I Peter 2:5 “you, too, as living stones, are building yourselves up into a spiritual house and a holy priesthood, so that you may offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus, the Messiah.”
Are we building a spiritual house or are we the spiritual house?
I Peter 2:9-10 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people to be his very own and to proclaim the wonderful deeds of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God. Once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
God calls us. Do we respond or not? Peter says we are chosen, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God. The purpose of this is to show forth His praises. We are called to be a house or a person or a nation or a priesthood of worship.
With revelation comes praise and worship. Your understanding of God will determine your level of praise.
Our greatest revelation is Who God is. Jesus is His Name. He weeps as a man, but He said ‘Lazarus came forth’ as God, and Lazarus did!
The miracle of response is up to us.
The second most important revelation is an understanding of who you are! We are the body, the bride of Christ. We are the place where the Spirit of God wants to reside. He died for us. He loves us. He, in us, is rebuilding the tabernacle of David. We are His tabernacle, His Holy of holies.
Mat 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I didn’t come to destroy them, but to fulfill them,”
A parable is a story of a natural thing to describe a spiritual thing. The Old Testament is a parable. The old covenant leads us to the new covenant. This is what David started. What Moses began in the desert is fulfilled in us today. The tabernacle of Moses was not the church. It points to the body of Christ.
I Cor 15:46 “The spiritual does not come first, but the physical does, and then comes the spiritual.”
First comes the tabernacle, then comes the church. You cannot fail if you know who He is and who you are. This causes pure, honest worship unto God. If you learn this, you cannot fail. You may have troubles and fall, but you won’t stay down with this in your understanding.
The spiritual coming is more superior than the natural coming. The new covenant is better than the old covenant. It was all meant to point to the pouring out of the Holy Ghost on us today. We too are the children of Abraham by faith.
A natural reality is a person who is deaf, but the Spirit is greater and the deaf person can be healed and hear. Healing wins over sickness. The blood of Jesus wins over sin. Baptism in the name of Jesus always remits sin. It always wins. Unless you reject it.
The only sin that Jesus won’t forgive is the one you don’t ask forgiveness for. You must repent. Every time you repent, your salvation is renewed. I serve Him because He made it possible to serve Him without failure. He delivers us from our sin. It’s not the seed that has the problem, it’s the soil.
The tabernacle has only one way in, first the brazen altar (repentance). There’s only one way to heaven—Jesus (His sacrifice on the cross). Jesus did all that was necessary. Next in the tabernacle is the laver—a type of baptism. We are a ‘glorious bride that is washed by the cleansing of the Word’. The first time you get baptized is all the way under. After that is continual repentance and study of the Word. Inside the tabernacle there is more that symbolizes Jesus and our response to Him.
The Old Testament from the time of David shifted the essence of the Old Testament. It went from law to grace and pointed to the New Testament. David was a Pentecostal stuck in the time of the Old Testament. He illustrated grace and worship to us. First came David, then came you and me. First came the natural, then came the spiritual.
24 hours, seven days a week, God was worshipped. David set up shifts so that worship was continual in the tabernacle.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by: Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.
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