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The Cross and The Sanctuary- Part 5

David Shin

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David Shin

Pastor, Hillside O'Malley Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Anchorage, AK

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  • November 8, 2014
    11:30 AM
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Revelation Chapter 12 versus 7 through 9 here we're given a picture of a conflict that takes place in heaven Revelation Chapter 12 verse 7 and war broke out where in heaven Michael and his angels fought with the dragon and the dragon and his angels fought but they did not prevail nor was a place for them in heaven any longer so the dragon was cast out the serpent of old called the Devil and Satan who deceives the whole world he was cast to the earth and his angels were cast out with him now we can spend the entire message today focusing on this passage but a few observations I want to make the war started in heaven it's kind of an interesting thought to think that Heaven could be a place where there is war but the Bible tells us that this great controversy did not start on earth it started in heaven and was transferred here to Earth if you read the book of Isaiah and Book of the Bible tells us that Lucifer was the covering cherub there and Eden and Lucifer wanted to be like God And so he started a rebellion in heaven against the very administer a sion of God And this rebellion was so significant and so insidious that the Bible tells us that this war actually cost a 3rd of the angels in heaven you can fill it out in your study God Revelation Chapter 12 verse 4 his tail drew a 3rd of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth this was a rebellion of vast proportions that shook heaven to its very foundations we don't know how many angels there are but the Bible tells us that there is 10000 times 10 thousands and thousands upon thousands so you imagine a 3rd of the angels. That buy into Lucifer's arguments now the word war that you filled out in the previous part of your study guide is actually the Greek word poll a most where we get the word polemic it's a argument now I believe there was a physical battle but the physical battle had its roots really in a India logical battle there was a philosophical war in heaven between devil the devil and his angels and Michael and his angels and so there was an argument that was played out in this argument was so compelling to these heavenly beings that one 3rd of them bought into Lucifer's lives now we have to ask ourselves this question What worse Satan's arguments against God Now were laying the groundwork for our study here today we find out that there is a war and heaven and it's a war that's based in India logical difference between Satan and God and his insinuations were so compelling that one 3rd of the angels bought into Satan's plan now some people have asked the question why didn't God just zap Satan immediately Now if he did that and I was an angel in heaven and here Lucifer bring some arguments against gun suddenly a bolt of thunder comes on the air and Lucifer is Paul Vereide number one I would probably like well never question God again and number 2 there would be something in the back of my mind saying you know what maybe God is hiding something maybe Lucifer who later became the devil and Satan has some arguments that are valid and so gone is looking at the long run he's looking at the big picture and he wants to place not only planet Earth but the entire universe in a state of security. And so he allows this great controversy to play out this is one of the reasons one of the rationale and the arguments of Satan we can find the implications of in the Book of Job So I want to invite you to turn with me to the Book of Job Job Chapter one verses 6 through 1575 if you're using the church Bible and this is a fascinating chapter we're not going to go into all of the nuances of the Book of Job It's a beautiful poetic book if you have a stab at afternoon in which you're free I highly encourage you to read this because this questions of the Odyssey that you can answer from the Book of Job but in Job Chapter one Verse is 6 and onward we see an interesting scene there is a time when the curtain is pulled back and we're able to see a dialogue we tween Satan and gone fascinating verse Job Chapter one Verse 6 and onward now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord and Satan also came among them some Bible scholars believe that this was a time when the representatives from different parts of the universe were coming before God Satan remember in the temptation he says I'm the Prince of this world he when Adam fell Satan assumed the role of representative of the representative of planet Earth and so here Satan comes as the representative of planet earth in verse 6 verse 10 and the Lord said to Satan from where do you come so Satan answered the Lord and said I'm going to and fro on the earth and from walking back and forth on it now notice verse 8 you cannot miss this then the Lord said to St. Have you considered my servant job that there is non like him on the earth. A blameless and upright man one who fears gong and shuns evil notice that the 1st thing that God brings up after the initial introduction where have you come from gone pointed out and looks and an individual whose name is Joe and says Look