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April 14, 2021 6:00 am
Alan White, pastor, Bible teacher and author of his latest book, the power to bless you only see the shadow venue. Don't know what the reality looks like it is flawless by any means were to see shadows of people on the ground know that there are people in other words, the shadow proves that there's a person that is there.
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You can say this with full confidence.
We have been made holy and after about 10 weeks of this, I believe that as soon as I say, that erupted in applause. Hebrews chapter 10 beginning in verse one Hebrews towards the back your New Testament a book that for many years as a younger person.
I thought I was too esoteric to confusing and then later discovered is the key to everything, especially of understanding the connection of the old and the new deal, the new covenant and the sufficiency of what Christ has done for us so marvelous and very import chapter Scripture Hebrews chapter 10. I begin reading at verse 110 verse one for since the law has but a shadow of the good things that come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year make perfect those who draw near. Otherwise, verse two, would they not have ceased to be offered since the worshipers having once been clans would no longer have any consciousness of sins, but in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year so it is Paul's insight is referencing the high priest once a year on the day of atonement offering sacrifice in the holy of holies in the temple on behalf of all the people, but it would happen every year.
In fact there were hundreds and thousands of sacrifices were made every year they say and if it had been sufficient if it really cleansed anybody. If anybody sent it really been taken away from them.
Then they would have to keep doing it, but the very fact that team doing it proves that they were still in their sin.
So the sacrificial system of the Old Testament was a gift from God, but it was not the ultimate plan removing sin from people something better was, verse four, for it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sin jump out of her say when he said you have neither desire nor taken pleasure in sacrifice and offering burnt offering of sin offerings.
These are all recording will all then he added ball that I have come to do your will.
He does away with the first in order to establish the second. Jesus came and did the will of God perfectly send Leslie fulfill all righteousness fulfill all that we could not keep, and as such the new covenant is inaugurated. Verse 10 and here's our primary verse today by that will we have been sanctified by like the NIV actually better here for says it plainly, we have been made whole.
We have been made holy. Will you dare to say that with me. We have been made holy through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
What made us holy wasn't something we didn't know we were made holy is what theologians call definitive sanctification. We have already been called holy consecrated is holy, not through something that we've done, but something that Jesus has done in verse 11. Every priest stands daily at a service offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
There it is again. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. While some of you may know about my favorite stores.
No preacher in a country church and one night he wanted to do a little illustration about holy living.
So he brought out three clear jars and brought a jar worms and have some chocolate syrup and cigarettes and some whiskey and first are not about to talk to Sarah Bennett able to worm out enjoys and is it warm alive or dead, his leg on its head is alive, they drop it down, grounded in the chocolate syrup pulled back, I says, alive or dead as it is, and so they took a cigarette lit it and put it down the door close up to all full of smoke particularly says it warm alive now they said alive in the lobby dropping down into they close it up and then I think that killed all the smoke pulled out and says alive now they said it did the third yarn put much whiskey and it dropped the poor living warm down in the thing, yet drunken dad and pulled out the poor, lifeless form. He says alive and they said it did and he said now beloved. What do you learn from this illustration and thereby was quiet for a long time to find a little old lady in the back say well I guess if you eat a lot of chocolate smoke and drink whiskey. You won't get worms all holy Meadows has been caricatured by people who act like it's about you and your moral purity and therefore it's about you rising to meet a level of ethical standards.
That's what most people think of holiness, which is why most people Christian or non-Christian are repelled by the idea of holiness. I started a series last week as I can prove it to you by just simply saying I want to announce to you that for the next 10 weeks we're going to be talking exclusively about personal holiness and nobody clapped and instilled in class, and it proves to you is not necessarily a subject to be my all. Right we get to talk about holy is what I want to do is convince you that the New Testament view of holiness is extraordinary news because it is not about you trying harder for purity is important that maybe it is not about you living to a certain ethical standard better than others. Although God cares about everything you do in your life is about something that God has done for us in Jesus Christ and holiness means to be holy means to be set apart and to be set apart means to belong to God, so to say I am holy is to say, I belong to God, and we don't have a more definitive text about this logical matter than theologians call definitive sanctification in Hebrews 10 verse 10 we have been made holy through the offering of Christ and what I'm trying to suggest to you today in the coming weeks is a you will get far further in your advancement of victory over sin and Inc. increasing conformity to the image of Christ.
