#208 (10/28/18)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

Please read Hebrews 13:20-21 & 2Timothy 3:16-17.  Notice in each location "perfect" is mentioned with relation to works.  The author of 2Timothy states that blood is needed to do good works so that we can do His Will.  What is perfection?  Perfect means to have peace, to be throughly furnished with all pieces of furniture, maturity.  One of the goals of the LORD in the heart of the Bride is to fully furnish her with all the furniture of the Tabernacle and bring her to the place of perfect peace.  Peace is maturity.  

Please read Philippians 3:7.  How does the Bride win/gain Christ?  The Courtyard and the Holy Place in the stature of the Mosaic Tabernacle (a picture, shadow, type of the more perfect Tabernacle, Jesus Christ) are given by gift.  As we climb the stature and experience, personally, the first 5 pieces of furniture, we use what has already been given by God.  The Holy of Holies, with the two remanining pieces of furniture (the Mercy Seat and Ark), is the place of work where the Bride actively uses the blood, fire, and water in peace and maturity to do the Will of God.  To have the Stature of the Son of God in the heart is a good work.  The LORD communicates to His children two ways:  through the written word and the oral law.  The oral law is given in the Holy of Holies at the Ark of the Covenant where the LORD rested between the cheribim.  To be fully furnished, to be mature and peaceful, to do the will of God is to hear the oral law and be governed by its presence.  This is what is meant to gain Christ:  to hear the oral law, in peace, at the Ark.   Perfection is to be fully furnished and hear the oral law to do the Will of God through good works.  Works bear the image and likeness of Jesus.  Just as a married couple produce a child which bears the resemblance of each, the Bride's good works resemble the LORD.  The Bride grows up to maturity in the written, moral law to become a child again when she listens for the oral law.  In her maturity she must become a child in her faith and trust in the oral law (moral development).  What is the oral law for?  To do good works as a child that bear the image of the LORD in peace, perfection and maturity.  What is the written law?  I'm so glad you asked that question!

Please turn to and read Exodus 20:1-17.  In verse two the LORD states Who He is:  I AM!  He is now, to be right now, no time is involved, His presence is NOW.  His Existence is in the heavenlies NOW.  He is the Great I AM.  We are the not so great i am.  We bear His image because we were created by Him, but that image is marred.  We can expect, outside of Him, to always be i am.  The LORD lives in the now, we live in time.  Our frame of reference is past, present, and future or yesterday, today, and forever.  Whose name are we lifting up?  I AM or i am?