Summary: There is more to the Christian life than just being saved and baptized.
Secret of the Most Holy Place
A It is my fear that so many Christians get saved, are baptized & join a church & believe there is no further place to go.
1 Saved, going to heaven, I’m done
a There are higher heights, deeper parts in the streams of living water.
b Many people would balk, but I believe Scripture testifies to it.
aa Some are stronger/weaker I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel...Gal 1:6 (NASB)
bb Righteous man gets stuff done. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16 (NASB)
2 I fear many Christians enter the court of the women & are content just to be among the chosen, assembly, elect.
a In the Temple, there were 15 steps separating the Court of Israel & the Court of Women.
aa Literally a shallower spot.
bb I’m glad to be in the Temple, but I’m not content to just know Jesus as Savior.
b Court: flesh
aa Holy Place: flesh & spirit
bb Stuff that happens in the Holy Place is never tried, attempted, dreamt of in the Court.
cc For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good.17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not.19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man,23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members.24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Romans 7:15-24 (NASB) Dualism
c Stay in the Holy Place long enough, you want more.
aa Not in another book, speaker, revival, lecture, class, study, meeting
bb Your heart will always yearn for more.
B The answer is in front of you...Him.
1 Not song, service, book, sermon
a For years, I’ve preached we can’t change others...we can’t even change ourselves.
aa Can’t make myself obey, submit
bb How many times have we tried & failed to do as our Jesus demands?
b See the blood leading beyond the veil.
aa I see! He, Jesus, had to die for the veil to be removed/tore down.
bb ...saying, "Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done." Luke 22:42 (NASB) His will for the Father’s will.
c You realize if you’re going to go into the Most Holy Place, you’re going to have to die.