Wearing the Priestly Garment in the Life of Others
"Now take Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel that he may minister to ME as priest, Aaron and Aaron's sons: Nadab, ABihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty." (Exodus 28:1-2).
Verse 4: "And these are the garments which they shall make: a breastplate, an ephod, a robe, a skillfully woven tunic, a turban, and a sash. So they shall make holy garments for Aaron you brother and his sons that he may minister to Me as a priest."
We are a royal priesthood, a holy nation. What do our garments look like? Are we putting on the royal garments of the high priest? Are we unveiling Jesus Christ in us to others so that the glory of the Lord in them that had been hidden can now be seen?
Moses was told by God to clothe his brother and his brother's sons for the job they would be doing to honor and serve the Lord.
Many times individuals of the body of Christ are not functioning in their purpose and calling on the earth because they have yet to meet a believer in Christ that has clothed them with their royal garments of glory. Instead, we are busy telling them how to change their ways to be a better Christian.
The responsibility of those that are mature in Christ is to not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Stand in your identity: Christ carries the ephod. The government is on his shoulders. He bears our names the names of all the children of God since the beginning of time. The Father is looking to raise up sons that are ready to do the Father's business in the earth putting on the priest's garment that Paul shares in Ephesians 6:
Put on the sash around their waist of truth/
Breastplate of righteousness/faith/judgment of God among the tribes over our heart
The gospel of peace is your tunic/clothing/shoes
Helmet of Salvation/sword of the Spirit/word of God - turban, the mind of Christ.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the SPIRIT - ROBE
Being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
The gospel of peace is the tunic, but it begins with the feet. The path that was walked before needs to be cleansed and restored by Christ in us. Jesus showed us the humbleness of service of the high priest by washing the feet of his disciples (John 13:14). As our Lord and teacher, we must follow the example by holding no man's sin against him. The path of where he was must be cleansed by the blood of Jesus and the washing of the word of God. Who is doing the cleansing? Jesus did it for us while we were in darkness and sin consciousness before we even knew we were sinners and apart from God. We did not go searching for Jesus, but He sent His Holy Spirit to come search for us. God did this through those that have gone before us spiritually. It may not be an immediate person we know, but it did happen all the way back to the root, over 2000 years ago with Jesus Christ praying and redeeming you and me before we were conceived in our mother's womb.
Peter wanted Jesus to wash every part of him, but Jesus said, "He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you" (John 13:10). Jesus has cleansed all mankind. God judges no man, but gave all judgment to the Son (John 5:22-23). When we wash our feet and the feet of others, we illustrate the repentance of turning from the wrong path of darkness to the path that is lit up by the Holy Spirit. The darkness we saw of the outer garments becomes lit up with the glory of God. The greatness and vastness of the love of God was poured out when Jesus breathed on the disciples and said, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you: And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." (John 20:21-23).
When we focus our heart and thoughts on the things of the world we are held in bondage to that system as the children of God were slaves in Egypt. The world system does not know or have a personal relationship with God as bloodline family. There are many religions in the world that worship God, but there really is only one God, and only through Jesus Christ can we know an intimate relationship with God as our Father and carry His name to do His business on the earth as Jesus decreed.
The prophet Isaiah wrote, "My people went down at first into Egypt to dwell there; then the Assyrian oppressed them without cause. Now therefore, what have I here, says the Lord, "That My people are taken away for nothing? Those who rule over them make them wail," says the Lord, and My name is blasphemed continually every day. Therefore, My people shall know My name: Therefore, they shall know in that day that I AM He who speaks; BEHOLD, it is I." (Isaiah 52:4-6).
Isaiah establishes the condition of the world situation, but then the scene is changed when God's name "I AM" is unveiled.
"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, your God reigns! Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together; for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem! For the Lord has comforted His people, He has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has made bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the bends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. (Isaiah 52:7-10).
When we wash the feet of others, by counting no sin against them but bringing the cleansing, anointing presence of Christ in us through the Love of God that He gave us in His name, we must move forward by faith that we are the WORD, the living epistle of truth and righteousness in their midst that redeems not judges. When the presence of Christ radiates through us, through our eyes and heart, the darkness must leave.
Do not take it personally if you try to bring the love of God to others and your truly not judging their lifestyle, yet they are very uncomfortable with you being around them. It isn't you, but the Holy Spirit in you that has met their familiar spirit holding them captive in their lifestyle. The greatest stronghold on mankind is the religious spirit among believers; those who know Jesus Christ as their personal savior, but then justify their righteousness by what the world does.
