Living in the Vestibule
I am made up of a body, a soul and a spirit. The body is neutral. It just does what my soul tells it to do, before I was saved. The soul is my MIND, my WILL and my EMOTIONS. This is the area that I have so much trouble with! I know; I had to fight the soul in me this past week and even today! The spirit is the part of me, that is supernatural. The spirit is what is ‘born again’ and what connects to God.
I really like what Lee Thomas said in his book, Life's Best Kept Secrets, “Many Christians believe that being ‘in Christ,’ (which is mentioned 172 time in the New Testament or New Covenant), simply means that one has trusted Christ to be his Savior, thus equating it with salvation. However, what we call ‘salvation’ or ‘being saved,’ is merely the vestibule of being IN CHRIST!
What we call ‘salvation’ or ‘being saved’ is merely the vestibule of being IN CHRIST.
“In Latin the word ‘vestibule’, is the simply the ‘entrance court’, the small area between the outer door and the interior of the house. Using this analogy for salvation as being the vestibule and "in Christ" as the vast interior of the Mansion, where God wants us to dwell, we can easily see that most Christians are milling about the vestibule. They rarely enjoy the divine vast interior, the royal hospitality, and the vast spiritual fellowship inside the Mansion itself.”
Wow! What an analogy! Give that some thought!
If you are "in Christ" and "Christ is in you," then you should be dwelling, fellowshipping, and enjoying the vast interior of the Mansion (which is "in the Holy Spirit; in Christ Jesus"), not hanging out in the vestibule!
I hung out in the vestibule for years, trying to clean my feet, trying to make myself presentable to the Master inside, and I never could feel clean enough to leave the vestibule and enter the Mansion!
I still held onto my sin consciousness, even though the Master of the house, the Father, found me on the street and invited me in! I didn't understand that He wanted to literally adopt me, clean me Himself, clothe me in the finest apparel, feed me the most luxurious food, and have me dwell with Him, the Master, the Father, in the vast interior!
Out in the world I had felt rejected, inferior, sinful, separated, unloved, hindered, afraid, unclean, but He, the Master, the Father, came out onto the street, found me and said, "I want you as MY OWN child." Come to my Mansion and dwell with me, and I will adopt you and give you nice things. I will protect you and enable you to enjoy all that I have." I did accept His invitation, but I stayed in the vestibule! What kind of life can you live in the vestibule?
In the vestibule, I could still see the works of the enemy on the outside. I could hear the harrowing knocks on the door. I could feel the cold through the cracks in the winter and the heat, from the sun, as it heated the small interior and made it unbearably hot and stuffy, in the Summer. Sometimes it seemed like life outside the vestibule held more promise than what I saw in that tiny vestibule.
I was tempted to go back out there on the street, and when I was young, I did that. But then, when I got out there, outside, back in the real world, I realized it wasn't as great as it looked from the vestibule! Actually, it wasn't good at all! It was scary! It was dangerous! It was hard! And like the prodigal son, I would come back to the Mansion, knock on the massive, intimidating, impenetrable front door, and the Holy Spirit would come to the door and I would ask humbly, for re-entrance, as the Master, the Father, had at one time, invited me to live there with Him at the Mansion - if He would still have me of course.
Again, I was welcomed in, but I stayed in the vestibule! Now, I really felt bad! I had turned my back on the Master, my Father, and I had left the vestibule, believing that the world held better things for me, than the Master, My Father. I told the Holy Spirit to tell the Master, My Father, that I would be His servant. I would gladly reside in the vestibule, if He would only let me stay.
A real-life example of this is Pastor Jeff's father, who came from the most horrendous home of anyone I have ever heard of. Growing up in the 30's and 40's there was no such thing as DEFAX and Government intervention. If your parent abused you, then you were SOL (so out of luck), unless you had a friend, or a family member take pity on you.
Pastor Jeff's grandfather was a very evil man, that horribly abused his family. A doctor in town wanted to relieve the pain and suffering of Jeff's father, and he and his wife wanted to adopt him. His father refused. Many times, we have such a poor opinion of ourselves, we have been so hurt, so humiliated, so tormented, that we think we deserve to be treated like this. We aren't sure, why his Dad turned the offer down as a pre-teen, but I venture to say, he could not see himself living in the fine house, being the son of a doctor. In his case, he wouldn't even go in the vestibule.
The Bible talks very seriously about this issue, telling us that, not to accept His offer, to be delivered from the world, when He pre-destined us ALL to be His sons and daughters, is sin. It is disobedience and unbelief. We must change the way we see ourselves and know that there is no longer anything that separates us from the Master, the Father. Not because we are so great, but rather because HE IS SO VERY GREAT!
Everyone that has received the revelation, (a divine download from God to man), that they are "in Christ" and "Christ is in them" has moved from the Vestibule of Salvation to the vast interior of the Mansion!
When you move into the "big house," you take on a different identity! You begin to see yourself differently. You begin to act different. You begin to think different. Not to mention all the unbelievable blessings that start being bestowed upon you! One minute you're living on the street, in squalor so to speak and the next minute, your life has done a 180 and you're living in the lap of luxury. That's how it feels to me!
First, I must commit myself, my whole self. My body must be committed to living there. My soul (my mind, will and emotions), must be willing to take on the identity, as an adopted daughter of the Master, my Father. My actions, my works, my body, must begin to follow my soul and what I believe about, who I am now, an adopted daughter, of this fine Master.
