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Sanctuary, Salvation, & Our Savior - Part 4: Glorified in the Most Holy Place

David Shin

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Dr. David Shin is the President of Ouachita Hills College.

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  • June 21, 2019
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Father in heaven we thank you for this opportunity that we have to come apart from the cares of this life this week this holy convocation admission camp meeting to worship you. To study to reflect on your word to fellowship together and now as we pause for a few moments to reflect on the sanctuary specifically the most holy place to experience may your holy spirit guide our thoughts this morning speak to our hearts for we asked these things in the precious name of Jesus a man a man on the screen I have a photograph of Jacqueline lane he is a health enthusiastic nutritionist at the age of 42 he set the world record for push ups by doing over $1000.00 in 23 minutes that's averaging one push up per 2nd and then to celebrate his 60th birthday at the age of 60 he swim from Alcatraz to Fisherman's Wharf a distance of 2.4 kilometers he wore Hancock and towed a 1000 pound boat and then at the age of 70 he swam a 1.5 mile section of Long Beach harbor while towing 70 people in 70 boats while handcuffed and shackled this is a picture of Jacqueline lane at the age of 90 and their love to look like that at 60 incredible. And this individual is a person that seems to defy the aging process with good nutrition and good health and exercise but even Jack Elaine could not defy death. And deterioration you can offset these attributes that seem to pull at us like gravity but death is a surety and Jacqueline passed away not too long ago when you look at the life span of individuals in the book of Genesis. You almost are incredulous at the long jetty of life here I have a graph you can see that Adam lived 930 years the longest living individual of course Methuselah 969 years and I calculated if Methuselah were to die this year 2019 he would have been born in the year 1050 and at the time of the Reformation he would have been merely middle aged in his for hundreds magine how many doctoral degrees you can get and no other live to 950 he's the only individual that's recorded that lived over 900 years after the flood of course he began his life before the flood he didn't begin having children until around $500.00 according to The Book of Genesis Now you'll notice according to this graph that immediately after the flood. That there is a precipitous decline in the long Djibouti of life. Goes 600 and then you see that Abraham lives 175 Issac lives 180 and Jacob lives 147 which is still long but relative to 969 it's quite a bit more shorter and then by the time you get to David David's life is relatively close to ours he died at the age of 70 now the average American limestone life span is 70707778 if you're Adventist tack on 7 to 10 years in addition to that but life is short and there was an immediate physiological change in man after the fall sin affected our planet it affected human nature emotion only obviously spiritually mentally but physically as well I'm 5 foot 6. This is a result of sin you know we were never meant to be this short and I always say when I get to heaven I'll be tall but there was a result of sin that affected our physiology and when we look at the sanctuary we noted in our earlier presentations on Tuesday we talked about the courtyard experience and then on Wednesday we talked about the Holy Place experience today I want to focus on the most holy place and the Ark of the Covenant and when you look at this bird's eye view of the mosaic sanctuary you can see that there is an implied movement God wants to bring us from outside of the courtyard into the holy place into the most holy place and there is a movement that is implied from outside this ng sure into the courtyard into the holy place and into the most holy place in the last phase of this transformation is called glorification this is one way of looking at it the court is justification the removal of sins penalty the holy place is sanctification the removal of sins power. And the most holy place is glorification the removal of sins presents when you look at the sanctuary the issue is sin and how God takes care of the sin problem sin has had a dramatic effect on our more around Lety in our spirituality but there was also an effect on our physical nature and our planet as a whole now when you look in Romans chapter 8 verse 30 here we have the concept of glorification that emerges and those whom He predestined He also called and those whom he called he also unjustified and those who me justified he also glorified Now when you look at this text some people have asked Where is sanctification and scholars believe that in Paul's mind sanctification was actually the beginning of glorification and will lab arrayed on that a little bit later so here the glorification motif emerges and in the book Education Page 15 Ellen White describes the telos the goal of salvation to restore in man the image of his maker to bring him back to the perfection in which he was created to promote the development of body mind and soul that the divine purpose in his creation might be realized this was to be the work of redemption. So Gaunts process in the plan a path to salvation is to bring us back it is restoration bring us back spiritually and then the final phase is the physical restoration Now I want to go very quickly through some points of glorification