Show The House To The House
by George Kirkpatrick 

Vital Words to the Body of Christ 
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give

As we read the prophetic books of the Old Testament, we often do not realize what these men had to go through to bring us the valuable lessons we need in our lives today. Their dedication to God's voice would put many modern day prophets to shame. Many of these prophets were ordinary men God used in an extra-ordinary way. Most of these men had little to no understanding of what they wrote, because it was not meant for the day in which they lived. Much of what they wrote would not be understood for many generations. But these men were faithful to their calling in God, and it cost some of them their lives.

Isaiah was sewn in a pig's skin and then sawed in half. Ezekiel was required to lay on his left side for three hundred and ninety days. Then he was to lay on his right side for forty more days; or he was to lay for four hundred and thirty days. How many modern day prophets would be that obedient to God's voice? When Daniel was given a vision he did not understand, he declared:

"And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it." Daniel 8:27

The vision Daniel saw made him sick for days.

The prophet Amos was a simple herdsman, which only proves God can use anyone who is available to Him. As a wise man once spoke: "God does not use our ability, He uses our availability!"

The prophet Ezekiel gave us much insight as to who we are to be in God. God took him to the valley of dry bones to show us the coming together of both houses of Israel (natural or ancient Israel) and (modern or Spiritual Israel). God also spoke to Ezekiel:

"Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern." Ezekiel 43:10

When we think of a house, it could be a shack where a share cropper might live; or it could be a palace where kings and princes live. A house can be any size or shape. It can be expensive or built out of scrap. A house is where a family lives. You could say a house is made up of those who live in the same household.

Ezekiel was to show the house to the house of Israel so that they would see the shame of their iniquities. The word iniquities means "perverseness, or to be obstinate, stubborn, and to turn away from the right way, to err willingly." This is true, both of natural and Spiritual Israel (the church).

Then Ezekiel states, "Let them measure the pattern." Who is the pattern we are to be measured by? There is only one pattern we can be measured by, and that is by the one who is the head of the house. First we must recognize who the house is that Ezekiel was to show to the house of Israel. Paul begins to bring understanding to the words of Ezekiel:

"For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God." Ephesians 2:18-19

So, the house Ezekiel was to show to the house of Israel are the saints that make up the body of Christ. These saints are fellowcitizens of the household of God.

Ezekiel was told to show this household to the house of Israel. So what is the house that is going to be shown to the house of Israel? It is those who will make up the Kingdom of God? Jesus related:

"In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." John 14:2

In the Father's house there are many mansions. Most teach these mansions are grand palaces where God's saints are going to dwell for all eternity in the lap of luxury. This was not the message Jesus was giving His disciples, or to us. The word mansions is the Greek word MONE and should have been translated "abode or dwelling place." What Jesus stated was, "In My Father's house are many abodes or dwelling places." Jesus stated He went to prepare a place for us:

"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:3

Jesus went to prepare a place for us. Then He stated, "I will come again and receive you unto Myself." All are looking for the return of Jesus. Many believe Jesus is coming to whisk them away before any tribulation (God's judgment) falls upon the earth through a so-called rapture. But look closely at what Jesus said: "I will come again and receive you unto Myself, that where I am ye may be also." We should notice He said nothing about returning anywhere. So when He comes, He is going to remain, and receive His people unto Himself. So what is the place Jesus went away to prepare for us? He revealed this place to John on the Isle of Patmos:

"And I John saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." Revelation 21:2

Notice, the Holy City is coming down from God out of heaven. Let's look at a description of the Holy City:

"And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass." Revelation 21:21

So, the Holy City has twelve gates of pearls. These are the pearly gates - - - and the streets are pure gold. This is how most describe heaven, their eternal hope. But as Jesus showed John, the Holy City is coming down from God out of heaven. So those whose only hope in God is going to heaven to live in some grandiose house should know that when they get there, the Holy City is not there, the pearly gates are not there, the streets of gold are not there because they have come down to earth. Those who depend on their fleshly, physical mansions will have missed it. Jesus continues to show John:

"And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God." Revelation 21:3

The tabernacle (dwelling place) therefore is going to be with men, and God is going to dwell with them here on planet earth. The earth is where God created man to dwell. As John recorded Jesus' words:

"And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14:3

Jesus promised He would tabernacle (or dwell) with man. Where is that going to be? It is going to be here on planet earth. As He stated, ". . . and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God, Revelation 21:3.

