Exhortations from the Sanctuary
Lesson #13 for December 28, 2013
1) “19We have, then, my friends, complete freedom to go into the Most Holy Place by means of the death of Jesus. 20He opened for us a new way, a living way, through the curtain—that is, through his own body”; and
2) “21We have a great priest in charge of the house of God.” (GNB)
Then, there are exhortations or things we should do.
1) “22So let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, with hearts that have been purified from a guilty conscience and with bodies washed with clean water.”
2) “23Let us hold on firmly to the hope we profess, because we can trust God to keep his promise.” He promises to open the way for us into the Most Holy Place.
3) “24Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good.”
4) “25Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer.” (GNB) Can we help each other to understand God?
What does intercession comprehend? It is the golden chain which binds finite man to the throne of the infinite God. The human agent whom Christ has died to save importunes the throne of God, and his petition is taken up by Jesus who has purchased him with His own blood. Our great High Priest places His righteousness on the side of the sincere suppliant, and the prayer of Christ blends with that of the human petitioner.—Ellen G. White, That I May Know Him, p. 78.2; Sabbath School Worker, February 1, 1896 par. 3.
1) Come to Him with a sincere heart. Of course, this does not imply that we are already perfect. It simply implies that we honestly want a growing relationship with Him.
2) Come with confidence built upon faith. And remember that faith is built upon evidence. That evidence is found in the inspired records that are now so readily available to us.
3) ReadExodus 24:8; Leviticus 8:23-24; Hebrews 9:9,13-14. In the ancient sanctuary, Moses inaugurated and dedicated the tabernacle, the priests, and the people by sprinkling blood on them. However, that is no longer necessary. In our day, we need to understand what Christ was actually trying to accomplish through those ancient ceremonies and come to God honestly with a clear conscience. That is what it means to come with our hearts sprinkled clean from a guilty conscience–being forgiven.
4) Come with our bodies washed with pure water. ReadEphesians 5:26. Spiritual washing comes about not only through baptism and our repeated dedication to our baptismal vows through the ordinance of humility but also through reading our Bibles and drawing closer to God through the application of biblical principles.
The shortness of time is frequently urged as an incentive for seeking righteousness and making Christ our friend. This should not be the great motive with us; for it savors of selfishness. Is it necessary that the terrors of the day of God should be held before us, that we may be compelled to right action through fear? It ought not to be so. Jesus is attractive. (RH, August 2, 1881 par. 6; ST, March 17, 1887 par. 6; BEcho, June 25, 1894 par. 7; TMK 320.3; LHU 98.3)
The Mediator, in his office and work, would greatly exceed in dignity and glory the earthly, typical priesthood. . . . This Saviour was to be a mediator, to stand between the Most High and his people. Through this provision, a way was opened whereby the guilty sinner might find access to God through the mediation of another. The sinner could not come in his own person, with his guilt upon him, and with no greater merit than he possessed in himself. Christ alone could open the way, by making an offering equal to the demands of the divine law. He was perfect, and undefiled by sin. He was without spot or blemish. The extent of the terrible consequences of sin could never have been known, had not the remedy provided been of infinite value.—Ellen G. White, The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 2, p. 11.
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