SALVATION: ONECopyright Š 2013 Trumpet Ministries, Inc. All Rights Reserved
("Salvation: One" is taken from Three Deaths and Three Resurrections: Volume One, copyright Š 2011 Trumpet Ministries, found in the Kindle Library)
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved."
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."
"The Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
Being saved means we shall pass into the realms of light when we die physically; that we shall escape from the wrath of God, from Hell, from the Lake of Fire; that we shall live forever in the new heaven and earth reign of Christ.
The "amazing grace" of salvation is the song of Christians at every level of spiritual maturity. God is good, and it is His desire that every person on earth have the maximum opportunity to receive His forgiveness and blessing. Once we were prodigals but now we are back at the Father's house. This is what salvation is all about.
The first area of redemption has its counterpart in the history of the children of Israel. When we are delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of God's dear Son, Christ, we escape from slavery to the "pharaoh" of the world. Salvation is our covering with the Passover blood, our "crossing through the Red Sea" (water baptism), our readiness to begin our "journey through the wilderness" (the tribulations and testing that take place in the present life).
Important to our salvation are the imputing, the assigning, of righteousness to us on the basis of the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; our ceasing to attempt to find favor with God by our own schemes for righteous living; our identification with Christ's death and resurrection, and the birth of Christ in our heart.
Let us look at some of the statements the Scriptures make concerning the first area of redemption. These statements are in the form of Old Testament illustrationtypes, as they are called. An example is the Ark of Noah, as we shall see presently.
The three areas of the Tabernacle correspond to the three areas of redemption. They are as follows: (1) the Courtyard; (2) the Holy Place; and (3) the Most Holy Place.
The Courtyard portrays the initial salvation experiencethe first area of redemption.
The Holy Place is the second area, the realm of the working of the Holy Spirit in the Church, the Body of Christ.
The Most Holy Place is the area of the conquering Christian discipleship where the saint battles his way into the Presence of God. The Most Holy Place represents the fullness of glory, the spiritual "rest" that results from obtaining victory over the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes (covetousness), and the pride of life (self-love and self-will).
There was a hanging of cloth located at the entrance of each of the three areas of the Tabernacle. The first hanging was the gate of the Courtyard. The second hanging was the door of the Holy Place. The third hanging was the ornate veil that opened into the Most Holy Place.
The hangings were of dyed linen. The colors were the same on all three hangings. Each hanging was dyed blue, purple, and crimson on a background of pure white linen. The colors were blended artistically and intricately.
The blue symbolizes the fact that redemption comes down to us from Heaven.
The purple portrays the Divine royalty of the Lord Jesus Christ; and also that He combines in Himself the blue of Heaven and the red of humanitybeing both Son of God and Son of Man (blue and red make purple).
The crimson speaks of the blood of God's Lamb that paid for our redemption.
The white reveals the righteousness that is both imputed (ascribed) to and wrought in the believer by the redemption God has provided in Christ.
And for the gate of the court shall be an hanging of twenty cubits, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework: and their pillars shall be four, and their sockets four. (Exodus 27:16)
The gate was about thirty feet wide and seven and one-half feet in height. In order to come into the Tabernacle area an Israelite had to go through the gate. The Courtyard of the Tabernacle represents the domain of the Kingdom of God, the realm of the saved of the earth.
Outside the Courtyard of the Tabernacle is outer darkness, symbolically speaking. Inside is salvation, acceptance by the Lord, redemption, righteousness, justificationeverything that is pure, beautiful, lovely, desirable.
If a person desires the blessing of God he must go through the gate. The gate of the Courtyard represents the first death. The Courtyard of the Tabernacle represents the first resurrection.
The Altar of Burnt Offering portrays Christ on the cross of Calvary.
The bronze Laver typifies water baptism and also the washing of water by the Word of God (Ephesians 5:26).
We see then, in terms of this major type of the salvation experience, that we must come through the death of the gate in order to receive the atonement, the reconciliation to the Father.
The atonement has been made for us by the offering of the blood of the Lamb, Christ. The washing of water baptism signifies our sincere repentance and death to the world. The corresponding resurrection is to God's forgiveness and the assigning of righteousness to us on the basis of the atoning blood of Christ.
And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits. (Exodus 27:1)
The bronze Altar was the largest of the seven pieces of furniture of the Tabernacle of the Congregation, being about seven and one half-feet square and four and one-half feet high. It was constructed of acacia wood covered with bronze. All the animal sacrifices of Israel were offered here (Leviticus, Chapters One through Seven).
