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CHRIST IN THE TABERNACLE! PART 2 EXODUS 25-30

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CHRIST IN THE TABERNACLE!
PART 2
EXODUS 25-30

            This morning we are in part 2 of our study on the tabernacle or the portable worship structure that God instructed Moses and the children of Israel to build. And God was very specific on how this was to be built and furnished. In Exodus 25:8-9 we are told, And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.

            The reason God gave such detail on this structure was that it was a picture of the throne in heaven and, as you look at the tabernacle and its furnishings you will see a picture of Jesus and the work He was to do and has done! In regards to the typology or picture that the Holy Spirit is painting for us here, Arthur W. Pink makes these comments from his book, Gleanings in Exodus. He wrote:

            The neglect of typology and the ignorance which prevails to-day concerning the spiritual significance of the Tabernacle is one of the many solemn signs of the times. The pyramids of Egypt and the catacombs of Rome are never-failing objects of interest. The ancient abbeys of England and the temples of heathendom attract thousands every year from the ends of the earth, to admire their architectural designs and to study their historical features. But the Tabernacle of Jehovah, which possesses a charm and a claim unknown to any other building is, like its Antitype, despised and rejected of men.

True, it is no longer to be seen on earth in concrete form, yet a Divinely-inspired and detailed account of it has been given to us in the Holy Scriptures. But so widely is the study of typology neglected, comparatively few among the great masses of professing Christians know anything of the Divine wonders and spiritual beauties in which the closing chapters of Exodus abound.

In our day even students of theology leave those fruitful fields to glean elsewhere. Many of them are wasting their time reading through almost countless volumes treating of the authorship of the Pentateuch, instead of poring over the sacred pages themselves. They prefer to wade through the polluted streams which the higher critics have digged, rather than drink from the pure river of the Water of Life. Even where the Divine inspiration of the books of Moses is accepted, comparatively few are occupied with their deeper teachings and blessed foreshadowings. Alas that it is so.

“The typical portions of Scripture are supremely important and as a study vastly interesting. Types are shadows. Shadows imply substance. A type has its lessons. It was the design of Jehovah to express His great thought of redemption to His people Israel in a typical or symbolic manner. By laws, ceremonies, institutions, persons and incidents, He sought to keep alive in Israel’s hearts the hope of a coming Redeemer. Christ is therefore the key to Moses’ gospel. This then is our advantage, that we can minutely compare type and antitype, and learn thereby the lessons of grace which bringeth salvation” (“Shadow and Substance,” by G. Needham).

- A. W. Pink, Gleanings in Exodus, p. 186

            In our last study we took a birds-eye view of the tabernacle and the camp of Israel and we saw how it shinned forth a picture of a cross with God dwelling upon it!  This morning we will begin to focus on the structure of the tabernacle and what it is a picture of and we will move on to the furnishings of the tabernacle in our next study.

            In Exodus chapters 25-30 God is instructing Moses how this tabernacle is to be built. And He spends several more chapters in Exodus describing this structure and its furnishings. Thus, as we have said, the Holy Spirit wants us to be aware of this tabernacle because it points to Jesus and the work He came to do and has done! The tabernacle was a shadow of what was to come. Jesus is the substance! Keep in mind the tabernacle was not the solution to man’s sin, to his broken fellowship with God. The tabernacle is a picture of how God would solve this problem of sin, of broken fellowship with God and it is through Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross of Calvary!

            Listen carefully to what Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:11-22 as he speaks of the Jews and the Gentiles being brought together before God in Christ.  He wrote, Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh — who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands — that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

            The cross has brought reconciliation to us as we have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ! We have access to God the Father through Jesus Christ! Thus, as I have said, the tabernacle is a picture of how God would solve the problem of sin, of broken fellowship with God and it is through Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross of Calvary!

            One more point before we look at the tabernacle and that is in John chapter 1, where we are told, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-2, 14.  The word dwelt in verse 14 in the Greek carries with it the idea of living in a tent. That is interesting to me because verse 14 can be translated,And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. . . .” In other words, the Holy Spirit is making a connection for us between Christ and the tabernacle here in Exodus! Thus, lets dig in and see Christ in the Tabernacle!

THE OUTER COURT

THE LINEN FENCE AND PILLARS

            The tabernacle was like a giant tent that had a large opening in the front end and this whole structure measured some 150 feet long running east to west and 75 feet wide running north to south. There was only one way in, one door into the tabernacle and that was located on the east side and it measured some 30 feet wide and 7½ feet high.

