Thursday, February 23, 2017

Law - The Holy Place (SD16)

Exo 40:22-23  He put the table in the tabernacle of meeting, on the north side of the tabernacle, outside the veil; and he set the bread in order upon it before the Lord, as the Lord had commanded Moses. He put the lampstand in the tabernacle of meeting, across from the table, on the south side of the tabernacle; and he lit the lamps before the Lord, as the Lord had commanded Moses. He put the gold altar in the tabernacle of meeting in front of the veil; and he burned sweet incense on it, as the Lord had commanded Moses.
    For any priest to enter into the Holy Place (Tabernacle of meeting), full of the presence of the Holy Spirit, he must first washed himself with the water in the laver (pure water) and then put on the holy garments of the priests. Similarly, every Christian who wants to be surrounded with the Holy Spirit must first cleanse himself from the defilements of this world with the words of Jesus. Having loved our Lord Jesus by keeping His commandments, then our Lord Jesus will be baptized him with the Holy Spirit (enter into the Holy Place), Who will lead him into understanding knowledge and truth.
There are three types of utensils in the Holy Place of Moses Tabernacles and also all subsequent Temples of God, namely:-

1. Table of Showbread
    The unleavened bread (word of God) was the food for the priests. This was fulfilled by our Lord Jesus Christ the bread of life for leaving behind His words, teachings, commands, etc. with us. From His words, the Spirit of truth or Helper will teach us all things.

2. Golden Lampstand
    The fire from the burning oil gave light to the priests. Similarly, the Spirit of truth will lead us into all truth, which will enlighten us. Our Lord Jesus is also the Light of the world.

3. Altar of Incense
    The Altar of Incense was the place where the priest offered incense of sweet aroma to the Lord.
Note: Since the priesthood could not enter into the Most Holy Place for the sacrifices of animals was not good enough, the Altar was kept outside the Most Holy Place so that all priests could minister to Him. But after our Lord's crucifixion and resurrection, this changed the whole scenario.

1Cor 6:19  Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

        Position in temple at Salvation
Brethren, the moment anyone is saved, the Holy Spirit dwells in him as the seal of redemption. His physical bodies then becomes the Temple of God. At this stage, he is in similar position as the Israelites in the Outer Court, where the priests prayed for the remissions of sins with animal sacrifices and prayed for blessing, mercy, healings, peace, joy, forgiveness, happiness, etc.

Brethren, we need to keep His commandments (cleansing at the laver with the pure water) and  to love Him (putting on the holy garments) before we are baptized with the Holy Spirit (entering the Holy Place)

The Holy Place

John 14:26; 16:13  "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you... However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."
    So all those baptized with the Holy Spirit (the Helper, Comforter, Spirit of truth) will be like those in the Holy Place in the temple of God.