Series Code: SSOS
Program Code: SSOS190003A
00:25 Welcome back to our Series that we've entitled,
00:28 The Sanctuary, Salvation and our Savior
00:31 and we've been studying the relevance of the sanctuary
00:34 to understanding our own Christian experience
00:37 and walk with Jesus Christ
00:38 also, how the sanctuary reveals what Jesus has done...
00:42 is doing...
00:44 and will do.
00:45 The Bible tells us in the book of Psalms... Psalm 77 verse 13,
00:49 "Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary... "
00:54 in other words, if we want to understand the workings of God
00:58 in the plan of salvation,
00:59 we must look at the sanctuary.
01:02 The sanctuary is our model...
01:04 it's our lens for understanding the work and the ministry
01:07 of Jesus Christ.
01:09 The Bible tells us that Jesus is the Lamb of God
01:13 who takes away the sins of the world.
01:18 The Bible tells us in John chapter 1 verse 29,
01:21 "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward Him, and said,
01:25 'Behold, The Lamb of God
01:26 who takes away the sin of the world!'"
01:30 In other words, Jesus' ministry and life
01:34 can be typified by understanding the function of the lamb
01:39 in the ceremonies and the rituals
01:41 of the Old Testament sanctuary
01:44 and if the Jews had just understood
01:47 John's introduction of Jesus Christ,
01:50 as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,
01:54 they would not have missed the Messiah.
01:57 You see, the sanctuary is more than a doctrine,
02:00 the sanctuary is actually a lens an interpretive key...
02:05 a framework for understanding
02:08 the work and the ministry of Jesus Christ.
02:10 John is using the sanctuary more than just a doctrine...
02:15 he's using it as a hermeneutical key,
02:18 in other words, an interpretive key
02:20 for understanding the work and the ministry of Jesus Christ
02:24 and it's because the Jews did not use the sanctuary
02:28 as their interpretive key, that they missed the Messiah.
02:32 Now, the Jews believed in the sanctuary.
02:34 As a matter of fact,
02:35 the Jews would have died for their sanctuary
02:38 but they were not using the sanctuary
02:41 as their interpretive key
02:42 to understand the work of the Messiah.
02:45 They were using culture, they were using politics,
02:48 they were using anything but the sanctuary
02:50 to understand the work and the ministry of Jesus Christ
02:53 and here John is using the sanctuary
02:56 as his hermeneutical lens, as his reference point
02:59 for understanding the work and the ministry of Jesus,
03:03 and could it be today
03:04 that we're replacing the sanctuary lens...
03:07 the sanctuary framework for culture...
03:10 for another philosophical framework
03:13 for understanding the work and the ministry of Christ
03:15 and perhaps God is calling us back
03:18 to use the sanctuary to understand
03:20 what Jesus has done...
03:22 is doing...
03:23 and will do.
03:25 We noted in an earlier presentation
03:26 that not only did Jesus fulfill the work and the ministry
03:30 as the lamb but also as our High Priest in heaven.
03:36 This is the other entity in the sanctuary
03:39 and the Bible tells us in Hebrews chapter 8
03:42 verses 1 through 5...
03:44 "Now this is the main point of the things we are saying:
03:47 We have such a High Priest, who is seated
03:51 at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,
03:54 a Minister of the sanctuary,
03:57 and of the true tabernacle
03:59 which the Lord erected and not man. "
04:03 So, Jesus did not only fulfill the function of the Lamb,
04:08 but according to Paul, Jesus is fulfilling right now
04:13 the function of the high priest,
04:15 not on earth but in heaven.
04:18 In other words, here Paul is using
04:21 the interpretive key of the sanctuary
04:24 to understand not only the work and the ministry of Jesus Christ
04:27 here on earth
04:29 as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world,
04:31 but also, to help us to understand
04:34 what Jesus is doing right now in heaven.
04:36 What is Jesus doing right now in heaven?
04:39 Here Paul tells us that He is our High Priest in heaven
04:43 ministering in not an earthly sanctuary
04:47 but in an heavenly sanctuary
04:49 that was not constructed by Moses,
04:52 but was constructed by God.
