greatest attribute of the inward anointing and is the foundation of all the other anointings.

The Circumcised Heart Is GOD's Creation Notice also that in the last few paragraphs we have discovered that the circumcised heart is the creative of EL SHADDAI. That, this circumcised heart flows from the Abrahamic covenant assurance - sealed in the name EL SHADDAI - that, HE will establish HIS covenant with us (Gen 17:1-2). This is in the realm of the Word of the Oath (Heb 7:28). This is expressed as the predestined will of the MOST HIGH in Eph 1:3-4: "Blessed b e the G O D a n d F A T H E R o f o u r L O R D J E S U S C H R I S T , W H O has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in C H R I S T , j u s t as HE chose us in H I M before the f o u n d a t i o n of the world, to be holy a n d blameless before H I M . " [Notice that this is to be the 47


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New Covenant fulfillment of EL SHADDAI's command to Abraham (Gen 17:1), to walk before HIM blamelessly, as GOD writes this law onto our circumcised hearts (see Heb 6:13-14). So now we see that the circumcised heart is one that naturally abides in the LORD by desiring and taking pleasure in obeying HIS commandments (John 15:10). The inward anointing is nurtured through the HOLY SPIRIT of Promise. Note that Eph 1:13b-14a outlines the fundamentals of this process of being nurtured. Because we have believed (in fulfillment of the law of faith) in the salvation message, we have been sealed in JESUS CHRIST (in blood) with the HOLY SPIRIT of Promise, WHO is given to us as a pledge of our covenant inheritance in CHRIST. Notice that the covenant is expressed through GOD (1 John 4:9), by GOD (John 16:13-15), for GOD (John 15:7-8), to the glory of HIS grace (Eph 1:5-6) in the BELOVED - our Saviour, our Redeemer, our Life, our precious LORD JESUS CHRIST. This is the law of the SPIRIT of life: that all this has been decreed and given in love; we must take hold of it in CHRIST, as we are led by the SPIRIT, so that we live before our FATHER in heaven WHO will prune us and shape us so that we are a living blessing in CHRIST. All this manifests through the circumcised heart of the Burnt Offering in the workings of the inward anointing. We also need to understand that there are different levels of the Burnt Offering (see Lev 1:3,10,14). Under the New Covenant, it is not the physical quantum of the sacrifice that matters but, the quantum of true desire in the heart. We need to ask the LORD to give us grace so that what we offer is CHRIST'S best through us. AMEN! [This is the meaning of 2 Cor 4:7 "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of GOD and not from ourselves." See 2 Cor 12:9] Remember, the offerings are all to the glory of HIS (the FATHER'S) grace in the BELOVED - JESUS our Salvation (Eph 1:6).

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be m a n i f e s t e d , while being witnessed by the law a n d the p r o p h e t s , in us (as prophecied in Jer 31:33; Eze 36:26-27). How can this be? T h r o u g h faith in J E S U S C H R I S T ( R o m 3:22); t h e faith t h a t enables the S P I R I T of C H R I S T to w o r k within us - m o u l d i n g a n d s h a p i n g us - as long as we express o u r faith in C H R I S T t h r o u g h the Peace O f f e r i n g a n d M e a l O f f e r i n g . [Implicit is also the hope t h a t we h a v e in C H R I S T . That HE will accomplish, what we could never do - no matter how hard we tried.] T h e r e f o r e , t h r o u g h faith in C H R I S T , the law is established in us (Rom 3:31). This is what we will discuss under the next two offerings. It is also the purpose for wanting to study these offerings. Before we do this however, there is an aspect of CHRIST JESUS" resurrection that we must absorb into our spirits. Rom 6:10 declares that the life that JESUS lives, HE lives to GOD. There are two aspects of this life of the risen CHRIST. Firstly, HE is alive in HIMSELF - in HIS eternal G O D H O O D and HIS resurrected M A N H O O D - at the right hand of GOD the FATHER. Secondly, HE is alive t h r o u g h H I S C h u r c h - you a n d me, inspite of all o u r faults a n d failures - by H I S blessed S P I R I T . HE indwells us. Therefore, as Rom 6:1 lb declares, we are "alive t o G O D i n C H R I S T J E S U S . " The SPIRIT of CHRIST is the SPIRIT of (our) life. Therefore, as Rom 6:12-13 implies, sin will not reign in our mortal body (which is the temple of the HOLY SPIRIT -1 Cor 6:19 ) if we do not p r e s e n t o u r m e m b e r s to sin as i n s t r u m e n t s of unrighteousness, but instead, p r e s e n t ourselves to G O D (in disciplined faith a n d hope in C H R I S T ) as persons alive f r o m the d e a d whose m e m b e r s a r e i n s t r u m e n t s of righteousness (by the Meal and Peace Offerings of faith in CHRIST) to Y A H W E H ! T h e P e a c e a n d M e a l O f f e r i n g s a r e t h e r e f o r e the " a c t i v a t o r s " of the r e s u r r e c t i o n p o w e r of C H R I S T in us t h r o u g h the S P I R I T of C H R I S T . This derives f r o m the "law of the S P I R I T of - r e s u r r e c t i o n - life in C H R I S T ! " It is the S P I R I T of C H R I S T , the S P I R I T of life W H O carries the r e s u r r e c t i o n power of C H R I S T . AH glory to Y A H W E H ! A M E N ! To the glory of HIS grace in the BELOVED! This is an outward expression of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS - in everyday terms - to the praise of the FATHER'S glory (see Eph 1:14) everyday! I m a g i n e o u r daily existence h a s been p r e d e s t i n e d to one day actually be of a " q u a l i t y " c a p a b l e of b r i n g i n g glory to o u r G O D - even as the S O N of M A N glorifies the F A T H E R today a m o n g s t the hosts of the heavenlies!

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For the present, we can say that one of the key elements of the Burnt Offering of consecration is the making of (disciplined - 2 Tim 1:7b) choices throughout a given day - as to whether we will present ourselves as instruments of unrighteousness or, of righteousness through faith in the LORD JESUS. As we grow in consecration, through the manifested reality of the Peace and Meal Offerings, our spectrum of choices will shift to higher spiritual planes even as we become more spiritually sensitive. The glory of CHRIST manifesting through us will also increase daily. The key is: we must daily pursue the Burnt Offering of choosing CHRIST above all else, while offering the Sin and Guilt Offerings for our failures. This requires a disciplined heart and mind (see chapter 14). We need to understand that the resurrection power of CHRIST is not just a theological concept but, a living experiential reality of being in CHRIST. As Rom 8:11 points out: "if the SPIRIT of HIM WHO raised JESUS from the dead dwells in you. HE WHO raised CHRIST JESUS from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through HIS SPIRIT WHO indwells you." This is covenant assurance in the HOLY SPIRIT of Promise, the SPIRIT of life (see 2 Cor 1:20-22; Eph 1:13-14) WHO is in our heart. AMEN! This is covenant assurance in the name EL SHADDAI: "I will establish MY covenant between ME and you .... and thus shall MY covenant be in your flesh - in your heart - for an everlasting covenant." ... 'Yes! FATHER, in JESUS name, I take hold of this eternal truth as a PERSONAL promise by YOU to me. I choose to live in covenant. I choose to live in JESUS my LORD unto YOUR glory. AMEN!" [Notice that in John 15:10, the LORD JESUS says that those who keep HIS commandments abide in HIS love. Notice also how 1 John developes this theme in 2:4-5 and 4:15-16. 1 John 2:5, talks about our keeping HIS word, which enables our love of (towards) CHRIST to be perfected in us. 1 John 4:15-16, speaks of the importance of actually confessing GOD - in word and action - so that we come to know HIS love experientially as GOD (and HIS love) abides in us. The outward expression, demonstrates our living or, abiding in CHRIST and, through CHRIST, in GOD. Here is another important principle. Every time we choose to obey GOD we express HIS love that is in us. As we do so (by making the daily Meal Offering of love through disciplined obedience), our love grows step by step. This we shall learn, is a necessary ingredient of consecration. Love determines true desire; which is a subject we will discuss in some detail under the Peace Offering.] 50


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he Peace Offering is (the sacrifice of) the pursuit of inner growth and transformation in the L O R D J E S U S C H R I S T . The pursuit of (receiving) CHRIST'S perfection in us (Matt 5:48) - by abiding in CHRIST. We can also see this as the pursuit of abiding in CHRIST, that enables the offering of CHRIST'S perfection through us.

[Abiding in CHRIST is an important subject as the following verses will reveal: John 6:56; 8:31; 14:17,20-21,23; 15:5,7,10; 17:21-23,26,11,14,17; 1 John 2:3,5-6,24-29; 3:6,9,21-24; 4:4,7-13,15-16; 5:4,12,18,20. The process of abiding in CHRIST is necessarily the essential framework to the establishment of the perfection of the Peace Offering of our L O R D JESUS CHRIST in us; and, this "abiding" is expressed or, manifested in tangible terms through the Meal Offering of our L O R D JESUS CHRIST through our lives. The process of "abiding in C H R I S T " is perfected through the Meal Offering. The Meal Offering is HIS Testimony.] Our F A T H E R has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in CHRIST J E S U S so that, we may be holy and blameless before H I M - in perfect conformance to HIS SON our L O R D JESUS CHRIST. The Peace Offering is the means by which we draw from these positional promises that Y A H W E H has predestined and made manifest in CHRIST. This drawing on G O D ' s promises results in the growth of the inward anointing. The promises are assurances of spiritual growth fully established in C H R I S T / o r us. The Peace Offering is therefore, ultimately concerned with the growth of the "fatness" of the inward anointing that expresses our spiritual state in CHRIST. In fact, it is the "fatness" of the anointing that breaks the yoke of bondage and establishes us fully as the children of GOD. The growth of the anointing within - which is depicted by increasing "fatness" - is fully dependent on how we abide in CHRIST. For the


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pursuit of inner growth through the Peace Offering is only possible if we are abiding in CHRIST continuously and in increasing measure. [Abiding could therefore, be defined as a state of being that is lived in CHRIST.J In this chapter, we will talk about growing spiritually by abiding in CHRIST in several ways. All ways are necessary for balanced spiritual growth. This spiritual growth is governed by the Peace and Meal Offerings that are part of the law of the SPIRIT of life.

The Anointing Belongs To GOD The term "fatness", describes the level or, depth of the anointing that has been brought into being in us - in our life - in CHRIST. The fat of the Peace Offering belongs to YAHWEH (see Lev 3:17b). It is the fatness that facilitates and establishes communion, for the fat (which refers to the anointing per se) is a soothing aroma, that makes 1 Cor 6:17 an experiential reality. It is the inner anointing that is the essence of the Peace Offering. This anointing is fully described in CHRIST. As the fat belongs to GOD, we too belong to GOD (see Lev 7:20b,21b; 1 Cor 6:19b). This belonging, is established through the anointing that flows from the blood of CHRIST. This is why the Peace Offering is a blood offering. That's why the priesthood was anointed with blood (Lev 8:30). The priesthood belongs to GOD. We belong to GOD; and we need to bring this fact into our daily living.

The Anointing Is A Promise Of Perfection There is a warning on the proper nurturing (in holiness) of the anointing, that is graphically expressed in Lev 7:20b and 21b, where we are told that the flesh of the Peace Offering belongs to the LORD. The flesh of our body is the temple of the LORD. It follows that anyone who abuses the temple of the body (1 Cor 6:19-20), which is a part of the Body of CHRIST, that has been given to the FATHER as an eternal Peace Offering, can be cut off (see Heb 6:4-8). We must "see" this law of covenant, so that we understand what it means to be in covenant with the ALMIGHTY. We belong to GOD. For we have been purchased with a price. The principle that makes the Peace Offering a necessity is graphically described in Heb 6:1 (NKJV): "Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of CHRIST, let us go on to perfection ...." [We need to understand that all the covenant talk from Heb 6 onwards (in the book

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of Hebrews) is concerned with the pursuit of perfection in the oath of Covenant.] This pursuit of perfection is mandated by the New Covenant law of life in CHRIST that is outlined in Matt 5:48,6,8. The life from GOD is necessarily perfect and it only manifests in its full reality, vitality and potency, in the realm of perfection (see Phil 3:3,9-15). But, there is more to this than simply a statement of the law of "life". Under the New Covenant, the "impossible" law of the perfect life in CHRIST becomes, by the SPIRIT of life, a promise! [So, HE is called the SPIRIT of Promise.] Because, GOD has declared that HE will, by HIS SPIRIT, write the law of life in perfection on to our hearts (Jer 31:33; Eze 36:27)! GOD is saying that HE will accomplish the impossible in us through HIS anointing. We must "see" this covenant assurance in the hope that GOD is able to accomplish the impossible in us (see 1 John 3:3). This is YAHWEH-JIREH's centerpiece of provision - perfect life.

The Complementary Offerings That Increase The Anointing In practice, the Peace Offering and Meal Offering are parallel offerings (see Lev 8:22-30). Each is necessary for the other. This is demonstrated in Lev 8:30, where the blood of the Peace Offering and the oil of the Meal Offering are simultaneously sprinkled on the priesthood. Lev 8:22, calls the sacrificed ram, the ram of ordination - where the Hebrew word "milluim" for "ordination" (or, "consecration" in the KJV) literally means "filling." We are ordained and consecrated into the priesthood (of believer's according to 1 Peter 2:9) by the sacrificed RAM. In saying this we must not confuse the ministry callings into specific offices of the Church with the priesthood. All are called into the priesthood of believers but, only a relative few are called into the offices of the Church. And, no one should stand in the offices of the Church without a calling from GOD. In being called priest's unto our GOD we need to realise that the fullness of CHRIST'S sacrifice has been made available to all of us, in order that all of us may proclaim the excellencies of HIM. These excellencies are the ultimate testimony of JESUS that is the spirit of prophecy (see Rev 19:10b; 12:11; 1 Cor 1:2-9). We need to see that the ability to proclaim the excellencies of CHRIST has been made available to us - in CHRIST. In both the Peace and Meal Offerings, we are talking of the "process" of the "infilling" of YAHWEH's children with the perfection of the


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CHRIST-Iife, that is expressed through the inward anointing of blood (life) and oil (Spirit), which HE perfected in the body of HIS TEMPLE. [We can perceive that atonement is the passport to life and the living of that life. Under the New Covenant, we are told to drink the blood (John 6:53) so that we may have life. It is because the blood of the LORD JESUS atones and, carries the inward anointing in us, that we are told to drink it. This is descriptive of a spiritual process of being increased in the inward anointing, through the partaking of the blood covenant provisions in our daily living. The blood of covenant must be lived through daily experience of a blood relationship. This is a key aspect of celebrating the Holy Communion by which we look to the actual fulfillment of the Kingdom Of GOD - in perfection - within ourselves (Luke 22:15-16; Isa 9:6-7; note especially the last line of Isa 9:7).] The Peace Offering is concerned with inner change while, the Meal Offering is the inward (see Jer 17:10) and outward expression of this change. [Before we can express the outward, we must have the inward expression. This principle applies to both sin and perfection. We commit sin through inward expression first. In the same way, we increase in perfection by inward expression first.] GOD manifests HIS work in us, and then through us. This is the process of being perfected or, being made perfect. While we will be looking at the Peace and Meal Offerings separately, we need to bear in mind that they must be simultaneously expressed in the spiritual growth process. They complement each other. One cannot be expressed without the other. And, both must be expressed in CHRIST. James 2:17-26, illustrates the idea of complementary expressions with respect to our faith in GOD where belief must be matched by action. In summary, we see that the Burnt Offering creates the heart that offers the Peace and Meal Offerings, through which GOD raises and perfects us. The Peace Offering draws from GOD, while the Meal Offering confirms and validates what is drawn into our person and personalities.

THE BLOOD ANOINTING TO ABIDE IN CHRIST In Lev 8:23-24, we see that the blood of the Peace Offering was used to sanctify the priesthood in a particular "sequence". First the right ear, then the right thumb and, finally the big toe on the right foot. "Right" refers to the 54


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right hand of G O D ' s "leading" and "strength" [elements of HIS grace] in the specific areas depicted by the ear, thumb and toe. T h e p u r p o s e of the blood anointing, as we shall f i n d out, is to enable us to a b i d e in C H R I S T a n d live t h r o u g h H I M (1 John 4:9). Isa41:8-10 depicts the fullness of the New Covenant leading and strength of Y A H W E H : " B u t you, Israel, MY s e r v a n t , J a c o b w h o m I have chosen, d e s c e n d a n t s of A b r a h a m MY f r i e n d , you w h o m I h a v e t a k e n f r o m the e n d s of the e a r t h , a n d called f r o m its r e m o t e s t p a r t s , a n d said to you, ' Y o u a r e MY s e r v a n t , I have chosen you a n d not r e j e c t e d you. Do not fear, f o r I AM with you; do not anxiously look about you, f o r I AM y o u r G O D . I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with M Y r i g h t e o u s r i g h t h a n d . " ' Isa 41:18-19, gives a "visual" description of the spiritual implications of the blood anointing on the ear, thumb and toe; the ability to actually live in an entirely new way. This living is the manifestation of our abiding in CHRIST.

T h e Necessity Of Hearing The ear, which is the first realm of the blood anointing, represents hearing and communion and, is fundamental to spiritual growth. Heb 3:7-11,14-19 provides a graphic description of the necessity of hearing GOD. Heb 4:7-9, ties this h e a r i n g to entering the S a b b a t h rest of G O D ' s promises in covenant. [Being seated with C H R I S T in the heavenly places. Something positionally given, which w e a r e r e q u i r e d t o a p p r o p r i a t e b y h e a r i n g , receiving a n d obeying the p e r f e c t will a n d counsel of the F A T H E R (see P r o v 2:1-6). H e b 3:7-12, w a r n s us t h a t h e a r i n g is not an option b u t , is a m u s t ] Heb 4:14-16, establishes the assurance of communion at the throne of grace (freely bestowed on us in the BELOVED), for those who hold fast to their confession of the word of faith in CHRIST. This is the a s s u r a n c e of t a k i n g hold of the covenant w o r d , by f a i t h in Y A H W E H . Here we see that the Peace Offering is a sacrifice of faith in GOD. T h a t G O D is a b l e to accomplish p e r f e c t i o n in us. As faith in GOD increases, the Peace Offering will become an offering of love (Eph 3:17-19); that is, the offering of our inward being to G O D in the hope, faith, and trust of true love that G O D molds into us. This is agape perfected into us. Only faith in GOD, can see this happening and be able to pursue it by seeing CHRIST as the "substance" of Y A H W E H ' s covenant towards us. This is the essence of the revelation of the Levitical sacrifices, that CHRIST has established for us. We only have to take hold of them while abiding in CHRIST. 55


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The book of Deuteronomy repeatedly brings out the absolute necessity for those who wish to possess the land [of the inheritance of CHRIST JESUS (Eph 1:17-19) given to us in covenant] to "listen" and "hear" the voice of GOD. See Deut 4:1,29-30,33; 5:1-2,22-27,29; 6:4-6; 9:23b; 11:13-15,26-27; 12:28; 13:4; 27:9-10; 28:1-2 and 15 (NKJV): 30:6,8,10 (NKJV), 19-20. Notice how important the heart is to hearing the voice of GOD in Deut 4:29,39; 5:29; 6:4-6; 8:2,5,14,17; 9:3-5; 10:12; 11:18; 30:6; 32:46-47. The Burnt Offering is therefore, a necessary prerequisite to hearing GOD and living in HIM. We are not talking theory in this book but, the practical necessity of living CHRIST, in CHRIST, by CHRIST to the glory of our FATHER. [The devil tells us that this is impossible but, the bible declares otherwise. Whose report will we choose to hear? If we see the giants then we will die in the wilderness but, if we see the LORD, we will possess that Land that is "in CHRIST."]

The Necessity Of Living (In And Through) CHRIST So the first aspect of abiding involves the receiving of GOD and HIS covenant word into us. The second aspect of abiding involves the thumb and toe completing the process of abiding in GOD, by expressing our abiding, through the work of our hands and the pathways (or, directions) of our life. That is, to live before the LORD our GOD blamelessly and in holiness as HIS children, as promised to us by covenant (Eph 1:4; 2 Cor 6:18; 7:1). Thus 2 Cor 5:21b points out, that the sacrifice of JESUS our LORD was made so that "we might become the righteousness of GOD in HIM." What is the significance of the anointing of blood on the priesthood? Spiritually, the blood of CHRIST is life to us. Not only is that life in CHRIST but, that life is actually manifested by (and, while) we abide in HIM and, when we express HIM in our lives. The entire basis of living this life is given to us and defined for us in CHRIST, in the blood of covenant. We therefore, abide in our covenant in CHRIST. All the promises of GOD are sealed in the blood covenant in CHRIST. This blood covenant is eternal. In this blood covenant YAHWEH is giving us access into HIS heart. This blood is our life in the most fundamental sense. It is the passport to life through the atonement and, it is the expression of life through the anointing and in all that the anointing represents [Truth, Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Strength, Knowledge and, the Fear Of The LORD], No blood, no covenant. No blood, no salvation. No blood, no life. We cannot outgrow the blood sacrifice of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. It is the 56


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eternal difference between life and death for man. For the LORD JESUS is our Way, our Truth, and our Life. The LORD JESUS is the fulfillment of the blood anointing on the ear, thumb and foot of our priesthood. HE is the fulfillment of the covenant law of total consecration to YAHWEH. We are ordained and consecrated unto YAHWEH through the anointing that CHRIST perfected. It is in GOD (in CHRIST) that we live and have our being. That life is in the blood of CHRIST. That life is described in the attributes of the anointing. And this is possible only through our abiding in CHRIST. There are three key "concepts" of abiding and growing in CHRIST that are essential to the development of the anointing through the Peace (and Meal) Offering. But, before we look at these concepts, let us briefly look at the essence of the workings of the Peace Offering from Lev 3:3-4 so that we never forget the purpose, and manner of, abiding in CHRIST. The Peace Offering is an offering by fire to YAHWEH. It is the offering of CHRIST'S fragrance to YAHWEH. The fire depicts the sovereign work of the SPIRIT of CHRIST within us. The "fatness" of the anointing clothes our inner man so that our inner man is a soothing aroma (Lev 3:5) to our GOD and FATHER. The manifestation of this fragrance is caused by the HOLY SPIRIT WHO "fires" the sacrifice of CHRIST in and through us. The Peace Offering will only work if it is fired by the HOLY SPIRIT. HE is the SPIRIT of Promise (see Eph 1:13-14; 2 Cor 1:20-22). Therefore, the purpose of abiding in CHRIST is to magnify or worship GOD in terms of a total lifestyle.

Expressing The Fragrance Of CHRIST The fatness manifests, by the fire of the HOLY SPIRIT, the soothing aroma of the fragrance of CHRIST that exists in our inner man. This fragrance is lived before the FATHER. This fragrance is a fragrance of the heart. It is the heart of the inner man that YAHWEH is concerned with. The heart that exists in both our spirit and soul. The heart that expresses our full personality [which will be fully moulded in CHRIST]. While the Burnt Offering (in Lev 1:9) talks about the washing of the inner man in the water of the word (see Eph 5:26; Heb 10:22-23; 1 John 3:3 - hope purifies), the Peace Offering is essentially an offering of the "fatness" of CHRIST'S fragrance from our inner man to GOD. The Peace Offering is therefore, the offering of CHRIST'S beauty (or, perfection) in and through us.

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Note that Lev 3:5 tells us that the Peace Offering is made "on" the Burnt Offering. Note also that Lev 3:16b declares that, "all fat is the LORD'S." The offering of CHRIST through the Church belongs to the glory of the FATHER. The nurturing and expression of the inward anointing represents true worship of GOD. Notice that this worship is actually a blessing from GOD. HE calls it a treasure (2 Cor 4:6-7)! The treasure of HIS manifested glory within us through the attributes of the anointing. This is the manifestation of a lifestyle that is governed by the attributes of the anointing. This lifestyle is actually YAHWEHJIREH's provision. Whatever, we may think we are "giving" to GOD, we can be sure that HE asks for it so that HE can return it (in HIS perfection) in many multiples - some thirtyfold, some hundredfold. This is a rule of faith in GOD, in HIS divine and absolutely perfect nature, that we need to remember - always. The GOD WHOM we serve calls HIMSELF YAHWEH-JIREH our Covenant Provider (see 1 Cor 13:4-8a). HE provides perfectly in the holiness of HIS love. True worship is entirely a creation by YAHWEH's SPIRIT (see John 4:23-24), the SPIRIT of CHRIST within us - to the glory of the FATHER'S grace in the BELOVED. From this predestined reality of YAHWEHJIREH's grace, come three key concepts of abiding in CHRIST that we shall discuss in the remainder of Part II: (1) Abiding in the True Vine; (2) Being a yielded vessel of GOD (Chapter 5); and, (3) Being a temple of GOD (Chapter 6). Abiding allows the fragrance of the inward anointing, which is CHRIST'S anointing, to manifest and grow. It was perfected in HIM (John 17:19,17; Heb 2:10; 5:8-9). Now it must be manifested perfectly in us - by HIM. This happens through the inward anointing. And don't forget that this is YAHWEH's provision too. [Whether HE manifests this into us, depends on whether we want it to be sol The Burnt Offering and Peace Offering are also about enabling (or, making) us to want to and, to make it so! This is why these offerings are offered from the heart. There is a making or, enabling of us, by GOD HIMSELF, that creates our ability or, wanting to make the necessary offering. HE creates the heart of true desire. This too is HIS provision!] Therefore, the fragrance of CHRIST (HIS anointing) can only grow if we abide in CHRIST; and, CHRIST abides in us (John 15:5a). It is the real presence of CHRIST within us that produces the fragrance in and 58


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through us. And, this presence increases by faith through the process of inner strengthening by the HOLY SPIRIT, WHO appropriates the glory of the FATHER'S riches towards us in fulfillment of HIS covenant role as the SPIRIT of Promise (see Eph 3:16-18). This fragrance (of CHRIST) will increasingly become the "fullness of GOD" (Eph 3:19; Heb 1:3a; Col 2:9). We are now ready to examine the three concepts of abiding in CHRIST beginning with the revelation of the True Vine in this chapter. The other two concepts of abiding will be dealt with in subsequent chapters. Please don't forget that the necessity of understanding these concepts of abiding in CHRIST is because it would be impossible to receive and manifest the laws of covenant symbolised in the Levitical sacrifices (that were perfected and fulfilled by CHRIST) without abiding in HIM. This means that all of the promise of covenant is only valid when we abide by the law of the SPIRIT of life - in CHRIST JESUS. This means abiding in CHRIST JESUS. All the offerings by the fire of the HOLY SPIRIT have meaning only in CHRIST. If we are not in CHRIST, then it means that the offering is being made by some other spirit. The HOLY SPIRIT works with us only in CHRIST. This is the ultimate spiritual law!

"I AM THE VINE, YOU ARE THE BRANCHES" As succinctly put in the Athanasian Creed, the LORD JESUS CHRIST is TRUE GOD and TRUE MAN. Truth is an attribute of GOD. Only GOD is Truth. The expression "TRUE M A N " carries with it the idea of man existing in truth. For nothing that can be called true, is true, if it were not an expression of Truth. Truth then separates the term "real" from the term "true"; although, what is true is also real. But what is real is not necessarily true. Since Truth is an attribute of the ALMIGHTY, we can therefore say that TRUE M A N is defined in and by the TRUE GOD in HIS sovereign will and perfect nature. [This does not equate man with GOD, but it says that GOD has chosen in HIS infinite love and grace to express man from HIS own perfection as expressed in the LORD JESUS CHRIST. See Col 2:9 and Heb 1:3.]

The New Man Is Defined In CHRIST The LORD JESUS CHRIST took HIS MANhood into the GODHEAD and defined this MANhood in the GODHEAD. [See some examples in John 17:2,6,8,11-13,14a, 17,19,21-23,26; 1 John l : l b - 2 ; 3:1-3,9; 5:12,18-20.]

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Therefore, we know that the FATHER is creating us in HIS own image as expressed in the LORD JESUS CHRIST - the TRUE MAN (2 Cor 3:3-4). In John 15:1, the LORD calls HIMSELF the True Vine. 1 John 5:20 expresses this revelation in the following terms: "And we know (by revelation knowledge) that the SON of GOD has come, and has given us understanding (through faith in GOD), in order that we might know (by revelation and communion) HIM WHO is True, and we are (abiding and living) in HIM WHO is True, in HIS SON JESUS CHRIST (as a true and living part of the True Vine). This is the True GOD and eternal life." The terms "know" and "understanding" are an important indicator as to what enables the process of abiding. Both "know" and "understanding" are attributes of the inward anointing. Truth too, is an attribute of the inward anointing. [Truth has to be part on the inward anointing! Even as it is part of YAHWEH's nature. That YAHWEH is Truth, is the assurance of every promise in/of GOD MOST HIGH.] YAHWEH engineers the magnificence of the privilege and willingness of living in HIM within and into us. This is true life. HE actually perfects us in the anointing even as we choose to live in truth. John 17:3, is a deep revelation of our peculiar state in GOD. This is what defines our true life in GOD: "And this is eternal life, that they may know THEE, the only TRUE GOD..." This is the great revelation: our eternal life exists in the true and full knowledge of communion with GOD. An intimate love relationship (see John 15:9). A communion of life in oneness (John 17:21a,22-23; 1 Cor 6:17). We have been given the singular privilege of knowing GOD in a communion of love that is life itself; true life in its highest form possible - as partakers of HIS divine nature, in the fullness of GOD within us (2 Peter 1:4; Eph 3:19). [Partakers of HIS holiness, HIS righteousness, HIS love, HIS faithfulness, HIS wisdom, HIS understanding, HIS knowledge, HIS life, HIS light, HIS truth, HIS power - all of which are attributes we barely even understand (for all of these attributes are deeply experiential, resulting from communion with GOD); and, the other attributes that we as yet know nothing about. This is incredible! This is what it means to be a child of GOD. The bible calls us heirs of our LORD JESUS CHRIST WHO has earned a name above every name (Phil 2:8-12). All this is only available in the realm of perfection. Can you see what kind of love and grace YAHWEH has 60


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expressed towards us. We can see the beginnings of "I AM THAT I AM." The GOD WHO has made HIMSELF manifest towards us by covenant.] The right (of a blood relationship) has been given unilaterally by GOD in Covenant sealed in blood to HIS name - and HE asks us not only to choose if we want this relationship but, also to what extent we want this relationship. HE will give us what we desire - in truth. But this desire too HE proposes to create and develop (perfect) within us - through communion. For this true man is spiritually expressed (and defined) by the attributes of the inward anointing that derive from HIS PERSON. What kind of love is GOD's love? What kind of GOD do we have? Perhaps now we can begin to appreciate 1 John 3:1,"See how great a love the FATHER has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of GOD .... and everyone who has this hope fixed on HIM purifies himself, /;**/ as HE is pure." [Therefore, we should take hold of the hope in HIM (the FATHER) that will purify us as HE is pure!] All this can manifest in us because the seed of the LORD JESUS CHRIST - HIS anointing perfected in the agony and triumph of blood - abides in us (see 1 John 3:9). It is no wonder this passage declares that we cannot sin if we abide in our sweet JESUS. AMEN! We are born of the substance of the True Vine. Hope, enables us to takehold of this "in hope"; faith, enables us to understand this "by faith"; and love, enables us to experience this "in love." [This "sequence" of hope, faith and love is very powerful in receiving revelation and, being perfected in this revelation. However, this can only be realized i f , all three "drivers" are focussed in GOD. These three "drivers" are the determinants of all truth in us - from GOD. Truth is eternal. This singular tenet of the eternal separates the realm of man-made "truths" including, so-called "scientific" ones - from that which is inherent in YAHWEH. As long as man insists on dismissing GOD as "unscientific," all of man's knowledge and learning will be like sawdust in his mouth. It will pass away. Only "true man" will live - in the secret place of the MOST HIGH.] We are now ready to talk about the statement of true life that the LORD JESUS made: "I AM the Vine, you are the branches." A branch is born of the Vine in all of the fullness of the substance of the Vine. This fullness manifests through a process called "abiding." We shall in the next several sub-headings describe the different facets of abiding in the True Vine and finally describe the two principal modes by which this abiding in the True Vine will manifest. 61


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Abiding Through True Worship Of GOD Let us commence our description of abiding, with worship. Worship is actually a life style. John 3:24 tells us that those who worship GOD "must worship in spirit and truth." The word "spirit" in this context requires a state of communion (see 1 Cor 6:17). Therefore we are talking of a worship of communion here. A communion that draws from both realms of the personal anointing: the anointing within and the anointing upon. The anointing energizes our inner man into a spiritual mode or, sensitivity. Our spiritual senses must function (be open) in communion. For it is our spirit who draws from the unending abundance of YAHWEH. [This is why we have a spirit!] What is worship in spirit and truth? In the context of the Burnt Offering, worship is coming to GOD in hope, faith and love. In the context of the Peace Offering, worship is simply giving oneself to GOD. In the context of the Meal Offering, worship is glorifying GOD through our inward and outward expressions. Worship is therefore, the lifestyle of receiving and expressing CHRIST unto the glory of the FATHER. So there is a realm where life and worship merge into oneness. We have also just learned through the Peace Offering that true worship is the offering of the "fatness" of the inward anointing (of life) to GOD. Isa 11:2, mentions six of the attributes of the inward anointing. The moral attribute that gives credence to all the other six is the Spirit Of Truth, that derives from communion with the PERSON of the HOLY SPIRIT (John 14:17) - the SPIRIT of Truth. [Isa 11:2 just mentions the SPIRIT of GOD without speaking of how HE would activate and nurture the anointing. In John 16:12-15, we see that truth will be the activator and, this activator could only be expressed when the Truth was manifested in CHRIST (John 14:6) - in HIS MANhood. For men could only take hold of the anointing in CHRIST the Truth HIMSELF.] Truth mandates life. This is why our New Covenant, spiritual law is called the "law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS." Truth separates life from death. Life exists only in Truth. But, truth is in life itself - a part of life itself. However, both exist only in GOD and both are peculiarly defined by YAHWEH-JIREH (our Provider), WHO has manifested HIMSELF towards us in CHRIST. Our Covenant Provider gives (feeds) us both life and truth. [Life is defined by all seven attributes of the inward anointing. This is biblically defined "quality" life. Life, that is an expression of Truth,

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Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Power, Knowledge and, the Fear Of The LORD. As we shall discover Truth defines the realm of all the other attributes. Truth is the light that enables us to "see" the other six attributes of the anointing in the way GOD wants us to see them. The reason why truth was not expressed in Isa 11:2 was because truth could only be understood in CHRIST. HE manifested Truth (John 14:6). That Truth, is manifested into us via the anointing of the Spirit Of Truth.] Worship in spirit and truth refers to the realm of a worshipful life style arising from the expression of the personal anointing and the truth of the word. The truth of the word being expressed in each of the attributes of the anointing. How is worship manifested in practical terms?

The Worship Of True Desire For GOD The battle we experience in "dragging" or rather, "choosing to drag" our inner man from the realm of death into the realm of truth and life expresses conflicting desires within us. The LORD JESUS presents "truth" as "light" in Matt 6:22-23. HE makes the distinction between true light and apparent light (the light of darkness). In Matt 6:21, HE says that the treasure of our heart - its desires - determine which realm we will operate in. There are two realms of desire. Desire associated with our fallen nature. And, perfect (or, true) desire that is entirely the creation of GOD in CHRIST. Isa 11:3a expresses this desire in its most potent and intoxicating form: delighting in the fear of the LORD. So there is an abiding of worship that is defined by true desire. That's why the LORD JESUS, inspite of HIS human frailty, was able to pray the whole night through after a full day's ministry (see Matt 14:21-25; Luke 6:1213,19). This is the provision that we must tap into - "delighting" in the fear of the LORD. We will expound on this later when we study the attributes of the anointing of the fear of the LORD. JESUS, the TRUE MAN, established the anointing to delight in the fear of the LORD in HIS MANhood. HE perfected it in a practical human sense by HIS life on earth. But, HE defined it in the GODHEAD. The ingredients (which we will discuss later) of the Spirit of the Fear Of The LORD, that enable us to delight in the fear of the LORD, have been given to us in the new birth. This, we must choose to develop. [This "choosing" is the Burnt Offering. The Peace Offering is the "pursuit" while the Meal Offering is the "expression". The entire process can be called the

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"perfecting" of the anointing of the Fear Of The LORD in CHRIST. This process of being perfected is also applicable to the inward anointing as a whole.] The choice that we truly need to make, is not merely an objective and disciplined choice but, a choice of true desire. This is something that flows from the SPIRIT of CHRIST into our heart. And from our heart into our mind. And, this is key to our abiding in the True Vine in the true desire of worship. Let us contrast true desire with natural desire. As we "naturally" understand it, desire is a "something" that exists inside us that drives us - positively or negatively. If we live by the "law of do's and don'ts" we will attempt to objectively control this "desire". But, this is an imperfect way. It is a hard way. If we were not born again this would be an impossible way. There is a better way. A perfect way. The way of the SPIRIT of CHRIST. The way of true worship. We experience true worship through the act of worship. This is how we learn to worship. Ultimately, this true worship is an expression of a total lifestyle. The Levitical sacrifices of worship, portray worship as a fullsome lifestyle. Under the realm of the spiritual law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST, we will choose to bring ourselves (worshipfully) as often as possible before YAHWEH so that HE could mould the "true desire" of holiness, love and righteousness into us. David asked GOD to create a clean heart in him. A heart that would truly desire cleanliness by abhorring all sinfulness. The principle can be extended to every spiritual growth form. Worship is a desire of the heart. In David's Psalms we see that David used song as his mode of entry into the Holy Of Holies. Today the LORD is using and will increasingly use the act of worship in song to teach us how to enter the deep realms of HIS Presence. This is HIS provision under the covenant names of YAHWEHM'KADDESH (I AM WHO I AM Your Sanctifier) and YAHWEHTSIDKENU (I AM WHO I AM Your Righteousness). Sanctification sets us apart and re-creates and brings us into a "true-life" mode. Righteousness is an expression of what is in existence or, has been brought into existence within us in the likeness of Y A H W E H . Righteousness is an inward and outward expression of a state of being in holiness, established by YAHWEH by HIS real presence in us. For we are HIS temple. (See 1 Cor 6:17 and 19; Eph 3:16-20). So worship manifests in the covenant name YAHWEH-SHAMMAH. It is YAHWEH, WHO truly determines who we are and, what we are. HIS Glory must fill the temple. HIS Glory manifests into us through the 64


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glory of the inward anointing. We express this anointing in the true holiness of the fear of the LORD and, in the true wisdom of righteousness. Several benefits flow out of worshipful desire in the fear of GOD, that make our abiding in the True Vine a living experience of GOD's grace.

True Desire Manifests The Mind Of CHRIST The process of abiding in the True Vine, in true desire is one of the ingredients forming (or, receiving) the mind of CHRIST. This is a delicate process because it involves the teaching of our free will (conscious and unconscious will) to express wisdom by absorbing true knowledge and understanding from GOD. Choosing with the wisdom of GOD is an expression or, manifestation of the mind of CHRIST. The mind of CHRIST is the creation of the SPIRIT of CHRIST; the same SPIRIT of CHRIST WHO expressed the written word through human vessels (1 Peter 1:11). So, the mind of CHRIST is an expression of our abiding in the True Vine. The "fullness" of this mind reflects the "fullness" of CHRIST in us. [2 Tim 1:7 (NASB + NKJV) describes the mind of CHRIST as "disciplined". There is discipline inherent in the word "true," until truth fully forms in our nature.]

True Desire Shapes The Objective Will But, there is more for us to understand with regards to abiding in the True Vine. GOD can transform us instantly. We can also "untransform" ourselves instantly. This is the lesson from Genesis 3 that we must always remember. It is the objective will (conscious and unconscious), that we need to have shaped by GOD. This objective will, must have as its essential source true desire or, passion (that rises from the perfected heart). It is this objective will that YAHWEH wants to transform through HIS WORD. Yes, JESUS the WORD HIMSELF. HE is the True Vine, we are the branches. The "substance" of the Vine, which is "HIS WORD PERSON expressed," must be in us. This is the realm of true revelation - the word of CHRIST (Rom 10:17 - NASB/NIV). It is the realm of true knowledge (see Col 3:10; l:9b-14 from the NASB). [If you do not have the NASB, you can also see this from John 8:43,45,47 in the context of John 8:30-48.] The objective will must become an objective testimony of CHRIST JESUS. The substance of the WORD is absorbed into our being through the attributes of the inward anointing such as Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom. In other words, the WORD abides in us. And HIS presence in

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us is represented by the word in us, in terms of the inward anointing (such as Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom). So rhema (the quickened word) emanates from the LOGOS (the WORD), WHO abides in us. The translation is via the anointing. Rom 10:17 describes the process of translation as "hearing". This hearing is a living expression of our sub-conscious thought realm (of true desire), built on the living rhema word of revelation in us. This is a living testimony in us. But, there is another dimension to understanding the "substance" of the True Vine. We also need the substance of HIS nature in order that we might abide in HIM and live. It is the substance of HIS nature (that is life) that manifests as a true testimony. This substance of HIS nature is to be given to us in the inward anointing. But, we must nurture this anointing within by drawing from the LORD - both from HIS nature and HIS revelation word. This is the idea of being a branch. A branch draws all its substance and nourishment from the True Vine. But, the branch also needs light. The anointing upon (the manifested spiritual light of GOD) is absolutely necessary to growth. Without this complete provision (of both modes of the personal anointing), the branch will wither and eventually die. The two modes of the personal anointing are absolutely vital to efficient and effective spiritual growth. [Growth in the natural realm will also be transformed.] [What is Light? 1 John 1:5, declares that GOD is Light. Light is therefore an attribute of GOD. An inherent attribute. The expression of this attribute can be in many forms. For instance Light is Truth. The WORD is Light, WHO or THAT (in terms of HIS PERSON and the expression of THAT PERSON) is able to see all things in the Light of HIS Omniscience. This is what the LORD meant when HE said that HE is the Alpha and the Omega (Rev 1:8,11). Both the beginning and the end of all things or, all events conceivable are two simultaneous points foreknown and ultimately predestined in HIS BEING of Truth. And that Omniscience of Light is perfectly absolute throughout all eternity; although, its manifestation to creation, varies through time. No matter what happens between two points in time, Truth alone will prevail in eternity. This is the realm of GOD's predestined will and sovereignty. This Truth in GOD is really an absolute, not in a discrete sense but, in the sense of being fully complete in HIM. Someone I know, has postulated mathematically that, the light that the ALMIGHTY chose to manifest from HIS BEING at the beginning was the material means by which the physical Universe (and I believe the Spiritual 66


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Universe that preceded the physical) was created in accordance with John 1:3. Note the peculiar contents of John 1:4. Light is also revelation knowledge, wisdom, counsel, power, truth, and understanding in the spiritual realm of GOD's Omniscience and Omnipotence. [All of these are attributes of the WORD.] If this Light is to be received effectively then, this Light must be received in the Fear Of The LORD. The fear of the LORD, is the singular attribute that the LORD JESUS CHRIST created, manifested and perfected in his MANhood. It is this singular attribute that enables man to commune with GOD and ensures man's existence in eternity. All of the attributes of Light are also attributes of the anointing that originate in the "LIFEBEING" (John 14:6) of the ALMIGHTY CHRIST - TRUE GOD and TRUE MAN. This is why Life is the Light of men (John 1:4). GOD's Presence when manifested over us or in us, emanates Light in its spiritual form although, HIS Presence can also emanate Light in its natural form. YAHWEH chooses the degree of this manifestation and HE is able to manifest this Light (emanating from HIS real Presence) in discrete levels in and upon HIS children. This is the Light of the personal anointing. The full extent of Light is only known and understood by EL ELYON (the MOST HIGH) for HE ALONE is True Light. That is why JESUS said only HE had seen GOD (John 6:46). Because only GOD can fully see GOD. And this "seeing" is by itself Light. That's why GOD is Light.] Another aspect of abiding in the True Vine is expressed by the idea that the branch is like the Vine. Our link with our Saviour is via our spirit (1 Cor 6:17). We draw from HIS SPIRIT via our spirit. How do we know what to draw? Proverbs 20:27 declares the "the spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all the innermost parts of his being" thus enabling GOD to know all of man's true needs. GOD is the ONE WHO knows our needs. HE supplies our needs according to HIS glory nature (see Phil 4:19) so that we will be like the True Vine. HE also supplies our needs according to our true desires and our actions, that confirm our true desires (Jer 17:10). HE is our Provider. But, HE will and can only provide in accordance to HIS Glory nature. This means several things. That HE will provide: (i) according to HIS nature; (ii) according to the attributes of the glory within us - which are the attributes of the anointing within; (iii) according to the glory level imparted to us (i.e., according to the "fatness" of the anointing within us); and, (iv) according to the intensity and focus of our true desires, as 67


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they are expressed in the context of our peculiar personalities. And, even as our personalities are moulded by the HOLY SPIRIT through the inward anointing. All this is accomplished through the SPIRIT of CHRIST in WHOM we abide and, WHO abides in us. But, all this is engineered and directed by our FATHER (John 15:1). Notice that GOD's FATHERHOOD is based on righteousness and truth (see John 15:2). But, notice also that GOD's FATHERHOOD is focussed on the practical reality of our bearing much fruit. It is GOD WHO wants to accomplish this so that we can prove the reality of JESUS CHRIST in us (John 15:8)! But, how do we prove this reality? By abiding in GOD's word and in GOD's love. The proving comes through the offering of the Meal Offering. This is why the Meal Offering is called most holy (Lev 2:3). It is most holy because it proves CHRIST and proclaims HIS excellencies (HIS testimony - see Ps 119:2,24,99,111). So finally, we come to the essential elements that define and enable the process of abiding. These are the word and love. [Both the word and love are attributes (or, expressions) of the WORD HIMSELF. So we abide in HIM through the word (the flesh of the WORD) and love (in the spiritual drink offering of HIS blood). See John 6:53-58.]

Abiding In GOD's Word (John 17:6-26) As we study this passage below we must bear in mind that the substance of the True Vine is HIS word. This word must become the revelation word of CHRIST in us. Then we are partaking of the substance (or, the flesh) of the WORD. In the passage noted we see that the LORD prayed the following prayer, which I have selectively edited so that the focus is on its "word" and "WORD" content. "I manifested THY name [this is the purpose of the WORD made flesh] to the men THOU gavest ME out of the world; THINE they were, and THOU gavest them to ME, and they have kept THY word. ... The words which THOU gavest ME I have given to them; and they received them, and truly understood .... and they believed .... HOLY FATHER, keep them in THY name, the name which THOU hast given ME, that they may be one even as WE are I have given them THY word Sanctify them in the truth; THY word is truth For their sakes I sanctify MYSELF that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. .... The glory which THOU hast given ME I have given to them; that they may be one, just as WE are ONE I have made THY name known to 68


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them, and will make it known; that the love wherewith THOU didst love ME may be in them, and I in them." John 17 expresses the highest dimensions of CHRIST'S mission and the FATHER'S predestined purpose to be manifested by the HOLY SPIRIT. The LORD prayed for that, which when accomplished in us, would please HIS FATHER the most. That which would truly glorify the FATHER. Let us outline some of the word and WORD dimensions of this prayer so that we can better understand the implications of abiding in G O D ' s word (and WORD) which flows from John 15:7: "If you abide in ME, and MY words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you." [We can now perceive the dimensions of perfection that can be "done for you" in JESUS name. AMEN! This is why we can be perfect! And, its got nothing to do with how wonderful we are but, its got everything to do with W H O HE is. That's why HE is called Wonderful (Isa 9:6b)! And I believe there should be a comma after Wonderful in the sense that HE is Wonderful, and Wonderful is not a qualifier of Counsellor.] •

"I manifested THY name" .... This is the infinite expression of "I AM WHO I A M " and "I AM THAT I AM" manifested in the PERSON of the WORD made flesh. This is the word of the oath (Heb 7:28).

[The mode of expression or language of this prayer is faith. Faith that is in GOD - in HIS Omniscience and predestined will being accomplished perfectly in JESUS CHRIST HIS SON! And, in HIS Body the Church.] This is the realm of WORD revelation pertaining to the PERSON of the MOST HIGH that we see and receive through the life, ministry and word of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. It is also the realm of the manifestation of the SPIRIT of CHRIST in us (see Eph 3:16-20). This is the real presence of CHRIST in us (Gal 4:19a; 2:20). This is also the realm of the manifested oath of covenant in GOD the WORD. The word of CHRIST'S power (Heb 1:3) that comes from the word of CHRIST in us (Rom 10:17); which is the basis and substance of the manifestation of John 15:7. •

"They have kept THY word" .... This phrase is expressing the reality of a Church that will come forth, that is able to fully draw from the manifested reality of the GODHEAD within the Temple of its being (see John 14:21,23). Something that Eph 1:23 calls the "fullness of HIM W H O fills all in all." The decade of the nineties is the beginning of the manifestation of this Church in holiness. [Rev 15:2-5 indicates a true measure of the fullness of CHRIST perfected in suffering (see Rev 14), while Rev 21:3-7 indicates a new beginning in a totality of perfection.] 69


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"The words which THOU gavest ME I have given to them; and they received them, and truly understood .... and they believed" .... [We can see these principles outlined in Prov 2:1-6.] .... Here the LORD prays for the manifestation of the "how to" in the hearts of those who would believe in GOD. Those who truly believe will truly receive and truly understand GOD's covenant promises that are in HIS PERSON. This is the realm of the oath of GOD fully made available to us in the name of JESUS. This is revelation of GOD and HIS covenant, a subject that I deal with in some detail in my book on the covenant. Please don't forget that the fullness of covenant has been given to us in CHRIST (see also Eph 1:3-6).

"HOLY FATHER, keep them in THY name" .... This is the realm of abiding in the secret place of the MOST HIGH (Ps 91:1). YAHWEH, through Melchizedek, introduces the elements of the New Covenant in the covenant name EL ELYON (the MOST HIGH GOD - Gen 14:18-20). That is how powerful the realm of the New Covenant is. YAHWEH has given us HIS covenant so that we can draw, from the guarantee (or, oath) of HIS name (see 2 Sam 6:2), the magnificent reality of perfect salvation.

"The name which THOU has given ME" .... The LORD JESUS manifests the fullness of the covenant names of GOD. There are ten covenant names of GOD in the Old Testament, all of which are given as GOD's Covenant WORD to us. We need to understand that the LORD JESUS is the WORD ["THAT" expresses the fullness of YAHWEH's name in the oath 'I AM'] manifested. HE (the LORD JESUS) is the fullness of the Covenant WORD that GOD has given us through HIM (the LORD JESUS). [The subject of the ten covenant names is introduced in my book on the covenant.]

"That they may be one even as WE are ... I have given them THY word" .... The true word manifests love. Also the true word is perfected in us by love. To have JESUS the WORD within us is to become an expression of love (see Eph 3:17-20) in unity. [We can only truly say we know HIM and HIS word when we manifest HIS love.] This is the Church that is being created before our very eyes. This is the Church that the LORD will bring unto HIMSELF.

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has manifested an anointing within to bring this about. An anointing, as we shall discover, that is entirely defined in HIS PERSON and Character. And the LORD will manifest special anointings upon us that will enable a new people of GOD to be brought to maturity (see Zech 4:6-9). This is the realm of the Peace Offering. But, this pursuit must be manifested amongst us - in love, unconditional love - and this is the realm of the Meal Offering. It is time brethren to pursue excellence in the oath of the assurance of "I AM WHO I AM" and "I AM THAT I AM" and, this begins with the putting away of the mediocrity of self. [The Rapture of the Church is not going to be determined by political events or, the manifestation of the beast but, by the spiritual readiness of the Church to meet her beloved Saviour - WHO paid for her in HIS precious blood. Rev 19:10b declares that the testimony of JESUS CHRIST (see 1 Cor 1:4-7) is the spirit of the prophetic in the book of Revelation (and the whole bible). Our eyes should be fixed on being like JESUS, instead of reacting to events and, profess understanding of that which we cannot understand. When the time comes, the LORD will let us know (see Amos 3:7; 5:4). Trust HIM; HE loves us and our families infinitely more than we do.]

Abiding In CHRIST'S Love As we have shown above, abiding in GOD's word will (or, must) result in our abiding in GOD's love. The LORD JESUS made this perfectly clear in John 15:9-10, "Just as the FATHER has loved ME, I have also loved you; abide in MY love. If you keep MY commandments, you will abide in MY love; just as I have kept MY FATHER'S commandments, and abide in HIS lover Under the New Covenant, we keep GOD's commandments by allowing GOD to write HIS laws on our hearts. Yes! we must allow GOD to work with us. We must ask for this in faith. We must pursue it by allowing GOD to take us into the Holy Place and into the Holy Of Holies. This is the realm of worship, prayer and consecration (in meditation and contemplation). But, we must also pursue the expression of this love in faith. If the love of CHRIST abides in us, then this love must also be expressed in our daily living. This is the Meal Offering that GOD will accomplish through us - if we are willing.

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In 1 John 3:17-18, John states this position in no uncertain terms: "But whoever has the world's goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of GOD abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth." The expression of love enables us to know GOD progressively. John declares (1 John 4:7) that everyone who loves is born of GOD and knows GOD because love is from GOD. The expression of love enables our love to be perfected, for we come to know and believe the love which GOD has for us. By this, love is perfected with us (see 1 John 4:16-17; 5:1-3). If we do not practice the love that GOD has given us then we cannot grow in HIS love and, ultimately, neither will we continue in HIS love. So we may conclude that abiding in the True Vine hinges on our receiving and living HIS word and, our receiving and manifesting HIS love. The medium by which we are perfected is our anointing in the LORD JESUS CHRIST. All this is HIS provision. Please read carefully Zech 4:6-9. There is a mighty wave of the anointing coming upon us. The question we each have to ask ourselves is whether we are in position to receive. That position is to be fully abiding in CHRIST. Don't forget the parable of the ten virgins. We shall continue with our exposition of the law of abiding that is the framework for the full expression of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. And, as you are probably already beginning to see, the law of the SPIRIT is also operated by the SPIRIT of Promise. This law is also the law of promise and blessing. Can you imagine a law that actually mandates promise and blessing (see John 15:7-8)! Actually, by oath! There is tremendous revelation here if we are each willing to open our spirit and receive. Receiving, requires the humility of worship in submission. There is a realm where YAHWEH will literally command the blessings (see John 14:12-13; 16:23).

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e have mentioned the Meal Offering several times in Chapter 4 because the points being raised would have been incomplete without mention of this offering. The Meal offering puts into practice what GOD has placed within us. The anointing within is perfected through the Meal Offering.

Everything that GOD puts into us via the anointing within has to be perfected through practical application. It has to be molded according to our unique personalities. We are each a unique letter of CHRIST (2 Cor 3:3,6) written with the SPIRIT of GOD on tablets of human hearts even as we are made adequate as servants of a New Covenant in CHRIST, under the leading of the SPIRIT of life. Everything that GOD puts into us has to be lived. This is the law of the SPIRIT of life. It has to be lived in CHRIST. The life that YAHWEH has given us in CHRIST, must be lived - in CHRIST. Hence the law of the SPIRIT must be expressed in CHRIST. As CHRIST is expressed through us, we are molded and formed into HIS image. In reality, HE is formed in us (Gal 4:19b). We become a reflection of HIM. HE is "perfected" into us. HE is formed into our personality, which assumes HIS perfection and HIS beauty. That is, through practice, we become more and more like HIM. This is the realm of the Meal Offering. This is an offering of faith expressed and perfected through "works" as explained in James 2:14, 17,22,26. [In a sense, it is the balance between "theory" and "practice".] It impacts both our personal life and our ministry life. The fulfillment of the Meal Offering, brings us to the second concept of abiding in CHRIST - by becoming yielded vessels: Dead to self and alive to GOD in CHRIST. This is the covenant undertaking entered into at baptism (Rom 6:4,11,13b).


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BEING A YIELDED VESSEL OF GOD 2 Cor 4:6-11, brings out this second concept of abiding in CHRIST: "For GOD, WHO said,'Light shall shine out of darkness,' is the ONE WHO has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of GOD in the face of CHRIST. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of GOD and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of JESUS, that the life of JESUS also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for JESUS' sake, that the life of JESUS also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.'" This is an oft quoted passage of scripture, at least the first part about the glory of GOD manifesting in us. Paul in Phil 3:7-16, illustrates the above through personal testimony. As we read through this passage, reproduced below, we must understand that Paul's testimony is the testimony of CHRIST in him, the result of "the light of the knowledge of the glory of GOD in the face of CHRIST ... that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of GOD and not of ourselves." Reproducing the testimony of JESUS by allowing HIS testimony to be expressed through us, is what the Meal Offering is all about. The testimony of CHRIST perfects us. But, we must understand that the power to produce the testimony is the power of CHRIST'S resurrection or, resurrection power. So Paul writes, "... whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of CHRIST. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing CHRIST JESUS my LORD, for WHOM I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain CHRIST, and be found in HIM, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the law, but that which is through faith in CHRIST, the righteousness which comes from GOD on the basis of faith, that I may know HIM, and the power of HIS resurrection and the fellowship of HIS sufferings, being conformed to HIS death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by CHRIST JESUS." We shall not discuss these passages in depth but we shall extract those principles that are necessary for our understanding of the nurturing and

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perfecting of the inward anointing through the Meal Offering. "The power of HIS resurrection and the fellowship of HIS sufferings, being conformed to HIS death" is an expression of the Meal Offering and the process of "being perfected." This enables us to analyse the Meal Offering in its deepest sense. The Meal Offering is to be an offering of CHRIST, in resurrection power. It is an offering made in fellowship with CHRIST, that rises to its highest level when we are able to partake of it even in sufferings. The realm of entering into a fellowship of HIS sufferings. And, it is an offering of dying to self and living to CHRIST, a principle that is the basis of our baptism in water (see Rom 6:3-4,13b). These three [knowing HIM, through the power of HIS resurrection; fellowship of HIS sufferings; and, being conformed to HIS death] enable the salt of the covenant to come into place within us so that we can tap into the wonder of our covenant in CHRIST (see Lev 2:13). The salt of covenant is CHRIST in us being expressed. HIS nature manifesting through us. The salt of covenant is HIS testimony in us (see 1 Cor 1:4-7; Rev 19:10b). It is this testimony that opens into Ps 138:2 and Ps 132:12,16 which in turn open into John 14:21,23 that manifests John 14:12-13; 15:7-8; 16:23. There are different levels of glory, but there is a "light of the knowledge of the glory of GOD in the face of CHRIST" that comes with a price. The price of living for CHRIST and the purposes of CHRIST in the world. The price of an undeterred consecration in CHRIST to GOD. The Meal Offering is the manifestation of this consecration in practical terms. [The use of the term "price" has to be carefully understood. Even though the "price" we pay can be painful, we need to get this straight in our heart and mind (forever!); only the LORD JESUS paid the price. HE paid the full price for each and every one of us. We can't even begin to pay the "price" for anything that manifests true life. For true life, is entirely a manifestation of YAHWEH's grace - 100%. {We can actually see the principle illustrated in Deut 9:6. Deut 9:18-29 illustrates the New Covenant ministry of the LORD JESUS as our High Priest.} This is hard to accept when we see someone suffer for the gospel. And, it is particularly hard to accept, if we are the ones that are suffering. It is very tempting to claim that "I earned this". So, it is important that we see this in the right perspective. So, we are actually using the term "price" here in a very peculiar context. We therefore need to understand the concept of "paying the price" very carefully. This is the price of "receiving". It is the price of dying to self and

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living to GOD - in CHRIST. This is a receiving of a new style of living. It is the price of the removal of "fleshliness". It is however, not the price of earning something f r o m Y A H W E H . It is the price of receiving what CHRIST has earned and opened for us. We are merely presenting ourselves at HIS feet. Choosing to be conformed to HIM. Sometimes that conformance happens through particularly painful circumstances that GOD allows us to go through. So this is a vast realm of experience. It can be a choosing to fellowship in deep communion - the deep communion of experiencing CHRIST in HIS sufferings. Yet, however great the "price", we must r e m e m b e r , t h a t this is not earned. This realm is still the realm of H I S grace. For this realm is entirely powered by resurrection power. It is the realm of experiencing this power and being transformed by it. This is the power of the F A T H E R H I M S E L F . It c a n ' t be e a r n e d . It can only be received in obedience, humility and in contriteness of spirit. This is deep consecration in deep fellowship. This is the deepest r e a l m of covenant experience. It is not earned. It is received. We are taken into it according to our own f r e e will. That is. in accordance to our willingness to "pay the price". And it opens to us a unique realm of communion that is called the fellowship of HIS sufferings. To the carnal man this is an absurdity. To the spiritual man this is the tangible experience of the limitless in GOD. This is the most personal (or, interactive) realm of knowing GOD. Of seeing HIS Heart and being "one" in it.] The price of the Meal Offering is not paid for by the law of self-sacrifice in personal righteousness; but, this price is paid t h r o u g h a focussed faith (of love) in C H R I S T t h a t enables "the light of the knowledge of the glory of G O D in the face of C H R I S T " to be revealed in a n d , t h r o u g h us. This faith is manifested from a living hope in CHRIST that purifies. This true knowledge (in love) of CHRIST is true power for true change. This true knowledge is born of true love for CHRIST - which, only HE can impart and perfect into us. Self-sacrifice based on personal righteousness will never produce the " p e r f e c t e d " life of J E S U S in us. F o r we a r e talking of the glory of G O D , t h a t derives f r o m HIS P E R S O N , in and t h r o u g h C H R I S T , manifesting (only) t h r o u g h faith in C H R I S T in t e r m s of belief a n d the practice of t h a t belief in love. [So this is the key to paying the price in suffering. It is the experience of receiving CHRIST in terms of the glory nature of (say) compassion. For example, someone may go through a deep grieving experience, so that he 76


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would have the power of HIS glory in compassion to minister to others going through similar experiences.] Now this is the faith, of the reality of GOD, that would enable us to have our eyes fixed firmly on CHRIST - through all situations. This will enable us to know HIM through every real life situation; by receiving the power of HIS resurrection to overcome each situation (work, personal and ministry situations); by realizing a fellowship with CHRIST through sufferings - a fellowship of experiencing and producing HIS healing love in every situation; and, by being conformed to HIS death by dying to self. Please understand that all this is in relation to living in and for CHRIST in a world that will oftentimes ridicule and persecute us. This too, is to be the experience of HIS grace that perfects us. For with persecution will come the grace of GOD to carry us through the persecution and, triumph in it through CHRIST. It is sometimes perplexing, but it is always necessary (for GOD will never allow us to suffer unnecessarily) in order that CHRIST may manifest through us. After all, only we are HIS hands, HIS feet, HIS mouth, HIS heart, HIS words, HIS life in a world of darkness. And there is a price to carry the light for we war "against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph 6:12)." This is not easy. It is not easy to be fully yielded to GOD but, this is necessarily the gateway to growth via the deepest realms of communion that nurture HIS anointing in us to do the impossible - in CHRIST. This is what is the true Meal Offering - "a thing most holy, of the offerings to the LORD by fire" (see Lev 2:3b). This is what it means to live according to "the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS." It is the Meal Offering that enables us to manifest and live our covenant with GOD. Lev 2:11-13, outlines this concept in symbolic language. Verse 11, cautions that the offering is not to be made with leaven. Leaven is sin or sinfulness. Under the New Covenant, we are to make an offering with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth (1 Cor 5:8). The LORD stressed the need for faith, even as HE warned HIS disciples of the leaven of the Pharisees (Matt 16:5-12) - lip service to the things of GOD. Note the powerful covenant passages that follow this passage in Matt 16; passages that stem from revelation of the LORD JESUS in HIS Church. The revelation that is to be lived, so that the power would be able to manifest. This is the end time witness that we (as a Church) must be focussed on bringing forth - in and by HIS grace (see Zech 4:6-7). 77


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Again we see how important the state of our heart is. Lev 2:13, clarifies in symbolic language that salt is key to the covenant. The LORD JESUS declared that we are to be the salt of the earth (Matt 5:13a). This is to be the salt of the Meal Offering of daily "action" that flows out of a true heart for CHRIST - HIS heart in us. HIS testimony manifesting through us. This is the manifestation of the inward anointing in CHRIST. HIS perfection formed in us and manifested through us.

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e have in Chapters 3-5 been actually looking at the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS in terms of its covenant law elements of the Burnt Offering, Peace Offering and Meal Offering. We also mentioned that the Sin and Guilt Offerings are necessary prerequisites to the offerings of covenant consecration. For a state of repentance before YAHWEH is a must under the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. So repentance is a part of covenant law. When we put all these sacrificial offerings together in a New Covenant perspective in the SPIRIT and, crown them with the New Covenant sacrifices of worship, prayer, contemplation and communion, we see that we come up with the third concept of abiding in CHRIST - being a temple of GOD. We need to understand the meaning of being a temple and we need to see its relationship to the personal anointing. But before we do this, let us first briefly review the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS.

PREREQUISITES TO BEING GOD'S TEMPLE Let us begin by placing the Levitical sacrifices in perspective. The Levitical sacrifices are (spiritual expressions of) the foundations of the law of covenant. They are also worship sacrifices related to the temple worship. They defined the temple worship, even as they defined the basic principles of being in covenant with the MOST HIGH. Under the Old Covenant, they were physical sacrifices. Their spiritual dimensions remained to be fully discovered. Under the New Covenant they have been discovered to be spiritual sacrifices fulfilled, explained and fully established in and by CHRIST JESUS. And, they are to be manifested through our lives in CHRIST. They are therefore mandatory to the exercising of the New Covenant in CHRIST.


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The Sin and Guilt Offerings tell us that we must always be in a state of repentance before GOD. The atoning blood sacrifice of our LORD JESUS CHRIST must be a living, expressed reality in our lives. The Burnt Offering tells us that, if we are to make ourselves a total offering to GOD then, it is necessary that our hearts be right before GOD. We have dealt with the subject of a circumcised heart in some depth in Chapter 3. The heart is the singular key to spiritual growth. It is the vehicle of spiritual growth. The inward anointing is molded in and around our hearts. The Peace Offering tells us that the fat (or, depth) of our inward anointing is the soothing aroma of CHRIST in us, that is pleasing to the LORD. As we exercise the inward anointing through the Meal Offering, in practical daily living and ministry, the LORD will through the Peace Offering expand or increase the inward anointing. Because, the Meal Offering perfects the anointing into us, and because it is the expression of CHRIST through our lives, it is the Meal Offering that is most holy to YAHWEH. The level and extent of the Meal Offering determines the level of our covenant expression and the extent of our spiritual growth. The Sin, Guilt, Burnt, and Peace Offerings are also directly operative in the New Covenant sacrifices of worship, prayer and contemplation. We see that the Sin and Guilt Offerings are prerequisites to the acceptance of the New Covenant sacrifices (see Matt 5:23-24; 6:15). In the case of the Burnt and Peace Offerings, we see that they are in fact part and parcel of the New Covenant sacrifices. In reality, worship, prayer and contemplation are simply three different modes of offering the Burnt and Peace Offering simultaneously. And, the labor of intercessory prayer is a Meal Offering. An offering of the labor of love for someone that can be along the lines of 1 John 3:16. Fasting in consecration is also a Meal Offering. [The portion that belongs to the LORD.] Also, the realm of communion is simply a deeper expression of the Burnt and Peace Offerings. With the atoning blood of CHRIST we can commune with GOD through our heart, in the fullness of our inward anointing. Both the heart and the anointing grow under the grace of GOD as expressed (and received) through the anointing upon. The Meal Offering enables what we have received from GOD to be perfected in practice through our daily living and ministry. As the anointing is perfected, our soul and body (or flesh) are impacted. The soul is renewed while the body becomes more receptive to spiritual pursuits. As we are perfected, our worship, prayer and contemplation enter new realms.

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So now we can see "the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS" in terms of its components clearly. We know what constitutes this law. For all of the sacrifices have spiritual dimensions only because of the ministry of the SPIRIT of CHRIST in us. Under the New Covenant, we know that the law is written on our hearts by the SPIRIT of GOD so that we can live this law by the SPIRIT. But we also see that both the law and life are only fulfilled and realized in CHRIST. We have already discussed two concepts of abiding in CHRIST that are a fulfillment of the law of the SPIRIT of life. Now we are going to discuss the third concept of being GOD's temple so that the full extent of being in CHRIST is understood. Also as we will discover, this will enable us to fully define the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. Being a temple of GOD implies that the other two concepts of abiding in CHRIST are realities in our lives. We must practice abiding in the True Vine and, we must be learning (and practicing) to be yielded vessels. These concepts are a necessary part of being a temple of GOD. For the first two concepts of abiding, enable us to really "see" the reality of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. This reality is succinctly expressed by our LORD in John 14:21: "He who has MY commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves ME; and he who loves ME shall be loved by MY FATHER and I will love him, and will disclose (NKJV: manifest) MYSELF to him." This reality of the LORD JESUS to us (Eph 1:17-19a) and in us (Eph 3:16-19) is necessary for John 14:23 to take place: "If anyone loves ME, he will keep MY word; and MY FATHER will love him, and WE will come to him, and make OUR abode with him." This verse expresses the deep covenant reality of being a temple of GOD in accordance to the covenant name YAHWEH-SHAMMAH (Eze 48:35). ["I AM WHO I AM" Is There. Please understand that this is in the realm of the oath of GOD.] Eph 3:19, tells us that we are to be filled up to all the fullness of GOD even as we are fully established in CHRIST. Eph 3:20b, explains that this will be in accordance to the power that works within us. This is the power of the HOLY SPIRIT and the power of the inward anointing as a whole, rising from the seven attributes of the anointing that we will explain in PART III. For we must realise that in practice the anointing cannot be segregated since it is one anointing. As we remember manifests and truth

discuss the concept of being a temple in CHRIST, we must that the anointing always (100% - by oath of covenant) in a yielded vessel where GOD is truly worshiped - in spirit (John 4:23-24).

