THE NEW TESTAMENT PRIESTHOOD
BY: GARY SIGLER
HIS LIFE LIVING in YOU
A PRIEST LEARNS to TRUST his ANOINTING
HOW LOVELY are your TABERNACLES
RELATIONSHIP and FELLOWSHIP
CREATED in HIS IMAGE with AUTHORITY
RELIGIOUS TEACHINGS keep PEOPLE in BLINDNESS
PREDESTINATED to be CONFORMED
LOOKING in the MIRROR
THE ARK of the COVENANT
THE REBUILDING of the OLD TESTAMENT TEMPLE
THE AUTHORITY of the BELIEVER
THE MAN who is the BRANCH
A PURE RIVER of LIFE from the THRONE in US
SAVIORS from MOUNT ZION
THE FULLNESS of GOD in EXPRESSION
RENEWING the MIND
THE NEW COVENANT
THE MAN who is the BRANCH
THE TRUE MINISTRY of the PRIESTHOOD
BUILDING THROUGH the PRIEST and KING
LIVING by the FATHER
LIVING as JESUS on EARTH
CAN we be SEPARATED from GOD?
TASTE and SEE the LORD is GOOD
THE CHURCH is SUPPOSED to be the FULL
HIS LIFE LIVING IN YOU
God’s design, intent and purpose is only one thing: He wants to dispense Himself into humanity. If you do not experience Christ living in you, as you, at least to a degree you have a great experience coming to you. When the Spirit of the living God begins to arise in you and manifest through you, your life is really just beginning.
The experience of His life living through you is why you are on this earth. God wants to experience through you the joy of living in this physical world. You are a spiritual being created in the image of God before you ever descended to this world.
One of the things that hinder us from the experience of Christ living through us is all of our religious activity. Most of us were taught that to grow in Christ we had to get involved in all kinds of things such as witnessing and working for the church, teaching Sunday school and all kinds of activity. We were also taught that to have spiritual growth we had to do certain things and not do other things. We were taught that we could not enjoy God if we had sin in our lives. After all God is a holy God and He would pour out His anger on you if you did not obey Him and get rid of the sin.
All most all of the teachings we have had from Christianity or any other religion has really hindered the expression of God in our lives. When we are trying all the religious things and thinking we have to do certain things to win favor with God, we are missing the kernel of the Gospel. The truth of the gospel is that you are, in your inner being already complete in Him. We are not going to experience this until we stop all the religious activity and just sit in the quiet and linger in His presence and learn to enjoy Him.
When you enjoy Him the essence of his life increases within you and fills you with joy. There is nothing you need to do to gain his favor. He loves you with an everlasting love.
God has had no lack of people who wanted to work for Him among Christians. Yet, what has been accomplished for the most part in the last two thousand years has been wood, hay and stubble. There is only
We have to go back to God’s original intent for man. And that was that He wanted a priesthood. He wanted a corporate people for His image and His dominion.
This is a group of people who did all kinds of works in His name and He said
You will never lose by spending quality time with God. You can go out and work for God and still be a failure all your life. It must be God in us that does the work. If you get filled with God and saturated with God so that you become a carrier of His anointing and His presence, then everywhere you go you are guaranteed success. I am certainly not perfected in this yet but I learned this secret a few years ago. I’m much more of a success in the things of God than I was then, after 13 years of trying. How could you lose if you become full of God? When folks see the love of God manifested in your life they are drawn to you.
The question is what do we desire? Do we just want to operate in the gifts and work for God or do we desire to be filled with Him? We can see the example of a priest in the Old Testament, those who really lived the presence of God. In the beginning God wanted the whole nation to be priests. However when the people rebelled he then chose a few to be priests. In the Old Testament, everything the priests did and everything they touched and handled was a type of Christ. The Sin Offering, the Trespass Offering, the Wave Offering, the Peace Offering were all types and shadows of what Jesus became.
To be a priest today is an exciting life. You dispense the Spirit of God everywhere you go. Out of your innermost being flow love, light and life. That is the true meaning of serving God.
A PRIEST LEARNS TO TRUST HIS ANOINTING
Religion has given us a poor example of a priest. As I stated earlier when God called out a people for His name He desired that they all become a kingdom of priests.
To be a priest we must learn to obey HIS voice. Not the voice of the preachers or the prophets but HIS voice. When you begin to hear His voice it is so different than what most preachers say.
1 John 2:27:
The prerequisite for being a present day priest is to have a desire for God, a desire to be conformed into the image of Christ, to love the unlovely, to pray for those who persecute you and mistreat you, always doing to others as you would have them do to you. It is not about being religious at all and trying to live by a law. A priest is one who
A lot of people are religious, a lot of people even like religious things, but not too many take the time to linger until they really sense the presence of God consuming them.
To inquire in His temple today is a wonderful thing. We know that we are the temple of the Lord and that to inquire in His temple today is to discover all the loveliness of His beauty within us. As we meditate on Christ within us and inquire for that beauty to be manifested, we begin to experience the magnificence of His presence coming. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our life.
In the New Testament God once again makes His desire know to have a Kingdom of Priests.
1 Peter 2:9
Here we are two thousand years later and God’s people for the most part are not a kingdom of priests but are grossly divided over doctrines and teachings, ignoring the fact that we are all one in the spirit. However this is quickly changing. People all over the world are beginning to wake up and shake the dust of human carnal religious thinking off of them and realizing that they are God’s Christ on the earth. Being fulfilled is the scripture that says,
HOW LOVELY ARE YOUR TABERNACLES
We are beginning to realize that we are a tabernacle, a dwelling place of God.
When God’s people begin to realize their true value and know that they have
Jesus as our example was fully saturated with God’s presence, and with God’s
To have the true authority of God, it must come out of the life of God growing
A lot of people miss it, because of natural ambition. They go after an office, or
Now if you are not a pastor and you go to bible school to learn how to be a pastor
Once His life begins to mature in you, you may at times be an apostle who will
Just like the high priest in the Old Testament went into the Holiest of Holies, into
If you are ever to be truly happy in this life, you must find God’s Will for your life.