point number one is spiritual restoration glorification is a process that begins with our character transformation now we see this in 2nd Corinthians chapter 3 verse 18 but we all with on veiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord our being transformed into this same image from glory to glory just as by the spirit of the Lord if we are character transformed and glorified which begins right now glorification the physical transformation will take care of itself do you have aspects of your character that you're not proud of the parts of your character that you've inherited or cultivated that drives your spouse crazy maybe it drives you crazy and these are the rough spots those areas in our life that God hones inches away and the transformation the glorification of character begins right now John Piper says this involves mind the process called sanctification in this life the process of transformation from one degree of holiness to the next is the 1st stage of glorification. Moving very quickly here this the 2nd and obvious phase of glorification that we associate is physical restoration glorification culminates with our physical transformation at the 2nd coming here it is and 1st Corinthians Chapter 15 verse 52 in a flash in a twinkling of an eye at the Last Trumpet for the trumpet will sound the dad will be raised in perishable and we will be changed for this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality at the resurrection at the 2nd Coming I imagine Jesus coming in the clouds of glory and you look down at your hands and you'll notice like those Oil of Olay commercials new hands and then you look in the mirror if you like wow I look good they will be no baldness in heaven praise the lord no graying of hair no wrinkles no back aches no cancer every day will be like the freshness of morning. Your mind will be crystal clear I don't think we can even imagine a day like that you get up in a glorified body and this is where God takes care of the final parts of the result of sin the physical nature the restoration of our bodies in that transformative moment and I think that we can't even imagine in our minds what that moment will be like let's read and hear in the Libyans chapter 3 and verse 21 who by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be lying his glorious body instantaneous transformation glorification at the moment of the 2nd coming the resurrection on that day number 3 environmental restoration glorification will mean the restoration of Eden as I noted in my earlier presentations I have the privilege of living in Alaska and there are moments that I am hiking with my wife and my son that you are just filled with all and wonder at the pristine beauty that is surrounding us sometimes we're hiking and there's not a nother soul for miles and even in the midst of the ravages of sin on our planet I don't think it holds a candle when we look at places like Yosemite in the lower 48 places like the Nally National Park in Alaska the Bible says that I has not seen nor heard nor has entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for those who love it haven't. We'll be a place that we can't imagine this side of heaven and here it is Eden restored Revelation 22 verses one through 2 he showed me a pure river of water of life clear as crystal proceeding from the throne of God and the lamb in the middle of its street on either side of the river was the Tree of Life which bore 12 fruits each tree yielding its fruit every month the Bible tells us that the tree of life will be reinstituted on planet Earth and I tell my congregation 1st Sabbath than heaven let's meet under the tree of life Amen it's going to be a reality and let's meet there moving very very quickly here in our reflection and glorification glorification will involve relational restoration glorification will mean the restoration of relationships now I as a pastor I take into consideration that social awkwardness or awkward social situations are a part of the package there are times that I'm sitting in a situation having to confront dear saint or Dear individual about challenge and it is awkward and sometimes there's a lot of tension that results from these types of conversations that we have to have as ministers of the Gospel how many of you have tensions in your family don't raise your hand how many of you have individuals that you just have bad blood with a history when you see them in the hallway you duck and walk the other way tension. Relational fallout marriages that crumble all of these dynamics that come into play and even in our church in the community a vase we have drama we have tension we have things that happen that are unfortunate and in the new heaven and new earth can you imagine a place of relational bliss Can you imagine a place where there is no social awkwardness that you walk into a room and there is no feeling of anxiety there is no feeling of being an outsider not only has sin affected our human relationships but the Bible tells us that in the new earth there will be a restoration of animal relationships here it is in Isaiah chapter 11 verse 6 the Wolf also shall dwell with the lamb the leopard shall lie down with the young goat there will be no predator prey relationship all the predators will be vegetarians praise God remember one time I said there's going to be no stake in heaven a family relative of mine said I don't believe that well when you read the Bible everyone will be vegetarian that's where God is taking us is going to be no slaughterhouse in heaven and if you're going to if you think you're going to miss your stake Trust me