First dimension of worship

There was only one gate by which people could get access into the tabernacle’s outer court. This gate into the outer court points us to Christ. One must enter in through the gate to the presence of God. The sacred scriptures declare in John 10 vs. 9 that Jesus is the door. No one can worship God except he enters through the door.

John 10 vs. 9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

You will also notice that God was specific and precise about the location of the gate. The gate was situated at the center of the outer court on the eastward (Exodus 27:13-15). This simply means that there only one way into the outer court. Remember the sacred scripture declares that Christ is the way, the truth and the life, and no one could come to the father except by Him. The reader must understand that there is only one gospel, the gospel of Christ.

John 14 vs. 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

The curtain or screen of the gate was made of finely twisted/twined linen in blue, purple and scarlet (Exodus 27:16). It was distinct from the court, hence it was easy to identify. The screen or curtain of the gate points us to the King of kings and Lord of lords, there is none like him. The gate was not too wide but visible and colorful. The scripture declares that the gate was 30 feet wide (Exodus 27:16). Jesus said in Matthew 7 vs. 13 that one must strive to enter through the strait gate.

Matthew 7 vs. 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The act of entering the gate into the tabernacle was significant to the Israelites. By entering, one could find forgiveness of sin and fellowship with God. The first thing that one sees upon entering though the gate was the brazen altar, which served as a reminder of man’s sinfulness and his need for a blood sacrifice in order to be in fellowship with God. The sacred scripture declares in 1 John 1:8-9, if we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It is important at this time to realize that we do not enter though this gate because of our works and deeds of righteousness. The worshipper must also note that God has done all the work required for one to approach Him. One must recognize that God has done it all in Christ, because of this truth the worship is compelled by the love of God to bring to God only his repentance and accept the free gift of grace upon believing that Jesus Christ has offered Himself as a worth sacrifice enough to reconcile man with God. Good works and deeds of righteousness cannot bring one to true repentance; as a consequence one cannot enter through this “narrow gate” into the court. Through the sacrifice of Jesus God cleansed, sanctified and set us free from all works of sin. At the brazen alter through the sacrifice of Christ the spirit “the spirit man” was purchased and eternally redeemed, but the soul and the bodies were only purchased not redeemed. The spirit man upon being born again was made completely perfect after the image and likeness of its creator. The spirit man was also sealed by the Holy Spirit of God so that he may never again be defile with sin.

I must submit to you that Jesus has offered himself a sacrifice once and for all, once you accept Him as your personal Lord and savior there no more sacrifice. Once you have passed beyond the brazen alter of burned sacrifice you cannot go back to offer another sacrifice. It is difficult for most of us to comprehend that because the spirit man “inner man” is seal by the Spirit of God it can neither sin nor participate in sin. The soul and the body may continue in sin or participate in sin long after you accepted Jesus. When one misses the mark it is not the spirit that participates in sin but the body and soul.

The bible in Romans 12:1-3 say: do not conform to the standards of this world but be you transformed by the renewal of you mind. The redemption of the soul is a continuous process for every born again believer. To help you understand this let us look at the second object of worship which is found in the outer court between the brazen alter and the sanctuary.

Second object of worship that one sees upon entering through the gate between the brazen alter and the sanctuary was the Laver of bronze with water in it. The purpose of the Laver of bronze was for washing (Exodus 30:18). Jesus once said to his disciples in John 13: 10, those who have bathed and are “spirit man” completely clean need only to have their feet “soul and body” washed. To think you are not completely clean is to undermine the blood of Jesus Christ which He shed for you. If we believe to be completely clean after taking a bath or washing our physical body how much more we who have been washed in the blood of the lamb without blemish. Jesus also said to his disciples in John 15:3, you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. At the brazen alter the blood of the lamb washed us completely and entirely, we will never again need to take a bath. Beyond the brazen alter one only needs Laver of bronze with water which is the word of God to cleanse or renew one’s soul.

In conclusion, though you are completely clean and need no washing again. You cannot afford to remain in the outer court forever and enjoy going back and forth between the brazen alter of sacrifices and the Laver of bronze with water. It is so surd, to know that most Christians have never enjoyed worship beyond the outer court, more and more of the born again believer who have been washed by the blood of Jesus are neither maturing nor acquiring spiritual maturity because they have decided to pitched their tents in the outer court. The reason most Christians cannot go beyond the outer court is because they want to enjoy sin at the same time have the comfort of knowing that their sins are forgiven. I want to urge you today to make a quality decision to move to the next level with God, there is another dimension in worship which is much better that the outer court. In the outer court you are close yet so far from God. In the outer court your worship is still driven by what you think, desire and feel. In the outer court you worship is still on the soul’ish level. In the outer court you still seek for the things not the creator of all things. In the outer court you still seek the hand not the face. In the outer court everything required much effort to accomplish. In the outer court you are still full of yourself. In the outer court you have not yet fully surrendered yourself to be used by God. I APPEAL to you brethren, I beg you in view of all the mercies of God to make a decision to move from being a mediocre Christian but to completely offer all your members as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable and pleasing to God. Now that we dealt in details and now understand the first dimension of worship “THE OUTER COURT”, let‘ desire to move to the next dimension “THE HOLY PLACE”.

I pray that the God of Abraham may be merciful and gracious to us and bless us and cause the Light of His face to shine upon us as we seek to know him better and as we approach His presence with fear and trembling.

May God's be mercyful and cause the light of His face to shine upon you.

More topics on the worship: Introduction to worship | What is worship? | Created to worship | Chapter2 - Precrucifixion worship? | Chapter3 - Postcrucifixion worship | Chapter4 - First dimension of worship | Chapter5 - Second dimension of worship | Chapter6 - Third dimension of worship

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