Who Can Enter The Holy Place
Who Can Enter The Holy Place?
Many Christians readily accept that all who confess the name of Jesus can rightfully lay claim to His body. In other words, all Christians can share in the fellowship of the assembly. Is this assumption correct? Are we Christians indeed entitled to partake of the blessings emanating from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ or are there conditions laid down which ,unless we conform thereto, preclude such blessings and privileges even though we proclaim salvation through Jesus Christ?In order to differentiate between TRUE discipleship and FEIGNED discipleship (that is verbally laying claim to salvation but failing to conform to the prescribed scriptural code) it would be appropriate to refer to Jesus' parable of the sower (Mark 4): part of the seed fell in good soil rendering an excellent crop: part fell on rocky ground where the seed sprouted but the plants soon withered when the sun came up as the roots had not grown deep enough: a third portion fell among thorn bushes which grew up and choked the plants and a fourth portion fell along the path and the birds cam e and ate it up. This parable serves as an example that not all Christians can lay claim to salvation.
Salvation transcends this temporal world and therefore does not imply participating in the blessings of Christ for this life only. In other words some Christians maintain that, in order to be successful in this life, sharing in the blessings contained in the Word, they only have to confess the name of Jesus , yet Paul says: "If for this life only we have hope in Christ we are of all men most miserable." ( 1Cor15.19) Fact is, if we desire abundant life in Christ Jesus (containing not only God's blessings but participating also in His glory (having our names written down in the book of the living Rev 20.12
We have to follow Jesus Christ and this of course entails much more than merely confessing His name and claiming to be reborn.
ARE THERE CONDITIONS PRESCRIBED FOR ENTERING THE HOLY PLACE?
Access to the Holy Place signifies participation in the body of Christ. Before the Holy Place could be entered, it was necessary for the priest to pass through the courtyard and conform to the ceremonial laws. In the Old Testament (the shadow of the New Covenant Heb. 9) Moses was instructed to erect a Tabernacle according to God's pattern, His plan. The Tabernacle stands as a sign of God's presence in Israel. It further serves to unite God's people and was therefore the central place of worship where Israel not only obtained atonement for their sins but also participated in the blessings of the Living God: spiritually, physically and personally. It was the general meeting place and the courtyard contained the bronze basin (ex 30.
17 21). The priests had to cleanse their hands and feet before they could bring their burnt offerings. The courtyard further contained the altar of burnt offering (Ex 27) where Israel's offerings to the Lord were received and done. This bronze altar was equipped with 5 articles enabling the priest to offer the sacrifice: pots, shovels, bowls, forks and fire pans all made of bronze. In order to understand the meaning of the courtyard and its equipment, we must realize that it is in the courtyard where both Israelites and foreigners could meet (Lev 22.18 Lev 17.7 9). Yet in the Holy Place only the priests and the Levites were permitted.
We receive the gospel in the courtyard where we must conform to certain prescriptions. We have to be cleansed in the wash basin (epitomizing regenerating in Christ). Jesus says to Nicodemus: "No one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit." (John 3.6).
Therefore every Christian laying claim to fellowship with Jesus Christ (entering the Holy Place) must first and foremost conform to this prescription: we need to be reborn and baptized (Acts 2.38; Col 3.17)
Also by our offering: we must lay our sacrifice on the altar. AS Jesus (the altar of the New Comprar Levitra Covenant) was sacrificed for us, likewise must we kneel at the cross, confess our sins, and die to ourselves. Notice carefully hoe the sacrifice were prescribed (Lev 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Notice also in the case of the burnt offering (Lev 1), how the offering was done. The inner parts and the legs had to be washed and the head with the fat were then placed on the altar and burned (verse 12 13). This gives us the idea that we must sacrifice as a pleasing offering to God (Rom 12) as Paul rightly instruct the early Christians and us too.
We cannot reserve something for ourselves if we want to follow Jesus Christ desiring to become part of His body. We need to go all the way and become a Holy Priesthood unto God acquiring most of all the fruits of the Spirit so that we can be living, holy temples for our God (Gal. 5 and 1 Cor. 3.16).