God has something better in heaven a man there's going to be the restoration of human relationships here it is in Revelation chapter 22 Verse 2 the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations now as I reflected on this the Bible tells us that the leaves of the tree are going to have a healing element to them. Which indicates that in heaven we're going to be given a time for relational restitution there is going to be no racism in heaven amen there is going to be no ethnic cleansing there is going to be no genocide there is going to be no racial inequality and this notion that one race is superior to another race and racism goes both ways friends we live in an age that is very polarized and in Heaven God will provide a place for the healing of the nations relational restoration and most most of all restoration of our relationship with God here it is in Revelation chapter 22 verse for in that new earth seen they shall see his face and his name shall be on their foreheads we will be able to see and encounter the face of God Now I'd like to reflect for a few moments on the character because character is the most important thing in glorification it gone transforms your character glorification is a surety a man now what is character Maranatha to $22.00 if the thoughts were wrong the feelings will be wrong and the thoughts and the feelings combined make up the moral character so when we talk about characters sometimes we assume that it's is this nebulous entity but here Ellen White says that character is. 2 things the thoughts and the feelings so if you want to have an assessment of your character analyze what did I think about today and what were the corresponding feelings that went with those songs years ago Taishan from Stephen coming so we thought reap in action so an action replay habit so a habit reap a character so a character reap a destiny now I'd like to use this illustration of character and it has to do analogously with with concrete concrete can be generally subdivided into 2 distinct phases you have the forming phase and then you have the fixed phase according to the Bible our characters are similar here we have a quote from Hebrews Chapter 4 verse 7 today if you hear his voice do not harden your heart now the definition of Harden is to become firm or solid to solidify to become set to calcify to make inflexible or unchangeable to become cemented the Bible indicates that our characters are in 2 phases the forming stays phase and the fixed days phase and have you ever heard individuals say that this other person is set in his ways our characters are in a phase of forming but after a period of repetition we become set in our ways and that is why in Hebrews Chapter 4 verse 7 the Bible says today if you hear his voice harden not your hearts. The best opportunity to heed God's voice is always today I've had Bible studies with individuals and they're convicted on the Sabbath and then the next week I meet with them and they're a different person that they were than the week before the Word of God has been changed but they have changed so the best opportunity to heed guns voices today I want to read this quotation from review in Herald Ellen White says if the voice of Jesus is not heeded at once it becomes confused in the mind with a multitude of other voices the world cares and business engrossed the attention and conviction dies away the heart becomes less impressive will and lapses into a perilous unconsciousness of the shortness of time and of the eternity beyond character is the transformative part of glorification that guarantees our physical glorification Now unlike the transition here in our reflection on glorification to the article of furniture and the Oly article of furniture that was found in the most holy place and that is the Ark of the Covenant Ellen White indicates that the Ark of the Covenant prior to the destruction of Jerusalem by nebby Knesset or was taken by Godly and holy men outside of the most holy place and hidden she also indicates that before Jesus comes the 2nd time that the Ark of the Covenant and its contents the 10 Commandments. Will be rediscovered Now I want to share a few quotations from the pen of inspiration Ellen wind in regards to the Ark of the covenant before the temple was destroyed God made known to a few of his faithful servants the fate of the temple these righteous men just before the destruction of the temple removed the sacred are containing the tables of stone and with mourning and sadness secret did it in a cave where it was to be hid from the people of Israel because of their sins and was to be no more resort to them listen to this last sentence she says that sacred ark is yet it it has never been disturbed since it was secret so and Ellen White says that these men took the Ark of the continent and they hid it in a cave they hid it in a location I don't think she says they hid it in a cave but they secret other than she does say they hid it in a cave and it is still in that secret place to this day now I want to read a few other quotations from Ellen wind there's several of them I want to share with you just a sampling of them she says with his own finger God wrote his 10 commandments on 2 tables of stone these tables were not left in the keeping of men but placed in the ark and in the great day when every case is decided these tables inscribed with the commandments will be placed so that all the world will see and understand the witness against them will be on answerable. Now there's another quotation here that is even more clearer than the one I've just read Here's another quotation from