BRAZEN BELIEVERS – Heaven Meets Earth – Part 3 (Oneness)

Copper pegs

BRONZE PEGS – HELD TOGETHER

One way the church lines up with Yeshua (i.e. Jesus) is to function in the way he has designed the body to work.  All the pegs around the court and in the tabernacle itself were made of bronze (Exo 27:19, 38:20). A peg is a small, pointed or tapered piece used to pin down or fasten things.  This means that the only things that held the wilderness tabernacle and its court together were these bronze pegs.

We, each member of the body, holds together the church through the perfect bond of unity love (Col 3:14), which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Each member of the Christ’s body is not only necessary, but valued. Christians must be in relationship with God and each other to properly function as His body.  “Let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly.] Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). For because of Him the whole body (the church, in all its various parts), closely joined and firmly knit together by the joints and ligaments supplied, when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its function], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:15-16 Amplified).

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Some things to notice about pegs (i.e., Christians).  Pegs must work where they are placed.  The Master carpenter puts in all the pegs and He doesn’t misplace even one.  Do you think the construction of God’s spiritual house looks somewhat like a house being constructed here on earth?

Let’s explore the seven-fold unity of God’s house with a construction site twist. God’s Body, which is also His house, is currently ONE both in heaven and on earth.  “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph 4:4-7):

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[1]     One God and Father, the architect, contractor and owner of the church building, gives us the materials for the structure (Eph 1:17).  Father designs the house, takes all the risk, and wills it to be the best building ever through love.

[2]     One Lord, the chief cornerstone of the foundation (Isa 28:16; 1 Peter 2:6, Eph 2:20), is the supplier or middleman for the substance of the building. Jesus allows the building to exist and it is by Him it is made (1 Cor 8:6; John 1:3).

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[3]    One Spirit, the mortar between and within the living stones, holds the building together (Eph 3:16; Eph 4:3). The Holy Spirit also seals the house against storms, weather and abuse (Eph 1:13; Eph 4:30).

[4]    One Faith, helps the building grow continually into the full image of Christ (Eph 4:13). Faith is the substance of the entire house from the blueprints to the upgrades.  It is a continual refining process.

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[5]    One Hope is the purpose of the building and its furnishings which are rare, priceless, yet sturdy (Eph 1:18; Rom 5:5).  Hope is the functionality of the building now and in the future.

[6]    One Baptism christens the building by naming it and each stone contained in the building (Rev 2:17).  The entire building, the church, has been dedicated in one awesome ceremony the cross.  Yet, the stones are continually dedicated by ceremony, baptized by water, by Spirit and by fire, one by one.  These living stones have been set apart for God’s use only.  They can’t be in two buildings at once (Matt 6:24).

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[7]    One Body is the living stone themselves (1 Pet 2:5), the individual believers making up the church universal.  These living stones are interlocking with different shapes, sizes, and colors (Eph 2:21; Eph 4:16) and are subject to the Lord (Eph 5:22-24).  These stones don’t place themselves.  They do not have a choice whether they will be in front, behind, on the left, on the right, above or below.  Each stone is a miniature of the whole (Eph 1:23), yet fits perfectly in place as designed by the Father (Eph 2:22).

The church shouldn’t worry if things get a little messy. Construction site have boards here, nails there, etc.  We are only building materials anyway.  Why don’t we let the contractor worry about the mess?  It is His project anyway.

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Coming at the bronze pegs from another angle we can see a powerful way the house of God, the Body, functions.  The Lord said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer” (Matt 21:13). I believe that the inspired prayers of the saints have unified the Body throughout the ages: “pray at all times…with … perseverance for all the saints” (Eph 6:18).  Joints and ligaments are hidden parts of the body and are crucial to its stability, strength, and movement. Intercessors are hidden members of the body. Prayer stabilizes the church against the onslaught of the enemy, strengthens it through joy, and enables the body to move where the head wants to it to go.  The Father is just waiting for us to agree on earth with what has been proclaimed in heaven by Jesus through His Holy Spirit. The church will rise up in the power and authority of Christ when it is one in Christ.

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AUTHOR’S NOTE

This is the day when God is unearthing treasures previously kept in darkness and uncovering hidden wealth previously kept in secret places. “I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze, and cut through the iron bars. I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden wealth of secret places, in order that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name” (Isaiah 45:2-3). The Lord our God is unlocking the chambers of His vast treasure house, which speak of mysteries that have been in His heart for eternity. He’s opening the heights of the heavens and the depths of the earth.

copper atomic structure

One of these treasures of the deep is the understanding of the Biblical concepts associated with copper. Although my New American Standard Bible uses the word “bronze,” in Hebrew it actually means “copper.” My BRAZEN BELIEVERS study that will be published in parts (Check out Part 1 – HEAVEN’S WILL –http://wp.me/p2k1dQ-55) and PART 2 – SELFLESS LOVE – http://wp.me/p2k1dQ-5e ) is not an exhaustive study, but a tool meant to give you insight and draw you closer to the Lord. We will specifically focus on the picture copper reveals to us as it functioned in the Mosaic (Wilderness) Tabernacle, representing various parts of the Church.

It is significant that copper is the most conductive material on earth, next to silver, due to it having a free electron in its outer electron ring. Copper’s free electron exchanges freely with other conductive elements. In this study, we will see how Brazen Believers should naturally have a part of them that freely exchanges with other conductive materials — those made in God’s image — for that is what our heavenly Father does. We are to be wise, yet be as pure, transparent, vulnerable, sincere, and genuine as possible with others around us.

Bold as a Lion

Technically, bronze is a metal alloy of copper and tin (sometimes other elements), which history records ancient man began using sometime between 4000-3000 BC. I am purposely using the word “bronze” to directly associate the Brazen Altar and Brazen Laver with Brazen Believers. I am also purposely using the word “brazen.” Brazen means to be made of brass, a harsh and loud sound like struck brass, or marked by contemptuous boldness.

Believe it or not, a study of the redemptive qualities of brazen is quite rewarding; but for now let’s just focus on the idea of contemptuous boldness. Contemptuous is a state of being despised and lacking respect. Christians are to be in the world, not of it; and Jesus said we will be hated, rejected and despised by the world, just as He was. The Bible also says “because of our faith in Him, we dare to have the boldness (courage and confidence) of free access (an unreserved approach to God with freedom and without fear)” (Ephesians 3:12 AMPL). Brazen Believers boldly approach God’s throne of grace. We need to be broken enough before God to speak the truth boldly and not participate with evil motives and intentions. Without brokenness (our flesh being in the heavenly brazier), boldness is simply pride.

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Brazen Believers ultimately will only see themselves though Jesus (i.e. Yeshua). They will literally communicate with God, like Moses did, spirit to spirit — face to face.

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