Tabernacles: A Brief Biblical Basis
Love of the Spirit, or the spiritual bonding of the Body of Christ through God’s divine love, is the New Testament fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles much like tongues is the spiritual fulfillment of the feast of Pentecost. Like Pentecost in the church age there is also a biblical basis for the feast of Tabernacles in the New Testament church.
The basis of Spiritual love is the revealing (or manifestation) of God’s love in and through us. As it is written,
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
1 John 4:7,8
Spiritual love, is in reality, the pure love that existed in the Garden of Eden before the fall of Adam, and it is this same love that God wishes to restore to His people. If we will be made into God’s image and likeness our most prominent attribute will be His most prominent attribute: love.
The unity of the Body of Christ will come not from men agreeing on doctrine, but rather from the shared spiritual experience of Tabernacles which is divine love. Natural members of a physical body must listen to the instructions of the head in order to work together in agreement. Likewise, as we become one with God and submit fully to His headship the Body of Christ will naturally come into agreement with one another and work in unity through His Spirit.
It is written in the book of 1 Samuel,
“And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.”
1 Samuel 18:1
This is an example of a supernatural love that God gave to Jonathan in order that David might be protected from his father Saul. Saul, being natural minded, could not understand Jonathan’s devotion to David and said,
“Then Saul’s anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother’s nakedness? For as long as the son of Jesse liveth upon the ground, thou shalt not be established, nor thy kingdom. Wherefore now send and fetch him unto me, for he shall surely die.”
1 Samuel 30, 31
To Saul’s natural understanding, Jonathan’s actions made no sense because he could not understand the self-sacrificial love that his son felt for David. Saul could not understand this type of love because it was not of this Earth.
Finally, we see this type of love perfectly described in 1 Corinthians,
“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
To summarize, Spiritual love is simply the nature of God revealed in and through His saints to this present creation. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself and now God is in the sons of God finishing the work Jesus began. It is any wonder that spiritual fulfillment of Tabernacles is characterized by intense and heavenly love?