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  • 1. THE SANCTUARY SERIES STUDY 1 CHRIST IN THE SANCTUARY BY JOHN THIEL Audio: Christ in the SanctuaryWe are commencing a new series of studies on the sanctuary and we are studyingthe sanctuary in heaven which the Hebrew sanctuary was a copy of. This subject isdistinctive of the Seventh Day Adventist faith. The early Adventists brought this outof the scriptures in all its beauty. The three angles messages are depicted in thestudying of the sanctuary. It is sad that one hundred and fifty years on this subjectseems to have lost its glamour in the eyes of Adventists in general. It is looked uponas a doctrinal argument and to many people the study of the sanctuary is not anecessity. This is a sad observation. It is the purpose of this series to revive thepristine appreciation that struck Adventism when they went through theirdisappointment of 1844 when they understood what the three angel’s messageswere. A great system of truth was established with the sanctuary and its variousfacets of application. As God calls the Israelites to erect the sanctuary in the Hebrewexperience in the wilderness, this particular study is to explore in the introduction ofthe whole series and the real purpose of the sanctuary and its dimensions. What isthe real purpose of the study in the first place?Exodus 25:8 And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.That statement carries a huge appreciation of the purpose of the sanctuary. Whatdid he want them to build the sanctuary for? That he may dwell among theIsraelites. What does that reveal to you in reference to God? What is hepreoccupied with in his whole purpose in the sanctuary subject? That he the God ofthe universe whose ways are totally above our ways may dwell among us.Isaiah 55:9 For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my wayshigher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Page 1 of 10 http://www.scribd.com/group/78212-the-sanctuary http://sabbathsermons.com
  • 2. This majestic being that has space and the cosmos under his control has a vision ofthings that we cannot even comprehend. His ways are so totally elevated above ourways and thoughts. It is beyond our comprehension. God wants to make his waysknown to us but not just telling us but by actually coming to dwell among humanity.He chose the Israelites to be the people on earth that he wanted to commence thiswith. Here is the very heart throb of the sanctuary message. It is not just a doctrine,it is something which God is bound up with, a desire to dwell among humanity. Thedesire of God wanting to dwell with humanity was illustrated in the time when Adamand Eve sinned against God. Beforehand God loved to communicate with them.When they sinned they ran but he wanted to dwell with them. The unity God has isan absorbing theme in his heart yet to us human beings, it is an impossibility on ourpart as Adam and Eve demonstrated. It is not in us to be in unity with him. Hewants to be in unity with us but it’s not in us.Romans 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seekethafter God.God’s desire is to be in unity with us. There is none on earth that understands it oreven seeks after God the way he would like it to be.Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is notsubject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.As a mind that is absorbed with normal carnal fleshly ways, it is impossible to be inunity with God. The initiative of being in communion with God being is not from usand must come from God. He must be the one who can make it happen because wecan’t. Let them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them. God came torelate with sinners. He the pure sinless being made an effort to commune and beclose with sinners. That contravenes all human understanding as we think we haveto make ourselves right before we come to God.Psalms 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive:thou hast received gifts for men; yea, [for] the rebellious also, that the LORDGod might dwell [among them].The Lord God to dwell among whom? The rebellious also. God is preoccupied withthe desire of dwelling among us. He has an intense desire to dwell among us in thissituation by giving gifts to men, his gifts. His outpouring of his spirit to the rebelliousso he can dwell among them just like he wanted them to build him a sanctuary thathe might dwell among them. Is this really true that God would dwell among sinners?Isn’t that abhorrent to him? Doesn’t he turn away from sinners and sin? There are isa scripture that says he resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. He resiststhe rebellious yet wants to dwell among them even though they are abhorrent incontrast to his purity.Leviticus 26:11 And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall notabhor you. 26:12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be mypeople. Page 2 of 10 http://www.scribd.com/group/78212-the-sanctuary http://sabbathsermons.com
