The Pillars

The types, shadows and parables which abound in the Old Testament all points to Jesus Christ, who is All in all and the Lamb slain from before the foundation of the earth. We cannot escape the fact that we are inextricably united to Him so that many of the processes we are taken through in the temporal have a clear and distinct goal, namely to expand our consciousnesses so that we in increasing measure can come to terms with His “allness” in everything, including us.

God led the Israelites out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and He led them through the desert by His Spirit who appeared as a pillar of clouds during day and a pillar of light during night. The pillars are a parable of how God in the desert appeared to the Israelites as in a separate visible form, as if He was another person apart from them. This is how we all begin our faith journey. We see God as a celestial power separate from ourselves. He is in heaven somewhere, whereas we are stuck in the temporal with all its apparent limitations.

However, when the Israelites crossed Jordan this separation gap had been bridged and it was no longer God external, but God internal, because in the instant they entered the Promised Land the pillars were gone. This is the exact same transformation or transition which takes place in us when we take that leap of faith Kierkegaard referred to. This leap of faith aligns our consciousnesses with what is and not what seems to be. This is a bold and daring maneuver on our part since we have to leave behind everything we know, that is, self-effort, and start a process of possessing or conquering a land of promises.  It is here that we finally find out that Christ ultimately is All in all.

It can be no other way. A land of promises is governed by faith, and excludes any effort on our part. By faith we take what is ours to possess and lay hold on our inheritance among the saints. How can this be? When our ears are opened we hear “It is finished” reverberating through the ages. Christ has done it all and by us His word of reconciliation is dissipated to the ends of the world. It is by that same faith we recognize that God is the sustainer and upholder of everything. It is by faith we joyfully see that our nothingness is filled and is running over with His abundant life.

This renewing of our minds, or transformation of our consciousnesses, as it were, relocates heaven from the sphere of abstractions to a tangible reality, viz. in you and me. We have by a mighty work of the Spirit internalized the cloud and the fire. This further connotes that we no longer operate from a state of mind where we think we are led by a God apart from us, but we rest in the faith reality that God expresses Himself spontaneously and naturally as us. The pillars have in a sense reappeared to us in a new form. In our minds they manifest themselves as human beings like you and me.

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10 Responses to The Pillars

  1. rantz72 says:

    The lavishness of His over powering love continues to crash like the breaking waves of the might ocean in and upon my soul, pulling me down into the current of his liberating love.
    His love, His heart exudes in and through the words he impresses upon your heart to share here, thank you Jesus!!

    When I read this these thoughts I had some time back came flooding into my remembrance; Many of my siblings who are choosing to accept his invitation to follow His leading them out of the matrix of religion and into something so much more than a great story, into a journey and adventure that dreams can’t compete with, are in an extremely fragile place.
    All of the fixed landmarks and sign posts that at that time spelled security for them have been mostly removed, they are being drawn almost compelled to keep going forward, where to they are not certain, and yet an irresistible knowing and gnawing persists, just follow Me!
    It is so easy in the throes of the blood and swash turbulence that seems to accompany this act of trust, following him, to loose ones sense of equilibrium. Often the disorientation, the fear of freedom seems to be too much.
    The toxic saturation from the leaven of religion’s lies make them often feel that a glacier is moving faster than that which is being displaced in them, step by wavering step they take.

    Religion has never and will never make any room for Daddy or for his own children, to quote from the movie Les Miserables, “It’s a pity the law doesn’t allow me to be merciful,” and, “The law is the law, Jean Valjean.”

  2. Marmee Janet says:

    Thank you for this. I thought of the 12 spies and God’s invitation to me to boldly enter in and spy out this land of promises which is a FREE GIFT to me. I can focus on the ‘giants’ of having “to leave behind everything we know, that is, self-effort” or I can see by faith to “start a process of possessing or conquering a land of promises” where “Christ has done it all.” I get to choose to cross the river every day and dwell in a land where ‘giants’ do rise up against me (Him as me) and I also get to CONFIDENTLY stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. And here, in this Promised Land which ‘appears’ to be full of giants, I stand and “recognize that God is the sustainer and upholder of everything.” I am invited to enter His REST and can truly “JOYFULLY see that our nothingness is filled and is running over with His abundant life.” And every day as I see those ‘giants’ disappear into nothingness, I have huge clusters of grapes, as well as figs and pomegranates to offer others, to show them I live in a land flowing with milk and honey, to invite them, too, to go in and possess the land.
    Blessings to my brother!

    • Ole Henrik says:

      Marmee, I wish I had written that! You have perfectly expanded on my brief post. What a delight for me to see how the Spirit moves through us and produces these amazing and edifying words. Thanks, my dear, for blessing me like this. I am in awe!

  3. Fred Pruitt says:

    Beautiful word, Ole Henrik. I especially tune in to your observation that the pillars are no longer visible once they cross the Jordan. What was “out there” is now “in here.” Glory — that’s IT! That IS the walking across the Jordan. The moment we agree that, “As He is, so am I in this world,” as He has Himself told us, is the moment we cross. Lots of adventures on the other side, as once we are “there,” we see more clearly what is and what is not. Another strong whack on that nailhead!

  4. DeeDee says:

    Beautiful, Ole!

  5. Chris Welch says:

    Great, Ole,
    I’d never noticed that, about the pillars disappearing.Rantz72, I have signed up to your blog. Marmee and Fred , great comments. Really appreciate your insights Ole.

    • Ole Henrik says:

      Thanks Chris! It just hit me one evening while thinking about something else. It sort of came out of nothing, if you catch my drift. I have learned when that happens it is the Spirit opening my eyes. I concur, great comments all over.

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