In His Steps
by George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
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When Jesus came into the coast of Caesarea, Philippi, He asked His disciples, "Whom do men say that I the Son of God am?" Matthew 16:13. The disciples answered, "Men say John the Baptist, Elijah, or Jeremiah." Then Jesus asked His disciples, "Whom do you say I am?"
"And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Matthew 16:16
The word Christ is the Greek word CHRISTOS and means "the anointing, or the anointed one." Jesus was the Christ, or the Anointed One of God. We need to understand this if we are to follow in Christ's steps.
"And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven." Matthew 16:17
Flesh and blood cannot reveal to us who Jesus is. Only the Father, the Holy Spirit can reveal the true identity of Jesus.
"And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Matthew 16:18
Jesus informed Peter, He would build His church upon the words Peter spoke:
"Thou are the Christ the Son of the living God."
When the church comes to the full knowledge of who Christ really is, then the gates of hell will not prevail against it. The church is His EKKLESIA, His called, chosen, and elect.
Then Jesus made Peter a promise the church has failed to understand through out the centuries:
"And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:19
Peter was given the keys to the Kingdom. Keys are what we use to unlock the mysteries in God's Word. If we are going to understand the Kingdom and His Kingdom Age, then we must look to Peter and his writings because they are Kingdom keys. Jesus gave Peter insight as to how these keys were to work.
Jesus informed Peter whatsoever you bind on earth (the flesh realm) will be bound in heaven (the Spiritual realm), and whatsoever you loose (free from bondage) on earth will be set free in the Spiritual realm of God. Most who read Peter's writings look at them as they do all the other books of the Bible, but only Peter was given the keys to the Kingdom. By the anointing, Peter gave us insight as what we must do if we are to enter again into the Kingdom, our created place in God. Peter informed us:
"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:" I Peter 2:21
As we rightly divide the Word for its truths, we discover the phrase ". . . that ye should follow. . ." is one word in the Greek, the word EPAKOLOUTHEO and means "to tread upon one's footsteps." When the translators used the word should, it sounds like we have an option. We have no option if we are going to receive the crown of life.
Peter discloses Jesus left us an example so we could follow in the same footprints He left upon the earth. Notice Peter did not say we should live like Jesus lived, nor did he say we should act like Jesus acted. The only direction we are given is that we are to tread upon the same steps as Jesus who was our example. John recorded Jesus' words when he stated:
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." John 14:6
No one can return to the Father except by the way Jesus left for us to follow. If we are to follow in Jesus' steps then it behooves us to know where He came from, and who He really is. When Jesus was speaking to the Jews, He informed them:
"Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day: and he saw it, and was glad." John 8:56
The Jews mocked Jesus, and said, "How could you have seen Abraham. You are not even fifty years old."
"Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am." John 8:58
Jesus not only declared Himself to be the great I Am, He disclosed His pre-existence before Abraham lived. To know where Jesus came from, we must realize He existed before He came to earth to be born in a fleshly body. John revealed the true identity of Jesus when he proclaimed:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:1-3
The Word was with God and the Word was God. Who is the Word? Again we look at the writings of John:
"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." I John 5:7
There are three that bear record (witness of the truth) in heaven (the Spiritual realm): the Father, the Word (the Son), and the Holy Ghost. Jesus was and is the Word who was in the beginning with God and was God. John recorded, ". . . these three are one." We only have one God. John continues:
"He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not." John 1:10
He made the world, and those who are in the world still do not recognize who He is. John concluded:
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14
The Word was made, or became flesh, and lived among His creation. We know Jesus' pre-existence was not in the flesh. He existed in the Spiritual realm. Paul gave us insight into this in his second letter to Timothy:
"Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began." II Timothy 1:9
Until we have a thorough understanding as to who Christ Jesus is, we will never understand who we are to worship today. Christ Jesus was the pre-existent Christ. He is also the risen, glorified Christ who sits on the right hand of the Father. The first mention of Christ Jesus in the Scriptures is in Acts:
"Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on Him which should come after Him, that is on Christ Jesus." Acts 19:4
After this first mention of Christ Jesus, the title Christ Jesus appears fifty-seven other times. Jesus is our Saviour, but the one who came after Him is Christ Jesus, the Anointing. The anointing is the overcoming power in our lives, so we can follow in His steps. Christ Jesus was the Creator. Paul wrote to the church at Colossi:
"For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist." Colossians 1:16-17
The whole universe was created by Christ Jesus, and they were created for His pleasure. He existed before anything else existed. By Him all things consist. The word consist means "united and held together." This can only be accomplished by and through the Holy Spirit (Christ Jesus). In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul gives us insight as to who Christ Jesus is today:
"Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;" Hebrews 1:3
Christ Jesus took His place again as the Father of glory. So we know after His earthly existence, Jesus regained the glory He had in the beginning as the Father of lights, John 17:5.
