encourage each other, learn to serve, do community, long to glimpse God's heart.


“The internal journey of the soul into the enjoyed presence of God is beautifully illustrated in the Old Testament tabernacle.  The returning sinner first entered the outer court, where he offered a blood sacrifice on the brazen altar and washed himself in the laver that stood near it.  Then through a veil he passed into the holy place, where no natural light could come, but the golden candlestick,  which spoke of Jesus the Light of the world threw its soft glow over all.  There also was the shewbread to tell of Jesus, the Bread of Life, and the altar of incense, a figure of unceasing prayer.

Though the worshipper had enjoyed so much, he still had not entered the Presence of God.  Another veil separated from the Holy of Holies where above the mercy seat dwelt the Very God, Himself,  in awful and glorious manifestation.  While the tabernacle stood, only the high priest could enter there, and that but once a year,  with blood which he offered for his sins and for the sins of the people.  It was this last veil which was rent when our Lord gave up the ghost on Calvary, and the sacred writer explains that this rending of the veil opened the way for every worshipper in the world to come by the new and living way straight into the divine Presence.

Everything in the New Testament accords with this Old Testament picture.  Ransomed men no longer pause in fear to enter the Holy of Holies.  God wills that we should push on into His Presence and live our whole lives there.  This is to be known to us in concious experience.  It is more than a doctrine to be held, it is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day.”

A.W. Tozier in his book, “The Pursuit of God”


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