The only way you will ever find out your true design and purpose is to let God
As we, the Body of Christ, begin to grow up and mature together, God, just by His
We’ve heard a lot about New Testament Order. The New Testament order begins
RELATIONSHIP and FELLOWSHIP
Our relationship to God is secure. We are His sons and daughters and He is our Father. Nothing can change that. Our relationship can never be destroyed but relationship alone will not satisfy us. We must have a proper fellowship with Him to be truly happy. To be joyous in God does not depend on our conduct but on His faithfulness. We must be brought back into that intimate fellowship with the Lord.
The scriptures reveal to us that there is absolutely nothing we need to do except accept what God has done for us. He has provided everything for us and we do not need to add anything to what He has done.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
If you believe the scriptures then the above verses from Ephesians gives you your destiny. Notice that it says we have forgiveness according to the riches of His grace. It does not depend on your faithfulness but on His. His mercy endures forever.
We all need to be reminded that God’s purpose is not that men would work for Him, but that men would allow Him to fill them, and then HE will work through them.
Moses saw a burning bush, and God said,
Jesus was the perfect example of the New Testament priest, because He said,
CREATED in HIS IMAGE with AUTHORITY
We can see in the very beginning that God’s purpose and intent for man is to have His image and His authority.
A lot of people are trying to have spiritual authority today.
Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
So we see that God’s original intention when He called His people out of Egypt was to make every one of them, corporately, a kingdom of priests unto Him.
I say again, the Old Testament priest that carried the Ark of the Covenant on their shoulders was a type of the New Testament priest.
Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
When you are regenerated you now have a heart of flesh, your spirit is awakened and you begin to be conscious of the Spirit. At that point you become an open book and begin to hunger for the things of God. Your heart is brand new and you become like an open book. A priest speaks to and ministers to your spirit and his or her words become written on your new heart and begin to build you up and lay a foundation of Christ in you the hope of glory. A priest does not minister to your mind but to your spirit.
1 Cor 2:14 14
Your heart is brand new.
A priest is one who speaks and dispenses God into other people. If we can’t do that we waste our time by ministering by carnal reasoning's and doctrines of men. If we go out and teach them all the doctrines, and even teach them that Jesus is their Savior, and ask them to have Jesus to come into them, if it is just an intellectual thing we do them a disservice. The intellectual gospel is the big problem today. The intellectual gospel says you must believe right or you cannot be saved. As long as you believe right everything is OK, but if you believe wrong or do not believe some things you cannot be saved.
I have talked to many preaches and other folks about the gospel being a matter of the heart and not the intellect. You do not have to know anything to be saved. You just need a heart that wants to know God. All of us who really want God have been caught up in religion one way or another. Religion and right doctrine will not save you. You must have Christ revealed IN you to really know him and be saved from the religious and carnal man.
A person will always go after what they desire. If we do not have a desire for a deeper relationship with God we will not advance in spiritual life. We may go to church, or the temple or a mosque or a house church without really growing in the things of God.
However once you have Christ revealed in you not just as a doctrine but in reality your life will change, and you will not be trapped by religious doctrine. You may still attend religious services but you will not let their teachings put you in bondage.
If someone is ministering to you, and you are really being fed, that means that you yourself will recognize a change in your life, and others will recognize the change in you also. You will become more loving, forgiving and lose your resentment and bitterness. You will become Christ like as He is being formed in you.
RELIGIOUS TEACHING KEEPS PEOPLE in BLINDNESS
Religious teaching keeps people blinded to the truth of their being. The Christian religion for the most part is still under the old covenant teaching of keeping rules and regulations which veils Gods’ people to the truth of their being. Whenever you are living by a performance and trying to live by the knowledge of good and evil you do not have the proper experience of Christ.
2 Cor 3:14-16.
Moses represents the law of the Old Testament. Many read the New Testament with an Old Testament mindset and they mix law and grace. In reality you cannot mix the two. We are either living by law or grace. We must choose which one to live by. Living by law we will never have complete peace and joy because we will always fail somewhere almost every day until we are completely transformed by Christ in us. Living by grace we realize that even though we may fail every day we have total and complete forgiveness and we know that Christ in us is the victor.
As we begin to turn our whole heart and our full attention on seeking after God, and put other things aside, and get into God’s presence, the veils begin to be removed.
2 Cor 3:18
As we look into the mirror we are transformed from glory to glory. The mirror is the word. Not the dead letter but the living word. Many years ago when I first discovered this verse I began to read the words of Jesus as my mirror. The scripture says
When your heart is after God, your mind will be illuminated. One day we will all realize that we are the divine source manifesting in a human body just as Jesus was. It is impossible for the carnal or natural mind to believe that we are as Jesus was a divine human being. Once the veil of the flesh is removed we will realize fully that
When you become consciously aware of the presence, the flow of life begins, and then your heart is turned to Him, and you stand there completely unveiled.
It is in the presence that we are transfused with diving light and glory. That’s why every time you spend time in meditation on being the presence of divine life; you come away with more glory. You come away with more anointing and a sense of wellbeing.
Jesus the scriptures say was the firstborn among many brethren. When we are unveiled to the truth of our being we realize the above verse also applies to us. We are today, the express image and the brightness of His glory. When you experience this everything about you will change. You no longer can be unforgiving or resentful or bitter against anyone or anything. You stop judging by good and evil and you know that there is only one power in the universe and that is the divine source of all that is. We are also able to forgive everyone for everything. We now are sharing God’s unconditional love and forgiveness for all of humanity because they also are of the divine essence even if they do not know it.
It is very important for us to meditate on these things. Faith comes by hearing and hearing comes by the word, (not necessarily the bible) but hearing the living word. Many people believe that God has never said anything beyond the bible. They believe God quit speaking when the book of Revelation was finished. The truth is that we are being given much more spiritual understanding in these days. The only way we will get spiritual understanding today is by quieting our carnal mind and focusing on the divine life within us. This is why Jesus said things like “take no thought about what you shall eat or drink.” When we know the truth we do not look outside of ourselves for anything. Out of our innermost being flows everything we need. We are the divine outflow of the inner life within us. We are spiritual beings who took on these bodies and forgot everything of our diving nature. We like Jesus should ask, “Father reveal to me the glory I had with you before the world began.”