            This fence was made of white linen and was hung from 60 pillars, 20 per side and 10 on each end. White speaks of purity, righteousness. It is a picture of Christ’s sinless humanity and earthly ministry. Now, don’t take my word on this. Listen to what the Scriptures say regarding the holiness of Jesus.

           In Luke 1:35 we are told, And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.’ JESUS IS HOLY!In Luke 4:34 the demons tell us, “ . . . ‘Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are — the Holy One of God!’” JESUS IS THE HOLY ONE OF GOD! Peter tells us in Acts 3:14, But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you. JESUS IS THE HOLY ONE! In II Timothy 4:8 Paul tells us, Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.  JESUS IS THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE! Peter tells us in I Peter 1:19, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.  JESUS IS SPOTLESS!  And Paul tells us in II Corinthians 5:21, For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.  JESUS IS SINLESS!

            So this white fence speaks of the holiness of Jesus and the brass pillars speak of God’s judgment upon sin. What is the purpose of the fence?  One of the purposes of a fence is to keep people out! Thus, those who were on the outside looking in see this white linen fence, the holiness of God keeping them out and just looking from the outside in, there is nothing that is drawing them, for the tabernacle from the outside was not attractive, it was not beautiful.  Now those on the outside could try to enter all kinds of different ways, but they would not make it for the fence of purity kept them out!  Thus, they will be judged in their sin!

            But for those who entered in to the tabernacle, into this outer court, it was a place of shelter for them, a shield of protection to them.  Now think about this for a minute.  What is covering them, in a sense, as they are in the tabernacle? The white linen fence is covering them. In other words, it is not their own clothing you might say, their own righteousness, but the righteousness of Christ is covering them. The white linen fence!  It is as Paul said in I Corinthians 1:30, But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. And in II Corinthians 5:21 we are told, For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. The Living Bible puts this verse like this, For God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God's goodness into us!

            So the white linen fence speaks of the purity, the righteousness, the holiness of Christ and the brass pillars speak of judgment, but how do we enter in then? Through the door, silly! And that is what we will look at next.

THE DOOR

            Remember we said that this whole portable worship structure was 150 feet long running east to west, 75 feet wide running north to south. And there was only one door or entrance into this tabernacle, this worship center and that was on the east side. The door measured some 30 feet wide and 7½ feet high and was made of white linen that had blue, purple and scarlet embroidery needlework.

            The Bible tells us that Jesus is the door to eternal life and apart from Him we will not enter into Heaven, we cannot come to God the Father! In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus tells us to,Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.  The Living Bible puts it like this, Heaven can be entered only through the narrow gate! The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide enough for all the multitudes who choose its easy way. But the Gateway to Life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.

            You see, Jesus is the narrow gate, the Door, and thus, all roads don’t lead to Heaven! Tragically, what we are seeing happening today is an “all roads lead to God” mentality, the broad way. And Jesus tells us this is not the way to life, but to destruction. Let me share with you a few reports to show you how this false teaching is affecting our lives and what we believe.

            Is Jesus the only way? Not according to Cardinal Francis Arinze. Listen to what he has said:

Cardinal Francis Arinze, who's considered a possible successor to Pope John Paul II, [but of course he was not the one] has denied Jesus is the only way to heaven. In a recent interview the spirited 66 year-old deputy for outreach to other religions was asked, "So was Jesus wrong when he said he was the way, the truth and the life?" Arinze responded, "If a person were to push what you said a little further and say that if you're not a Christian you're not going to heaven, we'd regard that person as a fundamentalist . . . and theologically wrong.I met in Pakistan a Muslim. He had a wonderful concept of the Koran. We were like two twins that had known one another from birth. And I was in admiration of this man's wisdom. I think that man will go to heaven. There was a Buddhist in Kyoto, in Japan. This man, a good man, open, listening, humble--I was amazed. I listened to his works of wisdom and said to myself, "The grace of God is working in this man." The interviewer then repeated the question, "So you can still get to heaven without accepting Jesus?" "Expressly, yes [he laughs with the audience]" (Dallas Morning News, 3/20/99).