  • 3. What a precious overture of Gods loving care. I will not abhor you. You are veryabhorrent but I will not abhor you. You don’t even have the capacity to reach out forme but I will not abhor you. If you study the history of the Hebrews, they were veryabhorrent. The almighty holy pure God seeks unity with sinful, polluted and unholyman. Let it sink in. What does this do to your mind when you are overwhelmed withthe frailty of your own condition? God is prepared to come so close and not abhorus even though we are sinners.Hebrews 2:11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [are] allof one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 2:12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of thechurch will I sing praise unto thee.He was not ashamed to call them brethren. I will come close to you. Gods intimaterelationship with a believing sinner is what the sanctuary is all about. It is revealed ina prophetic description and it goes beyond the prophetic symbolism and is arelationship he wants to enter into with us in reference to Jesus Christ. Those in theOld Testament who understood the sanctuary discovered Gods purpose in thesanctuary. If my ways are not Gods ways, how am I going to learn of his ways?Psalms 77:13 Thy way, O God, [is] in the sanctuary: who [is so] great a God as[our] God?We cannot understand his ways. They are higher than our ways so he said let themmake me a sanctuary so my ways can be displayed before them by me dwellingamong them. The true searcher of the sanctuary will discover Gods ways in thesanctuary. God’s way when dealing with sinners is found in the sanctuary. All Godsways of emotional and spiritual content you will find in the sanctuary. This series isto explore that. We must not forget this initial study all the way through. We arestudying it so we can become familiar with Gods way and thereby let him walk withus and we can appreciate it much closely.Thy Way O God Is In the SanctuaryWhat does Jesus say? Jesus says I am the way the truth and the life, no mancometh to the Gather but by me. The way of God is in the sanctuary. If God wants todwell with humanity through the sanctuary, Jesus says I am the way in thesanctuary. Jesus is the way to the Father in the sanctuary. Let us look at thesanctuary as the description is given. The sanctuary had two apartments surroundedby a linen fence and that created a courtyard. There was a veil that separated theoutside into the courtyard. It was blue, purple and scarlet. After the veil was thealtar of sacrifice and then the laver. Then you went through another veil and youwent into the first apartment. On the left was the candlestick, on the right the table ofshew bread, in front another veil and the altar of incense. Through the last veil wasthe Shekinah glory where the Father had his throne and dwelt among his people.The ark of the testament was there also. The way to the Father was depicted in thesanctuary. The sinner came with his sacrifice the lamb. The lamb representedChrist. He confessed his sins upon the lamb, which was sacrificed and the bloodwas taken by the priest and sprinkled on the altar of the incense. He kept the Page 3 of 10 http://www.scribd.com/group/78212-the-sanctuary http://sabbathsermons.com
  • 4. candles burning and the bread was replaced each Sabbath. A step by step processas the sinner was benefited as he came closer and closer to God. The bread wasJesus the bread of life. The veils were the flesh of Christ. As you travel through inthis process, your prayers were offered up before the throne and you go right in andthere is the Father. At each aspect it is Jesus. As you look through from the veil ofthe court as if it was all open, you would see the path to the Father with the furniturein the shape of a cross. Jesus is the way in the sanctuary. We can get directly tothe mercy seat through the avenues. In this enactment of the Hebrew sanctuary if itis intelligently engaged in, we observe that in the sanctuary lies the very glory ofGod.Psalms 63:1 O God, thou [art] my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirstethfor thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;63:2 To see thy power and thy glory, so [as] I have seen thee in the sanctuary.63:3 Because thy lovingkindness [is] better than life, my lips shall praise thee.To see Gods power and glory as it is seen in the sanctuary. When we studied thefirst angel’s message we read fear God and give glory to him which is an integralpart of the sanctuary. To give him the glory means to embrace the glory in thesanctuary and to engage in it. Jesus is the sanctuary process of Gods way. Theglory in the sanctuary is what Jesus came to display in reality.John 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that theymay be one, even as we are one: 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and thatthe world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hastloved me.The Intensity of God for UsLet them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them. There is Jesus. He isthe way and the glory which is in the sanctuary and Jesus says I have given themthat glory. What is that glory? That they may be one as we are one. I want to cometo them in the sanctuary. That is the glory to finally arrive at the throne of God in thesanctuary services. That is what God is preoccupied with in great intensity. I wantto be one with them and them with me. This is the context of the sanctuary. Itcannot be understood unless we research this subject. As the Hebrew’s wereinstructed that they make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them, those whochoose to let him do it, is none other than Jesus coming to this planet. The glory ofGod in the prophetic sanctuary departed. It was destroyed when the Romansdestroyed the earthly temple. Observe how Jesus combines what was meant in theearthly sanctuary with himself in this transaction of the earthly sanctuary beingdestroyed. It is interesting when you study the present Jewish behaviour, they nolonger have the sanctuary and they worship at the Wailing Wall. There is no glory inthat. They have missed out on the glory. Jesus described it and this is why theycrucified him. Page 4 of 10 http://www.scribd.com/group/78212-the-sanctuary http://sabbathsermons.com