PREDESTINATED to be CONFORMED
I would ask you, who did he not
These scriptures say it very clearly. There
There is only ONE faith. Whatever Church or religion you belong to if you are not imprisioned by doctrines and you are one with all who worship God, you understand oneness. Most of God’s people worship doctrines and believe what they have been taught by their religious teachers which divide God’s people rather than teaching them oneness.
1 Cor 6:17
1 Cor 6:19
The people of God are beginning to come together in the spirit of unity.
According to our perspective we live in time, and time for us is a process. In Spirit there is no time and that is why God can look into eternity and see everyone justified, glorified and fully redeemed. He can see you full of His glory and presence. He does not look at where you are today but he sees the finished product.
We just release Him from our spirit everywhere we go. To do that is very simple and easy. Just become a lover and a servant everywhere you go. The more you serve others and love them the more you become Christ-like. You do not try to convince them that you are right and they are wrong. They have been raised to believe certain things and believe in their scriptures just like you have. How can we expect to minister to them by telling them we are right and they are
LOOKING in the MIRROR
When I was a young Christian I read the scriptures and studied to discover
I discovered that the proper way to look at scriptures was to see them as a
What you know intellectually is good but it is much better is to experience the scriptures. Intellectual knowledge only is what makes you feel only your way is the right way. If you rely on a man’s teaching then to you only what he says is true. So let us all with an open heart turn to the Lord and have the veils of the flesh removed so that we can experience the
We are God’s Christ in this earth, created with Image and dominion. The first man Adam was given dominion over the earth and everything in it. That has never changed. We bear the image and have dominion. Man was created with Image and dominion and since being lowered into the flesh man has been trying to create God is his (man’s) image. Carnal religious man operates from the knowledge of good and evil and has been taught that God is also good and evil which is a lie. God is Life, Light and Love. Nothing of evil proceeds from God. Life, Light and Love does not do evil. It does not punish but corrects. The following from the book of Corinthians reveals God’s true nature and yours.
1 Cor 13:4-8
God is blamed for all the evil in the world when the fact is; it is man who is responsible for all of it. People say why does God allow things like starving children and rape and all the evil in the world? All the evil comes out of the heart of man not from God. Once our eyes are opened to the truth of our being we experience Life, Light and Love and no longer live by the knowledge of good and evil.
These writings have been based on what I call “The New Testament Priesthood.” We know according to scripture we all have been called to the priesthood. To be a priest one does not have to go to bible school or gain a lot of religious information. To be a Priest is simply to live in the conscious awareness of God’s presence. As you become more consciously aware of God’s presence you bare the image and carry the authority.
The Old Testament priest carried the ark on his shoulders. We know the ark represented Christ. The ark was wood overlaid with gold. Wood represented man and gold represented divinity. Today we are the ark, humanity mingled with divinity carrying God’s presence.
The reality is Jesus Christ is in you, and as you enter that reality, not as a doctrine, and not as an intellectual understanding, but you enter that in reality, you then become a carrier of the presence of God.
THE ARK of the COVENANT
The Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament was a type of the New Testament believer. In the ark there were three things. 1. The Hidden Manna. 2. Aaron’s rod that budded. 3 The Tables of Stone.
Rev 2:17 17
Most of us do not really realize that within us is the reality of these three aspects of life. The Hidden Manna represents the deep hidden experiences we have in a close relationship with our inner being, Christ within us. The Lord will reveal things to you that you do not talk about, mainly because most would not understand what you experience. You will experience things that will be unbelievable to those who have not experienced them. Some of these things are now being written about because we are now beginning to enter a Golden Age of the Kingdom being established on the earth. The Christian who does not have a relationship with the Lord within will think what is being revealed today is a false new age teaching.
Eph 2:6 6
In the Ark of the Covenant were the tables of stone representing the regulating law of God’s life within us. The 10 commandments are not to be taken as outward rules and regulations but as the inner life law of our being that flows from within us. Most of us have been failures for years in manifesting Christ to the world because we have not learned to live by His Life. The regulating, resurrection, transcendent life law resides on the insides of our being. This life reproduces Christ within us to bring reconciliation to the world.
We have settled for forms, laws, regulations and ceremony for many years while the temple of God has been covered over with these things, however today the building, the Temple made without hands is being raised up within us.
THE REBUILDING of the OLD TESTAMENT TEMPLE
Many are looking to Jerusalem for the rebuilding of the Old Testament temple and the reinstating of sacrifice. Multitudes of Christians are being deceived by such teachings. God is not interested in building the temple in Jerusalem. The real Temple that’s being built today is in the spirit. We are the temple of the Living God and today God is dwelling within us. Why would we look to Jerusalem in the natural when what is being built is a spiritual temple?
First thing to be a Priest then, is to carry the presence of God.
This is the year 2012 when many changes are taking place and we are about to enter the reality of the Kingdom of God being manifested on earth.
The above verse is the answer to all of our problems. The question is, how do we do it? I tried for years to put off the old man with his corruption and former way of living. One day I realized all I needed to do is believe in the truth of my being. I am a son of God who has left the realms of glory and was lowered in this dense physical world. Once I realized that I began to confess the truth of my being and seek God every day to reveal Christ in me. I discovered that I was living in a false identity thinking I was a human being and separated and alienated from God because of my sin. Now I rejoice in my spiritual nature and when I make a mistake or miss God I just realize I need more unveiling to the truth of my being. We are all beginning to realize the truth of who we are. There is a mighty shaking taking place in the world today and very soon we will see the Spirit move in a marvelous way. The sons of God are waking up and are beginning to preach the gospel of reconciliation.
We can all live out of presence of God.
