Authentic Worship - God in Us Part 1
Exodus 25:8 (ESV) And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.
This sanctuary was the one place on earth, where God would meet with his people for instructions and direction, worship, blessing, and atonement for sin.
Exodus 29:45–46 (ESV) I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God.46 And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.
This sanctuary would be a visible, daily reminder of His presence and of His rightful place in His people’s lives.
Exodus 29:46:“And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt that I might dwell among them. I am the LORD their God.”
The precise building of the tabernacle was because the tabernacle was a pattern for the future construction of the temple.
Exodus 25:9 (ESV) Exactly as I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle, and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.
This new building called “the Temple” was often called Gods “house.“ The Apostle Paul called Believers temples of the Holy Spirit.
The first section, the outer Court, which was visible to all, was where outward worship took place.
Next was the Holy place, a more restrictive place, where only the priest could go for worship and service to God.
Last, there was the Holy of Holies, the innermost court, absolutely off-limits, except for the high priest, who was a foreshadowing of Jesus.
1 Chronicles 28:11–12 (ESV) Then David gave Solomon his son the plan of the vestibule of the temple, and of its houses, its treasuries, its upper rooms, and its inner chambers, and of the room for the mercy seat;12 and the plan of all that he had in mind for the courts of the house of the LORD, all the surrounding chambers, the treasuries of the house of God, and the treasuries for dedicated gifts;
1 Chronicles 28:19 (NLT)“Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the LORD.”
The reason for all this precision is that the tabernacle and the temple were to teach us the truth of the nature of God and the nature of men and women.
The God we know, and worship is a triune being, one God, in three distinct persons – Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
No illustration can adequately explain the Holy trinity.
We can only know the truth of the Trinity by Revelation.
Isaiah 40:25 (NLT) “To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (ESV) Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We can see how the Old Testament Temple- with its three distinct but related parts – illustrates the New Testament truth of men and women’s triune nature.
We are created to know and live in and out of three worlds: the spiritual world, the psychological world, and the physical world.
These three worlds are related to the three parts of our human nature–spirit, soul, and body.
God’s aim is that ultimately we are to experience all three realities: health, happiness, and holiness.
The body is what the Bible calls, the “outward self”
2 Corinthians 4:16 (ESV) So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
Romans 12:1 (ESV) I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
The soul is the psychological part of our nature or human personality that lives in our body or “earthly house.”
The soul consists primarily of our mind, emotions, and will.
The soul is centered in the mind.
Proverbs 24:13–14 (ESV) My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
The soul is also the center of our emotions.
1 Samuel 18:1 (ESV) As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.
The soul is the center of the will.
Job 6:6–7 (NASB95) “Can something tasteless be eaten without salt, Or is there any taste in the white of an egg? 7“My soul refuses to touch them; They are like loathsome food to me.
The soul itself was created by God that through it, we might understand him, love him, and serve him.
Psalm 23:3. “he restores my soul”
The human spirit is a mystery. it can never be discovered by human skill.
Hebrews 4:12 (ESV) For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Luke 1:47 (ESV) and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
John 4:23 (ESV) But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
Romans 8:16 (ESV) The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
Just as in the temple,God‘s presence was directly manifested in the inner room, the holy of holies, so in a human temple, the innermost room, the spirit, is where the very presence of God should dwell with all His fullness.
Our spirit does not exist alone. It takes body, soul, and spirit working together to make us what the New Testament calls, a temple of the living, God, a place where He dwells.
Matthew 5:16 (ESV) In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Jesus uses the conviction of the Holy Spirit to call us back to submission to him.
Isaiah 57:15 (ESV) For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.