Sanctuary Part 4

 

By Morris Lewis

 

 

This is Pastor M D Lewis speaking in behalf of the Sanctuary and its explanation; I want to call your attention to the text that we have used continuously, Exodus 25:8 “Let them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.”  You recall that I said repeatedly that the relationship of the individual to Christ is the key that unlocks the mystery of the whole building.  The whole affair is based upon the close relationship that Christ maintains with the human race. By coming to this world, by being born into the human family born unto a relationship as it says in the Desire of Ages p325 that Jesus was more closely related to Mary as her Saviour, than she was to him as his mother.  Now that’s what I am trying to get across in the closeness of relationship that is depicted in the subject of the Sanctuary.  So I turn to the book of Jeremiah the 3rd chapter and read this particular verse, verse 14 “turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you.”  Now why would God use marriage relationship to teach the relationship that he has with the people, because as I said before, the physical analogy of the symbol is the key that unlocks its spiritual application.  Now you know the text in Genesis 2:24 “therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

 

Now you understand that they always remain two but they become one in purpose, one in ideas, one in the management of the home so forth so there is a oneness about them, and this is connected with the aspect of marriage. So when the Bible says I am Married to you, he is stating a relationship with you, closer than any physical relationship a person may have by birth or any other process.  So the Bible indicates I am married unto you, now in the book of 2 Chronicles there is a text that has reference to the dedication of the   Davidic/Solomonic Temple and in this particular chapter the Prophet mentions a particular word and it is of significance it is in 2 Chronicle the 6th chapter this has to do with the Davidic Temple which is the one that followed the model that we have here which is the Mosaic Temple.  The 13th verse “for Solomon had made a brazen scaffold five cubits long and five cubits broad, in other words it was the same dimensions in length and width as was this Altar (Brazen Altar of Sacrifice) in the time of Moses, but the Altar in the time of David was far, far larger.  He said he made this brazen scaffold or platform and he got up on it and stood and kneeled down upon this platform in the court so it was in this area here.  He made this scaffold, now this is the Davidic Temple not the Mosaic Temple which we have here.  But when they dedicated it, had finished it and they dedicated it and the Priests went around and anointed it as he did, this Temple, the model of this temple that we have and the same thing happened; the Glory of the Lord came into the building and the people had to get out until it subsided, but when he was praying the dedicatory prayer on this scaffolding in the court, which was in this area, the word he used in Hebrew was asair, now the word asair is the same word used in Genesis the 2nd chapter when the Lord is talking about Adam in regards to numbering and naming the animals, and as you remember as he named the animals, he recognized that there was a male and female in all the animal patterns, and it says in the text Genesis 2:18 “ and the Lord God said, it is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.”  Now the word “Help Meet” in Hebrew asair, is the same word used to designate this court.  So the meaning is, that the moment that a person steps through this door as we spoke of the other day, the colours representing Christ’s Righteousness, his death on the cross and his Royal lineage of his Kingship by the purple, the moment a person recognizes that door as pertaining to Christ and by his mind believing that Christ is the personal Saviour and accepts the meaning of those colours in the person of Christ, he steps through that door, he steps into the area of the court, which in the Bible means “Help Meet” or wife.  So when the book of Jeremiah the prophet wrote, “I am married to you,” it is the same meaning conveyed by this court and the wall, the white wall that went around the court, all the way around, represents the Law of Moses.  The Law of Moses describing this Altar, the Law of Moses saying that they should bring a lamb and put it on the altar, the law of Moses that said that you should take portion of the blood and go around and tip it on the horns and pour the rest of it at the base of this altar.  All these regulations of animals, sacrifices, description of the priests, his robe, and what he was to do and how he was to function all these were stated in the Law of Moses represented by the wall.

