Entering the Holy of Holies
Entering the Holy of Holies
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.” —1 Corinthians 3:11–13
This sacred instruction from God was established thousands of years ago. It remains to be true today. Many instructions such as these are still strictly carried out in many churches today. Their meanings never get tarnished. Sadly, many of the modern Christians could not grasp the truth that Jesus Christ is the Holy of Holies. As a result, many of us still can’t worship Him the way He pleases.
In some churches, their altar has a light always burning night and day, never being put out. The scriptures explain it in the following verses:
The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fat of the fellowship offerings on it. The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out. (Lev. 6:12)
If you continue to read the scriptures, you will find out that the light symbolizes the Holy Ghost burning within us. It is the source of heavenly fire that is burning within each of God’s children. It purifies our hearts from all evil desires and refills us with the willing spirit of God, fit to worship Him and offer sacrifices to Him.
Whenever we enter the Holy of Holies, and as we see the fire burning at the center of the altar, let us be aware of God’s presence. No matter what our offering, wrapped in expensive wrappers, in precious stones, or in fattened cattle, God will not accept it if it is for impure intentions. He sees through us, and so there is nothing we can hide from Him, even our purpose of coming to Him in the place of worship. Therefore, we must fully submit ourselves to the Holy of Holies, Jesus Christ, taking nothing with us but a heart that is free of selfish desires and of humble obedience to His will.
In entering the Holy of Holies, which is the dwelling place of God, there is a critical condition that should be pointed out. Anyone who enters shall exercise utmost reverence to God and in all His glory.
David teaches us how we should revere our God. His enduring legacy teaches us how to have a pure heart. After all he is God’s favored servant, the man after God’s own heart.
As part of our prayer, we keep in mind what David has said in Psalm 51:10–12:
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
The Holy of Holies deserves all of our praises. Let us pour our heart out to the Lord—all the burdens, happiness, worries, and brokenness. God wants it all. In turn, He will restore what is broken, grant each desire, and build new beginnings, all according to His purpose.
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