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BEING A TEMPLE OF GOD Let us begin by summarizing three passages of scripture that speak of our being a temple: (1) From 1 Cor 2:16-17: "Do you not know that you are a temple of GOD, and that the SPIRIT of GOD dwells in you? .... the temple of GOD is holy, and that is what you are." (2) From 1 Cor 6:17,19: "... the one who joins himself to the LORD is one spirit with HIM Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the HOLY SPIRIT WHO is in you, WHOM you have from GOD, and that you are not your own?" (3) From 2 Cor 6:14-18; 7:1: "Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has CHRIST with belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of GOD with idols? For we are the temple of the living GOD; just as GOD said, 'I will dwell in them .... And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to ME,' says the LORD ALMIGHTY. Therefore having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of GOD." We shall not discuss these passages in depth but we shall consider those elements relevant to the anointing. The temple of GOD must be holy; and, this implies that the relationship with GOD is a holy relationship. Holiness establishes our sonship to GOD. Since holiness is an attribute of GOD ALMIGHTY, the level of our sonship is determined by holiness, which is entirely a function of the level of GOD's presence in HIS temple - us. Holiness manifests in us through the inward anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. This anointing increases as we increasingly become yielded vessels of the LORD. [This was our second concept of abiding in CHRIST.] Yielded vessels are those not bound to the world (in terms of a binding of our inward man - in spirit and soul) but, are vessels in practical covenant with GOD. Yielded vessels are covenant vessels that draw life from the True Vine. [This was our first concept of abiding in CHRIST.] Holiness is to be reflected in our life (through the righteousness of our intents and actions) in the flesh, as well as our life in the spirit (in our inward

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man ). To be a true child of GOD requires holiness to be reflected in our spirit, soul and body. Holiness is living in covenant with GOD. That is to say that GOD will bring this state of holiness to pass as long as we pursue HIM and our covenant with HIM. Paul explains this in 1 Thess 5:23-24, "Now may the GOD of peace HIMSELF sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. Faithful is HE WHO calls you (see 1 Cor 1:2-9), and HE also will bring it to pass." This simply means that it is only as we practice our covenant (as outlined in Gen 17:1-3; Jer 31:33-34; Eze 36:25-27; Eph 1:3-6), by faith and hope in GOD, via the principles of the Covenant Law of the "Law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS" can we realize this. The love of GOD will make this a living reality as it (GOD's love) is perfected in us. This is Y A H W E H - J I R E H ' s provision in the covenant name YAHWEH-SHAMMAH. That GOD will become to us our inheritance and possession (see Eze 44:28) as HE indwells HIS temple in fulfillment of the covenant name YAHWEH-SHAMMAH (see John 14:23). We see here that true holiness is established as we come to a level of spiritual growth where we see GOD as our all sufficiency. This is the reality where John 14:23 and Eph 3:19 really begin to manifest. All this is YAHWEH's oath of covenant to us. This is the realm of true covenant application where every covenant promise taken hold of will be expressed in our lives and ministries. This is the realm of being seated with CHRIST in the heavenly places. This realm is limitless in terms of its potentials. For it is here that we begin to function as the children of the MOST HIGH. We must realize that this position is born of consecration as a yielded vessel and sanctification as a temple of the MOST HIGH. This is true worship. [The fact that the MOST HIGH would want to put HIS real (manifested) presence in us is in my mind the most profound and gratifying truth of Christianity. This is why we must be most grateful for the blood of JESUS CHRIST our LORD. For YAHWEH's presence in us, truly is the pinnacle of salvation grace. To live is one thing, to be given the ability to live like GOD in HIS holiness is something else! This living is the true worship in spirit and truth. Where the word "spirit" represents the tangible reality of the inward anointing. Is it possible to be blessed beyond this?]

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The glory of the temple is reflected in practical terms in the inward anointing. This inward anointing is CHRIST'S anointing perfected into us. It is the fragrance of CHRIST that establishes and manifests the temple in terms of a total worshipful lifestyle. For we cannot be a temple without CHRIST. Only in, by and, through CHRIST can we reflect YAHWEH's Glory. We shall introduce the wonder of this inward anointing in Part III.

UNDERSTANDING THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS We have now come to a point where we can fully describe the elements and structure of the law that governs the inward anointing. The law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS is actually the law governing the personal anointing. And, as the description implies it is the law of eternal life. The law of the word of the oath in the SPIRIT of CHRIST. In this sub-section we shall attempt to put together all that we have discussed into an integrated model. The model is described schematically in Figures 2 and 3 overleaf. Figure 2 is made up of a series of concentric circles with an outer framework that schematically represents a temple. This is the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS that governs the temple or tabernacle of our person. The innermost concentric circle is fundamental to all other stages of our spiritual life and represents repentance. The covenant law that governs repentance is figuratively represented by the Sin and Guilt Offerings. The New Covenant implications are summarized in Matt 5:23-24; 6:14-15 and 7:24. As we have said before, repentance is a necessary state of our being before YAHWEH. We are cleansed by the blood of JESUS CHRIST. 1 John 1:9-10 declares that, "if we confess our sins, HE is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make HIM a liar, and HIS word is not in us." The second circle is based on the first and covers the covenant law of the Burnt Offering of total and complete consecration to YAHWEH. This law governs the state of our person as reflected in our heart. It is the law of the circumcised heart that the LORD pointed to in no uncertain terms in Matt 15:11, 18-19. The heart governs out total person. The heart that truly seeks GOD will receive all good things that the FATHER has given as an inheritance to HIS children in CHRIST JESUS (see Luke 11:8b-10,13; John 14:12-17; 15:7-8; 16:13-16; 23-27).

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But such a heart must be the heart of CHRIST JESUS (Eph 3:17) - in dwelt and formed in CHRIST. This is the heart of the temple of the MOST HIGH. So we see that the heart of the Burnt Offering is one that continuously grows in CHRIST by being more and more conformed to CHRIST. The process of this growth is addressed by the third circle. The third circle is made up of two "simultaneous" laws of covenant that are expressed through the circumcised heart. The Peace Offering is the offering of the fat of the anointing to GOD. This is the fragrance of CHRIST (in us) to GOD. The Meal Offering is the expression of the inward anointing in our daily lives and in our ministries. The making of the Meal Offering "perfects" the anointing that GOD has placed in our lives. This is the expression of the testimony of CHRIST through our daily living. Both these offerings are made through the heart. Just as the LORD JESUS had to sanctify HIMSELF (i.e., perfect the anointing in the temple of HIS body) - John 17:19; Heb 2:10; 5:8-9 - we too must be sanctified by the perfecting of the anointing within (see Rom 8:1718; 2 Cor 4:6-11; Phil 3:8-12) through our lives. That perfection is ultimately formed into the fullness of our heart (spirit and soul). The spirit heart becomes more closely joined to the SPIRIT of CHRIST while the soul heart manifests the fruits of the HOLY SPIRIT. [As we have noted before, suffering for CHRIST is the highest level of the Meal Offering. Those who pay the price of receiving the grace of the privilege of walking in the fellowship of CHRIST'S sufferings will have the ultimate level of the anointing that is called the "crown of life" (see Rev 2:10). This fellowship is the communion in true and full knowledge of CHRIST. But, there is a higher select circle of saints that Rev 14:4-5 talks about. The select builders of the Kingdom who are eunuchs (Isa 56:4-5) from both the Old and New Covenant dispensations (12 by 12). The thousand (10 by 10 by 10) denotes their completion in the grace of the FATHER, the WORD and the HOLY SPIRIT. Their completion was perfected in the building of the Kingdom. Their collective ministry and testimony through the ages brings the fall of Babylon. Notice that Rev 14:3b says that even they have been purchased. They didn't earn the position. They received the position in HIS grace, through their own free will.] The fourth level is purely an expression of the Peace and Burnt Offerings to GOD through worship, prayer and contemplation. The inward anointing ignites all three modes of the New Covenant sacrifices. 86


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The law of the Meal Offering will govern the level of the "perfection" of these offerings. And, we must not forget that part of the Meal Offering is offered in this realm, which is the portion of the Meal Offering that belongs to GOD. The fifth level is communion in each mode of the offerings. The fifth level operates in the deep realms of the personal anointing upon that enables communion. There is impartation that increases the anointing within according to the heart that has expressed the Meal Offering. It is the process of "perfecting" that will enhance the impartation (see Jer 17:10). The sixth level is deep personal communion that involves all modes of communion interchangeably. This is the deep realm of communion that the mystics experienced. This is balanced spiritual growth in all areas. All of our inner man must be developed "simultaneously". We must be willing to present all parts of our inner man to GOD. These six levels express the law of spiritual expression both within ourselves and outside of ourselves. Also all six levels of spiritual expression are offerings by Fire - the Fire of the HOLY SPIRIT. We must be led and filled by the HOLY SPIRIT. This tells us that the law of the SPIRIT is manifested through these six expressions of CHRIST. They represent the essence of the law of the SPIRIT of life. In reality, the six levels are a total expression of our heart in CHRIST (and in CHRIST-likeness). Now we come to the "in CHRIST JESUS" part of the law. The law of abiding in CHRIST. The next three rectangles are not levels of spiritual expression but they represent three levels of spiritual existence or, three levels of "abiding" in GOD through our LORD JESUS CHRIST. How we abide in CHRIST and to what extent we abide in CHRIST impacts all six levels of spiritual expression that we have mentioned. Because, it is CHRIST WHO must be expressed through us. So these three levels of abiding are the framework for the expression of the six levels of spiritual expression. The level of abiding determines the intensity or extent of true expression. This relationship between the laws is also figuratively presented in Figure 3. In Figure 3, the laws of abiding can be visualised as the "container" that holds the expression of our lives. We grow spiritually as we immerse our inward and outward expressions of life deeper and deeper into CHRIST. This is what the HOLY SPIRIT wants to do with us - immerse us into CHRIST so that we become perfect like HIM.

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The first law of abiding in the T r u e Vine, expresses our willingness to draw from CHRIST all our needs and wants. The second law of abiding in a state of yieldedness, determines to what extent we are willing to be used by GOD and, this impacts the level of fullness of our Meal Offering. The third law of abiding as a temple, denotes the worship of holiness unto the LORD, and righteousness in our living. Again we see that the expression of the "inward" man must be matched by the expression of the "outward" man. This our L O R D displayed in all f o u r gospels. This is o u r destiny in C H R I S T J E S U S (Rom 8:29). This explains the "law of the S P I R I T of life in C H R I S T J E S U S . " Now we are ready to discover the attributes of the anointing within. Only remember that the anointing belongs to the FATHER HIMSELF. It is ours only unto HIM. AMEN!

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UNDERSTANDING THE ELEMENTS OF THE INWARD ANOINTING

Delighting In The Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD The Structure Of The Anointing The Light Of The Spirit Of Truth Communing In The Spirit Of Counsel Receiving The Spirit Of Knowledge Growing Through The Spirit Of Strength Being Established In The Spirit Of Understanding Building Through The Spirit Of Wisdom Holiness Unto The LORD The Anointing: GOD's Holy Gift Of Life To The Church


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n the first six chapters of this book, we have described the personal anointing and the spiritual laws that govern it. In this segment we will describe the elements of the anointing. As we do so, it is important that we remember that in practice all seven elements of the inward anointing function simultaneously. The segregation is merely to enable us to appreciate the dimensions of each element of the anointing. Prov 9:1, declares that "Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars." The voice of Wisdom, in the book of Proverbs is the voice of the SPIRIT of GOD speaking through HIS attribute of Wisdom. [This expression of the HOLY SPIRIT through the attribute is described in the feminine gender.] This is the Wisdom of the SPIRIT of GOD expressed in the tangible reality of a "house". The HOLY SPIRIT is the Creator-Builder in the TRINITY. HE brings into being that which has been conceived by the FATHER, and described (in thought) and spoken forth by the WORD (Prov 3:19-20; Job 38; Ps 104:30,1-24; 33:6b; Prov 24:3-4). So Prov 8:30, speaks of Wisdom the Master Workman. This is Wisdom the attribute of the SPIRIT of GOD being expressed in the tangible reality of creation - the handiwork of a Master Workman. Please note that the term "Master Workman" is being used in relation to an attribute rather than the PERSON of GOD the HOLY SPIRIT. There is a Wisdom that goes with conception by the FATHER and, there is a Wisdom that goes with the spoken (descriptive) expression of the WORD too. What we are talking of here is the peculiar Wisdom of the SPIRIT of GOD, that manifests (or, brings into being) the creation of the spirit realm and the natural realm and the laws that govern this creation. This is why the foremost law is called the law of the SPIRIT. The Tabernacle of GOD has been predestined to be built on seven pillars by the SPIRIT of GOD. This Tabernacle was fore-ordained by the FATHER, described by the WORD and, it will be fully manifested by the HOLY SPIRIT. The seven pillars of the anointing have come forth from the FATHER through the SPIRIT and were described and perfected by the MAN CHRIST JESUS in the body of HIS Temple; and, these seven pillars are now in turn being perfected in the Church by the SPIRIT of CHRIST through the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. To the glory of the FATHER. This law of the New Covenant is the creative expression of the Wisdom of GOD that is to manifest the wondrous reality of the Covenant Tabernacle to the sons and daughters of GOD. Rev 21:3-7, is the creative expression of the Tabernacle of GOD, brought forth by the SPIRIT of the MOST HIGH GOD; although, HE is not mentioned anywhere in this

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chapter. HE is the Manifestor of the reality of Rev 21. The language of Prov 9:1, is the language of predestination; the language of the Eternal and Omniscient GOD. But, it is also the peculiar language of the SPIRIT-CreatorBuilder. [Note the peculiar language of Prov 3:19-20.] The prophet Isaiah announces (11:l-3a) that a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. "And the SPIRIT of the LORD will rest on HIM, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Strength, the Spirit of Knowledge and the Fear Of The LORD. And HE will delight in the Fear Of The LORD." The SPIRIT of the LORD, mentioned in Isa 11:2, is both the SPIRIT of Truth (John 14:17) and the SPIRIT of Life (Rom 8:2; Rev 22:1,17). Truth (see 2 Cor 11:10a) represents a specific attribute of the SPIRIT of CHRIST in us while, Life represents the life-force that flows from GOD like a river (Rev 22:1,17). Life is a total expression of Being. This Life, the LORD JESUS would perfect in HIS MANhood through the inward anointing in terms of its seven attributes. The SPIRIT of GOD would remain with (in) the LORD through to Calvary (Heb 9:14). The SPIRIT of GOD would only leave HIM at the ninth hour of the crucifixion (Matt 27:46). But the process of perfection continues until John 19:30 when the LORD said, "It is finished." And, HE bowed HIS head, and gave up HIS Spirit saying, "FATHER, into THY hands I commit MY Spirit." The Spirit of HIS humanity was fully perfected (i.e., completely defined as TRUE MAN), for it had overcome all sin expressed against it by remaining perfectly untainted (see Rom 1:4) while being perfected. While Adam was disobedient, the SON of MAN learned obedience from the things which HE suffered. And by so doing HE was made perfect (see Heb 5:8-9) and thus became the source of eternal salvation to all those who obey HIM. Heb 2:10 says that this salvation was to bring "many sons to glory." In order for this glory to be manifested, as promised to father Abraham (Gen 15:5), the Author of our salvation had to be perfected through sufferings. HE had to overcome our sufferings (arising from our sin) so that we could find the power of HIS grace to overcome in HIM (Phil 5:13,19,23; 2 Cor 12:9). This is the grace of resurrection power. [The power that enables the "price". That's why the "price" is received and not earned. Always remember this, you and I cannot pay the "price" for spiritual growth. It was developed through the life of one MAN and fully paid for at Calvary on our behalf. We merely "receive" through a heart yielded to CHRIST.]

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Now we can live by that same anointing (or glory) which our divine Saviour is able to give without measure (John 3:34). This is the anointing of perfect life. This perfect life being expressed by the seven attributes perfected in CHRIST'S MANhood. Six of the seven attributes of the inward anointing, [Truth, Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Strength (or, Might and Power), and Knowledge], are entirely derived from the attributes of GOD. This is how we become partakers of the divine nature. The only anointing that makes man fully focused in submission to GOD is the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. This is the anointing of true sonship. This is the anointing that allows man to function in holiness received from GOD (2 Cor 7:1). As we shall discover, this anointing of the Spirit Of the Fear Of The LORD is the foundation of all the other anointings. This anointing establishes all the other anointings in submission to GOD. We shall therefore begin our study of the anointing by looking at this anointing.

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he Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD, is the foundation of the inward anointing. The "fear of the L O R D " is usually explained away (nebulously) as reverence for GOD; but, as we shall discover, this anointing is much deeper than what the English word "reverence" or, the Hebrew words "yare" and "yirah" or, the Greek word "phobos" convey. We shall in this chapter define the meaning of the "fear of the LORD". We shall explain it as an anointing from the SPIRIT of CHRIST. And we shall call this anointing the "Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD" - using the nomenclature of "Spirit" found in the NKJV versus "spirit" found in most other versions. [We nonetheless want to maintain a distinction between the anointing and its attributes, in comparison to the PERSON of GOD the (HOLY) SPIRIT.]

The definitive scripture references on the subject of the fear of the LORD are found in the book of Deuteronomy. This phrase, "fear the LORD", is used in very precise settings in this book. In fact, the first 12 chapters of Deuteronomy almost seem to have as a singular theme - the need to fear the LORD. It is interesting that this phrase does not appear anywhere in the book of Exodus but, it is the foundation "principle" (or, "key") to all that is given to the second generation that would go forward to possess the land. Today, we too need to possess the covenant promises that GOD has given us. For unless we take hold of all that GOD has given us, we cannot "possess the land." As the children of Israel were warned some 3,300 years ago, that unless they learned to fear the LORD their GOD, they could not be pleasing to HIM. What we do can only be commensurate with what is within us. What is within us is GOD's power in the anointing. If we are willing to be perfected in accordance to this power, then what we do, will carry the fullness of HIS power in accordance to the fullness of the power (of the anointing) that is within us (see Eph 3:16,20).


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The Fear Of GOD Rises From Our Heart As the law of covenant is pronounced over the tribes of Israel, we can see the sorrow in the heart of GOD as HE foresaw the tragedy of disobedience and judgement over HIS children in Deut 5:28-29: "I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken to you (Moses). They have done well in all that they have spoken. Oh that they had such a heart in them, that would fear ME, and keep all MY commandments always, that it may be well with them and their sons forever." The only guarantee of eternal salvation for man is the heart that truly fears GOD. Only the heart of true desire, nurtured by the fear of the LORD, will direct the free will of man in truth. This is what YAHWEH is saying in this verse. Only the fear of the LORD can keep man in GOD's pathways. We can only take hold of GOD's truths if we truly feared HIM. Under the New Covenant, GOD promises that HE will write HIS laws on our heart. But, in order for GOD to do this, there are a few principles we need to exercise in our own free will. [This is a part of what is meant by the price of receiving.] Deut 5:1 outlines the keys to receiving GOD's grace to fear the LORD: (1) We must hear GOD with our hearts; (2) We must learn the ways of GOD with our hearts; (3) We must observe the words of GOD with our hearts; and, (4) We must be careful about the things of GOD, by putting our heart into the things of GOD. [It does not matter at what level of imperfection we are. But, we must present ourselves before GOD by trying from (or with) our heart. GOD will do the "perfect". But, we must supply the "heart". It is our heart! And it is our life that is governed by the state of our heart!]

The Necessity Of Having Faith In GOD There is however, an overriding principle that we need to take hold of with all of our heart, soul and mind, in order to be able to practice the above. Deut 4:39 expresses this perfectly: "Know therefore today, and take it to your heart, that the LORD, HE is GOD in heaven above and on the earth below, there is no other." This (faith - see Heb 11:6) thinking has to drive outlife style and our choices. Our GOD is real. HE is our one true need. HE is our Way. HE is our Truth. HE is our Life. Replace GOD with something else and we will die. This thinking comes from the heart and not the mind. This is the heart of wisdom that builds the house of our lives. [Notice how

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GOD imparts wisdom to Solomon in 1 Kgs 3:9,12.] This, we must ask GOD to create and mold into us even as we objectively attempt to live by it. Moses declares the highest principles by which we can discover the reality of the ONE TRUE GOD (in Deut 4:29,31): "... seek the LORD your GOD, and you will find HIM if you search for HIM (see Luke 11:13) with all your heart and all your soul For the LORD your GOD is a compassionate GOD; HE will not fail you ... nor forget the covenant... which HE swore . . . " GOD has sworn an oath of HIS WORD. Under the New Covenant, GOD has given HIS grace so that we can walk blamelessly and in holiness before HIM (Eph 1:3-4). Understand that this is by oath. In 2 Cor 7:1, Paul declares that this will come about through the fear of the LORD. Since the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD, is an attribute of the inward anointing, that the LORD JESUS has already perfected therefore, we too can delight in the fear of the LORD (Isa 11:3a). John 3:34, declares that the LORD JESUS gives the Spirit (of HIS anointing) without measure. Therefore, all that we can possibly ever need has been made available to us in the SON of GOD. HE is the guarantee (Heb 7:22). In order to draw from all that GOD wants to pour into our lives, we must really want it. The problem is this: we do not have the heart that really "wants" it. If we had, we would put our best into receiving what has already been given. We need to understand this, so that we can see the need to take hold of (grasp) the "hope" that is in GOD. The word says that GOD in HIS infinite grace and mercy, has proposed that HE will develop our heart too (Eze 36:26)! HE does this through the nurturing of the various attributes that constitute the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. [For example, John 8:32 says that Truth will set us free. Note the phrase "you shall know the Truth." It is revealed truth that will set us free. This knowing of the Truth flows out of the fear of the LORD (see Prov 1:7a).]

The Anointing Is Perfected In Us As we discover the attributes of the fear of the LORD, we must understand that under the Old Covenant, all these attributes were commandments of the law. Under the New Covenant, they will be put into us supernaturally provided, we enter into GOD's grace (of the personal anointing upon) to receive HIS impartation of HIS word of oath by revelation; and, we in turn "perfect" what HE has given us, in our daily living - by making the Meal Offering. [In the oath of HIS Strength.] 97


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The principle is this: We must "action" or, practice (or, "act out") GOD's impartation, so that it will be perfected in us (see Matt 5:5-9), by GOD working in us through the HOLY SPIRIT. This is the spiritual law of the Meal Offering that governs the practice of covenant in the area of spiritual growth. The HOLY SPIRIT will show us how and when, in the most personal way possible; especially, through our inward witness and conscience. We must be inwardly sensitive - in sincerity and truthfulness. We must choose to be so. We must also be willing to obey because we want to; in order that, we may see GOD impart the greater blessing. This is the practice of "hope" in GOD. And, this is the step by step process by which the anointing within is increasingly perfected. As we have said before, "hope" purifies. We must understand this process of "perfecting" the anointing. GOD has to work change into our free will, otherwise, we will go the way of Adam. You see, perfection must become part of our free will nature. GOD is imparting the perfect; we must personalize the perfect. You and me personally - in our personality, are to be conformed to CHRIST'S image. GOD does not want spirit-less clones. HE wants living children full of expression in our GOD-given individual personalities - in CHRIST. This moulding in the perfect, rises out of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. Specifically, it has been designed to enable us to delight in the fear of GOD (Isa 11:3a)! But, we must see the need to implement the design. We must supply the heart through which the design is to be implemented; and, GOD will engineer the heart and perfect it - even as HE circumcizes the heart with HIS spiritual laws.

ATTRIBUTES OF THE SPIRIT OF THE FEAR OF THE LORD We shall define the attributes of the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD under several attributes. We shall be doing this by looking at the peculiar and specific contexts in which this phrase "fear the LORD" is used. For it is in contextual usage that we see the deeper meanings of this anointing. There is contextual usage that defines the fear of the LORD and, there is contextual usage that defines the benefits of the fear of GOD. We shall discuss the latter under the next heading. We will however, not go into an exposition of each attribute of the fear of the LORD.

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Prerequisites To Growing In CHRIST As we look at the definitive passages below, it is important for us to realise that commandments requiring obedience under the Old Covenant context become an "impartation in obedience and submission" through the New Covenant anointing. This impartation works through the process of "perfection" or, "perfecting" that we have discussed. [This simply means that all that is practiced will be "perfected" - supernaturally. Now we can understand how GOD works in us. How HE molds us and shapes us.] So what is commanded under the Old Covenant translates, in the New Covenant, into an impartation by the HOLY SPIRIT through the process of "perfecting" by acting out our faith in GOD. This is the law of the "SPIRIT of life" that governs spiritual growth under the New Covenant. We must live the word.

Textual Background To The Fear Of The LORD The basic text that defines the "fear of the LORD" is Deut 10:12-13, 20-21: "And now, Israel, what does the LORD your GOD require from you, but to fear the LORD your GOD, to walk in all HIS ways and to love HIM, and to serve the LORD your GOD with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the LORD's commandments and HIS statutes which I am commanding you today for your good? .... You shall fear the LORD your GOD; you shall serve HIM and cling to HIM, and you shall swear by HIS name. HE is your praise and HE is your GOD ...." There are also other texts that broaden the scope of our understanding of the "fear of the LORD". Deut 6:13 declares, "You shall fear only the LORD your GOD; and you shall worship HIM, and swear by HIS name." Deut 5:11 warns us: "You shall not take the name of the LORD your GOD in vain . . . " The book of Psalms (115:11a) proclaims that, "You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD ...." We shall use these passages to define the meaning of the fear of the LORD.

Defining The Fear Of the LORD We shall define the fear of the LORD in terms of several key concepts that the above passages mandate as being inherently necessary to "fearing GOD" or, as being the inherent attributes of "the fear of GOD": (1) To Love GOD: To fear GOD means to love HIM (Deut 10:12-13). Love "drives" the fear of GOD. All other attributes of the fear of GOD flow from

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this idea of loving GOD. And, this makes sense, especially since, we have attributed the fear of the LORD to the heart of man. The central passage of scripture, that defines the "need" to fear GOD by loving HIM, is Deut 6:4-5: "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our GOD, the LORD is ONE! And you shall love the LORD your GOD with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." Note that this passage flows into Deut 6:13. To love GOD, carries with it some key principles that we shall skim through in passing. Firstly, loving GOD is governed by our abiding in HIS word. Secondly, loving GOD is proven by our loving our neighbour as ourself. Thirdly, the act of loving our neighbour perfects us in the love of GOD. The principles that govern the unconditional love (of "agape"), that is a fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT, is given in 1 Cor 13:4-8a. This chapter (1 Cor 13) depicts the actual manifestation of the true fear of GOD in the attribute of love (or, "agape") expressed. As Paul declares the love of GOD must control us (see 2 Cor 5:14a). [If we study 1 Cor 13 in the context of fearing GOD, we will really see the awesomeness of this passage as GOD means it to be in us. The person who can love in these dimensions will enter the realm of pure and perfect creative genius. He will tap into the Omniscient nature of YAHWEH (derivatively). For GOD is love. Love describes creation in the realm of YAHWEH's eternal. So love opens to us the realm of HIS HEART. The potentials of love are limitless - in CHRIST. That is incredible!] (2) To Worship GOD: The second concept underlying the fear of the LORD is the idea of walking in HIS ways. This denotes a manifestation of a life-style of abiding in GOD by living and walking by the SPIRIT (Gal 5:25). Our laws of abiding define this as "worship," in terms of a total lifestyle - which is ultimately reflected in our being established as a temple of GOD in terms of our total being. We also see that Deut 6:13 does define worship as being an attribute of fearing GOD. So what we have here is the idea of a life lived in worship of GOD. Such a life is carved out by our times of worship or, worshipping GOD. Worship that is in "spirit" and "truth". "Spirit" and "truth" are also (amongst other things) spiritual sense functions that shape our "reality" of GOD (see Heb 5:14; Prov 20:12,27); and this in turn shapes our attitude to life and living. Never forget that true worship is a life style and not just an "act of worship". [Although, the act of worship is absolutely necessary in helping to produce the life style.]

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(3) To Tremble At GOD's Word: The third idea behind fearing GOD is conveyed by the word "swear". This is a strange word because we are also warned not to take the name of the LORD in vain (in Deut 5:11). Which means to say that this word does not have the meaning we attach to "swearing". For this "swearing" is expressed in relation to the Hebrew word "yirah", which means a reverential fear for the LORD - that HE is holy. So, swearing is tied to HIS holiness! [This would imply that in us, this realm of swearing will be reflected as "holiness unto the LORD!" We will try to "see" this in the next few paragraphs.] Heb 6:13-14, gives an insight into the application of the word "swear". It says GOD swore by HIMSELF, "I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply you." GOD is here simply giving an assurance in HIS holiness and in HIS righteousness. It is a statement that falls within the context of Matt 5:37. And in applying it to ourselves, "swearing" is a statement of personal integrity in the eyes of GOD. The word "swear" is a statement made in the highest personal integrity before YAHWEH. This word has the same meaning as that attached to the use of the name of our LORD JESUS in the New Covenant. It is to be used in the context of the deepest personal integrity of sincerity and truthfulness. [Something I believe the modern Christian isn't particularly conscious of. We tend to use the name that is above every name, before which every knee should bow rather loosely (see Phil 2:9-10). The subconscious image of JESUS our Saviour on the cross seems to prevent us from "seeing" LORD JESUS the WORD ALMIGHTY on the throne, WHO is CO-EQUAL with the FATHER.] We know that the New Covenant explicitly forbids swearing (see Matt 5:33-37) in terms of an oath. But, we are told to do all things in the name of JESUS (Col 3:17): "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the [integrity and holiness of the] name of the LORD JESUS, giving thanks through HIM to GOD our FATHER." So the word "swearing," when seen in the context of predestined biblical principle (this is a principle of studying the bible by faith in the immutable and unchanging character of GOD), refers to living by the name of GOD, before GOD, with gratitude, in the same context as that outlined in Col 3:17. In practical terms, it is the realisation [in personal integrity before YAHWEH] of the covenantal aspects of the name of GOD that YAHWEH has given to us through the name of JESUS as on oath in HIMSELF. AMEN!

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"Swearing" therefore, means the taking hold of the covenant names of GOD that YAHWEH has given us, in the reverential fear of the LORD, so that we could live by GOD - in the highest level of personal integrity according to those tenets that HE specifically attaches to HIS name. For example: YAHWEH-JIREH meaning "I AM WHO I AM Your Provider", is the covenantal name by which we are to see GOD as our Provider in all situations and circumstances. If we truly see this, then we are actually "swearing" all of our provision by HIM. This means that we have been nurtured into a position where we actually see all of our provision in the light of GOD. This is a personal integrity that arises because of our true faith in HIM. In the same way one could also "swear" all of one's health or, all of one's spiritual well being by HIM. [Understand that this provision (or, health and spiritual prosperity) is realised in the fear of the LORD! This means that we can only truly "see", value and fully receive GOD's provision as we grow in the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD (see Ps 34:8-9). So swearing describes a spiritual position that GOD has established us into - in the oath of HIS name. Where we can see HIM as being our reality and totality.] This attitude of fearing GOD is succinctly described in the context of Isa 66:1-2, where we are told that we are to "tremble" at the word of GOD. This is in reference to seeing the word as flowing from HIS holy PERSON, for we are told that YAHWEH will "look to this one". [See also 2 Chron 16:9a.] So the concept of "swearing" is really the concept of "trembling at GOD's word". A trembling that is caused by our ability (supernaturally imparted through the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD) to "see" the PERSON of GOD WHO stands behind HIS word. It is the trembling of "awe" that comes from the deep revelation of YAHWEH. It is an expression of the reality of YAHWEH to us. This is the deepest dimension of fearing GOD in terms of an experiential reality that we can, and need to come to. It implies a heart that stands in the awesome reality of GOD and HIS word. It is the awesome reality of GOD that defines our personal integrity. This too is GOD's provision! That HE will one day bring us to such a state of reverence where we will actually delight in the fear (awesomeness) of GOD (Isa 11:3a). This "awe" lives in the heart of flesh that is fully alive to GOD; which, HE has created (and is creating) within us (see Eze 36:26). We can now see how John 14:23 will be fulfilled in the temple of our being. We can now "see" the true meaning of what the LORD said in John 14:6-7. 102


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So when we truly tremble at the word, we have truly come to a position where we "swear" or, fully believe all of our living and life by the word, that ultimately focuses into a "swearing" by HIM, that sees YAHWEH as our Truth and Life. This is the practical reality of living in, for, and by, GOD to the glory of the FATHER through HIS WORD in the fullness of HIS SPIRIT - in the name of JESUS. (4) To Serve GOD: The fourth concept involved in the "fear" of GOD is the idea of living to reverentially serve HIM and HIS purposes. [The carnal man will react to this idea of having to serve GOD with, "Aaaah! So this is the catch to it all!" Actually many of us have such thoughts buried in our subconscious, that GOD wants to make use of us. We need to get this straight once and for all. YAHWEH created the heavens and the earth without the help of HIS angels or, us; and, HE could very well do without our help for all eternity! It would also be infinitely easier for HIM! The most amazing facet of our faith in CHRIST is that GOD actually wants us. That HE desires to bless us with HIS best. The point is this: we can only produce the best in serving HIM. Firstly, because HE is the Best! Secondly, because as we serve we will truly be able to experience and express the excellencies of HIM (see 1 Peter 2:9 - NASB) WHO works through us.] Serving GOD, carries with it the idea of fulfilling GOD's will. GOD's will is perfect - both in conception and ultimate implementation. [That is why the book of Revelation was written and given to us. So that we will realise this perfection in hope, faith and love.] GOD's will enables the fulfillment of the process of perfection in us. This in turn manifests the anointing to the "fullness of GOD" (see Eph 3:19-20) in us, thus enabling the temple of our being to be filled to the "fullness of GOD". This is the spiritual law of the Meal Offering: to fill the temple of our being with YAHWEH's likeness. This is why the Meal Offering is most holy of the offerings by fire (see Lev 2:3). Serving GOD, presents the process of being perfected in the image of JESUS CHRIST in its highest form. It is the serving that manifests the perfection of our FATHER into us. This impartation is irrelevant to the position in which we serve HIM. Serving in the highest position and, serving in the lowest position, does not in any way change the process of "serving". It is the process of serving that manifests the perfection of GOD, not the position! The greatest servant will be the best server. As we discover the benefits of fearing GOD, we will see that growing in the fear of GOD opens 103


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our life to the limitless potential in GOD as stipulated in the principles that depict our covenant inheritance. [Our covenant inheritance is a subject that is introduced in my book on the covenant.] (5) To Obey GOD: The fifth concept underlying the fear of the LORD is obedience. We are to keep GOD's commandments. Under the New Covenant, GOD will cause us to follow HIS statutes provided we desire to do so. The laws of GOD circumcise our heart so that we are able to obey. But, this position arises from our wanting this to happen. At the new birth GOD imparts a new desire for the things of GOD into our hearts. But, we need to develop this desire. This is our free will expression of what GOD has placed in us. In the book of Deuteronomy we see that the idea of obedience is tied to the idea of listening to GOD's voice. That is, to listen to the inward voice of HIS thoughts in us. We have previously noted these verses. But, let us look briefly at Deut 30:2,6,8, which is prophetic of the New Covenant. [Note how the NKJV phrases these verses; the NASB provides the idea of listening to the voice of GOD as an alternative translation.] Deut 30:2 tells us exactly how to listen to GOD's voice - according to all our heart and soul and in accordance to GOD's commandments. [True desire is the right mode to listen to GOD. The key word is "true". Our desire must arise from our inward anointing of the Spirit Of Truth. This anointing arises from sanctification in the word (John 17:17).] The LORD JESUS proclaimed the necessity of the commandments in no uncertain terms (see John 14:21; 15:10). We are talking of the New Covenant law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. Deut 30:6, gives us the New Covenant assurance that as we do so, the LORD will circumcise our heart so that we will love the LORD our GOD with all our heart and soul, so that we will live (that is in terms of living our life). Deut 30:8, is a reminder that we should listen to the voice of the LORD and observe all HIS commandments. This means that we are to live (express or practice) the New Covenant law of the Spirit of life in CHRIST JESUS. The book of Hebrews (in Chapters 3 and 4) reinforces this basic idea of listening to GOD's voice and. pronounces that listening to GOD's voice is the basis of entry into YAHWEH's Sabbath rest and, drawing from the promises made available in this New Covenant spiritual position - of resting on GOD's word. We need to always hear GOD speak to us in HIS word. We must be sensitive to the voice of HIS word. [This is a sensitivity to inner thought.] We must wait upon HIM as we read HIS word. HE will 104


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always speak through HIS word - everytime. [And, it is true desire that enables us to hear.] We must never forget that our GOD is speaking to each and every one of us today! There is therefore only one determinant to our experiencing this - whether we want to listen to HIM or not. If we truly desire to hear, and persevere by waiting on HIS thoughts to flow into our minds, through our heart, then we will hear. With practice this will become second nature. What does it mean to listen with our heart? This stems from listening to the thought flow within ourselves while monitoring our inward witness and conscience. The heart (of our spirit) can spiritually sense truth better than our supposedly logical mind (Heb 5:14). A person who spends time in the word - by eating the word - will naturally have a heart of wisdom that senses and discerns truth. The word must always be the foundation to all of our spiritual pursuits. [Can you sense where the concept of trembling at GOD's word will take us? Amazing isn't it!] There is a further progression in this area. We also need to train ourselves to hear HIM through the inward witness and our conscience. So that we can hear the counsel of GOD in all areas of our life. Don't let the fear of making mistakes prevent you from doing so. Yes! you will make mistakes sometimes many mistakes; but, it would be foolish to deny that such a "direct" link of communication exists with GOD the HOLY SPIRIT because we are making (or, are prone to making) mistakes. If we practiced this principle in the secular world we would never have got beyond primary school. [There is learning in perfection but, that requires a perfect nature. One day we will learn perfectly without mistakes but, right now that is an impossiblity because of our fallen nature. So unfortunately, we have to learn the hard way. But, this way perfects us in HIS grace!] There are many things that we need to pursue by trusting GOD to bring us through the mistakes. HE always will! I have made some very embarrassing mistakes but, GOD used it as lessons on not only listening but, also on overcoming pride. [HE taught me that I should not only listen but should also listen carefully and wait for HIM to finish speaking! That would be the most sensible thing to do but then, I am not always sensible!] As I look back I see that I would have never learned any other way. Our GOD is infinitely greater than our mistakes. We must not be afraid of making mistakes because HE will most definitely still love us (see Rom 5:8)!

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[The Need To Hear Correctly But we must always check one thing; we must make sure our hearing is in line with the word. GOD will not bail us out of those things that are a deliberate violation of HIS word (note the warning in Jer 17:9-10). Someone who deliberately glosses over GOD's word to suit their own conveniences, will have serious problems listening to their inward witness. Such individuals should stay out of it until they learn how to be inwardly honest. In each of my children's bibles, I always write the sentence, "Unto Thine Self Be True." This realm of hearing and listening exists under the governance of the inward anointing of the Spirit Of Truth. This anointing operates if we are sincere in finding truth, and abiding by this truth in terms of its many principles, even if they are unpalatable. It operates on our true desire to pursue the truths of GOD. There are some who have gone into error in the area of the inward witness because they wanted "truths" that suited their own brand of theology. If someone is using the supposed "voice of GOD" to judge, control and manipulate others then that person is operating under satan's guidance. We must be aware of the warning in Matt 7:21-23. If we transgress the laws of love and truth we will never have a true ministry of JESUS CHRIST. Trangression involves deliberate violation of GOD's word. On the other hand, if someone makes a genuine mistake we must not tear that person apart and destroy them. We all make mistakes; there is no one who does not make mistakes. {Realise how much GOD tolerates our mistakes every day!} Nonetheless we must make the distinction between a mistake and deliberate manipulation of word principle. No one in the Christian Church is errorless! So please give allowances for someone else's mistakes. Nurture them, don't take the easy way by passing judgement. It is easy to judge in imperfection. It is hard work to build towards perfection. For building involves the process of "perfecting"; both, for ourselves and the person whom we are counseling. The Church is for the imperfect to make their mistakes and become perfected. Isn't this how the LORD JESUS is ministering to us?] Coming back to the subject of listening via the inward witness, we need to be aware that the tendency to make mistakes is high when one is trying to hear GOD for personal matters that impact our (partially renewed) soul desires. Whenever, our personal desires are involved (even if it relates to our personal ministry desires), there is a strong likelihood that one can hear ones baser 106


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instincts. Therefore personal matters should never be sought in the Outer Court but, only in the Holy Place or Holy Of Holies when there is a state of inward peace. The supernatural peace of GOD that guards us from making mistakes (see Phil 4:7).

Finally, we must never forget that the purpose of hearing is to obey the LORD our GOD. The purpose of hearing is also to fulfill HIS purposes. It is important to listen carefully and it is equally important to obey carefully - in the fear of the LORD. This is the anointing that the LORD JESUS has made available to us. AMEN! (6) To Trust GOD: The sixth concept of fearing GOD arises from our trusting HIM as outlined in Ps 115:11, "You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD . . . . " The concept of trusting GOD is outlined in Prov 3:5: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge HIM, and HE will make your paths straight." Here we see that the reality of GOD is expressed in how much we trust HIM. Abraham not only had faith in GOD, but more importantly he trusted GOD (see Heb 11:17-19). There is a consequence of such trust that Ps 33:21 expresses: "For our heart rejoices in HIM, because we trust in HIS holy name." This verse let's us have an insight on how we come to delight in the fear of GOD. When the word of the oath opens to us, we will have the joy of delighting in the Fear of GOD. Ps 34:8 expresses this joy in knowing and trusting GOD in the following way: "O taste and see that the LORD is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in HIM!" Note that this trusting in GOD, that takes refuge in HIM, is expressed as the fear of GOD in the next verse: "O fear the LORD, you HIS saints; for to those who fear HIM there is no want." Trust is necessary for us to be able to draw strength from the LORD to serve HIM. Ps 37:3-7a describes the different aspects of trust and declares that "HE will do it" if we trust HIM: "Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD; and HE will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD. Trust also in HIM, and HE will do it. And HE will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgement as the noonday. Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for HIM." [See the wonder of what the phrases in italics manifest to the one who trusts GOD.] 107


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The concept of trust is comprehensively expressed in the above passage from Psalm 37. Trust is expressed in GOD. WHO HE IS. And, WHAT HE IS IN HIMSELF - HIS Nature. It seeks to capture the reality of "I AM WHO I AM" and, "I AM THAT I AM" experientially. It is one thing to intellectually disect scripture, it is another thing to pursue GOD. To trust GOD is to take hold of GOD. To "cling" to HIM as our definitive passage on the fear of GOD from Deut 10:20-21 outlines: "You shall fear the LORD your GOD; you shall serve HIM and cling to HIM, and you shall swear by HIS name." For the reality of GOD to take hold of us, we must be prepared to cling to HIM in hope, faith and, above all, in love. All these are elements of the wonder of GOD's provision. If we want it, we can have it, as long as we are willing to pursue, in trust, in the reality that "I AM WHO I AM" will give us HIS very best - always. This is what it means to "dwell in the land". To take possession of the reality of our covenant with HIM (our FATHER), in CHRIST, by HIS SPIRIT. As we take possession of "our land in CHRIST" we will cultivate faithfulness to GOD as the HOLY SPIRIT expresses the reality of CHRIST in us and through us. We will then truly fear the LORD by taking delight in HIM as our passage from Ps 37 points out so beautifully. Brethren, it is time to take hold of our FATHER - to cling to HIM. We have played Church too long. The Church derives from our FATHER'S heart; the opposite is absurd! We continue with our passage from Ps 37. As we take delight of GOD in our heart, something called true desire is created and manifested in us by YAHWEH. YAHWEH will always give and meet the wants of true desire. For true desire is born of HIS WORD, by HIS SPIRIT, to the glory of HIS FATHER'S grace, in HIS perfect FATHER'S will for us - in the BELOVED. [Please read this statement carefully for it is a profound revelation of how to get 100% answers to our personal prayer. Can you also see the profoundness of the doctrine of the TRINITY in ABSOLUTE ONENESS in this statement?} In order to bring all this about we must commit our ways to the LORD. All our ways. Decide that you want to make the change and present this with all your doubts about their impossibilities to HIM. For YAHWEH is the GOD of the impossible. That is HIS singular major! Our passage says, "Trust .... HIM, and HE will do it." HE will surely bring forth HIS righteousness through us as light. HE will express HIS righteousness, as our righteousness, for it will be expressed as part of our being in CHRIST.

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HE will even perfect our judgements in all affairs pertaining to life that they will appear as the noonday! So rest in the LORD and wait patiently as HE molds us into being in CHRIST. To wait upon GOD requires trust in HIM. Trust HIM and HE will make our paths straight. And, don't forget to be thankful in hope, faith and love! For this is essential to true life. (7) To Be Holy Before A HOLY GOD: As Paul exhorts, "Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of GOD." Finally, we must come to the realisation that the fear of the LORD manifests in holiness. This is the ultimate purpose of this anointing. It is only through this anointing that our temple to GOD will manifest in holiness. This holiness is the "yare" or "yirah" of true reverence. The book of Leviticus states the law of eternal life in the following words (19:2): "You shall be holy, for I the LORD your GOD am HOLY." Lev 20:7-8 commands: uYou shall consecrate yourselves therefore and be holy, for I AM the LORD your GOD. And you shall keep MY statutes and practice them; I AM the LORD WHO sanctifies you." Under the New Covenant, the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of the LORD has been given so that the law of holiness (see Eze 43:1-12) will be established in the house or temple of our being in fulfillment of the covenant name YAHWEH-M'KADDESH: "I AM WHO I AM Your SANCTIFIER." Holiness is the state of being that manifests from the perfected revelation of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS, into our hearts, through the real Presence of GOD within HIS temple. We have now defined the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD in terms of its attributes. As we shall discover, this anointing opens the deepest realms of GOD's promise as expressed in HIS PERSON and in HIS covenant provision. The Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD is, in a real sense, the anointing of the substance of life.

YAHWEH'S PROVISION IN THE SPIRIT OF THE FEAR OF THE LORD The purpose of the anointing is to bless us with life and the ability to live that life to the fullest in accordance to the perfection of GOD's provision as enshrined in HIS covenant name YAHWEH-JIREH: "I AM WHO I AM Your Provider." Eze 44:28 describes the deepest level of this provision. 109


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The highest reality of this provision is described by the covenant name YAHWEH-SHAMMAH: "I AM WHO I AM, I AM THERE." The GOD WHO is always present in HIS temple. [Notice that this represents the fulfillment of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS! This is why holiness manifests through this law (see Eze 43:7,12).] This covenant name is opened to us in worship. May we never take the presence of GOD within us for granted. It is GOD's holy presence in us, that determines the level of our anointing (because the level of GOD's Presence in us, is a measure of the fulfillment of all of GOD's spiritual laws in us). [This is why the New Covenant law is called the law of the SPIRIT of life. The level of the anointing, that is commensurate with the level of HIS Presence, determines the quality of life that is lived through, and in, our LORD JESUS CHRIST.] HIS holy Presence within us is HIS greatest provision. It is HIS Presence that enables us to be partakers of the divine nature through the anointing. All the wonder of true life flows from GOD and, is expressed in GOD; not from things given or, things derived but, in terms of the anointing that enables us to draw directly from HIS Presence within the temple of our being. In the final analysis, all that YAHWEH bestows upon us must translate into the reality of the inward anointing of CHRIST JESUS in us. The inward anointing determines how much of what GOD bestows on us remains within us forever. This is why the inward anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD is critical to our well being. It is in fact the measure of the fulfillment of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS, in us. Our life must be lived in the fear of GOD; in terms of all of its seven attributes. What does the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD open up for us? We shall answer this question under the three subheadings that follow.

The Secret Of The LORD is Ours Let's begin with Ps 25:11,14: "All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth to those who keep HIS covenant and HIS testimonies The secret of the LORD is for those who fear HIM, and HE will make them know HIS covenant." The secret of the LORD is for those who fear HIM. And, HE will make them know HIS covenant. [He will actually make us see the oath of

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HIS covenant.] The knowing will lead into the keeping of the covenant which is ultimately, the manifestation of the testimony of CHRIST. This entire process is manifested within the realm of the LORD'S lovingkindness and truth - attributes of YAHWEH's Glory (see Ex 34:6). There is a process of "fearing GOD," hidden in this passage that makes us, or enables us, to know and become "testimonies" of HIS covenant. It is the process of fearing GOD that drives this process of "making us know" (see Prov 1:7a; Eph 1:17-19) and "becoming testimonies" (Eph 1:23; 3:19; 1 Cor 1:4-7a). There are actually three key aspects to the process of fearing GOD in this passage that enable the testimony of CHRIST. These aspects are: (i) The secret of the LORD; (ii) The knowing of HIS covenant; and, (iii) The keeping of HIS covenant. The end result is the testimony of CHRIST. The process that manifests this testimony is the "fear of the LORD". We can see these aspects in sequence. Firstly, there is something that is called "the secret of the LORD" that belongs to those who fear GOD (see also Eph 1:3-4). It is a realm of GOD's grace given to us to make or, to enable us to know HIM (see John 17:3; 14:21,23; Eph 1:17-19; 3:17-20). This "knowing HIM" is the secret of the LORD that is given to those who fear HIM as the highest level of the fulfillment of HIS covenant (Jer 31:34; 9:23-24a). We will study the dimensions of this revelation when we discuss the anointing of the Spirit Of Knowledge. What we need to understand at this point is that "knowing HIM" is the essential core of "the secret of the LORD." Secondly, there is a "knowing of the covenant" that results from the secret of the LORD. For example, as the LORD reveals HIMSELF to us through HIS word, we will begin to see the wonder of HIS covenant, so that the secrets of a deeper covenant relationship are opened to us. So we can now make the inference that, the knowing of our covenant is by itself inherent in our fear of GOD, not only because the covenant is experiential but, also because the fear of the LORD is by itself a covenant promise in GOD that naturally manifests the true knowledge of GOD (Prov 1:7a). Thirdly, as our introductory passage declares, there is a "keeping of HIS covenant", that is also a conditional of: (i) Being given the secret of the LORD; and (ii) To knowing the covenant. This keeping of HIS covenant is a true reflection of the fear of the LORD. And, several benefits flow from it. Keeping the covenant enables us to discover and grow in YAHWEH's lovingkindness and truth in our day to day living and ministry. This is the discovery of the covenant; moreover, it is also a discovery of WHO GOD 111


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really is. For GOD is Truth. And, lovingkindness is part of the essence of HIS glory nature (Ex 34:6). So In fact we see t h a t all t h r e e aspects [the secret of the L O R D , k n o w i n g HIS covenant and, keeping H I S covenant] a r e a m a n i f e s t a t i o n of the f e a r of the L O R D . They a r e not only benefits of being G O D f e a r i n g b u t , they a r e also p a r t of the process of being G O D f e a r i n g . T h a t is, the f e a r of G O D opens each of these processes to us. What we need to understand is this: t h a t t h r o u g h the f e a r of the L O R D , Y A H W E H w a n t s us to discover the r e a l m of c o m m u n i o n t h r o u g h covenant. This is a realm of actually living by covenant. A realm of walking and living with GOD in the most natural sense. T h e r e a l m in which we n a t u r a l l y keep the covenant, because it is the f r a m e w o r k t h a t defines o u r life in C H R I S T . The discovery of this r e a l m leads to living in the secret of the L O R D as a n a t u r a l consequence of being in covenant with H I M - in C H R I S T . This life is the testimony of C H R I S T in the power of a t r u e a n d living relationship. As we express the offering of o u r lives t h r o u g h the unleavened b r e a d of sincerity a n d t r u t h , we become a t r u e reflection of the level of the i n w a r d anointing of the Spirit Of T h e F e a r Of The L O R D in us (see J o h n 14:21,23; 15:10; 17:17). Because, we actually e n t e r the r e a l m w h e r e we see the L O R D being expressed in us (by H I S real presence in us), as we live by faith in H I M ( E p h 3:17). This reality manifests, because under the New Covenant the law is written on the tablets of our hearts. We start our lives in fleshly terms. But, the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth enables the grace of GOD into our life. What we experience being written into us is the testimony of CHRIST (see 1 Cor 1:5-6). This testimony is manifested in terms of the inward anointing. As we grow in the anointing, the revelation of CHRIST and our FATHER HIMSELF (see Rom 8:14-16) will increase in us (John 17:3; 14:21,23). This increasingly revealed reality of Y A H W E H will enable us to experientially know HIS covenant (John 17:6). T h e reality of Y A H W E H will also e n a b l e us to t a k e hold of H I S c o v e n a n t . Because the covenant is tied to the reality of H I S P E R S O N revealed to us, in C H R I S T . The LORD JESUS is the oath of the FATHER'S Covenant. Since we know that the richness of covenant is tied to the covenant names of GOD (John 17:6; Eph 1:17-19; Eph 3:16-20) found in the Old Testament, we could therefore now say that the secret of the LORD is knowing HIM and that which pertains to HIS PERSON. This releases our ability to "see" the 112


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oath of the word that is covenant. The highest realm of covenant therefore, enables us to both, receive this, as well to, receive that which derives from HIS PERSON. And this, if we carefully think about it, is defined and described within us by the anointing that the SPIRIT of CHRIST is perfecting in us! [Now we can see how the anointing of the Spirit OF The Fear Of The LORD is the foundational anointing that establishes all the other attributes of the inward anointing (see also Prov 1:7a; 9:10). ] So what can we conclude about the secret of the LORD being ours? Firstly, we can now say that the secret of the LORD is simply that which enables us to truly know HIM. So those who fear the LORD will truly know HIM better - in an ever continuing process. And, they will grow in CHRIST naturally. Secondly, we can say that the secret of the LORD will also enable us to operate the covenant naturally - because we fear GOD. All of the covenant benefits that we will be speaking of in the remainder of this chapter actually derive from WHO GOD is to each of us - personally. If we remember nothing else under this sub-heading of the secret of the LORD being ours, let us remember that to be GOD fearing is to know GOD, and therefore, be able to live the covenant and, also be able to live in covenant with GOD. As we do so, we will discover the secret of the LORD HIMSELF. So we can now see how Ps 34:8a declares, "O taste and see that the LORD is good ...." This is the secret of the LORD!

The Eye Of The LORD Is On Those Who Fear HIM Ps 33:18 defines the state of rest of the person who fears HIS GOD: "Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear HIM, on those who hope for HIS lovingkindness." 2 Chron 16:9a elaborates on this state of being: "For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that HE may strongly support those whose heart is completely HIS." [Notice that in these two passages above, GOD is showing us how the fear of GOD is tied to the release of HIS power!] Ps 34:15 adds another dimension: "The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous, and HIS ears are open to their cry." Ps 32:8 declares that communion with the LORD is a two-way process: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with MY eye upon you." That all this will flow from the highest spiritual law of abiding in CHRIST, which is to be the temple of GOD, is expressed in 2 Chron 7:16:

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"For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that MY name [HIS oath to us] may be there forever, and MY eyes and MY heart will be there perpetually." This refers to the real presence of GOD in HIS temple that Eph 2:21 calls "a dwelling of GOD in the SPIRIT." It also refers to the true knowing of GOD HIMSELF as Prov 22:12a declares: "The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge " This true knowledge of GOD and HIS purposes are preserved through the fear of the LORD. Hear what the SPIRIT of GOD counsels in Prov 23:15-19, "MY son, if your heart is wise, MY OWN HEART will be glad; and MY INMOST BEING will rejoice, when your lips speak what is right. Do not let your heart envy sinners, but live in the fear of the LORD always. Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Listen MY son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the WAY." The net result of this state of being is expressed by Ps 34:9, "O fear the LORD, you HIS saints; for to those who fear HIM, there is no want." The infinite provision of the LORD (in the covenant name YAHWEH-JIREH) arises from our fear of GOD as expressed by the seven attributes of fearing GOD that are HIS provision. Those who fear the LORD will be able to enter a state of true, complete and unending, satisfaction that arises from knowing HIM "in the fear of the LORD" through love, worship, service, obedience, trust, trembling at HIS word, and holiness. In the passages of scripture that we have quoted in this section, we see the idea of the anointing of the fear of GOD giving rise to a "powerrelationship" with GOD that radiates from the heart. [For the "eyes" mentioned, refer to the spiritual eyes of the spirit heart. See Prov 20:1213,27.] The law of abiding in CHRIST - as a temple of GOD - is ultimately meant to lead us to a heart to HEART relationship that will thrive powerfully in the temple of our being. And it is this close communion of worship that enables us to enter a realm of having "no wants" because all our wants are always fully satisfied in GOD. For as Eze 44:28 expresses it, we enter into a realm where GOD becomes our ALL-SUFFICIENCY in HIMSELF ALONE. This is the ultimate meaning of the covenant name revealed to Abraham in Gen 17:1 EL SHADDAI, the ALMIGHTY and ALL-SUFFICIENT GOD of covenant. [In this name, YAHWEH is actually telling us that only HE is true satisfaction to us! And this is a realm that we can only enter through faith that will mature in love of GOD.] As we explained in PART II. this is a covenant written permanently on the flesh of our hearts.

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Interestingly, the Levitical priesthood were supposed to see GOD as their all sufficiency. They d i d n ' t , because they couldn't produce the h e a r t required. Only the LORD JESUS could define a true heart that will always truly fear GOD by delighting in HIM. [We need to re-examine our assumptions about GOD. The basic assumption we need to have re-engineered within ourselves is our concept of GOD. We need to ask GOD to change our concept of HIM - that HE is "boring?" Isn't that why we find it hard to spend time in HIS presence? But, is that a valid assumption or, is our perception of GOD simply untrue? Only faith in GOD can give us a true answer. We need to believe t h a t a h e a r t to H E A R T relationship with G O D our F A T H E R must be p u r e a n d perfect joy. T h a t ' s what the scriptures we have r e f e r r e d to are actually saying. This is the realm of t r u t h in thought t h a t we children of G O D must ask H I M to i m p a r t a n d teach us. We can't generate it from ourselves but, we can draw from our CHRIST, through HIS anointing without measure, that has been given to us in HIS blood through HIS SPIRIT. F o r HIS t r u t h can be very alien to o u r u n d e r s t a n d i n g because of o u r residual sin n a t u r e . We need to have this changed. But, this takes time in HIS Presence, so that HE can engineer HIS word into us a n d bless us with HIS W O R D in us! We have to realise that, w h a t we think is acceptable about our worldly pleasures, could actually be a totally false perception of reality! Only faith will give us the u n d e r s t a n d i n g to see this (see Heb 11:3a). For it is the WORD of GOD WHO is preparing us in truth - through the anointing of the Spirit Of Truth. We need to appreciate the loving wonder of YAHWEH's long-suffering and patience with each of us.] Coming back to the subject of YAHWEH's all sufficiency, it is important for us to understand that this realm opens to us in faith. The faith that enables us to understand and know GOD. As the psalmist declares in Ps 46, we need to know that: " G O D is our refuge a n d strength, a very present help in trouble. [This defines the practical reality of GOD's Omnipresence. HE is equally present with us right now as HE is in HIS Throne Room. The difference lies only in the manifestation of this presence.] Therefore, we will not f e a r There is a river [of the SPIRIT of life] whose s t r e a m s m a k e glad the city of GOD, the holy dwelling places of the M O S T H I G H . G O D is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; G O D will help h e r when m o r n i n g dawns." 115


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Finally, we need to hear the voice of GOD telling us continuously: "'Cease striving and know that I AM GOD; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.' The LORD of hosts (YAHWEHSabaoth) is with us; the GOD of Jacob is our stronghold." This passage actually directs us to know and understand WHO GOD is. That HE is Sovereign. We are told that there is a river of life that carries the streams of HIS anointing (of life) that will make glad Zion, the city of GOD. We are Zion; we are the holy dwelling places of the MOST HIGH; we cannot be moved because we are HIS possession; we cannot be moved because HE cannot be moved; we will always see victory when the morning dawns - even if the dawning is in tribulation. In Phil 3:1,7-12, Paul testifies that inspite of tribulation, he has the ability to rejoice always. This, is the fruit of the inward anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. Paul is also testifying that he is experiencing the manifestation of the resurrection power of the LORD JESUS CHRIST even as he is being perfected. The background to this declaration is in Rom 8:1-11. So we once again note that the law of the SPIRIT of life governs the experiential manifestation of the resurrection power of CHRIST - that is in CHRIST JESUS. This resurrection power is available to all who choose to abide in GOD in CHRIST. This resurrection power flows out of the fear of GOD and manifests as the inward anointing of the Spirit of Strength. How do we tap into this realm? Through the joy of worshipping GOD by enjoying HIS presence. This is the experience of being HIS temple that opens "by law" the eyes and ears of the ALMIGHTY! Understand this happens by the word of the oath of GOD - YAHWEH-SHAMMAH! Ps 47 (NKJV) describes the attitudes of those who truly fear GOD through the medium of worship, that is the peculiar revelation of the Davidic Covenant: "Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to GOD with the voice of triumph! For the LORD MOST HIGH is awesome; HE is a great KING over all the earth. ... HE will choose our inheritance for us, the excellence of Jacob whom HE loves. GOD has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to GOD, sing praises! Sing praises to our KING, sing praises! For GOD is the KING of all the earth; sing praises with understanding [of WHO HE is]. GOD reigns over the nations; GOD sits on HIS holy throne. The princes of the people have gathered together, the people of the GOD of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to GOD; HE is greatly exalted." 116


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Ps 48 (NKJV) continues the triumphant (faith) declaration of YAHWEH's triumph in CHRIST JESUS: "Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our GOD, in HIS holy mountain. Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion on the sides of the north, the city of the great KING. GOD is in her palaces; HE is known as her refuge. ... We have thought, O GOD, on YOUR lovingkindness, in the midst of YOUR temple [the Church of the first-born - Heb 12:22-24], According to YOUR name [that express the oath of HIS covenant], O GOD, so is YOUR praise to the ends of the earth; YOUR right hand is full of righteousness. Let Mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of YOUR judgements. Walk about Zion, and go all around her. Count her towers (Ps 62:6; 27:4-6); mark well her bulwarks (Ps 91:1-4); consider her palaces (John 14:1-3); that you may tell it to the generations following. For this is GOD, our GOD forever and ever." We can continue to climb the heights of worship by expressing our hope in GOD (Ps 50 - NKJV): "The MIGHTY ONE, GOD the LORD, has spoken and called the earth from the rising of the sun to its going down. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty (Isa 62:1-3), GOD will shine forth." The act of worship enables us to experience the manifestation of GOD's presence through the anointing upon. However, our times of worship must not only be a confession of praise and an act of worship but, they must also be lived. This is the New Covenant dimension that glorifies our FATHER (John 15:8). The writer to the Hebrews (12:22-29) completes the discourse on Mount Zion, the city of the living GOD, with the following declaration: "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken (see Luke 22:14-20), let us have grace (i.e., let us manifest the grace that GOD has made available to us in covenant - by faith in HIM), by which we may serve GOD acceptably with reverence and GODly fear. For our GOD is a consuming fire." We see here that the fear of GOD is developed by worshipful faith in GOD and by drawing upon HIS grace by living "in worship" of YAHWEH. This ability to live worshipfully is GOD's grace manifested in us through the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. The description "consuming fire" has a dual meaning - one an experiential blessing of HIS holy love and, the other of (otherwise) being staggered by the righteous wrath of HIS judgement.

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Finally, the writer to the Hebrews (13:20-21, NKJV) declares how Zion will be formed: "Now may the GOD of peace WHO brought up our LORD JESUS from the dead, that great SHEPHERD of the sheep, through the Blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do HIS will, working in you what is pleasing in HIS sight, through CHRIST JESUS, to WHOM be glory forever and ever. AMEN." The LORD will make us with HIS eye upon HIS own. So this is the worshipful faith declaration of the one who is truly filled with the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD: "My heart is steadfast, O GOD, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! Awake, my glory [of the anointing within me]; awake, harp and lyre, I will awaken the dawn! I will give thanks to THEE, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to THEE among the nations. For THY lovingkindness is great to the heavens, and THY truth to the clouds. Be exalted above the heavens, O GOD; let THY glory be above all the earth." - Ps 57:7-11. We have in these passages caught sight of deep sequences of worship in song arising as a pure manifestation of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD through the anointing upon under the Old Covenant dispensation. How much more should our joy be - perpetually - through both experiences of the personal anointing in terms of a fully manifested lifestyle, that crystallizes in pure and perfect acts of worship in song. This is the true manifestation of the fear of GOD in the true and full totality of worship - that is testified to by our being joyful before HIM! This is the mood of true worship that we must have in our Churches whenever we gather to celebrate the LORD JESUS CHRIST. This worship will bring about the manifestation of the anointing (upon and within) that destroys the yoke of sin and bondage. This is YAHWEH's provision to us - by oath in JESUS name! This is what JESUS went to the cross to bring forth. What an astonishing sacrifice. What an amazing GOD! GOD sent HIS SON to die for us to fulfill HIS covenant promise (oath - Heb 6:13-14, 17-18) to Abraham, that we would be like the stars in number and in HIS glory, in joyful expression of HIS loveliness and beauty. What a faithful GOD! Surely we must always worship HIM with joy in our hearts. Surely HE deserves that much. We each must ask ourselves how often do we joyfully worship HIM? Or, is our heart so hard that we are unable to appreciate HIM - joyfully? Does not true joy flow as a result of HIS

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love and HIS peace within us? Is not t r u e joy a measure of o u r delight in o u r C H R I S T ? C a n we give o u r C H R I S T a higher tribute than to joyfully worship o u r F A T H E R (Rev 15:2-4)? I s n ' t the u n d e r l y i n g emotion of Rev 6:9-14 a joyful a n d loving gratitude? W h a t about Rev 7:9-17? The question is, is it necessary that we be joyful only in heaven? C a n ' t we start today? Let us always remember the New Covenant implications of 2 Chron 7:16: " F o r now I have chosen and consecrated this house [you a n d me] t h a t MY n a m e [HIS oath] m a y be there forever, and MY eyes a n d MY h e a r t will be there perpetually." Rejoice brethren, for our GOD HE reigns forever - in the temple of our being. This is the New Covenant law of life in the MOST HIGH GOD! AMEN! The eye of the L O R D is u p o n us - always! In every circumstance and situation. HE is there. Ps 103 (verses 11,13,17, and 18) expresses this position succinctly: " F o r as high as the heavens are above the earth, so g r e a t is HIS lovingkindness t o w a r d those who f e a r H I M . ... J u s t as a f a t h e r has compassion on his children, so the L O R D has compassion on those who f e a r H I M . ... The lovingkindness of the L O R D is f r o m everlasting to everlasting on those who f e a r H I M , a n d HIS righteousness to children's children, to those who keep HIS covenant, and r e m e m b e r HIS precepts to do t h e m . " Verses 1 and 2 of this great Psalm remind us that we need to bless the LORD with all our soul. That is both a desire of the heart and, an expression of the heart in our everyday life. D o n ' t forget t h a t the anointing of the Spirit Of The F e a r Of The L O R D is the anointing that opens, sustains and builds a h e a r t to H E A R T relationship between us a n d the M O S T H I G H . We must be sensitive to this anointing and, the i n w a r d expressions of this anointing in o u r life, not only d u r i n g o u r times of worship, p r a y e r a n d contemplation, but equally, in all of o u r daily activities. The Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD can enable us to live with GOD consciously throughout the day. It is that sort of relationship or, partnership that GOD the HOLY SPIRIT came to teach us. We are to continuously and consciously abide in C H R I S T . This is the practice of the "perfecting" of the i n w a r d anointing of the Spirit Of The F e a r Of The L O R D . We practice in hope a n d by faith, by expressing our love f o r G O D ; a n d , G O D does the p e r f e c t i n g ! A n d , the r e s u l t i s p e r f e c t i o n i n increasing measures of the "fullness of G O D " as C H R I S T is f o r m e d in us. A M E N !