 

Now notice in the book of Luke the 24th chapter which is the last chapter of that book what Christ said to the disciples after his resurrection on the way to Emmaus, remember he picked up conversation with two of the disciples going to Emmaus and in the conversation he said to them as recorded in the book of Luke the 24th chapter verse 27 “and beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”  Now starting with Moses and the Law of Moses and the whole Old Testament he pointed out what the Law of Moses, which of course is symbolized by this white wall, which had to do with all the sacrifices here in the court, he pointed out in that Law the things that pertained to himself.  Now in verse 44 of this same chapter he said “and he said unto them, these are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and in the Prophets , and in the Psalms, concerning me.”  Now you understand that this is after his resurrection, so Christ went back into the Law of Moses and no doubt he pointed out, he said to him now you remember in Leviticus the 4th chapter verse 32 it says that you should bring a lamb without Blemish.  Now the word blemish there in Hebrew is the word for this particular stone, which is the word for perfection “tamiym” (8549) in Hebrew and this is called tummiym (8550) Urim and Thummim or tummiym.  So when God is speaking with Satan, said to him have you seen my friend Job down there on the earth he is a perfect man, the same word perfect that he uses is the word for this stone and the same word perfect that he used in regards to Job is the word describing the lamb should be without blemish, that is it should be perfect to offer.  So no doubt Christ pointed that out, that the lamb was to be perfect.

 

Now you remember what John the Baptist said when I was baptized “Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world.  He takes away the sins of the world because he is absolutely perfect, which is of course is the whole theme throughout this entire Sanctuary service.  So the moment that a person steps through that door into this area, he steps into a relationship with Christ that’s closer than any physical relationship on earth, and he takes marriage to illustrate that because it is the most intimate and the most realistic relationship in which two people become one.  Now you remember I pointed that out in the structure of the pieces of furniture in this altar in this area of the court which is brass that brass is made from copper and tin.  And it is called bronze, bronze and brass is the same word in Hebrew.  So this altar is where the person comes in contact with Christ. He brings his lamb on the north side of the altar, which would be on this particular side, He puts his hands upon the lamb, confesses his sins upon the lamb, he then kills it himself, then the priest catches the blood and takes the sacrifice and begins to administer it in the temple on the north side is where it was done.  Now the sacrifice is finally, the blood of it comes onto the horns and in many instances the flesh came on this altar to be burned and consumed by the fire which represents the Love of God(or eaten by the priests to represent bearing the sin).  This Altar is where the individual comes in contact with Christ, now I may say to you, ‘do you see this?” and when I am say, do you see this, I am saying the word Moriah for that was the name of the Altar that the mountain where Abraham offered Isaac when he saw that God was taking his son off the Altar and putting his son Jesus Christ in his place.  So here is where you see your relationship with Christ spoken of by Paul in Galatians the 2nd chapter verse 20 “I am crucified with Christ, yet nevertheless I live yet not I but Christ liveth in me and the life that I now live I live by the son of God who gave himself for me.”  Now, do you see here Paul is showing a unity with Christ in a sense of crucifixion which is this Altar.  So this altar is where it’s illustrated how the person actually becomes, or I should say Christ becomes actually the person, and the person is amalgamated into the life of Christ and the court can convey the same idea for the word asahv (isha = woman)is the word for help meet and so forth.  Now let me turn to the book of Psalms and point out to you how this word, help, is used many times in this book.  Psalms 28 verse 7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusteth in him, and I am helped.”  The word helped in that text is the word for this court.  In the book of psalms again Psalm 20 verse 1&2 “The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; send thee help from the Sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;” So it says that the name of the God of Jacob will defend thee and send thee help out of the Sanctuary.  Now the word help in this particular text is the same word for court.  So the moment you step in here God puts his arms around you even closer than that, he marries you and it is this relationship of oneness with Christ picked up from the door and the court and the altar that is carried completely through this Sanctuary to the end when Christ in the final end will perform the marriage of the 10 virgins, the parable of the New Testament concerning the marriage of the King’s son will finally take place in the last apartment so the marriage relationship goes all the way through this Sanctuary, and I have said over and over and I cannot emphasize it too much, you must understand your personal intimate relationship with Christ in becoming one with him.

