Summary: The Holy Spirit takes us by the hand and leads us into the very throne room of God so that we can share in the unique relationship that exists within the Godhead itself
Trinity in the Redemption Process – Personalizing Work of the Holy Spirit
There is a graphic which needs to be used with this sermon which outlines the process and can be obtained by emailing Gary Regazzoli at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
• 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
• And significantly at that precise moment in time, the temple veil at Jerusalem was rent down the middle?
• What did this signify?
• Up until Christ’s death, who was able to enter into the Holy of Holies? The High Priest, and only once a year
• Hebrews 9:6-12 (NRSV) 6 Such preparations having been made, the priests go continually into the first tent to carry out their ritual duties; 7 but only the high priest goes into the second, and he but once a year, and not without taking the blood that he offers for himself and for the sins committed unintentionally by the people. 8 By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the sanctuary has not yet been disclosed as long as the first tent is still standing. 9 This is a symbol of the present time, during which gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, 10 but deal only with food and drink and various baptisms, regulations for the body imposed until the time comes to set things right.
• So up until this momentous event, access to this mysterious area of the Holy of Holies was limited to the High Priest alone and access was allowed only once a year