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Holy Place

(Sanctification)

As the sin of the sinner was symbolically transferred to the lamb, the priest then took some of the blood to “sprinkle it before the Lord seven times in front of the curtain.” Leviticus 4:17, 18.   This symbolic transference represented the reality of sin being transferred from the sinner, through faith, to the Sin-Bearer, Jesus Christ. “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29.

        

Our sins are then transferred, through Jesus, into the temple in heaven.  As we pray and confess our sins, Jesus stands as the representative of man.  Just as the priest stood as representative of Israel.  Our sins are removed from us and placed in the temple, as the blood was sprinkled in the temple.

When the priest entered the Holy Place, on his right, on the North side, was a table with bread on it.  This bread was called the Bread of the Presence.  Symbolically cleansed from sin the priest and sinner now entered the presence of God.  He had an obligation to study the words of God for truth to keep him from future sins.  “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”  Psalm 119:11.  “His Divine Power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him.” 2 Peter 1:3.   The table with the Bread of the Presence represented the knowledge of God.  Jesus said, “I am the bread of life... I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.” John 6:48, 51.

        

By constantly eating of and obeying the Bread of Life, the Word of God - we maintain a sinless, spiritual relationship with Christ. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not remain in Me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up and burned.” John 15:5-7.

        

The Word of God, the Ten Commandments, came down and walked among us in the flesh.  This was done through Jesus so we could see how the Ten Commandments were to be lived.  He who gave them and commanded them to be upon the heart, took humanity, human flesh, and lived them as an example for humanity to follow. “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory.” John 1:14.  “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” John 6:63.

 

On the other side, across from the table of the bread, on the South side, stood the seven candlesticks. These candlesticks gave light to the temple.   As we study, learn and be obedient to the ways we are to walk and live, our lives become more like Jesus.  “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.  He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.” 1 Peter 2:21, 22.


Studying to be like Jesus develops the divine nature within us.  “So that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 2 Peter 1:4.  


Now your character begins to shine with the glory of God.  The words of God obeyed in you, like the candlesticks, by the Holy Spirit, give light to your body temples.  Then it will shine out to all around you.  “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds (works) and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.

 

“I am the light of the world.” John 8:12.  His light wraps around us and enfolds us, exploding in us and radiating to the entire world.  Just as the sun is exploding its light to the heavens and the earth to warm them and give us life, we are to “shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.” Philippians 2:15, 16.

        

The sinner has now come back into atonement (at-one-ment) with God.  He is now sinless in the eyes of God.  Past sins have been atoned for: Justification.  He now lives without sin at the present time: Sanctification.  By keeping his eyes on Jesus and His Ten Commandments, talking “about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up,” he lives the perfect life of Christ. Deuteronomy 6:7.   This is what Sanctification is all about.

        

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed... Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation.”  “For if you continue to do these things, you will never fall.” Philippians 2:12, 13, 15; 2 Peter 1:10.

 

“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:24, 25. 


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