Knowing where He is today, we worship Him in His position as Christ Jesus. But if we are to follow in His steps, we must know where He came from when He came to earth. We were given an example of where He came from in the tabernacle in the wilderness. The tabernacle in the wilderness was also called Moses' Tabernacle. It consisted of the Outer Court, the Holy Place, and the Holy of Holies.
In the Outer Court was the Brazen Altar and the Laver. In the Holy Place was the Candlestick, the Table of Shewbread, and the Altar of Incense. The Holy of Holies contained the Ark of the Covenant, the Mercy Seat, and the Cherubims.
Where did Christ Jesus exist in the Tabernacle? We are informed in the book of Exodus:
"And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the Mercy Seat, from between the two cherubims which are the Ark of the Testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel." Exodus 25:22
The Cherubims always guard the glory of God. Christ Jesus dwells above the Mercy Seat. It is there He will meet with His creation man, when man again enters into the Holy of Holies, complete, mature, and whole. As we learn in the New Testament, Jesus was our Mercy Seat. The apostle Paul writes:
"Whom God hath set forth to be a PROPITIATION through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God:" Romans 3:25
The word propitiation means "Mercy Seat." Jesus is our Mercy Seat who gave us God's mercy in forgiving our sin so He could deal with our sin nature. The beloved John also informed us:
"And He is the PROPITIATION for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." I John 2:2
Jesus is the Mercy Seat for the whole world, but the whole world does not know their Mercy seat, nor do they know the plan of God to return His creation to their rightful place in Him.
In the Holy of Holies, we witness both Jesus Christ and Christ Jesus. We witness Jesus in the flesh was our Mercy Seat, and we witness Christ Jesus (the Holy Spirit) who dwells above the Mercy Seat. As Jesus stated:
"Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved Me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for My Father is greater than I." John 14:28
When Jesus departed from the earth, He proclaimed He went to a higher position, that of being the Father. He came again as the anointing on the Day of Pentecost. It is by the anointing we are to have an eternal relationship with the Father, not in our fleshly body, but in our changed, renewed, glorified body --- the same body Jesus revealed to us during the forty days after His resurrection. This body is Spiritual flesh which can only be seen through Spiritual eyes. If we are to again gain entrance into the Holy of Holies (the presence of God), then we must retrace His footsteps.
There are three entrances in the Tabernacle:
and the veil.
the gate is the entrance into the Outer Court
the door is the entrance into the Holy Place
and the veil is the entrance into the Holy of Holies
A visual picture of this would be when Christ Jesus left the Holy of Holies, passed through the veil into the Holy Place, walked through the door into the Outer Court, walked through the Outer Court, and through the gate into the world.
God knew His creation in their present, fallen condition could have no relationship with a Holy, Spiritual God, so He conceived Himself in Mary's womb to be born in the flesh. The statement he conceived himself in Mary's womb may seem strange and foreign to all the outdated teachings, but let us consider the Word:
"And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." Luke 1:35
The Holy Ghost is the power of the Highest. It was the Holy Spirit who overshadowed Mary, and conceived Jesus in her womb. This is the same power of the Highest who dwells between the cherubims:
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost." Matthew 1:18
Again we witness Mary was with child of the Holy Ghost, or the Holy Spirit. When Joseph heard of this He was much troubled, but God in His faithfulness, appeared to him in a dream:
"But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." Matthew 1:20
Three times the Word reveals Jesus was conceived in Mary's womb by the Holy Ghost. So when the statement is made that Christ Jesus conceived Himself in Mary's womb, then we know and understand who Jesus' Father was. It was the Holy Spirit.