Ellen White letter full $471902.00 these tables of stone will be brought forth from their hiding place and on them will be seen the 10 Commandments engraved by the finger of God These tables of stone now lying in the ark of the testimony will be a convincing testimony to the truth and the binding claims of God's law so before Jesus comes a 2nd time before the close of probation we're told that the Ark of the Covenant and its contents the 10 Commandments will be rediscovered and the world will turn their attention to the Deca logs specifically the 4th commandment I want to read another quotation here the Holy Law the 10 Commandments written on tables of stone by the finger of God and placed in the ark is the standard of righteousness before the obedient and disobedient it will appear in the last great day and all the wicked will be convicted one last quotation the precious record of the law was placed in the ark of the Testament and is still there safely hidden from the human family but in Gaunts appointed time he will bring forth these tables of stone to be a testimony to all the world against the disregard of His commandments and against the idolatrous worship of a counterfeit Sabbath I want to spend a few moments a reflecting specifically on the 10 Commandments. I invite you to turn with me in your Bibles to Exodus Chapter 31 and verse 18 Exodus Chapter 31 verse 18 the 10 Commandments were given to Moses on Mount Sinai it is the only part of the Bible that we have today that God directly wrote with his own finger the other parts of scripture God inspired the person and they under the inspiration of of the Holy Spirit wrote the Bible it is still inspired but the 10 Commandments are unique and here it is an Exodus Chapter 31 verse 18 and when he had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai he gave Moses 2 tablets of the testimony tablets of stone written with the finger of God Notice the significance of how God gave the 10 Commandments God did not dictate the 10 Commandments and Moses got out his pen parchment and wrote down what God dictated the 10 Commandments were so important that God wrote them him self and he wrote them in stone now when you look at the location of the 10 Commandments go over with me to dinner on me Chapter 10 and verse 5 Ellen White alluded to this but I want you to read it in your own Bibles Deuteronomy Chapter 10 verse 5 God gave Moses the 10 commandments and after Moses received the 10 commandments he deposited the 10 Commandments in a specific place Deuteronomy Chapter 10 verse 5 and I turned and came down from the mountain and put the tablets in the ark which I had made and there they are there just as the Lord commanded. Now the Ark of the Covenant was like a chest and the ark was a miniature replica of the throne room of God and we'll come back to this later on in our presentation today but it's significant that the throne room of God had inside of it or on the foundation of the Mercy Seat were deposited the 10 Commandments Now I want to remind everyone that the Ark of the covenant is a replica of gone throne and the 10 Commandments were deposited inside of the Ark now very quickly I want to contrast this with the law of Moses go over to Exodus Chapter 24 and verse 4 there was something else that was given to Moses on Mount Sinai not only was he given the 10 commandments but he was also given the ordinances of the Law of Moses Exodus Chapter $24.00 verse 4 and Moses wrote all the laws all the words of the Lord and he rose early in the morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and 12 pillars according to the 12 tribes of Israel now go down to verse 7 it tells us where he put these words and he took the book of the Covenant and read in the hearing of the people and they all said all that the Lord has said we will do so in contrast to the 10 Commandments Moses wrote the law of Moses in a book. And in Deuteronomy Chapter 31 verse 26 turn with me there this is a key passages specially when you're having bible studies with your evangelical friends and they quote from collage ns to. If I were it for you and your giving Bible studies I would highlight this passage because it has become very helpful to me in my Bible studies especially to our Protestant brothers and sisters Deuteronomy Chapter 31 verse 26 Take this book of the law and put it beside the Ark of the covenant of the Lord your God So Moses is law was placed at the side of the Ark gauntlet was placed inside of the Ark and when you look at the last part of this verse this is a key phrase that is quoted in Colossians Chapter 2 take this book of the law and put it beside the Ark of the covenant of the Lord your God that it may be there as a witness and what's the next word in your Bible as a witness against you that's a key phrase the book of the law was placed by the side of the ark and the Bible says that this book was to be a witness against the people it was known as The Book of blessings and cursings the book of Deuteronomy outlines if you follow God These are the blessings that will follow if you do not these are the things that will result the cursings you will be led away into captivity Excedrin now go over to collage in Chapter 2 because every time I give a study on the Sabbath they always quote from Collage and chapter 2 now in light of what we've just read in Deuteronomy Chapter 31 verse 26 go to collage in chapter 2 and verse 14. Kolache in chapter 2 verse 14 every time I give a study on the Sabbath this text emerges having riped having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us brands that is a direct quote from the phrase