19. Enter the Most Holy Place (1)

Last week we had a look at the three sections of the Temple, namely the outer court, the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. And we concluded that God wants all His children to reside in the Most Holy Place. He wants all His children to live and breathe in His presence in the Most Holy Place.

And this morning the Lord showed me that there is another way to look at the three sections of the Temple too. The other lesson He wants us to learn from it (I think there are MANY lessons, but for now let us focus on those the Lord places on my heart), is that it represents the three parts of us, namely our spirit, soul and body.

The Bible declares in a number of places that we do have a spirit, soul and body. I will just quote one scripture today:

"Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:23

We consist of a spirit, soul and body. I explain this in my new book 'God's Answer' in more detail and how it works. But for now, just know that you have a body (that is obvious J), a soul (your mind, will and emotions) and you have a spirit who can connect with God.

Your spirit is the part of us who can communicate with God, because God is Spirit too. All people have spirits, but when your connection with God is severed (unbelievers) then your spirit feels dead within you. That is why most unbelievers give themselves over to either drugs, smoking, alcohol, work, meditation etc. to make themselves feel better. But the only true solution is to restore your spirit's connection with God. This happens when you accept Jesus into your life. Your spirit is born again and reconnected with God. And therefore your spirit is the part of you represented by the Most Holy Place, the area of the Temple where God dwelt.

Your soul is the part represented by the Holy Place. In the Holy Place you can learn a lot about God. You can read the Bible and you can go to church and you can sing Christian songs etc. and all of this is wonderful and good. And of course your soul can also linger on worldly things, focused on the news, films, newspapers, magazines etc. Now this is not bad in itself, but if it overshadows the amount of Godly input your soul gets, it will be detrimental to your spiritual life.

Then the outer court represents your body. Your body is the part that everyone can see and experience. This was also the part of the Temple the ordinary people could see, they were never allowed inside the Temple as we've seen last week.

Now interestingly the outer court didn't have any gold and the utensils used didn't have any gold in them either. In the Holy Place the items used there were overlaid with gold, and in the Most Holy Place the mercy seat were one solid lid of gold. Thus the intensity of gold used increased the deeper one entered into the Temple. In other words, the revelation (gold) and the presence of God increased the deeper one went into the Temple. And therefore we can come to the conclusion, that it was more important to God what went on in the Most Holy Place than in any other area of the Temple. That was where He forgave the sins of the whole nation when the High Priest presented the offering on behalf of them all once a year and this was where He could fellowship with them.

Now I can probably write another book on this topic, but I think I will stop for now. The point is this: On what part of you are you spending most of your time. Is your outward appearance more important to you than what goes on inside your Temple? And once you are in the Holy Place, what are you thinking about? What do you allow to enter into your soul? What keeps your mind busy? Do you ever enter into the Most Holy Place? Remember time spent at church and reading the Bible falls under the Holy Place section. So I will ask again, do you ever enter into the Most Holy Place? Do you make time to just spend with God? In His presence, just soaking in all of His love and leaving all your problems safely with Him? I sincerely hope that you do. It was certainly a wakeup call for me years ago when I realized that I never spent time in the Most Holy Place. I thought going to church and reading the Bible was enough. But with Jesus' death the curtain was torn between the Most Holy Place and the Holy Place and it was done for a reason. God wants us there. He wants our spirit to communicate with His and He wants our spirit to rule over our soul and our bodies, because once it does, life and life in abundance will be ours.

"For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit, you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live." Romans 8:13

Father thank you that Jesus opened up the way so that our spirits can once again reconnect with Yours. We are so grateful. Father we are sorry that we don't spend enough time in the Most Holy Place. We want to, because You are there in all Your fullness. And we know that the more time we spend with You, the more Your life will bubble on the inside of us out to all the others. Only then can we truly influence them for Your Kingdom. Amen

2 comments for “19. Enter the Most Holy Place (1)”

  1. Gravatar of RonelleRonelle
    Posted Wednesday, 07 November 2018 at 7:09:21 AM

    What a revelation! Thank you

  2. Gravatar of Karolien WoodKarolien Wood
    Posted Wednesday, 07 November 2018 at 3:43:30 PM

    Thank you for your message Ilse, I know for certain that you have been lead by the Holy Spirit to share this with us. You have opened my eyes to God's revelation which grant us His peace that is beyond all understanding. May you and your family be blessed in abundance..

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