Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
December 5 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 43-44
Food for Thought: Ez. 44:9, 16, 23, 28
The Lord was very particular about who should enter His sanctuary to minister and serve there, and He still is today. Not just anyone can go into His presence, and those entering cannot do it just anyway they think fit. It must be done His divine way, fulfilling His requirements.
First, those entering must not be foreigners. This is not referring to people from another land or of a different color of skin, for the Word says that now that is neither Jew nor Greek (Col. 3:9-12); rather, foreigner now refers to those who the Bible calls “the old man” who have not put on the “new man” by receiving Jesus Christ, and those who serve other gods. Only those born again of the Spirit may enter (John 3:5).
Also, the purpose of those entering must be to minister and serve the Lord, not themselves (See Rom. 16:18; Phil. 3:19). Their sole purpose in life must revolve around and derive from Him (Gal. 2:20; Acts 17:28). In addition, they must be dressed in a certain way. They may only enter dressed in fine linen, representing His righteousness and not their own. They must not be clothed in anyway that would cause them to sweat. Their “righteousness” earned by their own efforts and works will not be permitted in His presence, for it is as filthy rags (IS. 64:6). The kind of righteousness that the Lord brings us is light and produces peace and rest (Mat. 11:30; Is. 54:14), and that is what pleases Him.
The lives of those who enter are a testimony which reveals a great distinction between light and darkness, the holy and the unholy. And they gladly teach His people the difference. (See Rom. 6:13.)
Gratefully, this life of the “new man” is not one without recompense, and it is one that the Lord provides for in abundance. Unlike the first Adam, no longer will the burden of striving to survive be on this new man. The Lord is their inheritance and He has a great future in store. His supply is limitless, and those entering as a new man can rely on it (Phil. 4:19).
This ministry for all those who have entered the faith and received His righteousness is glorious. Second Corinthians 3:9 says, “For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.” So we gladly enter, qualified by what the Lord Jesus has done for us, ready and willing to serve. It is, indeed, glorious!
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