Sanctuary Part 3

 

By Morris Lewis

 

 

This is Pastor M D Lewis in the explanation of the subject of the Sanctuary as a revelation of Christ as our personal Saviour.  I want to call your attention today to the book of Hebrews the 10th chapter, I want to commence reading with the first verse “for the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.” Now Paul is the great writer of this book and he declares the Law is a shadow of good things to come.  Now the Law of Moses was the law that particularly described the construction of the Sanctuary, all the sacrifices of the sanctuary and their requisites of perfection and how they were to use the blood in the different pieces of furniture which we have expressed.  Now the person needs to understand the grave significance of the Sanctuary and how it is used symbolically to portray the great gospel plan in the Old Testament 1500 years before Christ came.  The next verse, verse 2 “for then they would not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshipers once purged should have no more conscience of sins.”  Now this is a very significant verse, he said that had these services of the Sanctuary, the priests offering the sacrifices, the people coming into the court and worshiping in this building, if this made them perfect there would have been no necessity to do away with it.  But because these symbols did not make the person perfect, they must pertain to something more beneficial namely the life of Christ himself.  So it said that “for then they would not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshipers once purged should have no more conscience of sins.” In the service of the Sanctuary it has a very unique system, the plan was that when the persons came through the front door recognizing the colour which we mentioned previously and accept Christ and comes into this particular area, the sins were taken from him and placed on the altar of sacrifice, which we shall explain more in this lecture.  But finally the sins come into this particular apartment called the Holy Place as we mentioned in a previous lecture, when they put the blood on the horns of this altar (altar of Incense). It cleansed them from sin in their lives so that Christ could restore them in the perfection of his righteousness which is behind these gold walls and in relationship to the gold pieces of furniture which we shall give further explanation.  Then finally the person’s life and experience came into the Most Holy Place in the last apartment and here the final purging of sin took place by the offering of the blood of the goat.  Now he said, if this purging from sin and the purging of conscience occurred the person would have no more consciousness of sin.  Now you know that in your own Christian life you are still conscious of sin in your life, then that indicates that your particular case in the revelation of the Sanctuary has not come at this time to the Most Holy Place to purge the person from sin completely and his conscience will be absolutely free of any guilt of iniquity.  Now you know that in your own experience this has not occurred so that your name at this time has not come up in the service of the last apartment as we shall see.  Now he goes on to say in verse 3 “but in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made for sins every year.”  Now I must point out that the services in the court and the services in this particular part of the sanctuary (Holy Place) took place every day, every day throughout the year, the priests were functioning in these two apartments to bring the persons experience, the imputation of Christ’s righteousness in the court and the maintenance of his righteousness in his life day by day in this particular apartment (Holy Place).  That was carried on every day of the year in services of the Sanctuary but only one day once a year did the priests go into the Most Holy Place to make the final atonement of sin. Now had this been the case in the Old Testament and the 10th day of the 7th month which was the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) when they took the service in here and offered the blood of the goat on the lid of the Ark as I pointed out in the other lecture, representing this particular red stripe in this veil.  Had that application of the goats blood purged the conscience completely of sin then the person would not be conscience of sin at that time.  But that was not the case it was only a symbol illustrating that in the future time at the end of the world the service in that apartment would be made in behalf of the individuals sins.  So this is what he is saying in this chapter, now verse 4 “for it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.”  It is not possible that the blood of animals as illustrated in the court, as illustrated here in the blood on the altar of incense and the blood of the goat on the lid of the Ark   Now if it were possible that the blood of the animals did take away sin and did purge the conscience so that the person had no more consciousness of sin, then there would be no need to do away with this service.  But as Paul’s argument in the book of Hebrews, the blood of these animals only pointed forward to the blood of Christ.  So the blood of these animals did not take away sin it only served as a purpose of illustration.  Now we have this same thing in the New Testament, we have the service of Communion in which we take a piece of unleaven bread and eat it and we also take a little glass of wine, of grape juice, and drink it.  