The universal language of God is the Love of God that He gave to the world - all mankind -while we were all in darkness and ignorant of the truth behind His teachings and instructions He gave to Moses. Before Jesus came into the world, no man had the ability to keep the purity and holiness of a relationship with God in intimacy and oneness for which mankind was created in the beginning.
Mankind was resting with God in the seventh day when all the heavens and the earth, and all the hosts of them were finished. Then when the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, man became a living being. We then had a form placed on the image of God, and the Spirit of God in the form of man. Woman was inside of the form of man and together they were called Adam (Genesis 5:1). In this eternal moment mankind communed with God in oneness. The "I" that was spoken from mankind was the name of God "I AM." As long as mankind stayed away from the Tree of Knowledge there was oneness with God. To gain refreshing intimacy with God mankind could eat the fruit of the Tree of Life.
The fruit of the Tree of Life is the fruit of the Holy Spirit which Paul shares in his letter to the Galatians. "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such there is no law (no boundary of right or wrong). When we are Christ's and live in the Spirit, our flesh of logic and reason to justify is not in existence" (Galatians 5:22-25).
God gave Adam the responsibility to name all the beast in the field and the birds in the air. The names Adam spoke are still in existence today. The names that Adam gave created a "kind" of species putting a form on that name. A bear is a bear, a lion is a lion, a snake is a snake, etc. With the name he gave the ability to reproduce its own kind. However, Adam did not have the ability to create his kind, another god by speaking it into existence the way he did with the beast. Adam's helpmate was already in him - the Holy Spirit. God Almighty had to put Adam to sleep, to death, in order to awaken him to resurrection life of the truth that was already in him. When the Spirit of God is in us, we have the ability to be the manifestation of Christ in the earth. The "I" we speak is not the old man, but the new creation we now are as Christ in us, the glory of God.
Now here is wisdom; did you ever wonder how a serpent got in the garden of man's residence? How comfortable are we when we see beast of the field inside our home? Adam was to name the beast of the field, not bring them into his home. Adam was looking into the world system for a helpmate, not in his garden. How often do we bring the world into our home, our sanctuary through our intellect and reasoning instead of by the Spirit of God?
We read in Genesis 2:24-25 that the man and woman were both naked, not ashamed, and they were joined together as one flesh. Therefore, if we have in chapter 3 the woman speaking to a serpent, who gave the serpent the ability to speak a language the woman could understand, and where is the man while this is taking place? There is no historical documentation that a serpent could ever literally speak a language using words that mankind could understand.
The woman is now in the garden where there are two trees in the midst. Where is the man? He is with her. When the man was told NOT to eat from the Tree of Knowledge where was the woman? Inside of man. Man was given the wisdom NOT to eat from the Tree of Knowledge while woman was still inside him, and before he was given the ability to name the beast of the field. This is one of those enlightening moments to ponder so we don't end up repeating the same thing that man did.
God is a loving Father who already knew before Genesis 1:1 that a deceptive spirit would enter into the hearts of men. It is why Jesus Christ is the lamb slain BEFORE the foundations of the world, before He was conceived in the womb of Mary, and before He entered into the world as a baby in a manger.
We are told not to grieve the Holy Spirit. What does this mean? (Ephesians 4:30).
"Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore, be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and gave himself for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma" (Ephesians 4:28-32, 5:1-2).
Just as God brought the beast of the field for Adam to name, so in like manner we have the same ability to name the beast, but it does not mean they are to be the helpmate to man. Many of the beast in creation have a place in the universal design of God, but there was also to be discernment in the naming by the character and nature of what was presented. A fox has a spirit nature that belongs to a fox, not a god-kind. A snake has a spirit nature of a snake, not a god-kind. God caused a separation/death to Adam's exposure of what he had just named totally removing the potential consciousness of identifying with any of the beasts he had just named. God brought forth the helpmate that was already created in him.
The logic to this is that Adam should have be able to recognize his helpmate with him, bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh, versus the difference between a beast of the field and the "god kind" that belongs in the garden as he is with her next to the Tree of Knowledge. If that is not clear enough, remember Adam was already told which trees he could eat from and the one tree he could not.
Now we have both the man and the woman hanging around the Tree of the Knowledge of the world instead of a relationship with Christ, the Tree of Life. Remember, both trees are in the garden and both trees have fruit on them. Along with male and female Adam hanging around the Tree of Knowledge together, we also have from the field a serpent that has found his way into their home - garden- and knows how to speak their language. Remember, this man and woman are not gentile/pagans/non-believers. They are created in the image of their Father God.