  • 5. John 2:18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign showestthou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?This is directly under the experience of Jesus cleansing the temple. Why do youmake my Father’s house a house of merchandise?John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and inthree days I will raise it up.2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, andwilt thou rear it up in three days?2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body.They asked him, you have just cleansed the temple, what authority do you have?What does he do in what we have been studying? He is saying, this temple is goingto be destroyed. This physical temple is going to be destroyed, but as this bodytemple is destroyed it will be raised up. My body will be raised up and a completetrue understanding is going to be brought into living reality. They were blind to whathe was meaning because Gods way is in the sanctuary. The body of Jesus Christ isthe sanctuary. We see that everything in the prophetic sanctuary was Jesus in allreality. The earthly temple was the type of the real. The typical was turned into anti-typical. The type was a symbol. Jesus made the connection of the earthly sanctuarywith himself as he equated this with his own body. The important connection of thebuilding of the Old Testament to the building of the New Testament temple, Jesusbody is now brought into focus. Let them make me a sanctuary that I dwell amongthem. The earthly sanctuary in type was a place where God dwelt with them butwhen it came to the destruction, it is Jesus who continues as the true sanctuary inthis body. Is it true that his body sanctuary is also part of what God says? Let themmake me a sanctuary. Is the body of Jesus Christ the sanctuary that was to bemade for him so he could dwell among men?Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood,he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he mightdestroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;When Jesus was born on this planet the words let them make me a sanctuary wasrelevant to him so the divine God could dwell among men. This is amplified. Thebody of Jesus was made like humanities. It was contributed as God makeshumanity. The human body like the earthly sanctuary was contributed to be built byman. The Hebrews brought all their goods to build the Hebrew sanctuary and nowfor the earthly body of Jesus to be built, how was it built?It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to takemans nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesusaccepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand yearsof sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of thegreat law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of Hisearthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows andtemptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life. {DA 48.5} Page 5 of 10 http://www.scribd.com/group/78212-the-sanctuary http://sabbathsermons.com
  • 6. His body temple was contributed by whom? By his earthly ancestors and by the lawof hereditary. We all know that when we are born to our parents we have been puttogether by the genetic chromosomes of mother and father. They have contributedmy physical structure. Theirs was contributed by their parents. When Jesus wasborn he received the genotype, the genetic helix of everything that had beencontributed into that DNA by those who had been before him. The DNA is the blueprint from which a human body is built and Jesus human body was built from thathelix of that gene of those chromosomes and contributions of personality characterin the flesh. Jesus was built from hereditary human flesh and blood. Through JesusGod can be in intimate unity with us. That is the sanctuary study. He can dwellamong us and show that our sinfulness is not so abhorrent to him to prevent him todo so. Both he that sanctifieth is one with his brethren. He became intimate with us,so intimate that he shared our hereditary. He desires us to be one with them. Hetook the initiative. He was the one who dwelt among us, one with us in Jesus Christ.Divine culture brings perfection. If in connection with God the work is carriedforward, the human agent, through Christ, will day by day gain victory andhonor in the battle. Through the grace given he will overcome, and will beplaced on vantage ground. In his relation to Christ he will be bone of His bone,flesh of His flesh, one with Christ in a peculiar relationship, because Christtook the humanity of man. He became subject to temptation, endangering as itwere, His divine attributes. {7BC 926.5}How close did Jesus come? Let them make me a body that is sinful flesh so that Ican endanger by own divinity to come close to them so they can be bone of my boneand flesh of my flesh, that we can learn through the sanctuary process to becometruly part of him in purity.Satan sought, by the constant and curious devices of his cunning, to makeChrist yield to temptation. {7BC 926.5}Here was this amazing story. I will not abhor them. I will become intimate with them.I will come into their experience and walk among them.God commanded Moses for Israel, "Let them make Me a sanctuary, that I maydwell among them," and He abode in the sanctuary, in the midst of His people.Through all their weary wandering in the desert, the symbol of His presencewas with them. So Christ set up His tabernacle in the midst of our humanencampment. He pitched His tent by the side of the tents of men, that He mightdwell among us and make us familiar with His divine character and life. . . .