Satan Have you considered my servant job what specifically about his servant job is God pointing out Notice the part here my servant job that there is none like him on the earth why a blameless and upright man one who fears gone and shuns evil there's something about Job's life that is an argument in God's favor do you see that yes or no All right so here they're having this interesting dialogue and the 1st thing that God brings out he's he said look at Joe He's an upright man who serves gone out and Satan responds with an interesting comment verse 7. Number 7 verse 9 so Satan answered the Lord and said Does gone does Joe fear gone for nothing in other words or some motivations why job is following you have you not made a hedge around him and his household around all that he has on every side you have blessed the work of his hands and the possessions increased in the land but now stretch out your hand and touch all that he has and he will surely curse you to his face and the Lord said to Satan behold all that he asked is in your power only do not lay a hand on his person so Satan went out in the presence of the Lord this is a fascinating exchange and you see what happens in the following verses Satan goes out any you start losing everything that he has and notice this verse in verse 22 near the end of this chapter last roots of the chapter it says in all this job did not what is to say Job did not sin nor charge gone with wrong. You can see that the great controversy which started in heaven has gone down here to Earth and there is something about Job's life that was an argument in favor that vindicated God's name before the universe do you see that and here Satan goes out and he tries to get job to sin because if Job sins that would validate some of the devil's arguments in the great controversy so in this cosmic conflict there is something that is taking place here and one of my favorite books the desire of ages 761 actually spells it out and you can find implications of this all throughout Scripture and if you understand this you will understand the metta narrative of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation called the great controversy which started in heaven and now has come down here to Earth desire of ages $761.00 in the opening of the great controversy Satan had declared that the law of God could not be obeyed when men broke the law and defied his will Satan exulted it was proved he declared that the law could not be obeyed so here is the argument in the great controversy that started in heaven the devil began by saying you know what the law of God It can never be kept God is so irrational unreasonable that he has put up a standard of living that no one can keep now in the mind of Lucifer why we attack the law of God now for any government the foundation of the government is the law that is the foundation of the United States government to legislate. So here he attacks the very foundation of the government of God saying you know what the law of God cannot be kept the law giver is actually unreasonable and so in this great controversy is now come down to planet Earth and so here gone says Look here is one person that by my grace is keeping the law he is blameless and so here we have a window into this great controversy between Christ and Saint and now we come to our 3rd question how does God respond to Satan's claim that the law cannot be kept and the answer can be found in the saying sure wherry we are in part 5 in our series called The Cross and the sanctuary and if you have not followed along to this point you can get the podcast online at our website you church S.D.A. dot com or watch videos as well we have said that the sanctuary is the lens is the key that helps us to understand Christ in the plan of salvation we have said that there are 3 core yards or 3 compartments in the sanctuary the courtyard the holy place and the most holy place Gaunts intention is to bring us from the courtyard experience to the Holy Place experience to the Most Holy Place experience Adam and Eve back in each Denecke perfection they were right here in the most holy place face to face open communion with God because of sin there was a separation we ended up out here now the plan of salvation is illustrated in the saying she wary in a kindergarden type of clarity where God brings us back into the court yard into the holy place into the most holy place now the different evangelical perspectives in the world have parts of the same short break correct. Now are Evangelical friends they believe in justification matter of fact they center their beliefs in justification. But this part is not emphasized as much our Catholic friends believe in sanctification so much that a place where it's meritorious sanctification you can work your way to heaven the 7 sacraments that is this part now Wesley came along and he said look we need both we need the courtyard and we need the Holy Place he believed in justification and saying to pick Asian there was another group of people that came along called 7th Day Adventists and said you know what we need not only the courtyard we need the Holy Place and the most holy place the entire saying should where we must be our framework for doing theology and you can understand that the sanctuary is not just an Old Testament relic that died at the Cross Hall says and he was Chapter 8 that Christ is our High Priest in heaven in the