I'm Jonathan 'J5' Harris, a web professional living and working in Atlanta, GA. With 6 years of solid agency experience (+12 years of programming experience in open source web technologies) behind me, I am always open to investigate fresh opportunities to work with active, growing and digitally fueled companies in order to strengthen and broaden aspects of their service offerings from a technical perspective. For my previous employer, I worked with corporate clients to formulate and execute (with my own bare hands in the code whenever necessary) multi-channel business marketing initiatives.
Digital brand strategy and execution are my core competencies.
In 2004 I worked as a freelance designer, web application developer and serial entrepreneur. After the implosion of my 8 person startup company, CommercialNet Inc., I entered the world of interactive marketing and advertising by accepting a UI developer position with the Atlanta based agency, Moxie.
In 2007 I helped a talented and diverse team of people at Moxie to start the eCRM department. Lead by Darryl Bolduc, Tina West and Sapana Nanuwa (and with over 50 years of combined email marketing experience), we worked with our clients to design and execute state-of-the-art email marketing programs in support of their global strategic initiatives.
Born on Nov. 10th, 2005, my dog...named 'J5' (proper)...is part Korean Jindo, German Shepherd and Timber Wolf.
When I worked at agency, J5 accompanied me to the office on occasion as well as to local parks, coffee shops, neighborhood bars and even the occasional house party.
This is an excellent question! You see, back in the days of dial up (late 90's), I was quite new to the world of the interwebs. I didn't even have an email address. Realizing that I needed to get some kind of messaging account called an email address, I went to the folks at Juno. They hooked me up with a free email account and dial-up internet access!
When I was filling out the Juno forms to get an email address, they asked me what I wanted it to be. I had no idea! Well, at that time, I had just finished watching the movie Short Circuit, and so I was like "I'll get the email jony5." (Johnny 5). From that point forward, I was firstname.lastname@example.org. This era of my digital existence was defined by slow loading images and phone calls that broke the internet connection!
The birth of my nickname came about a little while later. In 2000, I had successfully (and satisfactorily) interviewed for a job with the bike shop at the Perimeter REI store. Before completing some introductory job placement materials and being released into the gene pool of REI employees, the manager told me that there were already 3 or 4 "Jonathans" working at the store, and I would have to have a different name. I told her that my email address was email@example.com, and so maybe I could be "jony5".
At that moment, Elizabeth christened me as such, and for the next 4 years, people ONLY knew me as "jony5". In fact, I even had one coworker write a check to me as "Johnny 5." I was like, "dude, that's not my real name!." As I sit here and reminisce, I realize how fortunate I really was to be associated with people of that calibre. I mean, I have always worked with really great people! Like marbling in a premium cut of the choicest beef, the genesis of my nickname jony5 is intertwined with some of the coolest and most down-to-earth people I've been fortunate enough to have been able to know.
In January of 2006, I acquired (for the first time in my life) a little puppy dog! At a loss for what to name him, I decided to go with "J5"...a play off of my nickname "jony5". About a month later, I found myself working with advertising agency, Moxie...and introduced myself to them as "jony5"...the name given to me by coworkers at REI. The office was dog friendly, and so people became accustomed to seeing "J5" and "jony5"...which gradually morphed over time to "the 2 fives", "five squared" or just simply "J5 and J5".
At this point (16 years from the start), many of my friends (including all my Moxie coworkers) and even family members call me "J5", and that is just fine with me.
the Truth of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ
Saints, please pray for the covering of these words...and that they would run. Also, may the Lord Jesus Christ, our great High Priest standing before the throne of God in the heavens, mingle His Spirit with these words as He (from the position of His ascension) continues the course of His heavenly ministry where He is at this precise moment interceding in a personal and intimate way for each and every single one of God's chosen people before the very face of God our Father.
Today, our Lord Jesus is both the complete God (Col. 2:9 Colossians 2:9 - For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.) and a perfect man (Lev. 2:1 see note 2 in Recovery Version Leviticus 2:1 - And when anyone presents an offering of a meal offering to Jehovah, his offering shall be of 2fine flour; and he shall pour oil on it and put frankincense on it. Footnote: 2:12 Fine flour, the main element of the meal offering, signifies Christ's humanity, which is fine, perfect, tender, balanced, and right in every way, with no excess and no deficiency. This signifies the beauty and excellence of Christ's human living and daily walk. The fine flour of the meal offering was produced out of wheat that had passed through many processes, which signify the various sufferings of Christ that made Him "a man of sorrows" (Isa. 53:3).
In contrast to the burnt offering, nothing of the animal life, but only the vegetable life, is seen in the meal offering. As a type of Christ, the vegetable life indicates the produce, the propagation, and the increase for the supplying of life to people.; Matt. 3:15 see note 1 Matthew 3:15 - But Jesus answered and said to him, Permit it for now, for it is fitting for us in this way to fulfill all 1righteousness. Then he permitted Him. Footnote: 3:151 Righteousness is to be right by living, walking, and doing things in the way God has ordained. In the Old Testament, to be righteous was to keep the law that God had given. Now God sent John the Baptist to institute baptism. To be baptized also is to fulfill righteousness before God, that is, to fulfill the requirement of God. The Lord Jesus came to John not as God but as a typical man, a real Israelite. Hence, He had to be baptized in order to keep this dispensational practice of God; otherwise, He would not have been right with God.).
Before His incarnation, the second of the divine Trinity existed as the complete God and yet had no element of humanity (consider for a moment what was in
His heart at this "time"). When the Triune God
became a man in space and in time approximately 2000 years ago, this was God Himself entering into humanity (Matt. 1:18, 20 see note 1 Matthew 1:18, 20 - 18 Now the origin of Jesus Christ was in this way: His mother, Mary, after she had been engaged to Joseph, before they came together, was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit.
20 But while he pondered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife, for that which has been 1begotten in her is of the Holy Spirit. Footnote: 1:201 God was first born into Mary through His Spirit; after the conception was completed, He, with the human nature, was born to be a God-man, possessing both divinity and humanity. This is the origin
of Christ.) and thus being clothed with the very element which was produced through His own creation (Gen. 1:1 Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth., 2:7 Genesis 2:7 - Jehovah God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.; Col. 1:16 Colossians 1:16 - Because in Him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and unto Him.).