Jesus continued His revelation to John:

". . . Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And He carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the Holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Revelation 21:9c & 10

Many want to be the Lamb's wife (the bride of Christ), but they fail to see the place (house) Jesus went to prepare. Looking again at the words of Ezekiel:

"Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern." Ezekiel 43:10

God told Ezekiel to show the house to the house of Israel so that they would be ashamed of their iniquities. Ezekiel continues his revelation to the house of Israel:

"And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them." Ezekiel 43:11

We are to compare the house to the house, and measure the pattern. When we measure ourselves with the pattern, we must be ashamed of what we have done and what we have become. By the anointing, Ezekiel declares:

". . . shew them the form (the design) of the house, and the fashion (arrangement and preparation) thereof. . ." Ezekiel 43:11

In other words, we must know what the house is to look like if we are to become the house. Ezekiel continues,

" . . . shew them the going out thereof and the coming in thereof."

If we are to come into the house(the Kingdom of God) we must know how to come in and go out. How are we to enter into the house, the Kingdom of God? Again we must look at the revelation Jesus gave John. Jesus related to John what to write to the church at Philadelphia:

"Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and He shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God: and I will write upon him My new name." Revelation 3:12

John's words were to the overcomers. These are those who have overcome the old man nature, the carnal mind, and have entered into His rest. If we do this, God has promised to make us pillars in His temple, and He says we will go no more out. God says He will write His name and the name of His city, New Jerusalem on the overcomers. When God writes His name on us, He claims us to be His prized possession. The overcomers are going to be the ones who make up His Holy City, New Jerusalem. God also promises to give the overcomer a new name, a name only he knows. Praise the Lord!

Ezekiel continues we must know, ". . . all the forms thereof. . ." We must know the design of the house if are to become part of His house. We are also to know His ordinances. His ordinances are His laws. The Word of God, the Bible, contains God's law to govern our lives by. Most believe the only laws God gave us were contained in the Mosaic Law, but the Mosaic law was done away in Christ, and is no longer in effect for the overcomers. Paul related to the church at Rome:

"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Romans 10:4

So, if the old law is done away in Christ, what law then are we to follow? Paul revealed this law to the Hebrews:

"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them." Hebrews 10:16

These are the laws of the conscience which God put in every man. Each man is given a conscience to know right and to know wrong, to know what is acceptable before God, and what is unacceptable to Him. Those who know and follow His Word are the ones who follow the law of righteousness. These will know the design of God's ordinances (His laws written in their hearts). James writes:

"If ye fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:" James 2:8

When we love our neighbor as ourselves, we fulfill God's royal law. His royal law is the whole Word of God.

Ezekiel continues:

". . . and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof . . ."

The word used for laws here means "the direction and instruction." This goes beyond simply knowing what the law says. This goes deep into our spirit. When we become overcomers, we do not keep the laws of God because we fear His judgment. We keep His laws because His law, the Bible, has become our life, our walk, our very being. His direction and instructions have become our way of life. We do not have to think about keeping His laws because we live the law.

God also informed Ezekiel:

". . . write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them." Ezekiel 43:11

God wants us to know what we must become if we are going to become His house. If we are to become His house, we must know the design of the house and the laws He governs His house by.

Looking again at the words of Ezekiel, he tells us to measure the pattern. The word measure means "rule by which anything is judged." The word pattern means "worthy to be copied or imitated." We need to recognize the Head of the house. As stated before, the house we are to see is the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom is the King's domain. It is the King's domain (house) we are to see. It is Jesus Christ we are to pattern and measure ourselves by.

From the beginning man had no way to relate to God, because God is Spirit, and after man sinned in the garden he became flesh. So God sent his only begotten Son, clothed in flesh, born of a woman, so we could see by His Son what we are to become in order to be pleasing to God the Father. Speaking of Jesus, Paul informed us:

"Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:" Philippians 2:6

As the Son, Jesus came in the form of God. He became the external appearance of God so man could relate to the Father. Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom, or the keys to the King's domain, informs 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

By Peter's words, we know we are to follow in Jesus' steps, or we are to become like our pattern who walked the earth. Paul informed us about our High Priest:

"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 was a man who had all the feelings and desires of any other young man who walked the earth. Yet none of these feelings, desires, or temptations caused Him to sin. Speaking to His disciples, He declared:

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Jesus overcame all the desires, the allurements, and temptations the world had to offer. He did this so He could become our High Priest and the pattern of His house. In doing this, He became ruler over His domain.

