In the O.T the tabernacle of God was literally referring to a picture of man. The tabernacle had three parts, just like we are made of three parts: BODY, SOUL, AND SPIRIT.
Likewise: The tabernacle of God
1) had an outer court that was visible (Just like our human Body)
2) and it had two hidden parts called (a) The holy place (b) And the most holy place (similar to our soul and spirit which are hidden)
Between the holy place and the most holy place there was a thick veil or curtain made up of 10 different thick curtains joined together separating the two areas, indicating that nobody could enter into the most holy place, into God’s presence.
Here is something we need to understand. God did not dwell in the outer court! God did not dwell in the holy place but He dwelled in the most holy place. The place where nobody could enter. The Shekinah glory of God only manifested in the most holy place. It was sin that separated mankind from a relationship with God. God hated sin so much that we were not allowed into His holy presence in the O.T.
But when Jesus died on the cross the veil in the temple that covered the most holy place was torn into two. Making a way for us to enter into the most holy place and once again through the blood of Jesus. That fellowship and communion that was lost in the old was restored once and for all in the new dispensation. Because of that one sacrifice that cancelled sin and that paid it all on the cross for you and me. The spirit that was dead because of sin became born again in us to reconnect us back to God in fellowship with Him once again. Thus we can worship God in spirit and in truth now.
You need to understand our human body how we are created. Man is body soul and spirit. People worshiping in the O.T were only confined to the body for example 1) they were clapping hands, 2) they were praising with their voices that is body, 3) they were worshiping with their soul- that is with mind, emotions and feelings.
It all sounded very great in the eyes of the crowd but there is another most important part that touches God’s heart that was missing and that is our born-again Spirit (the heart of worship). Unfortunately they couldn’t worship in Spirit because spiritually they were not connected with God. Spiritually they were not alive with God because the Bible says that sin separated man from God. They were dead in their TRESSPASSES.
Therefore, Worship is an issue of the heart. Worship is touching the heartbeat of God. It’s worshiping in the spirit not just with empty words and mind and emotions and feelings, It’s worshiping in the Spirit. And that is giving God His rightful place. In this new covenant:
Your spirit is the highest form of your personality that is God-conscious (that is receptive to God) and that ONLY THIS PART OF YOUR PERSONALITY CAN BE UNITED WITH GOD.
Your spirit is the only part of your personality that can connect to God, not your soul and not your body. Paul says in 1 Cor.6:17: He that is joined to The Lord is one spirit with Him. The spirit deals with the soul and the soul deals with the body.
To get your whole personality in tune with God and responding to God, we need the spirit in us to work with the soul and the soul in turn to work with the body. So in order to worship God, the spirit needs the cooperation of the soul and the body to worship God.
When you are able to worship God like this you touch the heartbeat of God. That is the heart of worship. Unfortunately a lot of us are deceived and misled in this area of worship and thus we are actually not connecting to God in worship. One of the devil’s tools is to distort the truth. The devil wants to keep you from knowing this truth.
But Jesus said in John 8:32: You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. When you understand the truth correctly about Worship, you are going to see God in a new way. You are going to see God in new dimension. Your spiritual eye and ears are going to be opened. It’s going to blow your mind off!
Note: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is an ordained & licensed minister of Covenant Ministries International N.J. USA. He is a mission minded pastor who carries an apostolic anointing who preaches and teaches an uncompromising gospel with boldness. A member of ECCM (Malaysia) Spiritual Adviser & overseer to various ministries and churches. An itinerant speaker. He is also the author of a book entitled, ‘God’s Time Clock.’ Currently he worships at C3 Subang.
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