JESUS CHRIST IS THE PROTOTYPE IN THREE (3) STRIKING WAYS FOR THE REPRODUCING OF HIMSELF IN US ORGANICALLY
As a man, the Lord Jesus lived a life on this earth which was righteous before God the Father and proper before mankind. Jesus Christ is
(still today) the "perfect Christian", and He is reproducing Himself in us organically. There are three (3) striking and foundational ways
in which our Christian living and experience take the Lord Jesus Christ as the prototype. This happens to also be the pure faith of the
gospel of Christ (Phil. 1:27 Philippians 1:27 - Only, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, that whether coming and seeing you or being absent, I may hear of the things concerning you, that you stand firm in one spirit, with one soul striving together along with the faith of the gospel.). This happens to also be the only way to experience a real-time and unbroken enslavement to the crucifixion and resurrection
of Christ Jesus (Rom. 6:18-19 Romans 6:18-19 - And having been freed from sin, you were enslaved to righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to uncleanness and lawlessness unto lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness unto sanctification.;1 Pet. 2:20 1 Peter 2:20 - For what glory is it if, while sinning and being buffeted, you endure? But if, while doing good and suffering, you endure, this is grace
with God.; Matt. 5:10 Matthew 5:10 - Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.). This happens to also establish the quality of our position as chaste and pure virgins to Christ (2 Cor. 11:2b-3 2 Corinthians 11:2b-3 - For I betrothed you to one husband to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I fear lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your thoughts would be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity toward Christ.; Rev. 2:14 Revelation 2:14 - But I have a few things against you, that you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat idol sacrifices and to
commit fornication.); be jealous with the Jealousy of God over this (2 Cor. 11:2a 2 Corinthians 11:2a - For I am jealous over you with a jealousy of God.; Gal. 4:11 Galatians 4:11 - I fear for you, lest I have labored upon you in vain.). This happens to also be overcoming (Rev. 2:11 Revelation 2:11; 2:17,
21. - 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall by no means be hurt of the
second death. 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give of the hidden manna, and to him I will give a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, which no one knows except him who receives it. 26 And he who overcomes and he who keeps My works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations; And he will shepherd them with an iron rod, as vessels of pottery are broken in pieces, as I also have received from My Father; And to him I will give the morning star. 5 He who overcomes will be clothed thus, in white garments, and I shall by no means erase his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. 12 He who overcomes, him I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall by no means go out anymore, and I will write upon him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which descends out of heaven from My God, and My new name. 21 He who overcomes, to him I will give to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat with My Father on His throne. ; 2:17,26-28; 3:5,12,21; Matt. 25:23, 10b Matthew 25:23, 10b. - 23 His master said to him, Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful over a few things; I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your master. 10b And those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast. And the door was shut.). A junior high sister can line them all up perfectly as soon as she comes up from the waters of baptism...if no one stumbles her (Gal. 3:1 Galatians 3:1 - O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was openly portrayed crucified?; 5:1,7 Galatians 5:1, 7 - 1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not be entangled with a yoke of slavery again. 7 You were running well. Who hindered you that you would not believe and obey the truth?).
We will approach the three (3) considerations here as being two pillars and a response. This arrangement is faithfully presented below just as I received it from
the Lord in spirit while translating revelation received (while living at the brother's house of my local church in 2003) from the Lord to writing
for Facebook on January 27, 2019 at 1337. As it turns out, the Holy Spirit also guided the Apostles to
follow or respect this arrangement
whenever they touched our experience of the new covenant (Phil. 2:5-8 Philippians 2:5-8 - Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God a treasure to be grasped, But emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming in the likeness of men; And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and that the death of a cross.; Gal. 5:13, 16 Galatians 5:13, 16 - 13 For you were called for freedom, brothers; only do not turn this freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve
one another. 16 But I say, Walk by the Spirit and you shall by no means fulfill the lust of the flesh.; 1 Pet. 2:16 1 Peter 2:16 - As free, and yet not having freedom as a covering for evil, but as slaves of God.; 1 John 2:15-17 1 John 2:15-17 - Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him; Because all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the vainglory of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and its lust, but he who does the will of God
abides forever.; Mark 7:19-23 Mark 7:19-23 - Because it does not enter into his heart, but into the stomach, and goes out into the drain? (In saying this, He made all foods clean.) And He said, That which goes out of the man, that defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil reasonings, fornications, thefts, murders, Adulteries, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, foolishness. All these wicked things proceed from within and defile the man.; Acts 10:15-16b, 19-21 Acts 10:15-16b, 19-21 - 15 And a voice came to him again a second time: The things that God has cleansed, do not make common. And this occurred
three times. 19 And while Peter was pondering over the vision, the Spirit said to him, Behold, there are three men seeking you. But rise up, go down and go with them, doubting nothing, because I have sent them. And Peter went down to the men and said, Behold, I am he whom you seek; what is the cause for which you have come?). The approach to the experience of the new covenant as presented below will protect you from idolatry and fornication; but we all are constantly at risk for defilement under the attacks of the enemy, Satan, who walks about as a lion seeking someone to devour (1 Pet. 5:8 1 Peter 5:8 - Be sober; watch. Your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking someone to devour.). And, we should always receive him who is weak in the faith without judgement (Rom. 14:1 Romans 14:1 - Now him who is weak in faith receive, but not for the purpose of passing judgement on his considerations.).
than yourselves.; John 13:34 John 13:34 - A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.).
Today is Thursday, April 14, 2019. For 16 years now, the Lord has had mercy upon me to shepard me through a living that is according to the revelation of
the two pillars and our response as they are presented above. Within a month or so of the beginning of such a Christian living, my Bible, which I
prayed over every morning, became a different book to me. It tasted differently; the Word of God was bursting forth and overflowing directly in my mouth (Psa. 119:103 Psalms 119:103 - How sweet are Your words to my taste!
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!) as I ate it. At that time in the brother's house, I was praying before the Lord from the book of Philippians.
THE APOSTLE PAUL PRESENTS THE TWO (2) PILLARS TO THE SAINTS
IN PHILIPPI, AND HE TAKES CHRIST AS THE PATTERN
At this point, we can turn to the fellowship of the Apostle Paul to enter into the experience of being a normal [overcoming] Christian from the perspective of the two (2) pillars as he presents it to the saints in Philippi.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God a treasure to be grasped, But emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming in the likeness of men; And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and that the death of a cross. (Phil. 2:5-8)
In our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the prototype, the first pillar is established in the most dignified, preeminent and glorious way
(Matt. 12:1-8 Matthew 12:1-8 - At that time Jesus went on the Sabbath through the grainfields. And His disciples became hungry and began to pick ears of grain and eat. But the Pharisees, seeing this, said to Him, Behold, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath. But He said to them, Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, and those who were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and they ate the bread of the Presence, which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, except for the priests only? Or have you not read in the law that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless? But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here. But if you knew what this means, "I desire mercy and not sacrifice," you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is Lord of
the Sabbath.)...as it can only be laid down by the processed and consummated Triune God Himself...who is the Creator and whose throne has Righteousness as its very foundation (Psa. 97:2 Psalms 97:2 - Clouds and deep darkness surround Him;
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.). When brother Paul presents the first pillar in the experience of Christ Jesus, he simply points to the Godhead which our Lord possessed as the Son of God by acknowledging that He existed in the form of God and that He did not see as something precious to lay hold of...His being equal with God. Certainly, all things were lawful to Him as God. He could just be Himself as He lived among the people of the earth; but He did not consider it a treasure to be grasped.
Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God a treasure to be grasped. (Phil. 2:6)
Saints, when the merciful Lord conveyed to this young college brother (a song written by me in that hour CAPO IV - Asus2 Dsus2 - Dsus2+A
1 Jehovah has revealed His heart to me.
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To Him I thus would consecrated be.
As Daniel purposed in his heart...I'll be.
Bm A E
And pray; that God could move on earth through me.
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Lord, You need me. 2 So here I am Lord standing before You.
I realize that my natural man is through.
Only Christ Himself can satisfy my God.
He's absolute; my burnt offering true.
Lord, I need You. 3 Lord, You are the One who meets God's need.
All my natural goodness I must leave.
Upon the alter I would find my rest.
To become in the end ashes at best.
Wholly for God. 4 Oh, there is nothing sweeter to my Lord.
Than those who would their whole being outpour.
Living sacrifices unto God.
Through them You'd gain Your bride, Your wife, Your love.
New Jerusalem.) the core revelation in 2003 that has guided me still to this day, there was no thought about exploring any freedoms. I was just thrilled and elated beyond words that I could simply be myself before my Lord with no shame or regret; and yet, I did not consider any of these freedoms as a "treasure to be grasped." I believe that this will be the experience of any seeking believer or new convert coming from the experience of repentance unto life (Acts 11:18 Acts 11:18 - And when they heard these things, they became silent and glorified God, saying, Then to the Gentiles also God has given repentance
unto life.). I also never thought to entertain extreme hypotheticals with regards to the first pillar (e.g. is stealing lawful for Christians?), because I received the Word as from the Lord (and according to my experience) in faith, and extreme hypotheticals are for testing the limits of God's Word (Matt. 4:5-7 Matthew 4:5-7 - Then the devil took Him into the holy city and set Him on the wing of the temple, And said to Him, If You are the Son of God, cast Yourself down; for it is written, "To His angels He shall give charge concerning You, and on their hands they shall bear You up, lest You strike Your foot against a stone." Jesus said to him, Again, it is written, "You shall not test the Lord your God.")...not for the experience of a properly desparate and seeking saint in faith. I had learned some lessons from Genesis with regards to asking "Did God really say..." (Gen. 3:1 Genesis 3:1 - Now the serpent was more crafty than any other animal of the field that Jehovah God had made. And he said to the woman, Did God really say, You shall not eat of any tree of the garden?) and the possible source of such considerations.
For the sake of purity of heart as we touch the first pillar in our experience, but recognizing the need to be bold,
absolute and uncompromising to the Truth of the gospel (Heb. 10:35, 38-39 Hebrews 10:35, 38-39 - 35 Do not cast away therefore your boldness, which has
great reward. 38 "...But My righteous one shall live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul does not delight in him." But we are not of those who shrink back to ruin but of those who have faith to the gaining of the soul.; Lev. 26:3, 11b-12 Leviticus 26:3, 11b-12 - 3 If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments and
do them, 11b My soul will not abhor you. And I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be My people.), I prefer to build my house purely on the spiritual implications of the first pillar, and I think as little as possible (or not at all) about "hypothetical earthly possibilities" with respect to all things being lawful. To ask "horror show" questions about the "possible effects" of the first pillar upon God's people (effectively seeking to cast doubt around what would happen if people faithfully received and lived our Lord Jesus Christ as the gospel) is to expose a lack of understanding concerning (or realization of) two things: (1) the relationship between the life we have received from God our Father and the living that such a life is capable of producing spontaneously in the lives of all the saints (Matt. 5-7 Matthew Chapter 5 - And when He saw the crowds, He went up to the mountain. And after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. And opening His mouth, He taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens. Blessed are you when they reproach and persecute you, and while speaking lies, say every evil thing against you because of Me. Rejoice and exult, for your reward is great in the heavens; for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt has become tasteless, with what shall it be salted? It is no longer good for anything except to be cast out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. It is impossible for a city situated upon a mountain to be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and place it under the bushel, but on the lampstand; and it shines to all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in the heavens. Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish, but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, Until heaven and earth pass away, one iota or one serif shall by no means pass away from the law until all come to pass. Therefore whoever annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called the least in the kingdom of the heavens; but whoever practices and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of the heavens. For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means enter into the kingdom of the heavens. You have heard that it was said to the ancients, "You shall not murder, and whoever murders shall be liable to the judgement." But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be liable to the judgement. And whoever says to his brother, Raca, shall be liable to the judgement of the Sanhedrin; and whoever says, Moreh, shall be liable to the Gehenna of fire. Therefore if you are offering your gift at the alter and there you remember that your brother has something against you, Leave your gift there before the alter, and first go and be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Be well disposed quickly toward your opponent at law, while you are with him on the way, lest the opponent deliver you to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Truly I say to you, You shall by no means come out from there until you pay the last quadrans. You have heard that it was said, "You shall not commit adultery." But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman in order to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So if your right eye stumbles you, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna. And if your right hand stumbles you, cut it off and cast it from you, for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish than for your whole body to pass away into Gehenna. And it was said, Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce. But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the cause of fornication, causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries her who has been divorced commits adultery. Again, you have heard that it was said to the ancients, "You shall not break an oath, but you shall render to the Lord your oaths." But I tell you not to swear at all; neither by heaven, because it is the throne of God; Nor by the earth, because it is the footstool of His feet; nor unto Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King; Neither shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your word be, Yes, yes; No, no; for anything more than these is of the evil one. You have heard that it was said, "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth." But I tell you not to resist him who is evil; rather whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. And to him who wishes to sue you and take your tunic, yield to him your cloak also; And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. To him who asks of you, give; and from him who wants to borrow from you, do not turn away. You have heard that it was said, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy." But I say to you, Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, So that you may become sons of your Father who is in the heavens, because He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what better thing are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore shall be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew Chapter 6 - But take care not to do your righteousness before men in order to be gazed at by them; otherwise, you have no reward with your Father who is in the heavens. Therefore when you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be glorified by men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward in full. But you, when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, So that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners, so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, enter into your private room, and shut your door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. And in praying do not babble empty words as the Gentiles do; for they suppose that in their multiplicity of words they will be heard. Therefore do not be like them, for your Father knows the things that you have need of before you ask Him. You then pray in this way: Our Father who is in the heavens, Your name be sanctified; Your kingdom come; Your will be done, as in heaven, so also on earth. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. For if you forgive men their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you also; But if you do not forgive men their offenses, neither will your Father forgive your offenses. And when you fast, do not be like the sullen-faced hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so that they may appear to men to be fasting. Truly I say to you, They have their reward in full. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, So that you may not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on the earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves dig through and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not dig through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is single, your whole body will be full of light; But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be dark. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Because of this, I say to you, Do not be anxious for your life, what you should eat or what you should drink; nor for your body, what you should put on. Is not the life more than food, and the body than clothing? Look at the birds of heaven. They do not sow nor reap nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father nourishes them. Are you not of more value than they? Who among you by being anxious can add one cubit to his stature? And why are you anxious concerning clothing? Consider well the lilies of the field, how they grow. They do not toil, neither do they spin thread. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these. And if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is cast into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you, you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed? For all these things the Gentiles are anxiously seeking. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself; sufficient for the day is its
