Prophecy of Isaiah – Isa 6:1 What Is The Lord’s Temple?

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Isa 6:1- What Is The Lord's Temple?

Isa 6:1  In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

This is the only verse we will be discussing in our study today, but I want to read this verse with the next two verses for the purpose of revealing the majesty and the spiritual significance of the timing of this vision and the spiritual significance of the Lord's throne, the spiritual significance of His train and the spiritual significance of the temple which was filled by His train.

Isa 6:1  In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Isa 6:2  Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
Isa 6:3  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 

It was "in the year King Uzziah died" that Isaiah saw this vision of the throne of God. In the year King Uzziah died, Isaiah "saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims". Next week, Lord willing, we will discuss what these seraphims are, and why we have seraphims here is this one chapter. But in our study today we will have time only to discuss the Biblical meaning of something Isaiah spoke of but did not himself understand. Isaiah did not know the spiritual meaning of the 'throne' upon which the Lord sat, nor did He understand the spiritual definition of the Lord's train or the Lord's temple, which was filled by His train.

All we will have time to discuss today is the spiritual significance of Isaiah being given this vision "In the year...Uzziah died", and the revelation given us by the holy spirit, through the pen of the apostle Paul, which settles once and for all, what is "the Lord's... throne... upon [which He is] sitting" and exactly where that throne and the temple housing that throne are spiritually located.  Lord willing, we will also see the great spiritual significance of being given this revelation of the Lord's throne, and the spiritual significance of being given the calling to be the Lord's temple, and the function of being in the Lord's temple. Then, once we see all of this, we will know what we will have to give account of as the temple in which the Lord dwells.

We will begin with:

Why Isaiah was given this vision in the year Uzziah died

When we consider closely this question, we discover that King Uzziah was generally considered to be a good king as kings of Judah go. King Uzziah is said to have "[done] that which was right in the sight of the Lord":

2Ch 26:3  Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.
2Ch 26:4  And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah did.
2Ch 26:5  And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper. 

Because he was a righteous king, the Lord blessed Uzziah and made him a very strong king. But like Job and like King Solomon before him, after he became a very strong king he also became proud, and like Korah, King Uzziah, in his pride, also wanted to assume the function of the priesthood, even though he knew the service of the priesthood was given only to the sons of Aaron. When Uzziah presumptuously attempted to take over the function of the priesthood, the true and faithful priests were given to withstand him and to cast him out of the temple. It was at that very moment that God Himself struck King Uzziah with leprosy which followed him to his death. It was just at that time, "in the year that King Uzziah died", Isaiah was given this great vision of the "high and exalted... throne of God", reflecting the good work of those priests who had kept the integrity of the Lord's house.

Here is the story of what brought about the leprosy which followed King Uzziah to his death:

2Ch 26:16  But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.
2Ch 26:17  And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men: 
2Ch 26:18  And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the LORD God. 
2Ch 26:19  Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar. 
2Ch 26:20  And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out, because the LORD had smitten him
2Ch 26:21  And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son was over the king's house, judging the people of the land. 
2Ch 26:22  Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.
2Ch 26:23  So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.

Like Korah and the 250 renowned elders of Israel who sided with Korah and who perished with Korah, King Uzziah committed the sin of being presumptuous against the Lord's order. This is what the scriptures say of that particular sin:

Psa 19:13  Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

2Pe 2:10  But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

"Dignities" are those the Lord places as our leaders, both physically and spiritually. The sin of presumptuousness completely disregards the Lord's order declaring "the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them". That may indeed be true, but it does not change the fact that the Lord has and keeps order in His creation and in His house.

Num 16:3  And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? 

King Uzziah symbolizes the leprous 'king' who is sitting on God's throne "in the temple of God showing [himself] that he is God", and his story symbolizing that "man of sin... the abomination that makes desolate", being cast out of the temple by those who are faithful priests of the Word of God.

