20. The Third Place of Knowing God
When we entered into the Salvation of Jesus, Salvation entered our spirits. When we entered into the Truth of the Holy Spirit, Truth entered our souls. What's left? Life – the Flesh. There you have it. The Veil. . . . that the LIFE of Jesus also may be UNVEILED in our mortal flesh.
20. The Third Place of Knowing God
[I write this as a second to my article, The Second Place of Knowing God. I hope to write in a similar tenor, a kind and gentle invitation. However, I write this time to those who know the Holy Place, who are comfortable with the gifts and ministry of the Holy Spirit, who have eaten of the Bread of Christ, and who have, at least, contemplated the Altar of Incense, the dealings of God by which hearts are made pure for His throne.]
Dear Brother and Sister,
There was a moment in your life when you received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Maybe you spoke in tongues as well and maybe not. Regardless, the Bible became a new and living book to you; suddenly what were before just “words on the page” leaped into your spirit as the Living Christ Himself. You are comfortable with the power and giftings of the Holy Spirit. You worship God in Spirit and in truth.
I want to talk first about this place inside of God in which you have lived for some time, the Second Place of Knowing God. Of truth, you have lived in a place of knowing God symbolized by a tent inside the dusty courtyard, that is the Tabernacle of Moses in the Wilderness, the house of God. You live in the Holy Place.
God gave Moses that Tabernacle so that we might know with all clarity the God in whom we live.
Many who first enter the Door into the Holy Place gravitate towards the Table of Showbread. I was certainly one of those. The Bible suddenly came alive for us in a way we had never before known. Verses leaped off the page and we saw the Living Lord Jesus Christ in new and incredible ways. Our hearts were so filled with joy as we understood that Christ Himself was alive inside of us. We read the words, “Christ in you the hope of glory,” and “You are complete in Him,” and our spirit showed us the meaning of those realities far beyond what our minds had ever previously told us.
Many others were drawn to the Lampstand, the gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit. I have been enriched fully for many years by the goodness of that Lampstand in the midst of the church. We prayed for healing, and people were healed. We prophesied, and others prophesied over us, and we knew the hand of God guiding our steps. We arose in great citadels of worship in the midst of the congregation. We danced before the Lord in joy.
Then, somewhere along the line, after we had become comfortable with the Living Word and the Power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we noticed a third piece of furniture in the Holy Place.
That third piece of furniture was the Altar of Incense.
God used different cues for each one of us that drew our attention to this “something more” in God's house. To some it was a word on being conformed to the image of Christ, or Christ being formed in us. To others it was a word of holiness and separation unto the Lord. Some felt a deep inner call to go on to know the Lord in ways we had not known Him before. Some heard a word on union with Christ; others a call to overcome. Whatever the means, God was the one calling to us to know Him in a way that would require a transformation on the inside of us.
We responded to that call and in doing so, found ourselves engaged with that third piece of furniture in the Holy Place, the Altar of Incense.
It's not that we left behind us the Word of truth made alive or the gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit, it's just that somehow, we knew those things were given to us for a purpose way beyond enjoying revelation or praying for healing or leading lost souls to Jesus. Those things remain important, but the Altar of Incense caught us at the place of God dealing deeply with our hearts. “Create in me a clean heart, Oh God,” became our cry, echoing David of long ago.
And in the Altar of Incense, God began to take us all apart. We thought we were drawing nearer to Him, instead we found ourselves flat on our face in difficulty, disappointment, and discouragement. Then the scourging hand of God moved, seemingly, against our every way.
But we clung to Him in spite of our confusion, because the call deep inside, beckoning us on to know the Living God, just did not stop.
I want to show you where that call originated, what it is that has been beckoning you forward.
To him who overcomes, I will give to eat of the tree of life in the midst of the Paradise of God. Revelation 2
Life, the full resurrection life of the Lord Jesus, without limitation or end, revealed in all fullness as your only and very life. When Christ who is our life shall appear, than we also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3
Jesus said two things in His last words to the disciples in the upper room, just before Gethsemane, to which I want to draw your attention.
In that day you shall know that I am in the Father and you in Me and I in you.
This is eternal life, to know the Father and to know Jesus Christ whom You have Sent.
These two statements of Jesus are the Tree of Life.
