Dead or Alive
Bad or Good versus Dead or Alive
Some are Alive to Sin and Dead to God
Romans 3:23 – All fall short
Romans 6:23 – Wages of sin = death
TABERNACLE “miskan” – “dwelling place” – Leviticus 16:15-16
HOLY (most holy place) / CLEAN (holy place) / UNCLEAN (courtyard)
1 Corinthians 15:21-22
“For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.” [ESV]
We are “made alive with Christ”
We are “raised up with Christ”
We are “made to sit with (Christ)”
Once dead – sin, disobedience, obeying the devil, desires of a sinful nature
BUT GOD – Rich in mercy, loved us so much despite our sins, gave us life
ONLY BY GOD’S GRACE
Seated with Christ, United with Christ
God’s Masterpiece – created anew in Christ to do GOOD THINGS He planned long ago
2 Places of Outer Court
Bronze Altar / Altar of Burnt Offering (27:1-8, 38:1-7)
Offer sacrifice of blood (burnt offering)
“For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding his blood.” [NLT]
Get Rid of Hindrances
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Bronze Wash Basin (30:17-21, 38:8)
Ceremonial washing of water
Being washed in water of God’s Word (Ephesians 5:26 – sanctifies)
Remember Your Baptism
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.
3 Places within Holy Place (outer veil)
Lampstand / 7 Golden Candlesticks (25:31-40, 37:17-24)
7 Spirits of God
Lamps/candles always lit
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…” [NLT]
Symbolizes the Testimony of our Life
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.” [NLT]
- Quench—1 Thessalonians 5:19– Do not quench the Spirit. (NIV) Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. (NLT)
- NOT ALLOWING HIM TO MOVE FREELY
- Grieve—Ephesians 4:30– And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (ESV) [[“Lupe” – To cause grief / To offend]]
- ACTING OUT IN SINFUL MANNER
LORD, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!
Table of Bread of Presence (25:23-30, 37:10-16)
Bread alwaysat Table – 12 loaves (for 12 tribes)
Fellowship of body of Christ with bread of presence
Communing with Jesus and the Body of Christ
My soul, wait in silence for God only,For my hope is from Him.He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.On God my salvation and my glory rest;The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.
Golden Altar of Incense (30:1-10, 37:25-29)
High Priest was to burn incense every morning/evening & pray
Smoke clouded so couldn’t see past the inner veil
Keep Praying – no incense altar needed – we have the Spirit
O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory.
“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.” [NLT]
I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart;I will sing your praises before the gods.I bow before your holy Temple as I worship.I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness;for your promises are backedby all the honor of your name.As soon as I pray, you answer me;you encourage me by giving me strength.
Most Holy Place / Holy of Holies (inner veil)
Ark of Covenant (25:10-22, 37:1-9)
With mercy seat flanked by its covering cherubs
- Ten Commandments (Word of God)
- Jar of Manna (Provision of God)
- Aaron’s Budding Staff/Rod (Authority of God)
- With Torah in the front of Ark
Place of Communion, where God’s presence was manifest & God’s glory made known
Treasure Jesus Above All Else
Live with Attitude of Thankfulness
How can a young person stay pure?By obeying your word.I have tried hard to find you—don’t let me wander from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. I praise you, O Lord;teach me your decrees. I have recited aloudall the regulations you have given us. I have rejoiced in your lawsas much as in riches. I will study your commandmentsand reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decreesand not forget your word.
The one thing I ask of the LORD–the thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
“Glory of God is man fully alive.” – St. Irenaeus