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

We do not see this man of sin sitting on the throne of God within our hearts, this abomination that makes desolate, until the time appointed for him to be consumed with the spirit of [Christ's] mouth. So Isaiah tells us:

Isa 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

The death of Uzziah is like the death of Jacob in Egypt. Joseph's ten brothers lived in mental torment until after their father, who typifies our old man, died in Egypt. Until that day Joseph's ten brothers who had sold him into Egyptian slavery were never delivered from the torment of believing Joseph was intent upon getting his revenge upon them. In this story of Joseph the death of Jacob typifies the death of the old man within us all. Jacob, like King Uzziah, could not bring himself to believe that he needed to bow down before God's elect, and Uzziah saw no need to submit to a priestly function which only the sons of Aaron were ordained to perform before God.

Gen 37:9  And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
Gen 37:10  And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

The lesson for all of us is that we will never see the throne of God or enter into His temple until after the death of our proud, self-righteous, rebellious, carnal-minded old man.

Joh 12:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat [our old man] fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

Now let's ask and answer the questions:

What and where is the throne of God?

"The invisible God", who is omnipresent, does not sit on a literal throne. But He does 'sit upon' a spiritual throne within a 'spiritual house', a spiritual temple, and this is what that spiritual temple is, and where that 'temple' and that 'throne' is spiritually located:

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

This is such an important point that Paul repeats this message to these Corinthians in his second epistle to the Corinthians:

2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

If "God... dwell[s with]in us, where then do we dwell? The answer to that question is a Truth which few are given to hear and receive, simply because it is physically impossible. Nevertheless this is the spiritual Truth of location of the spiritual temple in which Christ and His Father dwell:

Joh 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 

It is not one person in a million who appreciates the significance of being "the temple of God" or of being the 'house' in which He dwells. It is of utmost importance that we come to appreciate just how significant it is to be God's home and the place of His dwelling.

We all know how comfortable we are within our own homes. We love to go on trips to be with friends or to see the wonders of nature. But the one thing that is even better than taking a trip to be with those we love, or to appreciate the wonders of this world, and that 'one thing' is coming home again to our own house, our own home and our own bed and our own familiar living quarters. That is what we are to our God, if He is dwelling within our hearts and minds. We are His own familiar living quarters in which He is most comfortable.

2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

We can better appreciate what all of this means if we understand why Aaron and His sons, the high priest and his priest sons, were commanded to "come out from among them" (2Co 6:17). When performing the service of the Lord and His house, Aaron and his sons were to separate themselves from the camp of Israel and keep themselves and the temple and the things of the temple from being defiled by the people and the things of the court of the people. They were commanded to be separated from and undefiled by the people and the things of the camp of Israel.

This is what God admonished Aaron and his sons, and this "is written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come" (1Co 10:11):

Num 4:5  And when the camp setteth forward, Aaron shall come, and his sons, and they shall take down the covering vail, and cover the ark of testimony with it:
Num 4:6  And shall put thereon the covering of badgers' skins, and shall spread over it a cloth wholly of blue, and shall put in the staves thereof.
Num 4:7  And upon the table of shewbread they shall spread a cloth of blue, and put thereon the dishes, and the spoons, and the bowls, and covers to cover withal: and the continual bread shall be thereon: 
Num 4:8  And they shall spread upon them a cloth of scarlet, and cover the same with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put in the staves thereof.
Num 4:9  And they shall take a cloth of blue, and cover the candlestick of the light, and his lamps, and his tongs, and his snuffdishes, and all the oil vessels thereof, wherewith they minister unto it:
Num 4:10  And they shall put it and all the vessels thereof within a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put it upon a bar.
Num 4:11  And upon the golden altar they shall spread a cloth of blue, and cover it with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put to the staves thereof:
Num 4:12  And they shall take all the instruments of ministry, wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, and put them in a cloth of blue, and cover them with a covering of badgers' skins, and shall put them on a bar:
Num 4:13  And they shall take away the ashes from the altar, and spread a purple cloth thereon:
Num 4:14  And they shall put upon it all the vessels thereof, wherewith they minister about it, even the censers, the fleshhooks, and the shovels, and the basons, all the vessels of the altar; and they shall spread upon it a covering of badgers' skins, and put to the staves of it.
Num 4:15  And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation.

It was only Aaron and his sons who were permitted to enter into the temple and to handle "the instruments of ministry". "[Those] who served the tabernacle" were forbidden to so much as touch the things of the ministry of the temple, and they were also forbidden to eat with the priests, the sons of Aaron.