When the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus on the banks of the Jordan in the form of a dove, the voice who spoke "This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased," was the voice of the Holy Spirit, the power of the Highest.
As Christ Jesus left the Holy of Holies, and passed through the veil He came to the Golden Altar. As He did, He knew those who come to the Golden Altar must have a heart of praise to pass through the veil again into the Holy of Holies.
As Christ Jesus passed the Table of Shew Bread, He witnessed the twelve loaves of bread and knew He must become the bread of life. He also knew twelve was the number of perfect government, and those who would dwell in the Holy Place must desire the gift of government.
Then Christ Jesus came to the Candlestick. He knew the Candlestick was a representation of Himself. There is only one Candlestick, but the Candlestick had three branches on each side. The three branches on the left side revealed the way God ruled His people in the Old Testament: first by patriarchs, then by judges, and finally by kings. The three branches on the right side reveal our relationship with our God in the New Testament: first we knew Him as Saviour, next we knew Him as Creator, and finally, we knew Him as the anointing, the power of change in our lives.
As Christ Jesus walked through the door into the Outer Court, He came to the Laver. He knew He must be baptized, not because of sin in His life, but because He was to become the example to all mankind who must be baptized for the forgiveness of sin.
As Christ Jesus came to the Brazen Altar, He knew He must become the perfect sacrifice for sin.
As Christ Jesus passed through the gate, He knew this was the only way to the Father, and any who would enter into life must follow in His steps. When Christ Jesus passed through the gate, He looked back and witnessed the gate was twice as wide as the door and the veil. The gate is twenty cubits wide, the door and the veil are ten cubits wide. Christ Jesus knew all who would enter into life must enter at this strait gate:
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matthew 7:13-14
The word strait has the meaning of "narrow or close." If we are to follow in His steps, then we must have a close walk with our God, not running to and fro and blown about with every wind of doctrine, or running after charismatic leaders, who by vain philosophies make merchandise of their followers.
As Christ Jesus looked at the gate, He realized there are two gates set before all His creation. One leads to life, the other to destruction. He was reminded of the word He spoke through Moses to His ancient people:
"See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;" Deuteronomy 30:15
Every person who is born into this life must choose between the strait gate which leads to life or the wide gate which leads to damnation and destruction. Many have chosen the wide gate of the world. As Jesus related, only a few will find the narrow, close gate which leads to life.
As Christ Jesus looked through the gate, He looked at the door, and realized the words written of Himself:
"I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, He shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." John 10:9
We enter into the Holy Place by the door. When the priests entered into the Holy Place, they were anointed, and had to change their clothes to linen garments. Linen is the symbol of righteousness. Linen produces no sweat. Those who enter in at the Door have ceased from their own labor. By Jesus' words we know if we are to be saved, we must have the Holy Spirit anointing, and be clothed with our robes of righteousness. Paul proclaimed to the church at Rome:
"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." Romans 8:9
If any man does not have the Spirit of Christ (the Anointing), he is none of His. Today the organized church teaches that you receive the Holy Spirit when you believe and ask forgiveness of sin. This has hoodwinked many, and because of this they go no further in their walk with God. When Paul came to Ephesus, he asked the disciples he met:
". . . have ye received the Holy Ghost SINCE ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost." Acts 19:2
Have you received the Holy Ghost SINCE you believed? Paul knew by the words of Jesus you must ask for the Holy Ghost anointing. When Jesus was speaking to His disciples, He related, "If a son ask his father for bread would he give him a stone? Or if he ask for fish, would he give him a serpent or an egg, a scorpion?" Then He related:
"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?" Luke 11:13
If we are to enter into the Holy Place, then we must ask for the anointing, and be clothed in righteousness. It must be our whole and total desire to follow in His steps when we ask for the Holy Spirit anointing in our lives. Jesus stated:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber." John 10:1
Again, Jesus stated He is the only way to the Father. Anyone who tries to attain access by any other way is a thief and robber. The door is the only entrance into the sheepfold. The sheepfold is where God's sheep reside. The sheepfold is not in the Outer Court. All who remain in the Outer Court are none of His. We must enter through the door into the Holy Place to become part of His flock. The Holy Place is where the Holy Spirit is given access to our lives, to change us into His image and likeness.
