Sanctuary

Sanctuary

The Sanctuary Unlocks the Mystery of the Gospel

 

The Sanctuary unlocks the Mystery of the Gospel

If at all there was a time of utter religious confusion—the time is today! With so many different voices, all claiming to be proclaiming the gospel of salvation, a child of God, who is in search of the Bible truth, becomes totally perplexed as to who is preaching the truth. It is not that all that is spoken from various pulpits are errors. There are various degrees of truth in all of them. But a little error is enough to make the gospel a false gospel. The gospel that saves sinners will be free from all errors—it will be truth all the way; it will be full truth and nothing but the truth! And when the seeker of truth hears the real voice of the gospel of Jesus, the counterfeit gospels lose their hold upon that soul. For truth sets people free!

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The Sanctuary Unlocks the Mystery of Sin

The Sanctuary Unlocks the Mystery of Sin 

Sin is a small word, but it has caused the biggest problem one could ever imagine. Many have questioned as to what sin is. And many have their own opinions and definitions to it. Some say there is nothing called sin. Yet some others say it doesn’t exist in reality—if you think something is bad then it is bad; it is just an imagination of the mind. While others say anything that is not acceptable in society is sin. While some others say anything that is morally wrong is sin. There are many other human definitions as well. So what actually is sin?

 God’s definition

 The only Person we could trust to give us the right definition of sin is God. And the only definition we need to know is the God’s definition, because that’s what matters at the end.

It has confused many sincere seekers of the truth who hear from the pulpits the solution to sin, but they don’t hear clearly what sin is! And Christians are encouraged to overcome sin by the grace of Christ—and that is right; but if they don’t know exactly what sin is how could they overcome it? You should know it to overcome it.

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The Sanctuary Unlocks the Mystery of the Two Covenants

The Sanctuary Unlocks the Mystery of the Two Covenants

Covenant is mutual agreement between two parties. The two parties in the spiritual covenant are God and man.

Every covenant has terms and conditions. The party that makes the covenant has conditions laid down and promises a reward to the second party. God is the first party that makes the covenant and God’s people are the second party that has to obey the terms of the covenant, and receives a reward at the end.

 

Paradise lost

 

In the beginning God made a beautiful earth filled with life and beauty and presented the same to the head of the human race. He made Adam the ruler and king of this lovely planet untainted with the miasma of sin. Adam and Eve were God’s representatives on earth and His reflection as well.

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The Sanctuary Unlocks the Mystery of the Holy Spirit

The Sanctuary Unlocks the Mystery of the Holy Spirit

As much as we need the blood of Jesus for our salvation so much we need the anointing of the Holy Spirit as well. The Lord Jesus paid the highest tribute to the working and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the plan of Salvation, when He said,

Matthew 12:32 “And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.”

The anointing of the Sanctuary

 All the three places of the Sanctuary—the court, the holy place and the most holy place were anointed with the oil of anointing. The altar of burnt offering was anointed.

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The Sanctuary Unlocks the Mystery of the Judgment

The Sanctuary Unlocks the Mystery of the Judgment

In the last four chapters we have seen that the sanctuary has three places—the court, the holy place and the most holy place. These three places distinctly represent Christ’s work as the Lamb, the High Priest and the Judge on behalf of the repentant sinner. Of His work of judgment, Christ said, “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son” (John 5:22). 

The first step

 The first step the repentant sinner takes is to come to the court with a sacrifice for his sin.  “And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation” (Leviticus 3:2) The sinner himself kills the offering as God wanted the sinner to always remember that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), that his sin is killing someone else. The laying of his hand upon the head of his offering symbolized the confession of his sin and the transfer of the sin from the sinner to the innocent victim.

Leviticus 16:21, “…shall lay both his hands upon the head … and confess over him all the iniquities”.

Then the priest collects the blood in a basin and takes it to the holy place of the sanctuary and pleads to God on the sinner’s behalf. Why was the blood taken to the sanctuary? The Bible tells us that life is in the blood.

Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”

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Pastor Michael Pedrin Preaching