When an Israelite went through the gate of the Courtyard, the first thing he encountered was the Altar of Burnt Offering. God always meets man at the cross. There is no way into the acceptance of God other than through the blood of the cross of Christ. The bronze Altar represents the beginning of our redemption, made possible for us only by our acceptance by faith of the atonement (reconciliation) made for us at Calvary.
When we come to the cross of Christ we signify that we have come to the end of our self-righteousness and now are ready to receive the righteousness of God through Christ. We cannot please God in our own moral strength. By accepting God's atonement for our sin we receive full and complete forgiveness for all we ever have done that was out of keeping with God's standards of righteousness and holiness.
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation [appeasement] through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; (Romans 3:24,25)
When we receive by faith the blood of the cross we acquire a full pardon for all transgressions. We receive an imputed righteousness, a righteousness assigned to our account on the basis of the righteousness of Christ. We then are perfectly justified (declared to be righteous) in the sight of God.
Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. (Romans 4:6,7)
The Laver was to be used by Aaron and his sons. Each priest was required to wash his hands and his feet before entering the Holy Place of the Tabernacle. The Laver was placed between the Altar of Burnt Offering and the door of the Tabernacle, in line with them.
It is easy to see that the bronze Laver represents water baptism and the spiritual realities that water baptism portrays. Water baptism is an important aspect of the beginning work of salvation.
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved."
"Arise, and wash away your sins."
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
Water baptism is an act of obedience toward God. For this reason we must be baptized in water as soon as we receive Christjust as soon as possible.
The water, as we have seen in the preceding chapter, represents death to the gods of the world, death to the first creation, death to our own past life and personality. The water is the death of Christ on the cross of Calvary, and through the act of water baptism we become identified with His death and participate in it. Our coming up out of the water is our participation in His glorious resurrection. It is our entrance to eternal life in the Kingdom of God.
If the believer understands he is entering the death and resurrection of Christ he is ready to be baptized. A child can learn this in three minutes. If we will believe and be baptized we will be saved in the Day of Wrath (Mark 16:16).
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3,4)
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: (Romans 6:5)
From now on we are determined that the "glory of the Father" shall be the source of our life. We will choose not to walk in the old ways of lust, malice, and wickedness but in "newness of life"in a life that is showing forth the praises of God because of His love toward us through Christ.
Christ's death was a cruel scene to behold. He suffered three years of persecution and perversity climaxed by the physical pain of crucifixionthis in addition to the spiritual agony of becoming sin for us, with the resulting separation from His Father!
Well may we shrink from such a death! But we are to enter Christ's death willingly, suffering the persecution, perversity, harassment, and physical pain the Spirit of God brings our way. The glory of Christ's resurrection more than compensates for the pain of His crucifixion (Romans 8:18; II Corinthians 4:17).
Before we were baptized in water our old nature often was successful in making us accept slavery to sin. We had no new nature, no Glory of God in Christ, to help us behave any differently.
Now we possess the Spirit of life from God and His blessing on us. We are without condemnation in the sight of God. By continually availing ourselves of the grace of God we can refuse to obey the dictates of our old naturethe old self that is being cast aside as the shell of a peanut is cast aside when the meat of the nut has been obtained.
For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. (Romans 6:7-9)
As soon as we come up out of the water of baptism we are alive in Christ. We are on our way toward the fullness of eternal life, a fullness of redemption that eventually will include our mortal body. Our new personality is married to Christ. Our new man is alive forevermore, being free from the guilt and power of sin (I John 3:9).
Christ lives before God in righteousness. By faith in Him we share in that righteousness. God beholds us in Christ as we take our stand on resurrection ground.
For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:10,11)
Our goal now becomes to be transformed fully into Christ's image. The transformation will take place as we walk in the Spirit of God. When we first receive Jesus we are immature in godliness. The devil, taking advantage of the weakness of our flesh, constantly is challenging the truth of what was declared to be true in our water baptism. And so by faith, as long as we live, we keep on asserting that we have died in Christ and have been raised in Christ.
We overcome by placing resolute faith in what the Scriptures state God has accomplished through Christ. We are not baptized in water again each time our faith is challenged. God does not lie.
When God tells us to regard ourselves as dead to sin He is not directing us to assure ourselves that the wrong things that we do are not sin. Rather, He is inviting us to lay hold on His graceon His power that now is available to usin order to stop sinning.