In other words, you grow more spiritually you're going to have more spiritual power and you're going to come into the presence of God or a bleed if instead of waking up in the morning and being so conscious of what a sinner you are. You start becoming really conscious of how holy you are because we live out of our identity known order to explain all of this, the writer of Hebrews starts in verse one by talking about how law was a shadow of the good things to come is not saying the law was bad. Below is a gift. All the instructions of God are part of God's revelation of himself and is also part of God's gift to the people of God so they know how to live their lives but you saying that it was really even the law itself is just a shadow man fact the New Testament says of the old that it consists of types and shadows of what was going to come in fact, in Hebrews chapter 8 we read every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices.
If you were on earth you not be a priest at all, since there are priests who offer gifts according while they speak of the earthly priesthood serve as a copy and shadow of the heavenly things. I was Hebrews 835 and in Colossians Paul says, this is mentioned in section a 13 to 17 o'clock since two becomes his voices therefore let no one pass judgment on you and questions of food and drink. With regard to a festival or new moon or Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ union member as is it is a kid, maybe you do this like you have a sleepover and you put your hands up in the light would sign a shout little puppet your behind you. It is showing that there is a way in which the shadow can signify something, but if you only see the shadow then you don't know what the reality looks like in his fullness by any means.
If you were to see shadow some people on the ground when you would know that there are people in other words, the shadow proves that there's a person that there but seeing the shadow is of no comparison to seeing the person you see a shadow and you get some some kind of silhouette of a person you all a person must exist.
If all you ever seen was a shadow. You never seen a real person. What are your me, you're missing out a lot I mean is a big difference in seasons on MySpace and her smile.
The dimple in her cheek and the color of their hair and the twinkle in their eye, and it is is much different to see a shadow of a person in substance as it is to only see the shadows of the old covenant without seeing the reality in Jesus Christ and so the whole is full of shadows and many many many shadows of what is coming anew. So for example the promised land is very important that piece of land that they are in the Middle East is a very important matter, but but in the never never was God's redemptive story supposed to be just tied up to a physical piece of land because the New Testament writers look back and speak of the promised land as the place of rest or the place that is the kingdom of God is really when the promised land as is a shadow of the kingdom of God right will have more teaching today's important series announcing for 99 days in a row.
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Today's teaching now continues here once again is like the Passover lamb which the a real a real event in history and wish the people of God slaughtered innocent unblemished plan and put its blood over the doorpost of their Hebrew hives and they were spared on the night of the Passover and by this they were saved and set free once as a real moment in history of very important thing that the people God always commemorated, but when John the baptizer came, he pointed Jesus and said, behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world using this is the substance that this is the real Lamb raising over and over and over sake of understanding Hebrews chapter 10, it's really not complicated. Even if you're if you're if you're new to your Bible is still not complicated.
This is what essentially is happening he is referencing two of the important shadows in the Old Testament and showing how Jesus has fulfilled in substance in the new and the two important shadows. He's talking about here are the temple and the priesthood. The temple was the meeting place between God and humanity is started with a mobile tent of meeting and then they had a tabernacle was set up by very specific instructions with an outer area and then a holy place in the holy of holies it was behind a veil and had very specific furniture and it was all outline and the temple that was built by Solomon was so glorious and considered so holy that it was by the Orthodox believers considered to be absolutely the holiest spot on earth. One rabbi wrote it this way for 830 years from 833 to 423 before the common era, and again from 349 BC to 69.
He's talking about the first Temple and then when it was destroyed by Babylon in the second Temple that was refurbished later by Herod into a glorious thing stood in Ephesus. This rabbi rides upon a Jerusalem hilltop which served as the point of contact between heaven and earth, so central was this edifice to our lives as Jews that nearly 2/3 of the commandments of the Torah are contingent upon its existence.
