Ancient Paths - God's Gospel Pattern

THE FOLLOWING IS A PERSONAL STUDY AND TESTIMONY EXPLORING YHWH'S SALVATION PATTERN FOUND BOTH IN THE NEW AND OLD TESTAMENT:

 SOME QUESTIONS THAT MANY OF US MAY HAVE BEEN ASKED OR EVEN ASKED OURSELVES MAY INCLUDE -

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE BORN AGAIN?  HOW DOES ONE ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD?  WHAT IS THE NEW TESTAMENT PLAN OF SALVATION?

SOMEONE ONCE SAID:  OPINIONS ARE LIKE NOSES, EVERYONE HAS ONE!  AND SO IT IS WHEN YOU START ASKING DIFFERENT PEOPLE THESE QUESTIONS.  IN THIS COUNTRY ALONE, THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF MESSIAH (CHRIST)IAN DENOMINATIONS, MOST ARE NOT MAJOR, BUT EACH HAVE THEIR OWN VIEWS ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BORN AGAIN OR HOW SOMEONE IS SAVED.

THOUSANDS OF BOOKS ON BIBLE DOCTRINE AND THE WAY TO SALVATION HAVE BEEN WRITTEN OVER THE YEARS.  MANY VIEWS ARE VERY SIMILAR AND ONLY HAVE SUBTLE DIFFERENCES, OTHERS ARE WORLDS APART.

I ONCE ASKED A YOUNG MUSLIM MAN WHAT HE THOUGHT OF CHRISTIANITY AS A WHOLE, HIS ANSWER WAS VERY INTERESTING.  HE SAID:  UNLIKE THE MUSLIM FAITH THAT IS UNITED IN THEIR BELIEFS, YOU CHRISTIANS ARE SO DIVIDED OVER WHAT YOU BELIEVE AND THAT IS WHAT MAKES YOU WEAK.  ALTHOUGH I DIDN’T KNOW A LOT ABOUT ISLAM, I HAD TO ADMIT, HE WAS RIGHT ABOUT ONE THING, WE AS CHRISTIANS ARE VERY DIVIDED ABOUT WHAT WE BELIEVE TO BE THE TRUE NEW TESTAMENT PLAN OF SALVATION.  WE ARE EVEN DIVIDED OVER WHETHER OR NOT IT REALLY MATTERS WHAT WE BELIEVE AS LONG AS WE BELIEVE.

SO IN LIGHT OF THESE OBSERVATIONS, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE WORTHWHILE IF WE TOOK ANOTHER LOOK IN THE BIBLE, THE AUTHORITY FOR ALL TRUTH, AND REVIEW SOME KEY SCRIPTURES NOT ONLY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT BUT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AS WELL, THAT SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THIS SURPRISINGLY CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT.

LET’S BEGIN OUR BRIEF JOURNEY TOGETHER BY LOOKING AT A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT HAVE HELPED ME GREATLY TO UNDERSTAND FUNDAMENTAL BIBLICAL TRUTHS INCLUDING THE NEW TESTAMENT PLAN OF SALVATION.

FIRST, LET’S TAKE A QUICK LOOK AT ISAIAH 28:9-10 – IT READS:  WHOM SHALL HE TEACH KNOWLEDGE?  AND WHOM SHALL HE MAKE TO UNDERSTAND DOCTRINE?  THEM THAT ARE WEANED FROM MILK…FOR PRECEPT MUST BE UPON PRECEPT, PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT; LINE UPON LINE, LINE UPON LINE; HERE A LITTLE, AND THERE A LITTLE. 

BASICALLY, WHAT THIS SCRIPTURE IS SAYING IS THAT IN ORDER TO RIGHTLY DIVIDE OR PROPERLY INTERPRET THE BIBLE, WE MUST LOOK AT A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT SCRIPTURES THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE.  TRUTHFULLY, THE ONLY SAFE WAY TO INTERPRET SCRIPTURE IS BY LOOKING AT OTHER SCRIPTURES THAT SPEAK TO THE SAME SUBJECT AREA…HERE A LITTLE AND THERE A LITTLE.  AND WE SHOULD NOT ONLY LOOK AT THE NEW TESTAMENT BUT THE OLD AS WELL.