We can all put on this new man by the renewing of our mind. The Apostle Paul tells us that
May we all meditate on the truth and speak the truth until we stand as the One New Man upon the earth.
THE AUTHORITY of the BELIEVER
There has been a lot of talk about the authority of the believer for years.
There has been a lot of teaching coming from the Word and Faith movement on the authority of the believer. The problem with this is we take a bunch of spiritual babies that lack maturity and teach them they have spiritual authority. A spiritual baby has the potential of having spiritual authority but it must come from one who has some maturity in the things of the spirit. We used to try and pull down principalities and powers in high places and we did not even have Christ truly living in us except as a doctrine.
You can take a child and teach him he has all the ability of His Father, but he must mature in life before he can do what His Father does. My Father was a coal miner.
Because of a lot of misunderstanding, immature spiritual babies pick up on spiritual teachings, and try to be adults, and they get in a whole lot of trouble.
The point I’m trying to make is this:
A priest is one who bears others in the presence of God.
Show Bread representing Jesus as the Bread of Life.
The Old Testament tabernacle was only a shadow of the true tabernacle which is mankind. So the Old Testament priest would go into the Holy Place to show us by type the reality of a New Testament priest which we all are.
The Holy place today represents someone who has been regenerated but still lives mostly by their carnal mind. We go to church, love listening to preachers; some speak in tongues and worship God but still mostly live a natural carnal life. When we realize there is more than what we have been taught in Christianity we begin to hunger for more truth. We then as a priest can begin to minister to our soul. As we begin to speak and declare the truth of our being we are eating the show bread and as we eat the living bread the word we speak brings light to our soul and we then begin to experience the transformation renewing of our mind.
We then begin to function as priests bearing others in the presence of the Lord. When you see a brother or sister who is having a difficult time you can then help them. We can sit down with them and begin to feed them the Living Word from our spirit and as we begin to share with them, the word we share will begin to light the light of life within them. We then can burn the incense at the Alter which is to pray with them. May we all spend time in the presence until we rise up as priests of the Melchizedek Order.
THE MAN WHO is the BRANCH
The man whose name is the Branch is none other than Christ. Christ is going to build the Church through humanity. This is not only speaking of Jesus but also of the Body of Christ. The Church will be built through Christ in mankind. The priesthood works through humanity who is filled with Christ. Jesus and the church are one new man on the earth. We have applied all of these kinds of prophetic teachings to Jesus, which is all well and good, but prophetically, this is speaking also to the church today.
Let’s look at
Jesus was both human and divine. He was both a Rod, and a Branch of the Lord, and He was a Branch of David, speaking of the incarnation.
The divine nature of God mingled and blended with humanity. That’s who Jesus was. Now, it’s as the Branch, the divine mingled with humanity that He will build the Temple of the Lord. It takes both divinity and humanity.
We have heard from the time we were regenerated that Jesus was both divine and human. He was fully God and fully man. Colossians tells us that in Him, in this man Jesus, was the fullness of God, the fullness of the Godhead, it says, dwelt bodily in this man Jesus. And then in Isaiah 9:6 tells us that the little baby was the mighty God. The little baby contained the mighty God who created the universe, who flung the stars into existence, and created the spirit in man. That little baby contained nothing less than the mighty God, the creator of the universe. It is by this Branch of the Lord, both humanity and divinity mingled together, that will build the Temple of the Lord.
We have been taught that Jesus was a divine being but we have not been taught that we are the same. We are humanity mingled with divinity. The scripture tells us
We know that Adam was given authority in the very beginning, to be a proper Priest is to bear the image, and the glory, and carry the divine authority. In John 15 you will find that the Branch became the Vine.
The Vine and the Branch are one in substance and life. God looks at us as a corporate man on the earth all constituted with the life and nature of the Vine.
The key to understanding these verses in John 15 is to understand your true identity. To abide in him is to quiet the natural mind and focus your attention on the truth of your being. You are not just human beings who because of sin are separated from God. You are a son of God created in the image and given dominion to walk as Christ on the earth. Without Christ in us we could do nothing to establish the kingdom on the earth. Even Jesus said
I was taught as a young Christian that this verse meant that if you did not bear fruit that you would be cast into an eternal burning hell to suffer forever. For years carnally minded men have taught such untruth to the Lord’s people. Our God is a consuming fire and he does not torture anyone. All this means is that if you do not cast aside your carnality and your religious divisive thinking that you will experience the fire, not as a punishment but as a purification. The fire of God within you will consume everything in your being that is not of Him. Jesus said we will all be salted with fire.
If we deny the false sense of our human life that we feel is separated from God we will then know and find our true life in Christ. You are not separated from God you are one with God. We are branches of the true vine, until we understand that, until we somehow by the grace and the mercy of God have our eyes unveiled to see that what we are holding on to of our carnal self is what needs to fall into the ground and die.
A PURE RIVER of LIFE from the THRONE in US
He showed me a pure river of water of life, and that word life is the word
The throne of God is not outside of you. The throne is a spiritual realm that is within you. The Apostle Paul told the Ephesians that we have been raised up together and seated together with Christ in the heavenly places. We now operate from the heavenly realm and not the earthly carnal realm. As we learn to speak from this heavenly realm the earth will be subdued and the kingdom established on the earth. At the present time the powers of darkness are beginning to shake and fall with the appearing of Christ within His people.
The only thing that will build the church is the divine life in humanity. Nothing else will work. No amount of programs and committees, and no amount of teaching people in an outward way to do outward things, nothing that has the stench of carnal religious work or reasoning’s will build the Church. The only thing that will build the church is when we receive that divine flow of the spirit within. That will produce the fruit of the spirit, love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, meekness, self-control. It’s only by the divine life flowing out of us that will build the church, the city of God.