 

Now pick up his prayer in the 17th chapter of the gospel of John and notice now he emphasis this particular factor, the 17th chapter of gospel of John is probably the last recorded prayer before Gethsemane, he says “Father I have finished the work you gave me to do I have glorified thee on the earth, that’s verse 4.  Now in this chapter which is his prayer verse 9 records “I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me;” then he says in verse 21 “that they all may be one; as thou father, art in me, and I in thee,” Now here Christ is iterating that he has a oneness with God the Father.  Now he says “Father that this oneness that you and I have and that thou art in me and I in thee that they also may be one in us that the world may believe that thou has sent me.”  Now over and over in this chapter he speaks of this that he in his oneness with his Father is also a oneness with the saints.  Now you must see how this relationship operates in the sense of the Sanctuary, God the Father is the person of the trinity, and Christ in his humanness is related to that Father and receives from that Father the divine power of the Holy Spirit which the glory of the Lord in his life that makes him the son of God.  Now the human aspect of his person is in the oneness with the saint and the Holy Spirit that comes from the Father into his life will also go into the life of the saint.  Now this transfer of the power of the Holy Spirit, a divine power from God the Father into Christ, from Christ into the saint is the basic principle revealed in this Sanctuary.  Now it is very significant to understand this as you may know that Adam, made in the image of God received the Holy Spirit, but as a result of sin by our earthly parents they lost the power of the Holy Spirit.  Now they will never get it back as long as they are sinners and so they are therefore without hope and without God in the world.  But God sent his son into the human race and picked up their humanity in the fullest sense of the word and unless he lives a perfect life they will not receive the Holy Spirit, let me read the text to you in John the 6th chapter and verse 39 it says “and this is the fathers will which hath sent me that of all that thou hast given me I should lose nothing, but should raise him up at the last day.”

 

Now he raises him up by the power of the Holy Spirit, now in John the 7th chapter and  verse 39 it says “(but this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because Jesus was not yet glorified.)” now that’s a hard text, the Holy Spirit is not given because Jesus is not yet glorified.  Now you remember he said as recorded in the 12th chapter of the same book of John “I, if I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me,” this is verse 32.  I, if I be lifted up from the earth will draw all men unto me. Now it says I, if I be lifted up, in the book of Exodus the 29th chapter and verse 38-42, it says that the priest according to the Law of Moses was to put a lamb on this altar in the morning, it was called a burnt offering, a burnt sacrifice.  Now the word offering in Hebrew is olah (5930) which means lift up. The word burnt in Hebrew is also the word meaning lift up. So the burnt offering on this altar in the morning of the lamb that burnt all day, then at night before they concluded their services in the Sanctuary the priests put another lamb on the altar that burnt all night.  So that all night every day there was a lamb on the back side of the altar burning, which was called the burnt offering which in Hebrew means the offering that was lifted up.  Now Christ said I if I be lifted up, now had that been written in Hebrew instead of Greek in here in the New Testament without doubt they would have used the same word for the burnt offering.  So for 1500 years the burnt offering on that altar was indicating that Christ would be lifted up and crucified for it says here that he spake of the manner of his death.  So the term lifted up meant crucifixion as somewhat similar term in our western country when they said “strung up” meant to hang a person, and many times from a tree, so when they said they strung him up, they understood that they hung him, when they said in the Old Testament and the New Testament times he was lifted up, it meant crucifixion.  And this sacrifice on the altar morning and evening around the clock day in and day out of which the person paying his half shekel to the temple purchased that lamb or partially purchased it, so every Hebrew who paid his Temple tax could claim an interest in that lamb of the burnt offering because he helped to pay for it.