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The Fear Of GOD Is A Banner Of Victory Ps 60:4 expresses this position in the following words: "THOU hast given a banner to those who fear THEE, that it may be displayed because of the truth." The LORD JESUS declared that HE is Truth (John 14:6). This is the banner of YAHWEH's provision under the revelation of the covenant name YAHWEH-NISSI: "I AM WHO I AM Your Banner." This is the banner of YAHWEH's provision unlocked by the name of JESUS, that is an expression of the reality of the LORD JESUS in us and to us - personally in truth. The name of JESUS is our New Covenant banner of victory which appropriates CHRIST'S victory into our personal lives and ministry - in truth; and, through us - individually into the Church's ministry of truth to a world in darkness. [The fear of the LORD enables truth to be received and manifested, and conversely, truth defines the true fear of GOD.] The name of JESUS enables us to be a living demonstration of YAHWEH's covenant as pointed to in Isa 42:6-8. When Moses held up the staff of GOD (Ex 17:9b), Israel (the covenant name given to Jacob) prevailed in battle and Joshua ultimately overwhelmed Amalek (a typology of satan) and his people (the principalities and powers of Eph 6:12) with the edge of the sword. The sword symbolizes the word in our mouth. The staff of GOD, representing the oath GOD gave to Abraham that was manifested in the staff to Moses (in Ex 4:2-5; 3:6,13-14; Heb 6:13-14), symbolizes the name of JESUS. As long as the oath of GOD was held in place (above all else), the children of Israel prevailed (Ex 18:11). Note the oath in Ex 17:16 that is the basis for all spiritual warfare. Today that oath is expressed in how and to what extent the name of JESUS is written into our hearts by the Finger Of GOD. And, how the name of JESUS is expressed in our lives. The psalmist in Ps 61:1-5 outlines the principles by which we can appropriate the position of victory in CHRIST: "Hear my cry, O GOD; give heed to my prayer.... Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.... Let me dwell in T H Y tent forever (see EISO P S 2 7 O 4 " 6 ) J Set me take refuge in the shelter of THY wings. For THOU hast heard my vows, O GOD; THOU hast given me the inheritance of those who fear THY name." This is a faith position in CHRIST, that sees - by revelation - the victory of CHRIST and what this has unlocked in terms of the covenant. This is a position that must be verbally confessed (Rom 10:8-9,17) everyday - and prayed "into" our spirit man (i.e., imparted by the LORD into our spirit). Take note of the word "cry" used by the psalmist. We must truly 120


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desire the n a m e of J E S U S . T h e t r u e desire t h a t is able to cry f o r perfection. Ps 145:19a assures us that, " H E will fulfill the desire of those who fear H I M " . If we can't, then we must pray for the desire to be formed in us. [Six months after I was born again, I told the LORD, "LORD. YOU have done so much in my life but. I don't think I actually love YOU. LORD, can you please create in me a heart that will truly love YOU. Please." Today 1 know I love my GOD - very much - and, I also know that HE ALONE has made it happen. Actually, this has been HIS greatest gift to me. And, it is a growing gift! Please understand that GOD will always give that which will truly bless our lives. Ask in faith and expect it. Declare the LORD'S word before HIM! See Isa 43:26 for the principle.] [There is an excellent book called " T h e n a m e of J E S U S " , w r i t t e n by K e n n e t h Hagin, that all of us need to read and digest. A n d , as we r e a d this book we need to see it in covenant t e r m s ; even as a covenant claim. F o r the n a m e of J E S U S is the key t h a t opens Y H W H ' s oath of covenant (see J o h n 14:12-13; 15:7-8; 16:23-27). H e r e a r e some passages of s c r i p t u r e t h a t can be r e f e r r e d to a n d w r i t t e n into a personal confession, t h a t will open the i n c o m p a r a b l e n a m e of J E S U S in a very personal sense: Phil 2:511; Col 2:13-15 (and see this in the context of Ps 22:22-31); Col 3:17; E p h 1:17-23; 3:14-21; Col 1:9-12; J o h n 14:11-14; 15:7; 16:23-24; 1 J o h n 5:1215; H e b 1:3; M a t t 28:18-20; a n d M a r k 16:15-20. Once we have written out o u r confession (by making sure that the word principles are not distorted) by personalizing it. We m u s t now speak out (audibly) o u r confession. We need to also m a k e e f f o r t s to m e m o r i z e o u r confession. While doing this, we also need to m e d i t a t e on o u r confession, by asking G O D to open o u r mind a n d o u r h e a r t to the M i n d a n d H e a r t of the H O L Y S P I R I T . F r o m meditation (a soul f u n c t i o n ) we need to move into contemplation (a spirit function). As we m e d i t a t e a n d contemplate, we also need to p r a y the word into living existence into o u r h e a r t . Better still if we can pray in tongues. We need to clo it everyday. All of the verses given a r e limitless verses. Because, they open into the P E R S O N of C H R I S T a n d W H O HE really is. It is these sort of verses t h a t we m u s t look f o r in the bible a n d personalize. Because we a r e now focussing o u r h e a r t a n d m i n d into the P E R S O N of G O D instead of some other " s u b s i d i a r y " . T h r o u g h p r a y e r , centered on the w o r d , t r u e desire is b i r t h e d a n d it will g r o w as we seek the H O L Y S P I R I T ' s thoughts. A n d as you discover the r e a l m o f Y A H W E H ' s t h o u g h t s arising f r o m H I S word, m a y G O D 121


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bless your perseverance. A word of caution with respect to the name of JESUS, always remember that the name of the glorious SON must always glorify HIS beloved FATHER. Always! Use the name of JESUS in the fear of GOD. For HIS name is GOD's oath in covenant.]

Summary We have in this chapter discovered the dimensions of the fear of the LORD. We have discovered what the fear of the LORD is, and we have glimpsed at what the wonder of the promises of GOD open to those who truly fear HIM. In a very real sense, this is the principal anointing that powers all the other anointings. Fearing GOD is a need. Fearing GOD is also a priviledge bestowed upon us by GOD! Fearing GOD is also fulfillment in GOD. Fearing GOD, is GOD's greatest blessing of true and meaningful salvation. "LORD JESUS, we bless YOU for creating the pathway into the HEART of our FATHER, through YOUR name, in the true fear of delighting in YAHWEH. We thank YOU LORD JESUS for this blessing of delighting in YAHWEH, which opens life to us in all the fullness of YAHWEH-JIREH. AMEN!"

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he anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of the LORD is the foundation of all other anointings. We shall go over some passages of scripture that illustrate this proposition. And from this, we will illustrate that there is structural form to the inward anointing that will enable us to understand and develop the anointing in our personal lives, in terms of the linkages between attributes of the anointing and, most importantly - their functions.

THE FOUNDATION ANOINTING Prov 1:7a proclaims that, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge." Prov 9:10 expands the application, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the HOLY ONE is understanding." How does this come about? The gospel of John (1:1-5) tells us that, "In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with GOD. And the WORD was GOD. HE was in the beginning with GOD. All things came into being by HIM, and apart from HIM nothing came into being that has come into being. In HIM was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it (see Prov 1:20-2:6)." All true knowledge, wisdom and understanding was described in the Omniscience of the WORD, and then manifested in the creation. All true knowledge, wisdom and understanding flows from "I AM". The darkness did not comprehend because it did not fear GOD. If it were not for GOD's grace in seeking man out, and persevering with the hard-heartedness of man, no man would have acknowledged GOD. For every man or woman who has found GOD, has only found HIM because HE found them. The darkness did not comprehend because it has chosen to "interpret" GOD on its own terms rather than on HIS terms.


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We can now see how the fear of the LORD is foundational to wisdom, knowledge and understanding; because, all three attributes are derived from the WORD HIMSELF (see Col 2:2-3), they can however only be received in the fear of HIM. We also need to understand that the fear of the LORD is inherent to each of these attributes. That is, the fear of GOD is an essential part of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Therefore, the manifestation of these attributes also lead to the manifestation of a greater fear of the LORD. But, that manifestation is intimately tied (by a living covenantal relationship) to the HOLY ONE. So we see in Eph 1:17-18, that it is the true revelation of the LORD JESUS that enables the eyes of our heart (or, the eyes of our understanding) to be opened. It is the revelation reality of the HOLY ONE that is the foundation of our lives. And, the essence of this revelation is founded in the true fear of the LORD. The HOLY SPIRIT carefully describes this interactive process of revelation in Prov 2:1-5: "MY son, if you will receive MY sayings, and treasure MY commandments within you, make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to understanding; for if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the LORD, and discover the knowledge of GOD." Here the HOLY SPIRIT is illustrating how the pursuit of wisdom and understanding in GOD leads to knowing GOD. The "transfer medium" from wisdom and understanding to knowledge is a spiritual substance called "the fear of GOD!" But, the fear of GOD, is also the essence of other spiritual processes that are being highlighted in these verses. These spiritual processes are essential to the manifestation of wisdom and understanding. For example: "make your ear attentive" and "incline your heart" are spiritual states that only flow out of our fear of GOD. It is only the fear of the LORD, that will enable us to "make" or "incline". Similarly, the fear of the LORD, is the medium for the manifestation of such blessings as: "receive MY sayings" and "treasure MY commandments". Only a heart that fears GOD will "receive" and only a heart that fears is capable of "treasuring" GOD's commandments. So what we see here is that the fear of the LORD is essential (and integral) to the growth of each of the attributes of wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Because, the processes associated with the manifestation of these attributes, are all outworkings or, expressions of the 124


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Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. The HOLY SPIRIT is saying that wisdom, knowledge and understanding grow because of the fear of the LORD. Truth is only opened in the fear of GOD. We also need to note that while knowledge can lead to understanding. Understanding too can lead to (deeper) knowledge. The same applies to wisdom. Wisdom is an application of true knowledge and understanding. But, the wisdom of application by itself manifests a higher level of understanding. That understanding in turn, manifests a deeper knowledge. The three processes are therefore entirely interactive although they are distinct attributes. However, the medium that determines their interactiveness and, drives their interactiveness, is the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. This is what our passages from Proverbs are telling us.

The Faith Linkage But there is something more that we need to appreciate before we can appreciate the structure of the anointing. How does the inward anointing tie-in to faith? Prov 9:10 says that the knowledge of the HOLY ONE leads to understanding. That knowledge, Prov 1:7 declares, arises from the fear of GOD. However, Heb 11:3a tells us that we understand by faith. Faith enables the predestined grace of GOD (Eph 1:3-4) to manifest revelation knowledge (Eph 1:15,17). We can also see this application by combining Eph 2:8 and Rom 10:8-9,17. But, since knowledge itself comes from the fear of GOD; therefore, we can now say that faith is (somehow) related to the fear of GOD. What is this relationship? How can we "see" it for practical application? Heb 11:6 states that without faith it is impossible to please GOD. This faith is necessarily expressed in the reality that "HE is". This leads us to the conclusion that faith in GOD, is the mechanism that enables the fear of GOD to manifest. This let's us see why GOD requires us to have faith in HIM. Faith enables us to draw on GOD's grace. And, this grace releases the blessings that are activated through the personal anointing. That is, faith draws the grace that manifests the inward anointing that arises in the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. It is the fear of GOD that truly pleases GOD (see Deut 5:29). So it is important to develop our faith in GOD. Because it is only by faith - in GOD - that the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of GOD is activated. Eph 3:17, gives us a unique insight into this process by declaring that the real presence of the LORD JESUS CHRIST manifests through faith. 125


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But there is more for us to understand. We are told in verse 16 that for this faith to manifest, there is a receiving of the riches of the glory of GOD our FATHER (by grace). Our discussion on the law of the SPIRIT, comprising the laws of spiritual expression and the laws of abiding, tell us that this happens through the anointing upon during our times of worship, prayer and contemplation [and ultimately, communion]. Eph 3:16 tells us that the receiving through the anointing upon manifests as a strengthening with power through the HOLY SPIRIT in our inner man. We know that this power ultimately resides in the anointing within (see verse 20). So this strengthening actually translates into an increase of the inward anointing. Specifically, in terms of its seven attributes. We are actually being told that there is a unique ministry involving the GODHEAD, that enables the glory riches of the FATHER [belonging to HIS PERSON] to manifest by the anointing upon, into us, through the inward anointing. This happens through a faith mechanism. We are told in Eph 3:17 that there is an increased manifestation of the presence of CHRIST within us through faith. This presence is intimately tied to the inward anointing, which is really the anointing of CHRIST JESUS HIMSELF. This is how Rom 8:29 happens: the impartation from the FATHER'S riches, through the HOLY SPIRIT, enables the real presence of CHRIST to form within us; this in turn enables us to become conformed to HIS image, by HIS attributes being translated into us as attributes of the inward anointing. The impartation of the grace of the FATHER'S riches is through the anointing upon. The translation of these riches to the treasures of CHRIST-likeness that form us, is through the inward anointing. This conformance that takes place through faith, manifests through the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD, which in turn feeds into the other attributes of the inward anointing. This is why it is so important that we seek to "see" GOD by faith. To see GOD in all aspects of our life; ultimately, by crowning HIM LORD of all of our life. This is how consecration really blossoms; with the heart (of faith) that seeks GOD, in the simple faith that "HE is". This is why people with childlike faith arising from their heart grow so rapidly spiritually; while, in general, those with supposedly more sophisticated mind-sets falter so often; and, find it so difficult to grow spiritually. The secret is the heart of faith. 126


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In the long run, our model on the inward anointing tells us that true wisdom, knowledge and understanding belong to such supposedly simple people! Because they fear GOD. While those of us who have walked through the corridors of the so-called higher institutions of (so-called) higher learning are most likely to be total strangers to GOD's wisdom, knowledge and understanding. For all these attributes only arise from the heart that fears GOD. It is a very sobering - and humbling - thought isn't it? Truly the meek shall inherit the earth. Truly the pure in heart will see GOD. This is YAHWEH's New Covenant law. And as the WORD HIMSELF declares in Luke 16:17: "... It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the law to fail." We need to change our intellect to a "faith in GOD" intellect. For this is the true measure of (true) intelligence true faith in GOD. We have now arrived at a point where we know that it is only by the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD that the inward anointing can grow and be activated. We have also discovered that it is the inward anointing that defines the quality of our life - in terms of the attributes that describe this life. These attributes, we know, are entirely dependent on the (faith-denominated) reality of GOD to you and me - personally. We can see that spiritual growth needs to be always focussed (by faith) in and on the PERSON of GOD. HE is the key to life. This is why John 17:3 says that knowing GOD is eternal life. [And, this life is defined by the inward anointing of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, and is expressed in the "living" of it.] We are now able to unlock all the spiritual secrets of biblical law. All of the laws of spiritual growth are locked in GOD ALONE. All of the wonder of Eph 1:3-6 flows from knowing GOD ALONE. Now we can begin to understand YAHWEH's declaration in Jer 9:23-24a: "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows ME...." Heb 1:3 declares that by faith we understand. But this understanding as Prov 10:9b declares, is entirely dependent on the (true) knowledge of the HOLY ONE - our LORD JESUS CHRIST. As the LORD JESUS declares in John 10:9, "I AM The Door." JESUS is the Door for all things (or, blessings) consistent with the nature and fullness of GOD. So we see that inherent to this process of understanding by faith is the knowing of the WORD HIMSELF; this "knowing" is received as revelation 127


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from GOD the FATHER, and this in turn gives rise to a higher level of faith (see Eph 1:17 and, Rom 10:17 - in the NASB and NIV). This faith founded revelation reality is called the word of CHRIST. [Out of this revelation of the word of CHRIST, flows the power of Heb 1:3the word of CHRIST'S power.] But this revelation, and the consequent power of the word expressed, are both established through the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD; which, propels all revelation knowledge. So we now see that faith itself can also be driven by the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. So what we are seeing now is this: that while we are given a measure of faith to start-off with (Rom 12:3b) which, by prevenient grace activates the fear of the LORD; this faith, grows only as the inward anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD grows. Faith, is true faith, only if it is "GOD-fearing" faith. Faith works in partnership with the inward anointing. So for all practical purposes, true faith is GOD-fearing faith. The anointing is propelled by GOD-fearing faith. This faith loves, worships, obeys, serves, trusts, trembles in the Word and is holy because, this faith sees GOD.

Faith Manifests The Love That Propels The Anointing Eph 3:16-20, actually tells us that there is a GOD-fearing faith that manifests the reality of CHRIST within us, and this GOD-fearing faith is evidenced by our being (supernaturally) rooted in the love of CHRIST. The practical reality of this love expressed (which surpasses knowledge) enables us to be filled to the fullness of GOD. We know that love is the core ingredient of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. And, we know that love must be perfected in us. This process of "perfection" establishes a true knowledge of love, born of knowing the HOLY ONE (see Prov 9:10b and, Prov 24:4, in the context of Prov 24:3 and 9:1). Love, which is the driver of the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD, is the gateway to being filled to "all precious and pleasant riches" of the fullness of GOD. This is the great secret of the anointing. Eph 3:19, tells us that this infilling is in accordance to the power of the inward anointing as well as in terms of the limitlessness of each of the attributes of the inward anointing. 128


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So, now we see that to be filled to the fullness of GOD, by being a partaker of HIS divine nature, is a reality of a (growing) state of being, that flows out of the manifested fullness of the anointing of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. And this inward anointing in turn is based on the foundation of the fear of the LORD. The core ingredient that determines the level of the "fullness" of the anointing manifested in us, is "agape-love" that propels the anointing of the Spirit Of the Fear Of The LORD. We have now "sufficiently" explained the proposition that the attributes of the inward anointing flow out of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. And that this anointing is activated by GOD-fearing faith. Now we will be able to put together the structure of the inward anointing. This is however, not a rigid structure as the attributes of the anointing actually impact each other. The purpose of describing a "structure" is to see a pattern of how the anointing has a form (of linkages) that is a guide to its objective nurturing.

UNDERSTANDING THE STRUCTURE OF THE ANOINTING We have presented the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD as the foundation of the inward anointing. We have also presented faith as the activator of the inward anointing. And we have said that in order to operate the inward anointing, we must have a GOD-fearing faith. GOD-fearing faith needs to be expressed in Truth. Without Truth, "GOD-fearing" faith can assume many self-denominated forms that are ultimately sophisticated forms of evil.

The Spirit Of Truth Truth defines the (word denominated) realm within which the inward anointing must grow and operate. Truth is the nature of the word. If we transgress GOD's word persistently and deliberately by searing our conscience, we need to understand that we are tapping into the realm of darkness - objectively (see 1 Tim 1:19). This is objective stupidity. We have to be careful as to what has access into our inner man. In Matt 6:20-24, the LORD JESUS actually describes the spiritual law of the light of Truth. HE also identifies the existence of an opposing light, called the light of darkness, that could potentially dominate the inner man of our heart. The treasures of our heart, move us into either realm of light and, the type and level of the light in us, determines which master we really serve. HE warns us there is no "in-between".

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In other words, the "in-between" cannot continue to exist indefinitely. The treasures of our heart must be brought into practical subjection to GOD through HIS word so that the anointing of the Spirit Of Truth will radiate throughout our inner man. This anointing of the Spirit Of Truth is true light in us and enables us to partake of our inheritance (Col 1:9-12). We have in the last three paragraphs actually described our unique relationship with Truth. Truth manifests from the PERSON of GOD the WORD. But Truth, also manifests discretely within us as a spiritual substance or, nature of true light. The discrete manifestation of Truth into us is called the Spirit Of Truth. The medium that effects this manifestation into us is the word of Truth, which is spirit and life (see John 6:63b; 8:31-32; James 1:17-18). The substance of Truth, is of CHRIST (see Col 2:2-17). It is of HIS nature. Manifested into us by the HOLY SPIRIT. So therefore, what gives credence or, substance to the word of Truth, in us, is the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD (see 2 Cor 5:14-15). The anointing of the Fear Of The LORD is the medium by which the revelation of Truth moves from "written word of Truth" stage into the living word of CHRIST in us. [That is, it is the fear of GOD that creates the atmosphere for truth to manifest.] This word of CHRIST is the substance of the anointing of the Spirit Of Truth. It is this word of CHRIST in us that powers our faith founded reality and, feeds our spirit man (Rom 10:17). The Spirit Of Truth is actually the light that bathes the inward anointing that shines within us. [There is also a light of the total inward anointing that shines in us and out of us. This is the light of CHRIST that enables us to be light in a world in darkness.] This light of Truth arises from the fear of GOD and ensures that all the attributes of the inward anointing are fully manifested in accordance to the true word of CHRIST. Understand that every attribute of the inward anointing has its counterfeit in the kingdom of darkness. What separates the two realms is the true fear of GOD in accordance to the revelation word of CHRIST. Understand that it is the revelation of CHRIST that is supernaturally imparted by the FATHER, through the HOLY SPIRIT, that is the true light that is spirit and truth - not intellectual understanding. That is not to say that there is no "intellectual" understanding involved. There is a spirit intellect that is potentially astonishing in intellectual scope [this scope arises from the dimensions of communion with YAHWEH]; something called the mind of CHRIST (see 1 Cor 2:16b). 130


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Revelation knowledge relates to the intellect of the spirit mind (see Eph 4:2324), which functions out of the new spirit man, which is m a d e in the likeness of GOD, a n d functions in the n a t u r e of the (light of) T r u t h . This is why Prov 20:27, calls the spirit of man the lamp of the LORD, enabling the LORD to counsel us in all of our ways. Revelation word forms the substantive framework of YAHWEH's counsel. This brings us to the next milestone in our structure of the inward anointing - the Spirit Of Counsel. This is the n e r v e - c e n t r e of t h e d e v e l o p m e n t a n d the f u n c t i o n i n g of the i n w a r d anointing. In a sense it is the anointing of communion a n d communication between G O D a n d us.

The Spirit Of Counsel The anointing of the Spirit Of Truth births the anointing of the Spirit of Knowledge that forms the knowledge base of the spirit mind of man through the Spirit Of Counsel. This anointing of Knowledge is birthed in the righteousness and holiness of Truth that flows out of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The L O R D (see 2 Cor 7:1; 5:14-15,17,21b). B u t , t h e r e is an intermediate phase of "activation" or " c o m m u n i o n " called the Spirit Of Counsel. Revelation is h e a r d and received by the hearing ear and the seeing eye. The word of CHRIST is heard by the inward man (see Prov 20:12,27a; Rom 10:17). This is the hearing of the voice of the SPIRIT of GOD. [In this context, hearing includes the "seeing" eye of vision too. One picture being a thousand words. Those who function in the realm of vision must ensure that they receive the right words that describe the picture.] The voice of the SPIRIT of the MOST HIGH rings throughout the book of Proverbs. This is the voice that instructs us to listen and obey in the book of Deuteronomy. This is the voice of the S P I R I T W H O translated the substance of the W O R D (Greek: L O G O S ) into written word (logos) principles so that the r h e m a (voice) of revelation a n d life (see the context of J o h n 6:63 where the word " r h e m a " is used to describe the L O R D ' s " w o r d s " as spirit a n d life) could be received by a fallen man, who would now be able to live by the L O G O S of Y A H W E H - the S P I R I T of C H R I S T in us t h r o u g h the r h e m a - h e a r i n g of faith in C H R I S T (Eph 3:17; Rom 10:17) that can become the oath of the reality of C H R I S T . W h a t exactly is the Spirit Of Counsel? It is the ability of our spirit to hear, see and receive the counsels of GOD. It is the guidance system of the i n w a r d anointing that enables m a n to live in accordance to the fullness of 131


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the power within. Obviously, right counsel can only be received in the fear of GOD and in the light of Truth. Right counsel is not merely an external manifestation but, it is also an internally manifested (sensory) guidance system for the development of the inward anointing.

The Spirit Of Knowledge The voice of the counsels of G O D A L M I G H T Y provide the means to f o r m the knowledge base of the new m a n . Revelation word is the food of the spirit m a n . The spirit of m a n lives only on the revealed word of GOD. By the word of C H R I S T , the spirit m a n grows and is able to power c o n f o r m a n c e of the soul m a n to C H R I S T . The soul man will respond to the spirit man to the extent in which word power, arising from the spirit man, is established in the inward man. We a r e talking of the power of the word of C H R I S T (Heb 1:3) being established within us. This is the power to live - like the SON of MAN. [Ultimately, we learn to live like the sons and d a u g h t e r s of GOD.] The living word enables the power of C H R I S T to manifest inwardly as the Spirit Of Strength. The word eaten, which manifests as revelation knowledge, also manifests as true strength of the inward man. This strength can be manifested as power too (see Eph 1:17-19).

The Spirit Of Strength We are told in E p h 3:16-17, that to be strengthened with power, is to receive the riches of the Glory of the F A T H E R t h r o u g h the H O L Y S P I R I T in o u r inner m a n . The riches are "CHRIST in us" through the medium of GOD-fearing faith that precipitates love in us which, when expressed, enables us to be filled to the fullness of GOD. G O D ' s strength in us is HIS character. Y A H W E H ' s Omnipotence flows out of HIS n a t u r e HIS moral attributes. E p h 1:17-19 tells us that we need to receive the spirit of wisdom a n d revelation in the (true and full) knowledge of CHRIST so that we can know the surpassing greatness of HIS power towards us W H O believe in H I M . It also tells us that there is something that is called "the riches of the glory of HIS inheritance" given to the saints. To be a saint, is our basic calling (see 1 Cor 1:2). A saint is one who is sanctified in CHRIST - in a continuous state of being. We are told in 1 C o r 1:4-7, that in C H R I S T we have been enriched in all speech and knowledge so that we are lacking in no gift. The 132


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blessings will manifest in accordance to the testimony of CHRIST in us. Strength, is CHRIST-likeness formed in us. CHRIST in us will enable the word of HIS power to manifest out of us too. Wisdom, as Eph 1:17 tells us, will govern the outward manifestation of CHRIST'S power (Acts 3:6,12,16). So what is the Spirit Of Strength? It is the resurrection power of CHRIST JESUS in us so that CHRIST is formed in us. But, it is also the power to manifest CHRIST likeness in the wisdom mind of CHRIST in a world of darkness to the glory of GOD our FATHER. However, the outward expression of the power of CHRIST requires two attributes of the inward anointing to govern its manifestation: the Spirit Of Understanding (that arises from faith) and, the Spirit of Wisdom.

The Spirit Of Understanding Prov 9:10 tells us that understanding flows out of the knowledge of the HOLY ONE. The true knowledge of CHRIST, precipitates the spiritual substance of understanding that is called the anointing of the Spirit Of Understanding. The true knowledge of CHRIST is the basic framework of true knowledge in man. Prov 14:6b tells us that knowledge is easy to him who has understanding. What this is telling us is that all other forms of true knowledge flow out of our understanding of WHO GOD is. Obviously, we are talking of a realm of knowledge and understanding that flows from the mouth of the GOD we know (see Prov 2:6). Our knowing GOD, opens into the riches of the treasures of HIS wisdom, knowledge and understanding that HE has chosen to reveal (Deut 29:29). The dimensions of wisdom, knowledge and understanding governed by GOD's promises include those that govern the universe! [See Prov 3:19-20.J These dimensions are open to us through the inward anointing - to those who persevere in pursuing these realms. [This includes all of the pure and applied sciences!] Prov 20:5, tells us that the plan in the heart of (a GOD-fearing) man - deposited by the counsels of GOD (see Prov 19:21) - are drawn out by understanding (see Prov 20:12,24,27). Herein lies the secret of operating the inward anointing of the Spirit Of Understanding to discover the secrets of the natural and spiritual universe. Ps 25:14 gives us the key to all true wisdom, knowledge and understanding that flow out of GOD's Truth. Realise that it is all based on a GOD-fearing relationship with GOD. 133


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Finally, we come to the realm of applying the inward anointing of CHRIST JESUS; in terms of inner spiritual growth, as well as, outward expression of the power and love of CHRIST (see 2 Tim 1:7). This inward and outward expression is governed by the inward anointing of the Spirit Of Wisdom.

The Spirit Of Wisdom Wisdom is the builder of our person and our lives - in a practical sense. The Spirit Of Wisdom is expressed by the mind of CHRIST (1 Cor 2:16,12-14). The mind of CHRIST is able to draw from the thoughts of the SPIRIT of GOD in the fullness of the inward anointing of CHRIST JESUS. 1 Cor 2:7 tells us that GOD predestined true wisdom for our glory. Our glory! Can you believe it! The depth of this perfect wisdom we will see in the revelation of true wisdom in Chapter 14. A wisdom for the spiritually mature. 1 Cor 2:9, tells us that this is a wisdom that GOD has prepared for those who love HIM (i.e., those who fear the LORD - see Prov 9:10; 2:1-6; 15:33a). They are revealed to us by the SPIRIT of GOD, WHO searches all things even the depths of GOD (see 1 Cor 2:10). There is a wisdom that operates internally (see Prov 8:4-12,14; 4:5-8) and, there is a wisdom that operates externally. Both dimensions operate through the mind of CHRIST. The external application of wisdom includes all the inward attributes. True wisdom governs all external application of the inward power of GOD in us. This is important, so that we do not misuse GOD's gift within. For true wisdom is founded in the fear of GOD.

Summary We have in this chapter described a basic (yet fluid) structure that will enable us to better understand the workings of the inward anointing. There are two types of workings: (i) an inner working of spiritual growth; and, (ii) an outworking of the inward anointing in our lives and ministries. To summarize the foregoing discussion: The inward anointing is entirely founded in the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. This is a faith denominated fear of GOD. The inward anointing is nurtured and operated in the realm of GOD's Truth. The Spirit Of Truth is the light of the inward anointing and together with the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD

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is the screen for the correct and proper development and application (or expression) of the inward anointing. The counsels of GOD, received through the inward anointing of the Spirit Of Counsel, is the catalyst for the nurturing and operating of the inward anointing. It is the substance of communion and revelation of the word from which the Spirit Of Knowledge and the Spirit Of Strength (and Power) develop inwardly and radiate outwardly. The Spirit Of Understanding is the building block for both knowledge and wisdom. It draws the counsels of GOD into an interpretive framework. The Spirit Of Wisdom is outward expression of the inward anointing but, it also includes an inward expression of making the right choices (and plans) by which inner spiritual growth will be pursued. The inward anointing can also be applied to all of our activities in the natural. The anointing enables us to live in accordance to the mind of CHRIST. We can - everyone of us - live supernaturally in the natural. As we describe each facet of the anointing in the next six chapters it is important that we understand the structure of the anointing in terms of its inward and outward applications. In both applications it is the Spirit Of Wisdom that pursues the application.

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hat is Truth? Truth is an attribute of GOD. GOD defines Truth as an absolute in HIMSELF; an inherent part of HIS nature. Truth is the Light of the WORD (John 17:17; 1:1,4) that is Spirit and Life (John 6:63) or, living substance. For example, the Spirit is the spirit of our anointing (John 3:34) and, Life is the life (Greek: zoe) that the LORD JESUS manifested in us (John 5:26) that is the substance and expression of our spirit man. [In our fully perfect state this expression will be in the full perfection of our soul personality conformed to our LORD.] The expression of spirit and soul in us is what we call "living". Truth enables the living to be true living. So Truth is the light of the anointing of CHRIST within us. It is the nature of the anointing. But, it is also spirit and life in us in terms of the word living in us. The Presence of the WORD in us determines the level of the Truth described in us as a nature. This is the revelation of the Bread Of The Presence in Moses Tabernacle. The term "absolute" used to describe Truth in GOD, reflects the idea of a totality in completeness. Yet this total completeness is infinite. This is part of the mystery of I AM. The Alpha and the Omega of the Truth that governs all beginnings and endings. The I AM WHO was, is and will be; Immutable, Self-Existent, Eternal, Almighty and All-Sufficient, and, Most High. The Truth of I AM is immutable, eternal, all-sufficient and most high in HIM. Yet it is a nature in HIM. In the same way that love and holiness are a nature in HIM.

For instance, there is a wisdom of love. But wisdom is not love. Love describes the wisdom that is being applied. Or, love qualifies the wisdom that is being applied. But, love is distinct from wisdom. In the same way, there is true wisdom and false wisdom. Truth is not wisdom; but rather, truth is the qualifier of wisdom. It is part of the nature of true wisdom. Similarly, truth is a qualifier of love; for there is true love and false love. Truth is part of the nature of true love.


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[This is why we need an anointing of the Spirit Of Truth. And this truth is the nature of the anointing. There is also an anointing of evil (that masquerades as truth) that I have seen people tap into in particular religious ceremonies. And, it is a tangible and eerie anointing. Evil too is a nature. Just as falsehood is a nature.] Wisdom, knowledge, understanding, revelation, inward and outward expressions of our "being" etc., are manifestations of the truth - if, they are derived from GOD. But, Truth by itself is an absolute that is only defined by GOD and in GOD. [Rev 21-22 are expressions of the truth of life entirely existent in YAHWEH. This truth we must receive so that we may have this life.] Truth can therefore only be received from the MOST HIGH and, be perceived and received through the SPIRIT of the MOST HIGH - the Teacher, the Counselor, the Advocate. This Truth is defined by and in the WORD of the MOST HIGH. That's why the LORD JESUS CHRIST said, "I AM the Truth" (see also James 1:18). In Exodus 34:6, the Glory of the FATHER manifests the revelation of two central attributes that define YAHWEH's creative. GOD is Love and GOD is Truth. Truth can manifest as light; and, all of the material and spiritual universe derives from light - the light of HIS word. [Light includes the moral and spiritual laws that govern the Universe. At the cross the principal battle was the battle of light. The Light of GOD's nature in Truth versus the light of darkness. At stake was "I AM" (see John 15:9,12-13). It was not just "psuche" life that was laid down for us at the cross (John 10:11). But what was at stake in the eternal realm was the "zoe" life of I AM (John 5:26) that is defined in the Light of HIS nature in Truth, Love, Holiness, Righteousness and Faithfulness. All this was tested and proved in the SON for 33 years! That's quite a risk to take and price to pay for the likes of me and you. We will never undertsand why the FATHER ordained this risk to be taken. We can call it love but, it is love beyond our knowing and understanding. Don't ever think that the cross was some one off event that took place - to save us in some nebulous "theological" sense. What was established at Calvary is eternal in its ramifications. "I AM" was proven at Calvary before all eternity. The cross manifested the reality of the oath of GOD - that is salvation. That's why HE is worthy of the worship of all creation (see Rev 4:9-11; 5:9-14). HE has morally destroyed evil in the realm of eternity. Not by power or might but, by HIS nature of pure goodness. 138


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That's why the LORD said only GOD is good. Receiving (and remaining in) this nature is what the anointing is all about.] Having said this, it is important that we understand that Truth and Light are different substances in GOD. Truth describes the nature of Light. Light is able to manifest the tangibility of Truth so that Truth manifests as Light; but, Truth and Light are different even as Truth and Wisdom are different. Truth is the nature that is ordained in the FATHER, described by the WORD and manifested by the SPIRIT. This Truth is the nature of the Light that radiates from the PERSON of YAHWEH.

UNDERSTANDING TRUTH IN THE CONTEXT OF OURSELVES When Lucifer raised himself in his thought realm (that is, when he actually believed himself - thereby manifesting the reality within himself), as being "equal" to the MOST HIGH, something called the light of darkness came into existence (see Matt 6:22-23; Isa 14:12-15,19; Eze 28:2,12-17). In all forms of learning we ultimately choose to believe what has been taught. Or, what has been researched. Or, what has been hypothesized. Faith is the underlying feature of all human thought. This is because there are no absolutes in human thought. For we simply do not have the mental (and moral) capacity to deal with absolutes. We ultimately assume, and that assumption becomes the basis of our belief system. Faith, true or false, establishes our inward reality. And, our personality and our life style reflect this inward reality. We are therefore responsible for all our beliefs. When GOD tells us to believe in HIM, HE is not telling us to do something strange. HE is merely telling us to do what we normally do. Something that is second nature to us. That is, to believe in something (because we need to believe). It is what translates out of our faith in HIM that enables us to discern the reality of GOD - experientially. That reality is defined by the WORD, the LORD in us (Eph 3:17). This is what the bible proposes as a verifiable and tangible Christian experience. That experience again enables us to judge whether the experience is true or false, fullsome or empty; and, to re-focus our heart accordingly. Because, it is our heart that believes and "lives" by the results of this belief. The bible tells us that GOD will judge us based on our beliefs which will be reflected in our sub-conscious and in our conscience. Ultimately, the fruits of our life and the state of our inward man will reveal the reality of our beliefs. On this basis will man be judged. Either man believes in GOD or, he believes in himself. Either GOD is GOD or, man is his own god by default. 139


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True And False Thought Manifestations Every free-will being in the universe therefore, has the inherent ability to choose to manifest the light of darkness by expressing faith in themselves (in direct or indirect terms) as opposed to faith in GOD (see 1 Tim 3:9). [The light of darkness is evil and it is death. It is not creative. It destroys. It is a state of being that manifests evil that eats away into us like a cancer. This is a state of being in death. First spiritually and then physically. The physical reflecting the spiritual. And, this is an experiential reality.] Lucifer made one incredibly stupid assumption [because he wanted to] while standing in the very Presence of GOD (see Ps 14:1): that all that he saw of the MOST HIGH was all there was to HIM. Based on this patently false assumption all other "fallen-thought" processes manifested, eventually, into a manifested reality within himself. This patently false assumption can manifest in varied forms. This is the danger of falsehood, it can take any form of half-truth. For instance, it can manifest in our thinking that all that we see (by reason and perception) "objectively" defines all that is there. It is the assumption that governs human philosophy and thought. This is an objectivity that makes unwitting and often times deliberate thought equalisations with GOD - by making man the centre of all thought. By assuming that we are able to know "objectively." It is not objective (or, logical; or, intelligent) to assume that what we cannot know is not there or, is irrelevant! This is why GOD sent the HOLY SPIRIT to teach us all truth (John 16:13-14). Because that is the only way in which we can deal with that which we cannot know. Only HE can "tell us" that what we cannot know, does or does not, impact what we do know. HE does this through the leading of our inward witness (see 1 John 2:20.27; 5:712,18-20) that enables us to know GOD is true in us [and with us (as IMMANUEL) and through us (1 John 4:9b)]. Or, HE lets us know that what we know is sufficient for the time being until HE can lead us into deeper truths. At other times HE speaks through our thoughts when our thoughts are in full submission to HIS Presence. [The tangibility of HIS Presence being realised through the inward witness.] Christian thought is supposed to centre on GOD and HIS perfect purposes. It very often does not, although, HIS name is used liberally. We need to understand that satan uses thought to paralyze our spans of influence and modes of ministry. Ministry doors can only be opened to

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those who can see the doors; and, we can only walk through the doors in accordance to the perfect will and power of GOD. To the extent that we centre truth around our understanding, instead of focussing on the truth in GOD (in terms of HIM leading us into truth), to that extent are we blind.

Submission In GOD-Fearing Faith We can only see truth through revelation from GOD. Hence, there is the objective need for submission to GOD. [True submission must encompass our thoughts, attitudes and intentions.] For without submission there can be no flow of thought from GOD to us. For even if GOD projected thought into us there will always be a point where because of non-submission, we will manifest an "objective" rejection or, "objective" reinterpretation - "based on the facts". This is a false "objectivity" that is the manifestation of the light of darkness. Why? Because, what is being expressed is our free-will focussed on self and self-knowledge; and it is this that manifests the light of darkness. Truth is infinitely beyond human comprehension. Does this statement shock you? Think about it. Truth is an absolute state. To define any kind of absolute state would implicitly require inherent perfection in an absolute sense. For instance, perfect knowledge and understanding in an absolute sense, in addition to a perfection of moral character. Mankind has implicitly assumed this mantle - without having a semblance of any of the attributes needed - sometimes deliberately and oftentimes ignorantly. That's why we need faith - in GOD [GOD-fearing faith] - to discern truth. For only GOD-fearing faith can open us to the wonder of truth that is in GOD. And in dealing with this truth our eyes must be fixed upon our GOD. The basis of evaluating all truth is the character of GOD and not doctrine. This is not to say that doctrine is unnecessary but, that it is the character of GOD which must define and permeate the reasoning inherent in all doctrine. Every doctrine of the Church must recognize the direct SOVEREIGNTY of ALMIGHTY GOD the MOST HIGH. If it doesn't then that doctrine is patently false. [A half-truth does not justify falsehood. And, to the extent that we stubbornly choose to continue with a half-truth to that extent will our life and ministry reflect this state. One day we will stop growing spiritually. We will then stagnate. Then, we shrivel up and become twisted inside. We begin to resent and then hate those who do not conform to our view point. If we don't watch out we will see the serpent manifest within us. Then, begins the practice of religion that uses god as a concept.] 141


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GOD is Truth; that is, it is GOD WHO defines Truth. The opposite application, Truth is "GOD," is absolutely false. [The practice of religion always makes this assumption. It draws conclusions from what is perceived and rationalised. "God" is a concept that drops out of this "truth." It is false because now the attribute defines god, rather than GOD defines the attribute. We must understand that GOD is infinitely beyond any attribute. In the bible we need to see that the character of GOD, as described by human words, are not defined by the words but, by GOD HIMSELF. They are absolutes in GOD that can only be revealed, understood and experienced in GOD. This is why we must be led by the HOLY SPIRIT. [And, this leading is not an optional.] This is why GOD manifested HIS WORD in PERSON to us. This is why we must see the PERSON of JESUS when we read the bible or, we will see nothing in the bible that is of GOD. It would be impossible. As we discover GOD in communion (through the word, prayer, and worship), we will discover that the meanings of these words will change and assume divine proportions. This is what is meant by the revelation of our becoming partakers of the divine nature. This is inherent to the process of "perfecting" that we have discussed. [This is why we can, and will, come to a spiritual state where we tremble at the word of GOD. This is the awesome impact of truth when we really begin to see it in the "I AM" of GOD.] For actually, what is happening is that the character of GOD is forming in us. And this happens through the anointing of the Spirit Of Truth in us. Ultimately, the Spirit Of Truth expresses the character of GOD in us.

Knowing And Practicing Truth We test truth against the character of GOD because it is the best evidence of truth that we can objectively perceive - even if our perceptions are imperfect. There is also, an objectivity of the spirit mind that the HOLY SPIRIT will open to us that will enable us to receive true understanding provided, we are in submission to YAHWEH. However, truth in any fullness can only be truly confirmed spiritually from within ourselves (Heb 5:14; Rom 9:1; 1 Cor 2:14-15) in the complex of our inward witness sanctified by the blood, the water of the word and, the ministry of the SPIRIT of CHRIST. For Truth is the spiritual substance of the WORD of GOD. The LORD called his words spirit and life. We are to abide in this word so that the truth can set us free. (See John 6:63; 8:31-32). How? By the truth of the 142


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word becoming real (and true) spirit and life in us through revelation (perfected into us)! The true word is the food of our spirit. The true word enables the spirit to live - in truth. This word is revelation - the word of CHRIST (Rom 10:17) - that is a reflection of CHRIST formed in us (Gal 4:19).

The Truth Of The Law Of The SPIRIT What role does the law play? The law is a specific reflection of the Truth; in particular, the operation of specific truths and, the boundary conditions of specific realms of truth. Can a cosmic system of laws define Truth? No it can't, because no law is absolute. This is why the New Covenant law is defined - by being written and expressed by revelation within us - by GOD the HOLY SPIRIT and GOD the WORD. Only a dynamic law of the SPIRIT based on the dynamic of communion with the SPIRIT of GOD can lead us into the deep realms of truth (and enable us to remain there). This is why HE is also called the SPIRIT of Truth (see John 16:13-15). This truth is made available to us in CHRIST JESUS the WORD MOST HIGH, according to the will of the FATHER. Truth can only be opened to us when we are in submission to the will of the FATHER. Also we can only live in truth when we are in submission before our FATHER. [Why? Because Truth - and its application - is ordained by the FATHER.] So we can now truly see the profoundness of the "law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS." It is the law of the children of GOD. We can also see why only a PERSON of the GODHEAD could fulfill the law (Matt 5:17-19), so that the law could be established in a true man - forever, in obedience to the SPIRIT of CHRIST. For ultimately, there can only be a law of the SPIRIT of the MOST HIGH. A law of communion with the MOST HIGH that governs the dynamic called "life" that is divinely orchestrated to function in perfect truth eternally. This is how the truth will set us free (John 8:31-32). We are now ready to make an important conclusion on the anointing of the Spirit Of Truth. The Spirit Of Truth enables us to function in accordance to the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. Together with the anointing of the Spirit Of Counsel, the Spirit of Truth enables "on-line" communications with the HOLY SPIRIT WHO indwells us. Also it is through the Spirit Of Truth that our heart is circumcised. [If we are willing to wait upon GOD we will be able to express the same level of brilliance, that is in accordance with the law of the SPIRIT 143


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of life in CHRIST JESUS, in all of our theologies. For instance, note the astonishing brilliance of the theological framing of the words "TRUE MAN" as contained in the Athanasian Creed. This truly is a credal doctrine of the TRIUNE GOD breathed of the SPIRIT of GOD. Because it is so astonishingly brilliant in conception and so wonderfully frames the beauty of HIS grace as contained in HIS written word. And, it stands the test of time. It also shows the beauty of the thought process of GOD our FATHER in making us HIS children, by making us in the perfection of CHRIST JESUS. This beauty we can see in all four gospels. Looking at the LORD JESUS CHRIST, isn't it magnificent that we will be like HIM - in HIS perfection? Isn't it amazing that we can be like HIM? Now what does that tell us about our FATHER in heaven? We also need to understand that the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS is able to manifest in every area of our activity in the astonishing brilliance of the mind of CHRIST (see 1 Cor 2:16,9-12)! Think about it! We need to get used to the idea that we are being prepared for Eph 1:9-11 (NASB).j

Truth Gives Meaning To Life The LORD JESUS declared that HE is the Truth (John 14:6). [When Pilate mocked the LORD JESUS with "What is truth?", he unwittingly defined the essential state of the light of darkness - total and complete despair. For all that is good and truly alive, exists only in Truth. When we become depressed or filled with feelings of emptiness (or guilt), very often it is because GOD is dealing with an area of darkness within us. When our inward man is faced with the darkness within us, that's when we see that which is depressing. But such processes are a necessity to the process of being perfected. So don't lose hope but pursue JESUS in perseverance. For the True Light is shining. Darkness may not comprehend it but, we know that the Light will shine through and the darkness will no longer remain.] The HOLY SPIRIT is called the SPIRIT of Truth. The dual ministry of the SON and the SPIRIT before the FATHER would be a manifestation of perfect truth in a new man. For without truth all other things will be meaningless. For truth qualifies all that exists in accordance to the perfect will of the FATHER, while being in perfect consonance with HIS divine nature. The words truth and the qualifier "true" are therefore spiritual linkages to GOD 144


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the FATHER, the WORD and the HOLY SPIRIT. How is that linkage established. That linkage is established by the level of the inward anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD in CHRIST JESUS.

The Linkage Between Truth And The Fear Of GOD The anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD is the spiritual linkage that enables Truth to manifest as the substance of the anointing of the Spirit Of Truth. For the fear of GOD is the spiritual medium by which the realm of Truth in GOD manifests into us. However, Truth in itself is also necessary for the true manifestation of the fear of GOD. That's why Isa 11:2 is structured in the way it is structured. We are told that the SPIRIT of GOD will manifest the anointing. John 14:17 declares HIM as the SPIRIT of Truth that the world cannot receive. Why? Because the world is not party to the Truth of GOD in CHRIST JESUS WHO is "I AM the Truth". To become a party to the Truth will require this truth to be spiritually birthed into us so that it can live and radiate through our inner being as the spiritual substance and light of HIS Presence - through faith. This spiritual "Truth substance" is the anointing of the Spirit Of Truth that manifests into us when we are born of the SPIRIT of CHRIST. But, the faith required to manifest it is "GOD-fearing." That is no surprise because all of us come to the point of being born of the SPIRIT of CHRIST in the fear of GOD. That we need GOD; that we must know (and open to) HIM as a matter of life and death. This is the truth of the fear of GOD in faith. But, it is the fear of GOD that is the beginning of truth in us experientially in terms of being born of the SPIRIT of CHRIST. Deut 5:28-29, shows us that there is a superficial fear of GOD (reflected in religious ceremony) and, that there is a true fear of GOD, that flows out of a heart of truth, that abides in the word of truth (John 8:31-32; James 1:18). It is truth that crystallizes the true fear of GOD. This crystallization is called the revelation word of CHRIST (Rom 10:17). That is, truth is the light that shows us the fear of GOD. Truth is therefore the realm for the manifestation of the true anointing of GOD; this realm is referred to as the word of life (see also 1 John 1:1) which we must hold on to (see Phil 2:12b-16a); where, life is expressed by the fullness of the inward anointing of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. Note that Phil 2:12 instructs us to work out our salvation with fear (of the LORD) and trembling (at the word); so the degree of 145


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operating in this realm is determined by the inner strength or, inner manifestation of the fear of GOD. In the same way, truth is also the light that illumines each facet of the anointing. For the inward anointing can only live and thrive in the true light. But the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD is the reality of truth that enables truth to be manifested in us. The Spirit Of Truth is increased in step with the level of the anointing of the Spirit Of the Fear Of the LORD. So we see that because we have a GOD-fearing faith, truth is able to manifest in us through the true word; which if developed fully, will manifest the deepest realms of the fear of GOD in a personal sense as described in Isa 66:1-2. The true word is therefore the substance of our spiritual growth. This true word is the revelation word of CHRIST. The pre-requisite for the manifestation of the revelation word of CHRIST is the truth of GOD-fearing faith. So while the fear of GOD is foundational to the anointing in CHRIST, this attribute must be bathed and nurtured in the light of the Spirit Of Truth.

TAKING HOLD OF THE WORD OF TRUTH We have talked about confessing, meditating, contemplating and, praying the word into us when we discussed the need to "see" the name of JESUS. What we expressed there, were the foundations to partaking of the word that is the truth (John 17:17). There is however, one further step to partaking of the word that we need, in order to truly take hold of the word of truth. And that is to practice or, live the word that GOD places within us. Truth revolves around three practical "pivots": the pivots of hope, faith and love being expressed in our lives. Simply because, all three pivots focus into GOD and are able to draw from GOD. Hope and faith enable us to see the truth of GOD, while love enables us to take delight in the truth that of HIM and take delight in pleasing HIM in the most experiential sense. The nature of Truth is described in hope, faith and love. We shall discuss these pivots of truth beginning with faith although, faith is actually a crystallization of hope.

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the n a t u r a l and spiritual realms. This quality is governed by the of t r u t h in us. This faith therefore, has substance and meaning practice. This substance and meaning derives f r o m W H O GOD this substance and meaning is t r u t h . It is the Spirit Of T r u t h .

GOD is T r u t h . All that HE IS is True and therefore, a p a r t of T r u t h . GOD is real and HE is to be experienced in truth. HIS nature and HIS Presence are realities of truth that enable true life to manifest into, and through, us as a living testimony of CHRIST in us. Hence, our faith is the t r u t h in GOD that we are able to live by. Faith has to be lived. The true faith we live in, is a demonstration of our n a t u r e of t r u t h in GOD. The realm of the truth of faith is reflected by our conscience (see 1 Tim 3:9). The conscience is the " t r u t h signal" of what is called the inward witness. This inward witness is the realm of our spiritual senses that manifest in tandem with our conscience. The inward witness reflects our union with the SPIRIT of GOD (1 John 5:7; 1 Cor 6:17). Truth is mirrored by the conscience cleansed by the blood (Heb 10:22; 9:14). I n w a r d spiritual sensing is key to living in the t r u t h of faith. Why? Because there are many practical situations involving factors where truth cannot be analysed objectively from "the facts." Here we are dependent on the HOLY SPIRIT leading us through our inward witness so that we are able to perceive the truth. In order to receive the leading of the SPIRIT of Truth in this area, we must know how to operate our inward man - in the truth of faith resident within us. This is where the conscience comes in. The conscience evaluates truth in consonance with our faith level. The HOLY SPIRIT leads us in tandem with what is resident within us. So people at different faith levels deal with situations differently. And as long as they keep their conscience clean by the blood, this form of leading of the HOLY SPIRIT through the inward witness is true. So, we must know what our inward witness is telling us. We must know why he is troubled. We must also know the meaning of inward peace and its meaning in different situations. We must become familiar with the different spiritual sensations of our spirit man. We must be able to distinguish between being burdened (to pray for example); being troubled (because of a lack of inner spiritual strength or, faith); feeling empty within (because GOD is emptying us so that HE can fill us); and, being warned of danger (spiritual or natural danger). We should learn how to respond to the strong stirrings to pursue something (eg., certain lines of thought arising from the word); a supernatural 147


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peace of actually being filled in GOD's presence etc. This inward realm is an amazing complex that can only be unravelled in partnership with the HOLY SPIRIT. In addition to these sensations of our inward witness, we must also monitor the submissive thought flow within. The sensing and thoughts are evaluated by our conscience. And, we then act "correctly." [This also implies that we must evaluate someone's actions through our inward witness too. And act accordingly. Otherwise we will destroy the faith of those who operate at a lower level. Again this is a complex subject. Too involved to be discussed here. But, we need to understand that responding to others, needs to be SPIRIT-led too. Then we will build and not tear apart, by reading the wrong motives into someones sincere actions, manifested at a lower (or, higher) faith level than ours. So! Evaluations of truth, are not as simple as our supposedly logical minds think they are! We need to be led by the SPIRIT ofGOD.J We must also be able to tell the difference between soul based sensations and spirit based sensations. We can learn all this under the tutelage of the HOLY SPIRIT. With perseverance we will learn, by trial and error, until we come to a faith level by which we can act confidently. This is a natural derivative of the process of consecration. Functioning in this realm requires that consecration to GOD be the driver of our lifestyle. No one can teach us this realm except the HOLY SPIRIT. We must each be able to take hold of the reality of John 16:13a in the context of the personal anointing being addressed in 1 John 2:20,27. Understand that the inner man was made to commune with the ALMIGHTY, abide in HIM and worship HIM. Only HE understands our inner man (Jer 17:10; Prov 20:27). Only HE can teach us how to operate our peculiar inward man in truth. And HE ALONE knows the truth of every situation and how to work out the true solutions to a problem according to our faith level. However in the process of being trained, there are experiences of others that enable us to "see" the dimensions of the inward experience; although, we must be careful not to ape someone's experiences. Why? Because all experiences of the inward man are tied to our personal levels of consecration in the LORD; our personal relationship with HIM; our peculiar personality as individuals; our true desires etc. All of this varies from person to person. We are not clones out of a mould. We are each a peculiar letter of CHRIST! With this brief background on the inner man, it is important for us to know that we mustn't try and practice faith principles that are beyond our faith level as reflected by our conscience. Why? Because truth is a nature that we 148


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have to grow into. The robe of righteousness is an inward robe of our inward man (spirit and soul ). So therefore, we should not feel guilty that we are not able to do something that someone else is doing. Know, that in time, we will be able to do so with GOD's help. We must focus on GOD, not on someone's spiritual experiences. We must pursue the desire in CHRIST; persevere in it; and, ensure that our life is increasingly word based and CHRIST-centered. The conscience must therefore, be continually strengthened by word confession, meditation, contemplation and, prayer. That is, the conscience must put on the nature of the mantle of truth. True desire is birthed from this. Some go into error here because they use their soul emotions as their guide to spiritual "growth". True desire is birthed through the spirit man nurtured in the word alone. True desire reflects the word - not emotion. How do we minimize the potential for error? By checking out the word principles involved in the situation contemplatively or, even meditatively. We must wait upon the SPIRIT of GOD our Advocate to release the correct thought process. [Remember, that such things will become second nature with time. So don't try too hard. You cannot force learning in this realm. We must learn to wait upon the SPIRIT of GOD to teach us.] Every growth form in GOD is a step by step process led by the SPIRIT of GOD. We walk by the SPIRIT - not run or jump. Walking is a step by step process - one step in front of the other. And we must never forget to keep our eyes on JESUS. Understand that we live by the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. AH of the elements of this spiritual law must be lived. After all it is the spiritual law of true life. [Giant faith steps - if required by GOD - will be accomplished by the gift of faith operating upon us. Faith that ignites the inward anointing grows in a step by step process - very personal to holder. We must never do something because someone else is doing it; although, we can aspire to do so by taking the desire to GOD. He will bring it to pass in accordance with HIS timing and HIS leading. In this sense, we must learn how to enjoy our spiritual experiences with GOD knowing that HE will always nurtue us perfectly. We must not compete. Competition is not a Christian virtue. We can be anything we want to be in CHRIST, and we don't have to compete for it! Because it comes from the endless resource of the Light in GOD. If we persist in competing we will reach a zero growth state. We may even self-destruct.]

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As you are beginning to sense, faith is a very complex realm. We have only begun to unravel the mysteries of faith in GOD. There are different faith realms that govern different aspects of life. What manifests steadily growing faith in all of these realms is the truth of the reality of GOD, in the very personal sense - in each minute area of our life. [There is a faith that heals and restores. There is a faith that teaches. There is a faith that leads. There is a faith that manifests communion. There is a faith that fulfills. There is a faith that transcends human frailty. There is faith that fashions our inward reality. There is faith that builds. There is a faith that loves. And much more! But all faith must be built on, and in, the truth of GOD.] In each and every (specific) area of our life (and living), we can by true faith experience GOD and the wonder of HIS word. This is birthed into us supernaturally in accordance to our true desire. With the birthing of a new faith level comes a deeper reality of GOD. True faith is a gift from GOD (Eph 2:8; Heb 12:1-2). It is part of HIS provision. As noted in Eph 2:8, faith draws upon the truth of GOD's grace. Faith is an expression that acknowledges the reality that GOD is a faithful GOD. This is part of the truth that must be birthed into us. This is why faith in GOD is a pivot to experience the word of truth; to really take hold of it through the reality of the WORD, WHO is Truth. Faith reflects the substance of this truth. More truth can only be realized (as a living nature within us) if we are willing to live it in faith.

The Truth Of Hope True hope carries the idea of expectation in GOD. An expectation in the truth of an unseen future as noted by Rom 8:24-25. Rom 8:20-21 tells us that the FATHER'S will was for creation to be subjected to "futility," in the true and perfect hope that creation would be set free from its slavery to corruption, into the freedom of the glory of the children of GOD. Rev 21 and 22 are a written expression of the FATHER'S Omniscience born of true faith in GOD the WORD and GOD the HOLY SPIRIT (Isa 48:16-17) that gave form and clarity to this true hope. Heb 11:1 helps us understand that faith is fundamentally an expression of hope revealed or "seen." In GOD, the "seeing" is Omniscient in an eternal, immutable sense. In us, faith is birthed or received from hope in a time denominated sense.

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GOD's faith [when explained in time denominated terms for our understanding] is that HIS nature in Truth would not only overcome evil in any form but also, that HE would be able to deliver by the power of HIS true love a people unto HIMSELF. A people, who would in their own free will want to belong to HIM, because they were, in HIS true grace, given the true ability to receive the true hope of being like HIM, in the true faith that HE is able to accomplish perfection in them - by and in HIMSELF WHO is the Truth. AMEN! [Note the several dimensions of truth that are used as qualifiers in this paragraph. Qualifiers we normally take for granted, which have powerful meaning when then are inserted. The power of truth ties into the true reality of GOD. Which is to enter an incredibly powerful realm of communion in truth.] What is this true hope? That YAHWEH's nature would be able to be imparted to HIS children so as to set them free from the bondage of evil in such a manner that the reality of being the Tabernacle (or, dwelling place) Of GOD would be fully established within and amongst them (see Rev 21:3-7; John 17:21), so that the divine nature would remain within each one eternally, through the HOLY SPIRIT of Promise, to the glory of GOD in the BELOVED (Eph 1:3-6; 11-13). This is the hope made manifest to us in the WORD. Note that Rev 21:5 declares that the words of YAHWEH are faithful and true. But, both Faithfulness and Truth are attributes of GOD transferred and made manifest within man through the anointing of the Spirit Of Truth. This transference in the Spirit Of Truth is made manifest through the word of truth received and perfected (see James 1:18,23-25). [The highest form of truth is HIS nature. HIS nature of truth is the prerequisite to receiving and applying knowledge, understanding and wisdom. This nature is reflected in our heart and conscience. Our mind rationalizes according to the truth in us and manifests knowledge, understanding and wisdom according to the level of truth in us.] This word of truth is received via the revelation word of CHRIST, which translates into the (practical) word of life (and living), which is manifested in us as we practice and work out (the hope of) salvation, through fear and trembling, in the true knowledge (see Col 1:9-12) that GOD is at work in us (see Phil 2:12a-13,16a). And, that GOD is able to do all that HE has promised (see Col 1:21-23). All this takes specific form in us through faith in CHRIST (see Col 1:2527; Eph 3:20-21). This faith is manifested in the true hope we have in CHRIST and HIS gospel (see Eph 1:12; Col 1:23,27). Hope manifests the 151


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faith. [For example, praying in hope will manifest in faith based specifics, by which we are perfected - as we work out our faith.] The point is this, the truth of hope must be lived in our thoughts, intents and attitudes. It must form our inward reality. The practice of true hope enables consecration. Faith enables the specifics of GOD's promises to be worked into us. But, beyond the specifics of faith there must necessarily be hope of a future arising from the reality of being YAHWEH's children - in HIS true nature (Matt 5:48). John expresses the deep revelation of hope in CHRIST'S love, that he has experienced so intimately in the following passage from 1 John 3:1-3: "See [the truth of] how great a love the FATHER has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of GOD; and such we are. [This is the truth ] For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know HIM. Beloved, now we are children of GOD, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when HE appears, we shall be like HIM, because we shall see HIM just as HE is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on HIM purifies himself, just as HE is pure." This is a statement of hope in the truth of GOD. From this passage we see that hope practiced is this: that we will be perfect like HIM because HE will accomplish it in us. So we live in the hope of perfect consecration which the SPIRIT of CHRIST will accomplish in us in HIMSELF. We can live expecting to see changes in our nature because we are living by practicing the word (inspite of our several imperfections), in the true knowledge that HE will mold true desire and the power to overcome all sin - into us by HIS perfect grace manifested in terms of the inward anointing in truth. [Hope powers our thought realm. Positive, undefeatable thought patterns form in the hope of GOD. That HE WHO is True will do what we cannot grasp. As we progress, faith will enable us to see and receive the specifics of our hope in CHRIST.] HE will do all the impossible, and we will tap into this power made available in HIS grace by simply presenting ourselves to HIM in the true knowledge of "hope," that the resurrection power of CHRIST will - 100% transform us (Rom 6:5-14). As we receive - even as the specifics of faith are expressed - we will continue to practice in the greater hope that even better things are coming. As John declares in 1 John 3:9, hope will allow us to live in the confidence that we cannot (continue to) practice sin 152


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because we are b o r n of HIS seed. Hope sees this SEED - C H R I S T - in us. Hope sees the perfection of C H R I S T filling us. W h a t truly manifests and n u r t u r e s (and increases) this hope is HIS love experienced. Because we know that G O D loves us, we know that HE will perfect us. This is the true knowledge of hope! T h a t G O D ' s love received will enable us to grow in H I M . HIS love will overcome my pride a n d your pride. This hope is the knowledge of the h e a r t of love. HIS love in us. This is p a r t of the process of the formation of t r u t h within us. 1 Cor 13:6-8 tells us that love rejoices in the t r u t h (because the t r u t h sets us free), hopes all (good) things and never fails (in delivering every promise of t r u t h ) . This is the love b o r n of our faitfain-GOD that gives credence to our hope in H I M . Never forget that we can only hope in truth. Hoping in falsehood can be fatal. Truth is eternal. Hoping in the Truth, is living in the hope that strengthens our inner man supernaturally, so that the hope can be manifested tangibly in faith.

The Truth Of Love Two passages from John's Gospel define this heading. The first is from John 13:13-15,17,34-35, "You call ME Teacher a n d L O R D ; a n d you are right, for so I a m . If I then, the L O R D and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one a n o t h e r ' s feet. F o r I gave you an example t h a t you also should do as I did to you. .... If you know [the t r u t h of] these things, you are blessed if you do them..... A new c o m m a n d m e n t I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one a n o t h e r . By this [truth] all m e n will know that you are MY disciples, if you have love for one a n o t h e r . " The second is from John 17:17-23, Sanctify them in the Truth-, T H Y word is T r u t h . As THOU didst send ME into the world, I also have sent t h e m into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify MYSELF, that they themselves also may be sanctified in Truth. I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but f o r those also who believe in ME t h r o u g h their word; that they m a y all be one; even as T H O U , F A T H E R , a r t in M E , and I in T H E E , that they also may be in US; that the world may believe [the t r u t h ] that T H O U didst send M E . And the glory [of T H Y n a t u r e ] which T H O U hast given ME I have given to them (see Ex 25:8-9; 34:6; 40:34-35; 2 C h r o n 7:1-3,16); that they may be one, j u s t as WE are one. I in them, T H O U in M E , that they may be perfected in unity, t h a t the world may know t h a t THOU didst send ME, and didst love them, even as T H O U didst love M E . " 153


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This is the law of the truth of love. Satan cannot duplicate true love and this is the final witness needed in order to manifest a Triumphant Church here on earth. Of what use is a Triumphant Church in heaven when the battle is here on earth. Of what use is a Militant Church that does not seek to Triumph conclusively. Hear the message of the book of Revelation (12:11), the Triumphant Church will be seen on earth in the fullness of the LORD's resurrection power. This power, is the power of HIS testimony of the truth of love in us. The personal and ministry anointings and the miracles associated with these anointings will flow out of the power of HIS love, in servanthood. This is the Church of JESUS CHRIST that the HOLY SPIRIT is preparing to bring forth as the truth of the light of CHRIST. The Church that is the truth of the Testimony of CHRIST. Notice that truth sanctifies. The truth perfected in CHRIST on our behalf is sanctified in HIS blood, in the nature of HIS WORD and in the fullness of HIS SPIRIT. This is the basis of the inward witness in us (see 1 John 5:5-9). The final witness within us is the Testimony of CHRIST JESUS formed in us. This is a practical witness that lives in us. The witness of the Way, the Truth and, the Life. This Testimony is to be perfected into us in the external witness of a unity in oneness. This is the true "koinonia" [insipidly translated into English as "fellowship"] of working in oneness of the SPIRIT of CHRIST. GOD's Truth is (HIS) love manifested. Not simply high sounding ideas. The word of truth must manifest in love, for there can be no eternal truth without a living love. The practice of love is the Testament of CHRIST in the Church. The LORD JESUS in John 17, is saying that HE is going to the cross in order to establish our oneness as a witness in the world we live in! That's what the passage quoted above is saying. This is truth. This is the true measure of the fullness of the anointing of the Spirit Of Truth in us. That this will be established in us is a covenant guarantee. AMEN! The attributes that manifest the guarantee are hope, faith and love. This is the truth in GOD manifested towards us, in the legal and binding instrument of covenant, mandated by the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS, in fulfillment of the FATHER'S will.

