The Sanctuary of God
Chapter 5 - Worship in the House of God
Ephes. 1:4-10, 12, 18-19.
Coming back to the book of Exodus we remind ourselves that the
tabernacle was intended to set forth the glories of Christ. Moses
received the pattern, and others were endued with the Holy Spirit to
perform the work. All that went to make the tabernacle was to show
the many-sided glories of Christ:
|Righteousness issuing from
judgment, the righteousness of Christ.
|Redemption unto God.
|The glory of God.
|The witness of the Holy Spirit.
|The worthiness of the Lord Jesus as the
ground of communion with God.
|The preciousness of the Lord Jesus to the
That is enough to convey the truth that this tabernacle was intended
to set forth the glories and excellencies of the Lord Jesus. It is
that which the Church, the habitation of God, is intended to be;
that which sets forth the glories and values of Christ. There is an
end in view, "that we should be unto the praise of His glory"; that
the glories of God being manifested in us, in the Sanctuary, in the
Church, should bring forth praise to Him.
Worship is praise for His grace and praise for His glory in Jesus
Christ - grace leading to glory. Firstly it is grace that makes us a
habitation of God, because it provides the necessary conditions for
God's presence. Then it is God's work, through grace, to conform us
to the image of His Son, that eventually we shall be to the praise
of His glory. That is the full development of the purposes of grace.
Ephesians 1 shows us what God is after, and how He starts where
believers are concerned, and what the end is to be - the praise of
Ephesians 6 brings us into touch with the forces that are opposed.
That which lies between chapter 1 and chapter 6 is all that by which
God's end is reached and Satan's object is defeated. There is Divine
order in the Body and in the House. Upset the Divine order and the
Divine glory disappears. In the order there is God's glory; in the
disorder there is God's dishonour. A living expression of
God's thought in the Church is an object of terrible antagonism on
the part of the enemy.
Supremely the House of God is characterised by worship. God has
brought it into being for that purpose. When you come into the realm
of the living Church you come into the living reality of the
powers of evil because of worship. Worship is not a form of words,
or attitude of body or mind, nor just the singing of hymns. It is
such a dwelling in the excellencies of the Lord Jesus by the Holy
Spirit that God is being glorified. It is firstly the heart
expression of the appreciation of the grace of God in Jesus Christ.