When Christ Jesus looked back through the gate and the door, He viewed the veil, and knew He must tear this veil so man could again enter into His presence to walk and talk with Him on a personal basis. The veil was made of fine, twined linen. Some believe it was four inches thick, and could not be torn in any way. At Jesus' death, it was ripped from top to bottom. The veil was fifteen feet high. God had to tear the veil, because it was torn from the top.
Jesus' birth into this world was as any other man's birth born of woman. His years on earth were overcoming years. It was necessary for Him to overcome the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and every pride of life like every other man who will enter into His Kingdom. Paul related to the church at Rome concerning the birth of Jesus:
"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:" Romans 8:3
Jesus was born in the likeness of sinful flesh, or His flesh was the same as every other man's who ever lived. Paul is not saying there was sin in Jesus' life. What he is saying is Jesus had the same flesh as every other innocent child born unto woman. As Paul related to the Hebrews:
"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Hebrews 4:15
Jesus knew temptation, but He overcame all temptation. He did not allow His temptations to become sin. He is touched by our infirmities, because He knows the cause of our infirmities. The cause of our infirmities is sin. He condemned sin in our flesh, but man has yet to walk into perfect health because they have yet to overcome their sin nature. We cannot overcome our sin nature until we walk totally in His steps.
The question arises, "How, then, do we walk in the steps of Jesus?" Paul gave us a glimpse into this process in his letter to the church at Philippi:
"But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Philippians 2:7-8
Again, Paul recognized that Jesus was made in the likeness of every other man, but He took upon Himself to become a servant. He humbled Himself and washed the feet of those who called Him Master. He wept at the loss of a friend. He took time to heal the blind and those who were held in satan's bondage, yet He made Himself of no reputation. He did not draw attention to Himself, but pointed all attention to the one who sent Him. When He healed someone or broke the bondage of satan in someone's life, His words were, "Don't tell anyone."
When it came time for Him to go to the cross, His flesh cried out, "Father, Is there no other way?" But His Spirit replied, "Not My will, but Thine!" He was totally obedient to the Father's voice and His will.
As we view the life of Christ and compare His life with those who call themselves Christians, we find there is no comparison. The prophet Ezekiel gave us insight into the day in which we live when he disclosed:
"Her priests have violated My law, and have profaned Mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed the difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them." Ezekiel 22:26
We can apply this to the church system and say her priests (preachers) have violated God's law. They put no difference between the holy and the profane (the things of God and the things of the world). We must know if we are to follow in His steps, we must come out of the world, and go through the gate. We are admonished by Paul:
"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you," II Corinthians 6:17
The unclean things are the same profane things spoken of by the prophet Ezekiel. When we come through the gate we must leave all the world outside. Jesus came out the gate to bring us through the Strait Gate unto the Brazen Altar. At the Brazen Altar we are to lay down our lives and live the life Christ has given us. As Paul wrote to the church at Rome:
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1
Laying down our self-life is only our reasonable service to our God if we desire to follow in His steps. This all men must do, this all women must do, and all children must do the same.