The rabbi continues and said something actually took my breath away is that the destruction of the temple is regarded as the greatest tragedy of our history. Imagine Orthodox Jewish rabbi saying that with all of the persecution that they face including the Holocaust, but he said the temple destruction is the greatest tragedy. This ever happened are people that you believe that's the place that is a holy meeting place for God and humanity is the greatest tragedy for not to be there and he says this that rebuilding it will mark the ultimate redemption the restoration of harmony within God's creation and between God and his creation would talk about this sometime later Sears obviously really quickly right here that can you imagine therefore how vile and blasphemous. It sounded to Jewish peers on the day that Jesus stood in front of that temple and said destroy this temple, and I'll raise it up in three days, a Jewish leader talking about the destruction of the temple, but then the text tells us he wasn't just speaking prophetically about the destruction of the temple, which indeed he was, because it was would be destroyed in 70 A.D., but he was speaking of his own body, but he said he now is the meeting place of God and humanity for Jesus is God and Jesus is human and in him, humanity and divinity have met once and for all so pure in Christ. Here in the temple and fracture part of the temple of it was a it was a shadow and never was the permanent full answer to how your to meet with God when the Psalmist says when can I go meeting with God long and when can I go to the temple and the question has been answered in Christ you meet with God through Christ and then the second shadow that Hebrews 10 is referencing is the priesthood for is only the priest that could minister in that temple and only the high priest that could minister in the holiest place the holy of holies the priests were set apart in this way. Here's how they were consecrated or not designated as more holy than other people born from the right family the Farren family of Aaron anointed properly with oil. They were washed ceremonially and then they were clothed in a proper attire and once you had been set apart as a priest then you were privileged to go into a holy place the temple and minister in the things of God, of the people couldn't couldn't come in, but what God had said to Moses in the first place. In Exodus 19 in the old covenant was established was if you will obey me, then you are going to be a kingdom of priests to me. And so when Peter writes in first Peter chapter 2 verse nine he says you now and Christ have experienced the reality of the fulfillment of these promises that were made by Moses.
He says you are a royal priesthood, so the priesthood was a shadow, the high priest and a shadow of Jesus is the high priest who has grown and figuratively on our behalf into the holy of holies of the heavens figuratively were speaking now and offered his own blood because he is the Passover lamb. He is the blood that he is the Lamb whose blood takes away our sin, and he once and for all, has offered himself.
There and everybody who trusts in Jesus. Get this is now part of the priesthood, which means that you can minister the things of God, which means that you can come in intimately into the presence of God holy mass was always about you being consecrated in order to experience and be more palpably present in the glory as of God. And now for every believer and Jesus Christ, you can experience without fear of the glory of God. So you've been washed you been anointed you been close you been made, the priests, and this is for the Christian, the only answer to the great problem that his face humanity from the beginning of sin in this world. God always been just God's always been merciful. There never was a time where he was a merciful, it wasn't just in the Old Testament merciful in the news always just always merciful as a how can God be both just and merciful when sinful people deserve to be punished as well. All the shadows were pointing to the redemptive plan of God in Jesus Christ that there would come a day in which you would not simply have your sins covered for temporarily but you would be given a new heart that you would not just have them atone for the sins of covered but that you would be cleansed and actually regarded by God is holy and this is a great troubling difficult thing for most Christians to ever really believe, because we know that we still sin and we have been taught over and over and over that to be more holy. We need to become more more conscious of our sense that is not the teaching of the New Testament, there are a couple of scant versus that will speak to this like in first John, if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us, but the preponderance of New Testament teaching is trying to move Christians to a point where you can get a hold of your new identity so that you would quit disqualifying yourself from the massive destiny that God is placed on your life right. And whether you believe it or feel it or not, you have to be made holy out of his back in a moment with additional insight on this for your life in the final word.
With today's teaching we have been made holy in the series belonging to God and knocking for 99 days in a row. Someone tells you, I love you I'll never forsake when you feel cherished. The what would happen if I'm hundreds day that same person. Sad that sugar can FME measure about think I love you anymore. When that one day contaminate the meaning of the other 99 days when 1% of conditional love poison. The other 99% will just 1% of lies enough to spoil grace instead of locking introducing unlimited capacity for fear if I don't measure up.
When my having rejected when the Judaizers infiltrated the Galatian church a pass. Apollo is outraged and read a letter that describes the essence of the gospel of grace and why it must not be mixed with any form of Alan Wright's 12 message idea series trumpets the power of the gospel in order to set you free empower you with pure grace. It's called Galatians and asked the gospel discover the purity and power the grace of God.
When you make your gift to Alan Wright Ministries today will send you pastor outlines messages in an attractive CD album with your digital download as our way of saying thanks for your partnership. Call us at 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor out and not work well.
I can hear somebody right now listening and say hey pastor I don't feel very well, like so many things in the Christian life. Daniel, if we were to go according to whether we feel like it or not, we would have to deny about half the Bible is. The days we don't feel even forgiven or redeemed, much less to feel like we are co-heir with Christ for more than a conqueror, but I think of what we're realizing is that we need to take our identity from the word of God, and I think what we're what we're really hoping to get across today and coming weeks is the fact that you've been made holy means that something is happened on your behalf. Jesus has died in your place in, and therefore, when you accept him, you become his righteousness, and in so holiness is a status that you have a being set apart. The more you know that the more everything in your life going to just sports it. Today's good news message is a listener supported production Alan Wright Ministries