Ps Clinton Phillips 17th November 2013 (Revelation 21:1-3, Hebrews 9:19-21, Exodus 27:9-19, John 10:7-10, 2 Corinthians 5:18)Clinton Phillips, November 17, 2013
Part of the Sunday series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Recap - tabernacle experience. white sheets.
Rev 21:1-3. Description of new heaven and earth. Tabernacle of God is with men.
Tabernacle is about the person of Jesus. Jesus dwells among them.
Description of tabernacle - blueprint given to Moses. God has a way of meeting with us that transforms who we area. Start with God first. God starts with himself first. God initiates relationship with us. God has a way of bringing us into right relationship with him.
Heb 9: 19. Covenant between God and us.
Ex 27:9-19. Part of the blueprint.
Linen represented righteousness. White for righteousness.
Silver bought with a price, of blood
Bronze. Can hold heat. Bronze laver,like a BBQ. Spoke of judgement.
Everything about the place speaks of Jesus.
When we approach God, the place of meeting with him, there is a requirement of righteousness. One of the things is the deeds we do for the poor. other side is how we live our life for The Lord. Not our requirement - God has a standard. If you're going to come into my presence you're going to have to have righteousness.
Our righteousness is like filthy rags, but God has made a way for us.
Look at this through our prayer life. Nothing in ourselves that makes us good enough to approach God.
Jesus is the door through we step into God's righteousness. Only one way in. The only way that we can come to God is through Jesus, because it's all about what Jesus has done for us. If you enter in through Jesus the door, you have access to God.
Righteousness and judgement (bronze and linen) - but also silver: a price that has been paid.
Judas - 30 pieces of silver. God has paid the price already.
Come on the inside of the tabernacle you can see mercy, grace, forgiveness. He wants us to be in fellowship with us.
God is a righteous God.
2 Cor 5:18 God was reconciling us to himself.
God is knocking on our door - wants to be in relationship with us. God initiates relationship. God wants to spend time with me - not so much us being alone with him.
*When we come to meet with God, our focus is not on us, it's on God. It lifts our vision.*
The priest can only do this once a year.
Jesus was the door, on the cross, he was the sacrifice for us.
When we approach the throne of God through Jesus, our sins are forgiven. Our sin was nailed to the cross. I am declared righteous. I am in a right relationship with God. I can enjoy relationship with God. (Church is not about doing stuff for God, it's about doing stuff with him.)
Through your blood you have conquered the enemy and the grave. Not just forgiven our sin. Every strategy against us has been broken!
As we approach the throne of God, we need to declare what he's done for us. Not healed yet - declare healing! God you are my healer! Declare that Jesus is our doorway - God opens doors that no one can shut.
Through blood of Jesus I am sanctified. God speaks into our purpose - set apart so he can use us! When God speaks to our purpose, it shows that it's not a surprise that you are where you are right now, but speaks to your future.
God has taken us into his word
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1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. (KJV)
19For 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, 20Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 21Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. (KJV)
9And thou shalt make the court of the tabernacle: for the south side southward there shall be hangings for the court of fine twined linen of an hundred cubits long for one side: 10And the twenty pillars thereof and their twenty sockets shall be of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets shall be of silver. 11And likewise for the north side in length there shall be hangings of an hundred cubits long, and his twenty pillars and their twenty sockets of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver. 12And for the breadth of the court on the west side shall be hangings of fifty cubits: their pillars ten, and their sockets ten. 13And the breadth of the court on the east side eastward shall be fifty cubits. 14The hangings of one side of the gate shall be fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three. 15And on the other side shall be hangings fifteen cubits: their pillars three, and their sockets three. 16And for the gate of the court shall be an hanging of twenty cubits, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, wrought with needlework: and their pillars shall be four, and their sockets four. 17All the pillars round about the court shall be filleted with silver; their hooks shall be of silver, and their sockets of brass. 18The length of the court shall be an hundred cubits, and the breadth fifty every where, and the height five cubits of fine twined linen, and their sockets of brass. 19All the vessels of the tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the court, shall be of brass. (KJV)
7Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (KJV)
2 Corinthians 5:18
18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; (KJV)