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e have said that the anointing of the Spirit Of Counsel is the nervecentre of the development and the functioning of the inward anointing. T h e h e a r i n g e a r a n d t h e seeing eye a r e the key f u n c t i o n s of the Spirit Of Counsel. T h e Spirit Of Counsel is the ability to h e a r , see a n d receive the counsels of G O D . T h a t t h e r e is such a capability available to every believer is g u a r a n t e e d by the covenant n a m e Y A H W E H - R O H I ("I A M W H O I A M Y o u r S h e p h e r d " ) . The LORD JESUS explains the covenant nature of G O D ' s leading in the following terms in John 10:27, "M Y slieep hear MY voice, a n d / know them, a n d they follow ME-, a n d I give eternal life to them, a n d they shall n e v e r p e r i s h ; a n d no one is able to snatch t h e m out of the F A T H E R ' S h a n d . " Eternal life implies living in accordance to the eternal in GOD. The fullness of the Shepherd's leading is defined in Psalm 23. The level of the fullness of leading is dependent on the extent the sheep hear HIS voice and obey HIS voice. Psalm 23 is covenant assurance (the word of the oath) that GOD will lead us in such a manner that all of HIS covenant provision as YAHWEH-JIREH will be fulfilled completely. [This is the essence of this Psalm. ] This is given, provided, we a r e able to r e s p o n d to H I S g u i d a n c e perfectly. And, this is the key to understanding the depths of John 10:27. We a r e not talking of " s u p e r f i c i a l " leading in o u r life. We a r e talking a b o u t the p e r f e c t leading, i n which the L O R D J E S U S C H R I S T f u n c t i o n e d in, while HE was living on e a r t h in " o u r likeness." HE was led perfectly. This p e r f e c t leading, as defined in P s a l m 23, a n d d e m o n s t r a t e d in t h e life of C H R I S T , is o u r covenant right; p r o v i d e d , we actually want it; a n d p r o v i d e d , we actually pursue (with perseverance) it in consecration to H I M . GOD won't impose what we do not want or, desire. If we only think in terms of natural needs and wants, we will never truly ask GOD for perfect leading. But if we pursue spiritual fulfillment, we will


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come to the realisation that the inward anointing of the Spirit Of Counsel has been given for the exclusive purpose of enabling us to be led "perfectly". [In fact, all of the inward anointing has the exclusive purpose of imparting and producing perfection in all areas of life.] We will only seek to develop the anointing of the Spirit Of Counsel, if we truly want spiritual growth. For example, reading somebody's book has value, but we must understand that great (and true) value can only surface when we receive the counsels of GOD. Similarly, living according to basic biblical principles is useful but, we must realise that "perfect living" really begins only when we actually receive the counsels of GOD and respond in obedience to these counsels. The LORD JESUS functioned this way. So can we! So must we! This is necessary because there is resurrection power made available to us in this process. The HOLY SPIRIT is immutable (unchangeable). HE is the SPIRIT of CHRIST, calling to us, speaking to us. HE has been sent to us to be with us - forever - as our Helper (in the very, very personal sense). There is reason for the HOLY SPIRIT being with us forever. And there is equal reason for us to commune with HIM - in tangible and verifiable terms. [The LORD JESUS said another Helper. Like HIMSELF. A Helper WHO would not only help but, be alongside us enabling the power that CHRIST perfected in HIMSELF to be made available to us. And, to be made use of by us - to the FATHER'S glory! We are to experience the HOLY SPIRIT in a manner even more intimate than the way John and Peter experienced CHRIST on earth. We are to experience total communion with CHRIST through HIS SPIRIT (1 Cor 1:9; 2 Cor 13:5,14).] The HOLY SPIRIT is also called the Counsellor, the Teacher, the Advocate, the Intercessor, and the Comforter. All these "ministry names" of the HOLY SPIRIT give us an appreciation of the dimensions of GOD's counsel. [This is the realm of perfect and complete counsel.] And these names in themselves, refer to the deeply experiential realm of GOD's counsel! We need to understand that these functional names are essential to our life. They define the quality of true life. Each ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT is limitless. These realms of ministry are not merely a theological appreciation of GOD the HOLY SPIRIT but, they are to be a practical realisation of HIS partnership with us - forever! They are to be a realisation of IMMANUEL (GOD WITH US), through the SPIRIT of CHRIST. "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our GOD, the LORD is ONE!" We say this but, often we do not practice this. 156


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UNDERSTANDING THE REALM OF YAHWEH'S COUNSELS Ps 23:1 tells us that YAHWEH-ROHI (Our Shepherd) is willing to lead us so that we have no true wants. "YAHWEH" is the name of GOD that means "I AM WHO I AM" - the FATHER, the WORD and the HOLY SPIRIT. JESUS said, "I AM the good Shepherd." HE also said, "I AM the Door of the sheep." We need to understand that the role of Shepherd is a consequence of I AM (see John 17:6). In fact, all the covenant names we will mention in going through this Psalm are a consequence of I AM. This is why the covenant names of GOD are the word of the oath; because of I AM manifested to us, and in us, in the LORD JESUS CHRIST (John 14:21,23). As we will see, it is I AM WHO defines the dimensions of the 23rd Psalm. And this Psalm commences with the conviction or, testament that I AM our Shepherd-Provider is the true and complete fulfillment of our true wants. This is an important concept that we must keep through out this chapter on GOD's counsel. GOD will meet out true wants. True wants are the key to entering and growing in the realms of GOD's counsel. HE will meet HIS covenant provision, of satisfying all our true wants, as given to us in the covenant name YAHWEH-JIREH (Our Provider). But, there is a particular realm of counsel that manifests the totality of this covenant dimension. This we must discover through practical communion with the SPIRIT of CHRIST. For this is the specific purpose of our (specific) life. Rev 12:11 says "the word of their testimony" because each of us is to have a unique testimony of CHRIST manifesting through us. We are not clones, but unique sons and daughters of GOD. The Shepherd's leading, that is being described in this Psalm, is to enable us to abide in the perfect counsels of GOD - perfectly, at all times, so that a particular testimony would be produced. The Shepherd's leading is to enable us to receive the counsels of GOD in all aspects of our life so that our testimony would be fullsome. We are to be perfect instruments of GOD; such instruments have to be led perfectly. This is the hope (in GOD) we must have. We must move in this hope and this hope will purify us supernaturally. The first prerequisite is the faith that is born of a true hope in GOD that derives from HIS word. Faith is absolutely necessary to hearing GOD. Faith in GOD - is absolutely necessary in order to be led by HIM. Without faith in HIM - that HE IS - no one can hear HIM or, be led by HIM (Heb 11:6). [We are talking about sustained hearing and leading in all facets of our life.] The second prerequisite is the fear of GOD (see Ps 25:14; 34:9). The third 157


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prerequisite is the pursuit of Truth (see John 16:13). We must desire GOD's Truth for the testimony must be chiseled in truth. Ps 23:2-3 tells us that the counsels of GOD will minister peace to our soul, in fulfillment of the covenant name YAHWEH-SHALOM (Our Peace), restoring and healing the soul in accordance to the covenant name Y A H W E H - R O P H E (Our Healer). As this process of healing and transformation within manifests and grows, we will experience the leading of HIS Righteousness in accordance to the covenant name YAHWEHTSIDKENU (Our Righteousness). HIS laws will increasingly be written on our heart. As we receive HIS counsels of revelation word by hearing the word of CHRIST (Rom 10:17). [Righteousness implies response in intent and, appropriate action to the will of GOD. This can only manifest in an active mode of receiving and applying the counsels of GOD. This is part of the process of being perfected. It manifests in our being "filled with the knowledge of HIS will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding" - (Col 1:9b).] Ps 23:3b tells us that all this is done for HIS name's sake! YHWH is the guarantee of covenant fulfillment (see 2 Sam 6:2b; John 17:6; Eph 1:3). For YAHWEH's covenant is a unilateral covenant oath designed, established and fulfilled in HIMSELF - the FATHER, the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT (Eph 1:3-14). The deep realms of covenant are opened to us (in certainty) through hope and faith in the PERSON of GOD. This hope and faith matures into a love (for GOD) that is a growing expression of the relationship birthed through the realities of GOD's realm of counsel. For all of GOD's counsels are deeply experiential. This is why this anointing is an anointing of communion. This is why the Holy Communion can open into a realm of the oath, in JESUS name. Because, the LORD fervently desired its fulfillment in the Kingdom of GOD (Luke 22:14-18).] This anointing of counsel is therefore, a prerequisite to entering the deep realms of covenant. For the deep realms of covenant can only be opened to us in consonance with the perfect will of GOD that is part and parcel of HIS counsel. It is from this realm that passages such as John 14:11-14; 15:7; and 16:23-27 are manifested. Study these passages well in the context of 1 John 5:14. And remember that it is the Spirit Of Counsel that is the gateway to this realm. Ps 23:4-5a, is the leading of GOD's counsel that enables our preservation, protection and victory in CHRIST in fulfillment of the covenant name 158


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YAHWEH-NISSI (Our Banner). Victory is the experience of the true satisfaction of being in covenant. Victory is engineered through the counsels of GOD - in obedience. This passage also speaks of the process of being perfected (or, becoming fully sanctified) so that the anointing mentioned in Ps 23:5b overflows in fulfillment of the covenant name Y A H W E H - M ' K A D D E S H (Our Sanctifier). This is the experience of knowing what it means to be set a p a r t by GOD, in CHRIST, in terms of a living reality. Walking in G O D ' s counsels reinforces this reality in everyday terms. CHRIST becomes our reality and we live in HIM. It is beyond faith; it is now real and exciting! And yet, it is also holy. Finally as Ps 23:6 points out, the counsels of GOD help us live, as we fulfill the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS, by enabling us to function as YAHWEH's temple, in accordance to the covenant name Y A H W E H - S H A M M A H (HE Is There). In the final analysis true counsel leads to "Holiness Unto The L O R D . " [If it is leading to something else, then there is something seriously wrong. Check and correct this for our life depends on this. Absorb the fullness of 2 Cor 6:18-7:1.] W h a t we need to understand f r o m Psalm 23 is that operating in accordance to G O D ' s counsels is a need for effective and fruitful living. Certainly, it is a need to minister in a world of darkness. For darkness can only be overcome in the power of true counsel. We need to appreciate that GOD wants us to be led by HIS perfect counsel. GOD has sent the HOLY SPIRIT to manifest this realm to us - in eternity! But, let's face it, we can only be counseled if we are able to hear and are sensitive to GOD's Presence.

OPERATING IN THE REALM OF GOD'S COUNSEL The counsels of GOD arise and grow out of worship, prayer and contemplation and, ultimately (in the deepest sense) out of communion. The counsels of GOD flow out of the fulfillment of the law of the New Covenant, which is the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. Ps 32:8 promises and assures us that, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with MY eye upon you." 2 Chron 7:15-16, speaks of the fullness of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS, being made available to us in no uncertain terms: "Now MY eyes shall be open and MY ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that MY name may be there forever, and MY eyes and MY h e a r t will be t h e r e 159


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perpetually." [We can now begin to see the dimensions of the ministry of our Shepherd Counselor, the SPIRIT of CHRIST JESUS.] Ps 1:1-3 promises, "How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked ... . But HIS delight (see Isa 11:3a; Ps 103:12,11,13,17) is in the law of the LORD [the New Covenant law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS that governs the inward anointing], and in HIS law he meditates day and night [to increase the inward anointing; see Deut 6:113]. And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season (see John 15:1-8), and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does (see John 14:6; 1 John 4:9b), he prospers (see John 14:12-18,21,23)."

Scriptural Background And Implications Hearing, seeing and knowing (by being taught) the counsels of GOD, arise from the following framework of scripture, interpreted in terms of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. The proof of this interpretation is found in the life of the LORD JESUS CHRIST as written in the four gospels. HE is the New Covenant Testimony! HE is the centerpiece of the interpretation of all scripture. All of the written word is to be interpreted in the light of this Testimony - "I AM". As Ex 25:8-9 declares, the tabernacle is to be built in accordance to the pattern of the ministry of JESUS CHRIST and the HOLY SPIRIT (see Isa 48:16) [and, we are to be the testimony of CHRIST to the world] in fulfillment of GOD's FATHERhood: (i) From Ex 25:21-22: "And you shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark [Ex 25:8-9] you shall put the testimony [See 1 Cor 1:6; 2 Cor 3:3,6] which I shall give to you. And there I will meet with you [1 Cor 6:17]; and from above the mercy seat,.... I will speak to you about all that I will give you in commandment [Jer 31:33-34; John 14:21,23] Points To Note: Under the New Covenant, the Testimony of CHRIST is being confirmed in us even as we are formed in HIS image. We are each a peculiar letter of CHRIST, expressed on the tablets of our heart by the HOLY SPIRIT. But our base passage from Exodus, tells us that the purpose of the Tabernacle is so that GOD would commune with us from above the mercy seat which is in the Holy Of Holies just above the ark of the covenant that carries the oath of HIS name (2 Sam 6:2b). The mercy seat is the throne of grace of the MOST HIGH. The ark of the New Covenant is the spirit of man (see 2 Sam 6:2b; 2 Chron 7:16). So we are talking of an inherent or, covenant enshrined ability for 160


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our spirit heart and mind to function in the Holy Of Holies! Because as 1 Cor 6:17 explains, we are one spirit with the SPIRIT of CHRIST. Jer 31:33 tells us that GOD will write HIS laws on our heart. John 14:21,23 tells us that as we have the commandments of GOD and practice them (i.e., become perfected), the LORD will also disclose (and manifest) HIMSELF to us (see 1 Cor 1:4-7). This is communion. What 1 Cor 1:9, calls fellowship with the LORD JESUS CHRIST. As we abide in the word, even the FATHER will make HIS abode with us. But, in between the "abiding in the word" and the "abode" stage is Eph 3:16-20; where we are perfected in accordance to the anointing within, which derives from the CHRIST WHO is in us. All this perfecting is accomplished in the communion of "one spirit." Now we can understand why Paul ends the book of 2 Corinthians, stressing on the importance of being in fellowship or, communion with the HOLY SPIRIT. We are also told that this communion is brought about by the grace of JESUS expressed in the love of our FATHER. We can by now see how the anointing of the Spirit Of Counsel is at the core of our spiritual development and functioning. (ii) From Ex 40:34-37: "Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory [2 Cor 4:6-7; 3:18] of the LORD filled the tabernacle And throughout all their journeys whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the sons of Israel would set out; but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day when it was taken up. For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of the LORD was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel." [See Isa 63:9-14.] Points To Note: This passage of scripture when seen from a New Covenant perspective, tells us that one of the reasons for the glory of GOD forming within us, is so that we can be led in a step by step process. We are to walk by the SPIRIT (Gal 5:24-25); which, as the passages from 2 Cor 4:6-7; and 3:18 tells us, is by being yielded vessels to the LORD, being raised from glory to glory in accordance to the development of the inward anointing. This we are told is the work of the HOLY SPIRIT. Isa 63:9-14, confirms that it was the HOLY SPIRIT WHO was also responsible for leading the children of Israel in the Old Testament. We should also take note of fire being one of the symbols representing the manifested presence of the HOLY SPIRIT. Notice that all the five Levitical sacrifices (Lev 1-5) were offerings of fire; which, is why they are the foundation of 161


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the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. Note also that all of the offerings were fully (and eternally) accomplished and established (for us to draw from1.) by CHRIST'S one sacrifice. It is also important for us to realise that the flow of biblical principle is profoundly consistent from Old Covenant to New Covenant. The Old was a shadow of the New but, many of the deep principles of the New are actually hidden in Old Testament symbolisms. So it is important that we understand that both portions of the word are equally important, for the Old is the necessary framework for the interpretation of the New. And, it must be a balanced interpretation based on the balanced (see Ex 25:8-9) design of the Tabernacle which is symbolic of the pattern of the true ministry of our HIGH PRIEST before ALMIGHTY GOD (see Heb 9:1-24; 10:9-10). When our heart is opened to CHRIST in worship, we stand before the throne of ALMIGHTY GOD. The Mercy Seat of YAHWEH's throne is opened to HIS children by HIS grace and mercy in the oath of the name JESUS! This is the practice of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. This law is a law of YAHWEH's grace towards HIS children. The law that is the word of the oath (Heb 7:28). (iii) From John 20:21-22; Luke 24:49 and Acts 2:3-4: "JESUS therefore said to them again, 'Peace be with you; as the FATHER has sent ME, I also send you.' And when HE had said this, HE breathed on them, and said to them,'Receive the HOLY SPIRIT.'.... 'And behold, I am sending forth the promise of MY FATHER upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high And there appeared to them tongues as of fire And they were all filled with the HOLY SPIRIT." Points To Note: When the LORD breathed on HIS disciples, the tabernacle of their spirit man came alive and into living being, and they were born again. When the HOLY SPIRIT came upon the tabernacle it was filled. This is the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT. Our passages from Exodus are a clear symbolic representation of this dual ministry process that is absolutely necessary to all of us. There is another phase of HOLY SPIRIT anointing coming upon us, and this is the fire of holiness. (iv) From Eze 36:26-27: ".... I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put MY SPIRIT within you and cause you to walk in MY statutes, and you will be careful to observe MY ordinances." 162


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Points To Note: The new heart, the new spirit and the HOLY SPIRIT cause us to walk in YAHWEH's statutes. One part of the heart is in the spirit man, while the other part is in the soul man (compare Eze 36:26a with Eze 36:26b). The soul heart is renewed and perfected even as the spirit heart is strengthened in the revelation word brought into it by the HOLY SPIRIT. The "walk in MY statutes" denotes a step by step process of spiritual progress. The manifestation of the fruits of the HOLY SPIRIT are a manifestation of the soul heart, and are reflective of the soul hearts progress in being transformed or, perfected. The fruits of the HOLY SPIRIT reflect the fruits of HIS ministry in the personality of our soul. This is an expression of the degree of our "perfection." The transformed inner man will be reflected by the heart of JESUS and the mind of CHRIST being functional (in a practical sense) in us in measures of CHRIST-likeness or fullness (Eph 4:13). The heart of flesh mentioned in our passage from Ezekiel is reflective of the measure of "true" life or, "aliveness" being expressed by our whole heart (spirit and soul). [This "soul-spirit" duality of mind and heart functions gives us an understanding of the conflicts we often experience within ourselves. Both in the realm of desire and objective thought. Rom 7:18-25 expresses this duality within ourselves as a battle between the inner man of spirit and the partially renewed soul, with a tendency towards the flesh.] (v) From Jer 31:33-34: "'But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,' declares the LORD. 'I will put MY law within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their GOD and they will be MY people. And they shall not teach again,^each man his neighbour and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they shall all know ME, from the least of them to the greatest of them, declares the LORD,..." Points To Note: To know GOD cannot be something born out of intellectual knowledge. It must be a "knowing" born out of a relationship birthed and nurtured in communion. There are many dimensions to communion, which can manifest in any number of combinations and functions. We need to understand that communion is effectively an "infinite" function unique to each one of us. Some elements or, determinants of this complex of "communion" are as follows: (1) The human will; (2) The immagination; (3) Logical thought functions; (4) The sub-conscious mind and heart functions; (5) The emotions; (6) The personality; (7) Personal preferences; (8) Instinct and Creativity; 163


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(9) Levels of true Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge; (10) Faith level in GOD; (11) Level of submission to GOD; (12) Intentions and attitudes towards GOD and man; and, many others including sub-conscious functions that are as yet unknown to us. Above all communion reflects the level of YAHWEH's glory presence within us. (vi) From Isa 30:20b-21: "HE, your TEACHER will no longer hide HIMSELF, but your eyes will behold your TEACHER. And your ears will hear a word behind you, 'This is the way, walk in it,' whenever you turn to the right or to the left." Points To Note: We are to expect to be taught by GOD, even as we come to know HIM in communion. All of us can be supernaturally taught by the HOLY SPIRIT (see John 16:13-15). It is a priviledge the FATHER has given to HIS children. We need to start acting like the children of the MOST HIGH. Only those who truly believe that they are HIS children, will act as HIS children. This is true faith. It is time to change the way we think. Our thinking must begin to reflect the GOD WHOM we worship: "I AM WHO I AM". The past is immaterial but, the future is of the utmost importance. We must not only change but, we must also be agents of change to the glory of our FATHER. We can change because HE is able to change us. HE will show us how. We must trust HIM, depend upon HIM, and ask HIM to change us (see Luke 11:8-13). We must pursue the change for it will come. (vii) From 2 Chron 7:12,15-16: "Then the LORD appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, 'I have heard your prayer (see John 17; Luke 23:34), and have chosen this place for MYSELF as a house of sacrifice."' [A house of sacrifice for the eternal fulfillment and expression of the Levitical sacrifices in CHRIST. The full blown testimony of CHRIST. And because of the acceptance and perpetual establishment of these sacrifices in CHRIST, we are received in the Holy Of Holies. The Ark of our spirit being right under the Mercy Seat. All this is by the oath of YHWH manifested in the PERSON of the WORD made flesh - the LORD JESUS CHRIST.] "Now MY eyes shall be open and MY ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place [the sanctuary of our spirit heart and spirit mind]. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house [the temple of our being is consecrated by the blood of the LAMB, the water of the word, and the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS (see 1 John 5:8)] that MY name may be there forever (the

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oath of the covenant word), and MY eyes and MY heart will be there perpetually (see John 14:23)." Points To Note: The heart of our spirit when opened to GOD enables us to enter the Holy Of Holies. It puts us in direct communion with GOD the HOLY SPIRIT. Many people mistake the heart function in communion as being the heart of emotion arising from our partially renewed soul. They therefore take emotion to be communion. It can be, for there is the deep emotion (of true desire) that arises from our spirit too, when we are in deep communion; but, it is not necessarily so. The reality of our spirit heart is the key to understanding the benefit of praying in tongues. Praying in tongues opens our spirit and enables us to function in the personal anointing in accordance to the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT. This is why sustained prayer in tongues is very powerful. It is also a worship form in song, and is able to open deep realms of worship to all of us. Most people who pray in tongues use tongues exclusively for prayer. We can also use tongues to receive revelation from the LORD. I use tongues to open my spirit so that I can understand the word - supernaturally. Tongues is the easiest way in which to draw upon the personal anointing. It is so easy and simple. All it requires is child-like faith in GOD. Being child-like in one's faith is one of the great "achievements" [and benefits] of true consecration. In Rom 1:9, Paul declares that he serves GOD "in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of HIS SON". He is amongst other things saying that he is able to preach the gospel of CHRIST with his spirit. This book has been written with my spirit in submission to the HOLY SPIRIT. Obviously, the level of truth presented will be entirely dependent on the degree of my submission. Perfect submission will produce perfect writing. In the same way perfect submission will produce perfect preaching, or teaching, or counselling, or pastoring. We operate in steadily increasing levels of perfection by HIS grace. The key to entering the realm of operating in the perfect counsels of GOD is to operate through our spirit in total submission to GOD. [You will always know the degree of a persons submission to GOD by the way he acts. Know them by their fruits. True submission carries with it a reflection of the character of GOD. Only the LORD was able to operate in this realm perfectly; so we must be realistic in our attitudes towards others. We must check all that is taught, against our inward witness, so as to ascertain whether we are receiving truth (see Heb 5:14; 10:22). 165


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GOD has given each of us an inward witness to evaluate truth. This inward witness is nurtured in accordance to our word appetite. Therefore, we are each responsible for what we receive from others. Many people tend to take what appeals to their head rather than what the HOLY SPIRIT guides them into by their inward witness. This is why they stop growing spiritually after some time. Truth is an attribute of GOD, not of the human mind that functions from a partially renewed soul function. It is far more accurate to evaluate truth with one's inward witness than with ones head; provided, we have kept a good conscience. A good conscience is one that has been nurtured in sincerity and truthfulness towards GOD and the things of GOD. It is a sincerity and truthfulness that is entirely word-based. A good conscience is a blood-washed conscience that derives from how we handle the word. If we handle the word selectively, in accordance to our whims and fancies, then we have a seared conscience. Such a conscience will be unreliable. Because it is built on conscious and deliberate deceit. How is our conscience restored? A true conscience is restored when there is true repentance. This is the power of the blood of CHRIST. Remember how Moses (in Lev 8:23), put the blood anointing on Aaron's ear (hearing), thumb (actions) and toe (pathways). These are external symbolisms refering to a comprehensive inward leading, [that will one day culminate in perfect thought, intentions and attitudes that will express our lives] by the HOLY SPIRIT under the New Covenant law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. This is why we have such a thing as the Sin and Guilt offerings as the first step of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. We cannot effectively operate in accordance to the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS, if we are not in a state of true repentance. In 1 Peter 3:16a, 1 Tim 3:9 and Rom 9:1, we are instructed on the importance of the conscience and the inward witness.] True submission is analogous with the way in which we treat the word. We have already discussed the importance of abiding in the word as one of the pre-requisites to effectively operating under the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. We have also discovered the necessity of charting a course, under the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD, towards a "trembling at the word" destination. Can you see how wonderful the realm of operating in GOD's counsels will be when we are able to function like this? AMEN! Isn't HE a wonderful GOD! AMEN!

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(viii) From Prov 20:12,27 and I Cor 6:17: " T h e hearing ear a n d the seeing eye, the LORD has made both of them The spirit of m a n is the l a m p of the L O R D [see M a t t 6:22-23], searching all of the innermost p a r t s of his being." "... the one who joins himself to the L O R D is one spirit with H I M . " Points To Note: In concluding this sub-section on the scriptural background to the realm of YAHWEH's counsel, let us "take hold" of the reality of GOD's counsel. Let us never forget that the hearing ear and the seeing eye have been made by the LORD for our use, in the fullest sense possible, so that HE can lead us - perfectly. Perfect leading is dependent on what sort of union we have with the H O L Y S P I R I T (see L u k e 11:9-10,13). W h e n we are fully one spirit with H I M , in a practical functional sense, then, we will operate in the realm of perfect counsel. But, we need to u n d e r s t a n d that positionally, this has already been given. We need to iearn to open o u r spirit in a functional sense so that we can begin to operate a n d m a t u r e in this realm of G O D ' s counsel. The union between o u r spirit a n d the S P I R I T of G O D is entirely defined by the revelation word of C H R I S T . [As we said earlier, sustained tongues help us to open our spirit. One can also open one's spirit in other ways too, under the anointing upon or. power of the HOLY SPIRIT. For example, we can do so through deep and sincere prayer involving the depths of our heart. Or. we can go into deep contemplation of the word. Or, we can enter into deep worship of the LORD. In doing so, we draw on the anointing upon. When this happens the HOLY SPIRIT will open our spirit. When the HOLY SPIRIT opens our spirit, our sou] functions become sensitive to our spirit functions. Sustained p r a y e r a n d contemplation r e q u i r e a totally submitted thought mode; and, very few wil! have the perseverance to allow the H C L Y SPIRIT to work this into them. This is the reason why we need the Baptism Of The H O L Y S P I R I T , so that we can d r a w upon the power dimension of the i n w a r d anointing in o r d e r to do so (see Acts 1:8; E p h 3:20). Notwithstanding the blessing of the Baptism Of the H O L Y S P I R I T , deep p r a y e r and contemplation are not easy f o r the average Christian. That" s why GOD gave tongues as an easy gift, that even a child of five can function in. Through tongues (after praying in tongues that is) it is much easier to move into deep prayer and contemplation. But there is more! There are many realms of tongues including a realm called heavenly language, where I am told one can conduct a conversation with the HOLY 167


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SPIRIT with perfect understanding. The HOLY SPIRIT has taken me into realms of ecstatic thought but, we are talking of yet higer realms of thought. I believe Sadhu Sunder Singh moved in this realm, for he mentions this is passing in the foreword to his book, "At The MASTER'S Feet". I believe that the LORD JESUS too was ministered to by angels in this manner (see Matt 4:11; Luke 22:43). Isn't this dangerous? Not if we know the LORD. {John 10:28b, which flows out of verse 27, tells us that "no one shall snatch them out of MY hand."} Not if we know that we dwell in the secret place of the MOST HIGH. What exactly is Rom 8:35-39 saying? Fear gives access to the powers of darkness. Is it necessary to speak in heavenly language? No! But, if we want to understand the deep thoughts of GOD then we will have to. Why? Because our languages reflect our knowledge base and our levels of thought. It is unlikely that our languages will be able to transmit YAHWEH's deep thoughts unambiguously. Our languages are likely to be entirely inoperative in GOD's higher thought realm.] GOD leads us in accordance to our true desires. [And, true desire is only born out of true consecration to the LORD.] This is what the LORD JESUS pointed to as HE taught of the HOLY SPIRIT. This is what HE said, "when HE, the SPIRIT of Truth, comes, HE will guide you into all the Truth; for HE will not speak on HIS own initiative, but whatever HE hears, HE will speak; and HE will disclose to you what is to come." "Whatever HE hears" is usually interpreted as the FATHER'S will. In 1 Cor 2:10-12, we are told that the HOLY SPIRIT, WHO searches even the depths of GOD, will reveal all that the FATHER has given us. But, there is another side to this phrase. We must understand that what GOD gives is dependent on whether we actually desire to receive all that the FATHER has for us. This too, is something that the HOLY SPIRIT "hears". The "thoughts" of our inward desires. 1 Cor 2:11 tells us that only the spirit of man knows the thoughts of man. This also refers to the real hidden desires of man. Our spirit is the lamp of the LORD. YAHWEH uses our spirit to search our inward parts. Why? So that HE can deal with us according to what HE has decreed that we should function with - a free will. Jer 17:10 illustrates the principle. [A man's real actions are in accordance to what is in his heart. For example, a man may give with the express purpose of making someone obligated to him. It is inward intentions and thoughts like these that the LORD "sees" or "hears".] 168


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How do we understand the phrase "HE will disclose what is to come" in John 16:13b? The way to look at this is to see that perfect leading by the SPIRIT of CHRIST would in practical terms manifest as if we were moving with a perfect knowledge of future events. That is not to say that the HOLY SPIRIT will tell us the future; but, that the HOLY SPIRIT, WHO knows all of the future, will in accordance to our faith in GOD, lead us step by step in such a manner that when we look at things from hindsight, we will realise that our lives have been moving as if we knew all of the circumstances we would have faced. However, we must also understand that the HOLY SPIRIT will also at some points in our life, tell us some specifics of the future so as to guide the nurturing of our true desire in faith. Or, to give birth to a vision of something to build our lives towards so that we would be blessed and be a blessing. That this is so, is why we have personal prophecy. When we study the life of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, we see that HE had a perfect sense of HIS destiny in GOD. HE lived in the realm of perfect counsel - in faith. Always knowing (and sensing) the FATHER'S will. We must understand that the realm of perfect leading is also available to us in CHRIST. This too is part of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. This is what it means to walk by the SPIRIT. And, we must never forget that we "see" and "hear" by faith - in GOD. By faith in what the LORD JESUS has accomplished or "finished" for us. To function in the realm of perfect counsel requires a trust born of knowing GOD. [We see that this is a natural manifestation of the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. ] When we refer to Ps 91:4b, in both the NKJV and NASB, we see that we could combine both translations into this declaration: "YOUR Truth and YOUR Faithfulness are my Shield and Bulwark." Since both Faithfulness and Truth are attributes of GOD, we can draw some powerful conclusions from this statement. When we dwell in the secret place of the MOST HIGH (Ps 91:1), there is no doubt that we are able to be perfectly counselled and led in a step by step manner by faith in HIM. Our faith is expressed in GOD; in HIS character. This faith is not some "undependable" or "uncertainty" i f , we know that the character of GOD bears our faith; and if, what we are having faith for is validated by the full counsel of HIS word. The full counsel of HIS word will always be consistent with HIS nature. We see that the word is not only telling us that we are to expect to be led by the LORD our GOD, but the word is also instructing us on the necessity of 169


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our being led. That we do so, is key to the fulfillment of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS - in us, personally. We will see this even more clearly as we ask the LORD to describe the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT to us more fully.

THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT The primary focus of the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT can be summarized along the following lines: To manifest into us, and through us, what our LORD JESUS CHRIST has won for us through the cross and, what the LORD has made available to us by the power of HIS resurrection. The mission of the HOLY SPIRIT is also to enable us to be conformed to CHRIST'S death and, to also take us through the fellowship of CHRIST'S sufferings; to bring us to the glory of our FATHER.

The HOLY SPIRIT The Helper In John 14:16-17, the LORD JESUS tells us that the HOLY SPIRIT, the Helper or Parakletos (in Greek), will be alongside us and also in us. He will be with us forever. The HOLY SPIRIT will be another Helper like the LORD HIMSELF. The HOLY SPIRIT would fulfill what the LORD established by HIS life and ministry. The HOLY SPIRIT is our Partner in eternity. Nonetheless, we must never forget that HE is ALMIGHTY GOD. Perhaps the best way to see the ministry of the Helper is through the Levitical sacrifices. All five Levitical sacrifices are offerings by fire that effectively describe the practical realisation of YAHWEH's salvation grace. As we have said all of the offerings have been fully and eternally established by the LORD JESUS CHRIST. However, for these covenant law sacrifices to have meaning in our personal lives, it is mandatory that they be offerings of fire. What this means is that these covenant laws of inward and outward expression are only possible in partnership with the HOLY SPIRIT. [That's why the New Covenant law is called the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. This "terminology" arises from the symbolisms of the Levitical sacrifices.] They are offerings by the SPIRIT of CHRIST in us. The LORD JESUS accomplished the sacrifices positionally for us. The HOLY SPIRIT makes each of these sacrifices a living reality to us and in us. Without the HOLY SPIRIT the Helper, WHO is the SPIRIT of CHRIST 170


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JESUS, it would be impossible f o r us to realise in everyday practical t e r m s the wonder of salvation. In Lev 10:1-2, we see that Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, offered strange fire before the LORD and died as a result of it. W h a t is this strange fire f r o m a New Covenant perspective? An offering not of the S P I R I T of C H R I S T J E S U S . An o f f e r i n g a c c o r d i n g to the gospel of " I " . A blasphemous offering, that belittles the H O L Y S P I R I T (see M a t t 12:31-32; Isa 63:10; Heb 6:4-6). Only the H O L Y S P I R I T knows how to m a k e the offering of C H R I S T J E S U S complete in us (see Rom 8:13-16,26-27; Prov 20:27; J e r 10:17; Isa 59:21; 2 C o r 3:3-6; E p h 1:13-14), and acceptable to Y A H W E H (1 Cor 2:10-13). This is why the first half of the law of the New Covenant is called the law of the S P I R I T of life. The Helper enables us to live in CHRIST. We cannot (truly) live without HIS help. The "in CHRIST JESUS" portion of the New Covenant law would have no meaning to us without the revelation received through GOD the HOLY SPIRIT (see John 16:13: Eze 36:27; Eph 1:17). It must be understood that the FATHER decreed that there would be a dual ministry that would ensure the practical manifestation of salvation (see Isa 48:16; Eze 37:1-14). In the passage in Ezekiel 37, verse 14 declares that the L O R D has spoken (the W O R D ) and done (the H O L Y S P I R I T ) it. The fullness of salvation would be by the W O R D a n d the S P I R I T in accordance to the predestined will of the F A T H E R . Please u n d e r s t a n d t h a t the H O L Y S P I R I T is the " D o e r " in the T R I N I T Y . HE establishes the creative of G O D A L M I G H T Y . The W O R D described the salvation that the F A T H E R decreed, and the H O L Y S P I R I T manifests it.

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by which the HOLY SPIRIT will reveal the inheritance that is made available to us (see Deut 29:29, and take note of the word "belong" - this is what the realm of the oath opens to us). Secondly, HE will also teach us to abide and utilize the wonders of this inheritance in accordance to HIS perfect purpose and the "hope-and-faith-vision" of our true desires. The HOLY SPIRIT our Teacher will teach us the principles of the word, its implications and principles. HE will nurture our inward desires into true desires that are consistent with our personality [ultimately, as GOD sees it in its eternal perfection]. Having done this or, while doing this, HE will also begin to introduce us to the realms of our inheritance in CHRIST, and teach us how to take hold of the inheritance, apply it and live by it, so that we will mature into the deeper realms of this wondrous inheritance that the LORD JESUS sums up in no uncertain terms in John 16:15: "AH things that the FATHER has are MINE; therefore I said, that HE (the HOLY SPIRIT) takes of MINE, and will disclose it to you." It is the HOLY SPIRIT of Promise WHO will make our inheritance real to us. We need HIM not only to teach and counsel us, but, to help us live the inheritance in all eternity. All of this inheritance is in CHRIST. Col 2:2b-3, gives us a further glimpse of our inheritance in CHRIST that we are to be led into, so that we are able to attain "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, in WHOM are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." This passage gives us a picture that the inheritance in CHRIST is tied to true wisdom, knowledge and understanding which as we have discovered are elements of the character of GOD made available to us in the inward anointing of the SPIRIT of CHRIST JESUS that was perfected in CHRIST in the body of HIS Temple. With this key, we are now able to progress into the wonder of the inheritance predestined by the FATHER, in CHRIST, to the glory of HIS (the FATHER'S) grace in the BELOVED (Eph 1:3,6), that is sealed in the HOLY SPIRIT of Promise (Eph 1:13) that Eph 1:3-14 outlines. We shall not discuss this passage fully, except to note the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT in enabling us to realise this inheritance. Eph 1:3-4 declares, "Blessed be the GOD and FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in CHRIST, just as HE chose us in HIM before the 172


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foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before HIM." One key point comes out of this passage. Our inheritance is only available in holiness and blamelessness. And this holiness and blamelessness we know are attributes of the inward anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD that flows out of the SPIRIT of CHRIST. Eph 1:5, tells us that this blessing has been bestowed on us because we are predestined to be sons of the MOST HIGH. It is one thing to be predestined, it is another thing to actually act and live as sons of the MOST HIGH. [To take hold of the fullness of what the FATHER has freely predestined depends on our own free will.] The LORD JESUS established the anointing that would enable us to be sons. The HOLY SPIRIT was sent to make us sons. What kind of sons, depends on how we learn to function with the HOLY SPIRIT (see 1 Cor 6:17). We are required to hear the voice of the counsels of the SPIRIT of the MOST HIGH calling us. A typical example is the voice of the SPIRIT of GOD that rings through the pages of the book of Proverbs (see especially Prov 2:1-7; 8:1-9:1,10). Only those who hear the counsels of the SPIRIT of the MOST HIGH can be taught by HIM. Only these can receive the riches in fullness. Eph 1:11 tells us this in no uncertain terms, "... we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to HIS purpose WHO works all things after the counsel of HIS will." The counsels of GOD carry HIS perfect will. The SPIRIT of CHRIST manifests the counsels of GOD. If we do not hear HIS counsels, we will not know HIS perfect will. It is no wonder that Heb 4:7b warns us, "Today if you hear HIS voice, do not harden your hearts." For this is the only way by which we can truly takehold of what has been given to us, by entering into the Sabbath Rest of the people of GOD (Heb 4:8-9), who are able to rest from their works of flesh, and instead do the works of true faith, that flow in accordance with the counsels of GOD. As we abide by GOD's counsels, we will learn to take hold of our inheritance in CHRIST, in WHOM we have been sealed with the HOLY SPIRIT of Promise, WHO has been given as a pledge of our inheritance (see Eph 1:13-14). We can now see how important our Teacher/Counselor is. Without HIS ministry we can never take hold of and live in the fullness of our inheritance. This is an eternal truth. The grace of salvation is absolutely free. But, the inheritance of sonship is only available to the degree of our true submission to our FATHER, through HIS SPIRIT of Promise in the "fullness" of CHRIST. This is the practice of covenant.

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The HOLY SPIRIT The Comforter And S t r e n g t h e n The HOLY Spirit is also our Comforter and Strengthener. HE restores our soul. He enables us to receive the word of healing (Ps 107:19-22: Rom 8:2,11,15) and, HE also strengthens us (Eph 3:16). This is a ministry of grace (and transformation) to the inner man - healing, nurturing and strengthening the inner man. 1 Peter 1:2, refers to this as the sanctifying work of the HOLY SPIRIT. This sanctifying work includes healing and nurturing of the inward man so that GOD's grace and peace would be ours in the fullest measure. But, it is meant to manifest as inner spiritual strength. We will look at the specific mechanics of inner strengthening and power under the subject of the anointing of the Spirit Of Strength. But for the present let us look at this ministry from a macro or, overall perspective. 1 Peter 1:2 gives an insight into the sanctifying work of the HOLY SPIRIT, by telling us that the HOLY SPIRIT's ministry to our inner man enables us to obey the LORD JESUS CHRIST and be sprinkled with HIS blood! This sprinkling is a drawing upon of CHRIST'S blood in terms of its inherent power. What this passage is saying is that the power of the blood and being obedient to CHRIST are linked together. Obedience releases the power of the blood. [Never forget that the entire oath of covenant is sealed in the blood of our LORD JESUS CHRIST.] This is the power, that the blood anointing in Lev 8, which we said was symbolic of functioning in the full counsel of GOD, is able to release in us and through us. It is this power of the blood that the book of Revelation is talking about. The power of the blood, in overcoming the antichrist that Rev 12:11 mentions, will only be fully realised when we are obedient to the LORD JESUS. But, what does obedience to the LORD JESUS CHRIST mean? [Understand that this obedience pre-supposes the ability to hear the full counsel of HIS word that is living in us.] Rev 12:11 gives us the clue. Obedience to JESUS CHRIST manifests as the word of our testimony. This is the word that lives in and through our lives as a testimony of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. It is by this, that the early Church overcame persecution even unto death, which incidentally is the peculiar background and theme of 1 Peter (see 1:6). So Rev 12:11 declares, "and they did not love their life even to death." This is the testimony of CHRIST that 1 Cor 1:4-6 mentions. There is a peculiar power of the testimony of CHRIST, that forms in us, through the word becoming a part of us. This revelation arises from what the LORD 174


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was talking about in John 6. This is what the LORD meant by eating HIS flesh - HIS "word-PERSONality". [The primary purpose of celebrating the Holy Communion is to seal the word (the "flesh") of CHRIST'S testimony into us by the blood of JESUS. We can only remember JESUS CHRIST by HIS testimony living in us. Any other remembrance is superficial. We can only remember what we see and receive with our spiritual eyes and our spiritual ears. This is the key to drawing from the word of CHRIST'S power that Heb 1:3 mentions. Luke 22:15-16, talks of the fulfillment of the Kingdom of GOD. The Kingdom of GOD is CHRIST in us and CHRIST amongst us (see John 3:3-6; Luke 17:21; Rom 14:17; John 17:23; Luke 18:17). JESUS CHRIST is the covenant land in W H O M we dwell. HE is the true ISRAEL - the Kingdom of GOD. This Kingdom is fully defined in HIM. In Luke 22:15-16, we are told that the L O R D ' s Supper is a celebration of the fulfillment of the Kingdom of GOD in us. In our hearts. Such hearts in CHRIST are established by the circumcision of the SPIRIT (see Rom 2:29). How? By the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS being used as the tool for the circumcision to be carried out. This is a perpetual circumcision of covenant that was promised to Abraham in Gen 17:11,13b. We can now see the peculiar definition of Jew that the passage from Romans 2:29 is talking about. A Jew is someone who dwells in the land of JESUS CHRIST, the Kingdom of GOD established in the heart of man.] This strengthening of the word is the peculiar ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT. The revelation word of CHRIST must be heard through the anointing of the Spirit of Counsel, and received under the anointing of the Spirit Of Strength (or Power). The HOLY SPIRIT provides the sanctifying grace by which all this will take place. We can now see that obedience, in spiritual terms, is only seen when we are living the word. Not selectively but, in its fullness. This is the full counsel of GOD, that YAHWEH wants us to hear and abide in. This is obedience to JESUS CHRIST. Only the living word in us is a measure of true obedience. We obey the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. This is why the LORD called HIS words spirit and life. Because, they are the basis of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. [We can now see why abiding in JESUS is represented by abiding in HIS word (see John 15:7). We can now see why the law of the SPIRIT of life in 175


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CHRIST JESUS is structured around the absolute necessity of abiding in CHRIST the WORD and HIS nature of love. For love is defined only in GOD. It is received only from GOD. For love to abide, the real Presence of the FATHER, the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT must fill the temple of our being in accordance to the covenant name YAHWEH-SHAMMAH. Increasing levels of YAHWEH's presence correspond to different measures of the fullness of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS being fulfilled in us through the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT our Helper, Counsellor, and Strengthener. Now we can see the LORD'S statement in Matt 5:17-18, that HE came to fulfill and establish the law and the prophets, under a New Covenant in HIS blood (see Luke 22:20), that would establish all the laws of covenant eternally, for a new man to live by. How? By the law of the SPIRIT of life being fulfilled in the hearts of men, as a testimony of CHRIST in them. This law can only be fulfilled through the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN! The word of our testimony is the power of CHRIST living in us. According to the CHRIST WHO lives in us, by HIS word, the power of the inward anointing of the Spirit Of Strength is released through us.]

The HOLY SPIRIT The Advocate And Intercessor An advocate is someone who speaks in support of someone or something (as in a cause). An intercessor is someone who pleads someones case. These are the meanings of these words in a secular sense. But, they tell us volumes about GOD the HOLY SPIRIT, WHOSE partnership and involvement in our lives can be potentially so deep that HE is willing to plead our case. We are talking of PERSONAL involvement in our lives - every aspect of which is of interest to the ALMIGHTY. Remember the words, "FATHER, forgive them for they know not what they do." That ministry continues in us today in real tune towards the fulfillment of a daily increasing measure of the fullness of CHRIST in us. When the LORD JESUS said another Helper, HE was not making a theological pronouncement, but HE was declaring a living everyday reality of HIS ministry, EMMANUEL - GOD WITH US. The ministry gateway for the reality of YAHWEH-SHAMMAH to manifest in a growing fullness of GOD in us as the Body of the LORD JESUS CHRIST (see Eph 2:21-22). 176


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This is the r e a l m of c o r p o r a t e c o n s e c r a t i o n . It is the r e a l m of receiving the sanctifying grace of the M O S T H I G H ( Y A H W E H M ' K A D D E S H ) in o r d e r to m a n i f e s t the reality of c o r p o r a t e m i n i s t r y in one spirit in the fullness of being as the temple of the H O L Y S P I R I T . But there is more to understand. There is also a power dimension to the advocacy and intecession of GOD the HOLY SPIRIT, t h a t flows out of c o r p o r a t e consecration, that is absolutely necessary for effective ministry in a world of darkness. We battle not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the powers of darkness, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. The Advocate speaks the w o r d of C H R I S T ' S p o w e r (Heb 1:3) m a d e available to the C h u r c h in the fullness of J E S U S C H R I S T (see E p h 1:2223). HE speaks t h r o u g h us with the F i r e of H I S T r u t h . The w o r d of C H R I S T ' S p o w e r p e r m e a t e s H I S Body positionally. T h e reality of the t r i u m p h of C H R I S T at the r i g h t h a n d of the F A T H E R , keeps the spiritual reality of Y A H W E H ' s blessings (see E p h 1:3) in place. We need to m a k e t h a t w o r d manifest - in a n d t h r o u g h us. [We a r e talking of the f i r e - p o w e r o f t h e living W O R D t h a t c r e a t e d t h e u n i v e r s e , b e i n g m a n i f e s t e d in a n d t h r o u g h the C h u r c h . ] T h e Advocate, o u r Helper, takes of what is C H R I S T ' S a n d manifests the reality of this i n h e r i t a n c e within us. The w o r d is o u r i n h e r i t a n c e in C H R I S T . If we a r e of one spirit, in c o m m u n i o n in the S P I R I T of C H R I S T , we will destroy every s t r o n g h o l d of any a n d , every kind of spiritual p o w e r of d a r k n e s s . The day of big individual ministries being in the forefront of CHRIST'S ministry on earth is passing away into the background. We will begin to see die rising of the Church Triumphant on earth. A total ministry of the Body of CHRIST in the partnership of oneness. [Remember, the LORD prayed for this in John 17!] T h e fullness of the r e s u r r e c t i o n of J E S U S C H R I S T will m a n i f e s t in H I S body the C h u r c h . The fullness of G O D ' s salvation grace through Rev 15:1-5 will come to pass [before the full wrath of judgement is released (see Rev 15:6-8)]. T h e m i n i s t r y of E p h 4:10-13 is expected to build, in the fullness of the S P I R I T of C H R I S T , a C h u r c h ministry T r i u m p h a n t o p e r a t i n g in one S P I R I T a n d , built in the living w o r d of G O D , which m u s t manifest as a personal testimony of C H R I S T . This is the p a r t i c u l a r p u r p o s e of the Apostolic Ministry anointing t h a t is being released to specific individuals all over the C h u r c h . 177


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This Church will manifest the fullness of the word of CHRIST'S power in fulfillment of the FATHER'S will (see Rev 12:11; 15:2,5). We face a defeated foe whose only weapon is deception. Our weapon is faith in GOD, while the foe's weapon against us is the opposite - the deception of doubt, half truth and pride. In order to fight a running battle in a real-time mode we must be able to hear our Advocate speak HIS counsels of war against the enemy. [We cannot battle spiritual powers with head knowledge of the word. We cannot apply it in terms of "I think" but, in terms of "I hear and I obey".] We must be able to hear HIS counsels; we must take hold of HIS counsels; and, we must apply the word that is in line with the counsel received. This is the fire-power of the word, used in accordance to the counsel of the FATHER'S will, that is part of our inheritance (see Eph 1:11). This too is covenant application. This is also in the realm of YAHWEH's oath: "The LORD (YHWH) has sworn; the LORD will have war against Amalek from generation to generation." [Ex 17:16. See also Ex 17:14-15.] We must never forget that the word alive in us formulates our personal covenant in CHRIST - its boundaries. Understand that "in GOD" these boundaries are limitless. YAHWEH-NISSI is the covenant oath and guarantee of victory in the name of JESUS, at the leading of the Advocate. Another principle we must understand is that spiritual warfare is fought on the basis of the reality (by faith) of spiritual principle (of Truth or, darkness) in the creation. This is why consecration - in the water of the word, by the blood of CHRIST, in the fullness of the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT - is absolutely necessary to effective battle. These are the witnesses for effective manifestation of the testimony of CHRIST in each one of us (see 1 John 5:4-15). The inward witness of strength is directly proportional to the collective reality of the three-fold witness in each of us and ultimately in all of us.

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important. Even as the FATHER is equally important. For GOD is ONE. We are to love the ONE GOD with all our heart, soul and strength. All three PERSONS of the TRINITY equally. We cannot claim the doctrine of the revelation of the TRINITY, and then apply it selectively, at our whims and fancies. The LORD HIMSELF said that it is better that HE leave so that the disciples would receive the full ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT within themselves (see John 16:7-15; 14:16-17). If the LORD JESUS said so, why is it so many of us say otherwise. That is foolishness, because it is only through the HOLY SPIRIT that we can walk - in an "on line", real time basis - spiritually. Without the HOLY SPIRIT the mystery of the anointings - personal, corporate and ministry - won't open to us. The counsels of GOD received through the HOLY SPIRIT, through our spirit, is key to realising the wonder of true communion with YAHWEH. There is so much to look forward to. Our walk with GOD must be an experience in communion. He who has an ear, let him hear what the SPIRIT is saying to the Church - today. AMEN!

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he anointing of the Spirit Of Knowledge is the anointing by which we receive and perfect revelation knowledge. Knowledge here refers to knowledge of the Truth as received from the ALMIGHTY. We could view knowledge as the basis for all thought, intent and desire. True knowledge manifests true objective thought and intent, and true desire. True knowledge is the difference between life and death (see Hos 4:6a). In a general sense, knowledge is the basis of either living in life or, in death. For both (spiritual) life and (spiritual) death are realms that man experiences based on the knowledge base that exists within him. This knowledge base is not only reflective of man's nature but, is actually a part of his nature as well. The nature of truth that resides as knowledge. So only Truth can transform our nature by forming as true knowledge within us.

The Power Of The Blood The formation of true knowledge within us implies that only the blood enables us to receive truth. Under the New Covenant, the blood cleanses our conscience so that we can receive truth and also keep it (Heb 9:14; 10:22,26). So only the blood saves us! In fact, the blood of CHRIST radiates across space time history. Because the blood sacrifice was consecrated entirely within the GODHOOD (Heb 9:14). The manifestation was in space-time terms but, the essence, intent and purpose of the sacrifice is eternal having been predestined by the FATHER. So even the prophets of old were able to receive truth only by the power of the blood of CHRIST. That's why the Levitical priesthood was anointed with blood on the ear. The other two anointings (thumb and toe) on the priesthood showed that truth is also expressed outwardly by the power of the blood. So the blood anointing of the Levitical priesthood was not merely symbolic.


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Neither were the blood sacrifices of the Old Covenant. Only the blood enabled Adam to continue in hope (Gen 3:21,15) that the TRUTH would one day set him free. So even in the New Covenant we find that the anointing of CHRIST radiates from and through HIS blood, and the reality of the anointing within us is an inward witness (see Heb 10:19-23,26,29b; 1 John 2:20,27; 5:6-8,10a) founded in the blood, the water of the word and, the SPIRIT of CHRIST. As the NKJV and KJV in 1 John 5:7-8 testify, this witness is before the FATHER, the WORD and the HOLY SPIRIT. This is the HEART to heart covenant relationship of the New Covenant sealed in the blood. A knowing of the heart. A knowing of I AM in a blood covenant relationship.

Distinguishing Truth From Knowledge Only I AM is able to produce Truth. Only I AM is Truth. That is part of HIS name! "I AM the Truth," was what the LORD JESUS declared (see John 14:6; 17:6). Only GOD could make this statement manifest in manhood and, bring it to manifest within us so that we would be set free. There is a knowledge that manifests the reality of Truth within us. This is why the sacrifice of the LORD JESUS is no ordinary event. As we have already discussed, Truth (PERSONified in CHRIST - see Col 2:9,11) was at stake at the cross, across the dimensions of space and time into the eternal. John 1:4 gives an idea of how the Light of Truth is actually the substance of Life itself (for example, as true light or, as true life). YAHWEH actually laid HIMSELF across the line for you and me on the cross (see Heb 1:3). That was the only way that Truth could come to bear in our lives so as to set us free and enable us to live. The process and state by which truth comes to bear a tangible reality in us is what knowledge is all about. [We will discuss this when we look at the word "epignosis" later on.] The highest realm of Truth is that which is expressed in and from the PERSON of I AM. It is also the basis of Truth. A knowing of I AM. All other subordinate realms of truth are "dependent-truths" that can only find their substance in I AM. If I AM were absent, the dependent-truth would always be a "half-truth" (or, falsehood). And therefore, the dependent-truth will never stand and will pass away like the work of our hands. So the FATHER, the WORD and the HOLY SPIRIT ALONE are Truth (Ex 34:6; John 14:6; 14:16-17). 182


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And, when we receive the LORD JESUS we have the Life of Truth made available to us - in HIM. Knowledge makes this life manifest. ["In HIM was life, and the life was the light (of the truth) of men."] That's why we can live in the hope that we will be made perfect as our heavenly FATHER is perfect! The faith of understanding (Heb 11:3a) is already manifesting the knowledge of hope in increasing measures into us experientially and, love is already perfecting the truth into us experientially, in terms of an experiential knowing of GOD. So ultimately we cannot fail in CHRIST as long as we have the knowledge of hope (see 1 John 3:1-3)! This is part of the process of taking hold of Truth. The LORD JESUS said (in Matt 6:22-23) that the state of a man's spiritual eye will determine the kind of light that fills his being. [The light expresses a state of being. A knowledge described reality.] Either a man's being is filled with the light of truth or the light of darkness. The "eye" perceives and receives revelation. Each one of us chooses to focus our eye on something (either consciously or, subconsciously). And in this sense all of us are responsible for what we absorb. Both truth and darkness can therefore, be in a (spiritual) sense "revelational." And revelation is knowledge received. This is why deception can only be seen in the context of the revelation word of CHRIST. Only HE is the basis of evaluating Truth. Man does not have the intellect to evaluate Truth in himself. That is, GOD must first define a basis for truth before we can comprehend it. [Notice that even in Rev 21, the LAMB is a necessity even for the nations to receive Light (21:22-27). Why is there a necessity for the LAMB in Rev 21, in the perfection of new heavens and a new earth? The blood of the LAMB is an eternal necessity for Truth to manifest to man. We live by the blood as stated in Lev 17:11.] This is HIS word (proven and, made manifest in HIS WORD made flesh). This word is received through HIS anointing (for example Counsel and Knowledge) perfected in the TRUE MAN. The word of truth has the power to set us free (through the word of CHRIST's power, which is the power of the word revealed and perfected in us as true knowledge). Hos 4:6a declares that GOD's people perish because they lack knowledge - true knowledge that is. The next part of that verse tells us that this happened because they "rejected (true) knowledge". So Prov 1:7a declares that (true) knowledge begins with the (true) fear of the LORD. The "eye" must be opened in the fear of the LORD. The LORD 183


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uses our spirit to search our hearts so that the true light would be made available to us by HIS grace ( see Prov 20:12,20). Man is responsible for what he receives and will be judged accordingly. How and what man receives is determined by his true desire (Eph 4:24) for GOD, that is revealed by his spirit and conscience. For GOD is by nature faithful. So we once again see the existence of realms of true knowledge and apparent knowledge. Our references to knowledge in this chapter in general however, refer to true knowledge unless otherwise specified. W h a t is the real difference between t r u t h a n d knowledge? T r u t h is a totality in G O D , defined in H I S Omniscience a n d HIS m o r a l n a t u r e (Eph 4:24). [Truth is also eternal and is t h e r e f o r e also defined in H I S essential n a t u r e . The essential p a r t of T r u t h is eternal a n d immutable, and is n o n - t r a n s f e r a b l e a n d therefore, belongs to the essence of G O D ALONE.] As we have said before, T r u t h is p a r t of Y A H W E H ' s m o r a l n a t u r e . Knowledge is t r u t h received by revelation (John 3:33; Heb 10:26) a n d formed in us by our living in it (Col 1:9-11). Knowledge is the word of t r u t h that has become spirit a n d life in us. Knowledge is p a r t of the substance of o u r spirit. Knowledge is something that lives in us as spirit. And truth describes the nature of the knowledge living in us. F o r instance, knowing G O D is a state of being t h a t is alive in us - in both a conscious and sub-conscious level. It influences and determines our attitudes, o u r intentions a n d o u r expressions. Because GOD is Truth, this knowing is true [in some degree of truth]. The level of the anointing of the Spirit Of Knowledge is therefore, a reflection of true knowledge in us. This knowledge in turn determines the reality of truth in which we live. Knowledge lives in our spirit (as an anointing and when focussed into GOD, it becomes a radiant fragrance [a mix of hope, faith and love]) and, is "enhanced" to the extent that we bring ourselves under the anointing (upon) of the LORD. True knowledge can radiate into and through our soul man, especially when we are under the anointing upon. This is why when we study the bible under the anointing upon, we find that it is not only so much more meaningful but, that we are absorbing the word supernaturally; oftentimes, in ways we do not consciously understand. [However, it is possible to operate purely in the mode of the inward anointing alone, provided the barrier between soul and spirit is "bridged" in some form by the H O L Y S P I R I T o u r Advocate, W H O dwells in us. The barrier is bridged by the level of CHRIST consciousness that arises from the heart. An act of worship (in terms of worshipful thoughts for example) ignites 184


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this, and one is (usually) able to feel the anointing arise within oneself. Experientially, this may manifest as a composite of peace or calm, a confidence, an awareness, a perceptiveness, a quickening etc. It is my personal practice to pray in tongues in order to function in some measure of this realm.]

THE PROCESS OF THOUGHT AND KNOWLEDGE Under the anointing upon, we can enter a process of acquiring knowledge that is totally different to the one we are taught by in our schools and universities. [We are speaking of this realm as an addition and not as a replacement. However, this realm can develop into the major operating mode of our inner man.] This is the realm of the operation of the personal anointing that revolves around the inward anointing of the Spirit Of Knowledge. This is how this book has been written. It is a thought process of submissive "listening" to the thought flow of the HOLY SPIRIT and our spirit man in our "mindset". I use the word "mindset" to denote that this is a complex thought process involving our spirit mind and our soul mind. "Listening" is done by the soul mind going into a quiet submission. In the normal thought mode that we are used to, the soul mind functions in active authority in the pursuit and processing of information into knowledge. In the spirit mind mode, the conscious soul mind listens to the thoughts that arise from our spirit. We will discuss this process of thought below. [As we discuss the thought process, we must understand that thoughts manifest as ideas or pictures. In this book the accent will be on "idea" thoughts simply because it is natural to me. However, similar principles apply to those who think "pictorially". It is perfectly natural and normal to think "pictorially". This is how David, the shepherd turned architect, received plans for the temple in 1 Chron 28:11-12,19!]

The Realm Of Our Thoughts There are two realms to our thought process that are described in Rom 8:6 (NKJV), as the mind focussed on the spirit and the carnal mind. The Greek word used for mind is "phronema". There is a phronema of the spirit and there is a phronema of the soul; for carnality cannot arise from the spirit mind except by deliberate spiritual transgression (see 2 Cor 7:1b), while carnality can arise from the partially renewed soul mind naturally or, unconsciously.

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This thought process of our phroneraa is also reflective of the desires originating from our spirit heart or, our soul heart. [Thought involves heart and mind - the heart and mind of the spirit and soul. The mind crystallizes the myriad of ideas or pictures from deep within. Truth resident in our spirit and soul framings, influences the process of "crystallization." But this is also an area where the HOLY SPIRIT ministers to us. So there is a realm of the magnificence of YAHWEH's thoughts potentially available to us.] Based on this simple categorization of the realms of our thought process, there is potential for us to see if the Greek words for "mind" and "thought" will give us a pattern of thought application (or, thought dynamics) that refer to different elements of our thinking or phronema. In attempting to make such a distinguishement, I need to point out that my efforts are a laymans attempt at analyzing our phronema. I say layman because I have no real knowledge of Greek and am solely dependent on drawing conclusions from English translations (specifically the NASB and the NKJV) in which the translators plainly had no intention of making distinguishments of the dynamics or elements of the thought process. However, such a distinguishment of thoughts has such important implications that this analysis is written with a view of opening this realm for deeper development. [We also need to understand that meaning may not necessarily be in the Greek words per se but, in the contexts in which the words are expressed. This is a realm of biblical exposition that can be potentially explosive. But, it must be done at the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT. Because we are taking about the nuances of thought; specifically, the nuances of thought planted by the HOLY SPIRIT.] In addition, I am also influenced by what I have experienced. The HOLY SPIRIT has taken me into realms of ecstatic thoughts. So this simple analysis is not theoretical. Nonetheless, what is written here only scratches the surface. So this is really written as an invitation for theological exposition. For our theologies must expound the greatness of our GOD and HIS awesome provision for HIS children. Our theologies need to express the testimony of CHRIST in terms of an active faith expression and the four gospels give us a glimpse of this awesome potential. We need to speak conclusively and demonstratively about the new man. So that no one except a bigot will be able to deny the greatness of our GOD and HIS salvation. It is time to reverse the profound stupidity of liberal 186


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theology. Only learned men who know their GOD and allow the thoughts of their GOD to flow through them as fully yielded vessels will be able to do so. That's why this thought realm must be tapped into, explored and revealed to the Church.

The Example Of JESUS' Thoughts When we study the gospel narratives, we can see that the LORD JESUS functioned in soul and spirit thought and sense realms. [We could even say that "senses" are in fact unarticulated thoughts.] While functioning in the soul realm is considered normal behaviour, functioning in the spirit realm seems to convey with it ideas of sorcery, seances, mantras, deception, etc. Such realms of false spirituality do exist, yet as we shall discover in this insert, the LORD operated in the spiritual realm as if it were absolutely normal to do so. And, HE did this as TRUE MAN. And we need to understand that the HOLY SPIRIT led HIM into this realm and taught HIM how to operate in it. [So must we.] We shall look at some typical examples of the LORD's functioning in the spirit realm. In John 1:45-51, we see that the LORD in addition to having foreknowledge of Nathaniel as a person, tells Nathaniel that he (Nathaniel) will function in a deep realm of revelation in the spirit. Notice that Nathaniel is inclined to function in the pictorial thought realm. [And, the LORD did not think there was anything wrong with this!] Again in Mark 13:11, the LORD is effectively saying that the HOLY SPIRIT is able to speak through ordinary Christians, words of revelation and wisdom before their persecutors. The obvious question is, must we be persecuted before we experience such realms? Obviously not! And, by putting together our passages from John 1 and Mark 13, we can say that spirit thought is perfectly natural and normal to the SPIRIT born Christian, who is always preserved by the blood. [Which is why we must always keep our conscience clean by the blood by being in a state of repentance. This necessity of keeping the conscience spotless is not stressed enough. It needs to be for only the blood cleansed conscience is our protection from "deliberate" error.] In John 2:24-25 we see that the LORD operated in the word of knowledge naturally as part of HIS inward anointing. If we compare this passage with 1 Cor 13:9-12, we can see that we should be able to function in some measure in this realm depending on our level of consecration that manifests a CHRISTlikeness. After all it is CHRIST-likeness that separates spiritual 187


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childishness from spiritual maturity. Sadhu Sunder Singh functioned in deep realms of personal revelation of the LORD and the spiritual realm naturally. He actually functioned in a phenomenal (picture type) thought realm. A realm of pure and perfect thought. This statement is reflective of operating in a realm of perfect thought; it is not meant as an absolute. Can't we move in this realm of pure and perfect thought? The example of the LORD says we can! In Luke 4:1-14 and Mark 1:12-13, we see that the LORD's temptation was a spiritual experience effectively directed at the behest of GOD the HOLY SPIRIT! And we see that HE was ministered to by angels, again a spiritual experience of some significant proportions, for Luke 4:14 tells us that HE came out of the experience in the power of the SPIRIT. The battle was for the ascendancy of the spirit and soul of the MAN JESUS over all powers of evil. A battle that would be finally completed in victory at Calvary. And, the results of this victory were, amongst other things, manifested in an anointing. We need to understand that we can only crush satan with a strong spirit man in partnership with the SPIRIT of CHRIST (1 Cor 6:17). The point is, we can each crush satan experientially! We are required to do so (Eph 6:10-12). And the time is coming upon us when we will crush him as the Church. He has already been defeated. That is not theology, it is reality. We need to see and live in this reality. We also need to understand that spiritual partnership with the HOLY SPIRIT is a natural GOD-ordained process for every child of GOD. It is a deep and powerful experience that we are required to develop in eternity and that was the reason why we scanned the ministry dimensions of the HOLY SPIRIT earlier. Mark 2:6-8 and 11:2-3 show us how naturally the LORD functioned with the HOLY SPIRIT in the realm of true knowledge. If we truly believe that the LORD JESUS established the reality of TRUE MAN (as outlined in the Athanasian creed), how is it that we often refuse to practice this revelation in our daily lives. We even "theologize" the refusal! Has satan so effectively tied our majority theologies to the soul man that we are effectively paralysed in the spirit realm? So many of us are holding onto our salvation as a promise of the future, as if that is all that we can do. For a start, can't we live our salvation? That means that we can live as true man today. Is satan really powerful or, has he deceived us into soul denominated theology that is virtually devoid of spiritual power - simply because the 188


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thinking of our soul man cannot comprehend such spiritual power? Are we the children of GOD or aren't we the children of GOD? If we are, why is it we often can't act like it? Is it because we are for the most part confined to the soul realm? We derive our reality from the soul realm. We need to think with our spirit mind. We need to desire from our spirit heart. In our spirit, we will naturally live and operate in partnership with our Helper as our LORD did. Wasn't HIS life on earth an example for us to follow? Does this only apply to a part of HIS life? How many times did HE rebuke HIS disciples because they could not rise above the reality of their soul perceptions (see some examples in Matt 16:8-10,22-23; 17:15-21).

Understanding Our Thought Realm Let us now look at Heb 4:12 in the NASB, NKJV and KJV. We will reproduce this passage from the KJV because it is particularly expressive from this translation: "For the word of GOD is quick (or living), and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Putting the three translations together, we are being told that the living word is able to make (actually power) a division of soul and spirit so as to enable us to discern (or judge) the thoughts and intentions of the heart. This is what appears on the surface. But, there is more to appreciate. The living word is the quickened word of rhema (Greek) received or, the revelation word already resident in our spirit. And this word enables us to discern or, judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart in such a manner that we can judge the difference between thoughts arising from our spirit (heart and mind) and the thoughts arising from our soul (heart and mind). But there is more than mere discernment here, for this word is like a sword. Heb 4:12 actually has a complex structure. In analysing this verse, we need to first understand that the living word is rising from somewhere, where it is actually in a "living" state. This word is spirit and life (see John 6:63b) and it is arising from or, through our spirit man. It has to, for that is where the word that is spirit is. Therefore, it is word arising from and through our spirit heart and mind that is enabling the process of true discernment and true judgement within us.

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So it is the heart of the spirit that is producing the "thoughts" and the "intents" mentioned at the end of this verse. Because these thoughts and intents are actually a necessary part of the whole process of judgement and discernment. For thoughts and intents are part of any process of judgement. The power of the spirit denominated word is such that it is capable of creating a sword-like piercing effect that powers the inward thought process supernaturally. Discernment is only one of the effects. There is also a cutting through or powering effect. This is actually the realm of the HOLY SPIRIT our Advocate working the word into us and through us. We shall see some references with regards to this. We can now see the living word in our spirit as the framework for thought application, which in this specific context is in the areas of discernment (NKJV) and judgement (NASB). But there is much more. There is word that also powers the processes of thought from deep within. This is the ideal state of thought flow. Here is our first conclusion. The Greek words for "thoughts" and "intents", in the context of Heb 4:12, refer to different types of thought flowstreams arising from the word framing of our spirit heart. The Greek words are "enthumesis" and "ennoia". In the context of 1 Peter 4:1-2, where the word "ennoia" is translated (NASB) as "purpose", we can see (in context of 1 Peter) that it refers to the deep intentions (or, purposes) of the spirit person (rather than the fleshly person) who, as 1 Peter 4:1-2 points out, is able to function because CHRIST has triumphed on the cross. These intents are subjective, in the sense that they will differ in each and every one of us; and, are fundamentally immaginative. If we make the assumption that our thoughts are broadly immaginative or reasoned, we can say that our spirit denominated thoughts are in two components: "ennoia" and "enthumesis." That in the realm of our spirit consciousness, "ennoia" refers to the expressive picturetype "immaginative" thought process, while "enthumesis" refers to the "reasoned" thought process. These thought streams can function with power derived from the word construct within us. Let's just check the assumption. We shall validate the assumption through two examples that also show us that we can actually function with our spirit mind in a conscious mode or, sub-conscious spirit mode. Acts 4:8-13, gives us an example of operating in the conscious mode, while Acts 10:9-16, shows an application in the sub-conscious spirit mode. These examples also show the two different

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thought realms of reasoned thoughts and immaginative thoughts in a practical situation. The point is, the HOLY SPIRIT operates with us naturally in both (conscious and sub-conscious) modes and in both (reasoned and immaginative thought) realms. So now we have validated the assumption made in the previous paragraph. Our soul mind corresponds to two other Greek words that refer to the logical (Greek: dialogismos - Matt 15:19) and immaginative (Greek: dianoia - Matt 22:37) attributes of our soul mind. They refer to the reasonings and the immaginings of our soul mind. These are deep thoughts that are a natural part of the soul man. They are part of the soul heart. This part, is part of our fallen (or, partially renewed) man. In the context of Matt 22:37 and Heb 8:10, where dianoia is translated as mind, we see that GOD wants to renew our immaginations. So our souls are in different states of partial renewal (or, different states of "being perfected"). [Note the plurality (spirit and soul) of "minds" and "hearts" used in Heb 8:10 in the NASB.] How are these inner realms of thought - spirit and soul - tied to the conscious mind? This is key to our understanding of our thought process. The conscious mind is represented by the Greek word "nous". In the context of Rom 1:28 the word nous refers to the carnal realm. However, in the context of 1 Cor 2:16, the word nous refers to the expressive mind of CHRIST. Our nous can operate in both the carnal and spiritual realms depending on which inner realm of our thoughts is in operation. GOD has structured our conscious mind to operate with our spirit and soul in tandem or, individually. The spirit mind will express itself as the nous of CHRIST while the soul mind will express itself as the nous of carnality or some combination of partial carnality and partial spirituality depending on the state of renewal of our soul. The process of listening to our spirit involves our conscious mind. Although the conscious mind is part of our soul, we receive and grasp the thought flow in our conscious (soul) mind. [One could of course also argue that the conscious mind is part of our body.] The accuracy with which we receive is based on the level of our consecration in the LORD JESUS CHRIST as measured in terms of our revelation word-level. This is implied in Heb 4:12. The word strength of our spirit man will drive our thought processes. The word strength of our spirit man will also determine the clarity of our thoughts. Only GOD's word is true spirit and life. Only GOD's word is true food for our spirit. Only GOD's word is able to establish true spiritual strength that derives from the word of CHRIST'S power. 191


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The Implications Of The Two Thought Realms The revelation word, by which the WORD HIMSELF abides in us (see Rom 10:8,17; Eph 3:17), is the true "discriminator" between our spirit and our soul thoughts. Heb 4:12, is telling us that the word enables us to "judge" [the NKJV uses the word "discern" instead of "judge"] our thought patterns. The word "judge" is an interesting word. The verse from Hebrews, talks of judging the thoughts and intentions of the heart. How is this done in a practical sense? We have earlier said that the reference to heart in this passage is the heart of the spirit. This implies that the process of judgement arises as a spirit denominated process based on the revelation word in place. It is the internal spiritual sensing of our spirit man based on the light of the word in us that enables judgement to be made. And this is consistent with Heb 5:14. The spirit man must power the act of judgement or discernment. If the soul man is allowed to lead, then the judgement would be in the realm of the partially perfect. Here again we must remember that we are talking of the perfect in terms of a realm. The level of "perfection" in our spirit is reflected by our word based "hope, faith and love" level (1 John 3:3; 1 Tim 3:9; Phil 1:9-10; IThess 3:12-13; Eph 3:17). [So that is why our interpretation of Heb 4:12 is in this manner. For a dual judgement process involving both spirit and soul as drivers would be chaotic and contradictory. During the practical process of learning to draw on our spirit man we will actually experience such contradiction. But, this sort of chaos will diminish as our spirit is strengthened by the revelation word. That is why we must practice eating the word contemplatively. If we don't, we will not experience a strong spirit man. And, we will not be able to function in a strong (or, perfect) thought realm.] The process of judgement is a spiritual process of discernment and distinguishment that arises in our spirit. The word enables us to sense whether the thought flows in us are spirit based or soul based. How is this discerning done in practice? By pure (spiritual) instinct! [As opposed to soul instinct.] You just know, that you know, that you know! By the peace that reigns in our heart as the thought patterns develop (see Phil 4:6-9). Or, conversely the troubled or, erratic inner reaction to the soul thought flow.