I must submit myself to His protection. I must submit myself to His provision. I must submit myself to HIS WILL and DESIRES for my life. I MUST TRUST HIM wholeheartedly! If I do not take on His identify, if I try to maintain my own, I will rebel against His love. I will not go along with what His perfect and good wishes for me are and I will begin to argue with Him and desire my own way and the outside will begin its beckon "call of the wild" once again.
Ephesians 1:3 tells us what awaits us in the "Big House".
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. 4For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love 5He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the Beloved One.
In his book, Who I Am In Christ, by Neil Anderson, he writes, “The most important belief we possess is, a true knowledge of who God is. The second most important belief is, who we are as children of God, because we cannot consistently behave in a way that is inconsistent, with how we perceive ourselves. And if we do not see ourselves as God sees us, then to that degree, we suffer from a wrong identity and a poor image of who we really are. It is not what we do that determines who we really are. It is who we are that determines what we do."
It is not what we do that determines who we really are. It is who we are that determines what we do."
If we do not see ourselves as God sees us, then to that degree we suffer from a wrong identity and a poor image, of who we really are. It is not what we do that determines who we really are. It is who we are that determines what we do."
Just like Pastor's father could not see himself as a doctor's son, and thereby refused to allow this loving man and his wife to adopt him, thus after salvation, we continue to live in the vestibule!
You see, my body is neutral, my soul is what gives me the problems! My soul is what dictates to me untruths or makes me carnally minded, which is simply living in the natural and using my 5 senses to live life. But my spirit, my "born again spirit", tells me who I really am! When my spirit receives a "Rhema" (a Word spoken from the Spirit of God to my human spirit), a Word from God; then my spirit, tells my soul, my mind, my will and my emotions, to get right; think right; be right, and then my body follows and says, "I'm ready now to enter the Mansion, the “Big House".
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28 "Come on into the big house where I have made all provision for you! "That's not how he really said it, but this is what He said:
28Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
Think about what He's saying here! "Come on in! I'm inviting you in, no matter how bad off you are. No matter how bad you've got it out there, no matter what you look like, no matter how messed up you are; come on in and let me take your weariness away! Let me take this horrible burden of survival off you. Come on in, where you can rest. I'll give you a nice bath, clean towels, a warm bathroom. I'll let you rest by the warmth of the fire, and give you the most comfortable bed you've ever slept in, after I have filled your hungry belly, with the most delicious food you have ever put in your mouth! Come on in, where I will give you all these things. I won't require of you anything, but to just be My child and love Me and let Me love you. My yoke is easy, and my burden is light. I'll teach you gently, for I am not harsh. You will love living here! You will be at peace and you will have rest".
Just as it was left to Jeff's Dad to decide to be adopted into that great family, it is our choice as well. Many choose not to see themselves living in the great Mansion, a child of the King. Some, like the idea, and accept the invitation, but never leave the vestibule. And some accept and take full advantage, seeing themselves and calling themselves by the Master's, the Father’s name. Taking on the identity of the son or the daughter of the Master, the Father.
If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be My disciple. 27And whoever does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:15-27
The Master is saying, “If you want to live with Me, if you want to be Mine; you will have to leave your old identity. I want to adopt you and you will have to leave your father and your mother and your brother and your sister. You will have to leave your friends and everything about your old life, and you will have to change the way you see yourself. You will have to see yourself as My child and act like My child. Yes, your old life will call to you to come back, but you must see yourself "in Me" and "I in you", and NEVER go back and leave the "big house" for what awaits you is gnashing of teeth!”
You see "saving of the soul", as Lee Thomas says, “simply means that the soul gets in alignment, with the purity of the spirit and SUMBITS to the spirit's authority”.
You must be SAVED; saved from the world you were born into. Saved from the death, and eternal torment, of your father, the devil; come into the Vestibule! Then you must be Sanctified - "set apart" for your Master, the Father’s service.
Sanctification is purification. The Master, the Father, cleans you up and makes you clean to come into His house. Separation - you must choose to separate yourself and submit to your new Father, and do what He says and go where He says go and act the way He acts, and allow Him to teach you and mold you and make you, like the clay on the potter's wheel; no longer your own, but in complete trust of the Potter, the Master, the Father.
Dedication - committed to allowing Him to change us, and not trying to change ourselves. What do we know about living in the "Big House" and being the son or daughter of the Master, the Father? Nothing! Absolutely nothing! In Sanctification, we are simply set apart, separated from our old life, our old ways, knowing that we are "chosen" to be a part of the Masters, the Father’s family; "called out" of the murk and the mire of the world.
Now, hiding His word in our heart’s (Ps 86:11), learning to be obedient, by listening for His voice; putting away our pride of thinking that we know more, from our experience out in the world. Spending time with the Master, in order to learn how to be the best child we can possibly be to Him, full of thanks and gratefulness for being grafted into the vine (Eph 2:11).
His desire for His son or daughter, is to prepare you to use His authority; as you go about life. If you cannot see yourself, as His son or daughter, then you cannot see yourself using the authority that He wants you to have and use, to overcome the enemy and set others free. You cannot see yourself sanctified, set apart for the Masters, the Fathers business, if you don't see yourself adopted and living in the Mansion, "IN HIM". But faith in Your Father, will begin to cause you to Work out your obedient training (James 2:17).
"Man knows everything about life except how to live it". (E. Stanley Jones)
The Master, the Father, "wants our life to come in contact with His Life, but more than that, He wants our life to be consumed with His Life. One results in salvation (eternal life in the vestibule); the other results in sanctification (effective life, in the vast interior of the Mansion). One gets us into heaven, the other gets heaven into us!"
6For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Change the way you think, and your life will change!