When we turn our hearts to the spirit within, this divine flow of the pure water of life begins to flow. It is by the flowing of this river of life within that we are transformed from one degree of glory to another. Jesus said if you believe in me, out of your innermost being will flow the living water. So when we open to God, the divine flow of His life begins to flows out of us. It is only that pure flowing of His Spirit that builds the church. When you minister to someone, if what is flowing out of you is the character of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit that has been grown within you, that is what builds the church. Human nature can’t love enough. Human nature cannot love the unlovely. Human nature cannot love those who will not, or cannot conform to certain patterns and rituals, and regulations. Many precious people have been hurt by the church because of rejection of their lifestyles or many other things. It is the love of Christ through us that will restore them to fellowship. It is the love of God that will reach out and touch the hearts of those who have been rejected by religion.
So many of God’s people are still trying to contact God by reaching outside of themselves, trying to touch God with the mind. We even sing songs like “Reach out and touch the Lord as He goes by.” There is certainly nothing wrong with singing songs like this but we must realize God is not just outside of us, but is the very substance of our being. There comes a time when instead of reaching out to touch a God that is so abstract we begin to release the divine life from the depths of our being. This brings change to us and to those around us.
If you’ve been regenerated, deep within your spirit there is a flowing river. In that river is the tree of life that brings healing wherever it flows.
Flowing from the throne of God is a pure river, which is the Spirit of God that has flowed from the throne of God into our very being. And that’s why
SAVIORS from MOUNT
We are the saviors from Mt. Zion to bring God's kingdom to earth.
The New Jerusalem is already being established on the earth, but it is in the spirit.
The new heaven and earth coming down represents the spiritual dimension. The Holy City is the Body of Christ who has been renewed in the spirit of their minds and is beginning to reign from the heavens instead of the earth. We are no longer earth bound by the carnal religious mind. We are shaking ourselves from the dust of the earth and beginning to shine with the glory of the Lord. I know there will come a day when these truths will fully be manifested, and we'll walk in the light and the full glory of the New Jerusalem. However now is the day to begin to walk in it because the light and the glory of the New Jerusalem
There is a divine flow today from the throne. When we open to that flow within us it is a continual flow of divine life. It is only by the divine life flowing out of us that will build the church and bring forth the New Jerusalem into manifestation. This flow coming from the throne can be received moment by moment, and this flow of life then begins to transform us and produce the fruit of the Spirit.
There is very little known today in most places of worship about the transformation of the inner man. Most just teach moral behavior. They try and teach you how to be a Christian by being good. Good human works and behavior cannot build the church. Only those who have the character of Christ in them can edify and build the church. May we all seek the source of all life to increase the flow of divine life in us that we may be more effective in our life and ministry as a priest of the most high.
Some of you will remember the song we used to sing.
I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me
Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see
Opens prison doors and sets the captives free
I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me.
I sang that song many years ago and at that time I remember thinking “Where is it?” It was a beautiful song and I loved singing it, but for me it was just wishful thinking. We sang many songs that were true but I never experienced any of them except maybe for fleeting moments. That is because at that time the Lord had not revealed to me my true Identity. I still thought I was a sinner and I was trying the best I could to do better not realizing I was living from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Today the Body of Christ is beginning to experience these wonderful truths. We do have a river of life in us and it is causing the lame to walk and the
Several years ago as a young Christian I was no good to anyone. It was all I could do to get up and go to work because I was so depressed over my inability to be what I thought a good Christian should be. I would go to church and hear about how sinful the world was and come away condemned over my condition. Then one day like the Apostle Paul the Lord began to reveal the truth of Christ in me as a reality, and my life began to change. It took a few years to have revealed to me what I understand now. I was so steeped in religion. After years of struggle and all the time learning the power of forgiveness and the magnitude of Calvary’s victory I woke on July 11, 1982 and was a new person in Christ. Many habits and things just disappeared from my life and I never since then have had to struggle and strive to be a Christian. It has been a continual transformation since, and each year I experience more of the reality of Christ in me. Don't misunderstand me; I still have a long way to go. 🙂
Once we as individuals begin to experience the flow of life from our inner being when we come together, there will be a river of life flowing from each, and the Church meeting turns from a religious meeting to a glorious, magnificent, expression of the life of God. No more do we need a senior pastor who does all the preaching and teaching. Each member of the Body flows together as Kings and Priests of God. When I was a pastor in 1986 I taught these things to our church and after about 2 years we had a glorious functioning body of believers. I could go in the meeting and sit in the back row and never say a word and the body would function and the meeting would be glorious. The Lord gave us a foretaste of what the Church as a whole would become. Today there are small groups all over who are functioning as the Body of Christ. Hallelujah!!!
When the Lord begins to flow out of us individually when we come together, the church is not a regulated service, but it is a flowing out of the divine life of God. We need no programs, no committees, no fundraisers, no offerings, and all the other religious trappings we have come to believe we need to keep the church functioning. Each member is a living, vibrating, pulsating, magnificent expression of Christ.
One of the biggest obstacles in the Christian system is Offerings and the passing of the plates and the appeals for money to keep the ministry going. We have been in ministry many years and have shipped multiple thousands of books tapes and CD’s to over 70 countries of the world and have never asked for an offering of any kind. I heard in the spirit many years ago that the Babylonian system of religion was buying and selling and the kingdom was giving and receiving. I know ministries who support their ministry by selling their material and I do not judge them for that. Their hearts are good and they are only doing what they know to do.
It is only by bearing the image and living in the divine flow that we will be a joyful people. We turn our thoughts of lack, sickness or any negativity to knowing we have the divine source of all that is within us and if we let it flow and turn our thoughts to Love Light and Life we will begin to experience the abundant life that Jesus talked about. If we are in ministry and we center our thoughts on the lack of finances or on how to raise finances, we are in a state of unbelief not knowing that the source flows from within our divine consciousness. Praying for finances is really a lack of faith in believing that God supplies your need. I know this is hard for some to accept but if you try it you will like it. Instead of focusing on our need let us focus on the source of life that is within us. When we center our thoughts on lack or our need we actually stop the divine flow of life.
This is why Jesus said resist not evil. What you resist persists because what you resist you give power to. He also said
By what Jesus said you can see that praying for food and thinking about lack is really unbelief. Let us meditate on these things until our eyes be opened to the truth and reality of our true being. There is a great change taking place in 2012 and the Body of Christ all over the world is beginning to wake up to the reality of what they have believed but never experienced. This is a year of change and release. Let us be glad and rejoice for our deliverance has come.