Because we have accepted Christ, been baptized in water into His death, and been raised with Him in newness of life, we have a choice. Before we received the Lord we were members of the kingdom of darkness. Our souls were lost in sin. Our bodies were bound in sin. The Holy Spirit was not guiding our spirit. Only our conscience prevented us from giving ourselves over to the deepest sins of the flesh.
Now that we have passed from death to life, Christ has been planted in our heart. Our spirit is being moved by the Holy Spirit of God. We have the authority and the power to choose to learn to live in righteousness, in holiness, in obedience to God. We possess the authority and power to choose to resist our fleshly nature, our self-love and self-seeking, and the wicked spirits of the kingdom of darkness.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. (Romans 6:12)
If we draw near to God and submit to Him we can resist Satan and he will flee from us. We possess eternal life and the authority to be children of God. We have assurance that when we die physically we shall be received into the spirit realms of light. We are known of the holy angels of God. When Christ appears we shall appear with Him in glory.
Therefore we can say to the tempter, "Get thee behind me."
When we cry, "Father," God answers, "Here I am!"
We have the grace of God in Christ, the power that raised Jesus from the dead, to help us conquer the lusts of our flesh. Our past is clean and we have been accepted of God. Are we then to creep into a cocoon and wait for Christ to appear?
We must continue working, speaking, thinking, imagining. Little by little, as we are able to profit from the process, the indwelling Holy Spirit gently and powerfully enables us to rise above the bondages of our flesh and spirit.
Water baptism represents an instant death and an instant resurrection and ascension. Our redemption cost the Lord Jesus a price we never will comprehend fully, but it is given to us as a gift, offered in love and joy. Let us, therefore, receive the gift of God in the loving, joyful spirit in which it is given. Then let us follow on to know Himto grow in the grace and the knowledge of God.
All the pillars round about the court shall be filleted with silver; their hooks shall be of silver, and their sockets of brass. The length of the court shall be an hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty every where, and the height five cubits of fine twined linen, and their sockets of brass. (Exodus 27:17-18)
The Courtyard of the Tabernacle of the Congregation was a large area, rectangular in shape, enclosed by the linen fence described in the preceding passage. The material of the fence was white linen.
The impression of the Tabernacle area, whether the viewer was standing outside or inside the fence, was one of whitenesssome fifteen hundred square cubits of white linen. Each of the sixty posts holding up the linen was capped with silver, and it appears there was a silver rod running through the posts from post to post ("filleted with silver"). The posts were set in sockets of "brass" (probably bronze).
What a picture of the redeemed of the Lord the Courtyard is!
The fine-twined (fine twisted) linen portrays the righteousness of Christ that is given freely to every human being who believes in Christ and receives Him. The righteousness is first assigned to us, and then created in our personality.
The silver typifies redemptionthe price paid for our release from the kingdom of darkness.
The bronze sockets placed on the desert ground, and on which the posts stood, speak symbolically of God's judgment. Righteousness is always based on Divine judgment. God must test by fire every word, every thought, and every action before righteousness can be established.
Every man, woman, boy, and girl who receives Christ is saved from wrath and comes through the gate into the courtyard of righteousness and redemption. Every person outside the linen fence is lost in outer darkness.
The first area of redemption, that of guiltlessness before God, is lighted by natural light, figuratively speaking. Calvary is for all the world to see. It is needful that Christ be lifted up in the clear view of all people so they may see, believe, and be saved (John 3:14).
Christ was not crucified in the Most Holy Place of the Temple of Herod so no one could observe what happened except the high priest of Israel. Christ was led outside the city of Jerusalem and there hung up high on a cross so that all people, young and old, Jewish and Gentile, could behold the judgment of God on the sin offering. The crucifixion of Christ did not occur in secret but out in the open for all to see.
The Altar of Burnt Offering was five cubits square and three cubits high. The slain animals were lifted up in the sight of all and placed on the dirt with which, apparently, the bronze Altar was filled. The Holy Spirit of God reveals Christ so that the unsaved can "behold the Lamb of God."
Therefore, Christ is to be preached in every place: from cathedral to theater, in the home and on the beach, by all the communication media from magazine to satellite.
It does not matter, as Paul says, whether Christ is preached in sincerity or in insincerity provided Christ is preached. The Holy Spirit guides us into the lifting up of Christ, and when He is lifted up, all people are drawn to Him.