Heb 13:9  Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
Heb 13:10  We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

"Different and strange doctrines" are the "meats which have not profited them that have been occupied therein". What Paul is telling us is that those "sons of Kohath", those Levites who were given to carry the things of the temple but were never given to so much as touch "the instruments of ministry", were also prohibited from eating with the sons of Aaron because the Kohathites, who were not permitted to eat with the priests, nor to touch "the instruments of ministry in the sanctuary" are the symbol of those who are "carried about with different and strange doctrines [partakers of] meats which have not profited them..."

The spiritual mantra of these spiritual 'Kohathites' is "Unity in the essentials, tolerance in the nonessentials, and love in all things". Their doctrine is this:

Num 16:3  And they [Korah and company] gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?

Believing there are 'nonessential words' "proceeding out of the mouth of God" is the very definition of being "carried about by every wind of doctrine". The sons of Aaron had an altar at which the Levites who served the temple "[had] no right to eat". The sons of Aaron were commanded to eat only in the holy place before the golden altar. No one else was permitted to eat in the holy place, which was and still is within the temple of God. It mattered not that they "served the tabernacle" and were working near the tabernacle in the court of the people; they still "[had] no right to eat [at the] altar... within the tabernacle".

The holy of holies, the ark of God, the mercy seat, the cherubims and "all the instruments of ministry" are all within the tabernacle and are completely off limits to "[those] which serve the tabernacle". So it is with us if we are in Christ and He is in us:

Heb 13:10  We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

That verse of scripture is one very despised doctrine, which will not be found on the table of devils.

Now we are able to see what we are told Isaiah could not see or understand.

1Pe 1:9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 
1Pe 1:10  Of which salvation the prophets [including Isaiah] have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 
1Pe 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselvesbut unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

This all sounds so 'elitist' and so 'exclusionary', and while God's elect are "meek above all men which [are] upon the face of the earth", yet in spiritual matters they must keep themselves pure and undefiled by all the things which are upon the face of the earth. Our Lord's throne is "high and lifted up". It is not down on the earth with those who are carnal minded, except to dwell within us. His throne is in heaven, and 'heaven' and 'His throne' are "high above the earth" in the hearts and minds of His people, if indeed Christ is dwelling within us.

Isa 55:9  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

2Co 4:7  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

If He has truly taken up residence within us, then we are His heavenly "spiritual house":

Psa 11:4  The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Notice what we are told here in 1Pe 2:5. We are told that we are both the house of God, and at the same time we are "an holy priesthood", the priests who minister in and minister to the house of God. That is what we are, and that is what we do because that is what Christ is, and that is what He does:

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

1Jn 2:1  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 
1Jn 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

Christ lives within us, making us His place of abode. He tells us we are "Jesus of Nazareth" (Acts 22:8). At the same time He ministers to us.

We are not naturally born of the spirit of God. We are by nature "of [our] father the devil" (Joh 8:44), and we just naturally usurp the throne of God in 'heaven':

2Th 2:4  Who [our old man within us] opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he [we] as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

But if we are granted to become the "spiritual... house of God... ", then that "house of God" is where "judgment must begin" (1Pe 4:17). If judgment has begun within our lives, then in time we are granted in this age to be brought to our wits' end (Psa 107:27). Only then, after being brought to our wits' end, will we be brought to our desired haven (Psa 107: 30).

Did you know that we are told what that 'desired haven' is? Yes, we are told what and where that "desired haven" is. What we are told is that place of rest is Christ, that place of peace of mind, that haven, is Christ, into whom we are 'brought' and into whom we must 'enter'. Christ alone can give us rest. He alone is "the Lord of the sabbath", and He is also the "sabbath [which] remains... to the people of God".

Let's read it with our own eyes:

Psa 107:25  For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
Psa 107:26  They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
Psa 107:27  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end. 
Psa 107:28  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:29  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Psa 107:30  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven. 
Psa 107:31  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Heb 4:5  And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest [into Christ]. 
Heb 4:6  Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
Heb 4:7  Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Heb 4:8  For if Jesus [Greek: Joshua] had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
Heb 4:9  There remaineth therefore a rest [Christ and His doctrine] to the people of God. 
Heb 4:10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

As the scriptures reveal, God does not just naturally dwell within us, but "each in his own order" (1Co 15:23) will experience the destruction of that "man of sin [who] sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is [his own] god", and he will be "destroyed with the brightness of [Christ's] coming":

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

And where are we when Christ enters into us? When Christ enters into us, we enter into Him:

Joh 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

God has a pattern by which His tabernacle, and "all the instruments of the ministry" within His temple, is measured and that pattern must, in time, be followed in every detail.