God gave instructions to the men to come out of the world. By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:
"Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?" I Corinthians 11:14
If God inspired Paul to inform the church at Corinth it was a shame for men to have long hair, it is just as shameful before God for men to have long hair today. The word shame means "dishonourable and disgrace." Being in the image of God, man should not look like a woman. We are informed in the book of Judges:
"And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.)" Judges 8:24
It is common today to see men, not only with long hair, but also with earrings. God considers men who wear earrings to be Ishmaelites. Ishmael was the son born to Hagar, Abraham's concubine, an Egyptian woman. Egypt Is a type of the world, or Ishmael was born of a worldly woman. Earrings and long hair are signs of someone who has not come out of the world, yet long hair and earrings on men are acceptable in most churches today. God gave another commandment to both men and women:
"Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord." Leviticus 19:28
God's people are not to print any marks upon their skin. He was referring to tattoos. Today more women are getting tattoos than men. When God commanded His people not to print any marks upon their skin, this includes face and body painting. Yet this is practiced by many groups who call themselves Christian. We cannot follow in Christ's steps and violate His Word and His commandments.
God has given us many insights to what His godly women are to be like. In his first letter to Timothy, Paul declared:
"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;" I Timothy 2:9
Paul admonished the women to adorn themselves in modest dress and shamefacedness. The word shamefacedness means "modesty, bashfulness, and reverence." In other words, women are not to dress to flout their sex, or to gain the attention of men. Paul also stated women were not to have broidered hair or wear their hair in a seductive way, again to flout their sex to be alluring to men. Paul continues " . . . women were not to wear gold, pearls, or costly array. . ." yet the church has become a dress up parade to show off fancy dress and costly jewelry.
All things, as Jesus informed, must be done decently and in order. Anything else alters our steps, and we will miss the mark of the high calling Christ has in our lives. Peter also addressed what God's women are to be:
"Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the Word, they also may without the Word be won by the conversation of the wives." I Peter 3:1
Wives are to be submitted to their husbands. A wife who is not submitted to her husband is not following God's most holy commandment for the home. Peter continues his address to women:
"Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands." I Peter 3:3-5
Again, as Paul, Peter instructs the women in their dress and the way they fix their hair. As Peter proclaimed, a meek and quiet spirit is of great price in the sight of God. Women are to take the ancient women as their examples. They should recall that Sarah called Abraham, "Lord!"
God has not changed His mind as to what holy women should be. When the women come to the Brazen Altar, they must allow the old man nature to die, and leave all the world outside the gate. God has given us insight as to what the worldly women can expect when His judgments are in the earth:
"In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, The chains and the bracelets, and the mufflers, The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, The rings, and nose jewels, The changeable suits of apparel, and the mantles, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the vails. And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty." Isaiah 3:18-24
All the things that make them beautiful in the sight of the world make them an abomination in the sight of God. What makes them beautiful in the sight of God is modest apparel and a meek and quiet spirit. The women never wore rings in their noses. Now they wear them in their noses, tongues, and even in their eyebrows.
God's judgment is sure, and as He has promised, He will replace their perfume with stink --- instead of a tailored look, tattered clothes --- instead of fancy hairdos, baldness --- instead of expensive clothing, the wearing of sackcloth, the cheapest, most inexpensive cloth, just to cover their nakedness. Their beauty will be the least important thing to them in the day of God's judgment.
Today women's whole desire is to take the place of the man, and sadly to say, most men have allowed them to do this. As Paul related to the church at Corinth:
"But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." I Corinthians 11:3
The head of the woman is man. This is man's God-given position, and God expects him to be the head of the woman. The Women's Liberation Movement and all their wrath cannot change their created place in God.
"For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man." I Corinthians 11:7
Only man (the male) was created in the glory of God. The woman is to be the glory of the man.
"For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man." I Corinthians 11:8-9
The woman was created to be a helpmate to the man. God has not changed His mind on this. If we are to follow in His footprints, and return to our created place in Him, then we must become what He created us to be. This goes for men, as well as women. No matter what the world does or thinks, we must become what God's Word says we are to be.