THE HOLY PLACE WHERE THE TRUE FAMILY OF GOD GATHERS
The Holy Place contained the table of shew bread which was overlaid in gold, the incense altar, also overlaid in gold and the golden lamp stand made of pure gold.
We must realize that these concrete articles were God's way Deca Durabolin For Sale Canada out of the abstract into the commonplace. The God of Israel revealed His existence through rituals, ceremonies and concrete articles which were rich in symbolic meaning and served as evidence of His interaction with His people. We will notice that the priest entered and served in the Holy Place and that only those belonging to the priesthood could partake of the shew bread. Women also served in the Tabernacle and were responsible for the preparation of the bread and the tailoring of the ecclesiastical clothes. This gives us the idea that in the Lord we are one. Here in the Holy Place there is only one condition: We must be part of the tribe o Levi, forming a holy priesthood (1 Peter 2.9) before we can lay claim to before we can lay claim to be able to enter the Holy Place. We must have "Anadrol 50" passed through the courtyard (the sacrifice on the altar and the washbasin) before we can enter here. The shew bread depicts Jesus Christ as the bread that came from heaven (John 6) and all those who obey His commands can partake thereof (Luk 22.20). Notice the stringent prescriptions for the priesthood (Lev. 8) and realize that although Jesus Christ came to fulfill the law (math. 5.17), we Christians must conform to the commands of holiness before we may have access to the Holy Place. The golden lampstand symbolizes Jesus Christ as light of the world in whose presence we enter once we stand in the Holy Place. The shew bread is the Holy Communion: therefore served on a table overlaid in gold which stands for purity. There are four articles used at the table of shew bread (all made of pure gold). This also contains a symbolic meaning pointing to those gifts of the Holy Spirit in which only the initiates (those who have brought their offering having been washed in the basin (Lev. 8.6) can participate.
We must further realize that only those who conform to God's written laws (the prescriptions laid down for us in God's Word before we can lay claim to fellowship with Jesus Christ) can enter the Holy Place (Eph. 2.14). Likewise it is not, since the death of Jesus on the cross, to ritually adhere to the Law of Moses, but we who "Achat Anabolisant Belgique" have been set free by grace (Gal.3.11) must internalize those laws in our hearts. What we therefore have to understand is that those who do not conform to the prescriptions laid down in God's Word, are in actual fact transgressors and as such do not belong there! Why? Such persons have not stopped at the altar and the wash basin to conform to the prescribed order and are therefore not part of a holy priesthood. They are, as Jesus depicted in His parable (John 10.
1) the ones who refused to pass through the door, preferring instead to climb over the wall (violating God's prescriptions). We may ask ourselves: can they not also enjoy the fellowship which the true followers of Jesus Christ experience in the Holy Place? Peter is clear on this: Before forgiveness of sin can be acquired, repentance and baptism are necessary (Acts 2.36 38). Forgiveness of sin can only be attained once we repent and confess our sin. If, however, the disobedient refuse to submit to God's Word and enter the Holy Place to partake of the blessings (the assembly where the true followers of Jesus gather) they expose themselves to be judged by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 14.
26) so that unless they confess their sin before God and man, the Holy Spirit will indeed expose them to the assembly as the unity and sanctity of the assembly are affected. This happened in the early church and should still happen today in a Holy Spirit guide assembly. Then only will God move in power among His people. Notice how emphatically God instructed Israel to cleanse the camp because "He was moving among His people" (Deut 23.14). HOLY COMMUNION)
Only those who are in Christ can participate in this privilege on entering the Holy Place as Jesus has opened the way for us.(Rev. 15) and we have become participants of His glory through obedience. Those who call on the Name of the Lord must therefore renounce sin as sin separates us from God. Paul clearly say in 1 Cor. 11 concerning the holy communion (verse 28) "A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the (Realizing why Jesus died on the cross and compelling us to confess our sins and renounce the unfruitful works of darkness) eats and drink judgment upon himself." It is therefore dangerous to partake of the Holy Communion without conforming to the conditions! We may partake thereof and even succeed to escape a reprimand by the Spirit as many assemblies do not permit exposure of sin through the Holy Spirit, but in the day of judgment, when Jesus will come to reward us, we will already be condemned as we have already passed judgment upon ourselves.
