*A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (Prov 25:11)
One may visualize these sentences of words by observing the container cars and movement of a railroad train. A railroad train has power. To speak words is to exercise power. Words are container cars for thoughts. An unspoken word is not a word at all. It is a thought. Lots and lots of thoughts can enter into the single railroad car of a word. Thoughts are manifested in vessel cars of words containing thoughts: things that we say. Thoughts are also manifested in the motions, movement, and actions of the body vessel: things that we do. Thoughts themselves are invisible but are made manifest through container vessels of either words or body movement. Words are framed by invisible thoughts in the heart. "Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only." (James 1:22). James clearly means here that we are to manifest the Word of God in words and deeds.
Like a railroad train emerging from the tunnel of a mountain, thoughts issue forth from the heart and are manifested in container car vessels which pass through the mouth, "for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." (Luke 6:45).
*But those things which proceed out of the mouth [words] come forth from the heart [thoughts]; and they defile the man. (Matt 15:18).
Thought carries with it the synonymous meanings of internal consideration, deliberation, reflection, and reasoning. Those meanings in no way denote or connote any kind of inherent commitment. Thoughts are not decisions, they are the prelude to a decision equivalent to dating before marriage. Thoughts are not commitments, they are the prelude to a commitment. Thoughts shape words. Words are decisions. We decide to make our thoughts manifest in words.
Our first perception of words occurs when they come out of the mouth tunnel and are made manifest. The manifestation of a word establishes commitment (binding) and concurrent responsibility. In like manner, these same cause and effect circumstances are paralleled when lusts (soulical thoughts) "bringeth forth sin," i.e. are manifested. (James 1:15). Without the manifestation of the word, we are "hearers only," i.e. considerers, deliberators, reflectors, reasoners. Thoughts in themselves establish no commitment (binding) or responsibility. To do so they must be manifested in word containers. Even the devils have thoughts of God (James 2:19); yet, are the devils endued with Godliness by their thoughts? No. Are the unsaved endued with Godliness by their thoughts of God? No. No manifested containers: no decisions.
When we enter into covenant relationship with God, we are instructed to "confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus." (Rom 10:9). There is a vitally important reason for becoming obedient (Acts 5:32) to the Word, figuratively bending to our knees at the cross, and complying with that instruction. The apostle Paul continues in the next verse with that reason: because "with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Rom 10:10). We agree to serve and He agrees to save. A covenant is an agreement between two or more parties, however, both parties must "do" something to make manifest and thereby seal that agreement. We confess words with our mouth which is a manifestation of what we believe in our heart, and He covers us with His blood. Such a deal. Vocalized confession is our manifested covenant seal. Thus Jesus says "whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed." (Luke 9:26). The word-seal embodies, and so testifies to all heaven and earth (witnessing Spirits, angels and men), commitment and concurrent responsibility. To speak words is to commit, to be bound, to manifest a decision. We are held responsible for what we say. We are committed, bound to that which we speak.
Let us again consider the obedience element of the salvation covenant, the presence of which is essential to effect salvation. The command is to "confess with thy mouth." Our obedience in this instance is judged relative to our submission to that command. Shall we then say the words in our heart rather than out loud with our mouth? Is that not disobedience? (Excepting physical or mental disability). It is quite possible that unspoken words (a paradoxical phrase), which are actually not words at all but merely thoughts, have never saved anyone. If that probability were one out of one hundred thousand, would you take that chance of lost salvation on behalf of another soul? How about for yourself? Without a verbally manifested decision, the "joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth" is not possible. (Luke 15:10). How else could the angels hear? Words exercise power for God (Psa 33:6; John 1:14; Rom 10:17; Eph 5:26; Heb 1:3; 11:3; 1 Pet 1:23), and men (Matt 10:32,33; 12:36,37; 15:18; Acts 2:38; Rom 10:9; 1 Tim 4:5; Heb 13:15; Rev 12:11).