In front of your eyes, however, all you see is a dark veil. You yearn for life, but you can't quite see it. You reach for it, but life seems just beyond your reach. There is a veil that must be parted before you, also, can eat fully and freely of all that life is and means.
Yet we know the Veil was ripped wide open, we know that we may freely enter with boldness into the Holiest of All, why then, this block? What is this barrier that yet remains, keeping the full meaning of life just beyond reach?
Let's go back a bit. In the tabernacle of Moses in the wilderness, God placed three entrance points into three levels of experience with Him, three places of knowing God. First there was the gate into the outer court. Here is where you first entered into knowing God in an initial relationship. The first thing you saw when you entered that gate was the altar of sacrifice where the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ, was offered to take away your sins. You entered into the way that leads to life.
Second there was the door into the Holy Place. When you first heard of being baptized in the Holy Spirit, you sought God earnestly. At first, you could not see your way, the path into this deeper place of knowing God was not clear, yet you waited on God in faith. Suddenly, it seemed, the door opened wide and you entered into the joy of the Holy Spirit. New vistas in God opened before you and you have spent many years partaking of the good things of God in the Spirit. You entered into a knowing of the truth.
And third there is the veil into the Holy of Holies. By passing through that veil, you enter into all the fullness of knowing God as He really is. You enter into the fullness of life.
How did you enter the gate into your first experience with Jesus? You believed that the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross was sufficient to wash away your sin and to make you right with God. You entered by faith. At first you thought you had found Jesus. But as time went on you discovered that, no, Jesus Himself had found you wandering and lost and carried you in His arms through the gate into the knowledge of salvation, the first place of knowing God.
How did you enter the door into your second experience with Jesus? You believed that Jesus Himself is the One who immerses us into His Spirit. You trusted Him and you entered the Holy Place by faith. At first you thought you had found the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. But soon you realized that Jesus Himself had found you wandering aimlessly inside the outer court, longing for more, but not daring to trust God, and He had carried you in His arms through the door into the knowledge of truth outpoured, the second place of knowing God.
Now think about the difference in your own life before and after the moment you passed through the gate into knowing Jesus as Savior. Here is a person sitting in a room hearing some words spoken about Jesus and salvation. Let's place a dividing line right at the very moment they enter the gate into their own personal knowledge of salvation. Let's look first outwardly, before and after. Same chair, same person, same clothes, life goes on – except that a sense of peace begins to show upon the face. Then lets look inwardly, before and after. Black heart/white heart. Weighted down with sin/rejoicing in all freedom from sin. Without hope, without God/filled with hope, filled with God. A lost sinner/a found child of God. You get the picture.
Here's the point. If not much of this mighty transformation from death into life, from darkness into light is visible outwardly, how do we know anything happened?
In that moment our spirit came alive and we knew God, for the first time, with a new and living spirit. We knew.
That knowledge cannot be argued at anyone. It must be known and experienced personally.
That knowing is what Jesus meant when He said, “Eternal life is to know God.” It is NOT a knowing about. It is to know.
Next, think about the difference in your own life before and after the moment you passed through the door into knowing Jesus as Baptizer in the Holy Spirit. Let's place that same dividing line, before and after. Yes, outwardly the same room, same person, same clothes on either side of the line, yet the joy and light and peace are much more outwardly visible. Immersion into the Spirit shows itself quickly upon the body. But to a cynical observer, no. In the long run, not much difference outwardly.
But inwardly and in ongoing experience, what a difference we knew! And we knew that difference by the same knowing of the Spirit, the same knowing of God by which we knew that our sins were washed away and that God loved us.
The Bible came alive to us and we saw the Lord Jesus all through it in ways that we simply could not see before. The Spirit became known to us, speaking to us, guiding our way, keeping us. We knew the realms of spirit, whereas before we did not know such a thing.
Now, here's the thing to consider. After we knew there was so much more in God than we had known before, we turned to our friends to share with them the good things we had found. How did many of them react? When we told them there existed things inside of knowing God that they had not yet experienced, that they did not know, many became offended and went a separate way. They could not see what they did not see, and they could not know what they did not know. And, somehow, to know God in ways that others do not know Him seems to be highly offensive. How that is, I'm not quite sure; God is so very good.