{ML 290.3} Since Jesus came to dwell with us, we know that God is acquainted with ourtrials and sympathizes with our grief’s. Every son and daughter of Adam mayunderstand that our Creator is the friend of sinners. . . . {ML 290.4}I don’t abhor you I’m a friend of sinners. Oh that we may never forget this as everytime you feel depraved and sinful, gone and lost, no, God is a friend of sinners. Thatis what the sanctuary message is all about. To help me believe he is my friend andhe is not there to punish and destroy me. Page 6 of 10 http://www.scribd.com/group/78212-the-sanctuary http://sabbathsermons.com
  • 7. "God with us" is the surety of our deliverance from sin, the assurance of ourpower to obey the law of heaven. {ML 290.5} Christ sought to teach the grand truth so needful for us to learn, that God isalways with us, an inmate of every dwelling, that He is acquainted with everyaction performed on earth. He knows the thoughts that are framed in the mindand endorsed by the soul. He hears every word that falls from the lips ofhuman beings. He is walking and working in the midst of all our transactionsin life. He knows every plan, and He measures every method. {ML 290.6}That I May Dwell Among ThemJesus is the sanctuary and the reality and when he died he destroyed the temple andin three days he rose again. All those who believe in him can be raised together withhim. While here on earth he is with us, he dwelt among us and while he was here hesaid to the disciples follow me. He knows exactly where we are and what we aredoing because of all the intimacies of Jesus with us.When those disciples heard the words of Jesus, they felt their need of Him.They sought, they found, they followed Him. They were with Him in the house,at the table, in the closet, in the field. They were with Him as pupils with ateacher, daily receiving from His lips lessons of holy truth. {SC 72.2}Jesus said follow me and they were with him. They literally followed him. Jesusextends the invitation to every other human being and wants to be as close withthem as he has close to us.John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shallalso my servant be: if any man serve me, him will [my] Father honour.Follow me so that where I am so also shall my servant be. That was the purpose ofthe sanctuary so that people would engage in the sanctuary and be where the Fatheris. As Jesus said follow me, the disciples were with him everywhere and when heraised the temple again after some more days, which temple did he raise ourattention to? There was a third one. So far we have seen two sanctuaries - theHebrew sanctuary and the body sanctuary. Where did Jesus rise to? Let us seewhere he went. He says where I am there shall my servant be also.Hebrews 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands,[which are] the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in thepresence of God for us:He who became one with us says follow me. As he left the earth he says where I amthere will my servant be also. He went not to the earthly sanctuary but to theheavenly one.Hebrews 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken [this is] the sum: Wehave such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of theMajesty in the heavens; Page 7 of 10 http://www.scribd.com/group/78212-the-sanctuary http://sabbathsermons.com
  • 8. 8:2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lordpitched, and not man.That is where Jesus went, the temple that God pitched and not man. By going there,the desire of God was to be fulfilled.Psalms 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive:thou hast received gifts for men; yea, [for] the rebellious also, that the LORDGod might dwell [among them].He led captivity captive. He took the captivity of humanity with him as he ascendedon high. Where did he go? Where I am there will my servant be. The people whoare in Jesus which he absorbed, he takes them with him to the heavenly sanctuary.He takes captivity captive. His followers who were drawn to dwell with him on earththat where he was they can now be drawn there with him by faith. Here is where thisis laid out that the disciples followed Jesus into the heavenly sanctuary.So did Christ plead His blood before the Father in behalf of sinners, andpresent before Him also, with the precious fragrance of His ownrighteousness, the prayers of penitent believers. Such was the work ofministration in the first apartment of the sanctuary in heaven. {GC 420.3}Thither the faith of Christs disciples followed Him as He ascended from theirsight. Here their hopes centered, "which hope we have," said Paul, "as ananchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that withinthe veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an highpriest forever." {GC 421.1}Where did he enter? He was our forerunner and those who had faith went with him.Every believer who follows Jesus does exactly that."Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered inonce into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." Hebrews6:19, 20; 9:12. {GC 421.1} For eighteen centuries this work of ministrationcontinued in the first apartment of the sanctuary. The blood of Christ, pleadedin behalf of penitent believers, secured their pardon and acceptance with theFather {GC 421.2}That is what they were occupied in being with Jesus. We come to the year 1844 andin that year the followers of Jesus who were truly understanding his work of beingwith him and what he was doing ended up with a disappointment. They lost sight ofhim as they were disappointed. ...clearer light came with the investigation of the sanctuary question. Theynow saw that they were correct in believing that the end of the 2300 days in1844 marked an important crisis. But while it was true that that door of hopeand mercy by which men had for eighteen hundred years found access to God,was closed, another door was opened, and forgiveness of sins was offered tomen through the intercession of Christ in the most holy. One part of Hisministration had closed, only to give place to another. There was still an "opendoor" to the heavenly sanctuary, where Christ was ministering in the sinnersbehalf. {GC 429.2} Page 8 of 10 http://www.scribd.com/group/78212-the-sanctuary http://sabbathsermons.com
  • 9. The sanctuary in heaven was still operating but in another place. It is those who by faith follow Jesus in the great work of the atonement whoreceive the benefits of His mediation in their behalf, while those who reject thelight which brings to view this work of ministration are not benefited thereby.The Jews who rejected the light given at Christs first advent, and refused tobelieve on Him as the Saviour of the world, could not receive pardon throughHim. When Jesus at His ascension entered by His own blood into the heavenlysanctuary to shed upon His disciples the blessings of His mediation, the Jewswere left in total darkness to continue their useless sacrifices and offerings.The ministration of types and shadows had ceased. That door by which menhad formerly found access to God was no longer open. The Jews had refusedto seek Him in the only way whereby He could then be found, through theministration in the sanctuary in heaven. Therefore they found no communionwith God. To them the door was shut. They had no knowledge of Christ as thetrue sacrifice and the only mediator before God; hence they could not receivethe benefits of His mediation. {GC 430.2}No man can shut this door. There is the work of Jesus as he opens the door into theholy place. As the disciples came through their experience of disappointment, thereis a beautiful declaration of those who also were disappointed. After Jesus opened the door of the most holy, I saw the third angel pointingupward, showing the disappointed ones the way to the holiest of the heavenlysanctuary. {EW 254.2}I saw the third angel pointing upward, showing the disappointed ones the wayto the holiest of the heavenly sanctuary. As they by faith enter the most holy,they find Jesus, and hope and joy spring up anew. {EW 254.2}In 1844 the true followers of Jesus found him again after their disappointment.Whenever you become disappointed you must find him again and you will find him inthe sanctuary. The intimate unity of God with the believing sinner is depicted inChrist becoming one with us as it was with the Hebrew sanctuary in symbol. This isstill to do with Christ in the sanctuary today. As with the pioneers of Adventism, thisunderstanding was very dear to the pioneers after their disappointment. The subjectof the sanctuary of intimacy with Jesus which they partially lost because of theirdisappointment, they find it and this subject thrilled these people and they lived itwith great enthusiasm. After the great disappointment there were few who set themselves to seek theWord with all their heart. But some souls would not settle down indiscouragement and deny that the Lord had led them. To these the truth wasopened point by point, and entwined with their most hallowed recollectionsand sympathies. The searchers after truth felt that the identification of Christwith their nature and interest was complete. {2SM 110.1}What did they see? The sanctuary message of Jesus intimately with them. Page 9 of 10 http://www.scribd.com/group/78212-the-sanctuary http://sabbathsermons.com
  • 10. Truth was made to shine forth, beautiful in its simplicity, dignified with a powerand invested with an assurance unknown before the disappointment. We couldthen proclaim the message in unity. {2SM 109.4}The prayer of Christ in John 17 is answered through the understanding of thesanctuary message. We need to be as animated about the sanctuary as they wereafter the disappointment. This subject has been lost sight of. As people study thissubject they don’t know why they are studying it. As we launch out in the next 29studies may we become animated and share it with everyone around us. May wejoin with the Psalmist in seeking for God in the sanctuary and finding his glory thereand the glory that Jesus came into unity with us. May we gain this for ourselves andshare it with others so that which was lost may be gained again.Amen. Page 10 of 10 http://www.scribd.com/group/78212-the-sanctuary http://sabbathsermons.com