The Most Holy Place As a Symbol for Christ
January 28, 2015
“The Holy Spirit was making it clear that the way into the most holy place had not yet been disclosed while the first tabernacle was still standing. This is a symbol for the present time, during which gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the worshiper’s conscience.” (Hebrews 9:8–9, HCSB)
The holy place represents the Old Testament system. As the priests would go in and out everyday, they represent the people who had to make sacrifices all the time for their sin.
The most holy place presents the New Testament system. The high priest (who symbolizes Jesus Christ) comes in once a year. Just as Jesus came once to pay for entire sin, the high priest goes into the most holy place once to take the sacrifice.
The Holy Spirit was teaching the Old Testament saints that the most holy place was “hidden” to those who were in the first tabernacle. It was something to look forward to. There would be a high priest who would pay for all of the sins in one time.
My gifts and sacrifices cannot perfect my conscience. Only the work of Christ can clear my conscience of sin. My gifts and sacrifices can only reveal my love for Christ. They were never meant to appease me of sinful nature.