In other words, it is so important for us to understand – just before we passed through the gate into knowing Jesus as Savior, we were drawn close, yes, but we had zero knowledge of what was waiting for us on the other side of that gate. We were ignorant and we were blind. We did not know and we could not see. Then, just before we passed through the door into knowing Jesus as Baptizer, we were drawn close, yes, but we had zero knowledge of what was waiting for us on the other side of that door inside the Holy Place. We were ignorant and we were blind. We did not know and we could not see.
Let's take this same principle of reality that we find in passing through the gate into the outer court, in passing through the door into the Holy Place, and apply it now to passing through the Veil into the Holy of Holies.
Think this for a moment, “I am drawn to eat of Life, to enter boldly into the Holiest of All and there live in the presence of the Living God. Yet, somehow, there seems to be a veil, a blockage. Life seems to be just beyond my reach. I am drawn to Life, but I cannot see it, I am blind. I am drawn to Life, though I do not know it, I am ignorant.
Here is a secret. Only the blind will walk through that Veil, those who think they can see will never enter in. Only the ignorant will enter the Holiest of All, those who think they know will never live in such a place.
To say, to know, “I am blind and I am ignorant. I do not see and I do not know,” is the first requirement to entering into life.
The blind look to one who can see to guide them, the ignorant look to one who knows to teach them.
And instantly you stop in your tracks. “Wait a minute.” For every good teacher, for every good guide there are ten thousand shysters and mountebanks all jumping up and down shouting, “Pick me, pick me. I'm the one who can see; I'm the one who knows.”
It is right to fear deception; it is wrong to let the fear of deception keep you from entering into Life. Were you not deceived about the things of God before you entered the Gate, and did not entering the Gate into Jesus as Savior open your eyes to see and your heart to know? And was not the same thing true as you entered the Door into Jesus as Baptizer?
So it is true now.
But the last thing in the world I want you to do is to “trust me.” My only interest in the matter is, if you will read on, to take your hand and the hand of the Lord Jesus, your Savior, the One whom you love, and place them together. He is the One who can see; He is the One who knows. Once I have done my bit, pay me no more mind. All I care about is you and Jesus in joy together.
There is one large difference between entering the Gate and the Door versus entering into Jesus as Life through the Veil. When you entered the Gate and the Door, Jesus carried you through, even though you did not know Him and you did not see Him. The Veil is different.
You will pass through the Veil ONLY BECAUSE you see Jesus carrying you through, KNOWING that otherwise, you are blind, and BECAUSE you know that Jesus is your very and only life, KNOWING that otherwise you are ignorant.
Before you did not see or know Jesus carrying you, even though He did. Now, you must trade all other “seeing” and all other “knowing” and SEE and KNOW Jesus carrying you in all ways and through all things. AND to see nothing else and to know nothing else.
What is the Veil?
Take a good, cold, hard look at your flesh. Look down now, spread your palms before you and look at your flesh. Next time you get up in the middle of the night, go straight to the mirror, turn the light on, and get a good, hard look at that fleshy human face looking back at you.
The flesh. You know your flesh. You know its weaknesses, it's stumbling, it's conniving. It trips you up and pulls you down. You know it well, having lived utterly inside it lo these many years.
The flesh. The Veil is that body of flesh in which you live your life. It is the very thing keeping you out of the Presence of God, away from the joy of eating, eating, eating, of the tree of life.
What will you do with your flesh? That is the million dollar question facing every single believer whose heart is drawn to Life in the Presence of God.
You have drawn close to Life, before the Veil, where are you in God's Tabernacle? You are in the Altar of Incense. This Altar, as experienced in our lives, is designed by God to take us all apart. Here is the first part of the Altar of Incense in the New Testament.
“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” Hebrews 12:5-6
God has two “servants” in His hand who come to us, there in that very moment when we respond to the call of Life in the Presence of the Holy and find ourselves blocked by the Veil. That very moment when the fire of the Altar of Incense first burns our flesh.
Those two came to Adam, they came to Jesus, they come to us.
The first is the highest pinnacle of God's creation in the heavenly side of the universe, now appearing as a serpent, the most subtle, crafty, and knowing psychologist of all created beings. He knows how to lie and to trick you with the very lies you are most prone to fall for. You know him primarily as “Christian theology.” (And yes, Jesus did say exactly that lies would grow in His church side by side with truth and that He would not pull them out. Christian theology, lies and truth woven in all ways together, both looking the same.)