Now it is not possible that the little piece of bread and the little quantity of wine that a person drinks would take away sin.  So you see we have the same problem in the New Testament communion service they are only symbols of the real thing which is the person and body of Christ and that is exactly what Paul is going to explain in this particular chapter but he says that it is not possible that the blood of animals should take away sin and we may add from the New Testament that it is not possible that the communion service of bread and wine should take away sin.  They are only symbols of what Christ will do for us which will really take away sin.  Now he goes on to say in verse 5 “wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared for me:” Now here is a very significant verse in the explanation of the Sanctuary.  Now let me call your attention to it again in detail, wherefore when he cometh into the world he saith, this is speaking of Christ the Messiah, sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, in other words Christ was not required in the symbolism of the Sanctuary to offer animals of a lamb or a goat or an Ox or a bird, or any other sacrifice he understood that his person was to become the sacrifice and that is what he is saying here, it’s not possible that the blood of bulls and he said that sacrifices and offering thou wouldest not but a body hast thou prepared me.  Now Christ understood that his person was the Sanctuary, his person was the altar in the court, his person was the table of Shew Bread as we shall show and every part of the Sanctuary.  And his relationship to the Sanctuary as a fulfillment of its symbol is very important.  But a body hast thou prepared me in burnt offerings and in sacrifices for sin thou hadest no pleasure, God really did not have any pleasure in the killing of all those animals and taking their lives and offering their blood but it was only the means that he could see that would be beneficial to illustrate the actual blood of Christ and the death of the Messiah.  So it said he had no pleasure in those then said I, “low I come in the volume of the book, it is written of me to do thy will, O God.” (Verse 7). Now you remember the text that I referred to previously in the Gospel of John the 1sth chapter and verse 14 it says “the word was made flesh” now I want to make this very realistic.  The word concerning the bread that was put on the table every Sabbath day six loaves in one stack and six loaves in the other.  This is written in the book of Exodus as we have read.  This bread actually became the life of Christ so these words describing the bread on this table actually became in the person of Christ, his life, so he says here a body hast thou prepared me and lo I come in the volume of the book so now we may see that the Bible describes the whole Sanctuary service but there is more than just the print in the Bible concerning the Sanctuary the person of Christ actually became the words of the Bible in regards to the Sanctuary as this text says, a body has thou prepared me and it is written in thy book to do thy will.  Above when he said, sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings, an offering for sin, thou wouldest not neither hadest pleasure therein which are offered by the law.  Paul is here quoting from the Old Testament, all these were offered by Law but the real meaning behind them is not the words of the law nor the words in the book but in the actual experience of Christ fulfilling every piece of furniture is what we want to lecture on this particular service.  Then said he lo I come to do thy will O God, he taketh away the first that he may establish the second.  Now that is a very significant verse (v9) that indicates that his life on earth as he said, I am this Sanctuary, so his life fulfilled all the symbolic aspects of the Sanctuary and this was taken away from the earth and established the actual life of Christ which he speaks of here as the second.  He takes away the first which is the symbolic system of the Sanctuary to establish the second which is the actual person of Christ as our High Priest in the Heavenly Sanctuary.  For he says “every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oft times the same sacrifice,” now you remember I spoke of this particular apartment (Holy Place) and the court apartment here the services were carried on every day.  So it says here that these were where every priest standeth daily ministering, offering oft times the same sacrifice which can never take away sin.  The person must see in the symbols of the Sanctuary a personal relationship to Christ, and it’s the relationship to Christ that takes away the sin not the efficiency of the execution of the services in this building.  They only stand as an illustration.  So Christ took the print of the Bible, describing the Sanctuary and put it into his actual life experience and that is the real Sanctuary.  Then he goes on to say in verse 12-14 “but this man, after he had offered one sacrifice, for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.  For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.”  So the final sacrifice of Christ on Calvary illustrated by the altar of sacrifice and also as it pertains to the last apartment and the veil, is that which shall perfect forever the persons of those who believe in Christ as illustrated by the Sanctuary.  So now I want to take up the pieces of the Sanctuary step by step and show how they illustrate the life of Christ.  