in Deuteronomy Chapter $31.00 verse $26.00 you see that having wiped out 1st of all which one had handwriting God's law or Moses is Law Moses is law so says having wiped out the handwriting of requirements in the word requirements there in the Strong's Concordance literally says the ordinances of Moses but the next phrase is critical it says that was against us so this is talking about the Law of Moses not God's moral law and it's a direct quote a direct reference to Deuteronomy Chapter $31.00 verse $26.00 which was contrary to us and has taken it out of the way having nailed it to the cross so this just a helpful aspect in regards to the Law of Moses want to read very quickly a quotation from Billy Graham some religious people that I know tell me that the 10 Commandments are part of the law and they do not apply to us today they say that as Christians we are free from the law is that right. This is Billy Graham's response No it is not right and I hope that you will not be misled by these false opinions it is very important that Christians understand that what the Bible means when it says that they are free from the Law It certainly does not mean that they are free from the obligations of the moral law and our liberty to sin you see the word law is used by the New Testament writers in 2 senses sometimes it refers to the ceremonial law of the Old Testament which is concerned about ritual matters and regulations regarding food drink and things of that kind this ceremonial law was of a passing character and was done away with when Christ came from this law Christians are indeed free and goes on but the New Testament is also speaking of a moral law which is of a permanent permanent unchanging character and is summarized in the 10 commandments this law sets forth God's demands on human life and man's duty to God and His neighbor that it definitely applies to Christians is made clear in Romans 138 through 10 Billy Graham when you look in Numbers Chapter 4 verse 5 and 6 you remember that the Ark of the covenant the contents of the Ark in the ark itself was never seen by the children of Israel and as the Ark of the Covenant was transported from place to place it was covered and all the children of Israel would see is this covering of the Ark and God gave very specific directions as to how the Ark of the Covenant was to be transported and covered Here's the reference in Deuteronomy Chapter 4 verse 5 and 6. When the camp prepares to journey Aaron and his sons shall come and they shall take down the covering veil and cover the Ark of the testimony with it verse 6 they shall put on it the covering of badgers skins and spread over that a cloth entirely of blue and they shall insert its poles so the Levites would take the Ark of the covenant they would put on the Badgers skins and then over the Badgers skins they would place a blue cloth so this is an artist depiction of what the Israelites would see as they would go from place to place they would see this blue cloth that was covering the Ark of the Covenant this was the only thing that they saw now the color blue has significance and we see this in the Book of Numbers Chapter 15 verse 38 and 39 speak to the children of Israel tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations and put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners so the children of Israel were to on the edge of their garments have a tassel or tassels and in the tassels they were to put a blue cloth in the tassels in verse 39 of numbers 15 The Bible tells us what they were to remember when they looked at the blue cloth and you shall have the tassels that you made look upon it and remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them so as the children of Israel would go to that through their day and look at these tassels specifically the blue cloth the Bible says that they were to remember the what the commandments of God. Which was represented by the blue cloth now in Exodus Chapter 24 verse 9 through 12 we have another place where the blue theme seems to emerge Exodus 24 verses 9 through 12 then Moses and Aaron nay dab in a by who and the 70 elders of Israel went up and they saw the God of Israel and there was under his feet as it were a pavement sapphire stone the children of Israel army camped at Mount Sinai and there are a group of individuals 70 elders Moses Aaron nade Avenue by who that are located there and the Bible tells us that they ceased gone standing and he's standing on a sapphire stone now I take no credit for this study Mike oxen tango and Richard Davison have done extensive study on the sapphires stone so pictured in your mind they're there and Mt Sinai and Moses Aaron the 70 elders are there and God is standing on a sapphire stone What color is sapphire it's blue so God is standing on a sapphires stone and the Bible tells us reading on in Exodus 249 through 12 as it were the pavement of sapphires stone like the very heaven for clear news the Lord said to Moses come up to me on the mountain and wait here and I will give you the tables of stone with the long and the commandment which I have written for their instruction. So God is standing on the sapphire stone and he says to Moses come up to me and I'll give you tables of stone now in the Hebrew This should be literally translated tables of the stone in other words where did God get the stone for the 10 commandments going to this verse the implication is that when God was thinking of a suitable piece of material on which with his own finger to write the 10 commandments he didn't get any old rock to write the 10 commandments he got it from the very sapphires