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Summary: the more “holy” a place becomes. . .the more restrictive it becomes

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Text: 1 Peter 1:13-16

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I. Gird up mind. The race of holiness.

II. One thing you learn from the study of the tabernacle

is that the more “holy” a place becomes. . .the more

restrictive it becomes.

1. World

2. The camp of Israel. Several million. God’s

people.

3. The Linen Fence enclosure.

4. The Gate facing East.

5. Brazen Altar.

6. Brazen Laver.

7. Holy Place – priests by course.

8. Holiest of Holies – H.P. only once a year.

III. Matt. 7:13-14

“Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the

gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction

and many there be which go in thereat: (14) Because

STRAIT is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth

unto life, and FEW there be that FIND it.”

IV. S-T-R-A-I-T: not S-T-R-A-I-G-H-T.

1. Phil. 1:28 “For I am in a stait betwixt two,

having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ. . .or

to abide in the flesh.”

2. STRAIT: difficult situation, distressed, narrow

or confined, strict or rigid.

3. STRAIT- JACKET: narrow confining.

4. STRAIT- LACED: excessively strict.

V. Isa. 35:8

“And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it

shall be called The way of holiness;”

1. Matt. 7:13 & Isa 35:8: HOLINESS – STRAIT

2. Highway: opposite of contemporary usage.

3. HIGH (above others, exceptional) WAY (route)

4. Away from BROAD WAY toward more restrictive way.

VI. When you correctly read Matt. 7:13-14 or Luke

13:24: “STRIVE to enter in at the STRAIT gate. . .”

1. STRIVE: angonizonai – agonize

2. NARROW: thlibo – pressed.

3. STRAIT: stenos – groaning

4. You get a picture of a natural birth – intense,

agonizing, pressing, groaning”

5. “. . .kingdom suffereth violence. . .”

6. Joy and gladness are a RESULT of the New Birth

NOT the way in which one enters the kingdom of God.

VII. “Except a man be born of water and Spirit he cannot

ENTER the kingdom of God. . .”

1. Which takes you back to the Tabernacle scene:

Brazen Altar – Death (elab)

2. Brazen Laver – water

3. Holy Place – Holiest of Holies.

4. Acts 2:38

VIII. B.T.W: in the Holy Place:

1. Light in this room is not natural light.

2. Oil Lamps

3. Without this light cannot see “bread” (If this

gospel be hid. . .)

4. Could not see: Altar of Incense: Prayer, worship.

IX. Menorah: light bearer, lampstand.

1. Pure gold – of beaten work

2. One talent – approx. 125 lbs of pure gold.

3. Not molded like golden calf.

4. Unique, one of a kind.

5. Gold – divinity

6. Beaten work – Calvary.

X. Seven (7) Lamps

1. 7 spirits of God.

2. Pure Light – fullness of light (number 7)

3. Spectrum – 7 colors.

4. Light of the World!

XI. Lampstand is illuminated by its own light.

1. “No man can say Jesus is Lord but by the Holy

Ghost.”

2. The marvelous Light – revelation light!

XII. Each branch – 3 buds – 3 blossoms – 1 almond bowl.

1. Six branches, I central staff: Root and

offspring of Jesse!

2. BUD= FATHER

3. BLOSSUM= SON

4. ALMOND= HOLY GHOST

5. OT = BUD = FATHER

6. Matt – John = BLOSSUM = SON

7. Acts – Rev = ALMOND = HOLY GHOST

8. BUD OPENS TO MAKE BLOSSUM – BLOSSUM IS THE BUD

REVEALED!

9. God MANIFEST in the flesh.

10. No man hath seen God --- the Son hath revealed

Him.

11. SEEN me you have SEEN the Father.

12. BUD >>>> BLOSSUM

13. BLOSSUM dies to produce the ALMOND.

14. “If I go not away -----“

15. BUD >>>>> BLOSSUM >>>>> ALMOND

16. “Baptizing them in the NAME of the BUD, and of

BLOSSUM and of the ALMOND!”

17. HOLY Light!

XIII. World and Church operate on 2 very different value

systems.

1. Luke 16:15 (read)

2. The other side of that coin is: that which is

highly esteemed of God is abomination in the sight of

man!

XIV. The world, for the most part, does not use the

word “holy” in a complimentary form.

1. Derisive

2. Mockery

3. Holier-than-thou

4. Holy-Joe

5. Holy-roller

6. “Holy” to the world mean: Narrow-minded,

judgmental, bigot, self-righteous.

XV. The world finds no beauty in holiness, BUT to the

Church:

1. 2 Chron 20:21 – it is the battle song of victory!

2. To the world its: Bitterness not Beauty

XVI. WHY? Because carnal man is never comfortable in the

presence of holiness.

1. Luke 5:6-8

2. Peter didn’t feel comfortable.

XVII. Thieves and murders don’t seek fellowship in the

presence of policeman.

1. Isa. 33:14 (sinners in zion)

XVIII. This explains much as to WHY the multitudes

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