 

So now you see how this altar of the sacrifice not only in its brass structure but also the sacrifice on it indicating that Christ would be lifted up, he would be crucified and that’s the way he was killed as we know in the Bible.  Now the text said I, if I be lifted up will draw all men unto me.  Now how was this done, you recall that I spoke this morning concerning this altar that it is here where the person sees his relationship to God and it is at this altar that he makes contact and God speaks to him, so the altar of sacrifice is very important and it is very closely related to the Most Holy Place and the altar there as you know.  Now when he said I, if I be lifted up will draw all men unto me, it is because of the fact that Christ having died for the sins of the entire world, and the person should accept his atonement and his righteousness he would return to the son ship of God and perfection through Christ and thereby be candidate to receive the Holy Ghost.  Now inasmuch as Christ on this altar so to speak, which represent Calvary, died for every sin that every person has committed gives God the right to put in the conscience of the individual a portion of the Glory of the Lord, the Holy Spirit that will speak to the individual in his conscience of the messages of God, in the same way that this altar became the contact point of the individual sinner with God and there God met with the individual.  So Christ said, I, if I be lifted up will draw all men unto me and it says in Isaiah 30:21 “and thine ear shall hear a word behind thee saying, this is the way, walk ye in it. When you turn to the right hand and when ye turn to the left.”  Now that little voice in the conscience of the individual which directs his life towards the Sanctuary and the acceptance of Christ as the door is a very important factor in this whole Bible symbolism.  Turn with me again to the gospel of John the 6th chapter and notice now what Christ said as recorded in verse 44 “no man can come to me except the Father which hath sent me draw him.”  In other words no one will come to the door of this Sanctuary court until God by this little voice in his conscience leads him to this position to make a decision to come through that door, so in other words God makes the first move for the salvation of the human race.  And the move he makes is based upon the fact that he died for every sin that every person has ever committed.  That gives him the right to move into the life of the sinner and put a little voice of God in his conscience which will say to him this is the way walk ye in it, were it not for that he would born in darkness, born in sin and never know the difference.  But in order to put a little light into his life, and to put him in a position as Adam was in making a decision he puts a little light of the conscience of the Sanctuary in the person’s life and it will lead him to that door.  No one will ever come, he said, to me except the father draw him.  Now let me call your attention to Galatians the 4th chapter, a very important verse in regards to the Sanctuary, and Holy Spirit and it’s explanation, it says in this particular text, Galatians 4:4 “in the fullness of time God sent forth his son made of a woman, made under the Law,” now the law that he was made under is the 10 commandments and the particular Law is the second commandment that says “I will visit the iniquities of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generations.”  Now if the iniquities of the fathers are invested and are upon the children, then there would be no opportunity for the person to find everlasting life unless God makes the first move and he does.  And he says in the next verse, “to redeem them that were under the Law that we might receive the adoption of son’s, and because you are sons of God, that would put you in the position of Adam, he has sent forth the spirit of his son into your hearts crying Abba father. One word Hebrew, one word English.  So it is the Holy Spirit by virtue of Christ’s death on the cross or upon the altar that allows him to put a little bit of the Holy Spirit in the conscience of the individual and will lead him to the front door.  Now notice in the book of Revelation concerning this door and the philosophy concerning it is very important, I am reading now in the book of Revelation the 3rd chapter and it has to do with the Philadelphia Church, verse 7 “to the Angel of the Church of Philadelphia write these things that is Holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, (now the Key of David is the key that unlocks that door,[to the court] as it unlocks every door in the Sanctuary, the key of David unlocks that door and that key is that David understood God’s mercy.)  Now verse 8 “I know thy works: behold I set before you an open door, and no man can shut it; for thou hast a little strength and hast kept my word and hast not denied me.”  He says and when God, the key of David, and he that openeth and no man shutteth and shutteth and no man openeth,” now that’s the latter part of verse 7. Now this text says that God has set a door before the person, when God opens it no one can shut it and when God shuts it no man can open it.  Now you can recall in the lecture previously in which I showed that the door represents thinking, so this means that when God has provided in the thinking the means of opening that door nobody can shut it, but when God has excluded the possibilities of opening that door, nobody can open it.