So I want to turn to the book of Exodus the 38th chapter and I am reading verse 1 “and he made the altar of burnt offering of shittim wood: five cubits was the length thereof, and five cubits was the breadth thereof; it was four square; and three cubits the height thereof.” and he overlaid it with brass as we spoke of the other day.  Now the meaning of this altar of sacrifice is explained a great deal in the book of Genesis the 22nd chapter in the experience of Abraham and it relates to the Sanctuary as I shall show.  In the 22nd chapter of Genesis “and the Lord spoke to Abraham and Abraham said behold here I Am, and he said take now thy son thy only son Isaac whom thou lovest and get the unto the land of Moriah, and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” (Verse 2).  Abraham at this time was down at Hebron about 20 miles or so south of Mt Moriah which is in the locality of Jerusalem where the Temple was built as we shall show, so he said to Abraham take thine only son whom thou lovest and take him north to a mountain that I will show thee and offer him for a sacrifice.  Now Abraham could have reasoned and said; now the Bible says thou shalt not kill and I could release myself from this obligation, and he could say that the Bible says we are not to offer human sacrifices.  And this would release me from this, but he knew that God told him to take his son and offer him for a sacrifice on the mountain that he would show him, which was Mt Moriah.  Now you are familiar with this particular story so I will just iterate the points that I want you to see in relationship to this altar.  He took the son and finally came to the mountain that God designated, he took the fire, he took the materials, he took the wood to make the fire and he took the other necessities of the knife and the other elements to need to sacrifice and he started up the mountain.  His son said unto him, father, here I Am, and he said behold the fire, the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?  Well Abraham was on the spot, he said son God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering, so they went on both together.  Well finally they got to the place and they built the altar out of stones, they put the wood on it, they put Isaac on and he understood then at his father’s command that he was to be offered as a sacrifice and he willingly submitted to his father’s council on the matter and as he raised the knife to take his son’s life, the Bible says the Angel stopped him and the Angel of the Lord called unto Abraham out of heaven and said; Abraham, Abraham, and he said here I am, he said lay not thy had upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him for now I know that thou fearest God seeing thou hast not with held thy son thy only son.  Now I want you to see the significance of the word in this text that God said to him “I now see that you would do what I said and offer your son.”  Now I know the consternation in your mind and the regret of offering your son and the great turmoil that it has caused you and now I see that you would do it.  I want you to see now what I have led you into.  He said look over there, and there was a ram caught in a thicket of thorns, thorns represent sin, he said take that ram and put it on the altar and take your son off.  Abraham said, God, now I see why you asked me to offer my son because you are going to offer your son and where you took my son off from the altar and put the representation of Christ on, now I see what this altar is.  Now you see why Abraham called it Moriah because Moriah in Hebrew means “Seeing”.  Now the reason why I go to the trouble of explaining this, in the book of 2 Chronicles the 3rd chapter the Bible always hooks up nice little peculiarities of place and thing and here is one of them.

 

2 Chron 3:1 “Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem in Mt Moriah, where the Lord appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.”  Now one time in the experience of David he was offering a sacrifice and he offered it on the property of Ornan on Mt Moriah the very same spot where Abraham offered Isaac, and in this text in 2nd Chronicles the third chapter, it was on this very spot that Solomon built the altar of sacrifice.  Now the temple that we have here is the temple of Moses and they moved this building from place to place.  So the altar of sacrifice that Moses built which we have here illustrated never came to the actual spot on Moriah but the temple that followed this particular temple that we have here built by David and Solomon, this piece of furniture, the Altar of sacrifice which they built was on the very spot where Abraham offered Isaac.  Now I want to call your attention to the conclusion that Abraham derived from this experience, he said “now I see why you have asked me to offer my son, you will take my son off and put your son on and he shall become the sacrifice for the world.”  The altar of sacrifice which represents the cross of Calvary opens up the viewpoint of the plan of salvation for the individual to see what God will do in the offering of Christ to save us from Sin.  So he called the altar Moriah which means “seeing” in Hebrew. So when Christ died upon Calvary and the word got to the Roman authorities they said “The Rabbi is dead.”  The officer and Pilate thought it was not quite possible that he would die so soon for many times in crucifixion the persons lingered for two or three or four days.  But here he was dead after only six hours after being on the cross, so to be very sure that he was dead and not in a coma of unconsciousness they sent a soldier out to Calvary, they put the spear up under his chest cavity as he was hanging on the cross and the soldier pushed the spear up into the chest cavity and pierced his heart.  