We have said that the Bride will come forth in the understanding that we must, as the Body of CHRIST, be knit together in love.
This knitting together in love will come about in an actualization of the love of MASHIAH YESHUA for His Body, in our inward parts. Our love for one another will flow out of the actuality of YESHUA’s love manifested in us.
1 John 4:9 [YLT] declares that the manifestation of the love of GOD in us is through the gift of the only begotten SON: < 9 In this was manifested the love of God in us, because His Son – the only begotten – hath God sent to the world, that we may live through him >.
John 1:16 [NASB] declares: < 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. >
John 3:16 [NKJV] declares that the love of GOD is communicated into us in the only begotten SON – through our faith in YESHUA MASHIAH: < 16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. >
This love in us is a manifestation that is of YESHUA’s flesh! [See John 6:51].
Ephesians 5:29-30 [NKJV] reads: < 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. >
Prophetically speaking, YESHUA’s love is actualized in a heart of [His] flesh.
Ezekiel 36: 25-27 [NKJV] speaks of this heart of flesh that unfolds after YHWH has given us a new heart and a new spirit: < 25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. >
This heart of flesh is called the Epistle of CHRIST in 2 Corinthians 3:3 [NKJV]. This Epistle in a heart of flesh is uniquely engineered in us by YHWH: < 3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. >
We need to pray and worship by the SPIRIT for the love of YESHUA to be manifested (see John 16:14b) in a heart of flesh as often as we remember! “Remember Me”, He said!
As Ephesians 3:20 declares, YHWH will give us exceedingly abundantly, beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.
This heart of flesh represents the essential reality in which YHWH communicates the fulfillment of the Law into our being. And, this comes about as the reality of YESHUA’s love is progressively realized in us and, expressed through us – from a heart that YHWH is creating (see Ps 51:10).
Love actualized from GOD in a heart of flesh [through prayer and worship in the SPIRIT] and, expressed in our daily living, is the fulfillment of the Law [1 John 4:9, NKJV; Rom 13:8, NKJV].
A heart of flesh, that is 100% the work of YHWH, prophetically flows out of Exodus 31:18 and 32:16, which declare: < 18 And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God. 16 Now the tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God engraved on the tablets. >
Now the basis of the fulfillment of the Law is the Covenant that YHWH progressively brings into being, in a living heart of YESHUA’s flesh, in us. The flesh of the LAMB forms the construct of Covenant in us. And, this Covenant, witnessed in the Blood of the LAMB, is the Word of the Oath that forms Blood Covenant.
The Word of the Oath is of YESHUA’s flesh, manifested in a heart of flesh – as Blood Covenant uniquely engineered by YHWH – within each one of us.
Hebrews 7:28 speaks of the Oath of YHWH that forms Blood Covenant: < 28 For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law [in the actuality of the Law having been fulfilled in and by JESUS CHRIST – Matt 5:17], appoints the Son who has been perfected forever. >
The Covenant, actualized in a growing heart of flesh, is the love of YHWH actualized through JESUS CHRIST. It is the love of YHWH because the heart of flesh is entirely of JESUS CHRIST – of His Flesh, as the only Begotten SON, in the bosom of the FATHER (John 1:18)!
The HOLY SPIRIT circumcises our heart of flesh so that we will actualize the capacity to love YHWH with all of our heart and soul – in fulfillment of the Law, as prophesied by Moses the Law-giver.
- Deut 30:6 [NKJV] points to this: < 6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. … 8 And you will again obey the voice of the LORD and do all His commandments which I command you today. >
- Rom 2:29 [NKJV] reads: < 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter ….. >
- Col 2:11-15 [NKJV] reads: < 11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh [the fallen flesh of our carnality], by the circumcision of Christ [YESHUA’s Heart was circumcised in His death and resurrection, in fulfillment of the Law; and we appropriate the fulfillment in YESHUA’s Testimony by faith; hence our justification by faith in YESHUA], 12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us [thus qualifying us under the Law for a Marriage], which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. >
The circumcision of our heart qualifies us to enter into a Marriage Covenant with the LAMB, where two hearts will become one flesh! This one flesh binding tie will be in His Flesh!
