The Experience of the Entrances to the
Holy Place and the Holy of Holies - the Pathway to Mingling and
Incorporation With God
Exodus 26: 31~37
“And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet strands and fine
twined linen; it shall be made with cherubim, the work of a skillful
workman. And you shall hang it upon four pillars of acacia overlaid with
gold; their hooks shall be of gold, on four sockets of silver. And you shall
hang up the veil under the clasps and bring the Ark of the Testimony there
within the veil; and the veil shall make a separation for you between the
Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. And you shall put the expiation cover
upon the Ark of the Testimony in the Holy of Holies. And you shall set the
table outside the veil, and the lampstand opposite the table on the side of
the tabernacle toward the south; and the table you shall put on the north
side. And you shall make a screen for the entrance of the tent, of blue and
purple and scarlet strands and fine twined linen, the work of an
embroiderer. And for the screen you shall make five pillars of acacia and
overlay them with gold; their hooks shall be of gold, and you shall cast
five sockets of bronze for them.”
The Pathway to Mingling and Incorporation With God - the Entrances to the
Holy Place and the Holy of Holies
The Entrance to the Holy Place
“And for the screen you shall make five pillars of acacia and overlay them
with gold...” (Exodus 26: 37)
The entrance to the holy place is upheld by five pillars of acacia wood
overlaid with gold and standing on sockets of bronze, which divide the
entrance into a fourfold opening. Upon this entrance hangs a veil, or
According to revelation: Through the preaching of Christ’s believers, God’s
dwelling place is opened to all, even to the ends of the earth.
According to experience: First, when a person has fully consecrated himself
and experienced the renewing of the Holy Spirit, he experiences being drawn
into a deeper understanding and experience of Christ under the judging
light. Second, the four openings of the entrance to the Holy Place denote
that the path of our growth is through the judging light issuing from those
God-men who are mingled with God in Christ. Third, the number four denotes
that the capacity of the entrance is in accordance with the capacity we
possess based upon our personal growth in life. The number four also denotes
that the capacity of our growth grows ever deeper. That is, as we arrive at
different levels of growth, we will experience the entrance according to
whatever measure we have come to possess.
More Advanced Experience of the Judgment
After passing through the pillars of bronze at the gate, we enter the outer
court. Here we experience and live under God’s judgment. Then, we pass
through the bronze altar of burnt offering and the laver of bronze. All
along this way, the judging light signified by the bronze causes us to say,
“Lord, I want to take a further step. I want to experience growth to
maturity. Before You, I desire to possess a greater spiritual capacity.” At
this very moment, we are united with the Lord, and have a deeper
understanding and experience of Christ under this judging light.
Those Mingled with God are the Path for Our Growth
On the one hand, the five pillars of acacia wood overlaid with gold typify
that Christ the God-man is our entrance to the Holy Place; on the other
hand, this entrance also typifies that those God-men who are mingled with
God become the path for our growth. Whether or not a brother experiences
proper growth throughout his Christian life very much depends upon whether
or not he encounters a mature, operating God-man. Why did Watchman Nee grow
so well? Because he met a God-man—Margaret E. Barber. In like manner, why
did Witness Lee grow so well? It was because he met the God-man Watchman
Whether or not you grow well has much to do with whether or not you meet a
God-man. Don’t just say, “I can be responsible to God on my own. I feel I am
able to pursue the Lord as an individual.” While you should be responsible
to God and pursue Him desperately, that’s not enough. Eventually, you will
still find that you lack something. Your proper growth is closely related to
the five pillars at the entrance to the Holy Place—in other words, those who
pass through and abide in the judgment and who are full of the divine nature
and are mingled with God. These very people are the pathway for your growth.
Hence, the brothers and sisters should tell the serving ones, “The more you
develop into a God-man, the better I will grow; the more you are constituted
a God-man, the better growth I will have. If you become a healthy God-man, I
will grow well; if you are a sloppy serving one, I am doomed to be a lousy
Many years ago, I was in a certain locality where the evening meetings would
always be dismissed at nine o’clock or earlier. As soon as the meeting was
over, one of the leading brothers would leave right away. Why? Because at
nine o’clock his favorite soap opera was on. It is a sad fact that if the
serving one is sloppy, the saints will very likely be sacrificed.