heavenly sing sherry which the Lord erected and not man so the sanctuary is a very interesting complex I should say not complex but comprehensive perspective on the gospel if you get stuck in any compartment you will have it in a balanced perspective about Christ is doing has done and we'll do now with that in mind we have said that the sanctuary shows us that there are how many phases in the plan of salvation that there are 3 phases in the plan of salvation not one not 2 but 3 the court yard experience or gone saves us from the penalty of sin this is justification the Holy Place experience where gaunt saves us from the power of sin this is sanctification the most holy place experience where gaunt saves us from the presence of sin this is glorification or message here today we're going to focus on phase 3 the most holy place now inside the most holy place which is the 3rd compartment Phase 3 in the process of salvation there was one article of furniture called the Ark of the covenant. The Ark of the covenant is a fascinating piece of furniture the point I want to bring out is that there was something inside the ark of the Covenant called the 10 Commandments This was the Mercy Seat this was the throne room of God and notice what is underneath the mercy seat at the foundation of the throne of God is the 10 commandments very law of God is there in the most holy place the Ark of the Covenant contains God's law and now I want to remind you that this is where God wants to bring us to the most holy place now I want you to notice that in our experience with Jesus that God does not just want to rob the draw of the law or write the law on tables of stone but in Proverbs Chapter 7 verse 2 and 3 you can find it find it there in your study guide it says he my commands and live and my laws as the apple of your eye bind them on your fingers write them on the tablet of your wad of your heart is that fascinating God wrote the 10 Commandments on 2 tablets of stone but here in Proverbs Chapter 72 and 3 it says that God wants to write the law on the tablet of year heart the 2nd verse here he rejected tender 16 I will put my laws into their heart and in their minds on I will write them so here is the process where God brings us through justification in the core sanctification in the holy place and into the phase of the most holy place experience where the law of God is and here God says listen I want to write the law of God not on 2 tablets of stone but I want to write it on the tablet of your heart Adam uneasy in each Denecke perfection. They did not need the 10 commandments on tablets of stone Why was that because it was where it was written in their hearts and we need to recognize friends that the plan of salvation is a process of restoration it is to bring us back to where Adam and Eve Where were before the fall you see it's one thing to forgive your past but it's another thing to give you power in the present Remember we said that Jesus our High Priest is interceding on our behalf and we said it's an ellipse of a minister you remember that not only does he give us power pardon for sin he gives us power over sin and we need to recognise that those 2 points must be kept in balance pardon and power he gives to wast as our High Priest now and to him that is able to keep us from falling power if we confess our sins He is faithful and just a Forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness pardon these to Jesus our high priest gives to us but in the process of salvation he wants to bring us all the way to the place where Gaunts law is written on the tablet of our hearts now we do not write it there we allow God to write it there I want to make that very clear this is a beautiful quote from the book desire of ages the law requires righteousness a righteous life a perfect character and this man has not to give. He cannot meet the claims of Gaunt's whole the law but Christ coming to Earth as a man lived a holy life and developed a perfect character these he offers as a free gift to all who will receive them his life is an important part his life stands for the life of men thus they have remission of sins that are passed through the forbearance of God more than this Christ in Buz men with the attributes of God he builds up the human character after the similitude of the divine character a goodly fabric of spiritual strength and beauty Thus the very righteousness of the law is fulfilled in the believer in Christ so here we have it we cannot develop a righteous character and righteous life but Jesus has lived the perfect live that life he gives to us not only in the covering but he makes us righteous by His grace by writing the law of God on the tablet of our hearts remember the argument of the great controversy saying claim that the law cannot be kept and here is the final argument in the great controversy of the double might say look you had enough you had Daniel you had Joseph and come on Jesus Christ Jesus Son of God He kept the Law What do you expect but here in the final argument in the great controversy if you read the book of Revelation it says in Revelation Chapter 14 verse 12 here are the patience of the saints here those who keep the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus the weakest of the weak the last generation will have the character of Jesus. Reproduced in their lives and be in the cosmic complex between Christ and Satan between the law powers