Exo 25:9  According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.

Exo 25:40  And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount. 

Here is the New Testament anti-type of that prophecy:

Rev 11:1  And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

Rev 11:19  And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. 

"Lightnings... voices... thunderings... an earthquake, and great hail." In other words, there was judgment beginning at the house of God. We are the temple of God. We are those who worship therein, and Christ's doctrines are our 'meat' which we 'eat' at our altar, our 'table' at which 'they who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat'. If we permit them to eat at our altar, at our table (1Co 10:21), then we are in reality eating at their altar, and we are partaking of their false doctrines, and we do not measure up to the pattern "which was shown [us] in the mount".

Heb 13:9  Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with gracenot with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. 
Heb 13:10  We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

Christ and His doctrines are "the ark of His testament". His doctrines are the lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and the earthquake, and the great hail which will wipe away the refuge of all the lies and false doctrines of "the table of devils... [of] different and strange doctrines" which we are forbidden to eat.  We have all partaken of "the refuge of lies" in our own time, and we must never again permit those lies to abide at our altar or be placed upon our table:

Isa 28:17  Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the [living] waters shall overflow the hiding place.

1Co 10:21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.

Isaiah saw the Lord "high and lifted up" with his train filling the temple. His "train" is His clothing, and we are told the Lord's clothing is linen:

Dan 10:5  Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:

Dan 12:6  And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

What is the spiritual significance of linen? This is what the linen is. This is the spiritual significance of the Lord's train which fills His temple:

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Isaiah himself confirms that "the fine linen is the righteousness of saints:

Isa 61:10  I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

Righteousness is inseparable from righteous doctrine, and unrighteousness is inseparable from false doctrines.

The "altar" at which we eat is located within the tabernacle, within that temple. If we tolerate false doctrines within the temple of God, upon "the Lord's table", then we are offering our Lord "the sacrifice of fools", and we simply will not long be His 'temple'. If we "partake... of the table of devils", then we will not long be "partakers of the Lord's table".

We have seen that God's throne is within His temple, and we have seen that we are that 'temple'. In other words we are in Christ, Christ is in us, and we are all within His Father, and we must be very careful to:

Ecc 5:1  Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.
Ecc 5:2  Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

Joh 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

What we are being told throughout the Word of God is that there are no "nonessentials" within the Words that proceed out of the mouth of God". Rather, we are to "try the spirits to see whether they are of God" (1Jo 4:1), and when we find any spirit, any doctrine, failing to measure up to "the pattern shown [us] in the mount", failing to measure up to the pattern Christ left us, then we are to "purge out... the old leaven" and "live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God":

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Eze 20:38  And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

1Co 5:7  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

1Jn 4:1  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 
1Jn 4:2  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
1Jn 4:3  And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
1Jn 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
1Jn 4:5  They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.

That "Christ IS come in the flesh" is, was, and will be true, and what John is very clearly and very boldly telling us is this:

1Jn 4:6  We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not usHereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Lest any of us miss the message of these verses and who "we" and "us" are, the meaning is made clear, and it is all reiterated in these words:

1Ti 3:14  These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
1Ti 3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

We are "the house of God", but we are not that house as individuals, outside of or apart from the other "spiritual stones" which make up the Lord's "spiritual house".

1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

Only corporately are we the house and the body of Christ.

1Co 12:12  For just as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of the body, being many, are one body, so also is the Christ. (ACV)

John does not tell us in 1 John 4:6, 'I am of God, he that knows God hears me'. The holy spirit inspired John to say "WE are of God: he that knows God hears US; he that is not of God heareth not US. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." We are not the house of God as individuals independent one of another:

Only when we see that we are the house of God and that He dwells in us as a body with many members, will we able to:

Isa 6:1  [See] the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train fill[ing] the temple.

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