Under the old covenant, God could not
be directly approached. Instead, a duly ordained priest acted always
as an intermediary.
Even the priest had to perform under
The Lord then continued with specific
orders as to the performance of the priest.
The holy place was located (after the
second veil) in the tabernacle; only the priest could pass through the
veil and only as so meticulously instructed.
- Then verily the first covenant had also
ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a
tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table,
and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary.
the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round
about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's
rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims
of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first
tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second
went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he
offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:
But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater
and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of
by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once
into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
For if the
blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the
unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more
shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself
without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the
- And for this cause he is the mediator
of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the
transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called
might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength
at all while the testator liveth.
neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. For when Moses
had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took
the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop,
and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood
of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.
he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the
ministry. And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without
shedding of blood is no remission.
It was therefore
necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified
with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than
is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures
of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God
that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the
holy place every year with blood of others;
must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now
once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice
And as it
is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for
him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
|But as the Lord Jesus Christ hung
dying on Calvary's cross,
15:37-38 -Jesus cried with a loud voice,
and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain
from the top to the bottom.
27:51 - And, behold, the veil of the temple
was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake,
and the rocks rent;
And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.
We were without God!
- Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past
Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called
the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were
without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers
from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by
the blood of Christ.
14 - For
he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle
wall of partition between us;
15 - Having
abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained
in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16 - And
that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having
slain the enmity thereby:
17 - And
came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were
18 - For
through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
framed - Jews & Gentiles!
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens
with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon
the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being
the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together
groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together
for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Mystery of God Paul presents!
Our life is
hid with Christ in God
- That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs,
and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
3:1-4 - If ye then be risen with Christ,
seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand
affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead,
and your life is hid with Christ in God.
who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
- Therefore being justified by faith, we
have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have
access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of
the glory of God.
- In whom we have boldness and access
with confidence by the faith of him.
- Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ
that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand
of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or
persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is
written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted
as sheep for the slaughter.
all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am
persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,
nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the
love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
5:16 - Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
- In whom we have redemption through his
blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known
unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he
hath purposed in himself:
the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one
all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth;
even in him:
also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to
the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own
should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
- Seeing then that we have a great high
priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold
fast our profession.
For we have
not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities;
but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore
come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find
grace to help in time of need.