In the Abrahamic Covenant, circumcision was the evidence of the Covenant (see Gen 17:11). Hence, in the New Covenant our circumcision by the SPIRIT is the evidence of Covenant. And, the evidence of our circumcision – as evidenced in a love for GOD through JESUS CHRIST [see Deut 30:6] – qualifies us for a Marriage. And, this is so, because we are circumcised in a heart that is of His flesh!
Colossians 2:2b [NKJV] tells us that our circumcision [which will also express us as members one of another] will be evidenced in our hearts < being knit together [as the Body of MASHIAH that YESHUA has justified by His love for us] in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ >.
The Marriage Union of the LAMB and His Bride takes place when the two are in a position to become “one flesh” [see Eph 5:30-32, NKJV]. Our circumcised heart that loves GOD, qualifies us for a Marriage with the LAMB.
In this reality of a circumcised heart of His flesh, YESHUA is addressed as ‘David’ – the ‘Well Beloved’, Our Husband!
All of our hearts must be a construct of YESHUA’s own flesh [see 2 Cor 3:3, NKJV] for us to qualify as His Bride.
The formation of our hearts in the flesh of the LAMB fulfills the Davidic Covenant that has the prophetic intent of unveiling each one of us as: < a man after My [YHWH’s] own heart, who will do all My [YHWH’s] will > [Acts 13:22c].
2 Corinthians 4:6-7, [NKJV] proclaims the highest reality of this Light of Life [see John 8:12] being manifested in us, in the following terms: < 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us >.
For all this to come into fulfillment we must be objectively willing to pursue the reality of being knit together in love, as the Body of MASHIAH, through a heart of YESHUA’s flesh. The prophetic implications of this knitting together are simply astonishing!
We must pursue this knitting together, in order to realize the essential prophetic ingredient to the Mystery of GOD – YESHUA’s flesh – being perfected and finished through a one flesh tie in a Bride:< 2 that their [our] hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom [that defines every application of the Word of GOD that YHWH Fulfills prophetically – see Jer 1:11-12] and knowledge [that opens in revelatory insights manifested in a people prophetically sealed to be a Bride for the LAMB]. >
As John 1:16-17 [NASB] declares: < 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. > Amen!
And we are talking of grace realized in an astonishing plane of functional prophetic reality!
We are writing these articles so that you will be convinced that by a faith authored and finished by JESUS CHRIST, in a circumcised heart of flesh – grace upon grace – you can and will, by the SPIRIT, be a Bride.
Please be reminded once more that we will not become a Bride by practice of the Law; we will only be a Bride if we put on CHRIST and actualize the fulfillment of the Law in and through His substance and witness arising in a circumcised heart of YESHUA’s flesh – by grace through faith.
It will be impossible to become a Bride by practice of the Law. Because our righteousnesses are defined in the Prophets as filthy rags (Isa 64:6).
We become a Bride by grace, manifested and developed in the substance of the fullness of JESUS CHRIST, predestined over our lives [see John 1:16-17, NASB/NKJV/KJV].
We will become a Bride, grace upon grace – by the ministry of the HOLY SPIRIT [see John 16:14, 13-15] as YESHUA intercedes for His wife [see Heb 7:25c] even as He washes Her by the Washing with the Water of the Word [see Eph 5:25-27]! Isn’t this an incredible reality to walk into by grace, through faith in YESHUA MASHIAH.
For all this to come forth we must objectively reject legalism. People shut under the Law will never understand the power of YHWH’s love given to us by the SPIRIT, in the only begotten SON who is in the bosom of the FATHER (John 1:18).
As Romans 3:19-28, [NKJV] reads:
< 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets [in fulfilled terms in the Testimony of JESUS – see Matt 5:17; Rev 19:10c],
22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ [KJV: faith of Jesus Christ!], to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,
26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. >
GBU in and by and through YESHUA’s love manifested, perfected and completed in you – in a heart of His flesh! Amen!
Written By: James Niles
The Tabernacle School of Ministry