As we begin to recognize the house and the place Jesus has gone to prepare for us, then we need to take a closer look at the house itself. Most believe Jesus came to earth to save sinners. This is true. But why did He save sinners? It was so He could have a people - - - a body He could put His head on - - - or, He was to become the head of His own house, whose house we are. These are those who will make up His Kingdom and inhabit His Holy City, New Jerusalem. These are His bride who will reign with Him when the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ (anointed ones) Revelation 11:15.

Matthew recorded Jesus' words:

"But He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Matthew 15:24

Jesus was sent to the lost sheep of the house of ancient Israel, but this was not His whole house. John recorded a further statement Jesus made:

"And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice; and there shall be one fold, and one Shepherd." John 10:16

Jesus spoke of other sheep who are not of ancient Israel. This flock is made up of all those who hear His voice and become part of His one flock. These, too, are part of His one house which He will be the Shepherd of, or the head of. We can understand this as we view the words Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:

"Howbeit that was not first which is Spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is Spiritual." I Corinthians 15:46

Jesus came first to His natural flock (house), but He also had a Spiritual flock (house). John recorded:

"He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." John 1:11-12.

When He came to natural Israel, they did not receive Him. But His Spiritual house who hear, know, and are obedient to His voice are becoming His Spiritual house who will become His sons.

As we view Christ's Spiritual house, we are told in His Word many times, He has but one body, and that body is a many-membered body. Paul discloses this to the Corinthians:

"For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ." I Corinthians 12:12

There is only one body Christ is going to be the head of; and this body has many members. Most who call themselves Christians have tunnel vision. They can only see their denomination, their color, their nationality, or their own beliefs. But God's many-membered body is made up of every race, nationality, and color. Those of the black race will make up part of Christ's many-membered body. The same is true of the brown race, the yellow race, the white race, and those of the red race, or the native Americans. These, too, will be part of His many-membered body. We know this by the words of Jesus:

"And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." Matthew 24:14

The gospel of the Kingdom has been preached in all the world. Every nation on earth has received the gospel, and we are looking to the end of all things when Christ Jesus will return to become the head of His house. Paul wrote to the church at Rome:

"For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office; So we being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another." Romans 12:4-5

The body of Christ is no different from our body of flesh. As each member of our own body does not have the same function, so is the body of Christ. But as all our body parts work together, so will the body of Christ function together. Every member will be one of another, or no one part of the body of Christ will be more important than any other part. So how is the body to function: Paul explains this to the church of Ephesus:

"Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Ephesians 4:3-6

In this respect, the church system has failed to keep the unity of the Spirit. All one hears is, "We are the only ones. If you are not part of our denomination, then you are lost. We have the whole truth and the only truth." How deceived they have become! They need to learn God has other sheep that are not of their flock. We only have one hope in our calling, and that is to become part of His one body.

Most in the church system today are listening to their religious spirit, that says, "You are alright, you are the only ones." Well, these have a lesson coming they are not going to appreciate. We are coming into the time Peter revealed to all who would listen:

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" I Peter 4:17

God is going to judge their religious spirit, and then His judgment will continue to those who obey not the gospel of God.

Paul continues his revelation to the Ephesians:

"But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love." Ephesians 4:15-16

Christ is the head of His house. His body (His house) is to be fitly framed together into one household. His body is to be compacted, knit together in one mind, to where every joint supplieth. This is the Father's wish and desire. But what do we find in the body today? There is separation, confusion, and distrust. Doctrinal differences cut in stone have divided His house. Mark informs us:

"And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand." Mark 3:25

A divided house will be brought to nought. Looking again at the words of Peter:

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" I Peter 4:17

The time has come when God's judgment is on the house of God. God has shown us in His Word what He expects of His house. We need to ask ourselves, "What kind of judgment will be on those who do not obey the gospel of God?" Those who have brought separation and division in the body of Christ will suffer the severest judgment.

Paul continued his revelation to the church at Ephesus concerning the Father's house:

"In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:" Ephesians 2:21

Christ's fitly framed house is to grow into an holy temple. This is a Spiritual temple that will bring glory to the Father. Peter spoke of this Spiritual temple:

"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a Spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up Spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." I Peter 2:5

We are lively (living) stones, and we are to be built up a Spiritual house. This Spiritual house is God's holy temple. The holy temple is His holy priesthood who will no longer offer fleshly sacrifices. Our sacrifices must be of a Spiritual nature. These are the only sacrifices that are acceptable to the Lord.