*For by thy words [Gk: logos] thou shalt be justified [saved], and by thy words [Gk: logos] thou shalt be condemned [damned]. (Matt 12:37)
THE NET OF WORDS
LOGOS WORD AND RHEMA WORD
The Bible is the visible logos Word of God. All the words written in the Bible are the logos body of Jesus Christ (Himself made visible). At the moment of His birth, the logos word then existent that was "made flesh" consisted entirely of the law and the prophets, i.e. the Old Testament. Thus, the words of the law and the prophets were made flesh in Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the bread of life. (John 6:35,48; Matt 26:26). Jesus Christ is the twelve loaves of visible unleavened (no sin) bread placed upon the table of shewbread in the Holy Place of the tabernacle of Moses. The Aaronic priesthood (Eph 4:11 today) is commanded "by a perpetual statute" to eat in the Holy Place these twelve loaves every sabbath. (Lev 24:5-9). Eat, ruminate, illuminate. That is why we go to church, the house of God, the Holy Place, every sabbath: to eat. (Psa 78:19; 23:5). The golden candlestick which is in type the Holy Spirit is placed directly "over against" the table of shewbread. (Ex 25:37; 26:35). Why? That His light may directly reveal the twelve loaves of bread. (John 16:13). The twelve loaves of bread are the logos Word.
*And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread [logos] alone [Gk: solely or singly, only], but by every word [Gk: rhema] of God. (Luke 4:4)
The logos Word is visible, perceived by sight. The rhema Word is invisible, perceived by faith. In the natural, invisible words proceed from our visible bodies. In the spiritual, the rhema word emanates, springs, arises, derives, flows, issues, proceeds from the logos word body of Jesus Christ. When the Holy Spirit illuminates the logos Word (externally in the Old Testament, internally in the New Testament) we receive by revelation the invisible rhema Word. Logos and rhema. Literal and spiritual. Linear and spatial. Sight and faith. All men, saved and unsaved, can receive the logos Word for it is the Bible fully presented, made visible, before their eyes. All men cannot receive the rhema Word for the rhema Word is Spirit and revealed invisibly through faith. By the following verse we know that the invisible brought about the visible, rhema generated logos:
*Through faith we understand that the worlds [visible] were framed by the word [Gk: rhema (invisible)] of God, so that things which are seen were not made [Gk: cause to be, generate] of things which do appear. (Heb 11:3)
RHEMA IS SPIRIT AND LIFE
We surely do not want to be judged by the literal logos word (Matt 12:37) at the great white throne do we? (Rev 20:11,12). The literal logos word judgment is reserved for whosoever is not found written "in the book of life." (Rev 20:15). "The words [Gk: rhema], they are spirit, they are life." (John 6:63). These at the great white throne are without Spirit, without life, i.e. without rhema. Walk by sight, be judged by sight (works). (Rev 20:12). Walk by Spirit, be judged by Spirit (faith). (Rev 20:4). Measure for measure. Fire does not burn fire. (1 Cor 3:13; Rom 8:18; Deut 4:24; 9:3; Heb 12:29). The logos word shall judge those who stand naked without the wedding garment and speechless (without rhema) before God. (Matt 22:12,13). These shall be judged as they are: external to God.
RHEMA IS REVELATION
*And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood [visible] hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven [invisible: God directly revealed it, communed, with Peter in rhema revelation]. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter [Gk: a piece of rock (visible)], and upon this rock [Gk: a mass of rock (Peter and many more visible pieces assembled together, i.e. corporate rock, corporate many membered visible body)] I will build my [invisible rhema] church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matt 16: 16-18)
RHEMA IS SPIRITUAL RAIN
*Behold, the days come [pre-millennial], saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord: And they [whose ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed (Matt 13:15)] shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. (Amos 8:11,12) *And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. (2 Thess 2:11) *For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts [soulical thoughts] shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Tim 4:3,4)
To those of you who are the Elijah company listening now and to those of you who have ears to hear, we say with all possible earnestness: "But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry." (2 Tim 4:5). Immediately after the tribulation of those days, God "will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain." (Joel 2:23).
*And it shall come to pass in the last days [millennial], saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit [rhema] upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit [rhema]; and they shall prophesy. (Acts 2:17,18) *For then will I turn to the people a pure language [rhema: rain is purified water], that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent. (Zeph 3:9)
RHEMA IS THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
THE FORGOTTEN SON: TABERNACLE
Moses received the law externally in linear form etched (manifested) in stone. Moses received the tabernacle internally in rhema, and then later manifested the linear form of the tabernacle to the people. God is Rhema. We most readily comprehend logos. God's ways and thoughts are higher than our ways and thoughts. (Isa 55:8,9). Much higher. Their delivery has been mediated downward toward our comprehension through deliverer-mediators. Moses and Jesus are deliverer-mediators. Through our deliverer Moses (Acts 7:35), God was able to compress and compact rhema down into logos. Through our deliverer Jesus, God was able to compress and compact rhema down into logos. (John 1:14). Prophets are deliverer-mediators. (Amos 3:7).