GAL 3:24 SAYS THE LAW WAS OUR SCHOOLMASTER OR TEACHER TO BRING US UNTO MESSIAH (CHRIST).  IN OTHER WORDS, THE TRUTHS THAT WE FIND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT WERE FIRST INTRODUCED OR FORESHADOWED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.  A GOOD PHRASE TO REMEMBER IS SIMPLY THAT:  'THE OLD IS IN THE NEW REVEALED AND THE NEW IS IN THE OLD CONCEALED'.

ECCLESIASTES 1:9 SAYS - THE THING THAT HAS BEEN, IT IS THAT WHICH SHALL BE; AND THAT WHICH IS DONE IS THAT WHICH SHALL BE DONE; AND THERE IS NO NEW THING UNDER THE SUN.

SO IF WE ARE HAVING TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING OR IF THERE IS CONFUSION OVER BASIC TRUTHS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, WE SHOULD LOOK TO THE OLD TESTAMENT FOR INSIGHT.  ON THE OTHER HAND, IF WE ARE HAVING TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING WHY THE LORD COMMANDED SOME THINGS TO BE DONE IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, WE SHOULD LOOK TO THE NEW FOR CLARIFICATION.

THE SECOND THING THAT HAS HELPED ME GREATLY IN MY SEARCH FOR BIBLICAL TRUTH IS THE UNDERSTANDING THAT GOD WORKS IN PATTERNS.  ONCE HE HAS ESTABLISHED A PATTERN, IT WILL NOT CHANGE, BECAUSE AS THE SCRIPTURE SAYS; HE IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT HOW PRECISE GOD'S PATTERNS CAN BE;

THE BIBLE SAYS IN GENESIS 8:4 - AND THE ARK RESTED (OR CAME UP OUT OF THE WATER) IN THE SEVENTH MONTH, ON THE SEVENTEENTH DAY OF THE MONTH UPON THE MOUNTAINS OF ARARAT.  WHAT ISN'T CLEAR TO MOST OF US NON-JEWISH BELIEVERS IS THAT THIS IS THE SAME MONTH AND DAY THAT THE ISRAELITES ESCAPED THE BONDAGE OF EGYPT AND CAME UP OUT OF THE RED SEA ON TO THE OTHER SIDE...AND THE VERY SAME MONTH AND DAY YESHUA (JESUS) ROSE UP FROM THE GRAVE - THE 17TH OF THE JEWISH MONTH NISSAN, THE DAY JEWS CELEBRATE AS THE FEAST OF FIRSTFRUITS AND THE DAY CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE AS EASTER SUNDAY.  SO WE SEE IN THIS CASE, THE LORD NOT ONLY ESTABLISHED A  PATTERN OF DELIVERANCE BUT ALSO A SPECIFIC DAY (IN THE OLD TESTAMENT) THAT SYMBOLIZED NEW BEGINNINGS AND SALVATION  AND THAT POINTED TO THAT ONE ALL-IMPORTANT DAY IN THE NEW TESTAMENT - THE DAY YESHUA (JESUS) ROSE FROM THE DEAD.  OH HALLELUJAH, ONLY GOD COULD DO THAT!

WITH FURTHER STUDY, IT BECOMES CLEARER THAT EVERYTHING IN THE OLD TESTAMENT POINTS TO SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE SPIRITUALLY FULFILLED IN THE NEW.  I COR 15:46 SAYS FIRST THE NATURAL THEN THE SPIRITUAL…

...AND SO IT IS WITH THE PLAN OF SALVATION.  IF WE CAN IDENTIFY THE SALVATION PATTERN THAT GOD ESTABLISHED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT IT WILL HELP US TO BETTER UNDERSTAND WHAT THE LORD INTENDED FOR THE NEW TESTAMENT SALVATION EXPERIENCE.

WE BEGIN OUR SEARCH AT EXODUS 25;9, GOD GAVE MOSES A PLAN, A PATTERN ON MOUNT SINAI.  AND HE TOLD THEM TO NOT DEVIATE AT ALL FROM THAT PATTERN.  FOR YOU SEE, THE PATTERN THAT GOD GAVE HIM,  REFERRED TO AS THE TABERNACLE PLAN, DESCRIBES TO MOSES THE MEANS BY WHICH MAN WOULD BE ABLE TO APPROACH GOD AND TO ATONE FOR SIN.