The second is the highest pinnacle of God's creation on the earth side of the universe, now appearing as a prostitute, yet still lovely beyond all comprehension, the very Bride of Christ. You know her primarily as “preachers of the gospel,” though she also comes through fellow believers who have imbibed the preaching of preachers. (And yes, Jesus did say that you live inside a prostitute and that you must turn your back on her in order to eat of Life.)
Please bear with me; I'm not trying to trick you, but only to show you Jesus, your Savior, the One who is your Life.
You see, passing through the Veil into the Holiest of All does have some differences from entering the Gate into Salvation. When you entered the Gate into Salvation, the first thing you saw was the Altar of Sacrifice, the Lord Jesus, His Blood, His death upon the cross. And by that Sacrifice you were made clean. You were an enemy of God, when Jesus found you, lifted you up and carried you through. He did not care that you were an enemy because He knew that the Altar of Sacrifice would make you His friend.
But the moment you enter the Veil into the Holy Presence of God, you find yourself seated upon the throne of God with all the authority of God Himself moving through you – Life always results in Glory. But that's not what draws us. What we really want is to know God. And that means Heart.
You were an enemy when Jesus carried you through the Gate into Salvation, but not now. No, for you see, if your heart is unclean, if it is divided, you can never enter into the Heart of God. God will not let you; His Heart is just too personal for Him to allow anything but Love to enter into it.
The Veil is flesh; you must overcome the flesh.
And in that moment, Jesus seems to withdraw into the background, and instead of seeing Him, all you can see is the serpent and the harlot. All you can hear are their words.
What is it that the serpent says about the flesh? And remember, he always uses Bible verses to lie. He just gets you not to see Jesus.
“The veil, the thing that you must pass through to enter into life, is the death of the physical body. As long as you are living in this body of flesh upon this earth, you can never know God, you can never see Jesus as He really is (don't even think about being just like Him). No. Your physical body must die first, and then, when you “go to” heaven, then you will know eternal life, then you will live in the Holy Presence of God. But not here and not now. Not on this earth!”
This lie is so woven all through “Christian theology” that it seems that pulling it out MUST pull out the truth as well! We do pull out the lie, all the while keeping the truth. And what is the truth? What God actually says about Christ and about us in the New Testament utterly divorced from what He does not say.
God gave only one definition of “eternal life” in the Bible. We read it above.
This is eternal life, to know the Father and to know Jesus Christ whom You have Sent.
Let's add one word God also says to this word. Today is the Day of Salvation.
Nowhere in the Bible does God ever say that salvation or “eternal life” means “going to” heaven after your physical body dies, after you “lose your flesh.” To know the truth we must stay only with what God actually says. We dare not “know” anything else.
And then, inside the fires of the Incense burning upon the Altar, two other things God does say come creeping into the edges of our hearts.
. . . that the LIFE of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 2 Corinthians 4:11
But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give LIFE to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11
And somehow, we don't really know how, what God actually says just does not jive with the arguments of the serpent, no matter how familiar those arguments are to us.
Then we hear the preachers.
It seems that the most powerful preachers on earth are those standing just before the Veil, seeming to beckon us on into Life. We are convinced by their words.
“The veil, the thing that you must pass through to enter into life, is to get your flesh completely under control, to bring it into “submission to Jesus.” You must “die to your self.” You must stop sinning. You have a carnal mind; your heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. The only way to enter through the veil is to hear all that God speaks and to do only what He says and nothing else. You must be completely obedient. Now, you never will, no, but you MUST try your best. Once you have tried your best to do something you can never do, try your best to get sin completely under control, to stop sinning, to do all that God says, then we will fall back on the words of the serpent, knowing that even yet, you will never know Life, you will never live in the Presence of God, until your physical body dies and you have no more flesh.”
And so, all through Christian thinking and talking, passing through the Veil MEANS the death of the physical body, this body of flesh, so that the thing keeping us from eating of life as it really is, the thing keeping us from seeing Jesus as He really is and being just like Him, the thing keeping us from knowing God and living utterly in His Presence, will be gone and then we will see and then we will know.
They are lying.