If we are to follow in Christ's steps, then we must follow Him to the Laver to be baptized. Baptism is a necessary part of our growth in Christ. Jesus was given us as an example. Even though their was no sin in His life, He came to John to be baptized:
"But John forbad Him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest Thou to me?" Matthew 3:14
John's baptism was the baptism of repentance. John knew Jesus had nothing in His life to repent of, so baptism for Jesus was not necessary. But we learn by the words of Jesus:
"And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered Him. And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him:" Matthew 3:15-16
It was up to the Baptizer as well as the one being baptized to fulfill all righteousness. There can be no righteousness in God without the Holy Spirit in our lives.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, the Spiritual realm was opened, and the Spirit came upon Him as a dove. As our example, it was necessary for Jesus to be baptized to show us the steps needed to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit in our life. Peter proclaimed on the Day of Pentecost:
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38
When we repent and are baptized, then we are promised the gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As stated before, this is not automatic. We must ask and seek God for it. The baptism of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost is not the same baptism Jesus received on the banks of the Jordan. The Holy Ghost came on the Day of Pentecost as cloven tongues of fire. The baptism Jesus received on the banks of the Jordan came as a dove. The cloven tongues of fire is the cleansing baptism to cleanse us to receive the future baptism of the dove (peace). The dove baptism is the double portion outpouring yet to come upon God's elect.
When we are baptized and ask for and receive the Holy Spirit anointing, we enter into the Holy Place, the sheepfold. Paul declared to the church at Rome:
"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." Romans 8:9
If the Spirit of God is not working and cleansing our lives, then we are still in the flesh. As the Word declares, no flesh will enter into His presence. As Paul proclaimed, "If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, He is none of His." Many are good, moral, and upright in the flesh, but by the Word we know only those who have the Spirit of Christ are His.
When we follow Christ's steps through the door, we come to the candlestick. The candlestick represents the true church. Jesus revealed the mystery of the candlestick to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in My right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches." Revelation 1:20
The angels of the church are God's ordained leadership. The candlesticks are the seven churches. God has ordained many men to do the work of His ministry, yet they have turned God's work into their own works. They have abandoned God's Kingdom to build their own. Jesus warned these backslidden workers:
"Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." Revelation 2:5
When God removes the candlestick, these mega churches only become works of the flesh with no anointing, no outreach, and no glory. When we lose step with God our works are shallow, and produce nothing but bondage and self-esteem.
As we follow in Christ's steps, we come to the Table of Shewbread. The Table of Shewbread displays twelve loaves of bread. Jesus is, and was the bread of life. Twelve also refers to God's perfect government. Jesus had twelve disciples. There were twelve sons of Jacob who became the twelve tribes of Israel. Paul revealed God's perfect government when he related to the church at Ephesus:
"Wherefore He saith, when He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men." Ephesians 4:8
When Jesus ascended off the earth, He gave gifts to men, not women. The gifts He gave to men are the gifts of government.
"And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;" Ephesians 4:11
He gave the gift of apostleship to men. He gave the gift of prophets to men. He also gave the gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers to men. Some today would have us believe God has changed His mind. There are many women who claim these positions. By the Word we can only declare, they may claim the position, but they are not gifts from God. Why did God place these positions in the church?
"For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." Ephesians 4:12
It is the leadership's job to perfect the saints to bring them into maturity, completeness, and wholeness in the sight of God. Yet many churches only give the people milk. Milk is for babies. Paul proclaimed to the Hebrews:
"For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the Word of righteousness: for he is a babe." Hebrews 5:13
As long as God's people are kept on milk they will never grow into adulthood in the sight of God. The unskilled in the Word will never produce life in themselves or anyone else. How long should the leadership minister to the people?
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." Ephesians 4:13
Those who are kept on milk will never come to the fullness and stature of Christ. Therefore they will never be acceptable in God's Kingdom. This work must be completed in the Holy Place before we can pass through the veil.
As we follow in Christ's steps in the Holy Place, we come to the Altar of Incense, or the Altar of Praise and Worship. Before the High Priest could enter into the Holy of Holies, he was to burn incense on the Golden Altar, then he was to take the Golden Altar into the Holy of Holies, and the smoke of the incense would cover the Mercy Seat.
This is the picture God has given us as to how we are to enter into His presence. Worship and praise must be an intrigal part of our every day lives, not just on Sunday morning. When worship and praise becomes the main focus of our lives, we will worship and praise our God even in our sleep.