WITH THE TABERNACLE PLAN, GOD ESTABLISHED THE PATTERN (A TYPE AND SHADOW) THAT POINTED TO HOW MANKIND WOULD BE ABLE TO APPROACH GOD AND ONCE AGAIN COME INTO RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IN THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH.

SINCE, AS WE JUST READ, GAL 3:24 SAYS THE LAW IS OUR SCHOOLMASTER TO BRING US TO MESSIAH (CHRIST), IT MAKES SENSE THAT SOMETHING AS IMPORTANT AS THE SALVATION PLAN WOULD BE CONTAINED IN IT….AND SO LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE SIMPLE, BUT EXTREMELY VITAL PATTERN THAT GOD GAVE TO MOSES.

TABERNACLE PLAN –

EX CHAPTERS 25 - 30 CONTAIN THE DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS THE LORD GAVE TO MOSES FOR THE BUILDING OF THE TABERNACLE.  THE TABERNACLE OF MOSES OR TABERNACLE IN THE WILDERNESS WAS THE PLACE WHERE GOD PLANNED TO DWELL IN THE MIDST OF HIS PEOPLE.  IT WAS A TEMPORARY MEETING PLACE IN THAT IT WAS ONLY A SHADOW OF HEAVENLY THINGS (AS PAUL STATES IN HEB 8:5)

THE TABERNACLE WAS BASICALLY A FENCED AREA, WITH ONLY ONE ENTRANCE THAT LED TO OTHER ITEMS THAT GOD TOLD MOSES TO MAKE AND PLACE AT DEFINITE LOCATIONS WITHIN THE FENCED AREA.

THE FIRST ITEM THAT THE LORD INSTRUCTED MOSES TO PUT RIGHT INSIDE THE ENTRANCE TO THE TABERNACLE WAS CALLED THE 'ALTAR OF SACRIFICE'.  THIS WAS A BRASS ALTAR WHERE THE PRIESTS WOULD SLAY AND OFFER SELECTED ANIMALS AS A BURN'T SACRIFICE UNTO THE LORD.

THE SECOND ITEM THAT GOD TOLD MOSES TO PLACE WITHIN THE TABERNACLE DIRECTLY AFTER THE ALTAR OF SACRIFICE WAS CALLED THE LAVER OF WATER.  THIS WAS ALSO MADE OF BRASS AND IT WAS HERE THAT THE PRIESTS WERE INSTRUCTED TO WASH BEFORE THEY WENT ANY FURTHER IN THE TABERNACLE.  EX 30:21 SAYS - SO THEY SHALL WASH THEIR HANDS AND THEIR FEET THAT THEY DIE NOT!

THE NEXT THING THAT GOD INSTRUCTED MOSES TO PLACE IN THE TABERNACLE WAS AN ENCLOSED, TENT LIKE STRUCTURE THAT WAS COVERED WITH ANIMAL SKINS AND DIVIDED INTO TWO SEPARATE AREAS...THE FIRST AREA WAS CALLED THE HOLY PLACE AND THE SECOND WHICH WAS BEHIND ANOTHER CURTAIN WAS CALLED THE MOST HOLY PLACE OR THE HOLY OF HOLIES.

IT WAS IN THE HOLY OF HOLIES THAT GOD INSTRUCTED MOSES TO PLACE WHAT WAS KNOWN AS THE ARK OF THE COVENANT(YES , THE SAME RELIGIOUS ARTIFACT FOUND IN THE RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK )...NOT A HOLLYWOOD CREATION BUT A VERY REAL AND SIGNIFICANT OLD TESTAMENT TYPE AND SHADOW.  THE ARK WAS ESSENTIALLY A RECTANGULAR BOX OF WOOD OVERLAYED WITH PURE GOLD, THE TOP WHICH ALSO WAS MADE OF PURE GOLD, WAS CALLED THE MERCY SEAT AND OVER THE MERCY SEAT THERE WAS PLACED TWO ANGELS OR CHERUBIM MADE OF BEATEN GOLD...ONE ON EACH SIDE THAT SPREAD THEIR WINGS OVER THE MERCY SEAT.  IT WAS WITHIN THIS AREA OVER THE MERCY SEAT, BETWEEN THE WINGS OF THE CHERUBIM THAT THE PRESENCE OF GOD DWELT IN THE MIDST OF HIS PEOPLE.

