THE FORERUNNER (Hebrews 6)
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit. For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected, and [is] nigh unto cursing; whose end [is] to be burned. But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation [is] to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed [it] by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, [even] Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
(KJV) 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
A point, a plane and a cube. The transition from one to the next is relatively easy to comprehend. A point, mathematically, has no volume…no displacement. It is dimensionless. In a one dimensional world, a straight line of infinite points, a two dimensional plane would exist in theory. It would be difficult to entertain mentally because one would be asked to believe that a plane contains an infinite number of lines, each possibly a one dimensional world of it’s own. A plane is, nevertheless, a reality. And a plane is in fact another dimension. A plane is a two dimensional place and can be viewed as a world of it’s own. Curious that the plane, as a place of abiding, can be described accurately and truthfully to the one dimensional world as a world of many worlds…a house or habitation of many houses. A plane extends in every direction within it’s two dimensions infinitely. In a two dimensional world, since it extends in every known direction infinitely, it would be hard to comprehend three dimensions, as the concept of infinity seems to fit fine in the two dimensional world. One would be asked to believe that there is more than infinity…more than everything. In fact, one would be faced with the concept that in three dimensions, there are an infinite number of planes, an infinite number of worlds like your own, each extending infinitely in every direction, each containing an infinite number of lines. Infinity of infinity. A heaven of heavens. Of course three dimensions are not a theory, but a very real thing so familiar to us, that we don’t give it a second thought. Now, here is a strange thought. If one were to willing to teach a three dimensional world to a two dimension dweller, the explanation would necessarily take the form of shadows, likenesses, parables, allegories & so forth. Given time, and a broad spectrum of these tools, it would be possible to convey a reasonable mental facsimile to the 2D dweller, but the 2D dweller would still be in need of faith in what was being revealed. You see, it is always simple and easy to examine and comprehend the world you are confined to. It is simple and easy to comprehend the worlds contained in the world you are confined to. But try to imagine a fourth dimensional world. It is not so easy, is it? Nevertheless it is real. Just as real as the 3D world so familiar to you. And it contains an infinity of 3D worlds. No wonder, when Paul was caught up into higher things, he said he had no idea whether he was in the the body or out…he could not tell. No matter. The natural body is as limited as the resurrected and glorified Son of man is not. It is He in whom we abide in faith. He is the forerunner, having entered the heavens themselves, while tethered to us in faith, by the eternal Spirit.
Now, what do we say about travel from one place to the next? What if I were somehow elevated from a one dimensional existence to a 2D, and even a 3D. To be elevated from one to the next could not be accurately described as having “gone” anywhere. If I am suddenly changed from a 1D dweller to a 2D, I still dwell in the 1D world I came from. So I have not simply “gone” away. In fact, I now fill all 1D worlds. From the perspective of the 1D world, I have not merely gone somewhere, I have gone EVERYWHERE, without having left. The same example holds true from 2D to a 3D transformation. And yes, from a 3D to 4D, and that which is beyond. When once the disciples were in a room with the door shut and the windows shuttered, and Jesus stood and appeared in the midst…He did not pass through the walls. He does not need to. He was already there. When Jesus appeared for the first time, to the man born blind, whose eyes Jesus opened…Jesus did not suddenly come into the world for that man. He was already there.
Paul wrote some very beautiful things to help us comprehend by faith, the reality of the resurrection. And Jesus is in fact, the resurrection. If you read 1st Corinthians, you may begin to comprehend that the resurrection is not a matter of traveling from one place to another, so much as filling places previously closed to you. In resurrection, the dweller does not merely go from one place in the cosmos to another. He/she goes where Christ is and has gone. It is written of Christ now, that He fills all things. Someone who fills all things does not “come and go”. He either appears or does not appear, based upon the estate of the beholder. When it comes to pass that “every eye shall see Him”, it is not a matter of His locomotion about. It is more a matter of veils and barriers being dissolved. There will be no place the mind can hide from Him…no more Fig leaves. Peter also described Jesus as an anchor to your soul, a forerunner, going before you, into that within the veil. The resurrection is not travel in the conventional sense. It is the removal of limitations and barriers. It is multidimensional, not linear, not merely moving from point A to point B.