            Not only that, but listen to what Catholic priest Michael Manning said:

Catholic priest Michael Manning was interviewed by Larry King on December 1, 2001. King, who is a Jew, asked, "Now Father, if you don't believe in Christ when you die, are you going to hell?" Manning replied: "No, not at all. It's the Catholic belief that Jesus is the source of salvation, Jesus is God; we believe that. But what [do] we say to the millions and billions of people who don't even know about Jesus, are they just thrown into hell? Or what about a Rabbi who really follows the Lord as best he can? As a Catholic, I'm very comfortable that he attains salvation by doing this." King then asked, "So he achieves it without believing in Christ?" Manning replied, "Correct." King asked, "[H]ow do you view Mohammed?" Manning replied: "As a very wise man. I see the beauty of Islam in a very strong way. A simple approach to God. . . . I'm very touched by Ramadan, by the fasting; the beautiful presence of God and the power of God. And as a Catholic, I need to learn from that." (Friday Church News Notes, April 26, 2002 (David W. Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

            And now the Protestant Church is also picking up on this false teaching, this doctrine of demons that Jesus is not the only way. Dan Kimball, an Emerging Church leader also believes this to be true and thinks those who take the Bible literally, you and me, are dangerous!  We are told:

            Toward the end of Kimball's book [They Like Jesus But Not The Church] (p. 234), he does further damage. He claims that "The classic Bridge Illustration portrays the separation between humankind and God, and how faith in Jesus bridges the chasm." But now he says everything is different with this generation (and it is basically because of these weird fundamentalist Christians), so now before sinners can come to Christ, Kimball says "First we must build their trust and dispel their misperceptions [not all Christians are like those weird ones]. Then we can dialogue with them about key theological issues preventing them from understanding the problem of sin and their need for a Savior." So in other words, the mediator between man and God (Jesus Christ) needs the emerging church leaders and their concepts added to bridge the gap between God and sinner.

The glue that binds all this together is in Kimball's last chapter, "A Great Hope for the Future." He starts the chapter off with a quote by mystic Henri Nouwen. You see Kimball is a contemplative proponent. He promotes the use of labyrinths and stations of the Cross (meditative centers). He also encourages lectio divina and recommends books by mantra meditation proponents like Gary Thomas, Mike Yaconelli, John Michael Talbot, Brian McLaren and others. In They Like Jesus But Not the Church Kimball recommends Henri Nouwen's book, In the Name of Jesus and John Shelby Spong's book, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism (though he gives a disclaimer of this latter but still thinks it's good to be "familiar" with it). However, Kimball gives no disclaimer for his recommendation of Nouwen who said:

Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God's house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not. Today I see it as my call to help every person claim his or her own way to God. (Sabbatical Journey, p. 51, 1998 edition).

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            And, Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup of the Soul had this to say regarding the teaching that Jesus is not the only way. In fact, his theology, as you will see, is a smorgasbord religion, where you pick and choose what you want and what you don’t want. He said:

Every religion I've looked at has some technology . . . I've studied all of them and found what works for me and I've tried to make it available to others. What works for me is a combination of disciplines: I do yoga, tai chi which is a Chinese martial art and three kinds of meditation-vipasana, transcendental and mantra (sound) meditation. If you have to pick a yoga for me, I lean towards bhakii in the sense of devotion, adoration, singing, feeling love and joy exist in my heart."-Jack Canfield, author ofChicken Soup for the Soul, from "Choosing to Be Happy"

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And listen to this report about Barak Obama and what he believes. We are told:

"I am a Christian," said Obama. "So, I have a deep faith. So I draw from the Christian faith. On the other hand, I was born in Hawaii where obviously there are a lot of Eastern influences. I lived in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, between the ages of 6 and 10. My father was from Kenya, and although he was probably most accurately labeled an agnostic, his father was Muslim. And I'd say, probably, intellectually I've drawn as much from Judaism as any other faith. So, I'm rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people. That there are values that transcend race or culture, that move us forward, and there's an obligation for all of us individually as well as collectively to take responsibility to make those values lived."

Obama admits in the interview he seldom read the Bible, but relied on spiritual guidance from Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Pfleger. He said he had "enormous respect for" Wright and described Pfleger, from whom he has also distanced himself this year, as "a dear friend and somebody I interact with closely."

"This is something that I'm sure I'd have serious debates with my fellow Christians about," Obama says, leading up to another shocker for believers. "I think that the difficult thing about any religion, including Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and proselytize," he said. "There's the belief, certainly in some quarters, that people haven't embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior that they're going to hell."

The interviewer asks: "You don't believe that?"

"I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell," he says. "I can't imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity. That's just not part of my religious makeup."