WHAT THE PRIESTS WERE INSTRUCTED TO DO IN THEIR APPROACH TO THE LORD, WAS TO FIRST SLAY THE ANIMALS AT THE ALTAR OF SACRIFICE AND OFFER THEM AS BURN'T OFFERINGS.  THEY WOULD THEN TAKE THE BLOOD OF THE SACRIFICE, AND PROCEED TO THE LAVER OF WATER AND WASH.

 

NEXT, THEY WOULD ENTER THE HOLY PLACE AND...IN WHICH WAS FOUND A TABLE WITH LOAVES OF BREAD FOR THE PRIESTS, A GOLDEN CANDLESTICK THAT PROVIDED LIGHT FOR THE PRIEST AND AN ALTAR OF INCENSE THAT WAS PLACED RIGHT BEFORE THE SECOND CURTAIN THAT LED INTO THE MOST HOLY PLACE.  ALL THESE ARE SYMBOLIC AND POINT TO A SPIRITUAL FULLFILLMENT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, BUT FOR THE SAKE OF TIME, I'LL LET YOU TURN OVER THOSE STONES AND SEE WHAT'S UNDERNEATH YOURSELF.

LASTLY, AND ONLY ONCE A YEAR, ON THE JEWISH FESTIVAL DAY KNOWN AS THE DAY OF ATONEMENT, THE HIGH PRIEST WOULD GO INTO THE HOLY OF HOLIES OR MOST HOLY PLACE AND SPRINKLE THE BLOOD FROM THE SACRIFICE ON THE MERCY SEAT WHICH WAS ON TOP OF THE ARK OF THE COVENANT TO ATONE FOR THE SINS OF THE PEOPLE. IT WAS THERE WHERE GOD COMMUNED WITH HIS PEOPLE.

(OH HOW AMAZING HIS PLAN IS...THE DEPTHS OF THE WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD ARE BEYOND OUR COMPREHENSION...PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!)

NOW, EQUIPPED WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE OLD POINTS TO THE NEW, LINE UPON LINE, PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT, WE CAN NOW GO TO THE NEW TESTAMENT AND FIND GOD’S ATONEMENT PATTERN THAT CONSISTS OF SACRIFICIAL DEATH, WATER FOR WASHING, GOD’S PRESENCE AND LIFE.

AS WE SAW IN THE TABERNACLE PLAN, THE PRIEST WOULD TAKE THE BLOOD FROM THE ALTAR OF SACRIFICE, WASH AT THE LAVER OF WATER, GO INTO THE HOLY PLACE AND THEN ENTER THE HOLY OF HOLIES AND SPRINKLE THE BLOOD ON THE MERCY SEAT OVER THE ARK OF THE COVENANT WHERE THE PRESENCE OF GOD DWELT TO MAKE ATONEMENT FOR THE SINS OF THE PEOPLE.

HEB 8:11 SAYS WE HAVE SUCH A HIGH PRIEST SET ON THE RIGHT HAND OF THE THRONE OF THE MAJESTY IN THE HEAVENS…YESHUA THE MESSIAH (JESUS THE CHRIST)!

SO, JUST AS THE HIGH PRIEST UNDER THE OLD TESTAMENT COVENANT HAD TO ACCOMPLISH CERTAIN THINGS IN HIS APPROACH TO GOD, SO YESHUA (JESUS) AS THE NEW TESTAMENT HIGH PRIEST HAD TO DO THE SAME, TO ATONE FOR OUR SIN…ACCORDING TO THAT VERY SAME PATTERN.

