LEAVING THE CARPENTER SHOP!
BY: MARVIN E. COPE
JULY 29, 1997
At age thirty, Jesus left the carpenter shop. The significance of this is that a Jewish young man was considered mature at thirty. Jesus left His son of man stage of physical life to enter the higher Spirit dimension of the son of God. He told us that to find this higher place we must go within!
Jesus became the first Christian when He entered the anointed life of the Spirit. In the Greek, the word Christ means anointed. In actuality no one truly becomes a Christian until He receives the anointing of the Holy Spirit, for Christ and the anointing are identical.
What happens when one is anointed? (I John. 2:27) “But as for you, the anointing, the sacred appointment, the unction which you received from Him abides (permanently) in you (so) you have no need that anyone should instruct you. But just as His anointing teaches you concerning everything and is true and is no falsehood, so you must abide in (live in, never depart from) Him (being rooted in Him, knit to Him), just as (His anointing) has taught you (to do).”
When one is being taught by the Holy Spirit within, what is the purpose for coming together with others as a body? The purpose for assembling together is to share with each other what each is being taught. The things of our new kingdom are revealed within each Christian who is anointed, each one receiving a particular aspect of the kingdom in accordance with His uniqueness. All these various perspectives put together reveal the Gospel of the kingdom.
As the chorus goes, “The world will know we are Christians by our love.” Knowing that no one individual can ever see the whole picture of the kingdom clearly, this love is expressed as we learn to respect and reconcile our differences and become willing to learn from each other.
It takes real maturity to acknowledge that others know more than we do, or may see more clearly what is unclear to us. We have to give up our “know it all” mind set and receive what the ultimate knower, the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ, is sharing through another. I believe we will continue to remain in the carpenter shop until we are willing to let the Holy Spirit bring us to this level of maturity. No doubt Jesus spent many years in that carpenter shop meditating on His place in His Father’s kingdom while He performed the daily tasks that were His to do. When the awareness of the value of His uniqueness in the Kingdom of God was fixed in His consciousness, He was ready to leave the carpenter shop behind.
We, too, must grow in the understanding of our anointing within. This takes time because others are involved. They, also, must be made ready to receive what we have to give, as we are made ready to receive what others are designed to give to us. Our Father knows when it is time for us to leave behind the world’s carpenter shop and enter into the consciousness of sonship. In a higher sense we stop doing human works for God and enter into B-E-I-N-G the work of God.
This all means that the sense of separation from God, or duality, must be erased from consciousness and left behind, to be exchanged for the very mind of Christ in us, the consciousness of Jesus Christ who knows oneness with His father in and as us. This is the work of the Holy Spirit’s anointing within. It is His job to reveal Christ in us as us, exchanging the consciousness of the old false self for the consciousness of the inner being of Christ!
All things work together for good to them that love God. Our apprenticeship in the carpenter shop is the necessary prelude to accepting union with the higher master carpenter within. We must come to a higher understanding of the principles our Father uses in revealing His kingdom among men. Instead of inanimate building material, He is creating His church, the Bride of Christ, with living stones as Peter calls us. This is the body of Christ, a many-membered body who together, in unity of Spirit, reveal one living kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
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