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[Sometimes this can be hard to distinguish. For if the LORD wants to take one into a realm of deeper r e v e l a t i o n , the stirrings of "incompleteness" or "something more" in your spirit can be quite "troublesome." {In a personal note, I take this feeling to mean that the LORD wants me to persevere in pursuing HIS word because there is revelation HE wants me to receive. In this specific leading I have experienced a 100% success rate.} The key is to be patient. The truth will prevail. And, it will prevail in peaceful confidence and oftentimes in joyful elation. Take note of verse 11 of Col 1:9-11. It will eventually become second nature to you to function in this thought realm so don't worry about mistakes. The Teacher will take you through! Only remember that yew must be inwardly honest with the word. Also remember to always be humble. Only YAHWEH has great thoughts. Never forget this. You and I only receive great thoughts. Even the great thought patterns resident within us belong to GOD. Remember, the anointing belongs to GOD.] Sometimes the deep yearning of searching for deeper truths arise from the spirit man naturally (or, instinctively) as a "perfect prayer of the spirit man in a sensory mode". This is (I believe) the purest form of prayer in line with the principles outlined in Luke 11:9-10,13b. A perfect heart to HEART communion through the HOLY SPIRIT. The potentials in this realm of prayer and communion are limitless especially if it is driven by the perfect desire of love (agape). This is the realm the mystics tapped into. If we had a perfectly renewed soul, this realm of communion will literally explode; for if we could generate pure sensory thought from our soul man, that would be some experience, for then we would function in the fullness of our thought realm as GOD meant it to be! The spirit drawing from GOD with the soul expressing it in the framework of a perfect CHRIST-centered personality! Currently, we need spirit focussed development because it is the spirit that will produce the power for transformation. But this will not always need to be so, for we have a soul based personality that will one day function in the true image of CHRIST. That will be something else! True communion is thought and sensory in nature. There is much to learn from the HOLY SPIRIT in this area. HE ALONE is the Teacher and Moulder of the inner man. That's why the LORD (in Luke 11:9-10,13b) implied that our foremost need is to realise the reality of the HOLY SPIRIT. Only the

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HOLY SPIRIT can establish the practical reality of true man in each of us. True man can only exist in communion with GOD. GOD establishes man. GOD is our life. True living flows out of the manifested character of GOD made available to us via the inward anointing of CHRIST JESUS. But there is another dimension to this process of judgement. There is a distinction between "revelation" word living in our spirit and, "intellectual" word living in our soul that has to be addressed. These are contradictory dimensions of the word in us. [Contradictory in terms of completeness or fullness of Truth.] Must these dimensions be addressed? Yes, because all of us have some level of contradiction in the word framing of our inner man. There are opposing realities of the word within us. Sometimes even false dimensions of the word. This contradiction arises from the soul and spirit dimensions of the word in us. Essentially this will involve a contemplative battle within ourselves as we replace soul denominated learning with spirit denominated learning (by receiving). The word "replace" is used because this is what happens as we begin to confess and meditate and ultimately contemplate on the word. The stronger spirit man will dominate by the word of CHRIST'S power. Why is this important? Because revelation word will give rise to one type of thought process, while intellectual word will give rise to another process. The relative strengths of both types depends on the relative levels of revelation, which is pure impartation by the LORD; versus intellectual learning, which is purely soul based: IQ, education level, bias of soul mind - logical or immaginative, culture, pride of self level, self esteem level etc. Revelation word is based on WHO "I AM WHO I AM" is to us. Soul based intellectual learning is based on "i am who i am". One type puts knowing GOD and HIS principles as the foundations and fulfillment of life. The other puts what it understands and perceives, as the foundations and fulfillment of life. One operates in the submissive light of Truth (where Truth is an attribute that exists only in GOD), while the other operates in the self-denominated light of darkness. Does this shock you? In Isa 66:2, the LORD didn't say tremble at MY word as a theological nicety, HE meant it as the only basis of true life in HIS deep Presence - the secret place of the MOST HIGH.

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The Thought Realm In Practice How we act, how we minister etc., depends on what sort of knowledge base we operate on or, what sort of inward anointing we operate on. When we operate on revelation knowledge we will think and act differently from when we are functioning with the soul intellect. For instance, 1 Cor 13:7, which speaks of love (or, "agape") bearing, believing, hoping and enduring all things, would be an absolutely impractical proposition to the intellectual mind. And, if practiced with the intellectual mind, assuming it is possible, then it would lead to disappointment (even disillusionment) in short order. To be able to live this, would require the spirit mind of GOD-fearing faith, that GOD is able to accomplish all things for the good of HIS people. Ever wonder why some people think that living by faith is absurd! Nonetheless, many do live by faith. Yes they have their crises but, ten years later they are still living by faith and their face is alive with the knowledge of GOD. Yes some fail, but many succeed. Ever wonder how the gospel has consistently penetrated the greatest persecutions in spite of the "impossiblity" of doing so. All this has always happened because someone was able to see possibility (spiritually) in the (intellectual) impossibility. The difference has always been the spiritual knowledge base of individuals. Similarly, some feel that the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST needs to be "adjusted" and made more practical in order to meet the "needs" and "pressures" of modern society. When we examine most of such propositions, we will see the dilution of principles as being the hidden essence of the so-called adjustment process. That's like telling the LORD that while what He said had its merits it would never work in a Church faced with the "challenges" of modern (intellectual) living. That is logical to the soul man but, it is nonsense to the spirit man. In some places, Sunday sermons have become "contemporary" - virtually devoid of all spiritual content. To persist in this is blasphemy. To the spirit mind, 1 Cor 13:7 would be the perfect logic of faith in GOD, that HE is able to do all things. Obviously, we all operate with different mixes of soul and spirit thought levels. And each thought realm operates differently, depending on whether we are focussed on GOD or not, at that specific point of time.

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Thought submission enables our soul mind to receive the thought expressions that are flowing through our spirit mind. But, submission can only come through revelation word. Why? Because, revelation word will naturally place GOD on the throne. This is the true life giving necessity of the "word of faith" (Rom 10:8) that matures into the "word of CHRIST" (Rom 10:17). Pure thought flow from YAHWEH, can only manifest in perfection into our conscious soul mind when we tremble at the word of GOD (Isa 66:1-2). [This is when we will be able to operate perfectly (and purely) on the basis of the inward anointing alone. This is when the gift of speaking in tongues becomes irrelevant. Nonetheless there will still remain a realm of heavenly language(s) for perfect communion with the ALMIGHTY.] To tremble at GOD's word, we have learned, is an attribute of the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. Simply put, pure thought is a spiritual substance that flows from Y A H W E H ' s Omniscience, through HIS attributes of Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding. Pure thought (see Isa 55:8-9) is received under the operation of the anointing upon (see 2 Chron 7:15; Ex 25:22), into the inward anointings of the Spirit Of Knowledge, the Spirit Of Understanding and, the Spirit Of Wisdom. The extent (or, efficiency) of "reception" is in accordance to the level of the inward anointing that is already in place and, our free will response to the anointing upon at that specific point in time. How do we submit? With our heart of true desire for GOD and HIS purposes (see Deut 30:6,8). It is only if we have [by receiving] a true desire for GOD and HIS purposes that submission will become a practical proposition and a practical reality. This is the realm of operating under the anointing of the Spirit Of Wisdom (see the principle illustrated in Ex 36:1-2; 1 Kgs 3:9-12). Can satan impact our spiritual thought process? Yes, depending on whether we are operating in the Outer Court, Holy Place or, Holy Of Holies. Satan cannot touch us in the Holy Place and the Holy Of Holies. In the Holy Place it is our soul impact that can result in potential error. Typically, this arises from being afraid and from an unwillingness to surrender our "sovereignty" [immagined or otherwise!] over our lives.

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since our soul mind is still only partially renewed. Amazingly, we take this as "normal". But, when a word called "spirit" is mentioned, all kinds of alarm bells of fear sound. We need to digest what Rom 8:37-39 is telling us and stop giving satan sovereign rulership of our lives in so many areas by default. Who operates the realm of fear (see 2 Tim 1:7 - in the NKJV or KJV)? Note that the mind of the spirit (Eph 4:23-24) is meant to operate in love, power and with soundness. The mind of the spirit operates in reverence to GOD not in fright. So we can tell which part of our inward being is operating by the manifested "atmosphere" within ourselves.] What do the spiritual positions of the Outer Court, Holy Place and Holy Of Holies mean in practical terms? The extent to which our heart is tuned to the Presence of GOD and HIS word. Understand that we can instantly (at will) tune our hearts to GOD in the Holy Place if we are GOD fearing in our daily living. We will however have to prepare ourselves to enter the Holy Of Holies. The typical modes of doing this have been illustrated under the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS, i.e., worship, prayer and contemplation that blossom into communion. Understand that the Ark Of The Covenant (which is our spirit man) is in the Holy Of Holies, right below the Mercy Seat (see Ex 25:21-22; 1 Cor 6:17,19). The tablets of covenant - which is our spirit heart - is in the Ark of our spirit that is below the Mercy Seat (2 Cor 3:3,5-6, 17-18). [Immagine what the potentials are when our soul heart is brought into the Holy Of Holies? This is the true manifestation of the realm of perfection that the LORD commanded as necessary in Matt 5:48. This will really be something else!] What determines our entry? GOD fearing faith (2 Cor 4:6-7; 7:1). Tongues can release this faith (Jude 20). [The stressing on tongues is purely because it is easy. One could worship deeply and under the anointing upon do the same thing. But it is harder for most people. Tongues enable access to the spirit man instantly. To move in true spirit worship (without the use of tongues) requires far more effort in terms of bringing the soul functions in submission to the spirit man. That is, a high level of development in terms of the fruits of the HOLY SPIRIT where self-control is the "final" attribute of the soul man. Understand that the fruits of the HOLY SPIRIT are manifested from the soul. The level of manifestation reveals the extent of true renewal within.] Is it possible to operate in the spirit thought realm purely under the inward anointing? Yes! but presently, this is a somewhat limiting experience,

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because our inward anointings are largely in a "baby or, child stage" of development. Under the anointing upon, this is an expansive and stimulating thought experience. Under the anointing upon the personal anointing is positionally available in all its fullness. However, our free will, will determine the extent of the union between the two anointings. The union is facilitated by our attitude of worship. [This too is an attribute of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. Imagine how powerful the realm in which we operate be, when we truly tremble at GOD's word and delight in the fear of GOD.] The anointing upon happens when we are either in the Holy Place or, the Holy Of Holies. The extent of the anointings will defer, but in principle, the Holy Place is called the tent of meeting. We meet GOD ("hear" and/ or "see" HIM and HIS message) whenever the anointing upon is functioning. Conversely, when we sink into the reality of GOD, at any time (say when we are going for a walk!), for the duration when we are conscious of HIM and the wonder of HIM, we are actively operating in the Holy Place. On rare occasions, we can also experience the manifestation of "being" in the Holy Of Holies. That's HIS grace! Are you excited? I am! The Holy Place and the Holy Of Holies are as far as our heart is from GOD. We can actually live in the Holy Place all of the time!

Entering The Realm Of True Spiritual Thought Take this in slowly. Read Deut 29:29; Deut 30:11-15; and, Deut 30:6,8 carefully. Read Deut 30:8 again from the NKJV. Understand the deep message of communion that we can receive. The first reference from Deut 29:29 tells us that the purpose of revelation knowledge is to observe (i.e., receive and practice) the "words of this law". Under the New Covenant, the "words" must be spirit and life (John 6:63). And the law, is the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. This law of the HOLY SPIRIT of life, which is only in CHRIST JESUS, is a law of the word that must always be spirit and life to the children of GOD. We need to observe the words of this law. How? Deut 6:6-9 tells us exactly how. [Notice that this passage has all the ingredients of word contemplation: (i) It involves the heart (vs 6); (ii) It must be all encompassing in terms of a life style (vs 7); (iii) It must consume our thoughts and our actions (vs 8); (iv) It must form the basis of all that is received inwardly into the house of our being. AH of these must ascend into Deut 6:5. This is when contemplation 198


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opens into communion. This is the realm the mystics tapped into - loving GOD for HIMSELF. The point is we too can enter into some level of this realm.] We can only observe spiritual laws through the revelation word in our heart. Any other way of fulfilling spiritual laws would be impossible. This is the essential purpose of the anointing of the Spirit Of Knowledge, to enable man to change supernaturally based on the knowledge based reality of actually being a new creation. Revelation knowledge is personal-to-holder. More importantly, it is forever. It is a continuous process of in building the eternal word into us. The temple is constructed in the word, and is based on the (spiritual) laws of GOD. The LORD JESUS HIMSELF declared that it is easier for the heavens and the earth to pass away than for one stroke of one letter of the law to fail (Luke 16:17). Revelation word is our personal union with GOD the WORD - Our WAY, Our TRUTH, Our LIFE. The extent of the union is mirrored by the extent of the word in us (John 14:21). It is a blood union of love - agape love (John 14:23) described by the word. A living love that is the essence of the law of the SPIRIT, fulfilled in CHRIST. And this love based on the word is to be established in HIS body the Church - as the fulfillment of the law (Matt 5:17-18). Deut 30:11-15, tells that all of our covenant inheritance in the word has been given to us in such a manner as not to be too difficult to us or, too far away from us. It is only as difficult and, as far as our heart is from GOD. A heart that expresses itself in hope, faith and love will be in GOD. The mouth that confesses the word gives an articulated credence to an inward belief. But the ultimate purpose is for the expression of true desire which will give birth to revelation word that will be part of the substance of our being forever. True desire is the door way to deep contemplation. It is through the reality of revelation knowledge that Deut 30:6,8 would become a living reality in the New Covenant. As we have pointed out before, circumcision of the heart is by the HOLY SPIRIT (Rom 2:29). The HOLY SPIRIT circumcises by the instrument of the word of CHRIST (see Rom 10:17). The circumcised heart, hears the voice of YAHWEH and, it is able to obey because it desires to obey. Now we can read Deut 30:16-20 with expectancy. We live in the Kingdom Of GOD, under the KINGship of the LORD JESUS CHRIST today and forevermore (see Isa 9:6-7,2-4). AMEN! Notice that the passage from Deut 30:16-20, deals with the theme of being able to live in GOD's 199


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way by taking hold of GOD given opportunities. The anointing of the Spirit Of Knowledge, is critical in defining the true reality of the inward man. When we look at hope, faith and love we must realise that these "propellants" of our spiritual state are reflective of the inward reality by which we live. Revelation knowledge, defines the inward reality, and is the essential ingredient in the growth of hope, faith and love. The light of Truth keeps us in GOD's pathways. It enlightens our inner man and gives us an appreciation of GOD's reality. The light of truth manifests knowledge that enables us to see and takehold of GOD's opportunities. There is need in each of our lives for the active pursuit of revelation knowledge. For knowledge enables growth opportunities to be taken advantage of at all times. We need to have faith enough to see knowledge as a spiritual pursuit. Revelation knowledge naturally broadens our perspectives. The LORD JESUS "saw" things and did things like no human being before HIM ever did simply because HE tapped the laws of the spirit realm naturally. Every law that HE tapped into was based on the sovereignty of GOD HIS FATHER. He practiced simple principles repeatedly and the power of GOD accompanied all that HE did naturally. The knowledge of these principles, perfected in practice, enabled HIM to move powerfully. We shall look at some of these principles. Please remember that we are looking at these principles with the spirit mind, not the soul mind. Revelation knowledge is not a soul mind activity, it is a spirit mind activity. However, revelation knowledge is meant to flow into the soul mind and heart and produce change through revelation. The true light of knowledge enables us to see specific opportunities. It enables us to discern GOD's leading and direction. True knowledge enables us to be more sensitive to GOD's plans in our lives. It enables us to discern how HE wants us to develop spiritually. The counsels of GOD must mature into a knowledge base that drives our life style. A vision of our purpose in CHRIST must be birthed and nurtured.

THE PRACTICE OF KNOWLEDGE Matt 13, begins with the parable of the sower. "Behold, the sower went out to sow." The sower went out with the express purpose of sowing seed good seed. We are going to look at this parable in the light that the seed was the seed of the true knowledge of the word. Verse 4 tells us that he sowed the good seed. The seed that he sowed fell in a diversity of places. The 200


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sower was responsible for the seed, that it was good seed, with good potential to even bear fruit a hundred-fold. [In mathematical terms, this is actually an exponential growth in hundred fold measures since the base is continuously changing in real time and the potential for hundredfold growth remains undiminished on the base that is in place in real time. This is limitless growth. There is no worldly reality that is even able to begin to resemble this potential of spiritual growth in GOD's grace that has been made available to us. Imagine that one day we will actually enter such a realm of growth. The MANHOOD of JESUS CHRIST was established in these terms as illustrated by Luke 2:40,45-52. Dan 1:20 gives us another perspective.] In our parable the results were mixed, not because the seed was bad; not because the intents of the sower were bad; but, because the seed was not received and nurtured in the way it was required to be nurtured so that it could bear the potential it was capable of.

The Right Exercise Of Faith • In GOD The seed first fell beside the road. And the birds of the air came and ate them. The LORD said (verse 19) this first category did not understand the word. The prince of the power of the air was able to snatch the seed - from their heart - because they were blinded. They could not see and more importantly, neither did they bother to see. It did not bother them that the seed was stolen or not. They did not value the seed. Understanding is a spiritual attribute of faith (see Heb 11:3a). Faith makes certain assumptions. For instance, assumptions of WHO GOD is or, isn't. Every human being objectively makes these assumptions, carelessly or carefully. Some create an image of god that they can manipulate and handle according to their convenience. They create the god whom they serve or, more appropriately the god who apparently serves their wants. Others choose to make god relevant along certain lines. Sometimes this even applies to those who profess to "worship" the living GOD. Yet others will wait in awe upon GOD, knowing that GOD would know things that they would know nothing about. Faith can be exercised towards GOD or away from HIM. When exercised towards GOD, it can be limiting or expansive - intellectually! [Understand that our spirit man (too) has an intellect. The attributes of the anointing relating to Knowledge, Understanding, Wisdom and Counsel, all have dimensions of the intellect of the spirit man inherent in them.] Again it is a 201


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matter of making a free faith choice. The type of faith choice determines the knowledge that is absorbed. True knowledge, false knowledge or some combination thereof; or, a high level or low level of true knowledge etc., the combinations are endless. But, they are all based on faith. We can study the bible with faith in G O D , in t e r m s of a submissive faith level that worships H I M intellectually or, we can a t t e m p t to " e v a l u a t e " H I M according to o u r (faith in our) understanding. The knowledge bases that result f r o m both these faith mind f r a m e s will be substantially different. The point is this, the anointing of the Spirit Of Knowledge has the express purpose of introducing us to pure and perfect knowledge. As the book of Proverbs (1:7a) says, the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Without the fear of the LORD, pure and true knowledge would be an impossibility.

A Pliable Heart The seed that fell in the rocky places (vs 5-6) was unable to take root because of the lack of depth in the soil. This is the soil of the heart. Verse 21, tells us that without depth in ourselves or, depth in our hearts it would be imposssible for the word to take root and remain. A hard heart cannot find depth for it is not pliable. Why is it that the word is planted in the heart rather than in the mind? Simply because it is the heart that supplies desire (or, passion) and purpose to the word received. G O D supplies the word, we decide what to do with it. The unpliabie heart will keep the word at the surface, it will not allow the word to sink in and find root. It will not meditate and contemplate on the word. It will not allow the word to influence the thinking. And anything that does not take root in the thoughts a n d intentions of m a n has no impact on him. The book of P r o v e r b s (19:21) cautions us that while m a n y are the plans of m a n ' s heart, only the counsel of the L O R D will stand. The anointing of the Spirit Of Knowledge has the specific purpose of giving fulfillment to m a n by creating an i n w a r d reality t h a t is reflective of the eternal r a t h e r t h a n the transitory.

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external senses. It is a battle between the soul and spirit senses. It is a battle between two kinds of faith. A faith in GOD versus a faith in the reality of what we see and perceive with our intellectual (soul) mind. What determines our inward reality? What we truly believe is real is what shapes our inward reality. Prov 24:4, tells us that by (true) knowledge the rooms of the house of our life are filled with all precious and pleasant riches (see Col 2:2-3; Jer 9:23-24). The inward reality fills the house of our being, the Temple Of YAHWEH-SHAMMAH, with true riches. The Psalmist declares, "Forever, O LORD, THY word is settled in heaven." There is an inward reality that is "forever" that is available to the pliable heart of true humility before GOD. In the final analysis, we see that we are faced with the necessity of making choices in the pursuit of knowledge. True knowledge can only function when we are able to see its reality. This reality needs to be pursued, and this is the key warning of JESUS' parable to those who are choked with the cares of the world. The worry of the world and deceitfulness of riches choke the word and it becomes unfruitful. However, it happens by deliberate personal choice.

Bearing The Fruit Of True Knowledge Finally the LORD talks about the word that bears fruit (13:8,23). There are different measures of bearing fruit. To bear fruit requires hearing and understanding. But, there is something more. The word has to be practiced in order to bear fruit. Unpracticed word is worthless simply because it is not perfected in us. It is the perfected word that bears fruit because it actually becomes spirit and life in us. It is part of the substance of our being. Matt 13:16 tells us that we are fortunate that we have eyes that see and ears that hear. We can all bear fruit a hundredfold. Because it is GOD's purpose that we all bear fruit in abundance (see John 15:1 -2,7-8). The key is to ask according to the word that abides in us. The laws of abiding define the degree to which we can bear fruit. The word defines the purposes of GOD, and the word enables us (through the ministry of our Helper) to work towards the manifestation of pure motives in all of our pursuits.

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to desire to know GOD. True knowldege derives from the PERSON of GOD. Only HE can make it available. It is a product of HIS grace. It cannot be earned. And, neither is it a product of the human intellect. It is an impartation of revelation by the FATHER through the HOLY SPIRIT. It begins with discovering "I AM THE WAY. THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE." The discovery of the L O R D J E S U S is the beginning of true knowledge because if we do not see H I M we will never see ourselves. Only the T R U E M A N can develop and reveal our t r u e m a n . The principle purpose of t r u e knowledge is f o r us to discover o u r G O D a n d ourselves. Then we will have purpose a n d direction. T r u e knowledge defines a true reality while a false knowledge will define a transitory reality. What is transitory will by definition pass away. All of h u m a n endeavour that is not of G O D will pass away simply because it cannot be sustained in its totality. As a total system. We can get carried away by discrete achievements in technology but, we will ultimately be faced with the use man will put it to. Useless products that tie up scarce resources are as much an abomination as drugs or guns. A market mechanism that manipulates resources for the benefit of those who are able to exercise leverage on the basis of power (in greed and injustice) is not going to bring salvation to anyone - even the one who thinks he has power (Luke 12:15-21)! True efficiency and productivity are spiritual characteristics of the spirit man not the creation of economics, strategic planning or. state of the art manufacturing management. For work to go back to its spiritual form and function requires the defining of meaningful work that does not demean the human soul. That is virtually an impossibility in todays global economic environment. But, in CHRIST the reality will miraculously change. [Brother Lawrence, a 17th century R o m a n Catholic monk, discovered the ecstacy of G O D ' s Presence d u r i n g 15 years of kitchen work in his monastery which he says he a c t u a l l y despised! G O D t u r n e d the j o b into a privileged position!] When CHRIST leads us into secular positions, there will always be avenues for meaningful work because we work for HIM. Why? Because, the real rewards come from HIM. True satisfaction is fundamentally and essentially spiritual. [Please d o n ' t get the idea that we are spiritualising e v e r y t h i n g . We need to u n d e r s t a n d t h a t all things s p i r i t u a l flow naturally into the realms of the soul. T h a t ' s how we were designed to function. We receive f r o m G O D through the spirit m a n . We express all of G O D ' s wonder in us t h r o u g h our soul functions.]

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As Christians we are required to make a difference in which ever environment we are associated with. That is our mandate. We are required to be the vessels through which the Testimony of CHRIST will manifest. We are required to prosper our business within a moral and ethical framework, with the intents and attitudes expressed in our work being a living worship of the reality of our GOD. When led by CHRIST we will always prosper provided, we do not contravene HIS laws of prosperity (Luke 12:15,21; 6:27-38; 6:46-49; 2 Cor 9:6-12). [Prosperity is not a dirty word, provided prosperity does not possess us. Actually, there are two realms of prosperity, one in the natural and one in the spiritual. The LORD JESUS operated in spiritual prosperity - HE was (and is) able to give fully to all who were (are) in spiritual want while being fully sufficient in the natural. If natural prosperity is sown into spiritual dimensions it will bear dividends in eternity. Every Christian lives on earth to build the Kingdom of GOD. Finances are integral to this process. GOD does anoint HIS people to provide the finances for HIS Kingdom. What is your part in Kingdom building?] True knowledge enables us to rise above the mediocrity of the world we live in. It enables us to draw from the inexhaustible resource base of YAHWEH's grace. That's why the anointing of the Spirit Of Knowledge is important. For true knowledge covers all forms of knowledge that derive from GOD. [All of the natural and applied sciences, and (even) the social sciences, fall into this category simply because they ultimately function on natural and spiritual laws designed by GOD - whether man acknowledges it or not.] Nonetheless, for true knowledge to operate YAHWEH must be firmly on the throne of our hearts. That prerequisite is the control mechanism for operating in all realms of true knowledge. The potentials are limitless. We can make a difference. And we do not have to impress, because what we operate in, comes supernaturally, not by competition. And our SOURCE is inexhaustible. The inspiration is endless. The only constraint is, do you and I believe that GOD is willing to be partner with us in all of our life? [If Brother Lawrence could discover GOD while in the cooking, dish washing and floor scrubbing business, where exactly have the rest of us missed out? What Brother Lawrence discovered some 300+ years ago is the realm of the fulfillment of the law of the SPIRIT of CHRIST. He discovered the practice of the oath of covenant that led to the discovery of YAHWEH-SHAMMAH.]

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Biblical Dimensions Of True Knowledge True knowledge is represented by the Greek word "epignosis", meaning a full and true knowledge. The depth of meaning of this word is seen in its application in Eph 1:17, "That the GOD of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, the FATHER of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge (epignosis) of HIM ...." [In the context of Eph 1:3-4, take some time and absorb what GOD has given us. This understanding is entry into the limitless.] A similar depth is revealed in Eph 4:13, "Until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge (epignosis) of the SON of MAN, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of CHRIST ..." The NASB uses the word "true knowledge" as an alternate translation of the word "epignosis" in this context. [Notice that this passage is talking of maturity in the true knowledge of the fullness of CHRIST. This too is given. This too is limitless.] A third application that reveals the depth of this word is found in Phil 1:9-11 where reference is being made to the true knowledge of love, that arises through the true knowledge of CHRIST. This true knowledge is seen clearly in our two applications listed earlier. "And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge (epignosis) and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of CHRIST; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through JESUS CHRIST, to the glory and praise of GOD." Note that the phrase real knowledge is used to translate the Greek word "epignosis". [Notice that we are talking of true knowledge giving a realisation of excellence through CHRIST JESUS, born of HIS love in us. This too is limitless.] We see that the true knowledge of CHRIST radiates into all aspects of our spiritual maturity. In fact without the true knowledge of CHRIST, it would be superfluous to talk of any spiritual maturity; even to talk of any realisation of the divine nature. And, there is more! Col 1:9, talks about our being "filled with the knowledge (epignosis) of HIS will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you (we) may walk in a manner worthy of the LORD, to please HIM in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge (epignosis) of GOD; strengthened with all power, according to HIS glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience ...." 206


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In this passage we are given another glimpse of this dimension called true knowledge that we are talking about. Here we are talking about being filled (as in a state of being) with the true knowledge of HIS will by being given the full counsel of the LORD. The passage also talks about operating in these dimensions of true knowledge and thereby coming into a realm of an experiential knowledge of YAHWEH HIMSELF. This is the ultimate limitlessness of true knowledge! And, never forget that it is only realized by "action". Believe it, it is no small privilege being a son or daughter of the MOST HIGH GOD. AMEN! Here again we are merely taking glimpses of what YAHWEH is inviting us to be experiential partakers of. Can you see the power of true knowledge that flows out of knowing CHRIST? And this is the final point that we need to understand about epignosis (from Col 3:10): "Put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge (epignosis) according to the image of the ONE WHO created him." True knowledge is an objective pursuit of CHRIST. True knowledge gives true focus in the pursuit of the inward anointing - a CHRIST likeness. All of the inward anointing is focussed in being fully CHRISTlike. True knowledge is realized in the reality of our CHRIST-likeness. True knowledge results in a new self in the perfect image of CHRIST, not in terms of some nice sounding theological nicety but, in an objective pursuit of a superior (actually, perfect) state of being, in the image of CHRIST, called the true man. If we put together the passages from the four gospels of the time immediately before the trial through the crucifixion of the LORD, we see that all that the LORD worked for during HIS ministry came to an absolute zero in the physical realm of human rationality during this period. There was absolutely nothing left, only a broken hearted handful at the cross. Yet if we study the content of all that CHRIST taught and established (ultimately, on the cross) during this period, we see that HIS teachings during this period rose to a new standard of perfect knowledge born of pure "hope, faith and love" in the FATHER and, the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT (see John 14-16). A purity driven by a perfect love in the unity of ONE SPIRIT. John 17, expresses a new creative reality that would be born of victory (by hope, faith, and love) at the cross. This prayer in John 17 was the pure expression of all of CHRIST'S teachings and laws. Notice that it is expressed fully towards GOD the FATHER through the inspiration of GOD the HOLY SPIRIT. Notice 207


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t h a t the p r a y e r is fully d e s c r i b e d by the W O R D . This p r a y e r is t r u e k n o w l e d g e expressed. A k n o w l e d g e entirely in opposition to the physical r e a l i t y of w h a t w a s seen in t h e n a t u r a l r e a l m . The victory of the resurrection was birthed in this prayer. T h e F A T H E R released r e s u r r e c t i o n p o w e r because HE had to in the m o s t objective sense of H I S R i g h t e o u s Justice. T h e p r a y e r of faith in J o h n 17, was p e r f e c t e d by the testimony of the " d e a t h " o n the cross i n the p e r f e c t w o r d s : " F A T H E R , into T H Y h a n d s I c o m m i t MY S P I R I T " (see Luke 23:46). The relationship in the T R I N I T Y r e m a i n e d fully secured in p e r f e c t i o n t h r o u g h the e x p e r i e n c e of the cross. G O D ' s love, righteousness, f a i t h f u l n e s s a n d holiness, h a d t r i u m p h e d over evil. T h e M A N h o o d was b r o u g h t into the G O D H O O D . A new " s o n s h i p " was fully established i n the n a t u r e o f the M O S T H I G H . P e r f e c t i o n was m a t u r e d i n the fullness of the a n o i n t i n g of C H R I S T . This released r e s u r r e c t i o n p o w e r . F o r the p o w e r of G O D was fully s u b j e c t to H I S c r e a t i v e iove at the cross. Love released the power for a new creative. For the r e s u r r e c t i o n p o w e r released a t C H R I S T ' S r e s u r r e c t i o n was f o r the c r e a t i o n of a new r a c e of m a n . Blessed b e o u r L O R D a n d S A V I O U R o u r L O R D J E S U S C H R I S T our LIFE and our ALL-IN-ALL. AMEN! A new man could now be born in accordance to the prayer of faith in love. As you read this passage (in John 17) note the comments in brackets: " A n d the glory ( Y O U R will, Y O U R p u r p o s e , Y O U R n a t u r e ) which T H O U hast given M E I have given t o t h e m ( t h r o u g h the H O L Y S P I R I T ) ; t h a t they m a y b e one, j u s t a s W E a r e O N E ; I i n t h e m , T H O U i n M E , t h a t they m a y be p e r f e c t e d in unity (of a n d by the H O L Y S P I R I T ) . . . . a n d I have m a d e T H Y n a m e k n o w n to t h e m (by MY completed m i n i s t r y orÂŤ the cross), a n d will m a k e it k n o w n ( t h r o u g h the m i n i s t r y of the H O L Y S P I R I T - by revelation); t h a t t h e love w h e r e w i t h T H O U d i d s t love M E m a y b e i n t h e m ( t h r o u g h O U R S P I R I T being m a n i f e s t e d t h r o u g h a n i n w a r d a n o i n t i n g of the f e a r of G O D ) , a n d I in them, ( t h r o u g h the s u b s t a n c e or, flesh of MY W O R D ) . " [The L O R D ' S s t a t e m e n t of the F A T H E R a n d the SON being O N E is a u n i t y i n O N E S P I R I T m a n d a t e d b y the F A T H E R , g o v e r n e d b y the W O R D a n d established b y the H O L Y S P I R I T . W h y established b y the H O L Y S P I R I T ? Because the m a n i f e s t e d d y n a m i c s of existence is the d o m a i n o f G O D the H O L Y S P I R I T . H E establishes o r m a n i f e s t s (in a n e t e r n a l sense as opposed to a time d e n o m i n a t e d sense) the reality t h a t

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GOD is SPIRIT. That's why blasphemy against the HOLY SPIRIT cannot be forgiven for it is an assault on existence in the nature of the GODHEAD and is an assault into the essence of YAHWEH and is a manifestation of pure evil - the evil that has the sole intent of destroying everything. {Strong words. Think about it. Where will blasphemy ultimately lead to if allowed to exist?} The union of ONENESS is a spiritual union of essential love in holiness, that is why the SPIRIT of GOD is called the HOLY SPIRIT. Similarly, in Rev 21, we are told that the FATHER and the SON make their dwelling with man but this dwelling is brought into existence by the unity of spirit established by the HOLY SPIRIT in answer to the prayer of the LORD JESUS in John 17, which is in perfect accordance to the predestined will of the FATHER. The HOLY SPIRIT manifests the unity into existence. HE is the "DOER" of the TRINITY. HE manifests the ONENESS of the GODHEAD. That's why HE was sent to manifest through HIS ministry the unity of one spirit in the body of CHRIST (the 'koinonia' of union). This will enable the body of CHRIST to be united to CHRIST in the marriage supper of the LAMB. Truly this marriage will be a union and the two shall be one to the glory of YAHWEH. {That is not to say that man will become GOD. The oneness is relational rather than absolute.}] We can now "see" what level of true knowledge the LORD manifested when all was crumbling around HIM. HIS reality was absolutely in opposition to the "facts". HIS thought realm was eternal. It is time for us to think like this. All this comes only by revelation from YAHWEH.

True Knowledge • A Testimony We have glimpsed at the limitlessness of true knowledge. Now let's look at it in terms of application. And we see this best through the impact of CHRIST in Peter's life. In 2 Peter 1:1-14, Peter summarizes what he has learned from his LORD in the deepest sense. What he has learned revolves around this amazing Greek word "epignosis" or, true knowledge. At the end of HIS ministry in Luke 22:31-34, we see the LORD address Peter about the time of testing that would come over him. The LORD speaks of HIS interceding for Peter, so that he would triumph and be able to assume his true position amongst the disciples. We then see Peter betray his MASTER and Friend (Luke 22:61-62).

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In John 21:7-19, we see the MASTER put together the beginnings of life in Peter. In Acts 2-5 and 9:32-12:17, we see the power of the SPIRIT explode over and in Peter. Then in Gal 2:11-14, we see controversy once more surrounding Peter's life, as Paul rebukes him for condoning practices pertaining to Jewish law that were not of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. But, Peter's final testimony of "epignosis" in 2 Peter 1:1-14 tells us volumes of what was finally in the man HIS LORD perfected. In the passage from 2 Peter we not only see a summary of one of the deepest teachings in the bible but, we are also seeing a testimony of our LORD JESUS that was established in the apostle Peter's life. In verse 1, Peter speaks of receiving a faith by the righteousness of our GOD and Saviour JESUS CHRIST. Heb 12:2, talks of the LORD JESUS being the Author and Finisher (KJV) of our faith. Peter identifies this faith as being the righteousness of the LORD HIMSELF. Faith is the establishment of the righteousness of CHRIST in us. This righteousness is an attribute of GOD HIMSELF. Peter is saying that all that he has become, his reality of faith, is entirely a result of the righteousness of his LORD. Peter has become the righteous expression of the LORD WHO indwells him (see Eph 3:17). The righteousness that has become the substance of his being is the basis of his faith. So while faith is reckoned as righteousness or, as righteous expression, we need to understand that righteousness established through the substance of the word of righteousness (see reference to this phrase in Heb 5:13), will also establish a faith reality in us. The righteousness of the LORD is received through HIS word manifested in us as spirit and life. The fullness of both righteousness and faith in us, is the revelation of CHRIST through the true and full knowledge of HIS word. Where the word "full," refers to the word "fullness," that has been perfected in us. In the final analysis the word must be lived. Righteousness is an expression - a practical expression. So in verse 2, it is no surprise that Peter talks of grace and peace being multiplied to us through the knowledge (epignosis) of GOD and of JESUS our LORD. Faith enables us to draw on grace. [The principle is illustrated in Eph 2:8.] Peace is the realisation of a true relationship with GOD. [The covenant name YAHWEH-SHALOM translates to "I AM WHO I AM Your Peace". That is a realisation born out of true knowledge of YAHWEH; a realisation promised in covenant in Jer 31:31,34.] In a practical sense, 210


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peace guards us in the true knowledge of YAHWEH (see the principle illustrated in Phil 4:7). Verse 3, tells us that "epignosis" or, true and full (that is, in growing measures of fullness) knowledge of the LORD JESUS enables us to draw from HIS divine power, in which HE has granted us everything pertaining to life and godliness. This power released to us through the inward anointing of the Spirit Of Strength will be the subject of Chapter 12. Paul calls this power, resurrection power (see Phil 3:10; Eph 1:19-20). [Note that in Phil 3:10 too we see that resurrection power flows from "knowing" the LORD JESUS CHRIST.] Verse 4, takes us into the realm of YAHWEH's moral attributes (or nature). Verse 4, tells us that the ultimate purpose of all of GOD's blessings, that flow from a true knowledge of the LORD JESUS, enable us to become partakers of the divine nature. This is the full maturing of the inward anointing, in increasing measures of the fullness of CHRIST, that is spoken of in Eph 4:13. It is the likeness of HIS MASTER within him that will enable Peter to face his impending death. The LORD JESUS has fully redeemed, in a practical experiential sense, HIS friend Peter and this is what Peter is attesting to through verse 4b. The testimony of CHRIST that has been formed in Peter will enable him to reproduce a living testimony of CHRIST through his impending death on a cross. In verses 5-8, Peter tells us how to "attain" [to borrow Paul's terminology in Phil 3:11] to this state of being. Peter talks of true faith supplying the moral excellence by which knowledge (Greek: "gnosis") will be acquired. What sort of knowledge is this? Is this knowledge born of practical experience? Yes it is, but it is nonetheless word based for what results is epignosis (verse 8). In Peter's case it is living word (Greek: "rhema") birthed in communion with our LORD. That's why the emphasis is on fully knowing HIM. Paul speaks of the same thing. That's probably how they wrote the epistles - while in deep states of communion through receiving the expressions of the mind of the SPIRIT, through their spirit mind and conscious mind, while being inwardly in the Holy Of Holies. The moral excellence flowing out of faith is righteousness - because it is faith-in-GOD that is the driver. As knowledge grows towards a "fullness" of the measure of CHRIST (Eph 4:13) we see self-control manifest. Self-control matures into a perseverance for CHRIST and HIS ways and this is godliness. Notice that these are actually different states of righteousness born of 211


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faith, but ultimately they become the righteousness that matures our faith. This faith is a "true reality" of CHRIST. It is the supernatural acquisition of "epignosis". [May I say that true knowledge is the substance of righteous GODfearing faith!] But, Peter hasn't finished yet. We are told that final maturing or perfecting is in the practice of love. The Peter who could only talk of "phileo" love in John 21:15-17 is now spiritually fully matured to talk of "agape" love. Peter was now a partaker of the divine nature in the practical sense. He had come to a "fullness" of knowing his LORD something that he had not experienced in the days when he actually (physically) lived with the MASTER. [True knowledge is entirely spiritual. The processes of true knowledge originate from the spirit realm flowing as rivers of life from the Heart of YAHWEH.] This state of maturity resulted from the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT (see John 16:6-10). So we see that 2 Peter 1:8, talks of the "epignosis" or "fullness" knowledge of CHRIST, that Peter testifies as being a definite endresult of the steps he has walked through since John 21. In 2 Peter 3:15, Peter addresses Paul (who once rebuked him) as "our beloved brother". The phileo of John 21 was now transformed and perfected into agape. The miracle ministry of the LORD JESUS CHRIST continues today even as HE continues to produce "epignosis" in millions. This epignosis must now mature into agape (see Eph 3:19) so that the Church Triumphant will arise. The "miracle of Peter" can be reproduced on a scale of millions at the same time because nothing is impossible with the LORD our GOD.

The Processes Of Knowledge Acquisition We acquire knowledge by studying the word. Why? Because true knowledge can only begin with the fear of the LORD (Prov 1:7a). And, the word that is spirit and life is the flesh of the WORD. We use our conscious mind as the relay for knowledge to be taken into our inner man. As we have stated before we can relay information into our spirit mind or, soul mind. We normally relay information into our sub-conscious soul mind because that is the way we have been taught. This is normal practice to all of us. Is it possible to relay information directly into the

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spirit mind? Yes it is, if the personal anointing is operating, and if our spirit heart of desire is in its operating mode. How is this done? We can worship the LORD until we know we are under the anointing even as the anointing within us arises. [As I have said before, my personal practice is simply to pray in tongues for some time until I feel confident that I am inwardly quiet and conscious of GOD and of my readiness to receive HIS teaching.] With the anointing in operation we can now open our bible and begin to read and learn (by being taught) in a different realm. As we read, we listen for the thought flow coming out of our inner mind. If we are truly submissive (i.e., if our soul mind is not in an active thought mode) we will receive in our conscious mind the keys of what we are reading and we can interact with our spirit thought flow by asking questions and, then in perfect submission wait for the answers. [Sometimes there will be no answer. Simply understand that the program of study is under the jurisdiction of the HOLY SPIRIT. HE is the Teacher. HE will teach us when we are in the best position to learn. Simply trust HIM to know the best.] Contemplation of the word begins when we are able to think with our spirit. We will see this blossom when we are willing to pursue subjects with the HOLY SPIRIT over long periods of time. We could pursue a single subject over a long period of time at one sitting or, we could pursue it over several periods of time over a period of years even. [Some subjects have no end. Take the "subject" of "knowing JESUS", it is limitless.] Our true desire will propel us in these dimensions. Learning in the LORD is limitless. What will such an experience be like? A typical progression in this realm may be along these lines. The LORD may begin by impressing upon us the need to pursue a particular subject (in practice this could be a word-based subject or, it could even be a work related subject). In this write-up, the focus will be on word-based learning, but it is applicable in any area of learning. Nonetheless, we must not forget that all learning begins with the fear of the LORD. First place goes to the LORD (see Matt 6:31-34). We must never forget that we are talking in terms of a fully integrated development and expression of the inward anointing. What we are saying is that the anointing radiates into all areas of our life. Over a period of time we will receive leadings on a particular subject (even multiple subjects). It will first start in bits and pieces but, as we learn how to receive, how to listen, the receiving will become focussed and 213


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flowing. This can happen as we read the word and when we attend teaching given by others. As we learn to tune inwards (that is, listen to the flow of thoughts into our conscious mind; [And, don't forget that the quality of these thoughts is dependent on our consciousness of GOD, even when the subject is secular. There must be a inward consciousness of working in partnership with GOD - a partnership subject to HIS purpose in our life.]), we will begin to receive parallel teaching from the HOLY SPIRIT even as we listen to others teach. Finally, we must sit down and tell the LORD that we are willing to put HIS teachings (most of which we may not even remember!) on paper. As we write we will see paragraph after paragraph simply flow out in sequence. Bits and pieces we vaguely remember reading some time in the past will simply flow out of our spirit mind in organised form. This will categorise our early stages of learning. The next stage of training will take a higher faith-form. [Ultimately, we learn by faith. Because, what we learn will be new to the world. If we do not have faith in GOD, we will never learn.] We will start writing things that we don't understand. {In writing this book there have been times when I was comprehensively out of my depth for days on end. It is one thing to write what you know. It is another to write what you don't know!} We must in faith simply put down what we receive. We do not need to understand how some thought form will take shape, we simply need to understand that it will take shape because the LORD is in charge. It is HIS show. We are simply the vessels for the expression of HIS glory. [That is the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS.] The next time we go back to read those same passages, new thought inserts will surface and suddenly "nonsense" would turn into "understanding". Sometimes the form would literally miraculously take shape. Believe me, it is an amazing and humbling experience to "see" the mind of GOD at work - simply, at one level above our own. It makes one wonder what deeper realms of thought exist! Does this mean that everything we receive is perfectly GOD-breathed. No, although one day it will be! Why? Because our soul thoughts do get into the way. We do function in our own free will and our personality gets reflected. The LORD will never impinge on our free-will. The degree of "thought-purity" depends on what level of communion we are writing under, and on what level of CHRIST-likeness we have grown into. In the Holy Of Holies we would be able to function perfectly. I have had short experiences in this realm of thought but have not been able to sustain it. 214


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I know that one day I will be able to function in this realm naturally. That we will do so will be a result of the degree of the development of the anointing of the Spirit Of Strength in us. That's HIS grace of resurrection power that allows us to "attain" to "sonship".

Confession, Meditation, Contemplation The acquisition of true knowledge of the word is in three areas or stages: (i) Confession; (ii) Meditation; and (iii) Contemplation. We must have a "word confession" that defines our objective reality in CHRIST. The framework of confession will be in different subject areas. There must be balance so that all areas of our spiritual and natural needs are met. This would be a fulfillment of a "fullness" of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS that we want YAHWEH to supernaturally impart into us as per HIS covenant promise in Jer 31:33 and Eze 36:26-27. For example, the position of CHRIST and HIS ministry in our life could be one example. The simple confession that "JESUS is my SHEPHERD" will, if meditated for one hour, enable us to realize that contemplation on this single subject (of our SHEPHERD) as we grow spiritually will assume dimensions of limitlessness! Take the 23rd Psalm and the dimensions of the covenant names of GOD that the SHEPHERD is to lead us into and you will begin to see what I mean. Take another confession, "JESUS is my Salvation". Look at Psalm 103:1-5 and 1 Cor 1:30. Think about this. When we objectively construct a confession and meditate on it, our soul man receives the word in terms of a desire that we have for the word. But, there is a higher spirit realm. [Meditation is a soul function while contemplation is a spirit function. Both are necessities that deal with different realms of our person.] If we have pursued the confession in contemplation with our spirit then we would automatically draw on the contemplative construct that we have absorbed into our spirit when we confess and meditate. What are we doing? We are building a revelation word construct into our "total" inner man. This inner word construct will propel our desires; our thinking; our CHRIST consciousness; our spiritual strength as measured by (our) faith and hope; our freedom from sin (John 8:30-31); and, our CHRIST likeness in terms of obedience to the word that the LORD says is an expression of true love towards HIM (John 14:23-24; 15:10). Understand that the HOLY SPIRIT ALONE can build this construct. We simply provide the heart, the LORD writes into it. This is covenant in practice. 215


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The Dimensions Of The Inner Word Construct Knowledge acquisition is a deep subject. It is one thing to receive the thoughts of the LORD, it is another to "turn" what is received into living revelation "word of CHRIST" that is part of the substance of our spirit. This word of CHRIST is what is meant by the "inner word construct". We receive revelation into our spirit man but we want it to manifest through our soul man as "living word". We live and express the fullness of our life functions through the soul. But, all of Christian living is based on our inner word construct. The inner word construct is our true knowledge reality. There are phrases in the bible that enable us to understand the dimensions of what this inner word construct can be and should be. We are going to mention these in passing without going into these in any real depth. (i) The Word Of Life: The passage that illumines this dimension of the word is found in Phil 2:12-16. The theme is to work out our salvation with fear and trembling while holding fast to the word of life. May I suggest that in the light of what we have discussed under the subject of the anointing, the "fear" is the fear of the LORD and the "trembling" is the trembling at HIS word. The quality of life that we live will flow from this reality. This life is to be a witness as the children of GOD. Again we see that this is the ultimate purpose of the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD (see 2 Cor 6:18-7:1). Ultimately the word of life is the LORD HIMSELF in us as we can infer from Eph 3:17 and 1 John 1:1. So what we see here is that there is a word construct that defines our life. Every aspect of it, it's inward reality and it's outward manifestation. The dimensions of this life are fully defined by the inward anointing of the LORD JESUS CHRIST. But, we must understand that the specifics of this life are entirely word based. It is the word that builds the temple of YAHWEH-SHAMMAH. The life that is expressed through this temple is worship of YAHWEH in the truth of the word. (ii) The Word Of Truth: The dimensions of this word construct rises from James 1:18. It says that YAHWEH exercises HIS will in our lives by bringing us forth through the word of truth. Truth defines life. This truth is the light that shines in us. We see that Truth and Light are spiritual substances that flow out of GOD's BEING. [Two of the LORD's "I AM" statements in John 8:12 and 14:6 subscribe to this.] This is the essence (or, truth) of true knowledge. Truth births a reality in, and of, GOD within us that is beyond the realm of the external world that we live in. 216


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That does not mean that we pack up our bags and retire from the world! What it means is that our reality is driven by the principles of GOD's word and HIS nature. The word of truth builds the anointing of the Spirit Of Truth in us. In John 6:63, when the LORD said that HIS words (Greek: "rhema") are spirit and life we must see that the word construct, in all the wondrous facets that we will introduce in this section, becomes an actual part of us. It is perfected in us so that it is "us" ("me" and "you") in the deepest and truest sense. When Peter in 2 Peter 1:4, declares that GOD's promises mature in our becoming partakers of GOD's nature it really is the promise of the highest fulfillment of the LORD'S inheritance. The highest focus of the word construst is the nature of GOD becoming an actual part of us. [Please understand that this refers to the moral attributes of GOD and the derivatives of the attributes of HIS essential nature but, it does not refer to the essential attributes of GOD. So while we increase in wisdom, which derives from the Omniscience of YAHWEH, we will never even begin to enter the realm of YAHWEH's Omniscience. The derivative is one realm while the essence remains fully intact only in the realm of YAHWEH's ESSENTIAL BEING which belongs only to HIS DIVINE PERSON - the FATHER, the WORD and the HOLY SPIRIT. {This principle is derived from Mark 13:32.}] (iii) The Word Of Faith: The word of faith arises from Rom 10:8, which in turn arises from Deut 29:29; 30:11-14; and, Deut 29:9. The word of faith begins the process of appropriating our covenant in personal terms. A process of appropriation with a heart of belief and, the verbal expression of our desire for the reality of this word to be established in us. Heb 3:1, tells us that the LORD JESUS is the HIGH PRIEST of our confession. The word construct of the word of faith has the exclusive intent of establishing a personal framework of covenant. The intent is to function in covenant by taking hold of the word. [Ultimately, the word of the oath - Heb 7:28.] The NKJV (in Heb 11:1) defines faith as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence (NASB uses "conviction") of things not seen. This basically also tells us why we each should have a "carefully thought out and prayed through" confession of faith. The word of faith is the substance of the word desired and hoped in, the conviction and evidence of truth to be realised in practical everyday terms. Now we know why we have been given a HIGH PRIEST of our confession. Because without HIM, it will never manifest.

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The LORD JESUS CHRIST talked of different states of faith that ranged from "no faith" (Mark 4:40), to "little faith" (Matt 8:26), to "great faith" (Matt 8:10; 15:28). Paul in Rom 4:20 talks of "strong faith" which is an intermediate state between "little faith" and "great faith". The word construct arising from the word of faith is (under the New Covenant) meant to be the foundations of strong and great faith. The difference between the levels of strong and great faith is the reality of CHRIST as evidenced by the word in practice in our lives or, the level of perfected word in us (Gal 2:20; 4:19b). The word of faith construct must therefore, necessarily begin with the desire to receive the reality of CHRIST (see Eph 1:15-19). In 1 Cor 1:9, we are told that our calling by GOD is to be in fellowship with CHRIST, for it is only by this that we can realise (in practical terms) our calling to be saints (see 1 Cor 1:2). Why "necessarily"? Because it is CHRIST ALONE WHO is the "Power" and "Wisdom" of GOD to us who are called (see 1 Cor 1:24). The "power" of the word comes only from the reality of CHRIST in us. "Wisdom" enables us to selectively design and develop a word construct that will truly lift our life to the heavenly places - in relation to GOD's calling on our life. But there must be a solid word construct that has the exclusive intent of opening us into the LORD JESUS CHRIST. (v) The Word Of CHRIST-. This word of CHRIST is the centerpiece of the entire process of having a word construct. This arises from Rom 10:17 (see NASB or NIV). This is a continuous process that increases our faith level. But, each higher level of faith is birthed from a position of revelation. Revelation is "knowing" something as a spiritual reality. From our discussion above, it is obvious that all revelation has to necessarily begin with CHRIST. 1 Cor 1:30b, tells us that the ultimate result is redemption in the fullest sense. While Eph 3:19, tells us that this redemption happens as we are filled to the fullness of GOD; but, that only arises from CHRIST'S Presence in us through faith (Eph 3:17). Faith is a spiritual reality. Heb 11:1b tells us that this reality is based on conviction (NASB). The NKJV tells us that faith enables us to receive evidence of this reality. Wrongly expressed faith can create a false reality. True faith must be GOD focused (Heb 11:6) and word based. True faith is CHRIST-based and "HOLY SPIRIT generated" in terms of leading. This reality arises from the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. A GODconsciousness or, a GOD-fearing inner man is absolutely necessary to faith progression and expression. This is part of YAHWEH's provision to us in terms of the inward anointing.

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(vi) The Word Of HIS Grace: The word of HIS grace arises from Acts 20:32. We are told that the word of grace "is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified." 1 Cor 1:30 and Eph 1:17-18, tell us that it is the reality of CHRIST that establishes our sanctification and, enables us to draw on our inheritance. It is the word of grace that builds and gives us the inheritance. HIS grace establishes revelation in us. And, it builds progressive revelation into us. Revelation originating from faith and progressing into higher faith enables us to be in an objective position to draw upon grace. This tells us that Eph 1:3-4 can be objectively pursued. Why? Because the grace has been pre-destined in CHRIST. It is given as part of our covenant in CHRIST. Our LORD "in us" defines the level of grace that we can draw from. Eph 1:6, tells us that GOD's spiritual blessings have been designed to the praise of the glory of HIS (the FATHER'S) grace in the BELOVED (the LORD JESUS). The word of faith is the beginning of the process of establishing the personal reality of our covenant inheritance. [Which if you really think about it is CHRIST HIMSELF.] Grace from GOD fulfills this reality. Faith in GOD establishes a reality of GOD (in CHRIST) that enables grace to be released. Notice also that grace can be built by the word in us. This is an important concept for growing spiritually. We are being told that grace can be built into us cumulatively. We are being told that as long as we pursue having the word perfected in us, we are guaranteed of rising to higher levels of grace! This tells us that all that is in the word is possible to anybody who is - in perseverance willing to build into the word in CHRIST. Notice that this is another variation of the application of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS! Never forget that the HOLY SPIRIT manages both revelation and spiritual growth within us. [The law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS has indefinite boundaries (since this law derives from two PERSONS of the TRINITY) and an infinite number of applications! GOD is telling us that HE is training us to walk in absolute partnership with HIS SPIRIT in accordance with GOD the WORD's direction, that will enable the FATHER'S perfect will to be done through us - HIS children. Eph 1:10 tells us that this is in relation to the establishment of an administration suitable to the fullness of the times. One day we will know how to live and operate out of the Holy Of Holies - in perfection. That is 219


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the law (Matt 5:48)! And live in accordance to living "rhema" from the mouth of GOD the WORD. AMEN!] Now we can see the concept of a word construct being necessary to our level of consecration in CHRIST. What is the word construct that establishes the perfected word? This is the word of righteousness. (vii) The Word Of Righteousness: The word of righteousness arises from Heb 5:13. Contextually, Heb 5:13 flows out of Heb 5:8-9. The word of righteousness is the word construct of the perfected word. That is the word that is perfected by the ministry of the SPIRIT of CHRIST in us. Also, as was the case in the life of the SON of MAN, it is the word reality that flows out of our obedience to GOD and HIS word. The word of righteousness is our offering of CHRIST in us, in terms of the word manifested by us in our daily living. The level of perfection correlates with the conformance of the word construct to CHRIST. So we grow in righteousness. Righteousness is an attribute of GOD. Righteousness is a covenant guarantee in the covenant name YAHWEH-TSIDKENU. So we are being told that the method of receiving, our covenant guaranteed righteousness, is through the perfected, revelation word of CHRIST in us called the word of righteousness. While righteousness is the word practiced through our lives, there are other dimensions that arise from the word of righteousness that are spoken - from an applications perspective. The spoken word nonetheless originates from the inward word construct. [One more clarification on the inward word construct: The inward word construct is managed by GOD the HOLY SPIRIT - that is, if we allow HIM to do this. Conversely, for the inward word construct to be most effective in each of our lives it must be built based on the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT.] (viii) The Word Of Healing And Deliverance: This dimension of the word construct is expressed inwardly and also outwardly. It arises from Ps 107:20. It is rhema from GOD that we are talking about. It is the word of healing that every Christian is expected to take hold of in order to receive healing in fulfillment of the covenant name YAHWEH-ROPHE (see Ex 15:26). The passage from Exodus tells us of three pre-requisites to the operation of covenant through this covenant name. We must receive the rhema. We must obey the word. We must practice the word (i.e., perfect it into us). This is to be a state of daily living. It is supposed to be normal practice. It is the practice of all the aspects of the word construct that we have discussed so far. It means that we would at least be in a state of strong faith. Then the word of healing will be activated.

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Rom 4:20-21 tells that Abraham lived in this faith construct so that he was able to believe that GOD would be able to fulfill what HE had promised. [Please read and absorb what this passage is saying.] Does GOD heal? Yes HE does, and those Christians who as a matter of course live in a spirit-based word construct will be able to believe GOD for the healing. Those with an intellectual word construct of the soul man are likely to see their faith severely tested and probably evaporate. Why? Because there is no spiritual substance (Greek: "hupostasis" - Heb 11:1) in the soul man. Heb 11:1, is talking about a spiritual substance that is received from GOD. The same word "hupostasis" is interpreted as "nature" in Heb 1:3 (NASB). [NKJV translates "hupostasis" as "person" in Heb 1:3.] There would be no loss of meaning if the word "substance" were used in Heb 1:3. I believe that the word of CHRIST'S power, that is mentioned in Heb 1:3 arises from the basic spiritual substance from which faith is birthed into us. The substance of faith, that is received from the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our faith (Heb 12:2) is, by revelation and grace, able to rise (or, be transformed) to levels where it starts acting in wonderful ways. At the highest level of the word of CHRIST'S power it keeps the natural and spiritual universe in operation through natural and spiritual (which includes the moral law based on the character of GOD) laws. The centurion in Matt 8:5-13, needed only one word from the WORD made flesh to know that his servant was healed. The LORD called it great faith. JESUS said, "let it be done as you have believed". And the healing was within the hour. In Matt 15:28, when the woman refused to take no for an answer, but found reason as to why the LORD had to heal her daughter, her tenacity, even in the face of apparent insult, resulted in instant healing. I believe that the LORD by HIS approach to her actually raised her faith level to the greatness level in order to manifest the healing. GOD works that way in our lives too. HE will build and perfect our word construct in this manner. Under the New Covenant, great faith is a product of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS, which categorically states that HE will write HIS laws upon our hearts so that we are truly able to pursue this realm of faith. Our objective pursuit of a word construct is part of this process of writing the laws of GOD on our heart. So by the much greater level of grace given to us, so many more of us should be able to operate in the realms of strong and great faith. It revolves around holding to the word with our spirit mind of CHRIST. Then we too will hear the words: "be it done for you as you wish" (Matt 15:28b).

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But there is a ministry dimension to this realm that we need to take hold of. The right faith reality will enable us to administer healing through the inward anointing - without the gifts of healing operating - as Peter did in Acts 3:6,16. This is the outward mainfestation or expression of the word of healing and deliverance in ministry based solely on the inward anointing arising from the spiritual substance of true knowledge. (ix) The Word Of CHRIST'S Power: Here we see the power dimension of the word of CHRIST that is positionally made available to us. We are told that the LORD upholds all things by the word of HIS power. It tells us that the power of CHRIST has been made available to us through HIS word. Revelation word of CHRIST enables us to enter this realm. What is it that releases power out of revelation? Faith is the substance of things hoped for. Hope in GOD (HIS promises in the word) enables the manifestation of the spiritual substance of faith that is able to act upon the revelation word that is spirit and life in us. A new living reality is established based on GOD and HIS word. We apply this "reality" through faith - no faith, little faith, strong faith or, great faith. When Peter stepped out of the boat (Matt 14:26-33) he had strong faith based on JESUS ALONE. Then he perceived another "reality." A soul based reality of external circumstances. HIS faith in an instant switched from strong faith to little faith because of fear. In Mark 4:39-41 (NKJV), in another incident at sea we see the LORD rebuke HIS disciples for having "no faith". This was a state brought about (vs 41a), because they feared exceedingly. They were terrified. Perhaps they had worked themselves into a position where there was a fear of fear itself. The word of CHRIST'S power manifests in us at different levels depending on our level of faith (strong to great faith). These realms of faith produce an inner reality based on GOD and HIS word. This also means that faith enables us to evaluate external circumstances and act towards these external circumstances based on GOD and HIS word. Great faith does not waver. It is GOD-fearing faith. It is faith that arises from "trembling at the word". In Mark 9:23b, the LORD declared that "all things are possible to him who believes." We have talked of faith because different levels of the word of CHRIST'S power can only manifest with strong or great faith. This is why our FATHER has given us the gifts of the HOLY SPIRIT to operate by, in accordance with the express leading of the HOLY SPIRIT, under the ministry anointing upon. 222


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[The level to which we can operate under the ministry anointing upon is still determined by the level of the inward anointing. It is also determined by our level of faith. The gift of faith has been given so that we can rise far above our natural faith level, so that great miracles can be manifested through the operation of other gifts such as the gifts of healing or miracles.] The word of knowledge and the word of wisdom are gifts that enable us to experience the realms that are available to us under word of CHRIST'S power. We must understand that it is possible to operate the word of knowledge and the word of wisdom under the inward anointing alone! The SON of MAN did this several times (see examples in John 1:46-51; 2:24-25; 4:17-18). Notice that in John 1:46-51 both the word of knowledge (verses 47-48) and the word of wisdom (verses 50-51) operated consecutively.

Summary We have introduced one of the deepest aspects of the inward anointing, the anointing of the Spirit Of Knowledge. True knowledge is really a limitless subject. What we have glimpsed at is the wonder of YAHWEH's provision. The covenant name YAHWEH-JIREH is an incredible covenant promise. But, as the covenant name suggests, true knowledge begins and ends with the PERSON of "I AM WHO I AM". It draws its focus from GOD and, it finds its true fulfillment in HIM. We need to receive the wisdom of the mind of CHRIST that will enable us to see the necessity of entering and eventually living in this realm. True Knowledge is not a function of IQ it is a function of knowing GOD, and communing with HIM.

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he anointing of the Spirit Of Strength is an anointing that operates in t w o d i s t i n c t m o d e s : an inner s t r e n g t h e n i n g (or, i n w a r d impartation of power) and, an outward expression of power. Inherent in this inner strengthening, is the attribute of discipline that arises from a sound mind [2 Tim 1:7, combining the NASB and NKJV]. This discipline can be described in two dimensions: steadfastness and patience (Col 1:11). We shall look at both modes of strengthening. We shall also look at how power is built into us. Power has a very broad meaning and application in the context of this anointing that we need to understand. Let's begin with Eph 3:16, "That HE (the FATHER) would grant you, according to the riches of HIS glory, to be strengthened with power through HIS SPIRIT in the inner man ..." There's more, but let's begin with this statement. Strength flows out of the FATHER'S Glory. HIS essential nature of Omnipotence. Strength like knowledge, understanding and wisdom, flows out of the essential attributes of GOD (which in this instance are Omnipotence and Omniscience) but, at a subordinate realm. The subordinate realm will never, and can never, rise to the absolute realm that is in the divine essence alone. Strength is imparted by the H O L Y SPIRIT to our inner man as an increase in the inward anointing of the Spirit Of Strength. That means that we can and should objectively expect and want our inner man to be strengthened. Strengthening us, is an essential part of the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT our Strengthener. One of the measures of spiritual growth is therefore, this inner strengthening. But what is this strengthening in relation to? In GOD, strength or power does not exist in isolation; it exists with love, it exists with holiness, it exists with righteousness, it exists with truth, it exists with faithfulness; it


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exists in partnership with other attributes. This is why power radiates from the riches of the FATHER'S Glory (see Ex 34:6). This is how power exists in the GODHEAD. This is also how power is meant to exist in the creation. So while strengthening involves the impartation of strength, might or power. We need to understand that the process of strengthening also involves the concurrent impartation of YAHWEH's moral attributes. The impartation of moral attributes is inherent to the process of inner strengthening. A key aspect of this strengthening is that these moral attributes produce a discipline in truth. Therefore, we cannot have true power without objectively pursuing the full suite of YAHWEH's moral and derivative attributes. [We are calling knowledge, wisdom, understanding, and strength (or, power) derivative attributes. These are subordinate attributes, that derive from GOD's essential and self-existent attributes; where, the subordinate attributes manifest at a subordinate realm.] True power can only exist if it is held in place by the full complement of other (moral) attributes. True power implies the concurrent manifestation of YAHWEH's moral attributes (holiness, love, truth, righteousness and, faithfulness). The structure of true power is therefore necessarily moral. Power is subject to the moral nature of GOD. And it is a disciplined power. And, we have seen this displayed at the Cross when the LORD said, "FATHER, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." [Here we see power in the discipline of love. See 2 Cor 5:14a.] This singular statement released the power of love for the creative of a new man. Here we see a genuine demonstration of GOD's nature and true power. We see the demonstration of the power of love that expressed the willingness to raise a dead mankind to life. The FATHER had to forgive, because of the objective demonstration of unconditional love by the SON. But there is more. The LORD would carry the burden of bringing forth the Kingdom Of GOD on HIS OWN shoulders (Isa 9:6). This is the ministry of our High Priest. The demonstration of love hasn't ended. The SPIRIT of CHRIST ministers to us with much long-suffering and much groaning today (Rom 8:26-28). The words of forgiveness at the cross opened a pathway of life and released the power to live that life fully. This is resurrection power. The power to bring a dead mankind to life. A power we have hardly tapped into simply because we have in general been unwilling to love unconditionally. 226


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This is the power that is at the centre of the covenant celebration of the Holy Communion. [The Holy Communion is a celebration of covenant fulfillment. "Remember ME," is not only a statement of memorial but a statement that says, "I AM your fulfillment; so take hold of ME in your inward man."] A blood covenant, birthed in love and by blood, can only be activated under the same conditions. Where we have been categorically unwilling, we can now be willing. When we love, truth will explode across the man made barriers of half truth and falsehood. And resurrection power will be released. As the stone was bounced away and the CHRIST raised, so will we rise because it will be HIS fragrance that releases the FATHER'S resurrection power. Now we can understand why the LORD talked about agape to Peter in John 21. Because that was the only way the Church would be able to function in HIS full potential (Eph 1:23). This is true power. The power of agape (perfected) in us. Today the LORD is still asking, "Do you love (agape) ME?" What is our answer?