AND SO LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT YESHUA (JESUS) DID:

1)      1 COR 15:3 SAYS…HE DIED FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD – JUST AS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THE PRIEST HAD TO GO TO THE ALTAR OF SACRIFICE FIRST, A PLACE OF DEATH AND SHEDDING OF BLOOD, YESHUA (JESUS) HAD TO DO THE SAME, ONLY INSTEAD OF OFFERING ANIMAL SACRIFICES, HE OFFERED HIMSELF AS A BLOOD SACRIFICE FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD….

2)      SECONDLY, REMEMBER THE NEXT PLACE THE HIGH PRIEST CAME TO WAS THE LAVER OF WATER.  UNDERSTANDING THIS WAS A SHADOW OF BETTER THINGS TO COME, WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES WHAT IT POINTED TO AS IT RELATES TO YESHUA (JESUS) AND HIS ACT OF REDEMPTION

1 COR 15;4 SAYS THE NEXT THING THAT HAPPENED AFTER YESHUA (JESUS) DIED WAS THAT HE WAS BURIED.  IF THE PATTERN HOLDS TRUE, THEN SOMEHOW YESHUA (JESUS)' BURIAL RELATES TO SOMETHING TO DO WITH WASHING WITH WATER.

LET'S GO TO THE BOOK OF ROMANS, IN CHAPTER 6 OF ROMANS WE FIND SOME AMAZING SCRIPTURES THAT HELP US TO UNDERSTAND HOW BURIAL AND WASHING ARE TIED TOGETHER, VERSES 3 THRU 4 SAY – KNOW YOU NOT, THAT SO MANY OF US AS WERE BAPTIZED INTO YESHUA (JESUS) MESSIAH (CHRIST) WERE BAPTIZED INTO HIS DEATH.  THEREFORE WE ARE BURIED WITH HIM BY BAPTISM INTO DEATH; THAT LIKE AS MESSIAH (CHRIST) WAS RAISED UP FROM THE DEAD BY THE GLORY OF THE FATHER, EVEN SO WE ALSO SHOULD WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE.

WHAT IS THIS SAYING?  WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE BAPTIZED? LET'S DO A QUICK WORD STUDY. TO BAPTIZE COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD BAPTIZO WHICH SIMPLY MEANS TO IMMERSE OR BE BURIED.  JOHN THE BAPTIST IF YOU REMEMBER WAS SENT TO BAPTIZE WITH WATER.  TO THE JEWS, BAPTISM WAS A NEW BEGINNING, A WASHING AWAY OF THE OLD MAN AND THE BEGINNING OF A NEW LIFE DEVOTED TO GOD.  PAUL SAYS IN ACTS 22:16 - AND NOW WHY DO YOU TARRY, ARISE AND BE BAPTIZED, AND WASH AWAY YOUR SINS, CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.

WE'LL DISCUSS THIS FURTHER IN A LITTLE BIT, BUT FOR NOW WE CAN BEGIN SEE - BASED ON THESE SCRIPTURES IT BECOMES CLEARER HOW THE LAVER OF WATER IN THE OLD TABERACLE ACTUALLY POINTS TO THE BURIAL OF YESHUA (JESUS).

LASTLY, THE HIGH PRIEST WENT INTO THE HOLY OF HOLIES, INTO THE VERY PRESENCE AND LIFE OF GOD AMONG HIS PEOPLE – NOT WITHOUT BLOOD.  IT’S NOT A COINCIDENCE, THAT THE LAST STEP YESHUA (JESUS) ACCOMPLISHED TO ATONE FOR THE SINS OF MANKIND WAS TO RISE AGAIN TO LIFE AND ASCEND INTO HEAVEN TO BE SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD

HEBREWS 9:11 SAYS – BUT MESSIAH (CHRIST) BEING COME AN HIGH PRIEST OF GOOD THINGS TO COME, BY A GREATER AND MORE PERFECT TABERNACLE, NOT MADE WITH HANDS….AND VERSE 24 SAYS – FOR MESSIAH (CHRIST) IS NOT ENTERED INTO THE HOLY PLACES MADE WITH HANDS(REFERRING TO MOSE'S TABERNACLE), WHICH ARE THE FIGURES OF THE TRUE; BUT INTO HEAVEN ITSELF, NOW TO APPEAR IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD FOR US.