Does the man say, "Woman, get away from that tree?" Does he speak to the serpent and say something like, "I gave you form, and with that form I did not give you the ability to speak, so be quiet?" No because there is a hidden thought going on in the man when he created words that were not created from his image as a God kind. This is why the man is also hanging around the Tree with the woman, and the voice she is talking to is the accuser of the brethren of her own husband.
He created the atmosphere and brought it into the garden where now the woman considers the familiar spirit as the voice of god, her husband who said, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, god (husband) has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die. For GOD knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate" (Genesis 3:2-6).
Why did man eat also? Was he not created in the form of LOVE? Why did he not throw the fruit down, get the serpent out of the house, and then turn to the Father and request guidance and instructions for healing from death given by the gift of a helpmate God had created for him? God came and addressed Adam asking, "Where are you?" He did not address the woman. God already knew what had happened giving the man the opportunity to humble himself by giving his life for the woman who was his helpmate.
God says to man, "Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?" (Genesis 3:11). God is not asking the woman because He had not spoken this command to her, but to Adam while she was still in seed form inside of man. Man had the ability to be the nurturing side of God carrying a seed called woman. When the seed was developed and woman was taken out of man, it is the imagery today of women birthing a baby they have carried in their womb. That baby is bone and flesh of women. God placed the seed of His kind in man with the blessing to be fruitful and multiply; filling the earth and subduing it; having dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth (Genesis 1:28). Adam gave birth to a woman that he did not give his life for as the mother side of God's image would have done.
When a woman sees her children doing something they should not be doing, she will do everything she can to help them get on the right path to reaching the full potential of who they were created to be. A child carried in the womb has the mother's blood life feeding and supporting it. The life of the flesh is in the blood. The blood life remembers via the DNA of who your father and mother are. Adam carried the baby woman in the womb. When woman was birthed as the helpmate to man, the two are one.
God addresses Adam about the issue about eating of the Tree of Knowledge giving him the opportunity to reconcile the situation. If he had said anything in essence of, "It's my fault; I did not take responsibility for the gift you gave me, I didn't truly give her love and protections, I let her hang around the wrong tree, and I allowed another voice into our home that was not your voice, etc." Any of these "I" situations would have been an act of repentance turning the situation around.
However, what did the man say to God in response to His question? "Then the man said, "The woman whom YOU gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate." (Genesis 3:12). Basically, it is like saying, "It is your fault, God, because the woman you gave me made me eat." So God goes along with the conversation and speaks to the woman who passes the blame on to the accuser of the brethren coming from the serpent. Now notice that God does not ask the serpent to defend himself. He simply speaks to the unfamiliar voice that does not belong in His presence and curses it to the ground the dust where man was formed from the earth.
How often do we justify the Adam and Eve syndrome in relationships - he made me do this, she made me do that? How often do we place blame on a "devil"? The accuser of the brethren is a lion roaming around to devour. This lion comes from the tribe of Judah that carries the blessings and leads the children of God with praise in their heart. Jesus Christ is the foundational rock that has declared our birthright as children of God, but He also gave us our inheritance of heavenly blessings to be poured out upon all the earth to set the captives free.
Jesus Christ has raised up a nation of kings and priests in the earth to His God and Father and to our God and Father to release His glory and dominion over all the earth from every tribe of Israel around the world to rule and reign now with Him. "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindred of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen." (Rev. 1:5-7).
The children of Israel were vulnerable to become slaves to the world system of Egypt because they did not know their true position and authority they carried in the earth. Instead of speaking as the oracles of the Father, they allowed the kings and kingdoms of the world to dominate and control their atmosphere instead of taking authority by the power of Christ in them as the children of the Most High God.
How often do we use the word "I" in our everyday conversation, yet the heart of the matter of our "I" is not releasing the voice of God in us, but the voice of our own self. As new creations in Christ Jesus, we are to be dead to self and alive in Christ. Christ is one body with many members. When we see others not following a path that reflects the edification and form of God in the earth, we have the responsibility to cover them in Christ as Jesus Christ did for us. This requires carrying your cross daily and being willing to wash the feet of others, as we stand in the gap in intercessory prayer. Our hearts have a fullness of love when we see others not living their life to their full potential of their Heavenly Father's creation in them.
God holds no man's sin against him, but has given all judgment unto the Son. Today, God sees all mankind through the filter lens of Christ who shed His blood and paid the penalty of death that came upon mankind by the accuser of the brethren's words created by a god-kind that had the head knowledge of justice, but not the heart of the Father.
"I said, you are gods, and all of you are children of the Most High. But you shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes (instead of reigning like kings and priests). Arise O God (Christ in you), judge the earth; for you shall inherit all nations" (Psalm 82:6-8).