In our Saturday Bible Study at The Blue Point Bible Church (www.bluepointbiblechurch.org) we have been studying through Alan Bondar’s book, The Journey Between the Veils. Alan’s insights are very beneficial to gaining a Scriptural perspective of many things, especially Christ’s incarnational work and the temple typology regarding Paradise and Heaven.
In our study we have completed up to Chapter Six: The Hill to Heaven. These are some of the notes, as promised, from that study.
“He took the one way 40-cubit journey and permanently opened the way for us to get to God…Christ ascended the hill to heaven once and for all after 40 days (His ascension) and would come again, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who eagerly awaited Him (cf. Hebrews 9:28)”. – Alan Bondar
In Hebrews 8:4-5 we read, “Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer gifts according to the Law, who serve a copy and a shadow of the heavely things, just as Moses was warned by God was he was to erect the tabernacle; for “See,” He says, “that you make all things according to the pattern which was shown to you on the mountain”.
It was necessary that Christ complete this journey to consummate the wedding banquet.
In Psalm 24:1-10 we read, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, in the world, and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face—even Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates, and lift them up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory.”
“Only the King of Glory may come in. Only the King of Glory may ascend into the hill of the Lord. Who is the King of Glory? It is none other than Jesus. But it is no coincidence that Jesus waits 40 days before ascending through the second veil into heaven through the glory cloud. It was a 40 cubit journey…Luke’s account of the steps of Jesus will take us on that journey in consecutive order beginning not inside the first veil, but outside the first veil.” – Alan Bondar
TEMPLE TYPOLOGY/ CHRIST’S WORK
Luke 23:44-49 – “…the veil of the Temple was torn into two…”
Luke 24:25-28, 29-35 – “…was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and with all the Prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures…They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of bread”. (cf. John 6:31-35; Matthew 12:1-8)
Luke 24:44-47 – “…Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem”. (cf. Isaiah 46:6; John 8:12, 20; Revelation 21:22-24; Acts 26:22-23; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Exodus 25:31-39)
Luke 24:48-51 – “…the promise of my Father…He lifted His hands and blessed them. While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven”. (cf. Leviticus 9:22-24)
“The reason Jesus came in the flesh was to remove the veils for us so that we don’t have to die as we pass through them…Instead, because Christ passed through the veils for us, the glory of God can dwell in us”. – Alan Bondar
We have surely moved from hoping to having. Live in the fullness of His faithfulness today.
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