           - Joseph Farah Obama's theological Chinese menu, July 1, 2008

            Now, as these false teachers and false teachings are being promoted, has it had an affect on what people believe? What do you think!  Absolutely it has affected what people believe! If you say something long enough and loud enough, people will believe! And folks, they are and they have bought into this lie. And through this idea of tolerance, it is a slam-dunk! Listen carefully to this report. We are told:

America remains a deeply religious nation, but a new survey finds most Americans don't believe their tradition is the only way to eternal life -- even if the denomination's teachings say otherwise. . . . Among the more startling numbers in the survey, conducted last year by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: 57 percent of evangelical church attenders said they believe many religions can lead to eternal life, in conflict with traditional evangelical teaching. In all, 70 percent of Americans with a religious affiliation shared that view, and 68 percent said there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their own religion. "The survey shows religion in America is, indeed, 3,000 miles wide and only three inches deep," said D. Michael Lindsay, a Rice University sociologist of religion. "There's a growing pluralistic impulse toward tolerance and that is having theological consequences," he said. . . .

 . . . By many measures, Americans are strongly religious: 92 percent believe in God, 74 percent believe in life after death, and 63 percent say their respective scriptures are the word of God. But deeper investigation found that more than one in four Roman Catholics, mainline Protestants, and Orthodox Christians expressed some doubts about God's existence, as did six in ten Jews. Another finding almost defies explanation: 21 percent of self-identified atheists said they believe in God or a universal spirit, with eight percent "absolutely certain" of it. . . .

. . . "What most people are saying is, 'Hey, we don't have a hammer-lock on God or salvation, and God's bigger than us and we should respect that and respect other people,'" said the Rev. Tom Reese, a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. "Some people are like butterflies that go from flower to flower, going from religion to religion -- and frankly they don't get that deep into any of them," he said.

- Religious Americans: My faith isn't the only way Eric Gorski –

Associated Press Religion Writer - 6/23/2008 12:15:00

            Folks, that truly saddens me. As someone who has taught the Bible for over 20 years, 13 of those years here in Manitowoc, to see the Scriptures, God’s Word downplayed, ignored breaks my heart. If I did not believe the Bible is God’s Word, all of it, that I could not trust it, then I would not be up here! But I believe it is. I believe what Paul told Timothy, All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. II Timothy 3:16-17.

Thus, let’s look at what the Scriptures say regarding Jesus being the only way and see what the truth of the matter is. Because, if we get this wrong, our eternal destiny is in jeopardy! Why do you think the Devil is doing this, messing with the truth? Because He knows that he is destroying the lives of many for eternity!  So let’s set the record straight!

            Of course, what Jesus said in John 14:6 is pretty straightforward. There is only one way to interpret this verse. Listen carefully and you will see what I mean. This verse says, Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’ In other words, Jesus is the only way to Heaven, I didn’t say that, He did!  How do we know that this is true? Because Jesus said that He is the truth!  We can trust in what He says, 100% of the time.  Thus, when He says that He is the only way, the one who brings us to the Father, it is the truth!  And, Jesus is the only source of abundant life!  How much clearer does it need to be!

            Also, Peter in Acts 4:11-12 tells us, This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.  Again, is there salvation found in anyone or anything else besides Jesus?  Absolutely not, Jesus is the only way, there is no salvation in being good, being sincere, having just any kind of faith in anything or anyone. Peter is very clear on this, it is only found in Jesus!

            Let’s take a few minutes to look at this gate or door into the tabernacle that was located on the east side and measured 30 feet wide and 7½ feet high.  It was made of white linen and embroidered with blue, purple and scarlet. In this gate, its colors also give us a picture of Christ, who He is and the work He was to do and has done.

            Purple is the color of a king, of royalty, and it truly is a picture of Christ.  Paul tells us in I Timothy 6:15, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords.  It is the Gospel of Matthew that gives to us a picture of Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords!

            The color scarlet is the color of blood and it speaks of His atoning death for us, the sacrifice He has made. Paul, in Hebrews 9:11-12 tells us, But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. It is the Gospel of Mark that pictures Jesus as the suffering servant as Jesus tells us in Mark 10:45, For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

            The color white speaks of purity, righteousness, and holiness as we have already seen this morning.  Stephen tells us in Acts 7:52, Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers. The Gospel of Luke portrays Jesus as the Son of Man, the perfect Son of Man!

            And lastly, the color blue speaks of Heaven and I believe it speaks of God becoming flesh and dwelling among us, His deity.  In John chapter 1 we are told, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:1-4, 14. And it is the Gospel of John that portrays Jesus as the Son of God, speaking of His deity!

