Portraits of Christ in the Tabernacle (17 of 37) by John Barnett

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Portraits of Christ in the Tabernacle (17 of 37)
Series: Christ in All the Scripture
John Barnett
7-14-02

The Tabernacle is how God illustrates Spiritual Reality

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TABERNACLE In seeking to interpret the Tabernacle, we must not dogmatize but humbly follow the method of the Holy Spirit as illustrated in the Epistle to the Hebrews. Referring there to the Tabernacle and the priesthood,
o He speaks of the "shadow of heavenly things" (Hebrews 8:5);
o "the patterns of things in the heavens" (Hebrews 9:23);
o "the figures of the true" (Hebrews 9:24);
o "a shadow of good things to come" (Hebrews 10:1).

Thus it is clear that the Tabernacle was intended to signify spiritual realities. In other words, in the Tabernacle we see shadows, patterns, and figures of heavenly or spiritual things that are revealed in Christ.

The Tabernacle illustrates God's Grace and Our Faith

From the Brazen Altar to the Ark and Mercy Seat is the pathway of faith.
From the Mercy Seat to the Altar of Brass is the pathway of grace.

The Tabernacle illustrates God's Plan for our Lives

The Altar is the Cross for sinners, the Laver is the Cleansing for sin, the Holy Place is the Consecration for Service.

The Altar is for sinners and punishment (without the shedding of blood).
The laver is for children and cleansing (without holiness no one) John 13:10 Jesus said to him, "He who is bathed (Gr. ????????? 'completely cleaned') needs only to wash (Gr. ????????? 'rinse') his feet, but is completely clean (Gr. ???????? 'purified'); and you are clean (????????), but not all of you."

The Tabernacle illustrates God's Salvation offered in Christ

1. The Gate is Christ Inviting us John 10:9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
2. The Altar of Brass is Christ Saving us. John 10:11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
3. The Laver is Christ Sanctifying ...


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