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THIS outline lesson is placed before the mind at the commencement of our study of the subject, believing that it will be helpful in the lessons that will follow. This lesson is short, and the student should become familiar with every text used in it; and be able to locate them without hesitation.
All of them are important proof texts, and should be remembered.
1. What is the meaning of the word “sanctuary”? — “A holy place, a sacred place, a dwelling place for the Most High.” See Ex. 25:8, and “Webster’s Dictionary.”
2 How many times is this word used in the Bible?-146 times.
3. By what other names is it called in the Scriptures? – (1) Tabernacle. See Heb. 8:1, 2. (2) Temple. See Rev- 11:19 and 15:5.
4. For what purpose are the Scriptures written? – Rom. 15:4; 2 Tim. 3:16.
5. What, then, must we conclude in reference to the subject of the sanctuary?
6. What has tie sanctuary been from the beginning? Jer. 17:12.
7. Where Is it located? Ps, 102:19.
8. What did the Lord command the people to do in the time of Moses? Ex. 25:8
9. For what purpose was it to be built?
10. How was Moses instructed to make it? Ex. 26:30; Heb. 8:5.
11. Of what was it a pattern? Heb. 9:23.
12. What is said of the sanctuary in heaven? Heb. 8:1, 2.
13. How does it compare with the one which Moses built? Verse 2; 9:11.
14. What relation does Christ sustain to it? Heb. 8:1, 2.
15. When did- He begin His priestly work? – After He ascended. See Heb. 4:14; 8:1; 9:24.
16. Why did He not exercise the priestly office while He was here on the earth? Heb. 8:4. Note 1
17. Why was there no ministration in the heavenly temple before Christ came? Heb. 9:3. Note 2.
18. When Christ finishes His work as priest, and redemption is completed, how will God dwell with His people? Rev. 21:1-3. Note 3.
19. What does John say of that city? Verse 22
20. Whose throne will be in it? Verse 5; 22:1,3
1. IN the plan of God the typical services end offerings of the former dispensation were to extend to the death of Christ, which took place at the close of His earthly life. He placed before us His spotless example “the way, the truth, and the life; ” but He, could not minister His blood before it was shed, and He could not officiate as priest at that time, because He was not of the tribe of Levi. Heb. 7:12-14.
2. THE typical service which was performed in the worldly sanctuary was a shadow of a service which was still future. Type reaches antitype, but cannot exist at the same time. The shadow is past when the substance is reached. They cannot occupy the same space; hence Christ’s ministration in the heavenly temple could not begin while the earthly sanctuary and its typical services was being carried forward under the divine sanction. It is
also, evident that the Lamb of God must first be slain before His precious, blood could be ministered in our behalf. This did not prevent. those who lived before Christ died from being benefited by His, sacrifice, because by faith they grasped the saving truth that Christ, was a Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Rev. 13:8.
3. FROM the Scriptures we learn that God will finally dwell with men indeed, not as in the days of ancient Israel, by a symbol — the shekinah—in a temple made with hands, having in it furniture which reminds of sin, and a service performed for its removal; but. He will actually dwell with men by His personal presence, in the New Jerusalem, ” our Father’s house,” with many mansions, all prepared for the eternal home of the redeemed by the One who will soon come again to receive us to Himself. John 14:1-3