            Now, some may argue that they don’t want to go through this gate, they feel they can come to God anyway that they want. You may try to climb over the fence, you may try to crawl under the fence, even try to cut through the fence to get in, but you will be cast out!  I know, that may seem harsh, but it is the reality of the situation!

            In John chapter 10 Jesus tells us, Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. . . . Then Jesus said to them again, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  John 10:1, 7-10.

            So you may not agree with what I have said, and that is fine, but did you hear what Jesus said?  If you don’t go through the door, through Jesus, you are a thief and a robber.  Why is that?  You are called a thief and a robber because you are trying to steal something that doesn’t belong to you, eternal life. You see, that eternal life is a free gift and it is only found in Jesus and if you don’t enter through the Door, through Jesus, you will not be allowed in!

            And folks, you don’t enter in by thinking that Jesus is the door. You don’t enter in by believing He is the door. I know, that may shock you, but think about it. I may think that heading north on I-43 will get me to Green Bay, but if I don’t go in that direction, what I think is worthless.  I may believe that going north on I-43 will get me to Green Bay but if I don’t put that belief into practice, into action, it is worthless. You see, it is not thinking or believing but by entering in by faith through the Door, through Jesus! That is what will save you.

            M. R. DeHaan expresses the salvation message this way in his book, The Tabernacle. He wrote:

            Satan has invented myriads of other ways by which he claims that man can approach God, but all of them are the ways of deception, and lead only to eternal destruction. The Bible says, “There is a way that seemeth right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” The Lord Jesus Christ describes it as the “broad way” upon which many travel on their way to destruction and doom.

            Today we are living in an age of great and unprecedented deception, and there are thousands of strange voices being raised, calling out to the sinner, “This is the way, this is the way”; and yet, we remind you that the Lord Jesus Christ excludes all of them when He says, “I am the way; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved.” “There is none other name given” whereby we can obtain salvation, than by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is, therefore, necessary and imperative that we shall be clear and definite in our teaching of the Word of God, lest those who are careless be deceived by the many strange voices active in the world today, and be led astray, and find out at the end of the road that it was all only deception, and a delusion.

            And so we want to emphasize again the simplicity of the Gospel of salvation. The ABC’s of salvation which we have given before sum up the plan of salvation in all of its simplicity.

            “A” – “Acknowledge your sin.” Admit your guilt, and come to Him without any claim of righteousness or merit of your own, without any dependence upon your own works, goodness, religion, or morality, and acknowledge that without the blood of Christ, you are utterly and eternally lost.

            And then the “B” of salvation. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” It is faith alone that saves, because there is no merit in man’s work whatsoever. And finally, “C” – Confess before the Lord, for He himself has caused to be written, that “if thou shalt confess with they mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

            And so in conclusion we would press the question home personally, because after all, salvation is a personal matter.  There is no such thing as “mass” salvation; everyone must come individually, as a poor lost sinner, to the foot of the Cross, and by faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, be saved.

            And so we ask, “Have you come by the way of the One and the Only Door?” We remind you again, that there are many false doors that may look appealing, and may minister to the flesh, but they are only the way of death. In these days of much deception, and many strange voices, we need to come only with the “Thus saith the Lord,” and remember the words of our Lord in Matthew 24:4, “take heed that no man deceive you.”

        - M. R. DeHaan, M. D., The Tabernacle, pp. 39-40

            As I begin to close this morning, I hope you have seen the beauty of Jesus and the way of salvation that is only found through Him, the Door!  A. W. Pink makes these comments on the door that was hung. He wrote:

            The “hanging for the door” shut off the court of the Tabernacle from the holy place, yet also formed the entrance to it. It was that which gave the priests access to accomplish their service within. It spoke then, of the Christian’s worship and works being acceptable to God through the Lord Jesus Christ. Apart from the Mediator even the saints can offer nothing which the great and holy God will receive. We give thanks unto the Father “in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:20). It is “by Him” we are to continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise (Heb. 13:15). Our spiritual sacrifices are acceptable to God only “by Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:12). In our ministry, God is to be glorified in all things, “through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 4:11). It is striking to note that the “cherubim” are absent from the Door hanging. They view the Son of man in His judicial character. Whereas, in the “hanging” He is presented in grace to those that were without, as the Way into the privileges of the priests.

- A. W. Pink, Gleanings In Genesis, p. 240

            Remember what Jesus said, I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.  John 10:9.  May you enter in through Jesus – THE DOOR, THE ONLY DOOR TO ETERNAL LIFE, TO THE FATHER!

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