own evil. Matthew Chapter 7 - Do not judge, that you be not judged. For with what judgement you judge, you shall be judged; and with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you. And why do you look at the splinter which is in your brothers's eye, but the beam in your eye you do not consider? Or how can you say to your brother, Let me remove the splinter from your eye, and behold, the beam is in your eye? Hypocrite, first remove the beam from your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother's eye. Do not give that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast your pearls before the hogs, lest they trample them with their feet, and turn and tear you. Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened. Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks him for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or also when he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in the heavens give good things to those who ask Him! Therefore all that you wish men would do to you, so also you do to them; for this is the law and
the prophets. Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter through it. Because narrow is the gate and constricted is the way that leads to life, and few are those who find it. Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will recognize them. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so every good tree produces good fruit, but the corrupt tree produces bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. So then, by their fruits you will recognize them. Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but he who does the will of My Father who is in the heavens. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, was it not in Your name that we prophesied, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name did many works of power? And then I will declare to them: I never knew you. Depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness. Everyone therefore who hears these words of Mine and does them shall be likened to a prudent man who built his house upon the rock. And the rain descended, and the rivers came, and the winds blew, and they beat against that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them shall be likened to a foolish man who built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the rivers came, and the winds blew, and they dashed against that house; and it fell, and its fall was great. And when Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astounded at His teaching, For He taught them as One having authority and not like their scribes. ) and (2) the direct relationship between the purity and completeness of the first pillar in our realization...and living in the reality of the experience of our identification (or oneness) with Christ in His crucifixion (Gal. 2:20 Galatians 2:20 - I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up
for me.; 6:14 Galatians 6:14 - But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me and I to
the world.). In considering the former, do we ever worry that when a carnation seed is planted...that a banana will spring up from the earth? "Oh Lord, oh Lord! I pray and earnestly beseech Thee, My heavenly Master...may I please receive a pretty carnation flower from the seed I planted...and not a banana?" That would surely be a silly concern giving opportunity to vain anxiety from the enemy to prevent us from living an overcoming life on this earth. Entertaining vain notions concerning worse-case hypotheticals with regards to the first pillar is like actively cooperating with Satan to search for genuine weaknesses in your own faith as a Christian; this is utter vanity, and it will only make you food for the great red dragon (Rev. 12:3-4, 9 Revelation 12:3-4, 9. - 3 And another sign was seen in heaven; and behold, there was a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. And his tail drags away the third part of the stars of heaven, and he cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bring forth, so that when she brings forth he might devour her child. 9 And the great dragon was cast down, the ancient serpent, he who is called the Devil and Satan, he who deceives the whole inhabited earth; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast down
with him.; Gen. 3:14 Genesis 3:14 - And Jehovah God said to the serpent,
Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all the cattle
And more than all the animals of the field:
Upon your stomach you will go,
And dust you will eat
All the days of your life.).
For example, what about stealing (Exo. 20:15 Exodus 20:15 - You shall not steal.)...what about murder (Exo. 20:13 Exodus 20:13 - You shall not kill.)...what
about physical fornication (1 Cor. 5:1,5 1 Corinthians 5:1,5 - 1 It is actually reported that there is fornication among you, and such fornication that does not even occur among the Gentiles, that someone has his stepmother.
5 To deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.)...does the first pillar make these things lawful to Sons of God in Reality (Rom. 8:14 Romans 8:14 - For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.)?
While this kind of pondering only provides Satan with ample opportunity
to undermine our faith, we will not lose ground here; we will thoroughly turn the tables on him.
To defeat the father of all lies, Satan, we must gain altitude...all the way to the position of ascension with our Lord Jesus Christ where He is
seated with God our Father in the heavenlies. To engage in battle from an earthly position...considering earthly things from an earthly
perspective...is to be defeated. Satan holds strategic position in the air which overshadows and dominates any earthly strongholds. The serpent
eats dust (Gen. 3:14 Genesis 3:14 - And Jehovah God said to the serpent,
Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all the cattle
And more than all the animals of the field:
Upon your stomach you will go,
And dust you will eat
All the days of your life.). Here in ascension in the heavenlies in and with our Lord and Head, Christ (as members of His Body), we stand before God our Father seated upon the throne of grace. This is the highest point in the whole universe (Isa. 14:13 see footnote 2 Isaiah 14:13 - But you, you said in your heart:
I will ascend to heaven;
Above the stars of God
I will exalt my throne.
And I will sit upon the mount of assembly
In the 2uttermost parts of the north. Footnote: 14:132 The highest place, where God sits on His throne, in the place where He assembles with all the angels (Job 1:6; 2:1). In his rebellion against God, Satan wanted to be on the same level as God.). And we are not before the throne of God purely in such a distant way. Brothers and sisters, if we have the faith and realization of the ancient saints combined with the vision received by the Apostles such as Peter and Paul, we can only but recognize the place that the throne of God (the highest position in the universe) has in our experience. The ancients realized in their experience that Jehovah God was "enthroned between the cherubim" (1 Sam. 4:4 1 Samuel 4:4 - So the people sent men to Shiloh, and they took up from there the Ark of the Covenant of Jehovah of hosts who is enthroned between the cherubim. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the Ark of the Covenant of God.) within the Holy of Holies (our regenerated human spirit in typology). Brother Paul saw and labored to shepherd all the saints into a realization that within our regenerated human spirit is the Spirit of life with His operating law and that approaching the throne of grace is through this unique organ of our human vessel. The law of the Spirit of life operates within the beings of the saints to substantiate the rulings of God's throne and God's divine administration within them organically in their moment by moment experience. In this way or through this kind of walk by the Spirit (Acts 8:29 Acts 8:29 - And the Spirit said to Philip, Approach and join this chariot.; 16:6,7 Acts 16:6, 7 - 6 And they passed through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7 And when they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, yet the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them.; 11:12 Acts 11:12 - And the Spirit told me to go with them, doubting nothing. And these six brothers went with me also; and we entered into the
man's house.), God's people are able to participate in what God is doing on the earth today for the fulfillment of His eternal economy which will consummate in the New Jerusalem, the wife of the Lamb.