The Power Of Evil What about the power of evil? The power of evil exists in a subordinate realm. It is only able to impact those who by free choice enter into it. The power of evil is a limited power. It is limited by the laws of the word of GOD and the predestined will of GOD (see Rev 20:14; Isa 66:24). Evil cannot transcend the laws of GOD. Evil is (ultimately) entirely subject to the laws of GOD. [The battle at the cross was for evil to try and imbed itself into the GODHEAD by causing a break in the highest law of them all - the law of love, which is entirely established in the nature and BEING of GOD. All of GOD's law exists by HIS nature. This is the highest realm of the law. Subordinate realms of the law are derived from this highest realm and are allowed to exist over periods of time stipulated by the will of GOD. Subordinate realms of the law exist by HIS grace and mercy, so that a fallen creation would not be destroyed by the holiness and righteousness of GOD. But ultimately, only perfection can exist (Matt 5:48; Rev 21:1-2).] Evil ultimately is death in the spiritual and natural realms. For absolute evil will by definition destroy absolutely. Nothing that reflects the creative can exist in evil (in an eternal sense, that is). For only GOD can truly create. There is but ONE CREATOR. The "creative" of evil like that "created" by Lucifer, will engineer its own destruction because that is its nature. Evil is like madness. That's why it is impossible to rationalize satan's planning. 227


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To what end is it working towards - to the end that all will be destroyed! It does not make sense. It is the evil of the objective pursuit of death. When we look at history, we will see that evil has never been allowed to develop beyond certain boundaries defined by the will of GOD. We can see this illustrated in the book of Revelation (see Rev 6:2; 7:2-3; 20:2-3, 7-10). Evil can only manifest within boundaries defined by the will of GOD. That is to say that GOD does not allow evil to take its natural course. That is HIS grace. If GOD had allowed evil to take its natural course, humanity would have been destroyed a long time ago. GOD has allowed evil to exist (within boundaries) so that HIS good of salvation could manifest the Truth and goodness of HIS life into the free will of man (Matt 13:24-30).

Understanding Power Power is not, and never can be a standalone. Power is always exercised towards something - good or bad. The moment our Christian living begins to be an objective exhibition of power for the sake of power, we are moving into the realm of the power of darkness. For when our intentions move from the principal focus of glorifying GOD, we automatically assume a position that is in opposition to the Light of YAHWEH. That's why consecration in CHRIST is absolutely (and eternally) essential to the child of GOD. So, what we are saying is this. Power can be objectively pursued but, only in the fullness of CHRIST. Power must never assume the mantle of singularity or, single-mindedness. The fear of GOD must develop commensurate with the power. [In fact, in consecration, GOD-fearing faith is true power.] Power must be locked into its full complement of moral attributes. Power for the sake of power will move us (any of us, does not matter at what level of spirituality we are at) directly into satan's kingdom of darkness. This state of being was satan's "creative madness." Satan chose to want to sit on GOD's throne! And he chose to exercise his GOD given power towards that end. [It is simply amazing that he actually worked himself into a spiritual mind state of evil where he couldn't have the sense to realise that HE WHO gave him power must by definition be more powerful than himself!] Pursuing power for the sake of power, if pursued to its logical end, is to objectively choose to battle GOD! However in CHRIST, power is one of the riches of GOD's glory made available to us (Eph 3:16). It is to be taken hold of whole heartedly. It is meant to be a blessing in HIS nature, to be used to manifest blessings that glorify GOD. The requirement to glorify GOD is a moral absolute for the 228


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existence of power in eternity. Otherwise there will be anarchy. Why? Because the focus of all power must be perfection. And, only YAHWEH is absolutely perfect. This is why the power of darkness will be, and will have to be, completely destroyed (Isa 66:15-16). The judgement of Rev 20:11-15, will sanction the manifestation of this destruction - after the fullness of salvation has been accomplished by the grace of GOD. We need to understand that power has the capacity to corrupt absolutely. Why? Because it always has the potential to draw from the curse of pride. And in eternity we can "create" this curse by simply willing it. Man has the free-will potential to "create" evil. Nonetheless, power is an absolute necessity to each of us. There therefore, is a paradox to power that we must understand. Power is absolutely necessary for our spiritual growth! Without power we cannot be transformed within. Without power we cannot produce the great fruits that glorify GOD. Certainly we will never be able to do GOD's will in the way HE would want it done. But, this power must be handled in the true and abiding worship (in spirit and truth) of YAHWEH. Satan, knowing the awesomeness of the power made available to the Church, in the fullness of CHRIST, has worked hard at convincing many in the Church that power is purely for inward growth and not for outward expression. Why? Because it is the outward expression that he fears since he is absolutely powerless against it. [He is powerless because true power functions in a realm where satan has absolutely no access - although,-he will attempt to sidetrack us in the physical realm and into subordinate spiritual realms.] Satan also understands that there is a realm where outward expression perfects the inward state. For example, when power is expressed in love. As love is perfected in practice, so must power be perfected by practice - the practice of GOD-fearing faith. Outward expression developes the inner strength to minister with more power. There is something else that we need to understand about power. There are two realms of power. One we shall call apparent power, and the other true power. Let's begin by referring to 2 Peter 1:13-14. Church tradition tells us that Peter was crucified. Did satan have power over Peter when he was crucfied? In the natural apparently so. In the spiritual realm of Truth absolutely none! We need to understand that satan and his entire host had no true power over one old, ex-fisherman! For inner power expressed in the nature of CHRIST cannot be tainted. [We must understand that power and nature cannot be separated. True power 229


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and consecration are actually two sides of the same coin. We have a tendency to favour one over the other. What we need to understand is that true power and consecration exist in a steady-state in equilibrium. Impartation by the LORD shifts the equilibrium point and, steady-state is reached in a higher plane. But, always there must be a balance.] True inner power operates in a realm infinitely higher than the power of darkness - although both are spiritual realms. Why? Because inner power exercised (by faith) in the purity of CHRIST draws grace from the throne of GOD (Acts 7:54-60). To be specific, HIS heart. It's ascendancy in the spiritual realm of Truth, which is the superior realm of existence, is (ultimately) absolute. That's why satan tries so hard to keep us in the physical sense realm, by keeping us focussed on the external "realities of life." And, those who are more spiritually attuned are deceived into entering the spiritual realm of the light of darkness (versus Truth). What is the miracle that we need to see in history? That evil, even when it controlled the natural realms of power in apparently absolute terms, was comprehensively unable to prevent the fruits of righteous salvation from manifesting through the eternal power of the risen CHRIST. Even when evil attempted to "capture" the Church, it has failed absolutely. "Losing" what was always lost is no loss! Gaining what was "always lost" is true victory. That victory in the cross, has always been achieved even in the darkest of Church ages. This is how we should gauge the success of the Ministry Of JESUS CHRIST in Church history. The Ministry Of JESUS CHRIST has always been absolutely victorious - in every generation of Church history. This is the victory of the SPIRIT of CHRIST. This is the deeper principle of the "7,000," that GOD told Elijah belonged to HIM, when Elijah thought that he was the only righteous man for GOD (1 Kgs 19:13-18). The number 7,000 is a compound of 7, representing perfection, and a composite compound of 10 by 10 by 10, representing the completion of the perfect ministry of the TRIUNE GOD. An attainment of the perfect, produced by the victory of Calvary, which has (in a predestined sense) released grace across all dimensions of time in accordance to the laws in place in each dispensation. [That the blood of goats and bulls could result in atonement and sanctification in the Old Covenant dispensation is entirely because of the sacrifice of CHRIST. CHRIST'S sacrifice is eternal in scope, manifesting the predestined will of GOD's salvation plan through out the span of space time history. The power of CHRIST'S sacrifice was in the realm of the spiritual eternal. Resurrection power was released in the eternal.

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In the same way there are elements of GOD's word that are entirely structured in the eternal. They know no dimensions of time. For Truth is eternal. That's why the Old Testament and the New Testament are of equal importance. So therefore, there is an interpretation of scripture that is not time denominated. For instance, Heb 9:26 tells us that if there were no eternal realm of CHRIST'S sacrifice HE would have had to be offered often since the foundation of the world. Heb 10:14, tells us that the sacrifice was established across all dimensions of time. For this to be so, it would have to be beyond time. When the WORD was made flesh, He entered the dimensions of time. But, the WORD HIMSELF is beyond time. Therefore HIS essence, HIS word is beyond time too. This is the word that is spirit and life.] Those who respond to GOD's searching (which is a manifestation of prevenient grace) are never lost in any era. Conversely, those who choose to ignore GOD's searching make no impact, in terms of the success or failure, of GOD's salvation plan in any era. Why? Because that is in the realm of mans will and personality. Because man's free-will choice remains intact within the dimensions of Gen 2:16-17 which actually defines the position that GOD's moral law occupies in the universe. We can gain some further insight from the eternal dimensions of HIS word in Isa 55:11 and Ps 34:9-11. GOD's perfect provision has been made fully available. Even during the darkest of ages. Salvation has always been made available to man even as GOD made the sacrifice that enabled Adam and Eve to cover the nakedness (Gen 3:21) of their sin. Even as Noah found refuge in the midst of judgement. How has this applied to the Church. The Church is the Kingdom Of GOD that exists in the heart of the children of GOD (see Isa 9:6, Luke 22:15-16, 2 Cor 6:18). The status of "child of GOD" is defined only by the blood of JESUS CHRIST. And, it is in essence spiritual! That is, the Church is formed in and through the spirit of man (see Eph 2:21-22) as the dwelling place of the SPIRIT of GOD. The Church of CHRIST is thus entirely non-denominational notwithstanding the organizational set up in the realm of the natural! True governance of the Church has always been in the hands of GOD. That means that GOD has reigned in the hearts of those who gave HIM a place in it (laity or clergy). Conversely, HE has always been outside the hearts of those who refused to yield to HIM (laity or clergy). This is a state of being entirely independent of the physical organisation. Church history has

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merely manifested the inward reality or intentions of the (apparent) power structure that was in place, in varying degrees externally. This external manifestation has been demonstrated in varying degrees of light or darkness through history. However, we need to understand that the external structure, manifested in the r e a l m of the n a t u r a l , is no t r u e reflection of the t r u e s t r u c t u r e rising f r o m the inner m a n - built, nurtured and maintained by the SPIRIT of G O D in a predestined sense. This is the t r u e s t r u c t u r e of the C h u r c h of C H R I S T that exists in the realm of the eternal (see Prov 8:30-31). W h e r e is the C h u r c h of J E S U S C H R I S T ? Is it in the external organisation or, in the h e a r t of individuals (see Isa 9:6a,7a; L u k e 22:16; E p h 2:19-22; 3:14-21)? The t r u e history of the C h u r c h in eternity will be very different f r o m w h a t has been presented to us in the history books even the ones written by C h u r c h m e n . So we must never let our attitudes towards anyone in any Christian denomination be determined by (so called) C h u r c h history! F o r C H R I S T is present everywhere. H I S eternal word is accomplishing HIS will and desire and will continue to do so. We can walk into any C h u r c h anywhere in the world a n d open o u r h e a r t to our G O D , a n d we will (100%) find H I M there! [If we c a n ' t , then there is something wrong with o u r faith. T h a t we can, is the very basis and essence of the law of the S P I R I T of life in C H R I S T J E S U S - in the fullness of Y A H W E H - S H A M M A H ! Can you immagine a state where the O m n i p r e s e n t G O D is denied acccess somewhere!] T h e r e f o r e you a n d I can always minister in HIS power. We need to stop giving satan power and authority that he does not have a n d (actually ) never had. [GOD gave m a n the authority as defined in Gen 1:28-30 and 2:16-17. G O D gave m a n authority over subordinate creatures. And, G O D gave m a n the authority to choose and live by the choices m a n makes - choices m a d e in the light of G O D ' s laws and m a n ' s conscience. The destiny of m a n was never delegated or given to any creature. It could therefore, never be taken. Satan exercises a p p a r e n t power over m a n t h r o u g h sin. But, only GOD exercises true power over man (Rom 8:20; Phil 2:8-11).] In CHRIST, we each have power f a r beyond anything satan can bring to b e a r ! Because we have the capacity to exercise t r u e power by choice in conformance to CHRIST. We are the temple of the MOST HIGHl And as we minister we need to u n d e r s t a n d the power m a d e available to us as outlined in Rev 3:7-9. Verse 7 tells us about the r e a l m of t r u e 232


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power and authority that we have in CHRIST. Note that this realm of power is only available in holiness and truth. This is the true power available in consecration. [Remember our steady state equation of power and consecration!] Also we need to understand our LORD'S attitude and approach as outlined in Rev 3:18-25. We need to read both these passages from Rev 3 very carefully and let the HOLY SPIRIT tell us what it means in terms of practical ministry across denominational lines. Man thinks he has control in the natural realm, but such control is only "apparent," just as satan's control is "apparent." That is, such control is not only transitory, but the actual impact of this control will be very different from what it is perceived to be in the natural. For the true history of man has yet to be written, although it has been predestined in the corridors of the true power of Omnipotence. [There are prophecies for the nations, as opposed to prophecies for the children of GOD (see Gen 17:19-21). The prophecies for the nations, when (if?) understood, will give us an appreciation of how amazing is GOD's government of HIS creation. Rom 1-3, and Rev 20 give some useful insight into how the nations will be judged and how some nations will be dealt with (see one possible train of development in Gen 16:9-13; 17:20,25; Isa 19:2225 from the NASB). Also take note of the nations in Rev 21:24, as compared to the Bride in Rev 21:9-23.] What have we learned about power? There is true power and apparent power. True power is eternal, apparent power is temporal and temporary and, more importantly, apparent power does not take cognizance of the true realm of power that belongs to GOD. The power that we perceive with our external senses in the world is in general apparent power. True power rests in GOD's hands - HIS PERSON, HIS word, HIS laws. Take particular note of the LORD'S comments to Pilate in John 19:10-11. Pilate's power was a delegated power that had no existence in the realm of the eternal! Please don't misunderstand. Apparent power is not a myth! It exists in the frame of time. It is a delegated realm of power given to man to exercise in his own free will. But, it is power that does not exist in the eternal realm. True power is eternal and not time denominated. Its impacts reach beyond the boundaries of space and time and are involved in the manifestation of the eternal attributes of life in mankind. [Rev 21 exists in eternity, while all of history merely exists in the dimensions of time and space. One reality is true, while the other reality is only apparent. Similarly, there is sometimes amazing scholarship in liberal theology. The only 233


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question is whether the scholarship is true or apparent. It is the fear of GOD alone that is the distinction between true knowledge and apparent knowledge.] So because GOD is WHO HE IS, we can confidently hope in HIS plan of salvation that has been birthed in the true and sovereign power of HIS moral nature. GOD fearing faith has the ability to see through apparent power. Matt 5:8 declares, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see GOD." AMEN! We now know that true power is absolutely essential to Christian living and ministry. And, there is nothing to fear about true power; it is good because true power comes only from the true GOD WHO is "I AM." Let's now look at the realms of true power given to us, who believe in CHRIST, in accordance to the inward anointing of the Spirit Of Strength.

DISCOVERING OUR INHERITANCE OF TRUE POWER In the beginning of this chapter we talked about two modes of the anointing of the Spirit Of Strength. An inward mode and an outward mode. Eph 1:19-23, tells us that there is a "surpassing greatness of HIS (CHRIST's) power toward us who believe." We are further told that this power is "in accordance with the working of the strength of HIS (the FATHER'S) might which HE (the FATHER through the HOLY SPIRIT) brought about in CHRIST, when HE raised HIM from the dead...." This power we are further told was manifested in such a manner as to establish a realm of authority and power "far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named..." [This is the realm of true power. The manifestation of the power of the FATHER in CHRIST. The power made manifest to us (through CHRIST's resurrection) through faith in CHRIST.] This power, brought about in CHRIST, is made manifest to the Church in CHRIST: "And HE (the FATHER) put all things in subjection under HIS (the LORD'S) feet (see Ps 2:1-9; 110:1-3), and gave HIM as Head over all things to the Church, which is HIS body, the fullness of HIM WHO fills all in all." We need to understand that this realm of true power opens to us by faith in CHRIST, because it exists in the "dimensions" of HIM WHO fdls all in all (see Col 1:15-20; 2:8-10). We are actually also being told that CHRIST's body (the Church) is being perfected into this fullness of CHRIST in order for us to assume (in practical terms) our rightful places as children and heirs, seated with CHRIST in the heavenly places (see Eph 1:18; 2:6; Matt 16:18-19; 18:18-20). Now we can see the application of the power of true knowledge or, "epignosis" in Col 1:9-13. Notice that the realm of the word of 234


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CHRIST'S power in Heb 1:3, also arises from a fullness of GOD in CHRIST. Eph 3:17-19, tells us how this is made manifest to us through CHRIST. 2 Peter 1:3-4 adds another perspective to true power by telling us that GOD has made HIS power all-sufficient for our lives and our godliness. YAHWEH, in the covenant name EL SHADDAI, has released an allsufficient power to us. Eph 4:13, gives us more insight by telling us that the fullness of CHRIST, pertains to a spiritual maturity in the (practical) unity of faith and, (true) knowledge of the SON of GOD. The fullness of power is released in this fullness of CHRIST, that arises from knowing HIM and being in union with HIM, through the fullness of the inward anointing (defined and established through the living word in us). The key to true power is therefore, the fullness of GOD in CHRIST (see below). This is our true inheritance. Now read John 17:6-21. This is the realm that the fullness of the anointing of CHRIST in us will open to us. This is the experiential realisation of the covenant names of GOD. The realm of the word of the oath. YHWH's oath. Eph 3:14-21 tells us that this manifestation of power is in accordance "to the riches of HIS (the FATHER'S) Glory". [This line tells us that true power is a reflection of the riches of GOD's Glory. The Glory inherent in the PERSON of GOD that Moses glimpsed and received as revelation in Ex 34:6.] And this manifestation of power is made as a strengthening "with power through HIS SPIRIT in the inner man." And, the purpose of this inner strengthening is "so that CHRIST may dwell in your (our) hearts through faith; and that you (we), being rooted and grounded in love, ... may be filled up to all the fullness of GOD." [We are being told that the fullness of GOD is intimately tied to the riches of HIS Glory, made available to us in CHRIST. And the riches of HIS Glory is personalised in us in the full complement of the attributes of the inward anointing, that is a reflection of the fullness of CHRIST. This fullness is referred to in Eph 4:13b.]

True Power Rises From CHRIST In Us We shall use the passages from Ephesians as the framework for our understanding of the anointing of the Spirit Of Strength. Let us begin at Eph 1:15. This verse highlights two important prerequisites to our principal passage in Eph 1:19-23. The two prerequisites are faith in the LORD JESUS CHRIST and, love for all the saints, which (as we have learned) is the 235


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process by which love is perfected in us. So w h a t is n e e d e d to e n t e r this r e a l m of t r u e p o w e r is the practice of f a i t h a n d love in C H R I S T J E S U S . A third prerequisite to Eph 1:19-23, is revelation knowledge of the L O R D JESUS CHRIST as highlighted in Eph 1:17. T h e G r e e k w o r d used f o r k n o w l e d g e is " e p i g n o s i s " w h i c h (as we h a v e l e a r n e d ) is a true and full knowledge o f t h e L O R D J E S U S C H R I S T . I t i s t h e t r u e a n d f u l l k n o w l e d g e of C H R I S T t h a t allows t r u e p o w e r to m a n i f e s t . Notice that it is this same word "epignosis" that is used in 2 Peter 1:3. We a r e being told t h a t G O D w o r k s in us t h r o u g h a process called " k n o w i n g C H R I S T ! " This knowing C H R I S T , is a knowing by union (1 C o r 6:17) a n d in communion. T h e i n g r e d i e n t s of this k n o w i n g a r e faith (the s u b s t a n c e of the things h o p e d f o r in C H R I S T ) , love a n d (true a n d full) revelation knowledge. T h e k n o w l e d g e being p e r f e c t e d in love - expressed t o w a r d s the saints. E p h 1:18 tells u s t h a t o u r h e a r t s a r e able t o b e enlightened b y the t r u e k n o w l e d g e o f the L O R D J E S U S , s o t h a t ( a m o n g o t h e r things) w e m a y (also) k n o w t h e s u r p a s s i n g g r e a t n e s s of C H R I S T ' S p o w e r t o w a r d us w h o believe. W e m u s t n e v e r f o r g e t t h a t i t i s C H R I S T ' S p o w e r . T h e p o w e r belongs to H I M a n d H I S p u r p o s e s (which is the m e a n i n g of H I S w o r k s in J o h n 14:12-14). HE (in HIS PERSON and HIS ministry) manifests this power towards us through the medium of the anointing (see John 3:34b). [The p r o c e s s of being enlightened, m e n t i o n e d above, is to have the light of life in C H R I S T (see J o h n 8:12).] T r u e k n o w l e d g e releases f a i t h to believe. T h e w o r d " b e l i e v e " implies a G O D - f e a r i n g f a i t h . 2 Peter 1:3, tells us that this power f r o m GOD is also nurtured in us (or, perfected in us) through the true knowledge of CHRIST, so as to be all-sufficient for our life and, our ability to live that life in godliness.

True Power Is CHRIST Expressed Therefore, we need to understand that in order for us to know the power made available to us in CHRIST, we are required to have a growing p e r s o n a l experience of C H R I S T in GOD-fearing faith and true revelation knowledge of HIM. We have also learned that this is a word denominated knowing. But, this word is to be expressed in our lives. Ultimately, we are told that we need to enter a realm of the unity of faith ( in the saints) that actually finds its source in the LORD'S prayer in John 17. J o h n 17, is the r e a l m of collective p o w e r in the u n i t y of one S P I R I T . T h i s is the highest p u r p o s e of the law of the S P I R I T of life in C H R I S T J E S U S ! The working of G O D ' s law into us in a collective sense so that we 236


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can truly call ourselves children of GOD. And most importantly, that we act and live like children of GOD. This is the realm of the fullness of power of the CHRIST WHO fills all in all. It is from this realm, of the practical unity of faith, that the greater works (see John 14:9-14) will manifest. This realm was glimpsed in the early Church (Acts 4:32-37). The power dimension is realised in practical living (and experience). First, in terms of an inward impartation of CHRIST. Secondly, in terms of becoming an outward expression of CHRIST. This outward expression is an exhibition of the power of the CHRIST WHO is within us. This power is also a fragrance of CHRIST. For true power derives from the authority and real Presence of CHRIST (see Matt 28:18,20b) with us (and in us), and HIS nature manifesting through us. Colossians (in Col 1:9-11) expresses this "inward-outward" expression perfectly. This passage in effect tells us that we "may be filled with the knowledge (epignosis) of HIS (the FATHER'S) will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you (we) may walk in a manner worthy of the LORD, to please HIM in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge (epignosis) of GOD; strengthened with all power, according to HIS glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience ...." [Notice that steadfastness and patience are necessary ingredients for a practical unity of faith in the saints. We can also say that steadfastness and patience have meaning only in practical application. They are hallmarks of strength in character that are needed to build a unity of faith. They are hallmarks of Christian discipline and, full faith and trust in GOD. Such a person will know the LORD his GOD and HIS power in no uncertain terms.] Notice also that the strengthening with all power is a derivative of acting in accordance with the will of the FATHER (see also 1 John 5:1415). [John 17 crystallizes the highest level of the FATHER'S will. The practical unity of faith is essential to the FATHER'S will (see John 17:20-26, 6-13).] How does doing GOD's will strengthen us? We know that GOD's will received, is an expression of the anointing of the Spirit Of Counsel and Knowledge. However, acting in GOD's will is in accordance with two other attributes of the inward anointing, which we shall discuss in the next two chapters, the Spirit Of Wisdom and Understanding. When we act in accordance to GOD's will we are actually perfected. The perfecting of GOD's will in our lives strengthens us with true power. A typical examples is the power of obedience.

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When we walk in a manner worthy of the LORD, bearing good fruit in every good work, then we increase in true knowledge which in turn manifests more power, according to the FATHER'S might. We are thus able to tap into the realm of the FATHER'S power which raised CHRIST and seated HIM at HIS right hand. This power is "brought about" in CHRIST - into us. ["Paying the price," is an undertaking of total submission of faith that enables CHRIST'S power to manifest in and through us in HIS grace. We need to fast, pray, worship and contemplate for the right reasons of submission to GOD's will and nature (or, of being conformed to CHRIST'S death) so that we can receive from HIS price. Even the fellowship of HIS sufferings] Notice that the power is manifested inwardly as steadfastness and patience. It is the CHRIST nature or, character that is the storehouse and conduit of true power. Notice from the passage that this power is increased in line with a true and full knowledge of GOD. This begins in CHRIST and opens into the GODHEAD (see Matt 11:27) at the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT.

True Power Is Perfected In Us The passages from Eph 1:17-19 and Col 1:9-11, when combined, are actually telling us that inward growth leads to outward expression which in turn enables further inward growth. This is a process of perfecting CHRIST'S power in us. This perfecting is GOD's will. Spiritual strength is powered by the nature of GOD forming in us. Therefore, we can say that true power is fully conformed to the nature of GOD. We can also say that true power is subordinate to YAHWEH's nature. This is why Eph 3:16-19, tells us that as we are strengthened with power through the HOLY SPIRIT in our inner man, CHRIST will dwell in our hearts by faith. This is a GOD-fearing faith because it is accompanied by a rooting and grounding in love. [Remember, love spearheads the fear of GOD.] Eph 1:18 tells us that there is a realm of true understanding (or, discerning), when the eyes of our spirit heart are opened (see Eph 1:18a - NASB), that is birthed by this revelation of CHRIST being perfected in us through faith and love. This supernatural opening of our spirit man to enable understanding, is the anointing of the Spirit Of Understanding which we will discuss in the next chapter. We know from Col 1:9-l 1 that this understanding in tandem with wisdom is expressed outwardly to enable the process of perfecting us. From this, we can see that Eph 3:19 is talking about a process of CHRIST'S love being 238


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perfected in us. And this is a perfected knowing of the love of CHRIST that surpasses mere knowledge. This is the perfected and true knowledge of true love. This perfected love is the passport to enable us to be filled to all the fullness of GOD; that is, to become a partaker of the divine nature. Eph 3:20 tells us that GOD works all this into us in a realm of abundance beyond all that we ask or even think! But, this takes place via the power that works within us. This is the fullness of the anointing that is supernaturally imparted and nurtured in us by the power of the SPIRIT of CHRIST, in accordance to the riches of the FATHER'S Glory that verse 16 talks about.

UNDERSTANDING THE ANOINTING OF THE SPIRIT OF STRENGTH So what can we understand about the anointing of the Spirit Of Strength from the foregoing? The Spirit Of Strength is like an "energy form" that enables all of the attributes of the anointing to manifest within us and grow in us so that we are perfected. The impartation of strength (or power) inwardly transforms and changes our nature. In fact, the Spirit Of Strength can also be seen as a reflection of the "composite level" of the entire inward anointing (Eph 3:20b). The anointing of the Spirit Of Strength is actually an empowering that radiates all of the other six attributes of the anointing. [While we are studying the inward anointing in terms of its attributes, we must always remember that in practice the anointing works as a composite anointing. That means that each attribute of the anointing impacts the other. They actually merge into each other. For instance, wisdom would impact the fear of GOD. Because, it is wise to fear GOD. In the same way one who fears GOD will have wisdom. In this sense therefore, each attribute impacts the growth of the other.] Where does the "empowering" function of the anointing of the Spirit Of Strength come from? We know that when we are born again we receive an inward anointing as part of our new spirit man. Part of this anointing is the Spirit Of Strength. The "empowering" function (to enable or, give ability) is however, not part of the original structure of the anointing. It is the added feature of the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT that "empowers" the anointing within. [Or, in the absence of the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT, it is added through deep consecration. Few have experienced "empowering" through deep consecration.] The Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT also enables the manifestation of the gifts. That is, without the Baptism the gifts will not operate. [Although again,

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through deep consecration the power dimension can manifest through the inward anointing through the "empowering" function. Again few have manifested this realm. Sadhu Sunder Singh was able to heal through the inward anointing. He operated in this realm for a short while before deciding that the healings were taking the emphasis away from the gospel message.] We need to understand the "empowering" function. There needs to be a distinguishment of the gifts and the empowering aspects of the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT. For they are not the same. And we shall explain this in the succeeding paragraphs below. The subject of "tongues" enables us to see this distinguishment. How? The most common feature of the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT is the speaking of tongues. The speaking of tongues is commonly called "a gift." There is no doubt that there is a speaking in tongues that is a gift as noted in 1 Cor 12:10. All gifts operate under the anointing upon, under the jurisdiction of the HOLY SPIRIT (see 1 Cor 12:11) in the context of both a ministry anointing or, personal anointing. No one can turn on the gifts of the HOLY SPIRIT at their whims and fancies. However, those of us who do speak in tongues can do so at will. Why is this so? It is because the tongues that we normally speak are part of the "empowering" function rather than the operation of the gift. There are however, tongues that only appear under the anointing upon for specific purposes of deep worship or prayer under the jurisdiction of the HOLY SPIRIT and, then disappear when the anointing lifts. These tongues appear only as the HOLY SPIRIT wants to manifest them. Not everyone who speaks in tongues have experience of this realm of tongues. These tongues are what can be termed "the gift of tongues," that some times even manifest as human language (Acts 2:6,11). The normal tongues, on the other hand, are part of the "empowering" function of the inward anointing brought into position by the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT. Normal tongues are operated by dual operation of the Spirit Of Counsel and the Spirit Of Strength and, their primary function is to access (or, open) our spirit man for purposes of prayer, worship, contemplation, and ultimately, communion in the SPIRIT of CHRIST. On the other hand, a person who is born-again and not SPIRIT baptised can only open his spirit man through the anointing upon. That is, he must worship, pray or contemplate in sufficient depth to receive the personal anointing upon before he is able to have his spirit man opened. He does not have an internal empowering function in place. [Although, he can have this 240


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in time after developing spiritually in deep consecration like Brother Lawrence and people like him. The thing is how many brethren can do it this way?] So those who want to enter the realm of the spirit man (without being SPIRIT baptised) have to enter deep realms of consecration before they can enter the spirit dimensions of the anointing within (see Gal 6:18; Phil 4:23; 2 Tim 4:22). This requires a struggle to overcome the soul reality that is a natural and difficult barrier to overcome in all of us. So for instance, St. John Of The Cross, who lived in the sixteenth century and was called the mystics mystic, describes his contemplative experiences in the spirit as arising only after the subduing of his soul functions through deep consecration. He describes his experiences as a journey past his soul man, presumably after several years. He is described as someone who fell in love with GOD and to whom the passages of the Songs Of Solomon described his own experience of his communion of love with GOD. He was truly a great man who loved GOD for HIMSELF and not for what he could receive from the MOST HIGH. Brother Lawrence speaks of a four year period of "enormous anguish of soul" before he entered into the communion of bliss in the LORD in which "GOD at times took him as by the hand and led him before all the heavenly court." The empowering function is part of the Spirit Of Strength. The Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT enables us to have this (virtually) instantly; which otherwise would take years to develop. [That does not mean that we can enter realms which Brother Lawrence experienced instantly but, it is easier and it is available to those who will persevere to love GOD for HIMSELF and not for what they can get from HIM. So we see that while the methods can be different, the principle remains immutable.] The'Spirit Of Strength also operates with other attributes of the inward anointing. Another typical example is the empowering function operating in tandem with the Spirit Of Knowledge. This manifests as the sensation of "knowing" or "sensing" that arises from our spirit similar to the gift of knowledge. However, it is not the gift of knowledge. It is the ability to sense and know with our inward man. 1 Cor 13:12 depicts the full potential of this inward anointing when it is fully made available to us in heaven when we pass through the River Of The Water Of Life (Rev 22:1). Sadhu Sunder Singh talks of how he saw this happening in his visions. The Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT is a completion of the structure of the inward anointing. It is the grace GOD has given us so that more of us ordinary folk will be able to enter the realm of perfection through consecration instead

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of the "odd ones" like Brother Lawrence, St John Of The Cross, Sadhu Sunder Singh etc. This is why the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT is necessary for every Christian. Its fundamental purpose is to empower our consecration to YAHWEH and our ministry to the world around us. Unfortunately, that is not how the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT has been seen through the Charismatic experiences. Too many people still see the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT as a gateway to "easy" power. As we have stated earlier we cannot separate true power from the nature required to manifest that power. There actually comes a point where true power is true character in the image of CHRIST.] But, there is more to understand about the anointing. The anointing of the Spirit Of Strength is also an "energy form" that is able to "connect" us into the anointing upon so that the fullness of the personal anointing is able to operate together with the corporate or ministry anointing that is operating.

Differentiating The Personal And The Ministry Anointings Let us try and put the personal anointing and the ministry anointing in context in the next few paragraphs. The corporate ministry anointing upon is different from the personal anointing. The ministry anointing is a corporate ministry anointing that we have to learn to submit to and flow with when we are ministering. The corporate ministry is GOD's sovereign ministry to HIS children and must therefore, be seen from the perspective of GOD's sovereignty. The personal anointing on the other hand, enables us to operate in our free-will consistent with our conformance to the nature of CHRIST (and HIS word) via the inward anointing. However, when the ministry anointing or, corporate anointing is operating, (as an anointing upon - for example, in a Sunday Service) the personal anointing must be brought in submission to the higher realm of the ministry anointing upon. Many ministers operate under the personal anointing (instead of flowing with the ministry anointing that is made available to the corporate body present at a gathering of believers) and this severely limits the fullness of the ministry anointing from manifesting. The fullness of the ministry anointing will only flow when we are able to be fully submissive as yielded vessels to the HOLY SPIRIT; able to receive HIM and HIS instructions precisely (through the inward dimensions of the personal anointing; that is, the inward anointing). That takes practice and consecration, that will enable us to receive the leading of GOD via the inward anointing of the Spirit Of Counsel.

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The corporate ministry anointings are strictly the sovereign ministry of the SPIRIT of CHRIST. Nonetheless, the ministry anointing requires the inward anointing to manifest in the submissive form of (for example) receiving Counsel in the Fear Of GOD. So what distinguishes the personal anointing from the ministry anointing is "how we manifest our free-will" with regards to each anointing. In this sense, we must always attempt to respond to the superior realm of the anointing that is operating. If we are operating under the ministry anointing, the free-will must ideally be in total submission to the will of the MOST HIGH. Under the personal anointing, we can in principle function freely in conformance to the nature of CHRIST and the word. The personal anointing actually enables us to function in the way we want to as (true) children of GOD. The ministry anointing however, has the exclusive purpose of being a channel for GOD's particular and specific ministry purposes at that point in time. So when the ministry anointing is operating one has to learn to bring the inward anointing to full submission. [It is important however, to understand that the freedom in the personal anointing must not be abused. For the personal anointing is an offering before YAHWEH. And, if we offer strange fire before the LORD persistently - we will die (see Lev 10:1-2; Matt 7:21-23). For YAHWEH is holy.] When we function in corporate ministry, GOD always gives us the option to choose how to minister. HE always deals with us in our freewill. But, there is something far greater than our free-will, in CHRIST obedience. Obedience, is the free-will mechanism where we discover the beauty of GOD's OWN will expressed in the wonder of HIS nature in us and through us. And, when we are able to be fully submissive in obedience, our ministry will enter a total reality far beyond our "own" abilities under the inward anointing. This is what is meant by operating in the ministry anointings.

Understanding The Strength Of The Personal Anointing Coming back to the subject of the personal anointing. When the anointing upon and the anointing within are "in place" or functional, what is produced is a perfect blending or, perfect partnership of the two modes of the personal anointing. This blending is possible to the "fullness level" of each vessel you and me. The term fullness is reflective of the CHRIST-fullness level of the personal anointing that is in turn a function of the anointing within. This explains the necessity for consecration. This fullness of the personal 243


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anointing is always reflective, of the level of the true power, of the composite inward anointing in us. That is, the level of the anointing of the Spirit Of Strength. The term that we may be filled up to all the fullness of GOD, mentioned in Eph 3:19, is not some theoretical fullness to be achieved some time in the future but, one that we are able to experience at some level of "fullness" every day (see also Eph 4:13). This level of fullness grows and is a practical expression of what the LORD spoke of in John 14:23. Therefore, the anointing of the Spirit Of Strength is something that impacts all of our spiritual activities in terms of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS - in terms of both the inward and outward dimensions of the law. Remember we are being built into a fully fledged temple of the MOST HIGH in fulfillment of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. Ultimately, Eph 3:19 and John 14:23 are fully expressed as Rev 21:3-7. This temple is to be built by the word "energised" or quickened by resurrection power. Our baptism (Matt 28:19) in its totality reflects our commitment (in covenant) to this taking place in us (Rom 6:3-5). It is about the practical application of this positional (entered into at our baptism) that Paul is talking about in Phil 3:10-12: "That I may know HIM, and the power of HIS resurrection and the fellowship of HIS sufferings being conformed to HIS death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by CHRIST JESUS." [See also Matt 28:20, in the context of verse 19.] Our knowing CHRIST precipitates three elements that enable us to realise the fullness of consecration committed to at baptism. There is a realisation of a "perfecting of power," a realisation of a "perfecting through suffering" that enables a fellowship with CHRIST (see Rom 8:16-18; 1 Cor 1:4-9), and a realisation of a "perfecting of living" in CHRIST-like fashion by dying to self (Gal 2:20). This entire three-part process is the one baptism that Paul talks about in the context of Eph 4:4-6. This one baptism is a necessary ingredient to the unity of one faith, that is the one body in one SPIRIT. [This is "koinonia."] That this will be so by the grace of GOD is our collective hope in one LORD JESUS CHRIST - for CHRIST is not divided (see 1 Cor 1:10-13) - to the glory of "ONE GOD and ONE FATHER of all 244


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WHO is over all and through all and in all." This last statement falls into the depth of meaning that is "our FATHER" versus "my FATHER".

INTRODUCING THE CORPORATE DIMENSIONS OF POWER To truly know CHRIST is to live CHRIST in one body (i.e., to live beyond the dimensions of man made barriers knowing that the Church of JESUS CHRIST is beyond the dimensions of the natural) to the glory of the FATHER. This is an attainment that we press on into. This is an attainment on a personal level in two realms. The realm of our personal life in CHRIST and, in the realm of our position in the Church and how we regard the Church. We shall attempt to explain these "corporate" dimensions in the succeeding paragraphs. There is a personal attainment that is at the body of CHRIST level. This is tied to the realm of the unity of the faith that we have talked about. The unity of faith is a level of maturity in CHRIST, in the likeness of CHRIST. Eph 4:12-15, carefully speaks of the unity of faith in the fullness of CHRIST. Verse 15, talks about speaking the truth in love in order to build the body of CHRIST, which as verse 12 tells us is the purpose of true ministry. Some would of course like to interpret unity of faith as having the same faith and beliefs. There certainly is such a realm but, it is the realm of perfection in the fullness of CHRIST, rather than the wearing of a label of apparent "communion," in terms of a structure in the natural. This perfection must exist in terms of both beliefs and practice of those beliefs. In an imperfect world amongst imperfect Christian brethren the unity of faith necessarily involves love of the brethren with faith in GOD, that manifests the practice of 1 Cor 13:7-8a in our living as Christian brethren (amongst brethren at different faith levels). To interpret the unity of faith along narrow s e c t a r i a n lines (or, in terms of commonalities), implies lacking in the full knowledge and appreciation of the boundaries of salvation defined by the bloodline of the LORD JESUS! Who is our brother? The two principal actors in the parable of the Good Samaritan were a Jew and a Samaritan. JESUS came for both. Theologically, the Jew and the Samaritan were incompatible. Yet JESUS came for both. They both mattered to HIM - equally. Are we (you and me) Samaritan enough to bind the wounds of falsehood and half truth - in love - so that someone

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will live? And, not only live, but in turn help others that we may otherwise not be able to reach. Or, are we (you and me) the priest who passed by without batting an eyelid? Praying (in tongues?) even as he passed by. Or, are we (you and me) the scribe full of the knowledge of scripture and apparently (evangelically?) all sufficient in it? The attainment mentioned in Phil 3:10-12, is expressive of a perfecting of power. The power to see and to minister to (and in) the spiritual dimensions of the body of CHRIST, knowing that there is a building of the Church far beyond any organizational or, denominational concept of the Church as we understand it. A power defined through the expression of love. The power to minister in wisdom and love. Wisdom implying the expressive mind of CHRIST and, love implying the heart of JESUS CHRIST. [We often forget that the epistles are addressed in the context of the body of CHRIST. There is a realm of interpretation of the epistles that is in the context of the body of CHRIST, in addition to that of interpretation in a personal sense.] From the foregoing in the context of Phil 3:10-12, we could also say that knowing CHRIST includes knowing HIS power, knowing HIS suffering and, knowing HIM through HIM being expressed through us (singularly and collectively), even as we realise our calling in HIM and our inheritance - in the saints - in HIM (see Eph 1:18). The greatest part of our inheritance is to be able to live in eternity in a perfect body of CHRIST! That's not easy to see and appreciate. We are saints by calling. And our inheritance is in the saints. We really need to see this - an other centered salvation of self! Notice the phrase "in the saints". There is a realm of inheritance that is in the saints. There is a realm of GOD's promises available to those who are able to love the body of CHRIST. Notice that the astonishing dimensions of Eph 1 are addressed to the Church rather than to us as individuals, although there is definitely an application in a personal dimension. If we analyse Eph 1:18 "backwards" towards verse 17, we can also see that there is a knowing of CHRIST that is in the saints! I believe that we have yet to understand our personal standing in the collective of being the children of the MOST HIGH. Remember, the elder brother, in the parable of the Prodigal Son, who couldn't accept the younger brother. The elder brother couldn't understand how the younger brother could still attain sonship. The understanding arising from the reason the LORD began the LORD's prayer with "our FATHER" instead of "my FATHER." 246


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We have objectively projected our pre-occupation with self (in terms of power and organizational structure) into our theologies. And, all of us are guilty in different contexts. And our collective guilt is reflected in the way we relate to each other objectively. It is an objectivity that is not of the nature of CHRIST; in particular, the mind of CHRIST. We have missed the essential lesson of John 13. Never forget that the LORD JESUS washed the feet of Judas and broke bread with Judas too. The LORD JESUS gave Judas HIS best without distinction eventhough HE knew he would betray HIM. HE acted in Judas'best interests! The LORD offered the fullness of covenant to Judas in the same proportion as HE did to Peter and John. Shouldn't we do the same? We need to understand that by washing the feet of Judas, the LORD was telling him that HE loved him dearly, in spite of what he planned to do. We need to address John 13 amongst ourselves. To the extent that we refuse to do so, to that extent will our ministries be fenced in and hypocritical of CHRIST. The law of love is unconditional, infinitely above the traumas of a Church history that takes into account only the natural dimensions as perceived by foolish men. In 1 Kgs 19, Elijah actually thought that GOD had failed, that was the real reason why such a great man of GOD was discouraged. And, the point GOD made to Elijah was that HE cannot fail! Has GOD failed in particular segments of Church history? Has GOD failed in particular segments of HIS Church? HE cannot fail. It is our thinking that has failed. We have failed, but HE cannot fail. There are many millions of Christians who are not receiving the deeper realms of truth because we are unable to see the Presence of CHRIST in them. Or, because we are unable to see the power of GOD beyond the dimensions of man. We have forgotten the power of the blood. We are, in this context, paying lip service to the blood of our LIFE. In 2 Cor 12:9, we are told that GOD's grace is sufficient for us. That power is perfected in weakness. This weakness, is a weakness that makes man entirely dependent on GOD. This is the secret of power. Phil 4:13 invites us to discover the realm of fellowship with CHRIST by which we are able to do all things through HIM WHO strengthens us. [Notice that the purpose of power is to bring us into a realm of partnership with CHRIST. Understand that all power is sovereign to YAHWEH ALONE.] We need to realise that there is a body dimension to this grace as seen in 1 John 1:7. That this grace is received and manifested through the power of the blood! What is the real power of the blood? CHRIST'S steadfast love, inspite of all that we have hurled (and continue to hurl?) at HIM. Perhaps we have not really understood Rom 5:8? 247


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In a singular personal sense there is a drawing of grace based on faith that CHRIST is with us. It is the act of trusting and depending on GOD (in accordance to HIS word and HIS will for our lives) to supply our needs that enables us to have true personal fellowship with CHRIST. However as we read 1 Cor 1:2-9, in the context of the Church of GOD, we can notice that there is a greater fellowship with CHRIST that is hidden in this passage. So we are told that GOD will supply all our needs in accordance to HIS riches in glory in CHRIST JESUS (Phil 4:19). Eph 3:14-16 clearly tells us that the riches are in a collective realm too. The collective realm that is the essence of our FATHER'S FATHERhood to the saints. Note that the epistle to the Philippians (1:1) is addressed "to all the saints in CHRIST JESUS." That, is a definitive statement of the Church's existence in a realm called "in CHRIST." There is a realm of power available to those who are able to work in this realm to build the Church. A power in the fullness of CHRIST which Eph 1:19-23 describes in no uncertain terms. The Church Triumphant on earth must tap into this realm of power - the testimony of CHRIST in us. Not simply as individuals, but as the body of CHRIST! In the realm of CHRIST'S heart there are no denominations - there never were any. This is the final point about the anointing of the Spirit Of Strength. And this is that the anointing of Strength is an anointing of union in CHRIST; which, is why we are able to minister corporately through it. We need to understand that the principle reason for the anointing of Strength is not to be simply transformed in ourselves alone; but to transform others. Imagine how powerful will be the anointing when we break the yoke of selfishness and self-righteousness! This anointing is tied to the FATHERhood of GOD [HIS oath], as Eph 3:14-15 seems to mention almost in passing. Yet it is verses 14-15, that are the essence of GOD's fullness; since, it is the love of the FATHER that is at the heart of salvation. Now we can begin to really understand John 14:23-31. Arise brethren, let us go from here. There is a victory to be claimed and manifested in the name of JESUS CHRIST. It is time to carry the cross of HIS victory in HIS name and through HIS testimony. AMEN!

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rue understanding governs our functioning in the inward anointing both inwardly and outwardly. True understanding governs the spiritual level at which we function. And, true understanding impacts all of our actions. Understanding is therefore, at the heart of the process of being perfected. As we are perfected, we grow in (more) true understanding. We can therefore, say that understanding necessarily governs the practical aspects of life and ministry in accordance with the will of GOD.

Prov 20:5 enables us to see this: "A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, but a man of understanding draws it out." This verse is speaking of drawing out a plan received in the spirit heart of man. This is a plan imparted by GOD, which requires understanding f o r it to be communicated (to our soul - mind, will and emotions) and applied. In this sense therefore, understanding works in two ways. Firstly, it discovers the will (or plan) of GOD. Secondly, as GOD's will (or plan) is applied - through wisdom - new knowledge and deeper understanding is created so as to enable us to access the deeper aspects of GOD's will (or plan). The will (or plan) of GOD is drawn out as we grow spiritually. [Col 1:9 tells us that we can actually be filled with GOD's will!] This drawing out process includes the inward molding arising from the experience of outward practical expression, that is the essence of the process of being perfected. GOD's planning always requires a continuous process of (our) perfecting so that our access to the deeper, greater and fuller, aspects of HIS plan and will is given to us via the attributes of the inward anointing. So in this sense the anointing itself is being perfected into us. [Col 1:9b tells us that we must be filled with the knowledge of HIS will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding - all attributes of the inward anointing.]


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The attributes of the inward anointing allow us to access and receive GOD's plans, as well as apply them. True understanding is at the heart of this process. Our understanding matures in the process of being perfected. True understanding is therefore, a wholly dependent state of inner being. A spiritual clinging to YAHWEH. A state of dependence in GOD that knows, understands and objectively acknowledges the sovereignty of GOD. Spiritual understanding is very different from natural understanding. Spiritual understanding is of the spirit heart while natural understanding is of the soul heart. One is received submissively from GOD and molded into us, while the other is produced by (natural) effort in line with the perceptions of an external (worldly and/or semi-spiritual) reality and purpose. In the pursuit of true understanding there is effort, but it is effort made to bring ourselves humbly before GOD. Effort is made to draw from CHRIST by being conformed to the death of CHRIST (Phil 3:10b; Rom 6:10-11). A death characterised by obedience and submission to GOD (Heb 5:8-9). A death to self (see Rom 6:4-7).

UNDERSTANDING IS A PROCESS GOVERNED BY SPIRITUAL LAWS True understanding is an anointing. And it grows in us even as we are perfected. We are told in Heb 11:3a that we understand by faith. This is an understanding by faith in GOD that defines a reality in GOD. There is nothing strange about this proposition. For, as we are discovering, faith is a foundation to all aspects of the inward anointing!

Understanding Faith And Love As Spiritual Laws Faith in fact governs the nurturing and expression of the anointing. That's why Rom 3:27b calls faith a law. Even as love is a law (Deut 6:4-6; Matt 22:37-40). This means that both faith and love operate as laws - spiritual laws, that are elements of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. So faith makes the clear and unambiguous decision that we need GOD; that GOD IS; that we can only understand and discover GOD on HIS terms and in HIS way (see John 14:6); and, that we need to have a living (every day) relationship with GOD. The law of love governs the establishment of the inward anointing through the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. Without love, there will ultimately be no anointing and no life in us. That's what 1 Cor 13 250


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explains to us very clearly. Why? Because love is the essence of GOD's nature (1 John 4:7-8). It is the pinnacle of GOD's law. As the LORD said, on it depends all the law and the prophets (Matt 22:40). It is the law of love that defines all true relationships - GOD and man and, man and man. Love is the salt (or, "heart") of GOD's covenant with us. Without love there is no meaningful life. [Notice also that Ezekiel (43:12) calls holiness a law too. The law of the temple of GOD. The law that is essential to the "fullness" of the anointing, for holiness is the law that governs the manifestation of the fullness of the glory of GOD in HIS temple. Holiness is the law that governs our regard of the PERSON of YAHWEH. HE is holy. And, if we disregard this we will die.]

The Understanding Of Faith Establishes The Law Rom 3:31 states that the law of faith establishes the law of GOD. [Don't forget that we are talking of faith-in-GOD.] How? Through understanding; supernaturally, even as the law of GOD is written into us and perfected in us, so that we become partakers of the divine nature! GOD writes HIS law into our heart through our faith in CHRIST and, our knowing of CHRIST (by revelation), both of which are expressed (matured and perfected) in our daily living. Understanding is the process of "writing." This understanding establishes the true knowledge of GOD (in CHRIST) into us (see Jer 9:24a; Prov 9:10b). Understanding is therefore, at the heart of revelation that is expressed or lived. Understanding enables us to choose wisely and righteously. And understanding allows us to learn fully. "Epignosis" or, full and true knowledge implies some ["fullness"] level of an inherent perfected state of understanding. By understanding, the law of GOD is established into our heart. Understanding is therefore, key to true spiritual growth. No one can grow in the word without true understanding. To the extent that we refuse to sit at GOD's feet to gain understanding of HIS word and HIS plans for our life, to that extent will we walk in imperfection and even in falsehood. And to that extent will we fail to grow spiritually. And to that extent will we function in the flesh. True understanding is a spiritual attribute that allows meaningful (conscious and even sub-conscious) "thought communion" with GOD. We know that the highest realm of the law reflects the character of GOD (see the examples in Lev 19). So faith establishes the law by enabling us to receive and put on (through the process of being perfected) the character 251


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of GOD by a spiritual process of true understanding. This is why true understanding is of the heart and not the mind - Prov 20:5. Because true understanding requires a godly nature and, is actually a manifestation of the divine nature in us. We can see this through Prov 9:10 which tells us that the knowledge of the HOLY ONE is understanding. The knowledge here is revelation knowledge perfected into us. As Eph 1:15,17 implies, faith is a prerequisite to revelation knowledge. Understanding is perfected revelation knowledge. Revelation knowledge perfected in faith. It is the acting out of this faith that enables the process of perfecting that manifests (amongst other things) as understanding. So we see that the law of faith governs our understanding, because the law of faith has the ultimate intent of enabling us to put on the nature of GOD, in CHRIST. This can only be done through our knowing of CHRIST JESUS. A knowing that arises from abiding in CHRIST which is part of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. An "abiding" that includes living CHRIST daily - in HIS word and in HIS love. We can now see why the supreme law of them all is expressed in two PERSONS of the TRINITY. Certainly this is a law (of blessings!) that mandates an intimacy with GOD. An (experiential) intimacy governed by hope, faith and love. And the greatest of these is love! Now we can understand why 1 Cor 13:4-8 is expressed as the practical expression and manifestation of hope, faith and trust. Those who do not learn the things of GOD by faith in HIM will find it impossible to understand HIM or HIS ways. They will stumble and fall (Isa 29:9-14). There is a spiritual (true intellectual) faith position that puts GOD at the centre of the universe of wisdom, knowledge and understanding (see Prov 3:13-26) rather than the puny mind of man. There is a huge difference between trying to examine GOD and HIS scriptures through our puny mind games, and sitting at the feet of the LORD and learning in submission to HIM. Sitting at the LORD's feet is in fact an experience of true learning that has no boundaries. Why? Because the true learning that is expressed in the inward attributes of wisdom, knowledge and understanding are fully expressed inwardly and outwardly - through the limitless potentials of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUSl So we see here a law that is actually a blessing of limitless proportions - in CHRIST - by the HOLY 252


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SPIRIT! This is the true law of the universe as GOD meant it to always be (see Gen 1:31a; 1:2-3). The law (of blessing!) that expresses the perfect FATHERhood of GOD. So we see that this is the law of GOD's FATHERhood. And, it is the law that manifests the FATHER'S glory in us as we worship HIM in our lives. A law of a new nature that yearns to do GOD's will, rather than the one of "do's and dont's." The Old Covenant law of do's and dont's is gone as far as the child of GOD is concerned. The New Covenant law is one of partnership with the HOLY SPIRIT, a law of life in the nature of CHRIST, lived in, through and by, the SPIRIT of CHRIST to the glory of the FATHER (in fulfillment of the FATHER'S will). A true and perfected knowledge in the fullness of GOD. This is to be the substance of our spirit man.

Understanding Hope As A Spiritual Law We have now come to some understanding as to how faith and love are spiritual laws. What about hope? Heb 11:1 tells us hope is essential to the law of faith. The law of faith finds its "substance" (NKJV) in our hope in GOD and, HIS word and its promises. Very simply, GOD is our Refuge and Strength. That is a reality of hope that can only be actualized by applying the law of faith in CHRIST. This is an experiential reality. And, the final test is the "truth" of this experience. [Every human being is responsible for his own beliefs - true and false ones. GOD has given each of us a conscience to evaluate truth and live by it. For every kind of faith is experienced and is evaluated within ourselves through our consciences.] In HIM is our life. This hope actually defines the position that we want GOD to occupy in our hearts. This is the real secret of the power of hope. Hope in GOD wants GOD. And this hope is GOD's grace to us. [True hope births and propels true desire.] Hope is essential to believing that "GOD is" as required by Heb 11:6. True hope manifests a true reality. Faith enables the reality to be realised while true understanding gauges the reality - whether it is true or false; and determines how to relate to that reality through wisdom. [The man who proclaims falsehood too (also) claims to have understanding. True understanding is from GOD and in GOD, while false understanding is man denominated. Every human being chooses what he understands. Because, every kind of understanding involves faith. All 253


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intellectual understanding is based on a set of assumptions that man believes by faith; ultimately, by faith in GOD or, by faith in man. Man can also by faith and a self-denominated understanding design his own god.] Rom 8:28 defines what I shall call "the law of true hope and desire": "And we know that GOD causes all things to work together for good to those who love GOD, to those who are called according to HIS purpose." Our calling is to be saints. It is also our hope in CHRIST. A saint must have true understanding to know this reality in CHRIST. When hope crystallizes into a true knowing, a higher realm of hope is opened for a deeper knowing. This is the law of hope. This law of hope will propel spiritual growth in eternity! So perfection is born of hope and, this hope we must be prepared to see, so that we can see this being established in us in fulfillment of covenant. Actually, the oath of the word to us. We also need to understand that without hope no human being can live even in the natural. Hence if hope is of the utmost importance in the natural, how much more important must it be in the spiritual. So there is also a hope in the spiritual that is fiction and there is a hope which is true. Every human being chooses his realm of hope - knowingly. 1 John 3:2-3 describes another position: "Beloved, now we are children of GOD, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when HE appears, we shall be like HIM, because we shall see HIM just as HE is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on HIM purifies himself, just as HE is pure." [The children of GOD require understanding to truly know.] Both these passages (in Rom 8 and 1 John 3) describe spiritual positions arising from hope. And this hope creates the spiritual atmosphere by which GOD imparts the faith by which we take hold of (or, realize) our hope. This hope is powerful because it is hope in GOD's oath (Heb 6:17-19) of covenant. GOD has given every man a measure of faith. If we "see" some measure of hope in CHRIST, we have created the atmosphere for the manifestation and growth of faith-in-GOD through CHRIST. A hope based growth that perfects (or, purifies) us (1 John 3:3). Hope is therefore an essential part of our understanding that enables our desires to be expressed and perfected or, purified. Hope is the atmosphere within which true faith (in GOD) operates. This hope is ultimately evaluated objectively through understanding. A process of maturing our faith. Every human being has been given a conscience to "know" whether he is practicing truth. But, there is something more basic for us to understand. What creates true faith out of the false expressions of faith that categorize the daily lives of 254


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mankind? [After all, all of mankind lives by faith. Faith in wealth, education, status, power, god or GOD.] The (tangible) manifestation of GOD's (prevenient) grace. Only if we receive the grace of GOD to hope in CHRIST can we really believe in GOD. The anointing which breaks the yoke is the key to this happening. This is true power to evangelize. So Rom 10:8-10. implies a belief nurtured by hope - in GOD - expressed by faith through CHRIST. The anointing precipitates the atmosphere to receive true hope that in turn releases true faith that manifests the born again experience. Because, hope in GOD can only be seen and received in CHRIST through the SPIRIT of CHRIST. All other forms of hope are created by man and will vanish. This brings us to an important conclusion: One cannot receive salvation without receiving the hope of CHRIST that GOD wants to give supernaturally. That hope is GOD's grace to all mankind. Our efforts at evangelism must therefore be focussed on hope. That CHRIST ALONE is the hope of life. And we must be inwardly sensitive to the anointing manifesting during our efforts at evangelism. [The same principle applies in counselling. There must be hope of a change. And, true hope can only manifest supernaturally. Prevenient grace is not theology, it is reality! It is the secret to facilitating change in someone supernaturally. Actually, it is prevenient grace that establishes us in perfection. We don't earn it; we only receive it.] The anointing will produce the atmosphere for hope to manifest and be received supernaturally. Why hope? Because only true hope will produce true faith. The nonexistence of true hope is the reason for the high drop out rate on new conversions. This is a reflection of inefficient and sloppy teaching. To "teach" hope requires time with the LORD. This is HIS speciality. For hope defies human logic; although, there is a profound logic flow when true faith is birthed and forms understanding. We usually function on the basis of the inward anointing. But, GOD wants us to be sensitive to the greater potential of the anointing upon too. The awesome power of the SPIRIT of Truth (John 16:8), in the incomparable manifested Presence of GOD, that destroys all barriers of falsehood and convicts in no uncertain terms. There is a faith and hope based entirely on GOD; and, there is a faith and hope based on the world, ourselves and, what we perceive. One realm is true and the other is apparent. One is eternal and the other is governed by the dimensions of space and time - and, will surely pass away. One is governed by the eternal word and the other by human

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"discovery" in accordance to human perceptions of "truth". One looks to GOD for continuous fulfillment in partnership and revelation; while, the other exists in the illusion of temporal self fulfillment.

Distinguishing The Eternal From The Temporal It is illusion, because the simple process of aging will by itself eat away all temporal fulfillment. The word "illusion" is used in the context of the passage of time. It is not expressed as an absolute (illusion). This brings us to one of the keys of true understanding. All things pertaining to Truth will never pass away. All things that are temporal will pass away. All things eternal will remain because eternity is progressive and therefore nothing is wasted. We can express our lives in the dimensions of space and time or, in the dimensions of a dynamic eternity! In CHRIST, we have the free choice to move into either realm. Wisdom will show us where to truly go. Understanding will enable us to evaluate the results. Knowledge will enable us to receive the truth tangibly (see Prov 24:3-4 in the context of the house of our lives - the temple of GOD). And, please don't misunderstand what is being said here. We can even live in eternity while pursuing our everyday careers and lives too. The eternal involves principles lived in partnership with GOD and, the functioning in HIS nature. Eternity involves living in accordance with HIS will and leading. Eternity involves a living in covenant with GOD. We can have true fulfillment even in a temporal job. The fulfillment is in seeing GOD do great things through us. The fulfillment is caused by the satisfying Presence of GOD in us and with us. Temporal fulfillment sees us do great things for ourselves. Unfortunately we and the "great things" don't last forever and so the fulfillment vanishes. But, fulfillment in GOD is forever because HE is forever and we are forever in HIM. This is an experiential reality. In fact, both realms are fully experiential. Only, one experience fades, while the other continues increasing forever! Which will we choose to enter and continue in? Eternity is not a static realm, it is a continuing and progressive realm. It is the realm of building. It is the realm of the creative. It is a perfect realm because perfection never dies, simply because perfection expresses itself in GOD. And, GOD expresses HIMSELF in perfection. The idea of abiding in CHRIST is intimately tied to this concept of perfection. Perfection defines the realm of our being in CHRIST. 256


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Space and time on the other hand are passing dimensions. They change but, the change is temporal and limited and vanishing. GOD has, and is using space and time to manifest a creation capable of functioning in an eternal totality that HE is creating and manifesting fully in HIMSELF. What about the spirit realm? The spirit realm functions differently from the natural realm but, it is not necessarily eternal. The spirit realm obeys spiritual laws but it is determined by the same predestined will of GOD that determines the natural realm. Eternity exists only in the perfection of GOD. Eternity derives from HIS essential nature and it builds with HIS moral nature. [GOD is eternal. Eternity, as creation experiences it, is a subordinate realm that derives from the eternal in GOD. It is a realm that is manifested in HIS perfection; with HIS perfection being translated into HIS creation in growing measures. We can only live in eternity by and through GOD. Eternity is a realm where the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS will continually mature in increasing measures of the fullness of YAHWEHSHAMMAH. This is the tabernacle revelation that manifests in Rev 21. This is eternal life lived in GOD and this is the meaning of 1 Cor 15:28. Eternity is a continuity that is beyond time. Beyond, because it builds while time dissipates into nothingness. All that is established in time vanishes over time. Only eternity will remain and continue - "building." It will be fascinating to discover what the meaning of this word "continuity" is. But, the continuity will (and must) always be in GOD ALONE. Praise the LORD!]

The Processes Of Understanding Heb 11:6, tells us that without faith it would be impossible to please GOD. This statement has application in the contexts of both spiritual growth and spiritual expression. True faith is belief practiced in accordance to the true will of GOD and HIS true word. True faith moves us into the realm of perfection. At the heart of the practice of true faith is the process of understanding. To receive the counsels of GOD is one thing but, to understand it so that it may be perfectly applied (in faith) is quite another thing. We are each learning how to understand at the feet of YAHWEH. For understanding, can't be received any where else because understanding is a derivative attribute of YAHWEH's Omniscience. So therefore, true understanding is a process dependent on GOD ALONE. 257


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Prov 20:5, is telling us about a plan. If it is GOD's plan for our life, it would be a perfect plan that can potentially be implemented perfectly. For example, YAHWEH's plan for the SON of MAN has been and is continuing to be established perfectly into us. That is the standard of measure. In the gospels we see that the LORD had perfect understanding of HIS FATHER'S purposes. We also see that this perfect understanding was manifested in perfect obedience and submission. We too have to discover GOD's purposes for our life with perfect understanding - in perfect submission and obedience. Both submission and obedience are needed for the perfecting of our understanding. We need to realize that submission and obedience are part of the anointing of the Spirit Of Understanding. They are necessary to true understanding. Submission and obedience are manifestations of GOD-fearing faith. The processes of understanding - by submission and obedience - are necessary for our training as sons and daughters of GOD (see Heb 11:1-2, 11; 12:20-21). [Notice that even false understanding requires submission and obedience. Most people do not realize this. That's the power of satan's deception.] The children of GOD must, by definition, understand the perfect counsels of GOD. How else would they be able to follow their FATHER and SHEPHERD. [Notice that the children of darkness walk in some level of understanding in the ways of "perfect" darkness (or, a darkness premised on apparent perfection). They too follow their "father" (see Matt 12:33-35).] The processes by which we learn to discover (and abide by) the ways of our GOD are part of the spiritual substance of the anointing of the Spirit Of Understanding. In effect, understanding must be accompanied by the fear of GOD. For it is the fear of GOD that will manifest submission and obedience. Truth too has an important part to play in submission and obedience. The anointing of truth defines the inward spiritual atmosphere that enables us to receive true understanding (and for that matter true counsel, true knowledge and true wisdom). But, Truth exists only in GOD. So Prov 9:10b tells us, that knowledge of the HOLY ONE is understanding. What we are being told is that the knowledge (as defined in accordance with John 6:56;63) of GOD (in CHRIST), HIS PERSON, HIS life, HIS nature, HIS word and HIS ways, mold and establish our understanding through a blood covenant relationship that is lived. The body describes a state of being while the blood describes a living relationship in covenant. This reality exists only in HIM.

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[It has to be so because only GOD is Truth. All men accept or reject this statement both objectively and subjectively. The rejection always manifests in terms of the proposition that "truth is god". And this truth is anything defined by our will, intellect, perceptions etc. This is why the LORD JESUS CHRIST had to come to perfect the anointing within the temple of HIS body, in the Truth defined by HIS PERSON, so that the anointing that will be used to mold man would be established in clear unambiguous and perfect terms, fully conformed to a true and perfect manhood that is entirely GOD focussed and GOD centered. This is why truth does not appear in Isa 11:2. The truth that would be the light of the inward anointing had to be defined in CHRIST'S Manhood. And it would determine and define the attributes of the anointing based on all that CHRIST would accomplish through the cross.] The knowledge of YAHWEH is discovered in CHRIST (Matt 11:27; Eph 1:17-19; John 6:56). We are being told that understanding derives from our knowing our GOD and, our position in HIM, as defined by HIS word and HIS PERSONAL counsel in our lives. But, understanding also gives credence to knowledge. For understanding gives form and substance to the application of knowledge which is what John 6:56,63 is talking of. What causes the substance and process of understanding to take form in us is the LORD JESUS CHRIST - the Way, the Truth, and the Life. HE ALONE is the True Vine. When the LORD declared, "I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life," HE was making an all encompassing statement over man in the fullness of HIS MANhood and GODHOOD. In the seven "I AM" statements in the gospel of John, the LORD was saying that true life and true expression of life could only be in HIM (John 6:56,63). True understanding enables these seven statements to become living realities in our life. The processes of understanding are actually fully revealed and established in the "I AM" statements of the LORD JESUS. The Spirit Of Understanding personalizes (by receiving and putting into practice) these seven "I AM" statements in us. These statements define the foundations and fulfillment of our life in tangible experiential terms. This is the essence of true understanding. We shall discuss in very summarized form the anointing of the Spirit Of Understanding in the context of these seven statements. [We are ineffect going to describe (and understand) the "in CHRIST" portion of the law of the Spirit of life in CHRIST JESUS.]

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Please be reminded that true understanding is only received from GOD. This is why the LORD made the seven "I AM" statements so that we could understand and know GOD experientially (see Jer 9:23-24a). And that experience is "stored" into us via the anointings of the Spirit Of Understanding and Knowledge. And, applied through Wisdom.