The woman hid leaven (yeast) in three measures of meal (ground seed = Word) "till the whole was leavened." (Matt 13:33). False doctrine is permeating the truths of the three given measures of meal: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. This apostate "falling away" is clamorously heralding the last days. (2 Thess 2:3; 1 John 2:19). The tabernacle is rhema. The tabernacle is the forgotten son because there is very little willingness (2 Cor 8:12) to receive the rhema, the rain from heaven, just prior to the whole becoming completely leavened. (Isa 5:5-7). We are clothed in the garment of pride. It is waterproof. At the foot of mount Sinai, then as now we receive no vertical rhema from God because horizontal linear logos from men is the only form that the people are willing and therefore able to receive. Why? Because the people walk by sight. They do not want to look up to God, lest they die.
*And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us [logos: horizontal], and we will hear: but let not God speak with us [rhema: vertical], lest we die. (Ex 20: 18,19)
Speaking as natural linear sight men, they were perfectly correct. (Ex 30:18-21; 33:20; John 12:24; Rev 20:11-15). During the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and precisely at the moment of His death, the linear law and the linear tabernacle fully merged into "One" body, that of the risen Christ Jesus and are now becoming multidimensional which is to say, spatial (we speak now experientially). The law lives in and through the tabernacle vessel. Vessels are containers. The words of the law are contained within the tabernacle vessel of John 1:14. Is that not literally the truth?
God is Father God. Let us explore another fun analogy. On mount Sinai God sowed the seed (through Moses) of His twin sons named Law and Tabernacle birthed in that order. The elder shall serve the younger. The law shall serve the tabernacle. Hallelujah? The elder is a killer. The younger is a saviour. The law (King Saul & Saul) will kill us. The tabernacle (King David & Paul) will give us life. The earthly parent was the willing (Ex 25:1,2,8) married wife (Isa 54:1; Jer 3:1,14,20) corporate body of the children of Israel. Conception (Ex 19:1) to birth (Ex 40:17) was nine months. "A body hast thou prepared me." (Heb 10:5; 13:8). Past body that housed triune God: tabernacle of Moses; present body: tabernacle of Jesus Christ; future body: tabernacle of God (Rev 21:3). The linear is becoming spatial. We are evolving. The experiential is becoming positional. Positionally, we are now that tabernacle body of God. Experientially, we are becoming that tabernacle body. Perhaps (hopefully) we are beginning to question why this present church has totally forgotten the younger son called Tabernacle? The contemporary proverb out of sight, out of mind may best explain it. However, the unperceived younger son shall soon return to put on the best robe (of many colours), ring (work), and shoes (walk). (Luke 15:22).
Now let us attempt to understand why the church has not understood and has neglected the elder son, called Law, in essence believing him to be dead and therefore of no effect. Is Law dead? Yes, in a crucial sense the law did die, but the law had to die to live, as do we. John 12:24 explains perfectly that which the law and all men share.
THE NEGLECTED SON: LAW
Is Law dead? Yes. Does Law live? Yes. The law died in Jesus Christ, was changed in the twinkling of an eye, and lives in Christ Jesus. "Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law." (Rom 3:31). All men are born "under sin" (Rom 3:9; 7:14), that is, they are born under the law. "But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise [of salvation] by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe." (Gal 3:22). All men are born into bondage under the law of sin. Law is their master. If they desire to receive salvation (to be saved) from the bondage of the law they must die as did their master (the law) for they are bound into him. Bindings work both ways. Our pattern Jesus Christ was bound into and under the law. When Jesus Christ died, being the law (John 1:14), being bound to the law and therefore the law being bound to Him, He took the law with Him into death. The law died in Jesus Christ, was changed, and raised into the life of Christ Jesus.