When they pulled the spear out the Bible says out came blood and water.  And just before his death Christ lifted himself up on the cross and made the last official statement, he probably said in Hebrew “habah shalom” (it is finished) (in Greek the word is “teleo” the debt has been paid in full).  Then he made a personal comment to his Father, his head fell forward and the Master was dead.  But when the man pulled the spear out of his chest out came blood and water.  The blood was symbolic of this altar of sacrifice where they put the blood on the horns of the altar, so the blood that came out of his chest fulfilled this particular furniture which cleanses the person by the death and blood of Christ.  The water that came out of the wound was a symbol of the water of the laver which washes the person from guilt.  So the death of Christ by his blood cleanses by death and the water which represents the life of his righteousness cleanses by righteousness.  Now I want to call your attention to the book of Matthew the 27th chapter and a remark that Judas made in the course of the trial concerning the blood of Christ.  The 27th chapter of Matthew and reading verse 4 “I have sinned in that I have betrayed innocent blood.”  Now the Bible says that God has given the blood because the life is in the blood, Leviticus 17:11.  Now the statement of Judas is very significant it has the article with it, “the innocent blood.”  The blood of Christ was the only blood of a human being that was absolutely innocent of sin in any manner .  Now you understand Judas made this after Christ was dead so not only was his blood not polluted by sin during his life, even taking the sins of the human race into his mind he never permitted those sins to come through his will and express them in his conduct so his blood was absolutely free of iniquity it was innocent blood, the only human innocent blood that has ever been prepared, and Judas said I have betrayed innocent blood and it was sacrificed upon that altar.  Now I have spoken about the water of regeneration it says we are washed by the water of regeneration, which is the word.  So the water in the laver is the words of Christ, his instruction that if you will read them and believe them and accept them in his life it will wash away sin day by day in the life of the individual.  Now I want to come into the Holy Place and take up the pieces of furniture in this particular section of the Sanctuary.  Turn with me to the book of Exodus the 37th chapter and verse 10-16 and it speaks there that they made this piece of furniture called the Table of Shew Bread.  I am now reading verse 10 “and he made the table of shittim wood: two cubits was the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth; and so forth and he overlaid it with pure gold and made thereunto a crown of gold roundabout.  Now I pointed this out the other day, the crown around the top of the table is a symbol of the Royalty of the life of Christ being of the tribe of David.  And it was on this table of Shew Bread for a very definite purpose because the bread on the table has a specific reference to the life of Christ as we find in the Gospel of John the 6th chapter verse 27 Christ said to the people when he had fed the 5000, labour not for the bread that perishes but labour for that which is the bread of everlasting life.  The people who were at that feast said, Jesus, what shall we do that we might work the works of God (John 6:29) what must we do to work the works of God and labour for the bread that does not perish.  Jesus came back with an answer that is very significant he said “Jesus answered and said unto them this is the work of God that you believe on him whom God hath sent.”  Now that would have been a very fine place for him to have said “Keep the 10 Commandments”, or “Follow the Love of God” he did not do that.  When they said what works should we do he said the work that you must do is believe on the one that God has sent and you shall be saved.  Now remember further on in the chapter Christ said “I am the Bread of Life” verse 48.  In verse 50 we have “this is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.”   Now the bread he said is my flesh, now one of the outstanding verses of this 6th chapter of John is verse 57, and I want to point this out in reference to the table, how Christ fulfilled this piece of furniture as he did the pieces of furniture in the court.  Verse 57 “as the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.”  Now as I said before that the symbols of the Bible are interpreted in a physical sense and then transferred into a spiritual meaning.  Christ took a piece of bread gave it to the disciples and said “take it and eat it” and as they chewed it up and swallowed it then he said “this bread represents my flesh” which represents his conduct and his character. So as a person were to take the bread and eat it, they were taking the life of Christ into their mind and accepting it.  So he says as you eat this physical bread and it becomes a part of the physical function of your body, when you understand that this is my righteous character and you take that into your mind you will then begin to live by my life.  Now I want you to see specifically how the Sanctuary is symbolized in a reality of a relationship with Christ. If a person ate this bread, and only the priest did ordinarily, David did on one occasion, as they ate that bread it became a physical part of their body function, in the same manner, if you believed this bread represents Christ’s righteousness and you take it into your mind, for the Bible speaks of eating his words.  