Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Christ the High Priest



The Sanctuary

What were the services of the Old Testament tabernacle, and how did they illustrate the plan of salvation? The Answer could be found here :
Heb. 9:1–8
1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.
2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the holiest of all;
4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
5 And over it the cherubim of glory shadowing the mercy seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience.

The High priest went in with the blood animals to sprinkle on the mercy seat to rid the people of Israel of old from sin.

Do these old Testament rituals have any bearing on my life now Christian or no Christian.?
See the answer below:

According to Hebrews 8:1-2, Jesus ministers in the heavenly sanctuary. What does His ministry consist of, and why does Hebrews 9:23 say that the heavenly sanctuary needs cleansing?

So there is a heavenly sanctuary as we speak now? YES there is.

In the Old Testament the sinner received forgiveness through faith in the atoning blood of the promised seed (Gen. 3:15), Who was foreshadowed in the animal sacrifice of the sanctuary service. And just as in the earthly service there was a Day of Atonement, a day of judgment, at the close of the year on which the sanctuary was cleansed, so in the heavenly sanctuary service there is a day of judgment prior to Christ’s second coming.

The pre-advent judgment reveals to the universe that those who have professed Christ that are really His followers. God, so to speak, opens the books of heaven for all the universe to see that in each case His decision was just and fair. In that sense, this judgment vindicates the justice of God in saving those who believe in Jesus (Rom. 3:4).

In Leviticus 16, the key element that appears over and over again is blood. And that makes sense, because this is the Day of Atonement, and only blood makes atonement. And what is atonement, other than the work of God saving us? Hence the judgment is good news; it’s the work of God saving us because we can’t save ourselves. The crucial point is that just as the high priest never went into the Most Holy Place without blood, neither should we, for to enter into the Most Holy without blood means death, not atonement. Dwell on these ideas. What hope and encouragement should they bring to us, we who are living in the great antitypical day of atonement ,where Jesus is in the most holy place intercesing on our behalf till The time has come for all intercession to cease?
Just like in the end of the year the high priest will enter and come out of the most holy place the moment Christ comes out of the most holy place in the heavenly sanctuary it is the end of his Job as a mediator. This is what would be said:

Revelation 22:11.11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.


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