 WHEN YESHUA (JESUS) ENTERED IN, HE PAID THE PRICE ONCE AND FOR ALL, OFFERING ONE SACRIFICE, SHEDDING HIS OWN BLOOD, FOR ALL SINS FOREVER!  OH HALLELUJAH!

SO HOPEFULLY, WE CAN SEE EVEN MORE CLEARLY NOW HOW THE OLD TESTAMENT TABERNACLE PLAN POINTS TO THE DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION OF YESHUA (JESUS) MESSIAH (CHRIST).  WHAT WAS THE GOSPEL MESSAGE ANYWAYS?  IT WAS THAT YESHUA (JESUS) DIED, WAS BURIED AND ROSE AGAIN.

LET’S QUICKLY REVIEW WHAT WE'VE TALKED ABOUT  – GOD ESTABLISHED THE PATTERN OF HOW TO APPROACH HIM AND ATONE FOR SINS BY THE TABERNACLE PLAN WITH THE  ALTAR OF SACRIFICE, THE LAVER OF WATER, THEN INTO THE HOLY PLACE (NOT WITHOUT BLOOD).

THEN WE CAN SEE THAT SAME PATTERN WHEN WE LOOK AT WHAT YESHUA (JESUS) HAD TO ACCOMPLISH TO ATONE FOR OUR SINS THRU HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS, HIS BURIAL AND HIS RESURRECTION ENTERING INTO HEAVEN ITSELF TO BE SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD.

 BUT HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO OUR INDIVIDUAL APPROACH TO GOD IN THE NEW TESTAMENT?…HOW DOES IS IT RELATE TO OUR PERSONAL SALVATION?

 

LET’S TAKE A DEEP BREATH RIGHT HERE, AND FASTEN OUR SEAT BELTS, BECAUSE WHAT WE ARE ABOUT TO LOOK AT FOLLOWS THE SAME PATTERN AS WHAT WE’VE ALREADY DISCUSSED, BUT IS MUCH CLOSER TO HOME IN THAT IT REQUIRES A RESPONSE FROM EACH ONE OF US.

 LET’S LOOK AT ONE STEP AT A TIME!

REMEMBER, ACCORDING TO THE  PATTERN ESTABLISHED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT TABERNACLE, THE FIRST PLACE THE PRIEST CAME TO IN HIS APPROACH TO GOD, WAS THE ALTAR OF SACRIFICE…THE PLACE OF DEATH.

SO HOW DOES THIS PLACE OF DEATH APPLY TO US, WHAT DOES IT POINT TO AS IT PERTAINS TO OUR PERSONAL SALVATION?  REMEMBER LINE UPON LINE, HERE A LITTLE AND THERE A LITTLE!

LET’S LOOK AT ROMANS 12:1 WHICH SAYS – I BESEECH YOU THEREFOR BRETHREN BY THE MERCIES OF GOD, THAT YOU PRESENT YOUR BODIES AS A LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY, ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD WHICH IS YOUR REASONABLE SERVICE.

GALATIONS 5:24 SAYS – AND THEY THAT ARE MESSIAH (CHRIST)’S HAVE CRUCIFIED THE FLESH WITH THE AFFECTIONS AND LUSTS…..COLOSSIANS 3:5 SAYS – MORTIFY THEREFORE YOUR MEMBERS WHICH ARE UPON THE EARTH.

TO CRUCIFY, TO MORTIFY, MEANS TO PUT TO DEATH…BUT IT’S NOT SPEAKING ABOUT PHYSICAL DEATH, IT’S TALKING ABOUT ANOTHER KIND OF DEATH…THAT OF A LIVING SACRIFICE. PAUL SAID, FOR I AM CRUCIFIED WITH MESSIAH (CHRIST), IT IS NO LONGER I THAT LIVES BUT MESSIAH (CHRIST) THAT LIVES IN ME.

IN OTHER WORDS, WE ARE TO TURN AWAY FROM OUR OWN SELFISH DESIRES AND BEGIN TO WALK IN A WAY THAT IS PLEASING TO THE LORD.

THE WORD THAT IS USED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT MEANS TO TURN AND GO IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION IS “REPENT”.  LET’S LOOK AT SOME SCRIPTURES WHERE THIS IS USED.