These are those who will make up His Holy City. These are those who will bring God's Kingdom on the earth. Jesus gives us insight to those who will bring His Kingdom on the earth.

"And when He was demanded of the Pharisees, when the Kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:20-21

To understand this, we must look at what is called the Lord's prayer. One part of this prayer that is most misquoted is the part at the end which reads:

"Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:10

Most read this,

". . . Thy will be done on earth. . ."

But the Scriptures reads in earth. It is God's will that His will be done in the earth, our earth. God's Kingdom is to come first within us, within our innermost being. At Jesus' trial, He made the statement:

"Jesus answered, My Kingdom is not of this world: if My Kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My Kingdom not from hence." John 18:36

The Kingdom we are looking for is not a worldly Kingdom, but a Spiritual Kingdom. Before Jesus ascended off the earth, His apostles came to inquire of Him:

"When they therefore were come together, they asked of Him, saying, Lord, wilt Thou at this time restore again the Kingdom to Israel?" Acts 1:6

Jesus' apostles were looking for an earthly kingdom. The church system is still looking for the same thing. They are looking for Jesus to return to make everything alright. Then they will rule and reign with Him.

The kingdoms of this world are going to become the Kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ (His anointed ones). These are those who have the Kingdom within. These are those who are doing God's will in their earth. God must have a people who have the Kingdom in their earth (their mortal bodies) before He can bring His Kingdom on the earth. These are those, who through God's Word, are in the process of having Christ formed in their inner most being.

This Kingdom comes without observation, because it is not birthed at once, but as the mind changes from the things of the flesh to the things of the Spirit. Those who give themselves to the Word, and spend time with God will discover their thinking changes until they become the living Word. Praise the Lord! In his letter to the churches at Galatia, Paul wrote:

"My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you," Galatians 4:19

It is through the reading of God's Word and our time in prayer and communion that Christ will be formed in us. When this miracle happens, then we will become His Spiritual temple, His Spiritual house. Paul disclosed this revelation to the church at Corinth:

"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." I Corinthians 3:16-17

Those who are allowing the Spirit of God to be formed in their innermost being are becoming the temple of the living God (His house). Paul discloses, "If any man defile (corrupt) the temple of God, God will destroy that man." These are those who corrupt the Word of God with strange doctrines and bring doubt into the body of Christ.

There have been a rash of so-called, undiscovered books of the Bible and other heresies that have brought doubt to those who are not well-grounded in the Word of God. These are those who obey not the gospel, but have become distracters of the Word. God's judgments upon these will be sure. Paul spoke of this in his letter to the Colossians:

"And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God." Colossians 2:19

These detracters do not know the Head of the house. But, those who know their God are to be knit together. Those who know their God will continue to be increased with knowledge, wisdom, and understanding, so they may become part of the household of God.

Jesus declared He went to prepare a place for us. Then He continued His revelation:

"And then shall He send His angels, and shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven." Mark 13:27

Jesus will send His angels (ministers) and they will gather His elect from the four winds. The four winds represent every corner of the earth. As Jesus stated, ". . . the uttermost part of the earth and heaven."

The Scripture reveals He will gather His elect. He did not include His called, nor did He include His chosen in this gathering process - - - only His elect. The word elect means "His choice, His select, the excellent, the pre-eminent, the best of its kind."

The luke-warm, the half-hearted, and the unbelieving will not be gathered by the angels to make up God's house. God sent Jesus, His only begotten Son to show us what the house is to look like. It is through Jesus that we are shown what we, as His house, must become to be part of His house (His Kingdom), His holy temple that He is going to construct out of His living stones.

As God directed, ". . . show the house to the house . . .". Why did God tell us this? It is so that they might be ashamed of their iniquities.

When we recognize our iniquities, then we will seek God and demand God to change us so we can become part of the gathering of His saints when He comes to gather His precious fruit of the earth.

We must all take a look at our house (our earthly tabernacle) to see if we are worthy to be called the temple of God.

Ezekiel was told to show the house to the house, and we are to measure the pattern the house is to become. As we see the form the house is to be, we know it is God's desire for us to complete the house so He will have a place to set His head. When we understand this, we can then understand the words of Jesus:

"And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head." Luke 9:58

Jesus is looking for a body to lay His head on. His total desire is to have a people He can become the head of. We need to become that people, His household. Praise the Lord!

Vital Words to the Body of Christ 
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give