We are saved out of the bondage of the law and into the bondage of grace. From bad news into good news. To receive salvation from the law of sin and death, men must first acknowledge their sinfulness (i.e. full of sin) and ask forgiveness: I confess that I am guilty of transgressing Your law and I ask that You forgive me for my transgressions of Your law. At this point, they have been brought (educated) by the law into a figuratively prostrate position before the cross. (Acts 2:38). From this humbled position they are able now to manifest this expression of submission with words (Rom 10:9), and ask for salvation from the law. In response to the sinner's confession and request, salvation is thereafter granted through the grace of God. The sinner receives salvation through the vehicle of spoken confession which is the manifested decision and external seal of an internal heart belief that Jesus Christ is Lord. Upon receiving positional salvation and commencing at the exact same moment, the experiential path traveled is the transforming process of conversion from full of sin (no God) into full of God (no sin).
How can men acknowledge their sinfulness without the law? How can they know their sinfulness without the law? "For by the law is the knowledge of sin." (Rom 3:20). The law is the teacher of all sinners. Our teacher is not dead while we are yet under him, else how could he teach? Thus, having come from the "field" (world, Matt 13:38), Law legalistically said to the Father: "these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment" and the Father responded to Law, His eldest son: "Son thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine." (Luke 15:29,31; Isa 2:3; Mic 4:2).
We who are saved are now under grace, but how did we get there? Law taught us "these many years" while Tabernacle son was absent from sight. (Joel 1:17). Grace forgives us and restores us as the Father forgave and restored the younger son. (Amos 9:11; Acts 15:16). The law teaches us. The law brings us to the point where we can receive grace. We seem not able to grasp that there is a soulical part in every redeemed man that is not of God, and therefore remains even now under the law for we still have sin. (1 John 1:8). We are saved positionally, but we are also being saved experientially. We are born into sin and under the law. For the unsaved the law remains their killer because they have not been brought under grace. For the saved the law has been changed, as have we (Obad 21), from a killer (s) into a loving saviour (s). When we are born again, the law is born again with us, as in Christ Jesus. From our personal perspective if we are born again, we are born into, under, and partake of the born again law. (Good news). If we are not born again, we remain under and partake of the law which is not born again. (Bad news). Measure for measure. You are what you are willing to receive. (Matt 11:14,15). Do not the following verses manifest a changed, born again law?
*Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love [Gk: agapao] the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love [Gk: agapao] thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matt 22:36-40)
In the latter verses Jesus compressed and compacted together into one body (Psa 122:3; Eph 4:16) approximately 613 laws, judgments and ordinances into two commandments, and added "love [Gk: agapao]." Sure does look like a change to me. Did He say that the old law was of no effect? No. Did He say to forget about the old law because He was giving two new ones? (In actual fact: One). No. Jesus anthropomorphized the law. He compressed, compacted and personified the law. Four examples of the law personified are: the nearer kinsman to Ruth (than Boaz) who could not redeem her (Ruth 4:6), because she was not an Israelite but a Moabitess; King Saul (hung, 1 Sam 31:10); Haman (hung, Est 8:7); the elder son in the parable called the prodigal son.
The law is personified by hanging in a compacted body along with the bodies of the prophets. "Hang all the law and the prophets" clearly speaks of the cross. The logos body of Jesus Christ made flesh (John 1:14) is the law and the prophets. The cross changes everything. How can the law which is in application a merciless, unforgiving killer, "agapao?" It cannot, unless it has been changed. The law died that it might rise and live in Christ Jesus. Were we to bear in mind that the law is a personified entity which had to die to live, and having done so is alive in Christ Jesus, our understanding of the epistles would be immeasurably expanded. God and His Word is not only linear but is "more than" linear. (Matt 11:9). "Much more than" linear. (Luke 7:26). What do you suppose Jesus meant by those descriptions of John the Baptist? God is spatial. His Word is multidimensional. We receive the logos by sight. We receive the rhema by faith. The rhema is "more than" the logos. "Much more than" the logos.
*The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. (Psa 19:7)
The latter verse employs the Hebrew writing convention of synonymous parallelism in which the second line of a couplet repeats the idea of the first line. That verse clearly speaks twice of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ (man-God) was "made perfect." (Heb 5:9). Who converts the soul? Jesus Christ. Who is the testimony of the Lord? Jesus Christ. Therefore, Jesus Christ is "the law of the Lord." The tabernacle of Christ is the law of the Lord made "more perfect." (Heb 9:11). "More perfect" in that agapao was added to the law. (Matt 22:37-40).