How can we speak anymore concerning any law outside of us...murder or otherwise? Saints, we are a different species with a higher life and law. I do not
believe that it would be too bold to say that through regeneration and in our continually being saved "much more" in His life (Rom. 5:10 Romans 5:10 - For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having
been reconciled.), the processed and consummated Triune God has and is organically conveying to us (directly into our human spirit) the very throne of His divine administration in the heavenlies. The throne of God (God's divine administration) has been and is being conveyed to us in spirit organically...this is how we submit to the throne...how we approach the throne (Heb. 10:22 Hebrews 10:22 - Let us come forward to the Holy of Holies with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.)...how we touch the throne (1 Cor. 11:4 see footnote 2 1 Corinthians 11:4 - Every man praying or prophesying with his head covered 2disgraces his head. Footnote: 11:42 Since man has the headship over woman and is God's image and glory (1 Cor. 11:7), he should keep his head manifested, unconcealed, uncovered, when he touches the throne of God's administration by praying to God or speaking for Him. Otherwise, he dishonors or shames his head.). Our only response to "is murder lawful for Christians" should be to actively enthrone the Lord Spirit in simplicity (as we bring to Him our considerations of one another in love), trust in our Lord's loving heart for us, and give God the glory as we follow the anointing...as we follow the leading of the divine Spirit within our human spirit with all boldness. We seek only to obey our Lord as His slaves, and this obedience is maintained through an organic relationship of abiding...so we need to be eat and drink the Lord by reading His Word, calling upon His name, and by having other healthy life practices to be living, vital and sharp in a spiritual sense both individually and corporately.
In correlating the throne of God with His divine life for our organic experience, stanzas 11 and 12 of Hymns #979 HYMNS #979* -
1 How glorious, how bright it shines,
The holy, new Jerusalem;
It is God's dwelling place with man,
The spotless bride of Christ, the Lamb. 2 Saints of the Old and of the New,
Heirs of the promise God bestowed,
Components of the city are,
Together built for God's abode. 3 Perfectly square the city lies,
All sides are equal – length, width, height;
No measurement more long or short,
No part oblique, it stands upright. 4 The city with its street pure gold
As clear as glass transparent is,
Showing that God's transcendent life
Its quality and nature is. 5 Twelve city gates are each one pearl;
Thus man is through redemption shown
Reborn and as a pearl transformed,
Entering to a realm God's own. 6 The twelve foundations of its wall
Are with twelve precious stones adorned;
Through fire and pressure recomposed
And with eternal value formed. 7 The wall of jasper, crystal clear,
God's glory by it fully shown;
His glorious light through it does shine,
And He appears as jasper stone. 8 The wall a separation makes,
Excluding all that is unclean;
Gold, pearls, and precious stones alone
The holy city has within. 9 God and the Lamb the Temple are!
We shall behold His glorious face;
His presence never will depart,
We'll worship Him thru endless days. 10 The city needs no sun nor moon
For God's own glory is its light;
The Lamb's the lamp the city bears,
In all directions blazing bright. 11 Out from the throne of God and the Lamb
Flows midst the street a living stream,
And on its banks, on either side,
The tree of life is thriving seen. 12 This signifies the life of God
Not just for food or water flows,
But carries God's authority
As it throughout the city goes. 13 The street of purest gold therein
God's nature as the way doth show;
A river in it flows for drink
And fruits of life abundant grow. 14 The number twelve means government,
Perfection which eternal is;
God blent with man it also tells –
Three multiplied by four shows this. 15 Darkness and death shall be no more,
Sorrow and pain shall pass away,
Old will be gone and all be new,
God will abide with man for aye. 16 The city has God's image full,
It rules for Him, the sovereign King,
Fulfilling His eternal plan,
Complete content to Him to bring. bring us into a deeper appreciation of our organic experience of God's divine administration as represented by the spiritual symbol...New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:2, 9-27 Revelation 21:2, 9-27 - 2 And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 9 And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, Come here; I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb. And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal. It had a great and high wall and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names inscribed, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel: On the east three gates, and on the north three gates, and on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he who spoke with me had a golden reed as a measure that he might measure the city and its gates and its wall. And the city lies square, and its length is as great as the breadth. And he measured the city with the reed to a length of twelve thousand stadia; the length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured its wall, a hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel. And the building work of its wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every precious stone: the first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eight, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was, respectively, of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon that they should shine in it, for the glory of God illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. And the nations will walk by its light; and the kings of the earth bring their glory into it. And its gates shall by no means be shut by day, for there will be no night there. And they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. And anything common and he who makes an abomination and a lie shall by no means enter into it, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.) :
Out from the throne of God and the Lamb
Flows midst the street a living stream,
And on its banks, on either side,
The tree of life is thriving seen.
This signifies the life of God
Not just for food or water flows,
But carries God's authority
As it throughout the city goes.
Regarding the spiritual implications of the first pillar for the foundation of our Christian faith in experience (this is where I place all my focus regarding the first pillar), the first pillar takes our crucifixion in Christ and with
Christ and translates or converts it directly into our experience...so be not timid, but have faith (Gal. 2:20 Galatians 2:20 - I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up
for me.), this is your crucifixion with Christ where (in our moment by moment experience with respect to living in the reality of our baptism) the rubber compound comes directly into literal contact with the asphalt granules...much violence there.
The following three blockquotes are essentially parallel to each other ::
All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable; all things are lawful, but not all things build up. All things are lawful to me, but not all things are profitable; all things are lawful to me, but I will not be brought under the power of anything. (1 Cor. 10:23; 6:12)
We are dead, but not all things are profitable; we are dead, but not all things build up. I am dead, but not all things are profitable; I am dead, and I will not be brought under the power of anything.
Everything is dead to us, but not all things are profitable; everything is dead to us, but not all things build up. Everything is dead to me, but not all things are profitable; everything is dead to me, and I will not be brought under the power of anything.
If a saint testifies...even praising God...that all things are lawful to them, and a spiritual Pharisee is provoked by the tempter, the devil, to respond "Scripturally" with..."Yes...but 'not all things build up'", we must realize that this response to the first pillar is not exactly being faithful to the Apostle Paul's heart in this fellowship. What you say in response to the first block quote above (all things are lawful), you should be able...with a good conscience in light of the complete divine revelation...to say in response to any of the following parallel statements (I am dead and everything is dead to me).