They are saying what God Himself never ever says, even though they use ideas they find in the Bible from which to speak.
The only way you will pass through that Veil into all the knowing of God, into Life, into the Presence of the Holy, to live there alone, never ever departing, is to close your ears to those lies, to turn your back to them, and to look to Jesus alone.
Here is the center point of the Lie.
Here is the word God does say that takes us through the Veil, that takes us into LIFE itself in the Presence of a God for us to KNOW. I call it the sixth most important “verse” in the Bible.
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, andhaving a High Priest over the house of God, 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. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:19-23
Did you catch that? Did you see the center point of the Lie?
We always thought the Veil was supposed to be wide open. We always thought that we were supposed to be free to enter boldly into the very Presence of God and there eat, eat, eat of Life. We always thought that being just like Jesus was our inheritance. What is this thing that still seems to block us?
What is the flesh? For you see, the thing keeping you from seeing and knowing Life in fullness, sealed and forever, (come to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ) has never ever been YOUR flesh. Do you see the definition God gives? Through the veil, that is, HIS flesh.
What on earth does that mean?
For you see, when the serpent told you that losing your physical body is the only way you will every know eternal life for real, he was lying about the Veil. It's not your physical body, it is Jesus' flesh.
And when the preacher told you that getting your flesh into total submission to Jesus, to all that God speaks, he was lying about the Veil. It's not your flesh, it's Jesus flesh.
What on earth does that mean?
It is the pattern of the Tabernacle that shows us what God means.
Jesus said, “I am the door.” He was using the door of a sheepfold as a metaphor, but of truth, whatever room in God there might be, the Lord Jesus Christ is the door. (He's also the Room itself, but that's another matter.)
The Gate by which we enter into this knowing of Jesus as Savior, was Jesus Himself. The Door by which we enter into this knowing of Jesus as Truth, was Jesus Himself. This Veil by which we enter into this knowing of Jesus as the fullness of Life, eternal life, is Jesus Himself.
But what does that mean?
This picture of our entering into three “doors” into three places of knowing God, that is, eternal life, goes both ways. For just as we are entering into God, so God is entering into us. For we are His house, His dwelling place.
The moment we entered into the Gate, entering into the wonderful knowledge of Jesus as Savior, at that same moment, God entered into our spirits and we were born again. Suddenly, our spirits were alive unto God and for the first time in our lives, we could worship God in spirit.
The moment we entered the Door into the Holy Place, entering into the wonderful knowledge of Jesus as Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, at that same moment, God flowed out from our spirits into our mind, into our will, and into our emotions. Oh, how we laughed in joy. We could see Christ all through the Bible in ways we had not known before because God now filled our minds; we have the mind of Christ! And we could now see the power of the Holy Spirit in gifts and ministries moving through us because our faith, found in our will, was now filled with God. For the first time in our lives, we could worship God in truth.
When we entered into the Salvation of Jesus, Salvation entered our spirits. When we entered into the Truth of the Holy Spirit, Truth entered our souls. What's left?
Life – the Flesh.
There you have it. The Veil. . . . that the LIFE of Jesus also may be UNVEILED in our mortal flesh.
Let's come at it from one more direction before we bust that Veil wide open as the wide-open Door it always was.
When you entered the Gate, you saw the Altar of Sacrifice. There you saw, before your eyes, a terrible, terrible transaction. Here it is:
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
There you saw the awful truth, that upon the cross Jesus became all your sin as the sin offering to God. And there you saw the wondrous joy, that in the same moment, you became the righteousness of God in Him. We will never come to an end of discovering the glory and wonder found inside that awesome transaction. He became your sin; you became His righteousness!
Something very similar happened the moment you entered the Door into the Holy Place.
Let's state what God actually says.
You have the mind of Christ – God has given us a mind that we might know Him – the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts – the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, and peace – for God is working in us the doing and the willing of His will – we live by the faith OF the Son of God who loves us and who gave Himself for us – you are NOT in the flesh, but in the Spirit.
Before we entered the Holy Place, we did not know what these things meant. Now, in the Holy Place the Spirit opens our eyes and we are able to see that they are TRUE!
What, then, about the Veil? How is this the same thing entering into Life? When we entered the Gate, Jesus became our sin and we became His righteousness. When we entered into the Door, we knew that Jesus is our mind, Jesus wills in us in faith the will of God, and God fills our hearts to overflowing with His love.
