Cleansing the Heavenly and Earthly Temple done by One High Priest

Posted Jun 11, 2011 by Craig Jones in Priesthood of Christ Hits: 5,855

This morning I was thinking about the pioneers unique understanding of the Heavenly Sanctuary and how it dovetailed with their understanding of the Father and His Son (most specifically Jones and Waggoner in 1888).

Let me explain:-

In 1844 the Son moved to the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place. He had commenced the final phase of the Sanctuary work. He had commenced the cleansing of the Sanctuary. From Pentecost to 1844 the work of the Holy Placed included preparing a people to die for him. Many martyrs held their faith during this period (or at least almost up to 1798). But the final phase of the Sanctuary ministry (Most Holy Place Ministry) included not only the cleansing of the Heavenly Sanctuary but also the cleansing of the Earthly Sanctuary (his people). This involves the perfection of Christian Character (as EG White describes) or stated another way the preparing of a people to live for him. A people who would stand through the time of trouble without a mediator. It is this point that I wish to examine.

We are told in Hebrews that the only one qualified to administer as High Priest in the Most Holy Place is the man Jesus Christ, that he entered the Sanctuary with his blood and not that of animals. John tells us in John 14 that Jesus would pray to his Father to send the Comforter

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parakl?tos

par-ak’-lay-tos

An intercessor, consoler: - advocate, comforter.)

who he describes later in the same chapter as the one who dwells with them and who would be in them. In 1John 2:1 we are told that if we sin we have an advocate with the Father Jesus Christ the righteous. Here John uses the same greek word parakl?tos. The Comforter and the Advocate is the same person, the only person qualified to act as our High Priest in both the Sanctuary in heaven and the Sanctuary on earth (as the Omnipresence of the Spirit of Jesus Christ ) the body of Christ which is our body temples (Malachi 3:1-3 Ephesians 2:20-22 Ephesians 5:27, 1Cor 6:19).

The Spirit is the only qualified entity to work in us (the earthly sanctuary.) Therefore for this work to be done in us, it can only be the Spirit of the High Priest that is qualified to cleanse our soul temples.

When Christ completes the work of the Most Holy Place Ministry probations closes and he pronounces “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” Rev 22:11 He then leaves the Most Holy Place removes his Priestly robes and puts on his Kingly robes and prepares to come and gather his children home. At the same time on earth the Spirit is withdrawn and humanity must stand before the Father without a mediator for sin (parakl?tos.) At first glance this might seen that the Father is abandoning his followers except at that time the cleansing of the earthly sanctuary is also complete and they have no need of a mediator for sin any more.

Once again the glorious truth of the Father and his Son brings great Joy to my soul.

 


 

 It is not essential for you to know and be able to define just what the Holy Spirit is. Christ tells us that the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, and the Comforter is the Holy Ghost, "the Spirit of truth, which the Father shall send in My name." "I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him, for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you" [John 14:16, 17]. This refers to the omnipresence of the Spirit of Christ, called the Comforter. Again Jesus says, "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth" [John 16:12, 13]. {14MR 179.2}

 Those who are living upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the sanctuary above are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator. Their robes must be spotless, their characters must be purified from sin by the blood of sprinkling. {GC 425.1}