Therefore, if a saint says "Hallelujah, I have died in Christ!" (see I am dead, above), is it possible that one could be provoked in their heart to tell the saint "Oh no...be careful...you shouldn't be too 'dead in Christ'...be balanced...be safe...not all things build up"? Dear saints, our faith in our identification with Christ...our oneness with Christ in His death (and resurrection) is precisely the testimony that we ALL bore before our God and the whole created universe when we passed through the experience of baptism. We believe that we have died with Christ and that we live in resurrection with Him, too.
Spiritually speaking, to "balance" the first pillar is to entice God's people to commit idolatry and spiritual fornication.
Behold the subtleties of the teaching of Balaam (Rev. 2:14 Revelation 2:14 - But I have a few things against you, that you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat idol sacrifices and to
commit fornication.)! I do think that it is interesting to note that the prophetic stage of the church represented by Pergamus in church history is the time period where the first pillar (according to the truth of the gospel) absolutely could not have survived, and it was most likely purged from collective Christian experience during that time. I say this because the Roman government could not baptize the heathen (virtually ALL of the Roman citizens) and then give them the two pillars for their experience! The unregenerate do not have the Holy Spirit indwelling them, and therefore what/who would they be enthroning under the second pillar to regulate their experience of first pillar? They would either be enthroning Satan in their flesh or their natural person (also Satan)...and with no discernment between the two. The stage of the church represented by Pergamus embodies the emergence of the teaching of Balaam and the further development of certain Nicolaitan practices into the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Concerning the teaching of Balaam, this is to attack the saints right at the point of their experience of the new covenant...their identification with Christ so that the cross and resurrection life remain objective to them, and the saints (in their experience) turn to dead husbands. Also please consider, saints...would you ever want to restrict, moderate or even just "cool off" your experience of resurrection life? I don't know about you, but I desire to have zero degradation of my experience of resurrection life as I pass through this Christian experience...so, in faith, I need to fully enter into the reality of my death in Christ...and if I really know that I am a dead person, I will simply have full boldness before my God concerning everything (*.* or 'star-dot-star') being lawful to me. We have been betrothed to Christ, the bridegroom; I am taking this way in faith both in and for my purity towards Christ as a virgin.
Also, it is a real protection to the saints (from misplaced humility leading to their spiritual stumbling) regarding their experiential entrance into their death in Christ (please read as "freedoms in Christ") that the Apostle Paul says quite plainly "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not be entangled with a yoke of slavery again" (Gal. 5:1 Galatians 5:1 - It is for freedom that Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not be entangled with a yoke of slavery again.).
If it is ever intended to put some God-fearing restraint upon the saint's exercise of the first pillar...to cool off...to "add salt" to their experience, enjoyment, and appreciation of the first pillar (for their own safety, of course...or whatever!), we will be taking direct action to lead the saints in their inner-beings to live outside the reality of their crucifixion (and resurrection) with Christ. We must realize that by casting any uncertainty over the first pillar, we are making space (even making allowances for the "religious-Cain" flesh to fulfill its lust, see Rom. 13:14 Romans 13:14 - But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.) for a "dead husband" to return so easily in the experience of the saints. Brothers and sisters, we truly and only want the Lord Spirit (the second pillar) to perform any and all necessary regulation of our experience of the first pillar; anything else directing our conscience is idolatry and fornication...which should make sense intuitively because of the enticing nature of taking up one's own initiative to be "responsible" with their freedoms according to their own concepts.
Our bold acceptance of all things being lawful to us testifies of our faith and acknowledgment that
when Christ died on the cross, you also died in His death (Rom. 6:8 Romans 6:8 - Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live
with Him.). All would acknowledge, legally speaking, that a dead person cannot do anything wrong...i.e. nothing is illegal for a corpse (Rom. 7:2-4, 6 Romans 7:2-4, 6 - 2 For the married woman is bound by the law to her husband while he is living; but if the husband dies, she is discharged from the law regarding the husband. So then if, while the husband is living, she is joined to another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if the husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress, though she is joined to another man. So then, my brothers, you also have been made dead to the law through the body of Christ so that you might be joined to another, to Him who has been raised from the dead, that we might bear fruit to God. 6 But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that in which we were held, so that we serve in newness of spirit and not in oldness of letter.). Conversely, if you say (or teach) that eating a potato chip is a "bad" thing to do, you are saying (or teaching) that we are NOT crucified with Christ (dead) to potato chips, and you essentially steal away from us (via disqualification by making us idolaters and fornicators) our receiving and entering into the enjoyment and experience of resurrection life whenever that matter (potato chips) crosses our living on this earth...which is quite common in my snack food enriched country. Brothers and sisters, was your baptism partial? Did you hold an arm out of the water as you were buried? Or did you get FULLY submerged...testifying of being fully dead to everything and everything dead to you (Rom. 6:3 Romans 6:3 - Or are you ignorant that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?)? If you were sprinkled at your conversion, worry not; the reality of baptism is in the Spirit (Acts 1:5 Acts 1:5 - For John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now.) and applied to the Body of Christ on the day of Pentecost and at the house of Cornelius...and the baptism in the Spirit is always 100%. And again, regarding completeness of baptism rolled out perfectly to our moment by moment experience in every way...this means that living according to even one tiny little law that regulates our relationship with potato chips (an element of this world) equals you keeping one little pinky finger out of the "baptismal waters of His death" so to speak (Col. 2:8, 12, 20-23 Colossians 2:8, 12, 20-23 - 8 Beware that no one carries you off as spoil through his philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ; 12 Buried together with Him in baptism, in which also you were raised together with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who raised Him from the dead. 20 If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances: Do not handle, nor taste, nor touch, (Regarding things which are all to perish when used) according to the commandments and teachings of men? Such things indeed have a reputation of wisdom in self-imposed worship and lowliness and severe treatment of the body, but are not of any value against the indulgence of the flesh.). This will make you an idolater and a fornicator and it will ravage your purity to Christ. Keep the first pillar pristine in your experience; simply believe and receive the Word of God
And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and that the death of a cross. (Phil. 2:8)
When the Apostle Paul transitions to the second pillar for our consideration in Philippians 2, he makes it very clear that we are now touching
our Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of Man. "And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death"
(Phil. 2:8 Philippians 2:8 - And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and that the death of a cross.). The obedience of the second of the divine Trinity to God the Father is as eternal and perfect as the eternal nature of the life
relationship between the Son and the Father...as long as the Son is called "the Son"...and the Father..."the Father".