of light and darkness God will say here they are here is the argument that a group of people will depend on me so much that they will become like Jesus in character that is the trajectory of the sanctuary the sanctuary is gone through response to the arguments of the great controversy penalty for sin taking care of the power of sin taking care of the most holy place experience writing the law of God not on 2 tablets of stone but upon the tablets of our hearts there you have it Revelation Chapter 14 verse 12 here is the patience of the scenes here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus the last generation will be a group of people that keep the commandments of God by depending upon Jesus Christ as the vine is to the branches our last question what does the law of God really represent we live in an age where individuals fear legalism we did have an aspect of our Adventists history where I believe that the law was preached as one Bible or one inspired writer wrote that it was so dry as the hills of good boa but I will point out that we need to recognize that when we talk about the law of God We need to understand what that really means 1st of all we cannot keep the law by our own strength it is only by the grace of Jesus Christ and it's because we are saved that we're unable to keep the law we are not saved by keeping the Law friends on to make that very clear you are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Now this is what the Bible says about the law Romans Chapter 13 verse 10 and this is what I want to understand when it talks about the law of God being written on the tablet of our hearts Romans Chapter 13 verse 10 therefore what does it say therefore love is the fulfillment of the law you remember that individual that came to Jesus and said Which of the commandments is the greatest commandment Jesus was not quoting are making up a new statement when he says I shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind in the show love your neighbor as yourself he's actually quoting the Old Testament he's quoting the book of Deuteronomy Now when you understand that the 1st 4 of God's commandments are love for God If you love God you're not going to take his name in vain not going to have any idols before him you're going to keep the Sabbath the 1st 4 deal with love for God the last 6 deal with love for our fellow man if you love your fellow man you're not going to kill him you're not going to take his wife you're not going to lie to him all of those things grow out of a love for your fellow man so when we talk about the law of God being love the entire law can be summarized in one word LOVE AND THE BIBLE SAYS 1st John chapter 4 verse 8 God is what love so we can safely conclude here friends that when God writes his law upon our hearts he wants to write his character upon our heart which is a character rooted and grounded in love meaning that when Jesus comes a 2nd time he's coming for a group of people that are just like him in character. That's why he says by your love they show know that you are my disciples a group of people that have allowed him to take him them through the process of justification sanctification and glorification a group of people that will be mature as Christians when Jesus comes a 2nd time in the Book of Revelation it says that he's coming on a cloud and in his hand is holding a sickle Now when you come in you know I don't know a lot about agriculture but I do know this when you plant the seed you don't pull out your sickle All right neither does when there's a sprout this is not the time for the harvest when do you pull out your sickle for the harvest when there is what when there's fruit when when the. When the plant has reached a certain state of maturity and so when Jesus comes the 2nd time he's coming for the harvest he's coming for a group of people that have maturity as Christians and reflect the character of Jesus Christ a group of people that are the weakest of the weak yet have unprecedented lie so that God can write his law upon their hearts and this is the final argument in the great controversy against the devil that if the weakest of the week after thousands of years is sin and degradation if they can keep the law and allow God to write it upon their hearts that means that every previous generation if they had the same amount of light and opportunity they could do it to by his grace that's why in the Book of Revelation it says here are they that keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus 1st John chapter 3 verse 2 but we know that when Christ appears we shall be what is a we be lying to him for we shall see Him as He is God is looking for a group of people that would say Lord use me write your law of love upon the tablet of my heart Christ object lessons page 69 I love this quotation friends God is not waiting for final events he's not waiting for more natural disasters or more tsunamis or more earthquakes or calamities this is what God is waiting for it's the final argument in the cosmic conflict between good and evil Christ object lessons page 69 when the character when the what. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in his people then he will calm to claim them as his own God is looking for a people that will love others like Jesus loved others a man that will love God like Jesus loved God and when God has a people that loves the world as Christ loves the world then his mission for us will be accomplished and you say man one invite you to stand with me as we prepare to close as we've discussed this topic of the cross in the sanctuary I want to give us an opportunity to respond every head bowed and eyes closed I give this opportunity every single Sabbath. And if there is someone here and if you were to die tonight and you do not know. If you would be saved. If you are to walk out of the sanctuary and get in a car accident and you don't know if the next moment you wake up if you would be saved. Awaiting the 2nd coming. You can have that assurance today if you do not 100 percent have that assurance you can walk out of this sanctuary the Bible says knowing that you have salvation because of your faith in Jesus Christ. I want to buy you to raise your hand and say Lord. I want to be sure. I want to be saved God bless you. Eternal decisions are being made here today friends. Don't walk out of the sanctuary without that assurance. My 2nd appeal is this. You have not been baptized. And you hear the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart perhaps it's been months perhaps but it's been weeks perhaps it's just this moment but right now you know that God is calling you to make a decision to prepare for baptism. And you want to say Lord Jesus I want to say yes. Because of what Jesus did on the cross I want to say yes to Jesus and if you want to prepare for baptism I want to buy your raise your hands and say I want to prepare for baptism. By His grace. I recognize that baptism is not the end but it's the beginning what I want you just God bless you in the back there. Is there someone else I want to say I want to prepare for baptism just put your hand up. Between you and the Lord and say I want to prepare for baptism. Someone else. My last appeal is this. There is something keeping you from Jesus. And you need special prayer. Wraps even baptize perhaps even a member of this church for years. But there is something keeping you from Christ. And you want to come forward and say Lord I surrender I want to but you know come forward this morning a special prayer something keeping you from Jesus but you need help. By His grace I want to invite you to come forward. We're all sinners in need of grace all he needs is our willingness and surrender. There's something keeping you from Jesus and you want to lay it on the altar this morning you are tired of fighting you're tired of playing games you want to say Lord nothing in my hand I bring simply to die cross I cling I surrender all that's all we can do take my heart for I cannot give you save me. In spite of myself my weak. And on Christ like self I come to Jesus just the way that I am for that's the only way that we can come. Jesus saves friends. Jesus saves. Spare heads together as we pray Father in heaven we thank you today for the cross that you came down from Heaven became as one of us and died so that we might live we thank you that you are now our High Priest in heaven as we discussed last week in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary going through the process of cleansing in the heavenly sanctuary we thank you today that you have the power to keep us from falling also pardon for sin and Lord today I pray for those individuals that raise their hands saying I want to accept Jesus as my Savior I pray that you would seal their decisions I pray for the individuals that raise their hands for baptism this morning I pray that nothing would get in the way of their decision to follow you into the waters of baptism Lord recognize that baptism is not the end it's the beginning it's not a graduation it is the beginning of a walk with Jesus Christ and I pray that you would seal their decisions as well. Lord I pray for the individual that have come forward surrendering their lives to Jesus Christ saying the Lord there is keeping me from and there's something keeping me from an optimum relationship with you and I pray for every single person that's come forward here today Lord you know the burden on their hearts you know the cries of their hearts as only you can hear them and I pray that you and answer their cried this morning to remove the hindrance remove the obstacle whatever it may be that's keeping them from an optimum relationship with you I pray and the name of Jesus that you would revive them here this morning let them walk out of this sanctuary free in Jesus Christ may they walk out knowing that Jesus has granted them the victory Lord we are all sinners in need of a savior and it's only by your grace that you take us recreate in us the image of God and place your law upon the tablets of our hearts you want to make us like cheese lord that's the plea of our hearts here today make us like you help us to love as jesus love to see people as Jesus saw people. To have your law of law written upon our hearts we recognize that this is something that we cannot attain to it is only a gift that Jesus can grant us when we surrender and I pray for every person in the sanctuary especially the ones that have come forward that you would write your law of love upon the tablets of their hearts for we ask these sayings in the precious name of Jesus Christ and for his see. This media was brought to you by audio 1st a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more service lead to visit W W W audio verse or.

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