 

Now the reason why the door can be opened is because God gives the Holy Spirit into the life of the individual by the virtue of this altar of Christ dying for the sins of the entire race, and that little conscience will speak to you and lead you to that door.  For no man comes to the Father except by me, and that Holy Spirit will lead you to that door but the Holy Spirit cannot make you go in.  That lies in the individuals will, but the person would never be in a position to make a decision to come in to the court unless the Holy Spirit enabled his will to make that decision.  And as long as God is providing that little conscience to speak to the individual to make the decision to come in the door, nobody can shut it.  But if like Esau who finally sinned away his day of grace as recorded in the book of Hebrews the12th chapter verse 17 it says “Esau sought the birth right but he could find no way to change his mind, the Holy Spirit had left him.  And he had no way to make a decision to come in that door, it was shut, and nobody could open it.  Now this helps us to see how God makes the first move towards the Christian to bring him to a position to make a decision to accept Christ as his personal Saviour, but God will not push the person into accepting Christ.  He must do it of his own free will but he would not be in a position to make that decision unless God had prepared his heart or his mind, that is very important.  So now the person steps through the door he steps into the area of relationship with Christ called helpmeet (wife) and now God in the person of Christ unites with the individual as close as the molecules of copper and tin are in that particular altar and in the laver, and now that relationship is moving the individual through the Sanctuary, in the personal relationship of Christ with the priest as he goes through.

 

Now turn with me to the book of Leviticus the 8th chapter and show a service here that brings the priest in a very close relationship with the sinner.  I am reading in the book of Numbers the 8th chapter, it says that they were to bring the priest into the court, into this particular area and the people were to put their hands on the priests head and they would offer the priest for a sacrifice.  Now see what is taking place here, they would bring them into the court, the people would place their hands upon the heads of the priests and offered them for a sacrifice, in other words the priests became a personal relationship to the individual cause when the individual chose a sacrifice, that sacrifice represented that person, so by placing their hands upon the head of the priest they thus signified that the priest became an offering for the people.  This is found in the 8th chapter of Numbers and verse 10-11 “and thou shalt bring the Levites before the Lord for an offering of the children of Israel shall put their hands upon the Levites: and Aaron shall offer the Levites before the Lord for an offering of the children of Israel,” so now the relations of the individual with the priest is a oneness, the same oneness of relationship with Christ as spoken of by marriage.  So now wherever the priest goes in the Sanctuary he is as the people themselves.  So now we come into this particular area of the sanctuary and the relationship of the individual to Christ here is of the utmost personal relation.  If the individual, as it says in the book Selected Messages vol 1 p344 “when the individual endeavors to obey Jesus,( as you remember the decision here is to obey the Love of God in the heart of the Christian, which Christ has put there, so when he says I will love Christ, I will love my fellow men, I will manifest the life of Christ to the world, he is saying I will keep the 10 commandments, and he moves into this area (Holy Place)).  Every obedience of the individual even with the Holy Spirit motivating him is always involved in a slight bit more or less of the individuals personal selfishness.  Now such an act of righteousness could never be offered to God with profit as long as it has some selfishness in it.  So the priest who is related to the saint personally, in this area puts the blood of the sacrifice, that is brought in here upon this altar (altar of incense) and on this horn.  When he puts the blood on this altar and this horn, that blood wipes out the selfishness or the pollution in the individuals endeavor of obedience.  It wipes out the pollution, in as much as he is then short of the obedience of Christ, Christ will then supplement his character by the bread of the table here, by the light of the light and by the crown of this temple (both) supplement his righteousness with his perfect conduct to bring the saints righteousness up to the full height of the wall which represents the 10 commandments.  Now you understand this is done by the personal relationship the person maintains to Christ as his priest as his person.  Now this is one of the most beautiful revelations of the entire Sanctuary.  When you put forth an effort to obey God, God accepts this as your best effort and makes up the difference with his own divine merit.” That is a quotation from the writings of the church (1SM382).  That quotation is applicable to this apartment (Holy Place) along with the statement of 1 John 1:7-9 “but if we walk in the light as he is in the light we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Because our prayers ascend to him from this particular piece of furniture (altar of Incense) he will answer them, forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Now you understand that we are still in the daily department of the sanctuary, in this apartment, so every moment you breathe and trust in Christ as your priest in this apartment he is keeping your life up to the sanctification of the 10 commandments.  Turn with me to Hebrews 2:11 “for both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all one:” All one, now I want you to see how this is true in this apartment, once the person picks up the marriage relation in the court and moves that marriage relationship into this apartment behind gold walls in distinction to white linen walls in the court, now God is going to by the priesthood of Christ, achieve a relationship with the saint that the merits of Christ’s sanctification will be daily applicable to the saint who believe in Christ in this apartment.  So that he who sanctifies and they who are sanctified are one in this apartment.