04:54 This is an important point that we cannot miss.
04:57 The sanctuary is our framework...
05:00 it's our lens like eye glasses
05:02 to help us to understand what Jesus has done
05:05 is doing...
05:07 and will do.
05:08 Jesus performed the function of the lamb at the cross...
05:11 Jesus is performing right now according to Paul
05:14 the function of the High Priest in heaven.
05:17 Now, there is another quotation here on the screen
05:21 that I want to take our attention to
05:22 and it's from one of my favorite books,
05:24 it's the book, "The Great Controversy"
05:26 page 423 and it says, "The subject of the sanctuary
05:30 was the key which unlocked the mystery
05:33 of the disappointment of 1844.
05:36 It opened to view a complete system of truth,
05:41 connected and harmonious. "
05:43 Now, in a future presentation,
05:46 we'll unpack exactly what this is talking about
05:48 but in the Advent movement, the great disappointment of 1844
05:53 people assumed that the sanctuary was the earth
05:56 and that Jesus was going to be coming in 1844...
05:59 later on they discovered or I should say, rediscovered...
06:02 this idea that there is no reference in Scripture
06:07 to the earth being the sanctuary
06:09 rather, the Bible points out
06:12 that the sanctuary exists in heaven
06:15 so the cleansing of the sanctuary in heaven
06:18 and this idea and the motif of the sanctuary
06:21 opened to view a complete system of truth,
06:24 we go on in this quotation,
06:25 "Showing that God's hand
06:27 had directed the great Advent Movement
06:29 and revealing present duty
06:30 as it brought to light the position
06:33 and work of His people. "
06:34 In 1844... in the subsequent year,
06:37 people discovered this idea
06:39 that Jesus was engaging in the final work
06:42 of the Day of Atonement in heaven on our behalf.
06:47 So, let's back it up here,
06:48 according to the Bible
06:50 John the Baptist used the sanctuary
06:53 as the interpretive key for understanding
06:55 the work of Jesus Christ on earth.
06:56 It was this hermeneutical lens, the interpretive key
06:59 for understanding the work in Jesus Christ...
07:01 the work of Jesus Christ at the cross
07:04 and then in Hebrews chapter 8,
07:07 Paul uses the sanctuary lens again
07:11 as a hermeneutical lens
07:13 to understand the working ministry
07:14 of Jesus Christ in heaven
07:16 and then in 1844 and the subsequent years,
07:21 the great Advent movement
07:23 used the sanctuary as the interpretive key
07:27 of Jesus fulfilling the work of God in heaven
07:30 in the cleaning of the heavenly sanctuary.
07:33 So, the sanctuary motif... the sanctuary doctrine...
07:37 is actually a lens...
07:40 a key for understanding the work and the ministry
07:43 of Jesus Christ... past... present... and future
07:47 and there's a danger if we're not using the sanctuary lens
07:51 we will use another lens... we will use popular culture...
07:56 we'll use the teachers and the doctors of Theology of the day
08:00 which will replace this important hermeneutic.
08:03 Now, what is the cost of not using the sanctuary?
08:07 The Jews did not use the sanctuary lens
08:10 as a hermeneutical reference point
08:12 for understanding the Messiah,
08:13 and what was the result?
08:15 They rejected God in the flesh.
08:18 You see, not using the sanctuary as a framework
08:22 can lead to a costly existential or experiential result.
08:29 Not using this hermeneutical lens
08:32 can actually cause you to misinterpret
08:35 the work and the ministry of Jesus Christ on our behalf.
08:39 Now, as we go to the screen here,
08:41 this is a quotation from one of my professors
08:44 Fernando Canali, Professor Emeritus of Theology
08:47 at Andrews Theological Seminary
08:49 and he exhorts all leaders to use the sanctuary
08:52 as the interpretive key for understanding Christ.
08:55 Notice what he says, "Leaders, Administrators,
08:58 Pastors and Scholars
08:59 should be going back to Scripture
09:02 and using the sanctuary doctrine as the hermeneutical key
09:07 to understand the complete and harmonious system
09:12 of Biblical truth. "
09:14 Here's a scholar exhorting
09:16 people on every level of ministry...