stone on which he was standing and even in Hebrew tradition in Jewish tradition the 10 Commandments were blue now it's significant because when Moses came down from the mountain he placed the 10 Commandments inside of the ark and the ark was a replica of the throne room of God in heaven and is equal chapter 10 and verse one we have where is the kill sees the throne room of God. He sees the real thing this is not a scene of the Ark of the covenant he sees God on His Throne specifically the cherubim is he killed 10 verse one then I looked and behold in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone as the appearance of the likeness of a throne so here this idea of the sapphire stone emerges again except it's seen in his equals vision and there he sees Cherubim which is also alluded to not only implicitly but explicitly in the arc of the confident and above the Cherubim there appears this sapphire stone in the book of easy kill chapter one and verse $26.00 The Bible says and above the firmament over their heads there was the likeness of a throne in appearance like sapphire and seated above the likeness of a throne was the likeness of a human form. So here here is a picture of God's throne and gone throne is made out of sapphire Now when you put this picture together we can see that God's 10 Commandments according to the symbology of the sanctuary is critical to God's government it is the very foundation of his throne and when God sought out material on which to build or construct and write his 10 commandments he chose the sapphire stone Now when you look at Hebrews Chapter 8 verse one he was Chapter $81.00 verse 8 the Bible says but unto the Son He says die throw no God is forever and ever a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of the kingdom and we can come to the conclusion that have gone throne is eternal then it also means that Gaunts law is eternal as well moving very quickly here when you look at the foundation of God's government it is the law of God and in Romans Chapter 13 versus a through 13 Bible says the commandments you shall not commit adultery you shall not murder you shall not steal you shall not covet and whatever other command there may be are summed up in this one command love your neighbor as yourself love does no harm to his neighbor therefore love is the fulfilment of the law so really the foundation of God's government is the law it's the law of love now when you look at this bird's eye view of the sanctuary remember in our earlier presentations we said that the the experience of the sanctuary is to seek God's face Adam and Eve prior to the fall we're in the most holy place experience. After the fall the entire human race was placed outside of the sanctuary and in kindergarden form kindergarten illustrated of nature the sanctuary is a movement where God wants to bring us into the courtyard into the holy place and into the most holy place notice where the law of God is it's in the most holy place inside the ark of the Covenant Now Adam and Eve prior to the fall where was the law of God written was there a location in Eden where they had the 10 Commandments inscribed in stone and every day Adam and Eve had to go out and look at the 10 commandments and say oh you got to remember Eve I got to be nice to you today was that the case no the law of God was written in their hearts and when you look at the trajectory of the sanctuary the movement is to bring us back to the state of Adam before the fall he was Shapter 10 verse 16 indicates the fulfillment of this reality when it says this is the covenant that I will make with them after that time says the Lord I will put my laws in their heart and I will write them on their minds the 10 Commandments are not only going to be written in stone but in the restored process where God brings us all the way back they will be written on the tablets of our hearts even lost Eden restored now as we reflected on this notion of the sanctuary and Gaunts restored process I want to very quickly share with you some reflections in regards to the nature of where we are as a church. And some of the challenges that we face as a denomination in regards to the sanctuary message and the Sanctum sanctuary motif I want to do a brief reflection of Adventists history and in regards to how we started and where we are going and this is from one of my major professors Fernando canal a professor emeritus of systematic theology at Andrews the illogical seminary some people have asked why is the sanctuary so critical to advents identity and it's important for us to recognize that Adventism grew out of what we call and ask at a logical beginning it was an end time focusing on the screen we have the eschatological beginnings of Adventism it began in 1904 and Adventism would not have been born had it not been for our understanding of the sanctuary Amen so an $844.00 we began with an s. get a logical beginning and then we move to this so Terry a logical end this is in 1888 this was not a so cheery logical turn it was a solitary logical emphasis and the emphasis of righteousness by faith in the 1960 s.. There was a dramatic turn in Adventism and many times the church imitates called Sure we're not very far removed from culture 1960 s. America and the West was going through social upheaval and the church was not far behind 1960 s. Adventism took a Sotira logical turn and you had the emergence of what we call the conservative and liberal label and going the evangelical way the term conservative and liberal did not exist prior to this period but there was a divide that began to happen in Adventism And by the