Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Veil

And you shall hang the veil from the clasps, and bring the ark of the testimony in there within the veil. And the veil shall separate for you the Holy Place from the Most Holy.

Exodus 26:33


From the earliest dictates of corporate worship, God insisted that the place where He would locate the manifestation of His presence be kept distinct from all other areas of public worship. That is why the “Most Holy Place” existed in the tabernacle, and then again in the permanent temple, as the locus of the Holy Presence of God. In it was placed the ark of the testimony. And the High Priest only entered there ceremonially once per year on the Day of Atonement.

But when Jesus died, it was this veil, and the concepts it represented that were ripped away. With redemption complete and justification and forgiveness found in Jesus, the need for the veil disappeared. God’s presence, through the sanctifying offering of the Son of God, would now make the hearts of believers His temple, His Holy Place. The Holy Spirit now indwells those who come to faith in Christ. There is no more curtain or distinction.

This is significant fact. God has changed the way He will be worshipped and the way He will be known. Instead of being approached behind a veil, He is now openly approachable in our own lives, at the very center of them, with our bodies as His temple.

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