YESHUA (JESUS) SAID IN LUKE 13:3 – I TELL YOU, NAY: BUT, EXCEPT YOU REPENT, YOU SHALL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH.

ACTS 17:30 PAUL SAYS – AND THE TIMES OF THIS IGNORANCE GOD HAS WINKED AT; BUT NOW COMMANDS ALL MEN EVERY WHERE TO REPENT.

REPENTENCE FIRST BEGINS WITH OUR HUMBLING OURSELVES BEFORE GOD, RECOGNIZING OUR SINFUL CONDITION AND ASKING GOD FOR FORGIVENESS, HAVING A SINCERE DESIRE TO CHANGE OUR WAYS AND RUN TOWARD THE LORD WITH ALL OUR HEARTS!  WE, IN A SINCE PUT OURSELVES ON THE ALTAR OF SACRIFICE AND SURRENDER OUR LIVES TO HIM.

SO, FOLLOWING THE TABERNACLE PATTERN, WE MUST COME TO THE ALTAR OF REPENTENCE FIRST, LAYING OUR FLESHLY DESIRES DOWN AND BECOME A LIVING SACRIFICE FOR HIM!   PRETTY NEAT HA!

THE NEXT PLACE IN THE TABERNACLE THE PRIEST CAME TO WAS…THAT’S RIGHT, THE LAVER OF WATER.  IT WAS HERE THE PRIESTS WERE INSTRUCTED TO WASH BEFORE THEY ENTERED THE HOLY OF HOLIES!

WE’VE ALREADY ESTABLISHED THAT THE WAY TO WASH AWAY SINS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT IS BY BEING BAPTIZED.  REMEMBER WHAT ACTS 22:16 SAID –   ARISE, AND BE BAPTIZED, AND WASH AWAY YOUR SINS, CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.

YESHUA (JESUS) SAID IN JOHN 3:5 – EXCEPT A MAN BE BORN OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT HE CAN NOT ENTER THE KINGDOM OF GOD

ROMANS 6:4 SAYS – THEREFORE WE ARE BURIED WITH HIM BY BAPTISM INTO DEATH; THAT LIKE AS MESSIAH (CHRIST) WAS RAISED UP FROM THE DEAD BY THE GLORY OF THE FATHER, EVEN SO WE ALSO SHOULD WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE.

WHAT THIS SCRIPTURE IS SAYING AGAIN IS THAT BAPTISM IS A TYPE OF BURIAL – TO BAPTIZE MEANS TO IMMERSE OR BE BURIED IN WATER.

MARK 16:16 SAYS – HE THAT BELIEVES AND IS BAPTIZED SHALL BE SAVED....IF WE GO BACK TO EX 30;21 - WE CAN HOPEFULLY BEGIN TO SEE JUST HOW IMPORTANT WATER BAPTISM IS TO OUR NEW TESTAMENT SALVATION....THE PRIESTS WERE COMMANDED TO WASH AND THEIR FAILURE TO DO SO MEANT DEATH

JUST LIKE THE NEXT STEP AFTER YESHUA (JESUS) GAVE HIMSELF AS A SACRIFICE AS AN ATONEMENT FOR SIN WAS THAT HE WAS BURIED; THE NEXT STEP AFTER WE REPENT AND SURRENDER OUR LIVES AS A LIVING SACRIFICE IS TO BE BAPTIZED!

THE FINAL STEP AS YOU RECALL THE OLD TESTAMENT PRIEST HAD TO TAKE IN HIS APPROACH TO GOD WAS TO GO INTO THE VERY PRESENCE OF GOD IN THE HOLY OF HOLIES.

WE ALSO SAW HOW YESHUA (JESUS) FULFILLED THIS HIMSELF AS OUR HIGH PRIEST WHEN HE WAS RESURRECTED AND WENT INTO HEAVEN ITSELF TO STAND IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.

BUT HOW DOES THAT RELATE TO OUR OWN APPROACH TO GOD?

LET'S GO BACK TO JOHN 3;5 - NOTICE THAT YESHUA (JESUS) NOT ONLY SAID WE MUST BE BORN AGAIN OF WATER BUT ALSO OF THE SPIRIT.  REFERRING OF COURSE TO THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD.