In the following generally misunderstood verses, the apostle Paul is speaking from the present tense point of view of a saved man and thus phrases his statements back into the past tense when speaking of his and our unsaved origins:
*Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin [the law], that the promise [of salvation] by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. But before faith came [to the unsaved], we were [as natural men] kept under [Gk: beneath, underneath, below, (submitted to)] the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Wherefore the law was [to unsaved natural men] our schoolmaster [Gk: servant, tutor, instructor] to bring us unto Christ ["for by the law is the knowledge of sin." Rom 3:20], that we might be justified [Gk: be made righteous (saved)] by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. [Salvation is graduation. Paul here transfers into present tense]. For ye [that have graduated from law school] are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Gal 3:21-27)
The enclosure/fence of the courtyard of the tabernacle of Moses is curtain made entirely of woven fine twined linen (white), excluding the gate. The enclosure/fence of the courtyard on the east is 50 cubits wide and contains the only entry opening into the entire structure from the outside world, i.e. from Egypt. This opening is a linen gate of five curtain strips or bands of four colors set like a rainbow (Gen 9:12,13) "of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen [Heb: white], wrought [woven] with needlework." (Ex 27:16). The four colors of the garments worn by our Lord Jesus Christ are blue (Ex 28:31,32; John 19:23), and purple (John 19:2), and scarlet (Matt 27:28), and fine twined linen (Mark 9:3). These also are the colours of the garments of the High Priest: the "ephod" (Ex 28:6; 39:2); the "curious girdle of the ephod" (Ex 28:8; 39:5); and the "breastplate of judgment" (Ex 28:15; 39:8). These may also be "the coat of many colours" (Gen 37:3,23,32) worn by Joseph who is Jesus Christ in type. (Benjamin, who is the youngest son of Jacob, the only son of Israel, and the only full blooded brother to Joseph is the Elijah/John the Baptist company in type). These colours may also be the "garment" given at the wedding feast. (Matt 22:11,12). (Do I hear a choir of Hallelujahs)?
The gate is made according to the pattern given for the tabernacle canopy of four colors and five bands. (Ex 26:1-3). The canopy over the Holy Place and the canopy over the Most Holy Place is horizontal. The identical pattern of the tent canopy is followed vertically in the five curtain bands of the gate, the door, and the veil, excluding size differences. Jesus Christ is the tabernacle canopy over the Holy Place (man-God), attached to the canopy over the Most Holy Place (God-Man), and He is the gate, and He is the door, and He is the veil. The order, significance and direction of the coloured bands is not given but this author believes them to be vertical excluding the tent canopy which is given horizontal for He who is our pattern laid down His life for us. Perhaps the following is close to the actual order and significance of the five curtain bands: blue is His Encompassing Heaven; fine twined linen (white) is His Purity; scarlet is His Blood; purple is His Royalty; blue is His Encompassing Heaven. Five bands of four colors. A rainbow.
We enter (present tense) the outer courtyard in the center of the gate under the blood through the aid of one or more members of the Levitical family (deacons, elders, believers). Thereafter we enter the Holy Place in the center of the door under the blood through the aid of one or more members of the Aaronic family (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers). Thereafter some must enter into the Most Holy Place (Heb 4:6) through the center of the veil of the blood of the High Priest. (Heb 2:17; 4:14; 5:10; 6:20; 8:1).
Inside the tabernacle the first curtain canopy of five bands and four colors is ascended over us and is covering us. This is our Saviour. His name is Jesus Christ. The second covering ascending and borne upon the back of Jesus Christ is made of goats' hair (sackcloth). This is our sin, the cross. The third covering ascending is made of rams' skins (mature lambs, Gen 22:8,13; huios, Matt 3:17) dyed red. His shed blood covers our sin. The fourth covering ascending is made of badgers' skins. Badgers' skins are an unknown entity of unknown color, but may reasonably be blue for heaven.