From eternity past and to eternity future the relationship between the Son and the Father is
perfect. The Son submits to the will of the Father (Luke 22:42 Luke 22:42 - Saying, Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet, not My will, but Yours be done.), and the Father bestows everything that He is and has to the Son (John 16:15 John 16:15 - All that the Father has is Mine; for this reason I have said that He receives of Mine and will declare it to you.).
This relationship is eternal, and it did not change when the Son entered into space and time through incarnation (save one exception...The Lord
Jesus uttered "My God My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (Matt. 27:46 Matthew 27:46 - And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?)...for during the last (3) hours that the Lord spent on the cross, He
was receiving the judgement of God the Father for the sin and sins of the world (1 Pet. 2:24 1 Peter 2:24 - Who Himself bore up our sins in His body on the tree, in order that we, having died to sins, might live to righteousness; by whose bruise you were healed.; Isa. 53:6 Isaiah 53:6 - We all like sheep have gone astray;
Each of us has turned to his own way,
And Jehovah has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.); He was made sin for us for three (3) hours, and the Father forsook Him during that time). The Lord Jesus as the Son of Man may have put off the outward glory of God with everything related to that, but the Son of Man did not put off the Godhead, He did not put off His relationship with the Father as His Son, and He did not put of His perfect obedience to the will of the Father. As the Lord Jesus lived and moved on this earth, He always enthroned the Father from the center of His being in His experience. The Lord Jesus walked by His spirit, and He completely and perfectly enthroned the Father there.
Brothers and sisters, this is the second pillar as Jesus experienced it. For us, we should enthrone the Lord Spirit in our spirit. The second pillar in our experience can be as full, rich and mature as our considerations before the Lord. There is so much room for growth here. Even after +15 years, I am still growing in the richness of my considerations before the Lord Spirit under the second pillar. Rather than just say...obey the Law of the Spirit of life and move on, it would be worthwhile to take a moment to consider before the Lord (any consideration before the Lord is under pillar 2) what it means to enthrone the Spirit in our experience.
But the tax collector, standing at a distance, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, God, be propitiated to me, the sinner! (Luke 18:13)
Could you genuinely enthrone a professional children's-entertainment clown? You could if you saw yourself as being sufficiently lower or less qualified than
the clown. "O lord clown, you want me to wear giant red shoes and a red squeaky nose to the wedding of my sister? Amen. Your will be done...not mine.
May I be blessed if I am persecuted for the sake
of righteousness as I am beneath your throne, O clown. And may you receive all the glory." A big part of the enthronement of the Lord Spirit in the center of our being has to do with our realization of our own real situation...the
state of our utter and complete destitution in ourselves before our God. We have nothing, and we are nothing before our Lord. Even, we were His enemies upon a time (Rom. 5:10 Romans 5:10 - For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having
been reconciled.). Also, for context, please consider the Pharisee in Luke 18:11-12 Luke 18:11-12 - The Pharisee stood and prayed these things to himself: God, I thank You that I am not like the rest of men–extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all that I get. who thought highly of himself...even standing upright with dignity...before the very Lord God the Almighty.
The Pharisee stood and prayed these things to himself: God, I thank You that I am not like the rest of men–extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all that I get. (Luke 18:11-12)
Once we understand ourselves more appropriately, and we turn to properly enthrone deity from the heart, it may seem weird at first to consider enthroning the Lord Spirit here...and not the Lord Jesus. The Word of God leads the way (2 Cor. 3:17-18 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 - And the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.). There are a number of reasons why I say enthrone the Spirit and not Jesus under the second pillar in our experience.
Jeremiah 31:33 Jeremiah 31:33 - But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares Jehovah: I will put My law in their inward parts and write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. prophesies that God will put His law (laws, Heb. 8:10 Hebrews 8:10 - For this is the covenant which I will covenant with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will impart My laws into their mind, and on their hearts I will inscribe them; and I will be God to them, and they will be a people to Me.) in our "inward parts and write it upon their hearts," and brother Paul in Romans 8:2 and 4 Romans 8:2, 4 - 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has freed me in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and of death. 4 That the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit. exposes the existence of "the law of the Spirit of life" and then testifies that by having our moment by moment walk be according to the Spirit, "the righteous requirement of the law" is fulfilled in us. So we can see that the new covenant removes a dead and outward law and replaces it with an organic relationship with the processed and consummated Triune God as the Spirit. If it is the Spirit who conveys to us...this law organically...enthrone the Spirit.
In Exodus 30:17-21 30:17-21 - And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying, You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base of bronze, for washing. And you shall put it between the Tent of Meeting and the alter, and you shall put water in it. And Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet with water from it; When they go into the Tent of Meeting, they shall wash with water, that they many not die; or when they come near to the alter to minister, to burn an offering by fire to Jehovah, They shall wash their hands and their feet, that they may not die. And it shall be a perpetual statute to them, for him and for his seed throughout
their generations., Moses is receiving the designs and instructions from Jehovah concerning a piece of furniture in the tabernacle called the bronze laver. This laver was filled with clean water and used to wash the priests hands and feet before they could approach the alter or enter the Tent of Meeting. The failure of a priest to wash in the laver before serving would expose that priest to judgement from Jehovah in the form of
Brother Witness Lee points out in the footnotes of the Recovery Version Bible that "the laver typifies the washing power of the life-giving Spirit" (Exo. 30:18 see note 1 Exodus 30:18 - You shall also make a 1laver of bronze, with its base of bronze, for washing. And you shall put it between the Tent of Meeting and the alter, and you shall put water in it. Footnote: 30:181 The laver typifies the washing power of the life-giving Spirit issuing from the death of Christ. The locating of the laver after the alter signifies that the washing power of the laver comes out of God's judgement at the alter. After passing through God's full judgement at the alter (the cross), the crucified Christ entered into resurrection and became the life-giving Spirit who washes us (1 Cor. 15:45; 6:11; Titus 3:5). The dimensions of the laver are not given, signifying that the life-giving Spirit is immeasurable, unlimited (John 3:34).). Lee goes further in the Life-Study of Exodus (Msg 156, page 1672 Life Study of Exodus page 1672 - THE RESULT OF SERVING IN THE TABERNACLE WITHOUT FIRST WASHING IN THE LAVER When we pray to offer something to the Lord, we first need to wash our hands and even our feet in the laver. To come to the meeting to function is actually to come into the tabernacle to serve the Lord. Before we serve the Lord in the tabernacle, we need to wash. However, in the Christian life of many believers and in their service to God there does not seem to be a laver. When they come to the alter to make an offering to God, they have unclean hands. They may come into the church meetings and serve without washing their hands in the laver. This kind of service brings in death. This is the reason Exodus 30:21 says "Then they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they may not die." We should be careful not to touch God's service unless we have first washed our hands in the laver. If we try to serve God in the tabernacle with unclean hands, we shall die, spiritually speaking. How much death there is among Christians today! The more they serve, the more death they have because they serve with unclean hands. Praying and serving with unclean hands brings in death. If we do not pray in the meetings or function, in a sense we may be somewhat living. But if we pray or function without washing in the laver, we shall bring death to ourselves and also spread death to others. Death is the result of our trying to pray or serve without washing in the laver.) to point out that in the local church life, "if we do NOT [emphasis added] pray in the meeting or function,...we may be somewhat living. But if we [DO] pray or function without washing in the laver, we shall bring death to ourselves and also spread death to others."