What then the Veil? It's not our flesh, it is Jesus' flesh.
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:29-32
Here is the secret of the Veil. Jesus becomes my flesh.
My flesh IS Jesus' flesh. My flesh IS the flesh of God.
Can this be true?
Let me say this. You will NEVER enter through that Veil, not in a million years, and not after you die and find yourself in heaven only, until you ALLOW Jesus to become your flesh.
You have no right to put Jesus' flesh under your feet. Flesh subduing flesh? Self putting self to death? What a lie!
No all we can do is say, “Yes Lord,” and allow Jesus Himself to be our very flesh.
Look again at your body, get up in the middle of the night again and look at that fleshy face in the mirror. You are looking at Jesus. You are seeing His flesh.
Jesus became your sin as He carried you into Salvation.
Jesus must become you in order to carry you into Life.
Jesus carried you into Salvation BEFORE you knew that He had become your sin.
The Veil is different.
You must KNOW that Jesus is your only life, that you have no other life, that your flesh IS His flesh, the very flesh of God, before He will ever carry you into the heart of God.
There is only one flesh that will enter in. Jesus' flesh. Until you eat of His flesh, making it your flesh, you will never enter into life – as Jesus said.
But the very moment you allow Jesus to become you in all ways, to become your flesh, flesh of His flesh, then He will carry you into God. – When you allow Jesus to be your stumblings, your failings, your weakness, yes, your sin, and especially, your very flesh.
When you can look at your own face in the mirror and KNOW that you are looking at the face of God, then you will see the Veil ripped wide open as it always was and you will enter into the third place of knowing God, the Holy of Holies.
That is a transaction that takes place entirely between you and Jesus. I have no part in it. I cannot carry you through. Jesus is the Way, He is the Truth, and He alone is our Life. We have no other life.
Why is it so very important to be ignorant and blind, that is, to see Jesus only, before He can carry us through the Veil? Simply this. If you think you can see, you will not see Jesus in that face in the mirror. If you think that you know, you will believe that God is not telling us the truth.
We walk by faith and not by sight. Jesus lives in our hearts by faith. He is the only thing we see.
This third place of knowing God is the Holiest Place in the universe. No one can see what is found in this place, not as it really is, except they pass through the veil of Jesus' flesh. Except they eat of His flesh, allowing Jesus to be their flesh, allowing Jesus to become them, carrying them all the way through. Then, having entered in, we now, for the first time, see all things as they really are.
And then, upon entering through that Veil into the Holiest Place in God, our eyes open and we SEE, our hearts open and we KNOW. And what is it that we see and know?
There in the very center of God Himself, in the Holiest Place in the universe, God's heart, is a Heart of flesh – hearts of flesh, our very heart, the Mercy Seat, the Throne of Grace.
God manifest in the flesh.
This is eternal life. This is the purpose and determination of God.
And then something else opens to us as we sit down, here, upon the throne of God, the Mercy Seat, the Holiest Place in God, our own heart. Suddenly we realize that we are no longer, “going into God.” No, we are fully and only in Him right now.
In that day you shall KNOW that I am in the Father and you IN Me and I IN you.
Today we know, today we see that every thing that we are right now in this world is IN Jesus and Jesus fills full every particle that we are.
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 1John 4:17
Now that we are found only in God, God is now going out from us.
Rivers of living water flow out of our belly into all the earth, healing and setting free.
As we drink of LIFE, the rivers flow. And that woman just beyond the veil, the one who lied to us – it is for her that we won the fruit of Life, and our joy catches her in its flow, the spotless Bride of Christ.
But the flow of that river, pouring out of the throne of God, our heart, does not stop with the Bride of Christ. No, it flows out into all creation setting both heaven and earth free into glorious liberty.
For this third place of knowing God is knowing Him in fullness and God is revealed to all through us.
And we will never come to an end, through all the ages yet to come, of discovering the incredible extent of joy and wonder inside this third place of knowing God as the One who fills us full with ALL of His fullness and the One who flows out from us in RIVERS of living water.
God manifest in the flesh.
God comes in Person to be Himself our insides and our outsides. God in Person revealed in human flesh and flowing out of our bellies across the earth as rivers of living water.