"I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE" • John 6:48 This, the first of the LORD'S "I AM" statements, (which is foundational to the other six statements) refers to bread. The bread that was symbolised by the bread on the table of shewbread in the Tabernacle Of Moses (Ex 25:2330). Verse 30 reads: "And you shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before ME at all times." This bread was called the bread of the Presence. It symbolised the real Presence of YAHWEH. The LORD also promised (the word of the oath) that the bread would be before HIM at all times. [In the Old Covenant preparing and placing the shewbread was an act in the natural. In the New Covenant it is (potentially) a (manifested) state of being in CHRIST at all times - in terms of an experiential reality. The mystics experienced this at differing levels.] In Luke 6:4, the LORD JESUS refers to the bread of the Presence as the consecrated bread. Consecration exists only in the Presence. This is bread that is consecrated by the real Presence of GOD on a continuous basis, in terms of a state of being. And, this is potentially experiential. The LORD in John 6:26-27 gives us a (fuller) New Covenant explanation of the bread of the Presence: "Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek ME, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves, and were filled. Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the SON of MAN shall give to you, for on HIM the FATHER, even GOD, has set HIS seal." The LORD JESUS is telling us that the purpose of the consecrated bread is to fill us and cause us (in understanding) to seek HIM. And, if we seek HIM, and not the signs in themselves, then we would open a new realm in HIM. This bread will become food for us that endures to eternal life; that is, the bread becomes the substance of eternal life. The bread is food given by the SON which, actually carries the seal of the FATHER; because in verse 48, the LORD declares that HE HIMSELF is the Bread Of Life. The FATHER'S seal is HIS seal of approval [HIS will, HIS authority, HIS purposes - see Col 1:9-12 - HIS oath] that is manifested through HIS very Presence. 260


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In John 6, the LORD JESUS portrays HIMSELF as: (1) Bread that feeds us; (2) Bread that fills us with the real Presence of GOD (Eph 3:17,19); (3) Bread that causes us to seek HIM; and, (4) Bread that precipitates eternal life. In John 17:19, the LORD said that HE sanctified HIMSELF for our sakes. The LORD JESUS our Bread was (purposefully) consecrated for us in the Presence (at differing levels of fullness in Luke 1:35; 3:21-22; 4:1; Heb 9:14). In John 17:17, the LORD explains that we are to be sanctified by the Truth of HIS word. JESUS the Bread was consecrated through the cross so that we could receive the word of CHRIST, the ultimate word of Truth (see John 6:63) that is the bread of life. This word is contemplative (Heb 10:19-20). Contemplation (and meditation) opens the veil of the word of HIS flesh. This is the dimension of its power to change and transform - in communion. It is this word of Truth, that reveals HIS PERSON as Eph 1:17-19 points out. This word is to be eaten (Matt 4:4) or, perfected into us. It is to fill us so that we are filled with the real Presence of the LORD (Eph 3:17). Since GOD is Light and Truth is Light, we can see that the light of revelation, when perfected in us, manifests the real Presence of GOD (as Light) in us. The anointing of the Spirit Of Truth is tied to the Light of the real Presence of GOD, which in turn manifests in us through the creation of "epignosis." This is the realm of contemplation that manifests the word in us. It is the contemplative release of the word of CHRIST'S power (Rom 10:17; Heb 1:3). Now we can say that "epignosis" is the true and perfected word in us. Some of the dimensions by which the anointing of Truth enables our perfection, by the light of the word being manifested in our inner man, is seen in Prov 20:27; Ps 119:105,111, 114,116,125,130,133,161b-162, 169-173,144. This is opened by meditation (a soul function) that matures into contemplation (a spirit function - most easily opened to us through tongues). When we enter the realm where JESUS the WORD is opened to us, we will see JESUS the Bread WHO is the WORD-food of our life. Ultimately, we see that as CHRIST is formed in us, we become the consecrated bread of the Presence. HE fashions our being and our living through the inward anointing. HE perfects our life. HE is our testimony of life. Ps 119:144 declares, "THY testimonies are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live." HIS testimony perfected into us establishes HIS understanding of truth (true understanding) in us.

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Col 2:2-3, tells us that the true wealth of life is "the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding." Because true understanding results "in a true knowledge (gnosis) of GOD's mystery, that is, CHRIST HIMSELF, in WHOM are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." We have learned several things about the Bread Of Life. He is our Truth, HE is our Understanding, HE is our Knowledge and, HE is our Wisdom. It is HIM as a PERSON WHO manifests all these attributes into us. Prov 9:10 declares that "the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the HOLY ONE is understanding." [The 14th century English Catholic mystic, Walter Hilton wrote that knowing GOD is the first stage of contemplation. Loving GOD is the second stage. And, the third stage is knowing and loving GOD completely.] The true and perfected revelation of the LORD JESUS is powered through the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. Understanding enables us to see this revelation, and wisdom enables us to practice the reality of CHRIST in GOD-fearing faith in the true hope that GOD's love will establish (or, perfect) us in the secret place of the MOST HIGH. The LORD JESUS called HIMSELF our Bread so that we could be fully established in HIM, by HIM and through HIM into the reality that GOD ALONE is our life. So 2 Peter 1:2-3 gives us an insight into the true understanding of the grace and peace made available to us in GOD through CHRIST: "Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge (epignosis) of GOD and of JESUS our LORD; seeing that HIS divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge (epignosis) of HIM WHO called us by HIS OWN Glory and Excellence." This epignosis is realized contemplatively. The empowering of tongues and the gift of tongues enable us to enter this realm at a relatively young spiritual stage. This grace and peace manifests through differing levels of epignosis (see Gal 6:18). Different levels of the fullness of knowledge that are bridged by understanding. The grace and peace that bridges the two knowledge levels is manifested as understanding. Such a development could be expressed mathematically as follows: (i) K1 + U1(K1) = K2; (ii) K2 + U2(K2) = K3 and so on. Where K1 in one level of knowledge and K2 is the subsequent level. Understanding (U) is a function of knowledge that is perfected at that specific level (of knowledge) by the grace of GOD and manifested as peace. The Bread is the "flesh" or substance of the WORD revealed and perfected in us through the attributes of knowledge and understanding. 262


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And this Bread carries the nature of CHRIST and so as Eph 3:16-21 declares, the fullness of GOD fills us - as the grace of GOD in CHRIST JESUS. The eating of the Bread that is described into us as knowledge and understanding is accompanied by the real Presence of CHRIST. [Contemplation enables this realm of the Presence to be experiential.] That is these levels of knowledge and understanding exist in us only through CHRIST. The revealed and perfected word is maintained and increased through GODfearing faith. When we "see" this we (begin to) have the true understanding of what JESUS meant when HE said, "I AM the Bread Of Life." We can expand on these lines of thought through two passages of scripture outlined below - John 6:51 and Heb 10:19-24: •

"I am the living bread that came down out of heaven [the WORD was made flesh]; if anyone eats of this bread [by meditation and contemplation], he shall live forever; and the bread also which I shall give for the life of the world is MY flesh [the revealed and perfected word and WORD Presence is to be established in each of us through GOD-fearing faith as a Testimony to the world]."

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"Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence [created by GODfearing faith] to enter the Holy Place by the blood of JESUS, by a new and living way which HE inaugrated for us through the veil, that is HIS flesh [the contemplative word revealed and perfected into us], and since we have a great PRIEST over the house of GOD, let us draw near with a sincere heart [the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth established through the revealed and perfected word in us] in full assurance of faith [as CHRIST dwells in our hearts through faith], having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience [as our HIGH PRIEST sanctifies us by having us cleansed by the washing of the water with the word, that HE might present to HIMSELF the Church in all her glory having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless] and our bodies [which constitute the temple of the HOLY SPIRIT] washed with pure water [the word of hope that purifies us so that we can be children of GOD]."

This is part revelation of the dimensions of the Holy Communion (see 1 Cor 11:23-27; Luke 22:14-20). How does this come about? By making a (meditative and contemplative) covenant claim on the word (and WORD) that we want revealed and perfected in us. So the passage from Hebrews continues: "Let us hold fast the confession [see this confession (which we can develop meditatively and contemplatively) in the context of Heb 3;1-

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2a,4,6,14a; 4:9-10,12-16] of our hope [which purifies us] without wavering, for HE WHO promised is Faithful [a moral attribute of the ALMIGHTY]; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds [by the offering of the Meal Offering of service that will perfect us in CHRIST's love so that we are able to be rooted and grounded in HIS love, so that we may realize the love of CHRIST that will enable us to be partakers of the divine nature by being filled to the fullness of GOD], The Holy Communion is a covenant celebration of the word that we seek to have revealed and perfected in us. Ultimately, it is the celebration of JESUS the WORD, WHOM we seek to have revealed, expressed and perfected in us, so that we can live in HIM, through the SPIRIT of life, to the glory of the FATHER. [How else can we live in CHRIST except, by the meditative and contemplative word that is alive in us and in our living?] To ensure that we celebrate the Holy Communion with the fullness of our heart of sincerity and truth we need to precede the celebration of the Holy Communion with deep worship in song that opens the spirit heart of true desire. So Holy Communion can be (and should be) the pinnacle of our worship experience. Since it is celebrated through the veil of the LORD'S flesh (of the revealed and perfected word which, has the potentials of deep meditation and contemplation) it is possible to celebrate the Holy Communion in the Holy Of Holies. The LORD's flesh is the covenant word of the oath made available to us. The veil of the LORD's flesh represents all of the covenant word, sealed by the HOLY SPIRIT of Promise, and given to us in the name of YAHWEH through the name of the LORD JESUS CHRIST (see John 17:6-11). Alternatively, the celebration of the Holy Communion can be preceeded by deep teaching (or, deep personal meditation and contemplation) of the word which follows worship. Why? Because the word is an expression of YAHWEH's blood covenant with HIS children. And, the word taught can be revelation imbued in Holy Communion. This may sound strange, but we need to understand that it arises from the symbolisms of the blood anointing on the priesthood in the book of Leviticus that we have studied. The blood anointing was placed on the ear, thumb and toe symbolizing the revelation (ear) and perfecting of the word in us (in practice - the thumb and toe denote our actions and pathways). JESUS said that HIS words are meant to be spirit and life to us (John 6:63). The blood symbolises zoe-life in New Covenant fullness. Sanctification by the blood is not a theological premise it is a practical experience of the blood covenant where

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the word "covenant" is (and must be) entirely word denominated (i.e., received contemplatively and expressed by faith through our daily works). In 1 John 5:8, we are told that the (continual) witness on earth (where each of us has an inward witness - Rom 9:1b; 1 John 5:10a) is to be the water (of the word - Eph 5:26; Ex 30:17-21; Rom 6:11-13), the blood (that keeps our conscience clean - Heb 10:22) and the SPIRIT of CHRIST (in fellowship - 1 Cor 1:9; 2 Cor 13:14 that enables the law of the SPIRIT to operate). The Old and New King James Versions tell us that this witness of the word of the oath is before the fullness of the WITNESS that is the GODHEAD - the FATHER, the WORD and the HOLY SPIRIT. All this comes together naturally in the celebration of the Holy Communion. It should! [Why else would it be called Holy Communion. Holiness is an attribute existent in GOD, made manifest to us experientially in communion.] This is why we need to break bread daily in the fullness of the SPIRIT of CHRIST. Because only GOD can take us before GOD. And the covenant opens into the heart of YAHWEH. And this covenant is fully established in and by CHRIST. So "remember ME" [especially in contemplation] opens into the fullness of the GODHEAD through the articles of our covenant in CHRIST - HIS flesh. The covenant articles being enshrined in HIS flesh! The flesh of HIS WORD that is the oath of GOD. The flesh of the veil that opens into the real and manifested Presence of YAHWEH. The covenant articles must be revealed and perfected into us. This is why we celebrate CHRIST our Bread Of Life in the Holy Communion. So the LORD declares (in John 6:53-58,63), "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the SON of MAN and drink HIS blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats MY flesh and drinks MY blood has eternal life, and I will raise him upon the last day. For MY flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats MY flesh and drinks MY blood abides in ME, and I in him. As the living FATHER sent ME, and I live because of the FATHER, so he who eats ME he also shall live because of ME. This is the Bread which came down out of heaven; not as the father's ate, and died, he who eats this bread shall live forever It is the SPIRIT WHO gives life (Greek: zoe)....; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life (see John 17:6-11,14)." Is the Holy Communion this important? It is important as a celebration of CHRIST and the covenant sealed in HIM. It's importance and 265


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meaning is CHRIST ALONE, and is in CHRIST ALONE. It is a purposeful covenant celebration. A covenant celebration that is essential [because it has been designed to be effective in a practical sense] to the practical process of the establishment of the Kingdom Of GOD in our hearts to the glory of OUR FATHER. In Luke 22:15, the LORD opens the celebration of the Passover with the words "I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer." The word "earnestly" should be understood in the context of HIS suffering. It was the celebration of HIS heart felt, objective desire. The NKJV uses the phrasing "with fervent desire I have desired." The celebration of why ["with fervent desire I have desired"; in fact, this is a perfect description of the intent that underlies John 13-17] the WORD became flesh so that "he who eats MY flesh and drinks MY blood abides in ME, and I in him" This is covenant appropriation by contemplation of the WORD HIMSELF. In the next verse, the LORD says, "I shall never again eat it (the New Covenant Passover) until it is fulfilled in the Kingdom Of GOD." The celebration of the Holy Communion involves the experiential establishment of the Kingdom Of GOD - individually in us and corporately amongst us. In John 13-17, the LORD teaches the deepest principles by which this fulfillment is to be envisaged and manifested as. In John 17, we see the deepest prayer that summarizes the depths of GOD's predestined desires, through the CHRIST being sanctified and, established fully through HIS body the Church. Even as the prayer was made in the fullness of the HOLY SPIRIT, the reality of the Kingdom would be brought to us through the fullness of the ministry dimensions of the SPIRIT of CHRIST outlined in John 14-16. The depths of this Kingdom fulfillment was proclaimed by YAHWEH through the prophet Isaiah in Isa 9:6-7. The government of this Kingdom would be established on the shoulders of the CHRIST, through the zeal of YAHWEH-SABBAOTH (the LORD of Hosts) - the FATHER, the WORD and the HOLY SPIRIT. The ministry of IMMANUEL that will enable the establishment of this Kingdom is also outlined in this prophecy. The (experiential) ministry dimensions of IMMANUEL (through worship, prayer and contemplation) are that of WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, the MIGHTY GOD, the ETERNAL FATHER and, the PRINCE OF PEACE. There will be no end to the government of HIS Kingdom that is established and maintained by HIS ministry. The name YAHWEHSABBAOTH is guarantee of the complete fulfillment of this Kingdom in the dimensions of HIS name, in a new beginning in HIS perfection as Rev 21 points to! Notice that the Kingdom Of GOD is in HIS PERSON. 266


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We need to see that the celebration of the establishment of this Kingdom is a key focus of the Holy Communion, The Kingdom is to become real to us - personally. And, amongst us. This reality is to be manifested in our daily lives and ministry. The Holy Communion provides a focus on the Kingdom - in a personal and corporate ministry sense - but, it is not an end in itself. Y A H W E H ALONE is the Alpha and Omega. In my book on the covenant, it was shown that the key aspects of our covenant explode into the PERSON of YAHWEH. The covenant is limitless. The covenant is established and fulfilled in an eternal sense through CHRIST. That's what we celebrate by remembrance ("Remember M E " ) in the Holy Communion. It is remembrance of the heart. It is remembrance in deep gratitude (see Luke 7:36-50) and thankfulness. It is a remembrance of wanting to be in HIS matchless likeness. It is a remembrance of HIS perfection being fulfilled in us. It is a remembrance of HIS love that must be allowed to be expressed in our lives. And there is much more! In true meditation and contemplation of CHRIST JESUS, the Holy Communion has limitless dimensions. We drink the blood (spiritually) of life given to us, by asking and claiming elements of the New Covenant of life to be fulfilled in us. The blood symbolizes life. Spiritually, the blood is life. The blood is also the blood relationship that is the substance of life in covenant with YAHWEH. The partaking of the blood is the celebration of the fulfillment of zoe-life in us that will enable a partnership of union, for we are the Bride to be. This zoe-life is manifested in us via the attributes of the inward anointing. But, as we celebrate we must also understand that this life can only be celebrated if it is lived. The blood of covenant must permeate our inner being continuously because it carries Y A H W E H ' s life-force (see J o h n 5:26). The words "remember ME" are the doorway to the greatest thoughts in the universe. The thoughts of GOD HIMSELF. We can see GOD in the covenant sealed by blood at the cross. HIS LORDship. HIS love. HIS salvation. HIS redemption. HIS deliverance. HIS care. HIS concern. HIS promises. HIS life. HIS perfection [in love, truth, faithfulness, righteousness, holiness, wisdom, understanding, knowledge, power, Presence etc]. HIS will. HIS purposes. This is why the L O R D said, "I AM the Bread of life." I AM W H O I AM is our Bread of life (see Eze 44:28). Only H I M . Nothing can substitute for Y A H W E H . Only HE is eternal life (see J o h n 17:3). We can

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in fact see all seven "I AM" statements as "pictures" or dimensions of our covenant made available to us in CHRIST. This is the highest level of the revelation word of CHRIST made available to us. For the LORD in John 17:6 declares that HE has manifested all of the covenant names of YAHWEH to us in a PERSONAL sense. The LORD JESUS positionally established all seven statements for us when HE said, "It is finished." All other subsequent events happened, and are happening, because HE earned the right of government in perfect love, in perfect truth, in perfect holiness, in perfect righteousness and in perfect faithfulness before the MOST HIGH. YAHWEH raised a new Kingdom creation through the resurrection of the SON of MAN. The Holy Communion is about the fulfillment of the seven "I AM" statements in our lives in a practical sense so that the triumphant Kingdom and Body Of CHRIST will be manifested as the Bride (see Isa 62:1-5). [Take special note of the terms used to describe the Bride.] The Holy Communion is to be celebrated in the Presence of YAHWEH. Its focus is on the PERSON of GOD in CHRIST. There is nothing symbolic about the communion. It is required to be real communion Holy Communion. When the LORD celebrated the communion with HIS disciples and proceeded to give HIS greatest teachings in John 13-17, the FATHER, the WORD and the HOLY SPIRIT were the witness to what the SON would accomplish and open for fulfillment as SON of GOD and SON of MAN. With the HOLY SPIRIT within us, why should YAHWEH not be equally present with us today? Has the covenant changed? Or, has GOD changed? It is communion with GOD that is the basis, framework, and substance, of true understanding. So the fundamental premise to the anointing of the Spirit Of Understanding is the relationship of communion with the HOLY ONE. A relationship that will ultimately be defined by HIS character. This understanding is a knowing of deep communion in an everyday living sense. This word based communion is our Bread because it "enables" the SPIRIT of CHRIST to take HIS rightful Sovereign place in HIS TEMPLE. The essence of the Bread of the Presence is to give us true understanding and true knowledge [and wisdom, which is the applications aspect of the Bread], So there is a meditative and contemplative celebration of communion (Heb 10:19-20) that denotes covenant appropriation in conformance to CHRIST. It is the experiential discovery of the deepest realms of HIS grace - the word of the oath.

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"I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD" - John 8:12 This is the second "I AM" statement. The LORD spoke these words after ministering to the woman caught in adultery. And HE followed this statement with the clarification that "he who follows ME shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life." This is a guarantee given to the true disciple. 1 John 1:5 tells us that "GOD is Light." The LORD JESUS is in effect telling us that HE WHO is the fullness of this Light, has come to enable mankind to walk out of darkness into the light of life. There are guarantees that accompany this light. We know that this light translates into each of us as the anointing of the Spirit Of Truth. And, this truth is perfected into us via the anointings of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD, Counsel, Knowledge, Power, Understanding and Wisdom. Since Light is defined in the PERSON of GOD it can peculiarly only be manifested by GOD. Light is a derivative of the Presence of GOD and it emanates from the BEING of GOD. This Light can emanate in human vessels and, through human vessels. But, true Light can only finds its source in GOD, and HIS Presence (see Ps 4:6b; 89:15; Num 6:24-26). The flesh of the WORD carries this Light (John 1:4) and this is why John 8:31-32 tells us that those who are HIS disciples "shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." This freedom is to be a practical manifestation of true understanding and wisdom. The understanding of truth, is an impartation of true light as Matt 6:22-23 explains: "The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness." Ps 119:105 completes the explanation, "THY word is a lamp to my feet. And a light to my path." This is the light of perfected revelation available for our practical expression through the medium of true understanding. The Light of CHRIST, arising from the revelation word of CHRIST, is meant to flood our inner being. To light our inner being in truth. The descriptions of GOD's countenance shining upon us in the Old Testament is now translated into a living Light in us with the accompanying attributes of peace, joy and blessings as Ps 4:6, 89:15 and Num 6:26 mention. The important thing to understand is that this Light is experiential. And it is the experience of GOD in our lives. This experience of GOD in our lives is true light. It is also the experience of inner being in HIS manifested Presence. The Spirit Of Understanding enables us to pursue the Light of Truth so that we can not only be free in our inner man but that we can receive the 269


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blessings of GOD as they have always been meant to be. Notice t h a t N u m 6:27 declares that the invocation of the n a m e of Y A H W E H will manifest the blessings. So ultimately the Light ties into the covenant names of G O D (the w o r d of the oath) opened to us by the n a m e of J E S U S . F o r G O D is Light. By GOD-fearing faith, the Light of HIS Presence, will manifest in the name of JESUS. HE is o u r sanctification (1 Cor 1:30). This Light matures (or, is perfected) in us under the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD through the attribute of "trembling at the word of GOD." T r u e Light manifests the holiness of G O D within us. Light in a real sense correlates with the real Presence of G O D in us. In the spirit realm this light in us can be seen. Similarly, angels are creatures of light. But. as the LORD said there is also a false light of darkness. True light can only be identified by its attributes of peace and joy. This is why the inward witness of joy and peace are important indicators of our well-being. This is also why spiritual truth is sensed as Heb 5:14 points out. Just as there is natural communication through the medium of natural light so there is communication t h r o u g h the spiritual light of t r u t h . The oneness of faith is b r o u g h t a b o u t as a n a t u r a l consequence of t r u e spiritual light. It is molded by the light of t r u e u n d e r s t a n d i n g powered by a t r u e GOD-fearing faith. So the proposition that we u n d e r s t a n d by faith explains t h a t w h a t we u n d e r s t a n d manifests as a spiritual light in us. This principle of understanding by faith applies to both the spiritual light of darkness and, true spiritual light. The laws of GOD determine the consequences of the type of understanding in us; when this understanding is expressed (or, practiced) both internally (or, inwardly) and externally. The light of u n d e r s t a n d i n g determines both the inner well-being a n d external well-being of every m a n . The light of true understanding governs our growth in the inward anointing. It will govern our destiny as the children of GOD. Augmenting this understanding has been one of the key objectives of this book. At the cross there was a battle of light in cosmic proportions. The only way that the light of darkness could t r a n s c e n d G O D ' s laws was to impact the T r u e Light of C H R I S T . It failed to do this in absolute terms. [In the n a t u r a l sciences we see the w o n d e r of light. We must realize that the wonder of t r u e spiritual Light is infinitely greater!] There are several inferences we can draw from this. We can see how m u c h faith a n d hope the F A T H E R was willing to express in the SON of M A N on behalf of a fallen mankind. The fact that this battle was fought in 270


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the frailty of the human person tells us how much love GOD has for us. It also tells us how complete was CHRIST'S victory over satan at Calvary. And, it also tells us the infiniteness of the potential of true light that the LORD JESUS opened to each of us by becoming the first born of a new creation. This is the true and tangible expression of YAHWEH's love that we must especially receive under the anointings of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD, the Spirit Of Knowledge and, The Spirit Of Understanding. And, perfect in the Spirit Of Wisdom.

"I AM THE DOOR"-John 10:9 This is the third "I AM" statement and it was made in the context that, "if anyone enters through ME, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly." Here the LORD portrays HIMSELF as the Door to abundant life. [This abundant life is defined in relation to the wonder of "I AM."] HE is the Door to a salvation that, as we know, is ultimately defined by the dimensions of YAHWEH's covenant. [The dimensions of this covenant too are defined in terms of "I AM."] The LORD is also saying that the Door through which true life is found and lived, is HIS PERSON and BEING. 1 John 4:9, tells us that GOD has manifested HIS love in us by sending HIS only begotten SON so that we might live through HIM. How do we live through the LORD? This is the central idea expressed by the LORD JESUS being our Door. The word "begotten" carries with it the idea of the SON of MAN being begotten through a process [see Luke 1:35; Heb 1:5; Acts 13:33; Col 1:15,18,22b; 2:9-10; Phil 2:5-8; Ps 2:6-8; Ps 110:1-2], What was established in the temple of CHRIST'S Body in the process of being begotten - the TRUE MAN, is expressed into our lives through the inward anointing. The love that is manifested in us is an expression of the inward anointing. The LORD JESUS, in WHOM we live and have our being, is our dwelling place. HE becomes our dwelling place to the extent of the strength and fullness of the anointing within. [Remember the laws of abiding that define the anointing.] We have been given a position by which we are able to express ourselves through HIM. HE is (potentially) the Door of our outward expression and HE is also (potentially) the Door through which we receive what is expressed towards us. We say "potentially" because we can choose otherwise, both in terms of our outward expression, as well as in how we receive inwardly. 271


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In our daily living, we have the potential of living through HIM. HE is the Door through WHOM we live. JESUS The Bread Of Life allows us to grow in HIM. JESUS The Light allows HIS expression and Presence in us. JESUS The Door allows us to function through HIM based on what HE has put into us. Our principal passage from John 10:9 tells us that the implications of "entering through ME" is to be saved and to find pasture. Verse 10, tells us that this includes the idea of active deliverance from the wiles of satan. Salvation describes a reality in CHRIST. In practical terms, salvation is CHRIST received and CHRIST expressed. The finding of pasture, enables a feeding so that our salvation reality - in CHRIST - is increased. The abundance of life in CHRIST, is a state of being that is received and expressed. This abundance is received and expressed through CHRIST - our Door. HE is the Door of the abundance of true life. HE enables true life (or, zoelife) to be received and, HE also enables true life to be expressed. How does HE do this? Ps 121:7-8, enables us to see that the LORD protects us from evil. HE guards us. This has profound implications in the realm of our faith in GOD (which governs our understanding). What is received through GOD-fearing faith in CHRIST cannot harm us. All that is received by GOD-fearing faith will change and even transform the state of our inner man - beneficially. We will be fed if we are focussed in GODfearing faith. Satan cannot deceive us because he doesn't (and never had) the power to deceive those who are focussed in GOD. We can clearly see this in the life of the SON of MAN. [Satan's power of deception can only work if we turn our eyes off JESUS. Satan tries to make us do this.] This is one of the keys to understanding how to receive true Counsel and, true Knowledge. We need to learn how to simply be focussed on CHRIST. To be inwardly sensitive to HIS Presence; to be inwardly focussed on the power of HIS truth; to be inwardly empty to self; and, above all to trust HIM. [This is a necessary part of the development of our inward spiritual senses. This is the deeper meaning of Phil 4:7.] What is being expressed is the objective faith that GOD is able and is willing to ensure that all that we receive is true (or, undefiled), in accordance to the FATHER'S will and purpose for our life. [A note of caution here. The same attitude must permeate the application of what has 272


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b e e n r e c e i v e d . M a n y are able t o r e c e i v e b u t , o f t e n t i m e s the a p p l i c a t i o n of w h a t is r e c e i v e d is i n c o r r e c t or, l a c k i n g ( e s p e c i a l l y in w i s d o m ) in sincerity and truth.]

Let's paraphrase some verses in Ps 121 in the first person, and we will see this. " M y help comes f r o m the L O R D W H O m a d e the heavens and the e a r t h . The M a k e r of the heavens a n d the e a r t h is also my Helper. HE is my Keeper. HE will not allow my foot to slip. HE will protect me f r o m all evil. He will keep my soul f r o m all f o r m s of corruption. He will guard my going out and my coming in - now and forever." This is the revelation of J E S U S o u r Door t h a t m u s t become o u r i n w a r d reality. Ps 91, gives us further insight into this position - of being in CHRIST - in verses 1-4,9.14-16. On the basis of these principles, all that we receive t h r o u g h C H R I S T c a n ' t be c o r r u p t e d . The Bread feeds us. The Light enlightens us. W h e n these expressions of C H R I S T become our i n w a r d reality then we can receive perfectly f r o m GOD. In the same way we are also able to express CHRIST outwardly as long as we are fully conscious of HIM by faith. This faith which activates the Door, will enable HIS grace to work towards us. This is HIS power towards as. The " D o o r " c o m m a n d s a fluid and active state of " C H R I S T - b e i n g " either in an expressive or receiving mode. M o r e importantly, it must be so! If we are able to b e l i e v e , this h a p p e n s . If not, it c a n n o t h a p p e n ; b e c a u s e , f a i t h f u n c t i o n s a s a l a w . W e m u s t u n d e r s t a n d that the L O R D d e s c r i b e s this f a i t h f u n c t i o n of the " D o o r " in t h e f u l l n e s s of "I A M " . This f u n c t i o n is the k e y t o true u n d e r s t a n d i n g and w i s d o m b e i n g i n w a r d l y r e c e i v e d , d e v e l o p e d and e x p r e s s e d o u t w a r d l y . T h i s i s the k e y p r e m i s e t o u n d e r s t a n d i n g and r e c e i v i n g o u r c o v e n a n t as a living reality. T h e L O R D J E S U S is the D o o r of our covenant.

"I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD" - John 10:11 We have discussed the astonishing depth of the SHEPHERD under our discussion of the anointing of the Spirit Of Counsel in the context of the 23rd Psalm. The SHEPHERD opens the door of the blessings of covenant to us by leading us, feeding us and, protecting us. In the context of the anointing of the Spirit Of Understanding, we must u n d e r s t a n d that it is G O D ' s p u r p o s e to lead us into the depths of H I S promises t h a t are fully immersed in Y A H W E H ' s P E R S O N and B E I N G . It is also HIS p u r p o s e to manifest these promises in us. And all that HE does is good. 273


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The LORD expresses HIS leading (HIS feeding and HIS protection) in HIS very PERSON and BEING, and in HIS essential Goodness. As 1 Cor 6:17 tells us this involves a oneness of spirit. The type of oneness depends on the anointing of the Spirit Of Understanding. We must understand and act in faith on the basis of this oneness. We must express faith in our unique position in CHRIST. Notice that the verse cautions us that it is only available to those who choose to join themselves to the LORD. Understanding enables us to function on the basis of this position. In doing so, the realities of the three (previous) expressions of CHRIST towards us, must be a living reality in us. As we are beginning to see, all the "I AM" statements produce a comprehensive CHRIST-reality in us. The SHEPHERD leads us into this reality - experientially. But, this reality can exist only to the extent of our understanding. It can only develop to the extent of our actions through the anointing of the Spirit Of Wisdom. The covenant names of GOD enable us to see the incredible dimensions of the leading of the Good SHEPHERD. In eternity, we collectively will not be able to sufficiently express our gratitude to GOD.

"I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE" - John 11:25 This fifth statement is made in the context of "he who believes in ME shall live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in ME shall never die. Do you believe this?" We have discovered that the Good SHEPHERD leads us into the infinite fullness of covenant. But this leading and the receiving of the reality of the blessings is fully dependent on our faith in CHRIST. The LORD is telling us that the new life is freely available to all who believe in HIM. But there is a deeper meaning. In John 11:25, the LORD is also teaching us about the faith that will release resurrection power through the anointing of the Spirit Of Strength. In verse 40, the LORD declares, "Did I not say to you, if you believe, you will see the glory of GOD?" And in verses 41b-42a, the LORD instructs us, by showing us how to appropriate the power of GOD, "FATHER, I thank THEE that THOU heardest ME. And I know that THOU hearest ME always." The epignosis of our LORD opens the glory of GOD to us in the true faith of understanding. Epignosis (of JESUS CHRIST) manifests this realm. While discussing the anointing of the Spirit Of Strength we have learned that GOD's power goes hand in hand with the glory of HIS nature. Now the

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LORD is telling us that there is a faith realm of understanding where we know that we are heard always. When this realm "of knowing" functions, resurrection power is released towards us. And, this resurrection power must be consistent with the inner intents implicit in GOD's nature that are manifested by the FATHER'S perfect will (revealed to us through the Spirit Of Counsel). This aspect, of GOD's will being a necessary prerequisite, is implied in verse 4, when the LORD says, "This sickness (of Lazarus whom HE would raise from the dead) is not unto death, but for the glory of GOD, that the SON of GOD may be glorified by it." The LORD JESUS knows the FATHER'S will and HE acts according to this will. If GOD's will wasn't there, there would not be any possibility of resurrection power manifesting. Resurrection power manifests through the HOLY SPIRIT, but it carries the mandate of the FATHER and the word denominated expression of that mandate through the WORD. GOD ALONE is SUPREME. There are other principles also that we need to absorb. GOD's will manifests to HIS glory. So we see that there is not only the will of GOD but, the intention to glorify the LORD our GOD. That glorification is expressed through CHRIST; that is, the way we express CHRIST inwardly and outwardly. Again we come back to the word "glory", and we see that GOD expresses (and wants to express) HIS glory through HIS children. All that we express in HIS glory ultimately results in HIS glory manifesting in us in terms of HIS nature becoming a part of us. Defining us, making us and, completing us entirely in the image of CHRIST. This entire process of GOD's creative manifesting within us is established by resurrection power through the "epignosis" of JESUS. The anointing of the Spirit Of Understanding enables us to understand how to draw resurrection power. Wisdom enables us to act accordingly in specific situations and circumstances. Both these anointings have the express purpose of enabling us to practice our covenant in every aspect of our lives - both inwardly and outwardly. The true significance of understanding is that it is the power to know the "how to" of doing things in GOD's will. Resurrection power activates the understanding of the heart that ultimately manifests through the mind of CHRIST. So we are beginning to understand that CHRIST is able to power the inner workings of our person so that we are able to pursue life in the truest and fullest sense as GOD has always wanted it to be. 275


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"I AM THE WAY, AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE" - John 14:6 H e r e the L O R D is describing the fullness of H I S position in o u r lives. And HE goes on to say that this fullness results in the t r u e fullness of revelation of the F A T H E R . This is describing the fullness of covenant that is in the P E R S O N of the G O D H E A D . This is a massive subject that by the grace of GOD will be addressed in a future book. In this sixth "I A M " statement, the L O R D is telling us that HE A L O N E is the fullness (or, full expression) of o u r Way, o u r T r u t h a n d o u r Life. HE is telling us that only G O D can truly fulfill these roles. M o r e importantly, HE is telling us that the w o n d e r of these dimensions a r e so immense in their potentials that Y A H W E H in H I S love has chosen to express these dimensions only in H I M S E L F . T h a t is simply amazing. In this book we have glimpsed at the wonder of YAHWEH-JIREH. In this sixth "I AM" statement the LORD is telling us that HE ALONE is our allsufficiency. We need to objectively u n d e r s t a n d a n d p u r s u e G O D as o u r all-sufficiency. O u r full potentials can only begin (there is no end!) when we u n d e r s t a n d this reality of T r u t h .

"I AM THE TRUE VINE" - John 15:1 This is the final "I AM" statement that we have discussed as the essential key to abiding in GOD so as to enable the fulfillment of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS in our hearts. This law that is fulfilled in the covenant name YAHWEH-SHAMMAH, establishes us as the temple of the MOST HIGH. This final seventh statement has the intent of fully establishing us as children of the MOST HIGH. It is amazing that G O D is willing to establish children in the context of HIS O W N Status as the M O S T H I G H . How do we know this? Because the essence of this entire process of salvation is H I S Glory. The True Vine is the WORD HIMSELF WHO will describe the true wonder of children in holiness expressing themselves fully in GOD, for GOD and through GOD to the Glory of the MOST HIGH! AMEN! Rev 21:1-7 is describing the beginning of such a reality of our dwelling place in the MOST HIGH. Immagine that one day we will truly and fully experience, "I am dwelling in the secret place of the M O S T H I G H a n d I am abiding u n d e r the shadow of the A L M I G H T Y . I will say of the L O R D YOU are my Refuge a n d my Fortress. YOU are my GOD, a n d in YOU do I t r u s t . Y O U R T r u t h and Y O U R Faithfullness a r e my Shield and my

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Bulwark. Because I have made the LORD, my Refuge, even the MOST HIGH my Habitation, no evil shall befall me nor any plague come near my dwelling. Because I have set my love upon YOU my GOD, YOU deliver me. O LORD YOU set me on high because I have known YOUR name. I call upon YOU O GOD and YOU answer me. YOU deliver me and honor me. With true life YOU satisfy me and show me the wonder of YOUR salvation in my LORD and SAVIOUR the LORD JESUS CHRIST. I thank YOU my FATHER. AMEN!" This is a reality to be understood by faith. "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our GOD, the LORD is ONE! And you shall love the LORD your GOD with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." This is the reality of living in the heart of GOD. This is the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS to the Glory of the FATHER! AMEN!

Summary Understanding, refers to the opening of the eyes of our heart that enables us to see the a/Z-sufficiency of YAHWEH. The eyes of our understanding are only opened when we receive revelation knowledge of CHRIST (Eph 1:17-18). So we can say that the all-sufficiency of YAHWEH is only discovered in CHRIST as true knowledge and understanding of CHRIST is perfected into us. Understanding determines our relationship with GOD. It is also the expression of our relationship with GOD. Understanding is perfected faith that enables us to trust GOD so that HE truly-becomes our LIFE. Since trust also denotes true and perfected love. Trust is therefore GOD's love made available to us in CHRIST which rises from our understanding of HIM. This we must choose to pursue in the all-sufficiency of YAHWEHJIREH. If we can understand this, we have everything!

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ne dictionary describes worldly notions of being wise as: (1) having or showing good judgement; being sagacious; prudent (2) being prompted by wisdom; judicious; sound (3) having information; being informed (4) being learned; erudite (5) being shrewd; crafty; cunning (6) having knowledge of black magic(l). [Isn't it amazing that while having knowledge of black magic is considered a valid meaning of wisdom, the knowledge of GOD isn't! This is what is evil in man. And the evil is in man's objective intellect.] The bible describes wisdom as beginning with the fear of GOD. That is, that without the fear of GOD there simply is no such thing as (true) wisdom. Biblical wisdom does display facets of items (1) to (4) above but, this manifests in the objective recognition that YAH WEH ALONE is SOVEREIGN.

DESCRIBING THE PROCESS OF WISDOM Wisdom is inward and outward expression, through the mind of CHRIST. This is ascertained from 1 Cor 2:6-15. The mind of CHRIST is really a total manifestation of the inward anointing. A total process of thought that is to be applied internally and externally. Wisdom (or, the lack of it) governs all expression both internally and externally. Wisdom is expression through the mind of CHRIST. The Greek word "nous" used for "mind" in 1 Cor 2:15, indicates the mind of external application only. But there is a mind of CHRIST that is of inner expression too, that rises from the spirit man (see 1 Cor 2:10-13). For our passage from Corinthians, is referring to a deep process of inner thought in communion (or, contemplation) with the SPIRIT of CHRIST. But, this wisdom is a total expression in the fear of GOD. Wisdom is imparted into, and arises from, the heart of the spirit of man (Prov 2:10a). From the symbolisms of the Peace Offering in Lev 3:3-4,


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we see that the fat of the anointing "covers" or, "envelopes" the inner heart of the spirit, which is symbolised by the kidneys in the Peace Offering, and is expressed through the heart. [The heart, as we have learned, is being continuously molded and perfected through the Burnt, Peace and Meal, Offerings.] The state (or, substance) of the h e a r t determines the quality of what arises f r o m a n d t h r o u g h it. One m e a s u r e of this state of the h e a r t is wisdom. This wisdom is really a CHRIST-Iikeness state of inner being in the f e a r of G O D . Wisdom, an attribute of the inward anointing, arises from the spirit heart. [It has to be; because all of the inward anointing is imparted and nurtured in the spirit man.] The thought processes (of t r u e desire, intent, objective etc), arising f r o m the spirit heart, are articulated a n d channeled in and t h r o u g h the spirit mind of C H R I S T . And, f r o m the spirit mind of C H R I S T it impacts the soul functions of: mind, will a n d , emotions. The personality (and spiritual state or, substance) of the soul shapes and impacts the o u t w a r d expression of wisdom. The transmission f r o m the spirit h e a r t to the soul m a n is governed by the inward expression of wisdom. 2 Tim 1:7b declares t h a t " G O D has not given us a spirit of timidity, b u t of p o w e r a n d love a n d discipline." This i n w a r d expression of wisdom is in t u r n expressed in discipline outwardly t h r o u g h the soul. O u t w a r d expressions of wisdom are impacted by: (i) The degree to which the soul m a n receives the i n w a r d expressions of wisdom; (ii) The extent to which the spirit m a n is able to d r a w Wisdom f r o m the S P I R I T of W I S D O M ; (iii) The extent to which wisdom has been perfected in the soul m a n ; and, (iv) The i n w a r d discipline of a sound spirit mind that we can bring to b e a r on o u r o u t w a r d actions. The spirit mind applies (or, projects) wisdom internally and the soul heart and mind - expresses wisdom externally in the context of our personality. The discipline of a sound spirit mind is necessary for all soul based actions. As true wisdom is expressed outwardly (in disciplined actions) through the soul, it causes the soul to be perfected through the inner workings or, ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT (based on feedback from the outward expression). The H O L Y S P I R I T our Helper, Counselor, C o m f o r t e r , Advocate a n d Strengthener works t h r o u g h o u r spirit h e a r t a n d mind of C H R I S T [in accordance to our yieldedness a n d willingness], t h r o u g h the m e d i u m of true desire, which is articulated by the word level in existence in the h e a r t a n d mind of o u r spirit m a n .

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[Actually, if we are able to bring our soul in full submission to the spirit, we can function in a realm of wisdom - in perfection. So, we ultimately see that self-control becomes a fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT. The discipline of the spirit mind becomes the self-control of the soul personality. The transformation is engineered through the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT our Strengthener.] Wisdom is founded and nurtured in, and through, the fear of GOD (Prov 9:1 Oa). And. we can truly say that the fear of the LORD manifests as true desire. Because, Isa 11:3a tells us that the inward anointing of the fear of the LORD has been perfected in CHRIST, to manifest the true desire of "delighting" in the fear of the LORD. Wisdom (and WISDOM) builds the inward anointing into our soul, through the spirit mind of CHRIST. The spirit mind also directs the process of perfecting the inward anointing, through (outward expressions of) the inward anointing being manifested through the soul man. The spirit mind receives the feedback of the soul man through (practical) outward application. Figure 4 gives us a simplistic idea of this process.

FIGURE 4: WISDOM EXPRESSED INWARDLY AND OUTWARDLY

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The renewing of the mind that Rom 12:2 talks about is reflective of the progression of the perfected state of the inward anointing in terms of the manifesting of the mind of CHRIST into our soul mind. In the final analysis, the anointing is (and must be) involved with the total inner m a n - spirit a n d soul. The t r u e level of the i n w a r d a n o i n t i n g is t h e r e f o r e , reflected by the f r u i t s of the H O L Y S P I R I T expressed t h r o u g h the soul. In fact, J a m e s 3:13,17-18 tells us t h a t wisdom manifests the fruits. And this wisdom, as we know, arises from the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD that is founded and perfected in the inner man of our spirit. In the process of being perfected we can now see that there is a system of feedback (similar to a feedback loop in an electronic control or guidance system) f r o m the soul into the spirit, of every external action (arising f r o m the spirit m a n and,) manifested through the soul m a n . This feedback enables the spirit m a n to j u d g e a n d act in accordance to the feedback (see H e b 4:12). So in this sense even the spirit m a n is perfected to operate in tune (or, in equilibrium) with the personality of the soul m a n . A higher input of spiritual energy (Greek: hupostasis) t h r o u g h the word will shift the equilibrium point to a higher level when the word is acted u p o n (i.e., perfected). If the spirit m a n dominates o u r i n w a r d m a n the process of perfecting progresses normally (spirit to soul), and the feedback loop operates as it should (soul to spirit). However, if the soul m a n dominates then the feedback will be totally dominated by the soul function. The spirit function will be literally overwhelmed. In m a n , the spirit is actually dead, in the sense of being fully subservient to the soul personality that receives " t r u t h " f r o m the world. This is why salvation can only arise f r o m the prevenient grace of G O D , because the spirit function of m a n is actually dead. W h e n we are b o r n a g a i n we a r e given a new s p i r i t . H o w e v e r , if t h e r e is no w o r d strengthening of the spirit m a n a f t e r salvation is received, then "upset conditions" continue to prevail a f t e r the conversion. The actions of "judging or discerning," that are expressed by the spirit man in us, is strictly dependent on the word level - in terms of wisdom, understanding and knowledge - that is inherent in the spirit man. Wisdom, u n d e r s t a n d i n g a n d knowledge a r e the functional attributes of the i n w a r d anointing that govern the process of evaluation and, the articulation of the response to the feedback received. And, the i n w a r d anointing of the

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Spirit Of Strength operates concurrently to "power" the process of perfecting (as a corrective to the soul, based on the feedback received from/through the soul). The entire inward transmission process is governed by the anointing of the Spirit Of Counsel and the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. The Light that bathes the functioning of all six attributes of the anointing is the Spirit Of Truth. We must not stress the spirit man to the exclusion of the soul man. The soul man expresses our personality. Our soul must be perfected to reflect our true personality in the image of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. The inner man was designed to function as a complete whole. The spirit man enables communion with GOD but, we must realise that ultimately GOD wants this communion to arise from the fullness of the soul personality functioning through our spirit towards GOD; and, with our spirit (through our soul) towards man. [In such a realm, living in partnership with the ALMIGHTY becomes a process that comes naturally to us; that is, functioning with YAHWEH becomes second nature to us. Because, we are fully attuned to HIM.] Implicit in 1 Cor 6:17, is the necessity of our making a choice to join ourselves to GOD. This choice is a (disciplined) choice of our soul man our objective personality making an objective decision to pursue GOD. But, we can draw from the discipline of our spirit mind. One of the great privileges of praying in tongues is to tap into the discipline of the spirit man who draws from the Strengthener. Similarly, the choice to express GOD's love towards our neighbour is a soul choice that requires our spirit man to draw from the reservoir of love created and nurtured (or, perfected) by the SPIRIT of CHRIST in us (and to project this love with power). This love is created and perfected in us through communion with the SPIRIT of CHRIST. This is the rooting and grounding in love that Eph 3:17 talks about. There is therefore, a human spirit-soul functioning that draws from the real Presence of CHRIST in us. [This real Presence of CHRIST arises from the strengthening of faith (Eph 3:16-17) that is manifested in us by the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT.] In fact, one of the primary purposes for the manifestation of the anointing upon is for our spirit to open, such that this opening of our spirit enables our soul to be ministered to directly by the HOLY SPIRIT. This ministering is tied to our faith level that is operating when the anointing is manifested by the will of GOD. The anointing upon manifests during worship, prayer and contemplation in response to the

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GOD-fearing faith expressed. But, the impartation in a personal sense is a direct function of our GOD-fearing faith-state at that point in time. [A strong anointing being manifested does not automatically mean strong inward receiving. Inward receiving is directed by our free will response as well as our spiritual maturity. A spiritually mature person will absorb more than a spiritually immature person.] One of the reasons for worship, prayer and contemplation is to manifest the GOD-fearing faith state that will enable IMMANUEL to minister to us. [Isa 9:6-7, is a description of IMMANUEL's ministry to us personally and as HIS Body.] This experiential reality arises from Heb 11:6. GOD is a Rewarder of true faith in HIM. The immediate reward manifests (by grace) as an anointing upon that we are free to draw from through our faith. And often times the reward is in terms of the healing of the soul, and the body. In a maturing Christian's life, the body healing is normally subsequent to soul healing (see Ex 15:26; 23:25-26). Simply because the soul is forever, while the body is passing away. Nonetheless, we should always expect GOD to deal with our bodies too. But, the reward is also in terms of revelation and counsel through the inward anointings of Counsel, Wisdom, Knowledge and Understanding. We must never forget that the extent of the reward is usually dependent on the level of the anointing already in place. GOD builds step by step. That's why the building process is called a walk with the SPIRIT of CHRIST. A fellowship of communion (in increasing measures). The house of our temple is built by the WISDOM of the SPIRIT of CHRIST through the seven attributes of the inward anointing (Prov 9:1). One of the seven pillars of this inward anointing is Wisdom. And Wisdom builds the house, while Understanding establishes it and, true and full Knowledge fills the house of our being and life with the promises of GOD's riches that are fully in CHRIST (Prov 24:3-4; Col 2:2-3). The riches of the glory of the FATHER made available to us through CHRIST. Wisdom takes hold of the riches of GOD's glory and applies it in our life. How does Wisdom do this? Through the Fear Of The LORD.

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revelation stems from Prov 9:1 Oa. Similarly, true knowledge also arises from the fear of GOD (Prov 1:7). As we discuss the framework for true wisdom we need to remember that it is also the framework for true knowledge. So we shall in this sub-section be discussing the framework of both wisdom and knowledge, one explicitly and the other implicitly. When we talk about knowledge we are talking of perfected revelation knowledge that manifests in "epignosis," fully established in and through the LORD JESUS CHRIST. In the same way, true wisdom is fully established in and through the LORD JESUS. 1 Cor 2:7b, reveals that this is the wisdom that has been predestined "to our glory." Col 2:2-3 confirms that the true treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in CHRIST JESUS ALONE. And CHRIST is the glory within us. The true treasures are deposited and revealed by the Wisdom of the SPIRIT of CHRIST, in and through the processes of building the temple of our being, through the pillars of the inward anointing (Prov 9:1). This process of building - an impartation of wisdom into our heart - is in the realm of the PERSONAL ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT. However, the anointing of the Spirit Of Wisdom is founded and nurtured through the attributes of the fear of GOD and, the fear of GOD is the medium through which the building process occurs. So the attributes of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD are the framework for development and manifestation of the Spirit Of Wisdom which is the creative medium for the ministry of the SPIRIT OF WISDOM. (i) The Wisdom Of Love: GOD is love. Love is the creative force that caused and enabled GOD to create the spiritual and natural universe. Love is central to the process of creating. Love created in perfection in eternal terms (in the sense that, in the eternal there is only perfection in accordance to the nature of YAHWEH); and love also manifested the creative process of perfection in the subordinate dimensions of space and time so that the subordinate realm will be able to be perfected by the grace of EL SHADDAI - the ALMIGHTY and ALL-SUFFICIENT ONE - through space and time. The subordinate manifestations are in terms of all that has arisen and flowed in space time terms from Genesis 1, and to those in predestined terms that were manifested in the "beginning" that will come forth in space time terms in the manifestation of Rev 21-22. When GOD saw all that HE created as being very good in Gen 1, HE was also speaking in predestined terms of Rev 21-22. For the term very good is reflective of an existence in the divine nature alone. And, that is what is described by Rev 21.

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Prov 3:18, depicts the WISDOM in GOD as a Tree Of Life. Those who take hold of this Tree Of Life (in and through CHRIST) will be able to receive the reality of this tree of life within themselves (as a branch of the True Vine). We must however, make the distinction between WISDOM (that is part of GOD's Omniscience) from the derivative attribute of Wisdom that is expressed towards us through the inward anointing of the Spirit Of Wisdom. This is an important distinction to make in the book of Proverbs or we will run the danger of looking at Wisdom as an end in itself (outside GOD). Alternatively, if we do not see Wisdom as flowing from GOD, we may run the danger of equating the wisdom of Proverbs to the worldly application of wisdom that we see in the world around [that our dictionary definition of wise gives] us. There is application, but we must understand that no system that denies GOD the throne of worship and sovereignty is capable of any true wisdom. So again, we shall make a distinction between true wisdom and apparent wisdom. True wisdom is eternal and apparent wisdom is passing (or, will pass) away. True wisdom is eternally creative while apparent wisdom is passing, its "creative" will decay and pass away. There is a realm of apparent wisdom in which we function because we live in the world but, we must always be sensitive to opportunities to move into true wisdom. That's the realm of our ministry. In spite of our having to live in the world, we must be sensitive to spiritual growth that is entirely governed by true wisdom. And each of us will come to various points in our life where we will have to choose true wisdom over apparent wisdom i f , we want to grow spiritually. [We will not always make distinctions between WISDOM and wisdom but, we must always realize that wisdom is born of WISDOM. Wisdom cannot exist without WISDOM. Whenever, wisdom manifests, WISDOM is present and is the SOURCE of the manifestation. For WISDOM is pre-existent in GOD ALONE. It is only available in HIM. Which is why the fear of the LORD is the necessary begining (and continuance) of wisdom in us. WISDOM is Wisdom PERSONified in GOD in absolute terms.] True wisdom is creative only because it is born of agape. GOD is agape. All that is creative is born out of the creative substance of GOD's love. This is a necessary framework for Wisdom. Wisdom must of necessity express love. Wisdom builds because love seals the building into eternal permanence (see 1 Cor 13:4-8a in the context of Ps 139:1-16). This permanence is reflected in what we build in accordance to GOD's will

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into eternity, in the development of the children of GOD and the Church of JESUS CHRIST and HIS ministry to mankind. Prov 2:2-6, instructs us that if we make our ear [spiritual ear - see Prov 20:12] attentive to Wisdom [the voice of the SPIRIT of WISDOM] by inclining our heart to understanding [through true desire], and seek [through faith, in prayer and contemplation] for understanding by seeking for her as hidden treasure [with perseverance and persistence] then, understanding will enable the discernment [through our spiritual senses] of the fear of YAHWEH and we will discover [through revelation and understanding] the knowledge from which wisdom can be ascertained and applied. All this, flows from the mouth of GOD (which primarily arises from and through the quickened word of GOD). And in this context, we have already dealt with the broad spectrum of the ministry of the SPIRIT of CHRIST to us - the Teacher, the Helper, the Advocate, the Counselor, the Comforter, the Strengthener and, the Intercessor. All this is given by GOD, as part of the wisdom predestined for our glory, a manifestation of HIS grace. Grace is a component of agape. So WISDOM manifests wisdom through agape. So being perfected in the love of GOD (1 Thess 3:12-13) is a prerequisite to true wisdom being received and perfected through our lives. Wisdom achieves perfection in fulfillment of the law of love. Wisdom naturally taps into the realm of faith because wisdom places its hopes in YAHWEH. Wisdom does so because it knows GOD is a faithful GOD. And this arises, as epignosis manifests the true knowledge and understanding of GOD in measures of fullness. Since wisdom is an inward and outward expression or practice, the manifestation of epignosis implies a practical knowledge and understanding founded in a practical faith. So 1 Cor 13:7-8a, is a proposition that can only exist in the fullness of CHRIST-like wisdom. To bear all things, believe all things, hope all things and endure all things in the understanding that love will never fail, is the wisdom of building that arises in the fear of GOD; a wisdom that trembles at the word of GOD; and, a wisdom that "sees" the word of CHRIST'S power. So we can actually see that wisdom is a GOD-fearing faith expressed through love in our actions. (ii) The Wisdom Of Worship: Worship is a way of life. A philosophy of life. The law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS, describes this concept 287


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of worship as our becoming a living temple unto YAHWEH. This is a life-style. The Levitical sacrifices in New Covenant terms are the functional core (like the operating system of a computer) that govern the way in which we live. Each sacrifice represents an aspect of living life before YAHWEH. In the Old Covenant these sacrifices were sacrifices of worship. The same concept of worship is continued, in inner spiritual expression, under the New Covenant, in terms of the attitudes and intentions that govern our heart towards YAHWEH. This is expressed in the inward anointing. [Since the anointing is something that is entirely introduced, nurtured and raised by the hand of GOD, we can see that the moulding process of the heart is governed by our allowing of GOD's grace to manifest upon, and into, our hearts. HE ALONE produces the heart.] The Burnt Offering represents consecration as the necessary foundation of worship primarily in terms of forming the right attitudes and intents of the heart. We actually become a living sacrifice of the worship of YAHWEH as (potentially continuous) expressions of the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. The Meal Offering represents the outworking of consecration as these attitudes and intents are confirmed (and perfected) by our actions. Here again we see potential for worship through righteous actions, which are an expression of our total inward anointing in the mind of CHRIST. The Peace Offering represents the growth of the inward anointing as we are perfected. Our righteous expressions perfect the anointing within us and enable the anointing to grow. Growth is expressed as a growing fragrance of the LORD in us. The process of being perfected is reflected in a higher and deeper dimension of true, growing worship. The Sin and Guilt Offerings represent a state of repentance. Without repentance, true worship is an impossibility as our worship will be unacceptable (Matt 5:22-24) before YAHWEH. Wisdom and sin are mutually exclusive. For wisdom to mature we need to repent of the compromises of GOD's word that we make with the world. If we believe that GOD's word is impractical, to that extent will we be unable to tap into the realm of true wisdom that the word is expressing. The elements of true worship that we have just glimpsed at enable us to see why the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS is fulfilled only as we mature as a temple to GOD. Worship produces two important facets of the right attitudes and intents of the heart - humility and contriteness; 288


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which, are the fundamentals of communion. Isa 66:1-2, explains the reality of GOD valuing one who is humble and contrite. Worship enables us to receive from GOD in a very special way. Its like electricity flowing from a higher potential (voltage) to a lower potential (voltage). Humility and contriteness produce a state of "lower potential". The lower the potential, the greater is the "current" flow of provision and blessing via the medium of the personal anointing. Worship is the process that produces wisdom because, in worship we receive from GOD. And so we see that without the wisdom of worship all that GOD gives us can never be received and put to good use. For wisdom applies all of GOD's inner provision to the process of living. Wisdom allows the anointing to be applied in accordance to GOD's perfect will. And, Wisdom allows the inward anointing to be nurtured. But, this can only happen in a state of worship. In addition to humility and contriteness, there are other facets of worship that increase the anointing of the Spirit Of Wisdom. These are actually elements of worship that are part of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. These elements describe the ingredients of the worship attribute in the anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. The Oil Of Gladness (or, Joy) and, the Garments (or, Mantle) Of Praise, are typical examples of the ingredients of the anointing of the fear of the LORD, that are in effect expressions of the worship attribute. We can see this application through Ps 45:7; 133:2-3; 104:14-15,24; and, Isa 61:3b, 10-11. However, these are also descriptive of the anointing upon that augments or, builds into the inward anointing, so as to enable us to grow in wisdom. [Isa 61:10 talks of the Garments Of Salvation and the Robe Of Righteousness. Salvation describes the fullness of the anointing that the LORD has clothed us with - a total clothing of grace upon our lives; while, the Robe Of Righteousness is really the anointing of wisdom that we put on (or, express by drawing from GOD). This is the worship of true righteousness which is described in the Levitical sacrifices when interpreted in New Covenant terms. This idea of the LORD clothing us can also be a tangible manifestation of the anointing upon. For example Luke 24:49 speaks of a clothing with power that not only resulted in the experience of Pentecost in Acts 2:1-4 but also in other instances of being clothed, such as Acts 4:31,33; 6:8. Notice in Acts 13:52, that there is an anointing of gladness that can also operate in this manner (see also Acts 6:15). 289


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The anointing can also be experienced as a literal overflowing when the personal anointing operates fully as we worship in communion (see Ps 23:5b; 133:2). These are important features of the anointing for us to appreciate and receive as part of our perception of things spiritual. There are anointings upon that literally feel as if a cloak is being put on. So these are not mere poetic expressions. They are tangible expressions of the personal anointing. In fact, all of the garments of the Old Covenant priesthood are to us, under the New Covenant, inward garments of the anointing.] So what we are talking about are tangible anointings from the LORD. The purpose is to fulfill Isa 11:3a in our lives in terms of our (GOD given) ability to delight in the fear of the LORD. Part of this delight arises from the joy manifested in true worship. This delight is an expression of love in true worship. Worship being an expression of the love of GOD being released in us as joy, in terms of our expression of love for GOD in HIS Presence. How do gladness and praise enable the expression of wisdom? By creating and expressing an inner man who enjoys and delights in being an expression of WISDOM. Notice that Ps 104:14-15,24 is actually speaking of us as being an expression of the WISDOM of GOD. Isa 61:1,3,10 is also speaking of such a manifestation. Worship creates the inwardly joyous atmosphere for wisdom to be expressed, in the creative fullness of the love of GOD working in and through us. This inwardly joyous atmosphere flows from the Presence of GOD. The power of joy is that it enables us to remain in the Presence of GOD. In this sense joy is real strength that keeps us conscious of GOD [potentially] all the time. This is the secret that the mystics discovered and testified of. Joy is a sense of really being alive and when joy becomes a state of being, it is expressive of the union with the SPIRIT of CHRIST - the SPIRIT Of WISDOM. The passage from Isa 61, is actually speaking of the maturing of the anointing of the LORD JESUS CHRIST in HIS "offspring" through the Oil Of Gladness and the Mantle Of Praise. These are elements of the joy of worship. The "offspring" are called the Oaks Of Righteousness, the planting of the LORD. This planting of the Oaks Of Righteousness, is expressed in the rejoicing of an increasing reality of being clothed in the Garments Of Salvation. [Which is an expression of the total personal anointing. That is, the personal anointing is like wearing garments of salvation because we are 290


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able to draw from both the anointing within and the anointing upon in the power of the heart to delight in the fear of GOD.] This clothing of salvation is expressed outwardly as (joyous) wisdom. This wisdom, gives the experiential reality of actually being wrapped in the reality of the robe of righteousness. This robe is fully an expression of wisdom through the mind of CHRIST, that is like a "wearing" of righteousness that results from the reality of GOD's Presence. The robe of the wisdom of righteousness, births the concept of being wrapped in the living reality of true wisdom (and WISDOM). As the inward anointing matures, this experiential reality will begin to manifest in increasing measure. The Meal Offering tells us that righteous expression in wisdom is by itself worship. So ultimately wisdom is worship itself in the conscious Presence of GOD! [The Bread Of Presence in the Holy Place.] (iii) The Wisdom Of Obedience: Obedience results from the objective realisation (through the maturing of faith) that Y A H W E H is SOVEREIGN. This objective realisation is manifested through the discipline of the spirit mind. Obedience also results from understanding born of GOD-fearing faith. Obedience, being an attribute of the fear of the LORD, acknowledges the infinite difference between wisdom and WISDOM. Obedience expresses the understanding that YAHWEH is Omniscient in the perfection of HIS nature and therefore must be obeyed in perfect trust. This is the wisdom of obedience. It is a disciplined obedience of the mind of the spirit. Obedience is the attribute of wisdom that is able to draw from WISDOM. Obedience allows WISDOM to express HERSELF in us and obedience allows the Wisdom received to be expressed through us. [Here we see WISDOM being expressed as an attribute of GOD in the feminine gender. WISDOM, however, is also PERSONified in the GODHEAD.] The book of Proverbs [We will use selected passages in Prov 2:2a, 6a, 10a; 4:8-9,5-7; 8:1-20 (with some omissions). The capitalisations below are indicative of the PERSON of the HOLY SPIRIT or, the LORD JESUS, where the PERSON of GOD (in terms of a PERSONification of the attribute) rather than the mere attribute needs to be seen. Attributes of GOD are capitalised at the front, for example: "Knowledge" or "Wisdom".] expresses this in the infinite brilliance of WISDOM - WHOM we are only just beginning to see: "Make your ear attentive to WISDOM. For the LORD (YAHWEH) gives Wisdom. For WISDOM will enter your heart (see Eph 3:16-17). Prize HER, and SHE will exalt you; SHE will honor you if you

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embrace HER. SHE will place on your head a garland of Grace; SHE will present you with a crown of beauty. [Notice that we are treating WISDOM in terms of the PERSON of GOD from WHOM the attribute manifests. We must always prize the PERSON rather than the attribute. For YAHWEH wants us to know HIM as "I AM WHO I AM." HE may show HIMSELF in terms of Wisdom, but we must be able to see the "I AM of WISDOM." This is the point of view that is hidden in parts of Proverbs that we need to receive.] Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words [John 6:63 - spirit and life] of MY mouth. Do not forsake HER, and SHE will guard you; love HER and SHE will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; and with all your acquiring, get understanding [the understanding of being perfected in wisdom through obedience to (the SPIRIT of) WISDOM]. Does not WISDOM call, and UNDERSTANDING lift up HER voice? On top of the heights beside the WAY, where the paths meet, SHE takes HER stand; beside the gates, at the opening to the city, at the entrance of the doors, SHE cries out: 'To you, O men, I call, and MY voice is to the sons of men. O naive ones, discern prudence; and, O fools, discern Wisdom (and WISDOM). Listen, for I shall speak noble things; and the opening of MY lips will produce right things. For MY mouth will utter Truth. All the utterances of MY mouth are in Righteousness. They are all straightforward to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge. Take MY instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choicest gold. For wisdom is better than jewels; and all desirable things cannot compare with her. I, WISDOM, dwell with Prudence, and I find Knowledge and Discretion. Counsel is M I N E and sound W i s d o m ; I AM UNDERSTANDING, Power is MINE. I love those who love ME; and those who diligently seek ME will find ME. Riches and honor are with ME, enduring wealth and righteousness. MY fruit (the fruits of the HOLY SPIRIT) is better than gold, even pure gold, and MY yield (the results of MY work in your life) than choicest silver. I walk in the WAY [Hear O Israel, the LORD our GOD HE is ONE] of Righteousness, in the midst of the paths of Justice, to endow [by giving a mantle of the anointing] those who love ME with wealth, that I may fill their treasuries [see Prov 24:3-4]."' [There is an amazing wealth of depth in the book of Proverbs that the above application should open. Some parts of Proverbs must be read with a 292


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disciplined focus on GOD, in the spirit mind of CHRIST, and we will see an entirely different picture of it. For HE ALONE PERSONifies Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding and Power. This is why the LORD described HIMSELF as the Way, the Truth and the Life. It is the PERSON of YAHWEH that gives credence and substance to HIS word. Without YAHWEH the word has no substance. HE ALONE is supreme.] Prov 8:22-9:1 describes the deepest foundations of Wisdom found in the Bible, that will enable us to better understand John 17! This is what Prov 8:31 is presenting in a predestined sense. We shall attempt an introduction to the lines of thought that emerge from this passage that are crucial to our being an expression of our FATHER'S Wisdom. We are going to see how Wisdom functions in GOD, and we are going to (by the understanding of faith) take hold of this in a personal applications perspective. This is the ultimate purpose of the LORD's prayer in John 17. The TRUE MAN had to express such a prayer for men to be able to receive it and, perfect it, by faith in HIM WHO is TRUE GOD. This GOD-fearing faith will birth the wisdom (received from WISDOM in us) that will manifest this state of being in all men clothed with the Garments Of Salvation.] Prov 8:22-24a,30 reads: "The LORD possessed ME at the beginning of HIS WAY, before HIS works of old [or, "from then" instead of "of old"]. From everlasting I was established, from the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth. ... Then I was beside HIM, as a MASTER WORKMAN; and I was HIS daily delight, rejoicing always before HIM, rejoicing in the world, HIS earth, and having MY delight in the sons of men." In this passage the SPIRIT of WISDOM is speaking through HIS attribute of Wisdom. When the SPIRIT of WISDOM says "YAHWEH possessed ME", HE is speaking of the specifics of the attribute PERSONIFIED in HIMSELF being an essential part of the GODHEAD. The word "possessed" is used to depict the ONEness of the GODHEAD. The WAY is PERSONIFIED by the WORD. The WAY and WISDOM were preexistent. The word "beginning" is not a time denominated word. It is a description of perpetual BEING that was, is and, will always be immutable (or, unchanging). The beginning simply means, that from which all others have their beginning. The beginning is co-existent with the end in an Omniscient sense. Because the WAY and WISDOM are absolutes in the GODHEAD - eternally PERSONified in YAHWEH. WISDOM and the WAY, we are told, expressed the works.

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Since works are necessarily manifested, the works entered the dimensions of creation in both the spiritual and natural realms. The natural realm of creation was expressed in the dimensions of space and time. All we can say about the spirit realm is that it governs the natural realm. [The book of Revelation clearly depicts happenings in the spirit realm that determine events on earth.] But, the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS, the supreme law of YAHWEH, is supreme in both realms. [Since the Wisdom is a manifestation of true life by the SPIRIT and, the Way is a manifestation of CHRIST the WORD, we can see that our passage from Proverbs is merely expressing the eternal lav/ of the SPIRIT of CHRIST differently.] In this sense YAHWEH has always given [or, eternally made available to us] HIS creatures the grace to live beyond the dimensions of creation by seeing the WAY of WISDOM that exists only in HIMSELF. The best testimony to this is the life of Enoch: "And Enoch walked with G O D ; a n d he was not, f o r G O D took H I M , " [Did Enoch receive eternal life through CHRIST JESUS? Absolutely! He received life through the pre-existent WAY of the WORD by walking with the pre-existent WISDOM of the SPIRIT.] So Prov 8:35 declares that, " h e who finds ME finds life, and obtains f a v o u r with the L O R D . " We need to understand that both life and favour (or grace) are eternal attributes of YAHWEH. [Life is an essential attribute, while grace is part of the moral attribute of love.] We must understand the distinguishment of the realm of the eternal from that of the spirit. So that we never forget where life is really coming from and what really constitutes the ability to live this life - the WORD of the WISDOM of the MOST HIGH. This is why we need to be the consecrated bread of the WORD of GOD's Presence, that is manifested by the SPIRIT of CHRIST, through GODfearing faith. [We must understand that heaven and earth will pass away but the word of GOD will remain. Why? Because GOD's Word is PERSONified by the WORD HIMSELF as the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE. There is therefore, a pre-existent revelation reality that Y A H W E H ALONE is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE (see John 17:3,6). The LORD JESUS manifested that reality to us. But, we must understand that it is a pre-existent reality in Y A H W E H . The L O R D JESUS simply made Cby action) it readily available for us and HE made (by action) it readily receivable to us through the attributes of the inward anointing in spirit and spacetime dimensions.]

