THE VEIL AND THE LIVING WAY



Last year, around May, I was an officiating minister of an engagement with two other ordained ministers. Such a glorious occasion that was. Everyone was glad. The part that fascinated me so much was after the exchange of the rings. The man of God stood between the bride and groom and said, “I’m the only one standing in between these couple for which reason they cannot marry.” Then he move backward, joined the hands of the couple and pulled them together, and said’ “From now, I, being middle wall of separation have forever stepped aside, and by the power vested in me…I pronounce you husband and wife”.

God put a veil between mankind and Him, in Eden, when man sinned. The punishment was nothing less than death (physical, spiritual and eternal death altogether). For this reason man had no access to God because of the veil. The veil was a spiritual one. When the separation occurred man had to give something to appease God, to temporarily turn away His wrath. Man therefore began to offer sacrifices unto God. But God was not pleased with every sacrifice.

We know the rejection of Cain’s sacrifice and the acceptance of Abel’s. Cain was not rejected because he gave rotten things to God. He could not have given rotten things to God. He gave his best, I believe. But offering a sacrifice is not about giving your best alone, but having a revelation of the sacrifice. Abel had a revelation of the sacrifice. He knew that his life was supposed to be taken, so he gave another life unto God by offering an animal. This is right “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” (Lev. 17:11)

From thence man resolved to give animals to appease God. Even with that a priest was supposed to perform some rituals before he goes into the presence of God – the Most Holy Place (or The Holiest). The Most Holy Place had a veil separating it from the Holy Place where ordinary people could go. “And you shall hang the veil from the clasps. Then you shall bring the ark of the Testimony in there, behind the veil. The veil shall be a divider for you between the holy place and the Most Holy. You shall put the mercy seat upon the ark of the Testimony in the Most Holy” (Exod. 26:33, 34)

The Most Holy Place was a place where God dwelt because that was where the Ark of Covenant was kept. It was a place where only the priest could go. This is an allegorical representation of the actual thing in the realm of the supernatural. As far as the veil remained, no man had access to God except the priest. The veil, like my friend the officiating minister, was that which disallowed fellowship between the bride and groom.

Until the veil is no more an intimate communion with God cannot be achieved no matter how great a progress is made. Though the bride and groom had gone through all the necessary procedures, my friend was the only hindrance to the whole process. Jesus Christ was clothed not only with humanness but his flesh was conjoined with the veil that separated man from God. Our only hope of getting to the Father was through the death of Jesus. The veil, which was His flesh (not His body, because His body was the temple, John 2:19) was supposed to be destroyed. The writer of Hebrews says “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh” (Heb. 10:19, 20). The veil which was set after the fall of man had been spiritually woven with the suffering flesh of Jesus Christ.

The death of Jesus Christ was the only way out. And very surely when Jesus died (that is, His flesh was torn into pieces and finally ceased to survive) the veil which separated the Holiest from the Holy place was rend into two Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom…” (Matt. 27:51). The tearing of the veil symbolized a perpetual access to God given to all who believe. “For through Him (Christ) we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” (Eph. 2:18) So Christ, through the rending of His flesh (veil) has granted us access to God.

Jesus did not just die for us. He was our appeasement offering. Just as Abel offered blood (life) we also had to offer a sacrifice with life (blood). But this sacrifice ought to grant us eternal access, so we needed an eternal blood in order to gain eternal life. The Bible is explicit when it says Jesus whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed” (Rom. 3:25). The word propitiation means appeasement. So Jesus was our appeasement offering to settle the wrath of God forever. Because of this eternal sacrifice, we who believe are not eternally condemned.

For this reason we have inherited a new and living way. We have being brought into a new covenant which does not require bulls and goats or a priest to annually intercede for us. By the living way we have been made priests and kings “and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (Rev. 1:6) and also “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2:9) As priests we have a forever access into the Most Holy Place. What an excellent way this is? To forever be before the awesome presence of God. By this consecrated new and living way, we are children of God, holy, righteous, blameless, anointed, favoured, blessed, partakers with Christ and etc.
 
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4 thoughts on “THE VEIL AND THE LIVING WAY

  1. It is true that Yahovah only accepted a sacrifice for sin from the hand of the ordained High Priest, and it had to be perfect to be accepted. Jesus Christ was both the offering Priest and the perfect sacrifice, but the “new and living way” you speak of was not completely comprehendible until the generation that had access to the written Word. It still is not known what the true and full power of the written Word is, because it is preached from, but few make known that as John 6.63 says, “the Words Jesus spoke are “Spirit, and they are life”; The Words he brought and gave to chosen men is the fulfilling of Ps.104.30. Jesus brought the promised Spirit from Yahovah in the form of Words that we are to “engraft with meekness to the saving of our souls”(Jas.1.21). A living soul is what the first Adam was before he sinned. Jesus was the second Adam that did not sin. He had the power of endless life before he was crucified(Jn.10.18), and that is the life we prepare ourselves for by engrafting the quickening Words of life that he sent forth to this generation. That is how” the same words that Jesus spoke will judge us in the last day”(Jn.12.48). When he returns in the invisible glory of the Father(Matt.16.27, 1 Tim.6.16, Heb.9.28.12.14), he will quicken his Words by his presence, and those who have engrafted them sufficiently, over riding the “winds of doctrine” will be quickened to his likeness. That fulfills Matt.24.35 and Rev.20.11-12.

    Heb.2.9 says Jesus died once for every man, so the once appointed unto man to die referred to in Heb.9.28 was already accomplished by Jesus, the Judgment that was to follow is the written Word, and it is the prince of this world that the judgment casts out(Jn.12.31, Jer.51.39, Jude 12-13). Realistically, if Jesus died our death, and we die a physical or spiritual death, that is two deaths for each person, and it is the second death that the overcomers will not be touched by(Rev.2.11, 11.15). It is notable that the spots on our feasts of charity, are listed as “twice dead” (Jude 12, Jer.51.39 wt Eph.5.14, Col.3.3. That is the mystery of 1 Cor.15.51.

    Please feel free to email me privately at memelampert@aol.com

    In Messiah's love and service

    Gloria

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  2. Thanks Gloria, for your contribution. It's very informative and insightful. Jesus Christ did a great work for our salvation and we must be committed to propagating what He has done to the world. For by this, we glorify Him and He is also glorified in us. Blessing.

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  3. Speaking in tongues is communing with the Holy Spirit but it's not a lifting of the veil. The work of tearing the veil was done by our Lord Jesus Christ. His death dealt with the veil and law, for which reason we aren't under the law anymore. Tongues, however, is a gift of the Holy Spirit. This gift was given by the Holy Spirit after the death of Jesus. (Acts 2)

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