It will become a part of your life, as he said, that even he shall live by me.  So by accepting the bread of Christ’s righteousness you begin to live his character.  Now in the 37th chapter of Exodus it mentions the candlesticks in verse 17 “and he made the candlestick of pure gold: and a beaten work he made he the candlestick; his shaft, and his branch, his bowls, his knops (buds), and his flowers, were of the same.”  Then they put the oil into it and they lighted the candle and it begun to light the Sanctuary apartment in this area as you can see in this case.  Now Christ said to the people as recorded in the book of John the 8th chapter and verse 12 “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, now in the 1st Epistle of John the 2nd chapter verse 14, 17 “who so ever hates his brother abides in darkness” I want you to see that hate is darkness but love is light.  So Christ said “whosoever followeth me shall not walk in darkness, that is he shall not walk in hate of his brethren but he will have the light of life, THE Light of Life.  Now what the light of life is specifically spoken of in the book of Psalms the 37th chapter he makes this particular observation of the interpretation of the symbol of light.  The psalmist records in verse 6 “and he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light,” so the seven candlesticks burning were a symbol of the righteousness of Christ because it burnt from the oil which was the Holy Spirit in his life.  So when a person accepts Christ as his personal Saviour, Christ lightens his life with the righteousness of his character and that light will be a light of life eternal.  Now the fact that there were seven candlesticks on the candelabra, seven means for on and on forever and ever.  So the moment that you accept Christ as your light, the seven on the candlestick indicates that that life shall go on and on and on into eternity.  So Christ says I am the light, who accepts me will have the life of life which is the righteousness of Christ and it begins now and it will continue by the seven candlesticks into eternity.  Now the last piece of furniture in this apartment was the Altar of Incense as it says in the book of Exodus that they made the altar of incense and they put upon it the gold and he made the incense altar of shittim wood (Exodus 37: 25-28) the length was a cubit and the breadth was a cubit and so forth and he overlaid it with pure gold both the top of it and the sides.  And they made a fire and he made the holy oil and put incense of sweet spices according to the work of the art of the incense.  So he made the incense for the altar and every day as the priest came into this apartment he would trim the lamps and see that they were in order, he would burn incense upon this altar. In the book of Psalms the 141st chapter and verse 2 it says that the incense represents the prayers of the saints “let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”  Now prayer is a symbol of incense because it gives off a sweet odor, and as the incense would rise by the fire in this apartment it would go over the veil into the other apartment (Most Holy Place) which represents the throne of God in heaven, so that the incense from this altar made an actual contact with the other altar or the throne of God in the other apartment.  And in as much as it had a sweet smell or odor to it is indicative that God desires and takes pleasure in hearing our prayers ascend to him.  Now in the book of Revelation the 8th chapter he makes mention of the altar and its function as recorded in the 8th chapter of the book of Revelation and I am reading now from verse 3 “and another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.”  Now you see this altar is before the throne in the next apartment, this piece of furniture was the closest piece of furniture to the Most Holy Place and the Ark of the Covenant.  For in this particular apartment is symbolized as we have seen the throne of God that was between the two angels on the solid gold lid.  Now the box or the chest like affair was a separate piece of furniture, called the Ark (or Coffin in Hebrew), and in this they put the 10 Commandments, this represents the heart of the individual, Christ said as I read before John 15:10 “I have kept my Fathers commandments.”  So Christ fulfilled the Ark of the Covenant by keeping the law of God, the love of God, in representing the self sacrificing principle of his giving his life for others.  So Christ fulfilled the ark by keeping the 10 commandments, manifesting the Love of God. Now the last piece of furniture was the solid gold lid of the Ark, as I said before all the other pieces of furniture was gold plate or they were as the seven candlesticks they were hollow, but this particular piece of furniture had a solid gold lid.  Now the fact that it was solid gold represents the greatest evidence of God’s love to the human race that has ever been manifest or ever will be manifest in eternity was when Christ died on Calvary.  And in the process of his death he lifted himself up and got a gasp of air and said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”  When he made that statement manifesting the love of God in accepting in his death the sins of the entire world it was the greatest exhibition of God’s love that was ever made, that’s why this piece of furniture was solid gold.  