 

Now this sanctification is necessary for the person to move into the next apartment and turn with me to the book of Leviticus the 10th chapter and we will point this out, Leviticus 10, in this chapter he is speaking about the sacred relationship of the individual with Christ or with the priest.  Lev 10:3 “Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord Spake saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me,” I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me.  Now you understand the final place where we meet God is on the throne that is depicted by the last piece of furniture.  Now it just happens to be in Hebrew that the word Levi, referring to the Levitical priest in Hebrew means “to bring the person nigh”,   And priest in Hebrew “Kohen” means one who works in behalf of others to bring them nigh to God, putting the word Priest and Levi together.  Now you can see here is where the individual believer really unites himself with the life of Christ, and Christ will pick him up and take him nigh unto God as it says, they who come nigh to me must be sanctified.  Turn with me to the book of Psalms the 65th chapter and notice this beautiful verse concerning the Sanctuary and the court.  Psalm 65:4 “blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee,” (now here it says God chose the individual, God chose the individual by their conscience and speaks to him to come through the first door into the court) “that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.” Well now the goodness of the court is the goodness of righteousness that Christ gives a person who steps through that door and unites himself with Christ as a helpmeet, and Christ gives him the white wall of his righteousness which is Justification.  That’s the righteousness he needs to step through this door into the area of the process of sanctification.  Now that God has got him into the area of Sanctification which is in the area of the 10 commandments he says that you are to obey his law.  Now look at this statement in the book of 2 Chronicles which has to do with the Davidic temple which is of course as important as the Mosaic Temple, I call you attention to this particular verse 2 Chronicles the 6th chapter in this chapter he is speaking about the dedication of the temple and how it is applicable to the individual and his relationship to Christ in a very personal manner, in 2 Chronicle 6:23 “Then hear thou from heaven and do, and judge thy servants, by requiting the wicked, by recompensing his way upon his own head; and by justifying the righteous, by giving him according to his righteousness.”  That he would justify the person by giving him his righteousness.  Now in the book of Kings which is also relating this same affair in the scripture I am calling your attention to 1 Kings the 6th chapter verse 12 concerning justification and sanctification in relationship to the Law.  This is a very significant text, 1 Kings 6:12 -13 “[Concerning] this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father: and I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will not forsake my people Israel” Now what was the basis that God would commit himself in this relationship with the saints, it is upon the basis that they would obey the 10 commandments.  [Concerning] this house which thou art in building, if thou wilt walk in my statutes, and execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments to walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee, which I spake unto David thy father, now one of the most significant things that he will perform if the person will commit himself to the commandments, which as I said before if you recall, that the person must make that decision to come through that linen door, I will obey the law of righteousness, the love of God which he gave me in the court, I will commit that into my conduct, into my life and my purpose of living.  The moment that a person does that, then God can supplement his character if it comes short of the completeness of that Law.  Which if he will come into this apartment, which is the gold wall of the 10 commandments, if he comes short in his daily conduct, the priest who is related to him as a person with oneness by the blood on this horn wipe out his pollution of his conduct in violation of his law and supplement it with his own righteousness so that his life comes up to the registration of sanctification.  Because he who sanctifies and they who are sanctified are one.  Now it is this oneness with Christ that spells the success of the understanding of the Sanctuary.  Now let me iterate this in comparison again, In this particular area (the Court) you receive the obedience of Christ as a gift, it’s his righteousness, it’s his works, and you had nothing to do with it, he gives it to you.  In this apartment (Holy Place) he begins to transfer that righteousness into your conduct, he gives you righteousness of justification and now he’s going to give you righteousness of sanctification.  And if you do not come up to it in your daily conduct, he will supplement it with his own righteousness of his life that’s united to yours as one.  So that you can readily say if someone should ask you, do you keep the 10 commandments, you should say YES!! In Christ my Lord.  Now the reason why this sanctification or the process of sanctification is essential in this apartment is because that is what the person needs to move into the last area.