SPIRIT, SOUL, BODY
The wholeness of us consists of a spirit and a soul and a body. God is triune. We are tripartite, made in His image. Let us apply these three aspects to the tabernacle of Moses which is the body of Christ. We have a body and our spirit and soul dwell inside that body. The perimeter of the courtyard of the tabernacle with its fine linen (white) enclosure/fence is the outside of the body in the sense that it is the garment or skin of the body "not having spot, or wrinkle." (Eph 5:27). One Hebrew meaning of this enclosure/fence is "mouth" for the church shall speak to all the world. "The Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman [garment, church, bride, Jerusalem] shall compass a man [Zion]." (Jer 31:22).
The largest part of the body is the soul which is the courtyard of the tabernacle extending from the perimeter inward and enclosing the tabernacle on all sides. The courtyard is open, without covering, and therefore exposed to all the natural elements such as light, rain, snow, dust, etc., etc. These elements represent natural information and natural influences upon our soul. The soul is natural and receives natural input. The soul directly interacts with the world. It is the soul that is "transformed by the renewing [Gk: renovating] of your mind" from natural into spiritual. (Rom 12:2). This soulical aspect is the outer man of "the outer court" (Ezek 10:5; Rev 11:2) which is exterior and external to God. For those consigned to dwell therein eternally, the outer court shall become a dwelling place of "outer darkness," i.e. eternal separation from God. (Matt 8:12; 22:13; 25:30). This is the soul of the body.
The life of the logos word is the rhema word. The life of the logos body is the rhema blood. The blood of Jesus Christ is "shed" naturally literally logos by sight. (John 19:34). The blood of Jesus Christ is "shed" spiritually spatially rhema by faith. (John 16:7; 20:22). The saved hear the logos (sight) and receive the life (faith) of the logos word which is the rhema. The unsaved, like Nicodemus (John 3:4,9), hear the logos and do not receive the rhema which is the life. All men, every man, "any one," can hear the logos word. All four types of recipients in the sower soweth the logos word parable heard the logos word: 1. way side "When any one heareth the word;" 2. stony places "the same is he that heareth the word;" 3. among the thorns "is he that heareth the word;" 4. good ground "is he that heareth the word." (Matt 13:19,20,22,23).
"Any one" can hear the logos word. However, only the good ground "bearth fruit," i.e. life, Spirit, blood, because these not only hear the word but also "understandeth it," i.e. receive the rhema of the tongue. (Matt 13:23). Sight people are horizontally linear in that they receive only the logos word, "not discerning the Lord's body" (1 Cor 11:29) which is spatial. Faith people are horizontially and vertically spatial, multidimensional, in that they receive the logos word and understand the rhema word: the Lord's spatial body and the Lord's blood. It is not possible to receive rhema without first receiving the logos foundation (seed) of that rhema. All rhema is founded upon the rock foundation of logos. (1 Cor 3:11). The logos seed is a kernel of corn. Heated by the fire of God's holiness, that kernel seed of corn (logos) becomes popcorn (rhema). You will hear it. The rhema (Spirit) shall speak only of the Truth (logos). "I am the way, the truth, and the life." (John 14:6). The Holy Spirit shall speak only of Jesus Christ, the Logos Word (John 1:14).
*Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. (John 16:13)
THE FIVE SENSES
*He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Matt 11:15). *If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. (Mark 4:23). *He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Rev 3:22)
What is placed upon the table of shewbread? Twelve loaves of unleavened bread. The logos Word of God (John 1:14; 6:35,48,51), Jesus Christ, the Bible. Bread is delivered by the Deliverer. The table of shewbread depicts the oral tradition of "hearing" the logos Word of God. There are five articles of furniture in the tabernacle of Moses which are stationed outside the Most Holy Place, outside the Presence of God. Each of these five articles of furniture depict a human sense of the body of Christ. Does the illumination of the candlestick of the Holy Spirit "hear" the logos bread of Jesus Christ? Yes! Sure does. And of that which He hears, "that shall he speak," in rhema to those who have ears to hear.
As an adjunct to the latter discussion of the five senses, may we note that the giants of old who were the progeny of fallen angels and the daughters of men were sometimes described as having six fingers and six toes, which relates to their work and their walk, rather than five. The sixth sense that they exercised in their work and walk is quite possibly related to witchcraft which is forbidden.
Finally brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, preach Logos, teach Rhema. Know the difference. God bless you. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
*A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold [rhema] in pictures of silver [logos]. (Pr 25:11)
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Copyright © March 1995 by Rev. Lionel Cabral