And upon this particular piece of furniture would finally be applied the blood of the goat that would take away the sins of the entire world.  Now as I mentioned the other day all the sacrifices in the Sanctuary are spoken of in the book of Isaiah 53:10 where it says “yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.”  It says that he gave his soul a sacrifice for sin, now as I said the word soul is nephesh, which in Hebrew is also the word also for mind, so it could be said Christ gave his mind a sacrifice for sin.  Now I cannot over emphasize this in the illustration and explanation of the sanctuary symbols, that this represents the Law of God in his heart or in his mind as the 10 commandments were in the Ark and the lid represents his giving his life and experiencing in his mind a death in which there was no hope that he would ever live again.  Now he must die this manner of death because this will be the manner of death that the sinners, who reject the plan of salvation, reject the revelation of the Sanctuary, it will be the death that they die at the end of the 1000 years when the final judgment will be brought about.  So in as much as the sinners at that time will die a death in which they have no hope, in fact they know they will never live again.  In order for the sacrificial system of the Sanctuary to meet this requisite Christ must die a death in which there would be no hope that he would ever live again.  Now he went through this death in his mind, that’s why it says he gave his mind a sacrifice for sin.  So we have come to the greatest altar in which the final atonement for sin is made.  Now you can see there are two altars before this, the Altar in the Court, the Altar in the Holy Place where they put the blood on the altar, these particular altars are only symbolizing God taking the sins from the individual and placing them on Christ until the time comes in the last apartment just before he returns to the earth in which he will then apply his experience of death for the sinners and apply his blood upon this particular altar to pay the final penalty and cleanse the conscience from all guilt of sin.  Now let me iterate this again, the last piece of furniture, the Mercy Seat, and by the way the word mercy seat in Hebrew has a relationship to two particular words one of them is hesed, hesed is probably the greatest word in the entire Bible.  It means tender loving kindness.  And that is the word associated with this Mercy Seat where the blood is applied.  The word hesed is also the word for Saint in Hebrew.  There are other words but this is one.  Hesed is the word for saint, so in putting the blood on this mercy seat he is as putting the blood on the saint, and cleansing his life by his experience in his mind of dying an eternal death.  So you can see every piece of furniture in the Sanctuary, all seven of them which means completely and full are the seven aspects of Christ’s Character that is applyable and is given in behalf of the human race that their Sanctuary, their life may have all the virtues symbolized by these particular pieces of furniture.  So you can see now why Christ said I am the Sanctuary, he could have said I am every piece of furniture of the Sanctuary, I will give you the bread of life and the word of my life, I will assist you in praying by the Holy Spirit for I have prayed for you, I am the light and I will shine in your life, I will give you the water that will cleanse you from sin, I will also give you my blood that shall transfer your sins to my life and to the heavenly sanctuary so that you can live without the ill effect of sin until the final atonement in the Most Holy Place and Christ had the Law of God in his mind, which is the Ark, and when he said father forgive them they know not what they do, he then put the finishing touches on the Sanctuary.  Now let me call your attention again to the last official statement he made on Calvary, probably approaching 3 o’clock in the afternoon when he died, pushed himself up and got a gasp of air and very likely cried out in Hebrew Habah Shalom “It is completed or it is finished” That is he had died the death for every person and finished the gold lid upon the blood of the goat would be applied to cleanse the conscience of the individual of sin for all time.   Now let me call your attention to what I remarked the other day when you may think of the worst sin that you have ever committed and you still have a certain sense of disdain, and despair, and regret, and guilt that you did it even a little bit it is indicative that you name has not come up in the Judgment and the blood has not been applied on the gold lid of the conscience of your life, but the day will come when that will be done and when the person believes that Christ’s death on the cross paid the penalty to cleanse his conscience, when he believes that he steps through this door into the last apartment.  As I have said before, these doors represent decision and thinking on the part of the saint.  So there are three decisions, the first door to accept Christ’s Righteousness, the second door to make the decision to obey the Love of God or his commandments and the third and final door when you believe that Christ died eternal death for you on Calvary and that some day he will apply the blood of his life in behalf of your conscience in that regard and it will wipe away every sin from your life as if you had never committed iniquity at any time.  And you can see now why he said when he died, fulfilling the last piece of furniture that is illustrated by the altar of sacrifice Habah Shalom.

By Clive