A Chinese proverb says, “An accomplished disciple owes his accomplishments
to a great teacher.” Throughout your life, what you learn from a great
teacher will become your great blessing. For instance, in my middle school
days, one of my Chinese teachers had a great influence on me. Afterwards,
during my college years, a very prestigious philosophy professor also
greatly inspired me. Spiritually speaking, the teachers that can be of great
help to us are those who are judged, beaten and constituted by God, and who
are pillars of acacia wood overlaid with gold. They are standing there—not
one, but five of them! The higher and more heavenly they are, the higher and
more heavenly your growth will be.
The Four Passages are Custom-made, Growing Deeper Every Cycle
On the one hand, five pillars overlaid with gold are at the entrance; on the
other hand, the four passageways signify that the capacity of the entrance
is based upon what you can bear according to your growth in life. Whoever
enters into the Holy Place can remain in that experience as long as he
consecrates himself to the Lord, experiences the washing of regeneration and
passes through the shining of the Holy Spirit. Although the experience of
the “four” may be smaller for some and larger to others, it is open to all.
The size of the four passages is according to the capacity of your stage of
The number four also reveals that our capacity deepens with every cycle of
growth. Every time we enter the Holy Place, we will experience it more
deeply, for the experience of our entering brings us along an ever deepening
cycle of growth. As we arrive at different levels of growth, our experience
of the entrance will be at different levels as well.
The Entrance to the Holy of Holies
“ And you shall hang it (the veil) upon four pillars of acacia overlaid with
gold…on four sockets of silver.” (Exodus 26:32)
The Holy of Holies is separated from the Holy Place by four pillars, forming
an entrance of three openings. A separating veil is hung upon the pillars.
According to revelation: The believers who are one with the crucified Christ
enjoy the Triune God as their entrance.
According to experience: First, those God-men who are mingled with God and
constituted with Christ’s redemption become the pathway for God’s saved ones
to be incorporated with God. According to Witness Lee, the apostle Paul was
such a one. He said that Paul was a very essential channel between Christ as
the Head, and His Body. (See Life-study of Philippians, Message Seven, pp.
63-64.) Second, healthy growth eventually results in being left with nothing
other than the Triune God.
The Pathway for Our Incorporation with God
At the entrance to the Holy of Holies, there are four (instead of five)
pillars, forming three passageways. These four pillars are made of acacia
wood overlaid with gold and stand upon sockets of silver. This picture
portrays that those brothers who stand here are God-men remaining under
God’s judgment, living out Christ’s redemption, and are in some degree
experiencing the Ark of the Testimony. That is, they are mature. One of the
traits of such maturity would be real involvement with the “three,” which
refers to the Triune God.
As we grow, we grow from the outer court into the Holy Place, and then from
the Holy Place into the Holy of Holies. The experiences of the outer court
signify being united with God; the experiences of the Holy Place signify
being mingled with God; and the experiences of the Holy of Holies signify
being incorporated with God. To become incorporated with God, we have to
pass through those who are already experiencing this incorporation with God.
Such a oneness is not something of God’s judgment, but rather something of
being constituted with God. Such oneness manifests the spiritual man. What
characterizes him is that he is constituted with Christ’s redemption and
salvation. Therefore, he becomes the pathway for others who are saved to be
incorporated with God. As Witness Lee said, the apostle Paul is a very
important channel between the Christ, the Head, and His Body. Therefore Paul
is one of the pillars at the entrance to the Holy of Holies, Watchman Nee is
another, and Witness Lee, for they are all such men constituted with God.
The Three Passages Lead Us into the Triune God Himself
How I desire one day to be a pillar standing on the socket of silver—with
every aspect of my whole being able to pass through the Lord’s redemption!
Such a man is able to bring about a healthy growth signified by the number
three here. In other words, after entering the Holy of Holies, there is
nothing left but God! If you are a healthy useful servant of the Lord
standing with Him, and if you are able to operate with the Lord in God’s
economy, the final result of your service will be to help others know
nothing other than Jesus Christ, to know only Christ, the Triune God alone!
