Summary: To show that JESUS is our Tabernacle who dwelt in us.
Where is the tabernacle now?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that JESUS is our Tabernacle who dwelt in us.
Hebrews 8:5 (Amplified Bible)
8:5 [But these offer] service [merely] as a pattern and as a foreshadowing of [what has its true existence and reality in] the heavenly sanctuary. For when Moses was about to erect the tabernacle, he was warned by God, saying, See to it that you make it all [exactly] according to the copy (the model) which was shown to you on the mountain.
Thank You very much JESUS for You are my Tabernacle dwelling in this tent, my body which is the Temple of the HOLY SPIRIT.
Tabernacle: A Copy And Shadow Of The Real One in Heaven
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Tabernacle is a pattern and a foreshadow
"[But these offer] service [merely] as a pattern and as a foreshadowing of [what has its true existence and reality in] the heavenly sanctuary."
Tabernacle is a shadow, a shade or darkness of error or an example, an exhibit for imitation or warning.
Hebrews 9:9 (Amplified Bible)
9:9 Seeing that that first [outer portion of the] tabernacle was a parable (a visible symbol or type or picture of the present age). In it gifts and sacrifices are offered, and yet are incapable of perfecting the conscience or of cleansing and renewing the inner man of the worshiper.
When JESUS came, JESUS is fully capable of perfecting our conscience, cleansing us from all sins and renewing our inner man. That's we are born again in the New Testament. During the Old Testament, no man can be born again because JESUS is not shown yet.
Hebrews 9:23-24 (Amplified Bible)
9:23 By such means, therefore, it was necessary for the [earthly] copies of the heavenly things to be purified, but the actual heavenly things themselves [required far] better and nobler sacrifices than these.
9:24 For Christ (the Messiah) has not entered into a sanctuary made with [human] hands, only a copy and pattern and type of the true one, but [He has entered] into heaven itself, now to appear in the [very] presence of God on our behalf.
Hebrews 10:1 (Amplified Bible)
10:1 FOR SINCE the Law has merely a rude outline (foreshadowing) of the good things to come—instead of fully expressing those things—it can never by offering the same sacrifices continually year after year make perfect those who approach [its altars].
Colossians 2:17 (Amplified Bible)
2:17 Such [things] are only the shadow of things that are to come, and they have only a symbolic value. But the reality (the substance, the solid fact of what is foreshadowed, the body of it) belongs to Christ.