ROMANS 8;9 -11 SAYS - BUT YOU ARE NOT IN THE FLESH, BUT IN THE SPIRIT, IF SO BE THAT THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELL IN YOU.  NOW IF ANY MAN HAVE NOT THE SPIRIT OF MESSIAH (CHRIST), HE IS NONE OF HIS.

IN OTHER WORDS, TO BE BORN OF THE SPIRIT MEANS TO HAVE THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLING WITHIN US.  IT IS MESSIAH (CHRIST), THE VERY PRESENCE OF GOD!

SO, THE FINAL STEP IN OUR PERSONAL APPROACH TO GOD IS TO BE BORN OF HIS SPIRIT.  REPRESENTED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT TABERNACLE, BY GOD'S PRESENCE BETWEEN THE WINGS OF THE CHERUBIM, BUT NOW, IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, HE DWELLS WITHIN THE FLESHLY TABERNACLE OF OUR HEART...PRAISE THE LORD!

LET'S TRY AND SUM ALL THIS UP.  IN THE BOOK OF ACTS CHAPTER 2, VERSE 38...THERE IS AN AMAZING SCRIPTURE THAT PUTS IT ALL TOGETHER FOR US NEW TESTAMENT BELIEVERS.  IT IS SPOKEN BY THE APOSTLE PETER THE ONE WHO IN MATTHEW 16:19 YESHUA (JESUS) GAVE THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM TO UNLOCK THE WAY FOR ALL MANKIND TO ENTER IN...PETER SAYS IN ACTS 2:38 - REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED EVERYONE OF YOU IN THE NAME OF YESHUA (JESUS) MESSIAH (CHRIST) FOR THE REMISSION OF YOUR SINS, AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY GHOST.

WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS SCRIPTURE (ACTS 2:38) IS THAT IT CAME IN RESPONSE TO THE JEWS REALIZING THAT THEY HAD JUST CRUCIFIED THEIR SAVIOR AND LORD.  THE DISCIPLES HAD JUST BEEN FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST AS ACTS 2:4 SAYS...

THEY WERE ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST AND BEGAN TO SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES (OR IN OTHER WORDS, THE LANGUAGE OF THE SPIRIT) AS THE SPIRIT GAVE THEM UTTERANCE...!

WE SEE IN THIS ONE SCRIPTURE THE DEATH, WASHING OR BURIAL BY BAPTISM AND RESURRECTION OF THE BELIEVER THRU THE HOLY GHOST.....GOD'S SALVATION PATTERN OR PLAN IN A NUTSHELL.

WE'VE COVERED A LOT OF GROUND IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.  THERE IS SO MUCH MORE THAT GOD WANTS US TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND.  SO MANY TREASURES THAT HE HAS HIDDEN FOR US TO FIND IN HIS WORD.

PROVERBS 25 SAYS; IT IS THE GLORY OF GOD TO CONCEAL MATTER AND THE GLORY OF KINGS TO SEARCH IT OUT!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR STICKING WITH ME ON THIS BRIEF JOURNEY THRU THE SCRIPTURES, LOOKING AT GOD'S SALVATION PATTERN AS IT IS DEMONSTRATED IN BOTH THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT.  IT IS MY HEART-FELT PRAYER THAT I'VE SAID SOMETHING THAT WILL BENEFIT YOUR WALK WITH THE LORD AND THAT ONE DAY WE'LL ALL COME INTO THE UNITY OF THE FAITH.

NUMBERS 6;24-26 - THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU; THE LORD MAKE HIS FACE SHINE UPON YOU, AND BE GRACIOUS TO YOU; THE LORD LIFT UP HIS COUNTENANCE UPON YOU, AND GIVE YOU PEACE!

GOSPEL PATTERN

(OLD TESTAMENT TYPE)              BRAZEN ALTAR - LAVER OF WATER - HOLY OF HOLIES

(YESHUA'S EXAMPLE)                   DEATH             - BURIAL                 - RESURRECTION

(RESPONSIBILITY OF BELIEVER)    REPENTENCE    - BAPTISM               - HOLY GHOST

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