09:19 Leaders, Administrators, Church Officers
09:23 to use the sanctuary as their hermeneutical reference point
09:27 for understanding the work and the ministry of Jesus Christ.
09:31 We are living in an age today
09:33 where people not only do not believe in the existence
09:37 of the sanctuary,
09:39 but we're living in an age
09:40 where people that even believe in the doctrine of the sanctuary
09:45 are not using it as their hermeneutical reference point
09:49 for understanding the work and the ministry of Jesus Christ.
09:53 Now, when we look at the sanctuary model,
09:56 you'll see that there is movement that is implied
10:02 by the very sanctuary structure
10:04 as we noted in our previous presentation
10:07 there is one access point into the sanctuary...
10:10 you come into the courtyard
10:12 and by implication, God wants to draw you
10:14 into the Holy Place
10:16 and into the Most-Holy-Place experience with Him.
10:19 Adam and Eve were here in the Most Holy Place...
10:22 a face-to-face encounter with God...
10:25 eyeball to eyeball...
10:27 a conversation with God because of sin,
10:29 the entire human race was placed outside of the gate
10:33 and God wants to bring us back.
10:36 The sanctuary idea...
10:38 the sanctuary notion
10:40 is this idea of God bringing us back
10:43 to that face-to-face relationship with God.
10:47 The theme of the sanctuary in actuality
10:50 is all about restoration.
10:54 It is God wanting to bring us back.
10:59 Now, this is one of my favorite quotations from book "Education"
11:01 the book "Education" points out
11:04 that the purpose of the plan of salvation,
11:07 is to restore in man the image of his Maker...
11:11 to bring us back to the perfection
11:15 in which he was created
11:16 to promote the development of body, mind and soul
11:19 that the Divine purpose in His creation might be realized.
11:22 This was to be the work of redemption.
11:26 You see, the plan of salvation is not just about forgiveness...
11:31 forgiveness is an essential part
11:33 and it's the first thing that you experience as a Christian,
11:36 but it's also about restoration.
11:39 God wants to bring us all the way back to Eden...
11:45 not only to the place
11:47 but to restore the person and the image of God in man.
11:52 That is the theme of the sanctuary.
11:55 God bringing us all the way back.
11:58 Now, in Eden, when Adam and Eve sinned,
12:02 there was an immediate physical change that took place,
12:06 remember the Bible indicates that they noticed
12:09 that there was a chill in the air
12:12 immediately after they ate of that forbidden fruit,
12:14 they could sense, the Bible says,
12:17 that they were naked
12:19 and what was their response to this sense of nakedness?
12:23 Immediately there was this emotional sense of shame.
12:27 Have you ever sinned before?
12:29 Have you ever made a mistake?
12:31 How do you feel after you've made that mistake?
12:36 There's an immediate emotional sense of shame.
12:40 And how do we cope with that sense of shame?
12:43 We attempt to cover ourselves
12:47 and this was the response of Adam and Eve.
12:49 They covered themselves in fig leaves
12:52 and this is the universal response when we sin,
12:56 you see, we can't look at our own ugliness.
12:59 We can't come to grips with ourselves
13:02 and so, I believe that all of us
13:05 as a coping mechanism,
13:07 try to live in the state of disillusionment.
13:11 We can't look at ourselves so we cover ourselves...
13:14 we cover our shame with fig leaves
13:17 and this is an example of us covering ourselves
13:20 with our own righteousness.
13:22 The immediate response...
13:24 the immediate feeling that we get to sin... is shame
13:27 and God is going to bring us back
13:30 and you'll notice that the first thing that God does
13:34 in the plan of salvation is that He covers us...
13:37 that's what He did for Adam and Eve.
13:40 He covered them and this was an example
13:42 of the Robe of Righteousness.
13:45 We're going to take a short break right now.
13:48 Stay with us
13:49 and when we come back we'll look at this idea
13:52 of God covering us and cleansing us.