Summary: To show that JESUS is the WAY to the FATHER, thru His body, the curtain that was rent.
Do you believe in JESUS as the WAY to the FATHER?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that JESUS is the WAY to the FATHER, thru His body, the curtain that was rent.
Hebrews 9:8 (Amplified Bible)
9:8 By this the Holy Spirit points out that the way into the [true Holy of] Holies is not yet thrown open as long as the former [the outer portion of the] tabernacle remains a recognized institution and is still standing,
Thank You LORD JESUS because You are the WAY to the Most Holy Place because of Your own blood, You made the WAY so we can come to the FATHER thru Your body, the curtain.
The HOLY SPIRIT pointed that Holy of Hollies is not yet open
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 angelsâ€”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. The way to the Holy of Holies is not yet open as pointed out by the HOLY SPIRIT
"By this the Holy Spirit points out that the way into the [true Holy of] Holies is not yet thrown open"
Points out or signifying came from the Greek word: "deloo" meaning:
a. to make manifest
b. to make known by relating, to declare
c. to give one to understand, to indicate, signify
Not yet thrown open or manifest came from the Greek word: "phaneroo" meaning: to make manifest or visible or known what has been hidden or unknown, to manifest, whether by words, or deeds, or in any other way.
The HOLY SPIRIT is our Teacher have not yet given us understanding the way to the HOLY OF HOLIES, because JESUS is not yet manifested and JESUS is the WAY.
John 14:6 (Amplified Bible)
14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.
The HOLY SPIRIT can only lead us by way of knowledge, understanding and experience, signifying that our humanity needs to be filled up first before He can lead us.
John 10:9 (Amplified Bible)
10:9 I am the Door; anyone who enters in through Me will be saved (will live). He will come in and he will go out [freely], and will find pasture.
Ephesians 2:18 (Amplified Bible)
2:18 For it is through Him that we both [whether far off or near] now have an introduction (access) by one [Holy] Spirit to the Father [so that we are able to approach Him].
It is not yet time for JESUS to be manifested in the flesh in the Old covenant, the HOLY of HOLIES is JESUS Himself because GOD resides in Him.
Hebrews 1:2-3 (Amplified Bible)
1:2 [But] in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order].
1:3 He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [Godâ€™s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,
B. As long as the Holy Place is still standing
"as long as the former [the outer portion of the] tabernacle remains a recognized institution and is still standing,"
Luke 23:45 (Amplified Bible)
23:45 While the sunâ€™s light faded or was darkened; and the curtain [of the Holy of Holies] of the temple was torn in two.
Mark 15:38 (Amplified Bible)
15:38 And the curtain [of the Holy of Holies] of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
Matthew 27:51 (Amplified Bible)
27:51 And at once the curtain of the sanctuary of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; the earth shook and the rocks were split.
The curtain is dividing the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place or Holy of Holies, and that curtain was rent, torn or twain into two from top to bottom. It could have been rent from bottom to top but GOD signified here that He was the One who torn into two the curtain with His hands.