way conservative and liberal is very relative in some circles I've been considered considered liberal another conservative another circles conservative I just want to be Biblical Amen and faithful to the Lord Jesus and then in the 1990 s. you had a cultural turn and worship or a new will and what we would call the secularize ation of Adventism So right now Adventism is going through what we would call an identity crisis and if if you have been under a rock for a number of years you just have to travel to different parts even in North America and notice that Adventism is very different depending on where you are regionally there are several reasons for this one of them is what we call the quantum leap and the emergence of what we call the Adventist intellectual. The Admin this ill intellectual came about because in 1960 Loma Linda and Andrews University began university programs and in 1980 which is not that long ago friends Andrews University began giving doctoral programs and in 1990 there were university explosions around the world now we need to recognise friends that when we have the emergence of the Adventists intellectual that many times what happens is that in order to be accredited some scholars have to receive degrees from other institutions now there are benefits and challenges to that but if we are not careful and filtering everything through the Bible and spirit of prophecy there are pre-suppositions and assumptions that come down and filter in to our doctoral candidates that are taking education from other institutions and then they come and teach at our institutions which is what happened with Desmond Ford and the whole glacier of you 979980 fall out in regards to the sanctuary so the Adventists intellectual presents a unique challenge for 7th Day Adventists in that questions are being asked that were never asked before and according to Fernando canal e. because of the cultural turns in Adventism Adventism can be divided into 4 major groups in the church today these are the theological divisions that are in Adventism and Fernando canal he indicates that he believes that the majority of admin is in the pew are what he would call Biblical Adventists which is what I want to be by the grace of God Amen. Biblical Adventism believes in the Bible in the spirit of prophecy they had the ask out a logical beginning of 844 they affirm the sanctuary message and they affirm 888 righteousness by faith I believe that this consists of the majority of Adventists in our pew today believing in the nature of the Bible as being the inspired word of God and believing in the Spirit of Prophecy Amen there's another group according to Fernando canal and they are called evangelical 7th Day Adventists evangelical 7th Day Adventists took the Sotira logical turn of the 1960 s. it's based in evangelical theology and it's the reduction of Adventism to generic Christianity in other words evangelical Adventism is Protestantism where they camped out in the courtyard it's basically a Baptist framework of you plus the Sabbath Plus the State of the dead but they have a reduction is a view of salvation you come into the court and that's it evangelical Adventism rejects or minimises the sanctification process and lifestyle this is a prominent group in Adventism today and then you have what you call generic Christianity or what we call progressive Adventism or secular Adventism or cultural Adventism it's the liberals of the 1960 s. with the Sotero logical turn plus the cultural turn of the 1990 s. and it is the secularization of Adventism. Now the unique thing about secular or progressive or cultural 7th Day Adventists is that many times are individuals that have grown up in the church for years 3rd 4th 5th generation 7th Day Adventists they like the culture of Adventism but believe that Adventism must move beyond its historical roots so there is a minimizing or categorical rejection of the sanctuary message of the Spirit of Prophecy and the adoption of theistic evolution and the natural trajectory toward homosexuality being acceptable except as long as it's in the monogamous relationship in other words the Bible doesn't reject homosexuality it rejects promiscuity So as long as 2 individuals of the same gender are faithful to each other according to the secular administration a that we should be supportive of that so it's this integration of cultural Adventism with the pre-suppositions from culture and the mill you of culture today and even this even though this group is a minority I believe in 7th Day Adventists them they many times hold a prominent voice and are very vocal in some of the independent publications online and have had a significant influence in some of our universities and campuses holding prominent intellectual positions now there's another group here. That he categorizes and they are known as the separationist. They believe that the church is Babylon and they have the independent home church movements now in regards to this group. Many times they siphon away ties they have their own organization and sometimes not all the time they have a very critical view of church organization this interim franchise meant with the institution and so they go to form their own groups and many times you'll find that many of the same problems because we're all made up of people consist in these separation is movements now in light of all these fractures that are taking place within Advent Cism today I want to remind us that we need to stay on the boat Amen I heard an illustration from Mark Finley already said you look at the arc the boat Noah's Ark and you think about a bunch of