 

Now remember the text that I read to you Leviticus 10:3 “They who come nigh me must be sanctified,” or Holy, so to get the person into this particular chamber, for the last atonement of sin and the final cleansing of the life in complete righteousness, he comes in on the sanctification of the priest from this apartment.  Now supposing that a person dies in this apartment and his life is not quite up to the top of the wall representing the 10 commandments, in other words he is not fully and completely living the life of Christ, there is still sin in his life when he died.  Because he trusts in Christ as his High Priest, because he trusts that Christ on Calvary suffered his sins and never stained the consciousness of his guilt, the relationship that he maintains with Christ as his priest will take him into this apartment (Most Holy Place).  Now this apartment is the Most Holy Place, they had a service in here just one day, once a year in which they would take the blood of the goat and put it on the lid of this ark in behalf of the conscience of sin of the individual who’s conscience was convicted by the 10 commandments in the Ark, and his conscience is guilty of sin, but because he is in there by the person of the High Priest, who is sanctified, and who has brought him into this apartment of sanctification (Holy Place) and will take him into this apartment (Most Holy Place) to make the final atonement. When his name comes up in the judgment, the record will show that he went through the first door, the record will show how far in this apartment he came to sanctification, it will also show what sins he did not overcome and lacked in perfection.  But because he is related to the High Priest and the High Priest has paid the penalty for every sin, he will now make the application of his suffering on Calvary in the last order of atonement.  So when his name comes up in the judgment in the last day, and the record shows for instance he is 30% short of complete obedience to Christ and sanctification, the text in Hebrews the 8th chapter will be applicable, Hebrews the 8th chapter and verse 12 “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”

 

The word Mercy refers to the Mercy Seat, and when God will no more remember their sins is when he has finished the work of this apartment (Most Holy Place).  Because up until that time they are constantly remembered in the whole service of the Sanctuary and they are remembered in the Day of Atonement year by year by year.  So when they will be never remembered again is when the final atonement is made, and that text says that when that occurs he will be merciful to their unrighteousness, indicating that they are still unrighteous in many instances.  So when their name comes up in the judgment and it is indicative that there are sin’s that they did not overcome but were endeavoring to overcome through their relationship with Christ, Christ will then take the balance of his perfection as their priest, having paid the penalty of their sins by the blood on the altar, he will then supplement their righteousness with his perfection and they will come forth as perfect as Christ is perfect.  So the relationship with Christ has finally brought them to the complete perfection of the Priest to whom they were related by marriage. Jude verse 23-24 that God will save those whose garment is spotted by the flesh, verse 24 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” It is a pleasure for the priest to cover their sins in the Last Apartment and present them as if they were perfect, because of their relationship to Christ as their personal Saviour.  They pick it up here in the marriage relationship in the court, they amalgamate into Christ’s Righteousness in towards sanctification, if they do not fully achieve it, Christ will present them as his person and be merciful to their unrighteousness and by the blood on that altar, and the gold in that piece of furniture of the solid gold lid, he will make them absolutely perfect and spotless, they will come forth in the resurrection as if they had never sinned.  All because of the personal relationship with the priest as their husband.  Do you want to accept this great proposition of the Sanctuary that God will take care of you, and bring you to absolute perfection and sanctification and eternal life, if you will trust in him and have confidence in him as your personal Saviour, because he is married unto you.

By Clive