THE FULLNESS of GOD in EXPRESSION
The Scriptures tell us that the man Jesus was the fullness of God in expression. If we want to know our true nature and being we just need to meditate on the life of Jesus and realize we also are the fullness of God in expression. In our humanity we may not be perfect but our true being is. We must stop trying to adjust our human nature and just begin to live from our true nature which is love.
When our consciousness is raised and we begin to see the truth of our being we then begin to live the life of love expressed. This year of 2012 is the beginning of a greater awakening to that life that we all are. We are God in manifestation. This truth will change the world and bring the kingdom into manifestation. I am so excited to see this taking place all over the world. We have said for years that we are the body of Christ and NOW the reality of that is dawning within us. Can the body be any less divine than the head? We are one body and one voice on the earth. The voice of God is as the sounding of many waters in the book of Revelation. We each have a well of living water flowing from our being. When we speak as the song says
By us living consciously in the presence of God and releasing the flow of life we will build up the Body of Christ and set the captives free. What a wonderful life we now have when we make the decision to live this life of love. Loving God and loving one another is the true pathway to an abundant life.
The scripture above describes what has happened to most of us. Mainly through the tradition of men we have been deceived away from the reality of Christ. Christ is God’s man on the earth and we are complete in Christ which is the true nature of our being.
Traditions of men tell us that we were born sinners and therefore are separated from God. The truth of you is the same as the truth of Jesus.
Our mother had a child but we are the son given. Our source is the same as Jesus. We came from the heavenly realms as did he. We were born into this physical world losing the reality of our true being not knowing where we came from. Being complete in Christ means that we are Christ on this earth and as we live out from our spirit God lives in humanity and expresses Love, Light and Life which is the substance and source of all life. As Life, Light and Love begin to be expressed in us all carnality and darkness flee from us.
2 Thess 2:8
It is NOW the day and the time for us to believe and seek God for the unveiling of our minds to the truth. We have the mind of Christ. We are the Body of Christ, the Church of the living God. The Church is only that which comes out of what God has put within you. It has nothing to do with our carnal religious thinking. We are already complete in Christ but will never be complete by religious thinking and practices. The only reason we
RENEWING the MIND
The truth and reality of God's Word is not revealed to the mind, it's revealed to the spirit, and from there it will flow into the mind and renew the mind. That is why the scriptures say to be renewed in the spirit of your mind. If you can dare believe the riches of God's life, if you can just dare to believe it, it will begin to flow into your mind. In Christ also you were circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but in a spiritual circumcision performed by Christ by stripping off the body of the flesh, the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts and raised you up and seated you with Christ in heavenly places.
Most of us were taught that we needed to deal with sin in our lives. The more you try to deal with it the stronger it becomes, because you are putting yourself under the law. One who is trying to perfect themselves has not had a full revelation of the magnitude of Calvary’s victory. The Apostle Paul said many years ago
I lived in Romans chapter 7 for many years until I finally understood the truth. If we are struggling with sin it is like a branch on a tree. If you cut a branch off it will just grow back. You cannot just keep trying to cut off the branches of sin and expect to ever win the battle. We must lay the ax to the root of the tree. I finally understood that to lay the ax to the root was to repent, change my way of thinking and realize that regardless of my experience my old man is dead. I believed a lie instead of the truth. I am a new man in Christ and all old things have passed away.
1 John 3:9
Everybody that's ever been quickened and touched by God has had a circumcision of heart, and on the inside they are different.
You see, unless the Spirit of God comes alive in us, we'll either be legal or we'll be loose.
I will never forget when I first had the revelation of the Blood of Jesus that destroys sin consciousness. For years all I could think about is how bad I was and my inability to overcome my sin. Then one day I read this in
As I was meditating on these verses I wondered how Blood could cleanse us of sin because I certainly was not experiencing a consciousness without sin. As I pondered this another scripture came to my mind,
Then I saw the truth of the magnitude of Calvary’s victory. We are not delivered from sin consciousness by what we do or don’t do. We are SAVED BY HIS LIFE. The resurrected, transcended, magnificent life of Christ in us is our deliverance from sin and a sin consciousness. Sometimes I intercede with tears that the eyes of the religious blind would be opened to see the rich inheritance they have within them. Religion will always tell you what you have to do instead of telling you what He has done for you.
Almost all of us in the beginning of our walk with God try to come to God to get something from Him, but our conscience condemns us, the law condemns us, and we so easily fall under condemnation.
THE NEW COVENANT
If we cannot receive by faith our total forgiveness our conscience will always feel condemned. We must be renewed in the spirit of our mind and begin to believe the truth of God rather than our experience. If our experience does not line up with the truth our experience is wrong not the truth. The scripture says that
Hebrews gives us a very clear definition of faith. This is the Amplified version.
Faith is being able to accept as fact what is not yet real to my senses. We may still have habits and things in our life that we feel is not pleasing to God. Sometimes we may sin willfully and disobey what we feel God
Once this is our experience of living by faith, then spiritual things begin to be real in our experience. Christ Then comes alive in our being and we begin to grow in faith and the abundant life.
The scriptures say that He will NOT remember our sins and yet the first thing I used to do is go to God every day in my prayer time and begin to confess all my sin. I spent more time confessing my sin than anything else. Once I understood the magnitude of Calvary’s victory, instead of always confessing the same sins day after day I began to praise him and give thanks for my forgiveness knowing that He was not looking at my failures but He was looking past my condition and seeing Christ in me.
Every day, we can enter into His presence, if we can only believe what this word is telling us. We have full freedom and confidence to enter in by the power and virtue that's in the blood of Jesus, by this fresh, new and living way which He initiated and dedicated and opened for us through the separating curtain, veil, of the Holy of Holies that is through His flesh. Since we have such a great and wonderful and noble Priest who rules over the house of God, let us all come forward and draw near with true honest and sincere hearts.
