Jesus Is the Temple (and so much more)

 

Old Testament “Shadow” Fulfillment in Christ
The Priesthood Christ is the True, Eternal Priest
“The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently” (Hebrews 7:23-24)
The Sacrifices Christ brought in eternal redemption through His sacrifice
“Not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption” (Hebrews 9:12)
The Temple Christ is the place where God’s presence can truly be found
“He was speaking of the temple of His body” (John 2:21)
The Curtain of the Temple

(which separates the Most Holy Place from the rest of the Temple)

Christ’s body is the true curtain which was torn so that we could be accepted by God
“Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh…” (Hebrews 10:19)
The Mercy Seat Christ is the Mercy Seat, the place where God’s wrath was truly poured out
“God displayed publicly [Jesus] as a propitiation in His blood through faith” (Romans 3:25)
The word “propitiation” refers to the Mercy Seat found in the temple. It was the place where the blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled to avert God’s wrath.

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