Jesus has given you life. Not as flesh has given you, but the life he has of the Father. The life from flesh has an end. His life does not. Jesus has also given to us of the Spirit. He, the Spirit, is the Teacher, and is the voice that speaks from heaven, the voice to which we do well to take heed. But what can the ideas and contemplation of dimensions show us about communication? Curiously, a voice that speaks to the two dimensional dweller from the three dimensional speaker, does not seem to come from outside of the hearer. It does not originate in the two dimensional world, it appears instantly at every place in the two dimensional world. To any two dimensional dweller with an ear to hear, it would appear to come from within. And it would not take the form of an audible voice. In terms of “cause and effect”, there would be affect with no externally discernible cause. It is Elijah’s “Small, still voice”. It is that which was foretold of Christ, that he would not “lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the streets”. It is Peter’s Daystar “arising in your heart”. It is the unction you have received of the Holy One, by whom you “know all things and need not that any man should teach you”. It is the things eye has not seen, ear not heard, nor the heart of man considered, yet the Spirit reveals to them that love Him.
Jesus , I think, knew of the tendency we can have to fear the unknown. He knew that the Holy Ghost was to be our teacher, a teacher previously unknown to the vast majority. Knowing that we were to transition from being disciples of men to disciples of He who is invisible (for the present), immortal and the only wise. Knowing these things, Jesus comforted us concerning the simple way we receive Him as teacher in this capacity. He said to ask. And having asked, you need not fear. If our children ask for an egg, we will not give them a stone. If they ask for a fish we will not give a scorpion, nor a serpent. ….” how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask?”
It says of The Teacher, that he reveals in you, the things you have never seen, heard nor even pondered in your heart…the things God has prepared for them that love Him. The lessons must necessarily begin as parables and facsimile of things familiar to you. But they must also necessarily at some point, depart from such. For as in a parable, the kingdom of God may be said to be “like” a man who sows seed, like a shepherd with sheep, like many things. But it IS not any of them. If I use a lamp to cast a shadow on the wall, I can manipulate the shadow, and “teach” after a manner. But I can not live in the shadow I make. A shadow of a three dimensional being takes the appearance of a two dimensional image. It is real, it can be used to teach. But it is not the one who is casting it. In the scriptures, we see in the three dimensional world, many things called shadows of things that are, and are to come. In a three dimensional world, shadows of higher things take shape in people, places, times, events, etc. But they are not the Kingdom of God itself. For example, Moses was a shadow of the law of carnal commandments. His natural life became synonymous with the law, to the extent that when the law is read, it is said “Moses is read”. Moses, as a shadow of the law, which could not produce the promises, was himself allowed to see the figurative land of promise, but true to the shadow and figure of things, could not enter it. Yet when Jesus was revealed in the Father, on the mount called transfiguration, Moses was there. Of course he was there. God is the God of the living. Type and shadow, even if you are a part of it, do not nullify faith and inheritance in God, the substance of things symbolized. Or consider Isaac, who in faith, blessed both Jacob and Esau concerning things to come (Heb. 11). Regardless of the shadow of things cast in Jacob and Esau, in Christ any born to either, through faith, can inherit the substance of things, even if they were denied the shadow. This is a great truth in Christ, the great equalizer and justifier of them who believe.
Ezekiel saw The Teacher as a great river. And Ezekiel was shown the method of the Teacher. At first, ankle deep. But the foot is still on familiar ground. Then knee deep, and thigh deep. But the feet are still on the earth. Finally waters to swim in. Waters that take you many places and show you many things, not possible while the feet grip the bottom. As it is written of The Teacher, “The Holy Ghost teaches comparing spiritual things with spiritual”. Paul said that when he was a child, he thought and spoke as a child, and understood as a child. But when he became a man, he put away childish things.
The Kingdom of God is within, as surely as the tree is in the seed. If the leaven, the thinking of the Pharisees, and of Herod enter in and rewrite the genetics of the seed, the message the Teacher writes, nothing is lost but one’s place in the things to come…which for the loser, is everything. Let not your heart be troubled, neither fear their fear. You believe in God. Believe also in Christ. Curiously, a virus is the perfect example of the message-altering leaven of the Pharisees and Heroes, as a virus dupes the cell into producing more virus… If God is God, serve Him. If religion and politics…then serve them. Only chose this day, whom you will serve.
Herod means “hero”. There are many heroes of the people these days. Beware.
There is nothing wrong with being a good citizen and voting, and so forth. But remember the definition of “Babylon”. It is “confusion by mixture”. Things that do not belong mingled together, need to be separated properly in the mind. Otherwise there is confusion…the inability to distinguish one from the other.