That's what we need to get into the presence of God; faith in the blood of Jesus, knowing that the penalty and the price has been paid, and them come to Him with true, honest and sincere hearts. We do not have to try and hide our failures; we just simply come to Him with a true and an honest heart, and know that we are forgiven.
God will receive us every day of our life just exactly the way we are when we come to Him with an honest heart.
THE MAN WHO is a BRANCH
Zechariah is saying there is One coming, and this One that's coming, He will build the true tabernacle of the Lord.
We might ask what happened? It has been two thousand years since Jesus came and we still don't see the church being the habitation, the dwelling place and the expression of God. Some say the Church is just spiritual and not visible and does not come with any observation. However we all know by now that Jesus is the pattern son and that we all are sons. To say that the Church is simply an invisible spiritual kingdom is only partly true. We are to pray that the kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. It is true that the work was finished but the finished work is to be walked out and be manifested to the world. Jesus gave all power and authority to the Church not just a few members but all of us. We are the fullness of God to be expressed as Jesus was 2000 years ago.
Jesus tells us how the Church will be built.
Jesus said to Peter,
When Jesus said that, He was not specifically just referring to Himself, Jesus of Nazareth, because you can have a revelation that He was and is the Son of
This is what Paul meant in Corinthians.
We must get past our very own flesh and realize that the same Christ who walked the shores of Galilee, the same Christ that raised the dead and opened the eyes of the blind is now a many membered body.
THE TRUE MINISTRY of the PRIESTHOOD
J. Preston Eby From the Candlestick to the Throne # 124
The Greek Old Testament (Septuagint) states that they were to be “a priesthood of kings.”
God has always wanted a priesthood.
BUILDING THROUGH the PRIEST and KING
Zechariah tells us that the Church will be built it through the office of the priest and the king. It won't be built through teaching and preaching and the gifts of the Spirit, however these are necessary. The fivefold ministry Gifts are for the edifying of the Body so that they can do the work of the ministry. The Amplified version of gives us a very clear explanation of the fivefold ministry.
You can see by these verses that the ministers were not to build ministries for themselves. Their main function was to equip the saints, to edify them so that the saints then do the work of the ministry to build the Church. It is apparent that most pastors’ today do not know how to build up the saints so that they can minister. Most people can set in a church all their lives and still not feel like they can minister. What people need most from their pastors and teachers is to be told the truth about their true identity. They need to be told the truth that they are not sinners they are righteous and holy before the Lord. They need to know that if they will begin to change the way they think about themselves and focus on the Christ within they will begin to become aware of the beauty that is within them.
Too many pastors and leaders still focus more on the condition of the saints and see them according to the flesh and try to get them to change their conduct. They go by the letter of the law instead of the spirit. The scriptures keep many Christians in bondage who do not follow the spirit in the law of love one another as I have loved you. We should never try to control another. We can give them advice and tell them how we feel but it is not right to try and force them to do what we think is right or expel them from our mist because they still sin. If we expelled everyone that sinned we would all be cast out. Instead of focusing on someone’s sin we should focus on the Christ within them and minister to them.
The Apostle Peter said in
The church will be built through the office of the priest and the king. If it could have been built by man's effort, we would have had the glorious church a long time ago. We've had men who have given their very lives in the work of the Lord. Yet the church has not yet been built up to be the manifestation, the habitation, the dwelling place of God. The only thing that is going to save us from our religious concepts and our carnality is to become saturated and permeated, so filled with the spirit of God in a renewed mind that we become not self-conscious but God Conscious.
It is through the priestly office that the church will be built. The first priest according to the Melchizedek order was Melchizedek who came to Abraham after the slaughter of the kings and brought to Abraham the bread and the wine.
To have our spirit fed and to be renewed in the spirit of our mind we must eat the Bread which came down from heaven. Of course we know Jesus taught in allegories and parables. The Bread which came down from heaven was the Living Word. The Word became Flesh. To eat the bread is to assimilate and feast on the living word. The living word is within all of us as we all came from the heavenly realms and was made flesh. We also can give life to the world when we awake to our true identity and realize we also can speak words that give life. Jesus told his disciples,
LIVING by the FATHER
We all desire to live by Jesus. However we cannot live by him by worshiping him or serving him in a religious way. Christianity has worshiped him for 2000 years but not many live by him. To live by him we must eat and drink him. To eat him is to feast on the living bread and to drink him is to learn to enjoy the Christ within. The cup of wine in communion represents the Blood and wine is for enjoyment. Melchizedek always brings the bread and wine. The Melchizedek priest never comes to condemn but to give you life more abundantly. We may not have the strength to overcome some our bad habit patterns but we can all practice feasting on the living word and enjoy the Christ within. This will in time take care of the carnality within us.
We can all receive Him as the Bread of Life which gives to us His abundant life enabling us to begin to live according to His life and become a habitation of God in the spirit. The only way we will ever become a habitation of God, the only way we will ever put down the habits of the flesh, the only way we will ever, satisfy the heart of God is to learn how to assimilate into our being the Bread of Life.
There’s only one way that we as a believer will ever become filled to overflowing with God, and it won't be by teaching, it won't be by preaching, and it won't be by the Gifts of the Spirit. The scripture says
Let us be glad and rejoice for we are surly beginning to awake in his likeness.
LIVING as JESUS on the EARTH
The only way that the church will become a habitation of God in spirit and be built up a spiritual house, is that we need in our daily life to assimilate the Bread of Life into our being. To meditate on these things will renew your mind so that you begin to put on the mind of Christ. We have the mind of Christ and as our minds are renewed we begin to operate from that mind.
The Word became flesh. The Word which is the expression of God, the light of God, the glory of God, took on human flesh and tabernacled among us. Christ is not the last name of Jesus. The Christ that followed them in the Old Testament was not Jesus but The Christ. In Isaiah 9:6 A child named Jesus was born of Mary but the Christ, the son was given. Jesus knew his true identity was Christ and that he could not do anything of himself, in his human identity. In Galatians Christ is called the seed.
