12: Last Things: Jesus and the Saved – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Last Things: Jesus and the Saved December 19, 2012] 1. Pivot point: The cross. How were people saved before the cross? Or were they? Is the cross symbolic? If so, what does it symbolize? What does it mean? What is the reality behind the symbol? When in human history did God begin … [Click to read more …]

The Scapegoat and the Sanctuary
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There is a song I remember singing a hundred years ago, when I was a teenager. It went something like this, “I owed a debt I could not pay. He paid a debt He did not owe.” Beautiful song, but not exactly theologically correct if you want to get technical. And no, I do not … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Heavenly Sanctuary: Part 2
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The earthly sanctuary service revealed three phases of salvation: substitutionary sacrifice, priestly mediation, and judgment. The Bible teaches that all three phases of salvation are embodied in the ministry of Christ on behalf of sinners. Read Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:24-25; 2 Corinthians 5:21. How does Christ’s death on the cross satisfy the substitutionary aspect of salvation? What do these … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Heavenly Sanctuary: Part 1
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Fundamental Belief No. 24 opens with the following words: “There is a sanctuary in heaven – the true tabernacle which the Lord set up and not man” (see Heb. 8:2). One of the matter-of-fact assumptions of the Bible is the existence of a heavenly sanctuary (Ps. 11:4). Read Hebrews 8:1-5. What is the main point taught in these verses? … [Click to read more …]

For Such a Time as This (Part 2)
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[Read Part 1 here, if you have not read it.] And he swore an oath in the name of the one who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and everything in it, the earth and everything in it, and the sea and everything in it.  (Rev 10:6 NSRV)1 Who created the earth?  Who spoke … [Click to read more …]