Man has become so caught up in this life with all its surpluses, we no longer even bow our heads and thank God for our food, or anything else. This nation has so taken God for granted, the only time they think of God is during a disaster or hard times. This complacency has moved God's hand to judgment. If we are to keep God's judgment away from our door, we need to heed Paul's words to the Hebrews:
"By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name." Hebrews 13:15
By praising God continually, then our sacrifices will be acceptable in His sight, and we can follow His steps through the veil into His very presence. Again Paul informed the Hebrews:
"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh;" Hebrews 10:19-20
We must enter into the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus. This is not His shed blood, but His sprinkled blood. Paul explains:
"Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." Hebrews 10:22
Our hearts (mind, conscience) must be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus. When blood is sprinkled, it is applied Spiritually to our lives for a constant cleansing, and our bodies are to be washed (cleansed) completely with the pure water of the Word of God. This is the new and living way He has consecrated for us to enter through the veil which is His flesh. [see "Ashes of the Red Heifer" by George Kirkpatrick]
Most still worship Jesus as the man who walked the earth, the Good Shepherd, but we are to go beyond His fleshly existence and worship Him for who He is today, as Christ Jesus, the risen, glorified Christ. Christ Jesus has been given all power, all authority, and all glory. He has taken His place again as the Father of Lights, the Creator, the Ever-living One.
We need to know Christ Jesus is standing at the veil waiting to welcome us into His presence, so He can once again walk and talk face to face with His creation. The beloved John informed us what we must be to enter His presence:
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." I John 3:2
John asked the question, "Now are we the sons of God?" Then he states, ". . .it doth not appear what we shall be . . ." This confirms the words of Paul as he quoted from Job:
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things God hath prepared for them that love Him." I Corinthians 2:9
Man cannot conceive what God has planned for those who love Him. John continues, ". . . but we know when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." We may ask, "How will we see Him?" We know God is Spirit. We will never see Him in the flesh, or we will only see Him with our Spiritual eyes.
Paul spoke of a change that is coming to His body:
"Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption." I Corinthians 15:50
Flesh and blood cannot inherit or enter into the Kingdom of God. We must be changed. Paul informs us:
"And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." I Corinthians 15:49
We have born the image of Jesus' earthly or fleshly body. Now we are going to bear the image of His heavenly, or Spiritual body. Jesus was referring to the body He walked the earth in for forty days after His resurrection. He spoke to His disciples:
"Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself: handle Me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have." Luke 24:39
The body Jesus had at this time was a body of flesh and bones. There was no blood in His body. This is the same change that must come upon us if we are to be like Him. Paul continued in his letter to the Corinthians:
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." I Corinthians 15:51 and 52
This change takes place in the twinkling of an eye, when our corruptible body (one that will rot) will put on incorruption, and this mortal body (one that will die) will put on immortality. This is the eternal life God has promised from the beginning --- a body whose life is not in the blood. Then what will flow through our veins? Pure light! The Life and Light of God!
Yes, Christ Jesus is standing at the torn veil to welcome all who have this vision and this hope in Him. He wants to escort His elect into the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, where He will sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and all the saints and prophets of all time. But we have God's warning:
"But the children of the Kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 8:12
The children of the Kingdom are those who are still partaking of the milk. They are unskilled in the word of righteousness. These will be cast into the wrath of God. Truly, God's Word is true when it states:
"Where there is no vision, the people perish . . ." Proverbs 29:18
God's desire is that all return to their created place in Him so that none should perish, but we know many have forsaken the way of God to walk in the ways of the world. God would say to His men,
Become the head of your household!
Be as Joshua who said,
"As for me and my household, we will serve God."
Be the example to your wife and children of what a godly man should be.
Isaiah gave us one of the signs we are to look for at the end of the age:
"As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O My people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths." Isaiah 3:12
Who is running many Christian homes? It's the wife, and the children have the upper hand. Even in the church, women have the preeminence, because those who are called of God would rather submit than face the women's wrath. Men have become subject to women pastors, women elders, women deacons --- all of which are contrary to God's Word.
By Isaiah's words we know when women lead, it causes error and "destroys the way of thy path", or we cannot walk in His ways while following women or allowing children to oppress us. In public school, the children are taught, "Girls Rule!" What a travesty of God's Word.
