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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