That is the significance of the three passages that form the entrance to the
Holy of Holies.
The Experience of These Two Entrances
Leading Us Step by Step to the High Peak of Growth
The entrance to the Holy Place leads you to the enjoyment of the Lord and
the experience of being worked on by God. The entrance to the Holy of Holies
ushers you into co-working with God until eventually you are constituted to
be God (but not part of the Godhead).
The two different entrances illustrate that the more you grow, the more you
enjoy God; the more you grow, the more you experience God’s working; the
more you grow, the more you are united with God; the more you grow, the more
constitution of God you will possess. When at last you grow into the Holy of
Holies, you grow unto the highest peak of growth, for in the Holy of Holies,
you have nothing left but God and Christ alone!
However, it is interesting that, although we know that our lives are only
for Christ, and our declaration is: “Jesus only! Lay hold of Christ alone!
Follow only Christ! Testify of nothing other than Christ!” …somehow, while
passing through this entrances, unconsciously we add many other goals.
Eventually, however, a real Jesus lover and follower, or a truly normal
healthy church, has to experience the Holy of Holies where there is nothing
except God himself, God’s supply, and Christ’s resurrection power. There is
nothing else found in the Holy of Holies!
Sometimes, when young saints fervently and gloriously commit themselves to
things we laud as good, I am greatly worried for them. What is truly good
will always lead people into Christ and not into the thing itself. I once
heard a very excited Christian “release his spirit” as he spoke about
various alternative diet therapies. He made the listeners feel that to do
what he taught was a really necessary. What about us? When we say we are
teaching the truth in the Bible, shouldn’t we use our spirit and the riches
of the truth and the high peak revelation to usher people to Christ?
Nothing But Christ in the Church Life
Brothers and sisters, what should fill the church life? Emphatically, I
would like to say that only Christ must fill the church life! Apart from
Christ, there is nothing! The church life must be a Christ-filled Life.
In our church life, there shouldn’t be things other than Christ. Living the
church life, we must care for nothing but Christ. If in the church life we
still talk about and pay attention to any other topic besides Christ, we
have strayed beyond what is revealed in the picture of the tabernacle. The
tabernacle picture portrays no other subject but Christ—everything in this
portrait is Christ, the experiences of Christ, and the enjoyment in the
church life. Eventually, the church life in our locality must be fully in
the reality of the Holy of Holies.
The fact that the Holy of Holies has three passages formed by four pillars
of acacia wood overlaid with gold indicates that we are actually led into
the Holy of Holies through the God-men who are mingled with God. What do we
find in the Holy of Holies? Christ! What do we enjoy? Christ! What do we
gain? Christ! What do we experience? Christ! What do we ask for? Christ!
What do we manifest? Christ! Eventually, what is our entire Christian life?
Christ! Besides Christ we see nothing and possess nothing else! We have
Christ and Christ alone!
Christ is Everything
All the servants of the Lord are like the pillars at the entrance to the
Holy of Holies, including Paul, Peter, Watchman Nee and Witness Lee. They
are pillars greatly used by the Lord to usher us into Christ. None of them
existed for themselves or for their own ministries. Each of the useful
servants of the Lord simply have had one purpose, that is, to help us, the
saved ones, through the New Testament ministry, to gain Christ. Christ is
everything! This is the spiritual significance of the entrance to the Holy
Brothers and sisters, the pillars at the entrance to the Holy of Holies
stand as a reminder to us that it’s against God to mention or exalt any name
or thing besides Christ, or to replace Christ with any other name or thing.
Be careful to never exalt the Lord’s servants above Christ. Learn to pray,
“Lord, we love Your servants. Even though we have received so much help from
them, we want to have Christ only. Our desire is for God alone. The three
passageways to the Holy of Holies reveal Christ and God only! Lord, what I
want is Christ! What I want to gain is Christ! I would like to testify of
Christ only! Lord, we praise You for the many servants You have raised up.
They present us in Christ to God according to Your blueprint, Your will.
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!”