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Only GOD is eternal, creation can enter (actually "tap into") the eternal, only through the pre-existent WAY of the WORD HIMSELF by walking with the SPIRIT of WISDOM. Under the New Covenant, we have received the pre-existent WAY and WISDOM inwardly as the SPIRIT of CHRIST. Under the New Covenant, YAHWEH promises to write HIS laws into our heart. HE has done it (in a pre-destined sense) and is doing it (in a space time sense) through the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS - into our spirit. So we can now understand where Prov 8:31 is coming from, the realm of the eternal. This is a pre-destined reality that creation is expected to enter into in terms of a perpetual growing reality. This reality is a derivative sub-set of eternity [like wisdom is of Wisdom], This is the essence of the Tabernacle revelation which is the perpetual growing fulfillment of the law of the SPIRIT of CHRIST that is described by the covenant name YAHWEH-SHAMMAH. This is what Rev 21:1-7 is describing - the beginning of the perpetual fulfillment of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS in the perfect will of the FATHER. We are now left with the revelation of Prov 8:30. The HOLY SPIRIT describes HIS PERSONification of WISDOM as being a Master Workman. [Isn't it amazing that the SPIRIT of the MOST HIGH would describe HIS PERSONification of WISDOM as a Master Workman? The SPIRIT of YAHWEH is Humble. Phil 2:5-7, tells us that the WORD too is the same. GOD does not ask us to be what HE isn't. HE only wants us to be like HIM - in HIS perfect nature.] Notice that HE stands beside YAHWEH. This is where the rendering of Parakletos as being "a Helper alongside us" comes from. If the SPIRIT of WISDOM is Parakletos (or Helper) to the GODHEAD how much more should HE be to us! And, how woefully do we neglect HIM WHOM the GODHEAD delights in daily ["daily" in an eternal sense and not in a time denominated sense. It is a state of BEING.] So wisdom has been pre-destined for our glory (1 Cor 2:7) so that YAHWEH would take delight in us (see also Prov 8:31). [Isn't it amazing that this reality will actually take place! Immagine delighting the MOST HIGH! Bless the name of JESUS in WHOM are hidden all the treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge.] There are several things we need to understand about wisdom in obedience. The wisdom of obedience: (i) Is received and operated in partnership with the SPIRIT of GOD everyday; (ii) Fulfills the perfect will of GOD;

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(iii) Delights the LORD therefore, in accordance to Isa 11:3a, the wisdom of obedience is a living expression of delight in the fear of the LORD; (iv) Offers joy as the continuous worship of life in accordance with the law of the SPIRIT of CHRIST; and, (v) Is always conscious of being in YAHWEH's presence, for true obedience is born only of the word (that is the Bread Of The Presence). That all this is a result of the wisdom of obedience is clearly seen in Prov 8 : 3 2 - 3 6 . F i n a l l y , we see that if we are o b e d i e n t to WISDOM, SHE will build HER house by hewing out (perfecting) the seven pillars of the anointing in each one of us. So Prov 9:2 declares that WISDOM has prepared the food of the word, SHE has mixed the new wine of true life (Luke 22:18) and, SHE has also set HER table in the presence of our enemies. So our cup runneth over and we are able to dwell in the house of our LORD (YAHWEH-SHAMMAH) forever! AMEN! (iv) The Wisdom Of Servanthood: The true servant of GOD is one who is able to do the perfect will of GOD. Herein lies the secret of the wisdom of servanthood. Knowing GOD well enough to do HIS perfect will. Being fully equipped to be able to fully accomplish "our" part of GOD's will. Knowing how to abide in GOD. Knowing how to abide in HIS word. Being able to hear and understand the commands of GOD. Servanthood enables us to grow in all these areas, so that our knowing of GOD is an intimate experience of GOD born out of our experiences of (a growing) servanthood. This is why the LORD proclaimed that the greatest amongst us must be the servant of all (Luke 22:26). The attitude of the true servant is that of one who seeks to build; with the basis of building, being GOD's will for the Body of CHRIST. Empty lives and ministries, without fail, have walked against this fundamental of servanthood that is one of the prerequisites of true wisdom. What is the purpose of our lives? What are we living for? What do we hope to accomplish with our lives? In what realm have we invested our biological life (Greek: "psuche")? The LORD JESUS invested HIS psuche-life into the pathways of the cross. And that life has been reaping dividends since then. And it will never cease reaping dividends. [If GOD seeks to invest HIS heart into the lives of fallen man (see Rom 5:8), how much more should we ensure that we are playing our part in HIS investment! Take note of the dimensions of this investment at maturity in Isa 62:1-5 and Rev 21:9-26.]

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Notice also that the dividend payout grows continuously! We too can reap dividends in eternity - in CHRIST. By putting on CHRIST. We too can invest our lives into eternity by simply carrying our cross daily (see Luke 9:23). [By dying to self; In obedience; In sufferings; With endurance; Always being an expression of GOD's love.] The fullness of servanthood is born when we die to self. Servanthood is a perfected state of being - in growing measures of CHRIST - in a continuous growth dimension. Continuous growth is the key to understanding the wisdom of servanthood. The true servant will enter the realms opened by Isa 66:2b, "But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at MY word." This is the unending inward growth of the priceless anointing. The priceless anointing that matures in the epignosis (the true and full knowing) of GOD that YAHWEH acclaims in no uncertain terms in Jer 9:23-24a: "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of HIS riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows ME." True knowledge and understanding is born of doing GOD's will in GOD-fearing faith. The pursuing and manifesting of G O D ' s will is servanthood. This servanthood is an attribute that matures into the higher dimensions of true wisdom. Servanthood is the wisdom of living our lives as a Meal Offering. It is in servanthood that the Meal Offering begins to assume its mantle of "most holy." As Lev 2:2b-3 mentions, the Meal Offering has two aspects to it. One is as an offering to the LORD. And the other is as an offering that belongs to Aaron and his sons: "a thing most holy, of the offerings to the LORD by fire." [Think about it: becoming a belonging to the body of CHRIST. Understand that it is HIS body. A "belonging" of the body will be even more be a belonging of CHRIST; hence the description "most holy" - to YAHWEH. The holiness is CHRIST and HIS fragrance being expressed in and through the servant. It is HIS holiness. Would you like to be a vessel of HIS holiness?] To be a servant is to be an instrument of GOD's grace in accordance to the will of GOD. It is to show the reality of GOD in our lives; to bear the testimony of CHRIST. The value of our offering of service to GOD is measured by the way in which we carry out our service to our brethren. It is amazing to note that the service is considered to belong to the priesthood of believers. This is the realm of dying to self. It is in this dimension of

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selfless service that major dimensions of the Sermon-On-The-Mount are discovered and fulfilled. From Luke 6:27-38, we see the highest principles of true service outlined: " B u t I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, p r a y f o r those who m i s t r e a t you. Whoever Mis you on the cheek, offer him the other also; a n d whoever takes away your coat, do not withold your shirt f r o m him either. [Notice that this realm can be discovered and experienced in every Church ministry, all over the world! So all of us have an abundance of opportunities to enter the highest realms of spiritual growth! Wisdom is actually being able to think a n d act like this! The world (and many in the Church) will despise such wisdom and the people who practice this (this is expressed with particular clarity in Matt 5:10-12).] Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not d e m a n d it back. And j u s t as you want people to treat you, t r e a t t h e m in the same way. And if you love those who love you, w h a t credit is that to you? F o r even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, w h a t credit is that to you? F o r even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those f r o m whom you expect to receive, what credit is t h a t to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, in o r d e r to receive back the same a m o u n t . But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in r e t u r n ; a n d your r e w a r d will be great, and you will be sons of the MOST HIGH-, for HE H I M S E L F is kind to u n g r a t e f u l a n d evil men. [Understand that the LORD is defining the sons of the MOST HIGH as servants. Servants of a New Covenant (see Isa 42:5-9; and take note of Isa 42:1-4). Saints by calling who are carrying the testimony of CHRIST JESUS (see 1 Cor 1:2-9).] Be merciful, j u s t as your F A T H E R is merciful (see M a t t 5:48). And do not j u d g e a n d you will not be j u d g e d ; a n d do not condemn, a n d you will not be condemned; p a r d o n , a n d you will be p a r d o n e d . Give a n d it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, r u n n i n g over, they will p o u r into your lap. F o r by your s t a n d a r d of m e a s u r e [in service and servanthood] it will be measured to you in r e t u r n . " This is the Meal O f f e r i n g that is necessary in producing the p u r e h e a r t that will see G O D . Take note of Matt 5:8. in the context of the servanthood statements of Matt 5:7,9. This is the New Covenant prosperity 298


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of holiness u n t o the L O R D that results f r o m a close walk with the L O R D . Implicit in the above statements of the New Covenant law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS, as extracted from the Sermon-On-The-Mount, is the process of being perfected that enables the Peace Offering of the growing inward anointing to be made towards YAHWEH in the name of JESUS, in the fullness of the holy fire of the SPIRIT of CHRIST. [There is a higher realm of " b a p t i s m " in the H O L Y S P I R I T , the realm of the baptism of fire (see M a t t 3:11b; Luke 3:16b) - the fire of holiness. It also implies a new r e a l m of power, the power of holiness unto the L O R D . R e m e m b e r , that power does not exist as a standalone. The power of love m u s t m a t u r e into a power of holiness t h a t is descriptive of fire. O r , the light that is like fire. O r , the word that is like fire. This is the b a p t i s m of communion with Y A H W E H , W H O is a Consuming Fire. Take note of this description in the context of H e b 12:28-29 and the Kingdom Of G O D (see Isa 9:6-7; Luke 22:14-20).] The passage f r o m L u k e 6, that is quoted above is actually an outline of the i n w a r d principles of spiritual prosperity [which is the highest realm of prosperity] t h a t manifest as an increase in the i n w a r d anointing w h i c h is p r i c e l e s s . T h i s is why the last s t a t e m e n t of b e c o m i n g "overflowing" is quoted in the a p p a r e n t l y odd context of "selflessness" expressed. So this is the means by which the reality of Ps 23:5b will manifest: " T H O U hast anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows. [Notice that the anointing upon has true significance only if there is a concurrent receptivity that manifests as the inward cup of our spirit actually overflowing. GOD wants us to experience a realm in which the inward anointing will literally overflow. Now the next part of the verse makes amazing sense.] Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, a n d I will dwell in the house of the L O R D forever." [Notice that goodness and lovingkindness are actually expressions of GOD's moral nature.] This is a realm of prosperity that will enable a face to face communion with YAHWEH. The true prosperity implied by Matt 6:33. In the wisdom of the world such a contextual flow to prosperity, as outlined in Luke 6, would be utterly idiotic. But, this is the perfect WISDOM of CHRTST. We can now see the apparently odd phrasing of Col 2:1-3. Paul is writing a b o u t the t r e a s u r e s of wisdom a n d knowledge t h a t a r e unlocked in C H R I S T - towards others - by the sacrifice of the t r u e servant. We must realise that there is something more behind this statement.

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How much more would be the t r e a s u r e t h a t is unlocked to the servant himself! The true servant will receive the greatest treasures. And these greatest t r e a s u r e s will be manifested t h r o u g h the attributes of the i n w a r d anointing in communion with Y A H W E H . "Blessed are the p u r e in h e a r t for they shall see G O D . " This is the law of the S P I R I T of life in C H R I S T JESUS. This is covenant fulfillment in the covenant n a m e YAHWEH-JIREH. So L u k e 6:27-38, speaks of the actions of servanthood that GOD is able to manifest in o u r lives in accordance to HIS assurance that HE will write HIS laws into o u r heart. This is the perfect law of love that will enable this realm to manifest, in practice, in accordance to the realm of agape love which is described in 1 Cor 13:7-8a. So we can begin to understand the realm of the wisdom of servanthood. So servanthood gives scope for the growth of love that enables the creative of the true wisdom of GOD's will to manifest (ultimately, manifesting in terms of Eph 1:9-l 1). [Never forget what the HOLY SPIRIT has already revealed to us in Prov 8:30-31: " T h e n I was beside H I M , as a M a s t e r W o r k m a n ; a n d I was daily H I S delight, rejoicing always before H I M , rejoicing in the world, H I S e a r t h , a n d having MY delight in the sons of men." How would you like to be a delight to the LORD! This is servanthood, being a delight to the MOST HIGH!] (v) The Wisdom Of Trust: 1 Cor 13:7-8a describes a realm of the wisdom of trusting in GOD: Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. This love never fails because it is an expression of complete trust in GOD. The trust that is able and willing to bear, believe, hope a n d e n d u r e because it knows that G O D will come t h r o u g h . This trust is wisdom because it is true knowledge, understood and applied (or expressed) in trust. This is an inward realm of wisdom that enables perfect action in line with GOD's will. It is birthed through a process of receiving GOD's counsels that are practiced so as to result in a perfected, revelation knowledge that is fully represented by our contextual development of the Greek word "epignosis" as it applies to the inward anointing. W h a t we are saying here is that revelation knowledge needs to be applied in wisdon. This wisdom m u s t be founded on trust. This t r u s t is necessary because it enables us to receive the counsels of G O D , that will in t u r n enable us to apply the knowledge. As the counsels are received, we may develop the necessary u n d e r s t a n d i n g that will augment our level 300


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of trust. As we apply by faith, we are perfected by the very process of application. This idea of being perfected is important, for this is the process by which we are developed by GOD. So all t h a t G O D manifests t h r o u g h us has a personal development objective underlying it. The wisdom of trust enables us to see the potentials of being developed in faith and in hope. This is an important facet of wisdom because we need to know that there are many things that GOD wants us to do which are beyond our understanding. This is to be expected. T h e r e f o r e trust enables us to grow as we see the wonder of G O D unfold, even as we act out of trust in H I M . This growth, is wisdom received in the process of being perfected! This process would be an impossibility without trust. Without t r u s t such a dimension of wisdom could never manifest. We can test this out as we study the Bible by trusting GOD - in accordance to HIS moral attributes - to teach us perfectly. If we can trust, instead of analyse all t h a t we receive f r o m H I M , we will see HIS analysis unfold in a level of brilliance that we would simply not possess! As we receive this, we will experience a growth that would not have been possible without trust. It is time for us to enter the realm of discovering our GOD in our daily experiences. And we will grow in unimmaginable ways. If we invite the L O R D to participate in all levels of our activity in the n a t u r a l realm - by waiting on H I M trustfully - we will experience a realm of spiritual growth in everything that we do! | We have to understand that GOD is our FATHER - in all areas of our life. HE is concerned about all that we do. If a natural father is concerned with what his children are doing, how much more would our absolutely perfect FATHER in heaven be concerned with all that we are doing! We say give us this day our daily b r e a d . It is time for us to actually live the request as if we actually m e a n t it - daily! This is trust. This is a faith relationship of wisdom that "takes hold" of GOD in the most personal way. Do we not say " o u r F A T H E R " ? Then let us live the declaration! This is true wisdom! Only don't forget that YAHWEH is to be reverenced.] So Prov 3:3-6 tells us that as long as we cling to the t r u t h in honesty and integrity (the unleavened b r e a d of sincerity a n d truth), we can trust the L O R D to direct our p a t h s in ways t h a t are beyond our understanding, as a perfectly " n o r m a l " experience of H I M in our lives. The passage is telling us that we will find f a v o u r with G O D such that HE will direct our paths and m a k e them straight. Blessed is the son or, 301


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daughter who is able to enter this realm of experience. Such a person will literally walk with GOD always (see Gen 5:24)! Can there be wisdom greater than this? Can there be a learning experience beyond this? So Ps 37:3-7, tells us to trust in the LORD and do good. To dwell in the land (to live in CHRIST) and cultivate faithfulness (this is the state of being perfected). Out of this state of faithfulness (or, being faithful) will flow an ability (a supernaturally, perfected ability) to take delight in the LORD (see Isa 11:3a), which in turn is a state of fulfillment of the inward anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. Out of the joy of delighting in the LORD, will flow a reality of having all of our true desires fulfilled or given by YAHWEH (see John 14:12-14; 16:23-27)! In order to enter this realm, Ps 37:7 tells us to enter the rest that is in CHRIST and, wait patiently for HIM, so that as Ps 37:6 declares, HE will bring forth our righteousness as the light, and judgement as the noonday! AMEN! (vi) The Wisdom Of Trembling At GOD's Word: This is the deepest realm of the revelation word that is perfected in us. It opens into the realm of HIS oath. This is the realm in which we are able to "see" YAHWEH in the awesomeness of HIS word. This is the wisdom-ability to "see" the awesomeness of GOD - HIS SOVEREIGN MAJESTY AND GLORY through the "rhema" or, "quickening" or, "coming aliveness" of HIS word. This is what it means to live (as in actually living) by the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. This is true worship of GOD with our lives - with all (every aspect) of our life. This is to declare in our daily living that "I am dwelling in the secret place of the MOST HIGH GOD. I am abiding under the shadow of the ALMIGHTY. My LORD is my Refuge and my Fortress. In HIM I trust. HIS Truth, and HIS Faithfulness are my Shield and my Bulwark. I have made the LORD my Refuge and HE is my Habitation. No evil befalls me, neither does any plague come near my dwelling. I have set my love upon my LORD. HE delivers me. I know HIS name. I call upon HIM and HE answers me. HE delivers me and HE honors me. With true life HE satisfies me and shows me the wonder of HIS salvation." AMEN! The one who trembles at the word of GOD is someone who is truly a partaker of the covenant of YAHWEH. Like Moses, a very special servant of GOD (see Num 12:6-8). Trembling at the word of GOD reflects a purity of heart. The purity of heart that is able to enter into the realm of holiness. The 302


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realm that YAHWEH discloses in no uncertain terms in Num 12:7-8a, "Not so with MY servant Moses, he is faithful in all of MY household; with him I speak m o u t h to m o u t h , even openly, a n d not in d a r k sayings, a n d he beholds the f o r m of the L O R D . " In Isa 66:2 Y A H W E H continues, "But to this one I will look, to him who is humble a n d contrite of spirit, a n d who trembles at MY word." The LORD JESUS extends and takes the above into a realm of application to all who will hear and obey and desire this, when HE declares (in John 14:21): "He who has MY c o m m a n d m e n t s and keeps them, he it is who loves M E ; and he who loves ME shall be loved by MY F A T H E R , and I will love him, a n d will disclose MYSELF to him" The K J V says " I . . . will manifest M Y S E L F to h i m . " The LORD continues in verse 23: "If anyone loves M E , he will keep MY word; and MY F A T H E R will love him, and WE will come to Mm, and make OUR abode with him." In John 16:25b (KJV) the LORD declares, "the time cometh, when I shall no m o r e speak unto you in proverbs, b u t I shall shew you plainly of the FATHER." [The NASB uses the word "tell" instead of the word "show". We must r e m e m b e r that Moses was able to see the f o r m of GOD, so must the one who trembles at HIS word. In the S e r m o n - O n - T h e - M o u n t , the L O R D declares that the p u r e in h e a r t shall see GOD. T h a t is the law of the A L M I G H T Y ! The law of the S P I R I T of life in C H R I S T JESUS. The law that operates in CHRIST JESUS through the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT, that leads to the LORD's declaration in John 14:21b and 16:25b that, "I will love him and manifest MYSELF to him" and, "I shall shew you plainly of the F A T H E R . " The L O R D was in these statements merely clarifying the law m a d e manifest or fulfilled in H I M S E L F . In Matt 5:17-19, the LORD makes a profound statement of HIS law of the word revealed, the word of CHRIST, "Do not think I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. F o r truly I say to you, until heaven and e a r t h pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away f r o m the Law, until all is accomplished." U n d e r s t a n d that we a r e talking of the L O R D JESUS, the W O R D m a d e flesh, "fulfilling" the law. T h a t law can only be fulfilled in the word revealed a n d perfected in us, that enables us to know (in an epignosis sense) the L O R D our G O D , in accordance to the prophecies by J e r e m i a h (31:31-34) a n d Ezekiel (36:25-27) which, when put together, are talking a b o u t the S P I R I T of G O D writing G O D ' s law into our h e a r t s and causing us to walk in HIS statutes and enabling us to epignosis H I M .

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E p h 3:16-19, declares t h a t even as the Presence of the L O R D increases in us t h r o u g h faith, even as the H O L Y S P I R I T strengthens us, we will be b r o u g h t f o r t h in the C H R I S T love (through the word m a d e manifest in us) that will enable us to discover the realms hidden in H I M a n d also be filled to the fullness of GOD. All this is m a n d a t e d by law! The law of the S P I R I T of C H R I S T ! The p u r e in h e a r t shall see (and fully experience) G O D ! A M E N ! Afterall, we do say that we are party to a greater covenant than that Moses was party to. This being true, we must understand that we can (and should) experience our greater covenant. Especially when we say that the GOD of Moses is our FATHER. In the LORD JESUS we are beholding our FATHER, and HE is in us!] So if we can enter a realm where we can plainly see the FATHER being disclosed by our LORD then, we must understand the key of trembling at the word. The prerequisites (Isa 66:2) to this state of being are humility and contriteness of spirit. These, as we have already discussed, are attributes of worship. In John 14:21, the LORD declares that having and keeping HIS word are necessary prerequisites to disclosure of HIMSELF. To see all of G O D ' s word as being a necessary c o m m a n d m e n t f o r fullness of life is I believe the key to understanding the word "trembling." The LORD also equates loving HIM with obeying HIS word. But, this obedience HE applies only to one who already has the word. What is the LORD saying? It is the person who has received HIS word, a n d in this revelation state applies HIS word to his life; only such a person loves H I M . All others are loving at some lower realm. To tremble at G O D ' s word, is to have revealed a n d perfected word, of a level where we literally are experientially in awe of the word. At such a realm one would literally walk in the S P I R I T of C H R I S T , a n d be like the S P I R I T of W I S D O M , a delight in the sight of G O D even as the L O R D J E S U S , W H O was the embodiment of the fullness of the S P I R I T of W I S D O M , was on e a r t h (see M a t t 3:17; 17:5; J o h n 11:40-42; 12:28). This is the wisdom of p u r e thought a n d intent generated f r o m the quickened word m a d e manifest within us by the S P I R I T of C H R I S T to the glory of the F A T H E R . Such a state is only possible in humility a n d obedience. So now we are discovering, that wisdom grows t h r o u g h different states propelled by the love of G O D , t h a t m a t u r e s t h r o u g h HIS perfected word in us. (vii) The Wisdom Of Holiness: This is the experiential realm of GOD's holiness that is the maturing of the word in us. Holiness is a function of the

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Presence of GOD in us. For only YAHWEH is holy (Lev 19:2). Holiness manifests only with the real Presence of GOD. The wisdom of holiness is (being) fully conscious of GOD's Presence. It is also an inward realm that is fully sensitive to YAHWEH's Presence within us. It is the reality of IMMANUEL. Every great man (and woman) of GOD was wise because he was always conscious of GOD. [Understand that the Presence of GOD is tied to the Bread of HIS Presence. Holiness is a sanctified state of being, brought about by the Presence of GOD within us; and, the implications of the Presence, through the laws of GOD, are described into us by the perfected word.] That is the great secret of the LORD JESUS' life on earth. HE was always conscious of GOD, GOD's will and GOD's Presence in HIM and with HIM. HE simply enjoyed HIS Presence and HE was always able to draw from the reality of HIS FATHER. Even on the cross HE never lost this sense of GOD's reality - even when the Presence of GOD left HIM. That's why HE said, "FATHER, into THY hands I commit MY SPIRIT." This is the consciousness of true faith, perfected in true love. In HIS ministry on earth, HE was fully conscious of the SPIRIT's leading. And HIS HUMAN SPIRIT was always in oneness with the SPIRIT of GOD. This is the ultimate purpose of the inward anointing, to give us a total consciousness of the LORD our GOD in both our conscious and sub-conscious states. This is the manifestation of the Spirit Of Wisdom. It is a consciousness of heart and mind in both the spirit and soul. A fully integrated inward functioning in consonance with the real Presence of GOD within us and over us. This is the realm of the perfect, that the law of JESUS stipulates as an absolute necessity in Matt 5:48. This is the eternal life of knowing GOD our FATHER (see John 17:3). 2 Cor 7:1 tells us that holiness in the fear of GOD, enables us to realize the wonder of GOD's promises made available to HIS sons and daughters (2 Cor 6:16-18), who are fully conscious of being HIS temple. We come again to the wonder of the covenant name YAHWEH-JIREH that is fulfilled in the covenant name YAHWEH-SHAMMAH. The wonder of dwelling in HIS presence. AMEN! This is the ultimate Wisdom that the SPIRIT of WISDOM is revealing in Prov 8:22,30-34. So Abram was hailed as "Abram of GOD MOST HIGH, Possessor of heaven and earth" (Gen 14:19). He was possessed of GOD and so he was wise. So he was faithful.

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That was the life that the LORD revealed on earth. HE was fully "possessed" of HIS FATHER. HE was possessed with the love of HIS FATHER. AMEN! This is wisdom brethren. The wisdom that has already been perfected and made available to us in accordance with the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. This is grace. May we live to the glory of HIS (our FATHER'S) grace in the BELOVED in the fullness of HIS SPIRIT - in JESUS name. AMEN!

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e have now described the inward anointing in terms of its basic framework and attributes. In this concluding segment we shall look at the wonder of the anointing in terms of expressing it in, and through, our lives - individually and, collectively as the Body Of CHRIST.

Receiving The Concept Of Holiness And Perfection The anointing is symbolised by the Lampstand in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle (see Ex 25:31-40). The Lampstand is symbolic of both the personal anointing and the corporate anointing. The anointing has the intent of building the Body Of CHRIST. [This is why the Lampstand is symbolic of the Church in the book of Revelation.] And, we will briefly show the potentials of the anointing in the collective of the Body Of CHRIST. The L a m p s t a n d is of pure gold. Gold symbolizes holiness; specifically, "holiness unto the L O R D " (see Ex 28:36). P u r e gold also symbolizes perfection in holiness. The anointing of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD has the ultimate intent of holiness unto the LORD. All of the anointing has the ultimate intent of enabling us to live in holiness and perfection. [Ultimately, as the Body Of CHRIST.] In fact, holiness is in itself an expression of the state of perfection - in G O D . Ex 25:31, tells us that the Lampstand is a hammered work. Holiness is the product of a hammered work in our lives. The hammered work is expressed in terms of the inward anointing. The Lampstand being a hammered work symbolizes the concept of our being perfected in every attribute of the inward anointing. The end product of holiness, as 2 Cor 7:1 declares, flows from the cleansing of ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit [to truly function with our spirit fully joined to the S P I R I T of C H R I S T - 1 Cor


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6:17], " p e r f e c t i n g holiness in the fear of the L O R D . " Holiness as this verse indicates, is also descriptive of being set a p a r t to the L O R D . The cleansing of ourselves is meant in terms of our needing to have an objective in CHRIST, of becoming holy by pursuing and allowing the wonder of the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD, to grow and mature in us as a state of being holy unto the LORD. This is however, not a self-denominated pursuit of holiness. Holiness is received and molded into us by GOD. It is our joining ourselves to the SPIRIT of CHRIST that is the key. Holiness can't be earned. It is the miracle of GOD's handiwork in our lives. It will manifest naturally as we present our lives to GOD. GOD makes us holy. That is something HE promises by covenant. We cannot earn holiness. We can only present our beings to GOD. By HIS grace we are m a d e holy. Ex 25:36 tells us that "all of it (the entire Lampstand) shall be one piece of hammered work of p u r e gold." [The hammering refers to a molding process, while the purity of gold is a result of a process of purification. The mystics spoke of a purification of the soul and (even) spirit in terms of an upward progression, or building, of the inward man.] Holiness is a total pursuit a n d its p r o d u c t is a total person. The total p r o d u c t is expressed via the anointing within. [Ultimately, the p r o d u c t of holiness is a complete and " t o t a l " C h u r c h in HIS image.] The " p u r s u i t " a n d the " p r o d u c t " are both engineered by Y A H W E H in HIS grace and mercy. There is however, a higher perspective to holiness that we need to grasp. Holiness is a moral attribute of GOD. Even as love, righteousness and faithfulness are moral attributes of GOD. That means that only GOD expresses these attributes. [Similarly, wisdom, knowledge and understanding are derivative attributes of YAHWEH's essential attribute of Omniscience. The derivative attributes are also defined in GOD.] These m o r a l (and derivative attributes) cannot exist "outside" of H I M . They exist from H I M . Which is why our hope in G O D purifies us (1 J o h n 3:3). It is the Unking to G O D that is the key to t r a n s f o r m a t i o n . This linking is established by true thought and desire, expressed in the f o r m s of hope, faith a n d love t h r o u g h the m e d i u m of the anointing. Holiness therefore, flows out of the real Presence of Y A H W E H in us. T h e h a m m e r e d w o r k r e p r e s e n t s the level to which we have been perfected so that we freely " a c c e p t " a n d " m a n i f e s t " the attribute of GOD. The " f r e e acceptance" is a h a m m e r e d work out of the conflict 308


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within each of us which, when overcome [by our being conformed to CHRIST'S death - see Phil 3:10b], will manifest the perfected condition (or, level of perfection) that allows HIS beauty - the beauty of HIS holiness - to p e r m e a t e our being. All of the expression, is established and manifested t h r o u g h the anointing. [This dying to self is a painful process. St John of the Cross, the 16th century Spanish mystic, attempted to describe this process in some detail, according to revelation word of his time. However, as outlined in this book, the empowering of the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT - through the amazing grace of the operation of tongues - opens a spirit denominated realm of consecration through the word to us, versus the soul denominated path to the spirit man that this great Roman Catholic mystic described. Nonetheless, the dying to self is a painful process of separation f r o m o u r false perceptions and strong willfulness. I believe the next move of the HOLY SPIRIT will manifest a new realm of grace that will enable our entry through the contemplative word process - into the realm that was once the preserve of the mystics alone. There is much that the child of faith can look forward to in this end time period of the Church.] Holiness is the absolutely perfect a n d awesome beauty (glory a n d majesty) of Y A H W E H . Holiness is the essence and substance of the S H E K I N A H . [Human language barely begins to describe the attributes of YAHWEH. The bible would be a different totality when we are taken into the true realm of seeing the word in the "fuller and truer'' terms of YAHWEH's attributes.] The S H E K I N A H m a n i f e s t s at d i f f e r e n t levels. So the SHEKINAH can also manifest and remain in us at differing levels. Rev 21:22-23 describes a totality of dwelling in the midst of the SHEKINAH. Nonetheless, even in Rev 21 the SHEKINAH is at a manifested level. The ABSOLUTE belongs only to GOD. It can only be seen by GOD. Only Y A H W E H can fully see and perceive HIS O W N G L O R Y . The reason for the law of perfection is so that H I S children can also see some m e a s u r e of H I S awesome w o n d e r a n d have some m e a s u r e of t r u e communion with H I M . This realm of wonder manifests when we tremble at HIS word. That is, when the awesomeness of the word becomes a revelation to us. [For it is only in the revelation of the WORD that we can see GOD.] The word, when received as spirit a n d life, is the basis [for the law of the S P I R I T ] a n d substance [of the n a t u r e and fullness in C H R I S T the W O R D ] of all communion [in the covenant of the F A T H E R ] with Y A H W E H . U n d e r s t a n d that all three facets - the law [of the SPIRIT], the 309


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nature [of the CHRIST WORD] and the covenant [of the FATHER] represent some aspect of total communion opened to us through the word that manifests in trembling within us: (i) The law of the revelation word, manifested by the HOLY SPIRIT, declares and commands the necessity of love in perfection; (ii) The nature of the word revealed says, "receive the word and be conformed to the nature of perfection inherent in the word through JESUS the WORD; and, (iii) The covenant word declares worship (of the FATHER) in a continuous word denominated lifestyle of perfect sonship - as a natural consequence of the word (and WORD Presence) within us. The key to the reality of the living word is humility and yieldedness to the SPIRIT of CHRIST. It is so ingrained in us, that perfection and holiness are nebulous concepts that will "magically" manifest within us when we are taken into heaven, that we have subconsciously closed these realms from our being by declaring them as impractical. Nonetheless holiness unto the LORD is an Old Testament concept! [Remember, the one without wedding garments at the wedding feast. This is a warning that we need to have the right concepts of GOD in us or, we will lose our salvation even in heaven.] We need to understand that perfection manifests supernaturally from the anointing that we allow ourselves to be molded into. Perfection necessarily involves our will. The key is therefore, our yieldedness as vessels that are willing to abide in CHRIST and, vessels that are able to desire the manifestation of true freedom, and the beauty of our true personalities, that YAHWEH has predestined in CHRIST. This state is to be desired not because we are able to become perfect, but because YAHWEH is more than able to make us perfect. But, we must be prepared to yield to being perfected. The yielding is the hammered work. But, this yieldedeness too was hammered out for us at the cross. CHRIST JESUS our SAVIOUR was hammered out for our perfection. How can we reject this as unworkable or, impracticable? For if we do not yield, then we are rejecting what HE has established for us via the anointing. The inner transformation, is by the word of CHRIST manifesting and being perfected - in us - through the attributes of the inward anointing. We must see the potentials of the ALMIGHTY in HIS WORD PERSON. HE is able. We must allow HIS power to work in us. The Holy Of Holies is the realm of communion. Whenever we commune with GOD we enter the Holy Of Holies. It is the realm of listening and 310


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receiving (by thought and/or by picture) the counsels of the MOST HIGH while in HIS manifested Presence. It is also the realm of receiving impartation supernaturally. YAHWEH by HIS mercy and grace manifests different levels and measures of communion tailored to our individual personalities and spiritual strengths. T h r o u g h the i n w a r d anointing, every child of G O D has been given the ability to receive the ministry of Y A H W E H . Unfortunately, only a h a n d f u l choose to do so - with perseverance. The m a i n reason is because we have been deceived into believing the "impossibility" of this manifesting. But, we have also allowed ourselves to be deceived.

The Potentials Of Perfection Ex 25:37 tells us that there are seven lamps that shed light in the space in front of the Lampstand. [Notice that the SHEKINAH too manifests as LIGHT to the beholder (Rev 21:23). And, we have also talked about the light of revelation and truth that shines inwardly within us. This also tells us why the anointing, manifesting the word of revelation and truth, carries the attributes of GOD and manifests these attributes, in the true worship of a total life style lived to GOD. This life style arises from the light of the anointing within.] The light of the Lampstand implies that the fullness of the anointing is to shine as a light shed from seven component lights. The light that shines is one light, even as the structure (of the anointing within us) that produces the light is one hammered work. The seven lamps denote some level and mix of perfection in various attributes. This perfection is a realm expressed through the inward anointing in terms of its mix, its strengths (or, levels) and its attributes. The personal anointing has the f u n d a m e n t a l p u r p o s e of fulfilling the law of perfection as outlined in M a t t 5:48. The process of perfecting is a total work. The light is to be a continual light (see Ex 27:20b). As promised to father Abraham, his descendants will be like the "stars" shining with the light of YAHWEH" s beauty. The Lampstand is placed in a strategic position. It sheds light in the Holy Place which is called the Tent Of Meeting. From this we see that the primary purpose of the personal anointing is communion because we receive from HIM. [There is also a realm of corporate communion that each of our lights in aggregation can bring forth. As for example in a corporate act of worship or prayer. But there is also the realm of the corporate Meal Offering of corporate 311


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service that is most holy, that will receive the power of YAHWEH in colossal terms. We need to see and believe this. This is the ministry of the body of CHRIST that is beginning to be raised up, and will manifest in awesome terms.] The light is shed so that the shewbread and the altar of incense would be illumined. The shewbread is a prerequisite to communion, while the altar of incense is the process of communion that will enable us individually (and corporately) to work our Meal Offering out of the Holy Of Holies. We must see this realm being opened to us. For this is the realm of being seated with CHRIST in the heavenly places, in which the Tabernacle Of Testimony [YAHWEH's Testimony by oath], the true ark of covenant that carries the name of YAHWEH - see 2 Sam 6:2b - in the Testimony that CHRIST has established as covenant inheritance on our behalf in heaven, will be opened to us. This is also the realm of the authority of the Church as outlined in Matt 16:19; 18:18-20. This also tells us that the purpose of the anointing is to produce total consecration and purposeful communion with the LORD, so that the testimony of CHRIST will be produced in our lives and in the Church. The anointing is not an end in itself. It is a means to an end. Only GOD is the focus and substance of our lives. The anointing will enable us to discover this reality, as something we will truly desire, as we come to a state of delighting in the fear of the LORD. This we will discover by HIS grace of revelation, which is meant to be perfected into us in practical everyday terms. The light of the personal anointing seeks to illumine the consecrated bread of the Presence. HIS Presence in us formed (or, described) through the word eaten - see Ex 25:30. [We must also see this in terms of the Church as a whole.] The word in us (personally and collectively) manifests through a combination of the attributes of the inward anointing, as some combined expression of knowledge, wisdom, understanding, strength, truth, counsel and the fear of the LORD. As one can see immediately, all seven attributes of the anointing can be manifested singularly and collectively. In the collective, we must appreciate the immense potentials that represent the realm of CHRIST'S fullness. [The realm of the greater works (John 14:12), not in theology, but in practical everyday application.] This wondrous mix of immense potential is capable of being manifested as needed through the fullsome ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT working in us. HE is the SPIRIT of life and HE writes the law of life and living into our hearts. We must nonetheless also see that, no matter how wondrous the potentials of the inward anointing, the anointing must be fully

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m a n i f e s t e d in C H R I S T to the glory of the F A T H E R . T h a t ' s the law t h a t governs the anointing! The table of shewbread, which has 12 loaves, symbolizes the New Covenant Church filled with the W O R D Presence of YAHWEH. The table is also meant to be moved or carried (see Ex 25:27). The light enables the correct application of the word consecrated into us; but, the light is in itself the result of correct application of the word in us. T h e r e is therefore, a complementary process of word-and-Iight g r o w t h t h a t is able to m a n i f e s t in a total ministry of light - individually a n d collectively. This is the perfect means of expressing the word of CHRIST in our lives and ministry - personally and collectively. We have described this in terms of the inner word construct. The word of CHRIST'S power, which is the word manifested in the heavenly places, can only manifest in the holiness of true consecration, which manifests the wonder of the inward anointing that results from HIS true Presence within. Consecration ensures that the bread is truly the bread of HIS W O R D Presence. HIS W O R D Presence describes the anointing into outperson in varying combinations of the attributes (of the anointing) duely described by the word in us. Notice that without the true word, there is no way in which the anointing can be described into us. Similarly in the natural, if an object (say a chair or, building) is not described in word terms it cannot exist! No creative thought can come into being without "word."

The Revelation Of HIS Presence What exactly is this bread of the Presence? This is the reality of truth that manifests through the word that CHRIST JESUS called spirit and life in John 6:63. The maturing of the word of faith into the word of CHRIST (Rom 10:8,17), that Eph 3:17 tells us enables us to be filled with the real Presence of CHRIST - by faith, even as we are strengthened by the HOLY SPIRIT in our inner man (through the revelation word being perfected into us). As the w o r d m a t u r e s in us, it lets us become [actually, it makes us] p a r t a k e r s of the divine n a t u r e because the w o r d is f r a m e d in the m o r a l n a t u r e a n d c h a r a c t e r of G O D . It is o r d a i n e d by G O D the F A T H E R . It is f r a m e d by the W O R D of G O D a n d , the w o r d is manifested by the S P I R I T of G O D as the Spirit of life. Since the word is framed by GOD. the word will carry in its spiritual substance (or. existence) the nature of GOD. F o r all of the covenant w o r d h a s been f o r m e d in Y A H W E H in t e r m s of an oath tied to H I S N a m e . 313


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[This is why the W O R D m a d e flesh manifested the covenant in H I M S E L F . In practical terms, HE is the fulfillment of the covenant in us. HE is also its guarantee. This is why the p r i m a r y mode of biblical interpretation must be covenantal.] We can see this from Ps 119:89. Note the structure of this verse in the context of verse 90. The fact that the word is established forever in heaven is only so because GOD is by nature faithful. It is the nature - I AM - that establishes the word. This realm of the word is an oath in I AM. 2 Tim 2:13, describes this another way. The word has been made available even to the unfaithful man who denies GOD. That word remains positionally undiminished in its promises even to such a person. This is because GOD is faithful and remains faithful. B u t t h a t f a i t h f u l n e s s is only revealed (imparted and perfected) in the blood covenant in C H R I S T . In Ps 89:20-37, we see t h a t the word of covenant is g u a r a n t e e d by the n a t u r e of GOD. For instance in Ps 89:24, YAHWEH declares that HIS faithfulness and HIS lovingkindness will be with the CHRIST and that in the name of YAHWEH (see John 17:6) the horn of victory will be lifted and the CHRIST exalted (see Phil 2:9-11). In Ps 89:28-29, YAHWEH again decrees that HIS covenant will manifest to the descendants of the CHRIST because of YAHWEH's lovingkindness. I n P s 89:33-36, Y A H W E H declares t h a t H I S lovingkindness, H I S f a i t h f u l n e s s a n d H I S holiness a r e the basis a n d g u a r a n t e e of the covenant word and its manifestation. We can now ''see" the wonder locked inside the p h r a s e "covenant consecration." The glory of Ex 34:6 framed the word for us. This glory also frames the word in us. This is the realm of the oath. Let's take this revelation to a new plane through the gospel of John. In John 14:21a, the LORD declares. "He who has MY c o m m a n d m e n t s and keeps them, he it is who loves ME ...." The word of the WORD'S commandments is framed in HIS nature. He who has HIS commandments, not only has the law written on his heart (see Jer 31:33), he is also able to receive of the nature that framed that word so that he is able by free choice to keep the commandment (see Eze 36:27a). Because of the manifestation of the nature through the word received within (by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT), the receipient is said to truly love his LORD. How? T h r o u g h the love t h a t derives f r o m the L O R D H I M S E L F . This love is received t h r o u g h HIS word. And, it is m a d e manifest in HIS word by H I S S P I R I T . So the L O R D says HIS words are spirit a n d life in J o h n 6:63. 314


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The substance of the spirit of the word is HIS nature. And HIS nature in turn establishes life - that is actually described by HIS nature. The nature being manifested through the anointing of life that is described by the word. It is HIS nature that causes a willingness to abide by HIS statutes as described in Eze 36:27. This is why we are required to eat the word so that we may live (Matt 4:4) as in "living" each day. The word is described by and in the nature of GOD into us. The key to this transformation (and transformed life) is how we receive the word and, how we choose to apply the word (John 6:51,56). He who applies the word crookedly and dishonestly will not put on the nature of the WORD. This is why we are required to manifest the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Only in sincerity and truth will GOD's word take form and substance within us. Here sincerity is to manifest in all the attributes that the living BREAD displayed on the cross: HIS love and, HIS hope and HIS faith in HIS FATHER. So we must have a sincere and true love, a sincere and true faith and a sincere and true hope. All of this must be in CHRIST to the FATHER through the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT. This is why the word has to be contemplated (truly desired and consumed) and prayed (truly believed in terms of a total thought process that motivates and, frames and forms our needs that are being expressed in prayer to GOD) into our beings. The blood (John 6:55-57) signifies the blood covenant aspect of the written word in terms of actually living it as a life style - as a relationship with YAHWEH. True love, true faith and true hope describe the blood relationship with our FATHER through the LORD JESUS. The relationship being unveiled and revealed through the word by the SPIRIT of life. Prayer and contemplation and worship (in terms of a totally worshipful life style) are attributes of a covenant relationship with the FATHER, in CHRIST, through the inspiration of the HOLY SPIRIT. The second half of John 14:21 reads: ".... and he who loves ME shall be loved by MY FATHER and I will love him, and will disclose [KJV/NKJV use the word "manifest"] MYSELF to him." The LORD now reveals the realm of "certainty" that follows the true eating of the word. This realm manifests in the righteousness of GOD that is the basis of every word guarantee. [YAHWEH's nature is the guarantee of the word. HIS oath.] Love received in faith through the word (Eph 3:17) will manifest the reality of CHRIST in accordance to covenant law that declares (Matt 5:8) that, "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see GOD." 315


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In John 14:23 the LORD takes the "certainty" concept of abiding in HIS love and abiding in HIS word to the reality of actually being conscious of GOD all the time. This is the true meaning of eternal life that John 17:3 explains as: "And this is the eternal life, that they may know THEE, the only true GOD, and JESUS CHRIST WHOM THOU has sent." [The knowing includes the "seeing" of true communion. And, the "being" in the Presence.J The realm of experientially abiding in the secret place of the MOST HIGH, is the "knowing" that is the true measure of the reality of the covenant that Gen 14:18-19 opens to us as symbolic of the alpha of the span of biblical revelation, that was predestined for revelation through space time history.

The Necessity Of The Wonder Of Communion In John 14:21b, the LORD speaks of manifesting HIMSELF to us. The word is the basis and substance of all communication and communion with the FATHER. John 17:17 tells us that we must be sanctified in the Truth. [This is not only speaking of the word but, it is also speaking of the anointing that is powered by the word.] JESUS said, "I AM the Truth." The realm represented by the Table Of Incense has the express purpose of true and meaningful communion with YAHWEH - the FATHER, the SON and the HOLY SPIRIT. From this there arises a higher realm of the word that manifests as a trembling at the word, because of direct manifested communion with YAHWEH. That awesome experience of the MOST HIGH is what causes the trembling at the word. Communion is an act of spiritual union. Communion brings alive into the active state - the spiritual union that has been predestined. It also activates the spiritual union that has already been entered into and, enables the union to be nurtured. Communion as we have already learned flows out as an act of communion in worship, as a communion of prayer and counsel, and a communion of contemplation of the word. Communion is the essence of our relationship with GOD. It is the true measure of the relationship and it is the means through which the (covenant) relationship is strengthened and broadened. The anointing has the specific intent of establishing our covenant with GOD especially, in terms of our personal relationship with HIM - as the MOST HIGH, as FATHER, as REDEEMER, as DELIVERER, as WONDERFUL COUNSELLOR, as MIGHTY GOD, as PRINCE OF PEACE, as HELPER, as TEACHER, as S T R E N G T H E N E R , as A D V O C A T E , as C O M F O R T E R , as INTERCESSOR, as STANDBY, as PROVIDER, as HEALER, as

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S H E P H E R D , as S A N C T I F I E R , as o u r BANNER (of victory), as O u r R I G H T E O U S N E S S , as our D W E L L I N G P L A C E , as o u r S T R O N G T O W E R , as the B R E A D of our life, as o u r L I G H T , as our D O O R of life and living, as o u r R E S U R R E C T I O N AND L I F E , as our W A Y and our T R U T H a n d o u r L I F E , as our T R U E VINE, as the fragrance of the R O S E O F SHARON, a n d many more. We can now see the amazing realm of communion with YAHWEH. This shows the potential depth of our relationship (founded in worship and gratitude) with our GOD. And this is expressed by H I S n a m e "I AM W H O I A M " and "I AM T H A T I A M " which are indicative of HIS B E I N G a n d HIS expression of H I S BEING. The c h a r a c t e r of G O D in t e r m s of HIS m o r a l and derivative attributes can only have t r u e meaning in terms of the actual personal relationship. YAHWEH in HIS love - in grace and mercy •• has made everyone of the realms of communion, that we have mentioned, available experientially to each of us. This is the wonder of the revelation of the Tent Of Meeting that comes alive through the light of the inward anointing. Now we can understand the contexts in which 1 John 2:20.23-29; 3:1-3,6,9,21-24; 4:7,9,12; 5:3-15,19-20; John 17:3.6,22.26 are to be understood and experienced. T h a t G O D would allow m a n into such realms of communion is absolutely beyond comprehension! We may call it grace but, I doubt if we really even begin to u n d e r s t a n d the substance of this grace!

The Anointing And The Body Of CHRIST So we see that the light of the anointing is intimately concerned with manifesting the reality of GOD - in us and with us - as a state of communion that "powers" our being and our living. Therefore, the personal anointing must translate into an anointing of the Body Of CHRIST that will eventually become the substance of what is spoken of in Rev 21:9-23. It is the Bride that the FATHER is most concerned with. The personal anointing must be manifested - by each one of us - to the benefit of the Bride. Zech 4:2-14, describes an anointing of the S P I R I T that verses 6-7 declare will m a k e the m o u n t a i n (of our imperfections as a total C h u r c h ) a plain by an outpouring of grace t h r o u g h the S P I R I T of GOD. Verse 9. tells us that the LORD JESUS has not only laid the foundation of the Temple of the Church but HIS hands will complete it. It will be completed through the unique anointings - in holiness - symbolized by the two olive trees and the two Lampstands in Rev 11:4. 317


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Rev 11:5-6 tells us t h a t this is a w o r d d e n o m i n a t e d anointing of p o w e r t h a t is the w o r d of C H R I S T ' S power., T h a t , this is p o w e r associated with holiness, is alluded to by Rev 11:7a, w h e r e t h e w o r d " t e s t i m o n y " is used. F o r t h e r e is only one testimony in eternity f o r m a n a n d t h a i is the testimony of L I F E - o u r Messed L O R D J E S U S C H R I S T . Rev 12:11 expresses the outcome of this testimony in those who are ministered to. Zech 4:12-14, tells us that the ministry of the two olive trees is to fill the Lampstand with the olive oil. The single Lampstand is symbolic of the SPIRIT tilled Temple of the Body of CHRIST. The anointings symbolized by the two olive trees and two Lampstands in Rev 11:4 are indicative of the type and stature of the anointings that operated over the lives of Moses and Elijah or, Enoch and Elijah ( depending on interpretation of prophecy) that are to be fully manifested to the Church. Whatever the interpretation, we must understand that these m e n c a r r i e d anointings b o r n of their deep a n d c o n s u m i n g desire a n d passion f o r the L O R D their G O D . This stature of the anointing is seen in the state of the Church in Rev 12:1 lb. T h e two L a m p s t a n d s in Rev 11:4 a r e symbolic of the two dimensions of the anointing in t e r m s of the personal anointing a n d the m i n i s t r y anointing m a n i f e s t i n g in fullness in the Body Of C H R I S T . And the purpose of the ministry of the two olive trees is to bring to fullness the ministry dimensions of the 5-fold ministry. [The single Lampstand in Zechariah refers to the Church filled with the SPIRIT and operating under the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT. This single Lampstand must manifest in the fullness of the two dimensions of the anointing - personal and corporate. Without the personal, the corporate is impossible. And, without the corporate the persona! has no fulfillment.] The two witnesses are called olive trees to symbolize that they are full of the anointing of the olive oil that Ex 27:20 describes as the " c l e a r oil of beaten olives f o r the light, to m a k e a l a m p b u r n continually." Now we can understand why the product of the personal anointing is described in graphic terms in Rev 12:11. " A n d they o v e r c a m e h i m (satan) because of the blood of t h e L A M B a n d because of the w o r d of their testimony, a n d they did not love their life even to d e a t h . " Under the New Covenant, the beaten olive oil (of the inward anointing) is available to be poured into us supernaturally so as to bring the miracle of grace into being in the Church (John 3:34b). The beaten state of the olive oil was established by CHRIST'S supreme and all encompassing sacrifice. However, beaten is also reflective of the perfected state in us. The two olive

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trees are also indicative of the dimensions of power made available (in holiness) to the Church (the singular Lampstand of Zech 4) in terms of the personal and corporate anointings (depicted by the two Lampstands in Rev 11) so that the testimony of CHRIST will be manifested in fullness in HIS Body. [In the Church we typically use prophecy to deduce (and sometimes speculate) the chronology of future events. We must understand that the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of JESUS (Rev 19:10b) which must fill the Church. Prophecy, although indicative of chronology in secondary terms, is primarily concerned with the fulfillment of CHRIST-likeness in the witness of the Church which in turn is the fulfillment of YAHWEH's covenant undertaking to make the Bride perfect (see Jer 31:33-34; Isa 62:1-5). The chronology should actually fall out of the space time manifestation of the perfection of the Bride. We should be fully focussed on the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT that will manifest the bride. However, we must not lose touch with parallel developments in the world around us. For our witness must translate into active ministry relevant to the times and the spiritual state of the times.] The significance of the prophecies in Zechariah is probably best represented by Zech 6:15, "'And those who are far off will come and build the temple of the LORD [which is the Church as Eph 2:19-22 mentions].' ... And it will take place, if you completely obey the LORD your GOD." [There may be a literal manifestation of the temple to complete the Jewish dispensation (in accordance to Dan 9:24-27) that may be a milestone in the transition into a greater Kingdom dispensation. But, we must understand that the principles underlying the greater and true temple must be along the pathways that manifest in Rev 21:9-27. And, this is the ultimate unfolding of the testimony of CHRIST.] The manifestation of the Church in the fullness of CHRIST - in terms of the testimony of CHRIST being fulfilled in the Church - is the primary theme of the book of Revelation. And, this testimony will only be fulfilled in a generation that will completely obey YAHWEH. [Obedience is the key to discovering a personal relationship with GOD the HOLY SPIRIT.] It is crucial to the building of the temple that there be a fully functional (or, fully functioning) Holy Of Holies in each of us. This refers to our spirit, being truly joined to the SPIRIT of CHRIST in a practical manifestation of union that 1 Cor 6:17 speaks about. This demonstrative union is why Zech 4:6 tells us categorically that it is the PERSON of the HOLY SPIRIT that is to be our focus [for it is only the HOLY SPIRIT WHO is able to keep us truly focussed in worship towards the FATHER and the SON], not 319


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power or might - although, these dimensions are made manifest in CHRIST through HIS SPIRIT. The point is GOD ALONE is supreme. The supremacy of GOD cannot be compromised and when something - for example a doctrine or, a biblical promise - takes the place of GOD we have made a serious mistake. Also, some of us need reminding that the HOLY SPIRIT is no less GOD than the FATHER or the WORD. HE is also of equal importance. For the LORD our GOD, HE is ONE. It is covenant consecration under the leading of the SPIRIT of Promise (see Eph 1:13-14; 2 Cor 1:20-22) that is the necessary focus of the end time Church. We must be focussed on the principle realm of promise, that we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing by our FATHER in CHRIST so that we can walk in holiness and blamelessness (Eph 1:3-4). [And, this realm is opened to us by the HOLY SPIRIT of Promise. This is the highest realm of the promise - perfection. Only YAHWEH can in HIMSELF make us holy and blameless. No man can even begin to enter this realm on his own. This is the sovereign ministry of the SPIRIT of CHRIST.] This is necessary for CHRIST'S prayer in John 17 to be manifested; that, HIS Body be of one spirit (through the SPIRIT). This is the meaning of true consecration that enables Rev 15:1-5 to come about so that (i) a victorious Church is manifested (Rev 15:2) and, (ii) the tabernacle of testimony in heaven is opened in acknowledgement that the testimony of CHRIST in HIS Church is fulfilled (Rev 15:5). The LORD JESUS prayed for this witness of love to be manifested on earth. So it must come about. But, it can only come about in a generation that will be fully obedient. And we (I believe) are the vehicles through which it will take place (which is what Zech 6:15 is talking about). There are two simultaneous happenings or processes depicted in the book of Revelation. One is the victory of covenant consecration and, the other is the manifestation of the wrath of judgement over evil. In both cases the sovereign will of GOD is supreme. And as Rev 19:10b pointedly tells us, it is the testimony of JESUS [which is "Our Covenant In The LORD JESUS CHRIST"] that is the spirit of prophecy. The key to the interpretation of the book of Revelation is the manifestation of the testimony of CHRIST in HIS Body the Church. And that's the direction of focus that the leadership of the Church should be responding to, according to the leading of the HOLY SPIRIT. For it cannot come any other way.

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The Church of JESUS CHRIST must manifest the beauty of the holiness of her LORD before a world that is literally already becoming overwhelmed in darkness. And the leadership [in whatever form - five fold ministry style or, hierachical Levitical style - we may conceive this leadership to be] of the Church of CHRIST is responsible for this being manifested in their respective areas of influence. This is necessary to partake of CHRIST'S victory that will be manifested in completeness. Why else would satan be fighting us so hard and trying so hard to get us focussed on the unimportant things? His neck is on the line. As long as he is able to keep the Church fixed on the superficial, his kingdon can continue to exist. In spiritual warfare satan is fighting for his "life" (Rev 12:12b). [The differing structures of ministry tap into different levels of the ministry anointings of the covenant in CHRIST; one is more limited than the other however, I do not believe that any one of us is so bigoted to deny that GOD is working through both structures; we don't have to slaughter each other over which is more right than the other, but we must truly carry the CHRIST-light of holiness before our FATHER so that HE will manifest HIS will through the Church. Even the Levitical priesthood was established to manifest holiness. As we have mentioned holiness emanates (only) from GOD. The theme of the entire book of Leviticus is holiness. The concept of holiness can only be really understood through the incredible book of Leviticus and it can only be truly understood through the supreme sacrifice of the LORD captured in terms of the symbolisms of the sacrifices in Lev 1-5. It is evident from the way in which we practice our Christian faith that we collectively - Charismatic or non-Charismatic - [as yet] do not have much of a concept of holiness in practical terms. It is holiness that defines and molds the ministry - not structure. Structure assumes a specific covenant position. It is the attribute of GOD, that is defined by the position YAHWEH occupies in our personal life, that stands supreme. Let's "consecrate" the attribute into position and after that we can find out if we will still continue to waste time running each other down.] The Church must defeat satan completely by manifesting the fullness of the testimony of CHRIST. The testimony of our LORD was perfected in the body of HIS temple - in the HOLY OF HOLIES. The HOLY OF HOLIES that Col 2:9-10a describes as: "For in HIM all the fullness of DEITY dwells in bodily form, and in HIM you have been made

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complete." It is the inward anointing of our LORD that functions "in the removal of the body of the flesh [our fleshiness] by the circumcision of CHRIST (Col 2:11b)." The fullness of the anointing was established by the fullness of HIS heart of love and faithful reverence for HIS FATHER [see the principle in Deut 10:16a] in the circumstances of the cross. It is the true circumcision of CHRIST that needs to be birthed into our heart through the Spirit Of The Fear Of The LORD. The perpetual Burnt and Peace Offering was fully established through the Meal Offering of HIS objective actions on the cross which enabled the s u b s e q u e n t manifestation of victory in the heavenly places (see Col 2:12-15). That the anointing was consecrated and sanctified in the HOLY OF HOLIES within the temple of HIS body is also alluded to by Heb 1:3, where we are told that the purification of sins, a process completed on the cross with the words "it is finished," is tied to the radiance of the FATHER'S glory and nature (or substance) in the LORD JESUS (see also John 2:19,21; 17:17,19). The wondrous fullness of the process of atonement, redemption, deliverance and salvation was consumated by the word of CHRIST'S power spoken outwardly on the cross and, the fullness of the WORD expressed within the radiance of the FATHER'S glory and substance through the fullness of the HOLY SPIRIT (see Heb 9:14) in the HOLY OF HOLIES of the SPIRIT of the WORD MOST HIGH. Now we know why we are able to become partakers of the divine nature. By the wonder that is "Our Anointing In The LORD JESUS CHRIST." AMEN! The keys to the rising in the inward anointing are: (i) Being born of the SPIRIT [John 3:6]; (ii) Being filled by the SPIRIT [Acts 2:14]; (iii) Worshiping in spirit and truth [John 4:23-24]; (iv) Receiving and contemplating the word that is spirit and life [John 6:63]; (v) Praying in the SPIRIT at all times [Eph 6:18]; (vi) Witnessing in the SPIRIT [Acts 1:8]; and, (vii) Arising in the fire of holiness (Matt 3:11; 2 Cor 7:1). The FATHER has granted us the riches of HIS glory to be strengthened by the HOLY SPIRIT in our inner man, so that we may be filled with the real Presence of CHRIST, so that we may ultimately be filled to all the fullness of GOD - in a manner beyond all that we can ask or think in accordance to the power, that is the inward anointing, that works within us. 322


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The Revelation Of The Lampstand There are three parts to the Lampstand: "the Lampstand and its Base and its Shaft." There is the Lampstand as a Whole, there is its Base and there is its Shaft. The Whole represents the FATHERhood of GOD; the FATHERhood that grants us the riches of HIS glory. The Base represents the ROCK of our foundation. The anointing is founded on and in CHRIST. The Shaft represents the work of the HOLY SPIRIT, WHO manifests the fullness of the oil of the anointing in us and in the Church as a whole. [In fact, the whole Tabernacle Revelation is a manifestation of the FATHERhood of GOD. Rev 21 represents the point at which the Church abides in the Holy Of Holies which is a manifestation of the fullness of YAHWEH's FATHERhood.J The oil of the anointing that feeds the seven lamps of the Lampstand, is continually fed into the Base. The anointing manifests only in CHRIST. It is HIS anointing available to be poured out without measure into the Church (in the individual and collective sense) which as Eph 1:23 declares is "the fullness of HIM WHO fdls all in all." In Gal 4:19b, we are told about the potentials of CHRIST being formed in us. This forming is via the anointing that carries HIS fullness. The Church is to manifest and proclaim the fullness (of the anointing) of CHRIST that will manifest the fullness of HIS Testimony. As 1 Peter 2:9b declares, we are to "proclaim the excellencies of HIM WHO has called you (us) out of darkness into HIS marvellous Light." The Light that is HIS anointing, which is available to be given to us without measure (John 3:34b). The Lampstand is about the fullness of the CHRIST Light manifesting in the Church. The HOLY SPIRIT ministers and manifests this Light through the Church. This is the function of the Shaft. The anointing of CHRIST is fed through our being so that we are fully alight in CHRIST. The lamp that rises out of the main shaft is the light of truth. As we have explained, truth enables the distinction between the true manifestation of each attribute and the false light of deception. Without truth being formed in our spiritual senses we will not be able to distinguish between reality and truth. So truth feeds into each light form to ensure that each light form is true. Because it is the HOLY SPIRIT that manifests the fullness of the Light of CHRIST in us, we must therefore learn to be fully tuned to the HOLY SPIRIT. If we insist on doing things in our "merits" we will go in circles and there will be no progression. The forces that will assault us cannot be battled 323


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in our merits - only in HIS merits. The next move of the HOLY SPIRIT in the Church is to manifest the immensity of grace that the FATHER has made manifest towards CHRIST. It is more than a move, for we are about to enter a new realm of the FATHER'S grace in CHRIST by the SPIRIT. The realm [this realm will keep growing in eternity], of actually manifesting the excellencies of CHRIST, is dawning upon us. It can only be manifested in and through us - if, we are yielded vessels willing to enter this realm of grace by being completely obedient. The collective excellence of the Church is HIS ultimate testimony. [There is also no room for prima donnas in the ministry.] Leaders need to know that it is their job to lead their congregations into this realm, for every leader is accountable by personal covenant. We must remember that the secret to change is the anointing of CHRIST. And the purpose of the anointing is "Holiness Unto The LORD." May YAHWEH bless your leadership in HIS abundance. AMEN!

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his short write-up is to provide a summary of the Tabernacle Revelation as indicated by the schematic overleaf (Figure 1 A). This schematic is not drawn to scale and is not representative of the actual details of the Tabernacle of Moses; rather, it has been developed purely as an illustration to denote that there are three areas in the Tabernacle and each of these areas have pieces of furniture that are symbolic representations of the ministry of the LORD JESUS CHRIST and the HOLY SPIRIT. As we take a look at the Tabernacle in outline form, it must be borne in mind that while the pieces of furniture are labelled in the dimensions of CHRIST'S ministry, the HOLY SPIRIT has a parallel ministry in each one of the segments of the Tabernacle. For instance, although the Brazen Altar represents JESUS CHRIST, the LAMB of GOD and, the outcome of this aspect of the LORD'S ministry is salvation; the born again experience would be an impossibility without the HOLY SPIRIT (see Ez 36:25-27). It is the HOLY SPIRIT W H O makes salvation an experiential reality; although, HE ensures that CHRIST is the focus of this experience. So we must bear in mind what GOD the W O R D spoke through the prophet Isaiah (in Isa 48:16b): "And now the LORD GOD has sent ME and HIS SPIRIT."

The ministry of the LORD JESUS goes hand in hand with that of the HOLY SPIRIT. The T W O are inseparable, although, we often fail to notice the work of the HOLY SPIRIT - even though HE is within us and will always be with us. Overall, the Tabernacle represents the FATHERhood of GOD. And, in New Covenant terms the Tabernacle Revelation in ourlives is governed by the tangible reality of the law of the SPIRIT of life in CHRIST JESUS. This law is the subject of PART II of this book, which is summarized in Chapter Six.


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THE OUTER COURT The outer court, is where it all begins - a new life in the LORD JESUS. The Brazen Altar (of the cross), is where the blood sacrifice of the spotless LAMB sets us free. This blood sacrifice permeates all aspects of the ministry of CHRIST and, enables our entire life and ministry to be acceptable before the FATHER. This is the blood of our covenant with YAHWEH. This foundational, establishes our born again spirit man. The ministry of CHRIST at the Brazen Altar gives us a new spirit and a new heart for the things of GOD. The HOLY SPIRIT makes this an experiential ministry to us. The Laver, represents JESUS the WORD. The Laver represents the initial (cleansing) foundational aspects of CHRIST the WORD'S ministry within us. This leads to revelation and operation of the word of our covenant. This cleansing is the doorway of permanent, transforming change of our person. Cleansing and change is the work of the HOLY SPIRIT through the water of the word.

THE HOLY PLACE / THE TENT OF MEETING The word eaten, translates into the power to change. This is the ministry of JESUS the Bread of Life (through the HOLY SPIRIT - see Isa 11:2) as represented by the Table of Showbread in the Holy Place. That's why the LORD in Matthew 4:4, categorically states that man will live, in the eternal everlasting sense, by the word. The WORD as revealed in John 1:4,9 translates into a living light to us; implying, concepts of providing or showing a pathway by which we will live - through revelation, wisdom, knowledge and understanding (all of which are attributes of the SPIRIT of CHRIST). All this is part of the symbolic that is represented by the Table of Showbread JESUS the bread of life. John 1:9, brings forth the idea of covenant rights freely given to us as GOD's children. This is the meaning (by application) of the word in the Holy of Holies (as represented by the tablets of stone placed under the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies). But such a covenant application of the word can only stem from a life of holiness that is the result of consecration. Consecration is what the Holy Place is all about. The parallel foundational to holiness (i.e., in parallel to the word) is found in the Candlestick which represents the "second level" of the HOLY SPIRIT's ministry to us in the experience called the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT that completes the inward anointing. The second level experience is a positional completion that is available in an experiential sense, through 326


The Tabernacle Revelation In Summary FIGURE 1 A: TEXTUAL BACKGROUND TO THE TABERNACLE Ex 25:8-9; 1 Cor 3:16; 6:15,17,19-20

THE HOLY OF HOLIES JESUS THE LAMB ON THE THRONE Ps 110:1; Rev 7:17; 21:3-6

THE NEW COVENANT IN CHRIST SEALED IN HIS BLOOD AND CONSECRATED IN HIS BODY 1 Cor 11:25; Isa49:8; 42:1, 5-7; Heb 7:22; 8:6 •

THE MERCY SEAT & THE ARK OF THE COVENANT Ex 25:16,21-22; Deut 546; 9:9-11; Deut 10:2, 12-13,16, 20-22

THE HOLY PLACE / THE TENT OF MEETING JESUS THE HIGH PRIEST Ps 110:4; Heb 3:1; 4:14-16; 5:5-10; Heb 7:15-16,24-26; 9:11-12; 10:12,14

THE ALTAR OF INCENSE Ex 30:1,6,8,10; Ps 34:1-10

JESUS BAPTISER IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

JESUS THE BREAD OF LIFE

Jn 1:33; 6:63; 14:16-19; 16:7-15; Isa 11:2; Isa 59:19-60:5; Acts 1:4-5,8,14; 2:1-4

Jn 6:48-58; Matt 4:4; Rom 10:17; Heb 1:3; Ps 107:20; Heb 5:13

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THE TABLE OF SHOWBREAD

Ex 25:31,37; Rev 4:5

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THE OUTER COURT JESUS THE WORD OF GOD Jn 1:1-2; Eph 5:26-27; 1 Jn 1:1; Ez 36:25; Ps 119:1-5, 9-11,18, 25-17,32,42,89,105; Ps 119:130,133,140,144,160, 169-175; Jam 1:18; Rom 10:8

THE LAVER Ex 30:18-21; Lev 1:9

JESUS THE LAMB OF GOD Jn 1:29; Heb 9:13-14; 10:19-20; Lev 1-5; Lev 8:30; Jn 17:17-19; Lev 19:2; 20:7-8

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consecration, to all in CHRIST. As every one of the gospels mention, JESUS is the BAPTIZER in the HOLY SPIRIT. Basically the ministry dimension represented here is power. There are two aspects of power that we are concerned with. Firstly, the power of internal change and transformation. Secondly, the power for the effective propagation of the gospel message (including signs and wonders) that essentially comes forth from this internal change. It is important for us to understand that the miraculous, whether of the spectacular or internal transforming variety, is part of the essential core of our covenant. The positioning of the Candlestick in parallel with the table of Showbread expresses the balance between the word, in a sense of theory verses action. YAHWEH has given us a covenant that means to bring us forth not only as a people in consecration in the spiritual sense but as a people who will demonstrate the reality of the spiritual through action that includes the demonstration of power. That's how JESUS did it and so must we. If we are not, then something is missing. The Table of Incense represents the pinnacle of consecration that represents the ministry of JESUS our HIGH PRIEST. The Table of Incense represents our praise, worship, prayer and communion with the MOST HIGH through JESUS CHRIST. HE makes us an acceptable sacrifice before YAHWEH. The fragrance of HIS offering covers all of ours in whatever form we offer them. The ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT causes us to make our offering. Our HIGH PRIEST offers the offering and, the FATHER accepts the offering because of the sweet fragrance of the blood covering and, the sweet aroma of CHRIST'S offering manifesting through us. The end product is the transformation of our person (that represents the sweet aroma of CHRIST'S offering; for it is HIS offering that enables our transformation).

THE HOLY OF HOLIES The Mercy Seat and the Ark of the Covenant, represent JESUS the victorious LAMB on the Throne and JESUS our COVENANT. We need to understand our covenant position, carefully digesting the responsibility that goes with being a Christian. We have the means to be a spectacular blessing to the glory of GOD. And, that is the real purpose of internal change - to be like JESUS in our thoughts and actions. If we don't act in this manner, then we are selfishly taking HIM for granted. We need to experience the real joy of 328


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JESUS and that can only come as we express HIM. This is covenant purpose. This is life as it was always meant to be. CHRIST JESUS is our covenant and our life. The covenant was predestined so that we will have an abundance of life in HIM - by being like HIM, through HIM (Rom 8:29). The HOLY SPIRIT has been sent to us forever - to gurantee the covenant and its contents experientially. There is no other guarantee in the universe that is forever; only "OUR COVENANT IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST." AMEN! And, this is the FATHERhood of GOD.

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