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Summary: Through the Atonement Jesus has opened the way for us to the Holies of Holies. The Holy Spirit takes us by the hand and leads us into the presence of God

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Trinity in the Redemption Process – Personalizing Work of the Holy Spirit

Remember back when you were kids. Did you ever belong to a group where you had to go through some special initiation rite or you had to use a special password in order to belong to that group

• We used to build these cubby houses and you weren’t allowed in unless you knew the secret password

• Most of us grow out of this phase, but even as adults some people are drawn to secret societies and religions that have a certain mystique associated with them

• We have groups like the Mormons who only allow converts into their mysterious temples after they have performed certain secret rites and rituals

• They have to keep these rites and rituals secret

• The Free Masons also have their special mysteries reserved only for the initiated

• They too keep those rituals secret

There is something in man that loves a little mystery and people generally use those secrets to exclude others

• We also find something mysterious about the rituals associated with the Law of Moses, especially the rituals associated with the tabernacle

• there was this place called the Holies of Holies that only the High Priest could enter once a year and that on pain of death unless He performed certain rituals before he entered that mysterious area

• And you can imagine the stories this mysterious area must have generated in the vivid imaginations of the Israelites

So far in our series our focus has primarily been on the Incarnation of and the Atoning work of Jesus Christ

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• Today we are going to focus on the reconciliation work of the Holy Spirit and what it personally means to you and I in our relationship with God

• Let’s look at this word “reconciliation”. What does reconciliation mean to us?

Colossians 1:19-22 (NKJV) 19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—

• Notice that last part to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—

• This is what reconciliation means. We are at peace with God, we’re back in relationship with God

But what kind of a relationship is it that you and I have with God?

• As we learnt earlier the primary work of the Atonement is done by Jesus Christ

• God draws near to us through the Incarnation and He makes it possible for us to draw near to Him through the Atoning work of Jesus Christ

• This Atoning work was foreshadowed by the Annual Day of Atonement

• Jesus through His blood spilt on the cross fulfilled the reality of the annual Day of Atonement

• Jesus as both the Atoning Sacrifice and our High Priest entered through the veil into the Holies of Holies

What did this Holies of Holies represent? It represented entering the Presence of the Most High God


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