February 16, 2019

“The Lesson of the Heavenly Blue-Print”

By E. C. Koltenbah

"Now if he were on earth, he would not be a priest at all, seeing there are those who offer the gifts
according to the law; who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, even as Moses is warned when he
is about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern that was
showed thee in the mount." Heb. 8:4-5 (Ex. 25:40).

The pursuance of this study is best accomplished by reading a number of chapters in Exodus especially
beginning with the 25th, the entire Epistle to the Hebrews, other cross references, and by consulting Milligan's
"Scheme of Redemption." We are here offering only a mere outline study in the interest of extreme brevity and
in order to stimulate thought, serious sober thought, upon this Bible theme.

Logical deductions based upon the truth of the heavenly blue-print set forth in the above submitted text.

I. That the fact of the heavenly blue-print means there is a reality; God is the designer of the blue-print,
hence of the reality. The blue-print is of something other than itself!

II. That the fact of the reality for which God provided a blue-print means the reality is in the eternal
purpose of God; a purpose to be put into effect, into reality. Hence it could not fail!

III. That the order to Moses to build the tabernacle strictly according to the blue-print connotes the
divine intention to accurately prefigure the exact nature of the reality; the type must accurately
prefigure or picture the reality; else the blue-print failed of its purpose!

IV. That the strict adherence to the blueprint enjoined upon Moses connotes the divinely decreed
exactness and immutable nature of the reality prefigured by the Mosaic type; else the type partakes
of greater essentiality than the reality or anti-type!

V. That the strict obedience of Moses in the construction of the tabernacle enables us to unerringly
establish the accuracy of the construction of the reality in its structure and services; else the
blue-print lesson is of little value!

VI. That the tabernacle thus accurately describes its divinely appointed anti-type in both structure and

     A. As to structure.

          1. The holy of holies thus pictures the heavenly sanctuary; its ark and covenant, the seat of
the New Covenant, namely, heaven, the throne of God. The veil as the only entrance,
Christ's body (Heb. 10:20), by which he has entered for us (Heb. 6:20).

          2. The holy place thus pictures the church; the table with its showbread the feeding upon
Christ; the golden lamp with its oil and light, the light of truth by the Spirit, the only
spiritual food and light for the people of God; its veil the only entrance; its incense from
the golden altar, "the prayers of the saints" (Rev. 5:8), God's priests (I Pet. 2:5).

          3. The outer court thus pictures the world ; its brazen altar, Christ's sacrifice once made
forever, made in the world, not in the church; and the laver before the outer veil wherein
the priests were cleansed by washing, the baptisinal cleansing for sins before entrance into
the church.

NOTE: It may be objected by some that the type falls down in picturing Christ's entrance into heaven by
the passing of the high priest, first through the holy place (typical of the church), then into the holy of holies
(typical of heaven). Hence, that Christ passed through the church before entering heaven, therefore the church
existing before Pentecost of Acts 2. But God took care of that too. Lev. 16:17 gave specific orders for no one
to be in the tabernacle at all when the high priest accomplished the atonement. So if a church existed before
Pentecost it had no one in it and that on divine orders. The type does not fail.

     B. As to its services.

          1. Note that when the priests were cleansed they served in the tabernacle, the holy place; that they
could not serve until cleansed; so also the priests of the New Covenant. They are first cleansed,
then ushered in to serve God acceptably.

          2. Note that there was no other structure in which to serve and accomplish the services as God
appointed. So it is with the church as the antitype.

          3. Note that there were no booths, no vestibules, no appendages, to the tabernacle wherein to
accomplish any, or all, or in part, the services designated. So also with the church ; God has
provided no vestibules, no booths, no appendages, no institutions, to do the work of the church
as such in whole or in part!

          4. Note that Moses thus followed the blueprint under divine order. He therefore created a
structure which with its services coincided with the blue-print, and thus in turn accurately
described the reality under the New Covenant, both as to its structure and as to its services. Let
him who objects find and establish a flaw in Moses' reproduction!

          5. Therefore, any addition thereto, or subtraction therefrom, or alteration thereof, in the structure
and services of the antitype, must forever rest upon the devices of men and never upon the word
of God; else the type-antitype lesson of the heavenly blue-print breaks down and the flood-gate
against innovation laid flat!

          6. Again, it follows that the erection of any institution to accomplish the work of the Lord's
church constitutes just such an innovation and positively possesses no higher authority for its
existence and operation as such than any other form of digressive or sectarian error!

          7. Finally, that no believer or group of believers, is obligated whether by persuasion,
argumentation, censure, coercion, aspersion, vilification or excommunication to provide
support whether by silence, or by preachment, or by contribution in time, treasure, supplication
or moral encouragement, to any such humanly organized and constituted institutional effort to
do the work which by divine purpose, blueprint, type, reality, and authority was to have been
accomplished, and under apostolic direction was accomplished, solely by the blood bought
church of the Lord of heaven and earth.

          8. If the reader of these few lines wants to contemplate the scriptural admonitions relative to
stubborn and wilful human insistance upon pursuing a purely institutional course herein
described despite the divine lesson of the heavenly blue-print he is absolutely free to do so for

The study of the scriptural passages referred to above is sincerely urged.

Truth Magazine IV:5, pp. 2-3
February 1960