What does it mean to take our prayers and functioning in the church meetings and pass them through the laver in our experience under the two (2) pillars? This is simply to consider our words and actions in light of the other saints before the Lord Spirit who is enthroned within us. We should have very rich considerations in love of the other saints before the Lord Spirit in the meetings of the church and even everywhere. When the two (2) pillars are proper in our experience, we will have the laver and be protected from God's judgement of spiritual death due to disobedience. Regarding this disobedience, we are disobeying or violating God's divine revelation in its application through our experience of approaching the station of the alter in a natural way; we all need someone with revelation to guide us or stand with us to strengthen us in the priesthood or we risk judgement and spiritual death. Specifically, under the second pillar is were we will bring all of our rich considerations to pass them through the station of the laver (the Spirit) and be washed of any natural earthly defilements. Then we will be able to serve peacefully as priests unto our Lord to His satisfaction.
In Revelation 2:14 Revelation 2:14 - But I have a few things against you, that you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat idol sacrifices and to
commit fornication., the Lord's epistles to the seven churches (Pergamus) shines a light on this phenomena called the teaching of Balaam. Without digging too deep (to stay close to the scope of this word), if we teach Christians to avoid rock music or be kind to others, we will be enticing them to take on a "law of no hard music" or a "law of kindness" to be kind people living under that "good law." When they disobey the "law of kindness", for example, and their conscience condemns them (as if God is condemning them...but in fact they have what the Bible calls an evil conscience directed by their dead husband, the law. An evil conscience is the fruit of spiritual fornication.) they will run to the alter to offer a sacrifice for their sins of "being mean to others" by confessing their sins in prayer to the Lord Jesus. As soon as they do this, they will die spiritually. You taught them to be kind, and now they keep getting hit with God's judgement of spiritual death for skipping the laver (the Lord Spirit) and going straight to the alter to sacrifice for sins. Furthermore, they are now caught up in idolatry (from replacing Christ) and spiritual fornication (due to the returned dead husband) which has corrupted their purity to Christ as a chaste female counterpart to the Bridegroom and exposed them to further spiritual judgement. This cycle of stumbling (Rev. 2:14 Revelation 2:14 - But I have a few things against you, that you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat idol sacrifices and to
commit fornication.) will continue until they totally just give up (which to them and you would look like total failure) and drop the "law of kindness that you taught to them" or die physically. This is just about as cursed as God's people can get without a bona-fide sorcerer with legitimate curses (which would never work...we are in the Lord's hands and not curse-able people). This is the wickedness of the teaching of Balaam, and Satan is behind this.
So in consideration (before the Lord Spirit) of the nature of the new covenant along with revelation from Old Testament typology aligned to experience, I feel very good about enthroning the Lord Spirit in my experience, and I don't have the peace before my God to say otherwise. You may think that asking the Spirit about this would present a conflict of interest in the Godhead (the Spirit has the Godhead, ...just like Jesus and the Father). We don't have to worry about the Spirit being unruly. Everything that the Father has and is has been given to Christ the Son in the Person of the Father, and in resurrection, the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving Spirit. Now the processed Triune God in Christ as the compound, all-inclusive, seven-fold intensified, life-giving Spirit comes to us whenever we call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ with a good conscience and an exercised spirit. Oh, Lord Jesus!
The final consideration simply burst forth from the two (2) pillars in my experience...but by then I had come to know...at least to some extent...the church, the Body of Christ and some basic principles of the building up of the Body. I lived a number of years in the wilderness of Atlanta under the two (2) pillars, and upon returning to my first meeting of the church (a prayer meeting) I was filled with considerations in love for the care of the saints before the Lord. No one told me to do this. Later, I realized that I was obeying the Lord Himself; "a new commandment I give unto you that you love one another as I have loved you" (John 13:34 John 13:34 - A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.). Caring for others by sacrificing my own freedoms under the first pillar came easily and spontaneously to me. But the believers in Corinth were not Christians for many years in a healthy church life under an open Bible and rich ministry before receiving the Truth of the gospel. The Bible had to be written for them! So for these babes in Christ, brother Paul had to enlighten them as to how their enjoyment of their freedoms was damaging the building up of the Body of Christ by hindering the functioning of materially impoverished members of the Body through the breaking of their dear hearts (1 Cor. 11:22 1 Corinthians 11:22 - Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and put those to shame who have not? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you? In this I do not praise you.). As a side note here, the believers in Jerusalem held all physical possessions in common for a little while in the beginning. During this time, there would have been no saints in material need. So if a Christian wanted to exercise the freedom of drinking (alcohol) and feasting before a church meeting, who would be put to shame due to their material poverty and starvation? ...no one would be put to shame...so no problems such as in Corinth would even have been able to be observed by the responsible brothers until the situation of material commonality evaporated. Consider our Lord Jesus; he was God on the earth as a man and could have made bread from stones anytime He wanted (Matt. 4:3 Matthew 4:3 - And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are the Son of God, speak that these stones may become loaves of bread.); He could have had a successful bread business and a comfortable living here on earth. But He allowed Himself to be restricted by the Father (living a crucified life as the Son of Man) for the accomplishment of the Father's purpose (Matt. 4:4b Matthew 4:4b - Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.; Luke 22:42 Luke 22:42 - Saying, Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet, not My will, but Yours be done.). Jesus Christ had very much that could be sacrificed; and he sacrificed much out of His great love for us. We have not the Godhead...but through our death with Christ, we also have many freedoms just the same. And like our Lord, we should be willing to be restricted by the Lord through the Spirit in our living on this earth for the accomplishment of His purpose. And all this...simply because we love the brothers and would consider them before the Lord as we approach the throne of grace. This will happen organically and pleasantly like the dew of the morning if we are faithful to the two (2) pillars in our experience. We should earnestly pray for this, and then simply live according to the two (2) pillars in faith trusting that the Lord will work it out (Phil. 1:6 Philippians 1:6 - Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun in you a good work will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.) in His way and His time for His purpose.