Some Eastern European Orthodox Churches have traditionally preserved the early Christian practice of public confession. If they come together, they would confess their sins spontaneously and clearly in the assembly so that everybody could hear. This practice derive from Orthodox Christianity when Christians made public confessions of all their sins , no matter the nature therof. Why did they do it? Because the Holy Spirit would in any "Oxandrolone Powder India" case have revealed it compelling a confession if somebody would have dared to cover it up. This is the reason why God could move in power among His people and why Christianity could conquer the rival cultic religions. How can we abide in His presence if the camp is dirty and we refuse to clean our temples?
GOD IS HOLY AND HE DEMANDS HOLINESS FROM HIS FOLLOWERS.
NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO ENTER THE HOLY PLACE (THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN THE ASSEMBLY) UNLESS HE CONFORMS TO GOD'S WORD AND CLEANSE HIMSELF IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHIST,CONFESSING HIS SIN AND UNDERTAKE TO SEPARATE HIMSELF AS A HOLY PRIESHOOD UNTO GOD
Only the can we share in the glory of God by partaking of the shew bread. If we are in Christ we may, however, rightfully partake of the gifts of healing (a Holy Place gift) Notice that the apostles used the gift of healing to spread the gospel of salvation (Acts 4.29) Why, before we are entitled to healing, we have to accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross by confessing that He died for our sins and iniquities. Only then can we, living a clean and holy life, share in this gift. The gift of miracle, however, is a courtyard gift (Acts 14.8 10) and it usually goes along with the gift of discernment of spirits (Paul saw the man believed verse 9) and the gift of faith (Paul had the faith to apply the gift). The courtyard signify sharing the gospel with the unbeliever.
This gift is for believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. This gift is not for the unbeliever who only wants healing for his Buy Anadrol Cheap own comfort. Therefore we Christians must first preach the gospel and move the sick to Jesus by pointing out the conditions laid down in His word, before we can use this gift which is a direct outflow from Calvary. Jesus Christ is the physician of the believers. Therefore if we need healing, and confess our sins which separate us from God, we can claim our healing at the table of shew bread (the Holy Communion). THE BODY OF JESUS NEEDS PRUNINGEverybody lays claim to "4-chlorodehydromethyltestosterone Ireland" the blessings emanating from Calvary, yet, many refuse to obey God's commands. Such persons Brian J Masterson Psychiatrist are disobedient and do not belong in the Holy Place. Yet they partake of the Holy Communion and the fellowship of God bringing destruction upon themselves. The apostle James says: "Do not be many teachers." Why? God who anoints ministers will also claim those souls whom the have ministered unto, from their hands.
In the early church the Holy Spirit was permitted to prune the body of Jesus. to cleanse the body. Pastors refuse to permit pruning. They do not permit the Holy Spirit to have His way in the assemblies. Therefore the body of Jesus is lacking power and is exposed to unjust ridicule. If we suffer as Christians we must suffer for the Name of Jesus and not because of the lack of power. If we confess Jesus as Healer, we indeed must have a testimony! We must prove that Jesus lives! Many times healing fails because the one who administer the gift, does not permit the Holy Spirit to prune the tree first. Therefore the cannot set in and the body of Jesus suffers (If one member suffer, all suffer).
WE FURTHER NEED PRUNING TO STAND IN THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT In that day the books shall be opened (Re. 20.12). In that day the secret thoughts of man shall be uncovered (1 Cor. 4.5). Jesus says (math 7.22): "When Judgement Day comes, many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord' In your name we spoke God's message, by your name we drove out many demons and performed many miracles! ' Then I will say to them, 'I never knew you. Get away from me, you wicked people'".
What is wholesome for our salvation? To be judged by the Spirit and as a result to gain access to Jesus' Kingdom on His return, or, through our refusal to be pruned, condemn ourselves to eternal separation from God's presence (1 Cor. 11.32).
We have no right to enter the Holy Place unless we confess our sins and separate ourselves as a holy priesthood unto God. Just as Satan knows that there is one God and he fears (James 2.9) likewise he knows His followers and the leaders guiding the flock are compelled to permit God's Spirit to prune His body, or else suffer the consequences in Judgement Day. Instead they reject this Biblical truth, financial gain and popularity.