Men, assume your rightful place in the home, and remember you cannot follow in God's path with your wife and children leading the way.
God would say to the women, "Become the example you want your daughters to be. Become the example to your sons of the kind of wife you would want him to marry."
Peter gave the husband and wife insight as to what a godly home should be:
"Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered." I Peter 3:7
Wives are to lift their husbands up into the headship of the home, because they are joint heirs together. If the home is not in order, the children will also not be in order. When they get married, they will run their home as the example they were raised with.
There can be no compromise of God's Word when we are raising our children. Compromise is satan's tool. When we, as parents, compromise our children's dress to look like the world or listen to the music of the world or view worldly shows in movie houses or on television, we are rubber stamping our approval of them becoming like the world. When we compromise our children's activities, we fall headlong into satan's trap. It is the parent's responsibility to see their children know and follow God's Word, or they will never walk in His steps.
To the children God would say,
"Children, obey your parents inthe Lord: for this is right." Ephesians 6:1
God chose your parents. You may not always agree with them, but by God's Word we know if we want to be right in the sight of God, then we must obey our parents. Paul admonished the children at Colossi:
"Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord." Colossians 3:20
No child can be pleasing in God's sight when they are disobedient to their parents. You cannot walk in God's path when your eyes are upon the world. You cannot walk in God's path when you are following the worldly children.
When the blind lead the blind (those without Spiritual sight), then both fall into the ditch. The men, the women, and the children who do not follow in Christ's steps will be judged with the world.
All need to remember the words of Joshua,
"Choose you this day whom ye will serve." Joshua 24:15
Christ has shown us the way we should go if we are to enter into His presence and claim our created place in Him. We are to know we must follow in His steps to claim our inheritance as the sons, daughters, and children of God.
Related Books by George Kirkpatrick
Order In His Courts
Set A Standard in the Land
The following is an outline of the contents of this book
for Further Discussion
The Keys That Unlock the Mysteries of the Kingdom
The Great I Am
Christ Jesus, the Pre-existent Christ
Christ Jesus, the Father of Glory
Christ Jesus, the Risen, Glorified One
The Tabernacle in the Wilderness
The Mercy Seat
The Candlestick and Its Six Branches
The Veil, The Door, and The Gate
Linen Garments, Our Robe of Righteousness
Overcoming Our Sin Nature
Totally Obedient to the Father's Will
Long Hair, Earrings, and Marking the Body
The Head of the Woman
The Head of the Man
Progressive Growth: Salvation, Water Baptism,
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The Cleansing Baptism and Future Baptism of Peace
The Shed Blood and the Sprinkled Blood
A Body Of Flesh and Bone
1. Define the following terms:
Christ Ekklesia Epakoloutheo consist propitiation
strait shame shamefacedness
2. Who was given the keys to the Kingdom? What are these keys used for in God's Word?
3. Who declared Himself to be the "Great I Am", John 8:58
4. Who is the Word that was in the beginning and was God?
5. Where is Christ Jesus today?
6. Who is the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies? Who dwells above the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies?
7. Who was the voice that spoke to Jesus and said, "This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased"?
8. There are two gates set before all God's creation: the gate and the gate.. One leads to and the other leads to.
9. What teaching in the organized church system today has hoodwinked many to cause them to go no further than initial salvation?
10. In what area of the tabernacle is the sheepfold?
11. What are three things that are a shame for men to have today?
12. The cloven tongues of fire is the To cleanse us to receive the future baptism of.
13. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. Now if any have not the Spirit of Christ, he is .
14. What is the job of the God's leadership in the church? Ephesians 4:11-12
15. What is the difference between the shed blood of Jesus and the sprinkled blood?
16. Most still worship Jesus as the man who walked the earth, but we are to go beyond His fleshly existence to what?
17. Who are the children of the Kingdom?
18. Who is running many Christian homes?
19. If the home is not in order, the will also not be in order.
20. Christ has shown us the way we should go if we are to enter into His presence and claim our created place in Him. Are you ready to follow in His steps?
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