Manama lls on a ship and all the things that come with the animals and you place family on there and you imagine those daughters daughter in laws with their in-laws on a boat family drama and you put them all on a ship and you stir it up it was a messy place but the safest place on planet earth during the flood was on that boat a man. And Ellen White tells us that the church will appear as if to fall but it will not fall so we need to keep our eyes on Jesus and on the captain of the ship and he will take us through and we are in a day and age when there are so many distractions so many theological fracturing but we need to ensure that our pillars of our faith Sabbath sanctuary state of the dead spirit of prophecy that we are holding on to and it's not by accident that in every generation the sanctuary comes under attack now in tomorrow's presentation tomorrow is probably going to be the heaviest presentation I'm going to be responding to Desmond Ford's allegations against the 7th Day Adventist Church that our understanding of 844 and the investigative judgment is unfounded in Scripture and I'll be going point by point by point tomorrow in response to Desmond Ford and I pray that you're there because if we do not have a solid footing for understanding the sanctuary message friends we are in the wrong church we're in the wrong denomination because a sanctuary message according to Ellen White is the central pillar of our phase as we begin to wrap up here this morning I want to read a few quotations from the book great controversy page 423 the subject of the sanctuary was the key that unlocked the mystery of the disappointment of 1844 it open to view a complete system of truth connected and harmonious showing that God's hand had directed the great ad been movement and revealing present duty as it brought to light the position and work of his people. Notice what she says she uses this term a complete system of truth now when you look at the sanctuary the sanctuary is a unique structure no other structure in the Bible goes from Genesis to Revelation and no other structure tells you where Jesus has been is going and what he will do no other structure does that the courtyard shows you what Jesus did at the cross the holy place shows you what Jesus did from 8031 to 844 and the most holy place shows us what Jesus is doing right now from 844 to the close of probation no other theological structure does this this is the unique contribution of 7th Day Adventists the sanctuary is critically important because it shows us where Jesus is I mean that's that's so critical and if you were to ask an evangelical today well what is Jesus doing right now and where is he they would not be able to give you a Biblical response an intelligible response because the sanctuary has been set aside as an Old Testament relic but the unique contribution of the handedness is the sanctuary hermeneutic showing us where Jesus is in the plan of salvation and in the closing word and it's my prayer that we as a people will go back to the Bible Amen and back to the sanctuary let me tell you right now in our church we are in an identity crisis. We are in a time right now where every wind of doctrine is blowing through our church today and it seems like some churches are a microcosm of the world church I've been in communities of faith that were under one roof you have the whole spectrum your bible believing 7th Day Adventists then you have something avenues that don't believe in the substitutionary atonement the moral influence theory the believe that Jesus came to this earth died on the cross but he didn't die for our sins he died to show us the love of God Now I believe it is both and not either or he came to show us the love of God and to die for our sins under one roof you have this idea and this believe the moral influence there and then on the other side you have individuals that don't believe that Genesis one is literal and theistic evolution and a rejection of the sanctuary and then one white and so in our church today we are going through this fascinating process of of an a den of the crisis where the pillars of our faith are being shaken to the very foundations and it's not by accident friends that every generation every 40 years the sanctuary comes under attack God is calling us as a people to affirm the reality of this ng sure and use it as a hermeneutic for understanding the ministry and work of Christ in the plan of salvation one end with this quote great controversy page $489.00 the intercession of Christ in man's be half in the sanctuary above is as essential to the plan of salvation as was his death upon the cross. Let me read that again the intercession of Christ in man's be have in the sanctuary above is as essential to the plan of salvation as was his death upon the cross This is a unique contribution of 7th Day Adventists in this my prayer that we as a people will be faithful to the heritage that we've been given as a movement to let us pray Father in heaven we thank you so much for this opportunity that we have at this camp meeting to recommit ourselves to the Lord Jesus to recommit ourselves to the heritage that you've given to us as a people the unique contribution that we have as a movement of the sanctuary message the sanctuary motif the sanctuary hermeneutic their hermeneutical lens that helps us to understand the work and ministry of Jesus Christ on our behalf at the cross and in heaven as our heavenly High Priest thank you for hearing and answering our prayers are we asked these things in the precious name of Jesus. 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