This Christ seed is in all of us and as this seed begins to awaken and function in us we then begin to live as Jesus did while he was on earth. No amount of teaching, or spiritual Gifts will ever make you a habitation of God in the spirit. Many of God’s people are fooled into thinking that because a leader has spiritual gifts he is spiritual and they follow him. Many people are deceived when they begin operating in the spiritual realm with spiritual Gifts thinking that that makes them somewhat mature in the things of God. You may operate in the realm of the gifts and still be carnal. I am certainly not against spiritual gifts but if the gifts are operating in our life that is a wonderful thing but we must not settle for just having spiritual gifts. If one is truly spiritual the gifts will flow from them but they will operate in such a way as to not bring attention to themselves. This is why Jesus when he healed someone often told them to tell no one.
When we become a habitation of the Spirit of God, when spirit so saturates and permeates our mind with the life light and love, our carnality will just fall away. When we receive the Living Word and enjoy the spirit in our daily lives we will grow up into him in all things. This is not a quick fix but you will be transformed from one degree of glory to another day by day.
CAN we be SEPARATED from GOD?
There is only one way that we will ever live by the life of God. Jesus said
The only way you can live this wonderful life of God in humanity is to eat the bread of life. That is the only way to an abundant life in spirit. Ministering as a Melchizedek priest is also the only way to build the people of God. As Melchizedek you minister from your spirit to the spirit of the saints.
You can draw the crowds by just being a good teacher or by being one who operates in the gifts of the spirit. If you are a gifted pastor or teacher and you begin to have notable miracles in your ministry you will definitely draw the crowds, but unless you operate as a Melchizedek priest you will not build the people of God. It is a wonderful thing to have the miracles among us but if that is all we have the house of God will not be built. There are mega churches all over the world with people who are never taught their true nature and identity. They are never brought to an understanding of being God’s Christ on the earth. The only way that the church will become a habitation of God in the Spirit and be built up a spiritual house, is that we must learn how to assimilate the Bread of Life into our being.
The thing that we need is life in the spirit. We tend to think if we stop this and stop that, and don't do this and don't do that, then God will fill us up. It doesn't work that way. If we take the time to enjoy God He will fill us up, and then we will live by his life. Religion will teach you backwards, religion will have you striving in the flesh, trying to be like God, and that's the carnal mind which is the enemy of God. Again Jesus said
No enjoyment can compare to the joy of the living spirit within us. The church has never come to the place to realize that the spirit can be our enjoyment. If we receive Him as the bread and the wine, we will grow up into Him. There will be such a love develop on the inside of us that then He will become our King. He must first become our Bread and Wine before He will ever become our King. For Him to be really King over us, He must first become our love. He must become our Bread and our Wine. There's no sin in the world, there's no habit and there's no hang-up that you have that will keep Jesus from bringing to you the Bread and the Wine. You can come to Him with every habit and every hang-up and just enjoy him and appreciate Him and He will become your life in reality.
TASTE and SEE the LORD is GOOD
God's not angry with His people and He will not as some teach, throw you in a torture chamber and burn you forever if you do not accept or obey Him. How could anyone believe that Christ left the glory and was born Jesus of Nazareth and suffered the shame of the cross, took on human flesh and became the pattern son to show us the truth of our identity and then lose most of His creation to an eternal torture chamber. He took all of the old creation into death and raised us up and seated us in heavenly places Ephesians 2:6
There is NOTHING you can do to change your identity. You are a son or daughter and you will always be. Nothing can separate you from the love of God. There is no habit, no failure, and no sin that can separate you from God. If you believe what some preachers say that your sin separates you from the presence of God, then how could you enter in? We must realize that He came as the Bread and the Wine, and He is always available. Today, He's not just waiting for you as the prodigal to leave the pigpen and come to him. He will come to the pigpen and bring to you the Bread and the Wine. And if you'll allow Him, He'll feed you, and He'll nourish you, and oh, you'll come out of the sin, and you'll come out of the bondage because you'll find out there's nothing you can do that will cause God to turn away from you. We have not had the proper concept of God. God is not angry at anyone; he just wants to reveal His unconditional love to all of creation.
My prayer is “Father reveal to your people the goodness of your heart! Father, unveil the eyes of those who are in sin and rebellion. Open the eyes of the blind that they might see the goodness of God. Lord, that they might come to you and experience you as the Living Bread and Wine.”
Everyone needs to experience Him coming to them when there so down and feel like an outcast. When they feel "God could never receive me", He wants to come to them and bring to them the Bread and the Wine, that they might feast at His table. When He was on earth, He went and ate with the publicans and the sinners. Do
People get so caught up in trying to be good after they're saved. The church expects babies to be grown up men. The church will take little babies that have just been regenerated and kick them out of the cradle and tell them to walk. Instead of ministering to them the Bread and the Wine, they criticize them, and tell them "well now that you're saved, you can't do that anymore. You can't do this, and you can't do that". All I know is” We need to feed them with the Bread and the Wine. You feed that little baby, instead of giving it rules and regulations and they will grow spiritually. That's what Christ wants for the church.
If you're just born again, and you have things in your life that you cannot overcome, God is not angry with you. He wants to minister to you. He wants you to daily come to him and forget about your failures, and forget about the hang-ups that are in your life, and do as the Word says: Look away unto Him, and learn to feed on Him and partake of Him as the Bread and the Wine. You will then begin to mature in His life. And then all of your enemies will scatter. That's what is meant by
THE CHURCH is to be the FULL EXPRESSION of CHRIST
According to Ephesians 4:12
Some may say "impossible", then throw the Bible away.
That's why I say, it doesn't happen through teaching, it doesn't happen through preaching, all of these things are helps.
The scriptures tell the saints how to build the church.
You can take a born again believer and teach him all you want to about their authority in Christ, and they don't have any as long as "self" is ruling on the throne of their hearts.
If we were Spirit Filled, we would be the New Testament Priesthood, and we would be the expression of God on the earth.