The Powerhouse of God—Part One

“Come with me to a place full of life, strength, and hope!”

by Betsy Mayer

You started because your friends were doing it. You always thought you were in control, until years later, when your brother challenged you to prove it by quitting. And you said, “Easy!” He must have known you better than you knew yourself.

Have you ever faced something in your life that was stronger than you—something you were powerless to resist?

Would it surprise you to know that God does not condemn you for being weak? In His Word, he describes our human condition from birth—weak in the flesh—as objectively as a scientist would describe the power of gravity. See Romans 8:3. You should not feel guilty for being weak any more than you should for landing back on the floor when you jump up.

What God cannot overlook, however, is our choosing to stay weak when He has provided supernatural power to overcome our sinful behavior. See Romans 8:11–15. Imagine a Duracell battery that could be inserted inside of you to overcome the law of gravity. This is what the power of God is like. The Bible teaches that this power is found in the one who is God and Man, who came in the likeness of our flesh. In this flesh He lived a life of perfect conformity to His Father’s will. After His Death, He was resurrected and returned to Heaven to begin a special ministry in our behalf. In receiving His life, we receive His supernatural POWER to live holy lives. “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God.” John 1:12.

How do we receive this power? It comes through God’s powerhouse, the heavenly sanctuary.* If you are really serious about receiving power to live a positive, guilt-free life, an understanding of Christ’s work in the heavenly sanctuary is essential. Stephen Haskell writes in his famous book, The Cross and Its Shadow, “The heavenly sanctuary is the great powerhouse of Jehovah, whence all the help necessary to overcome every temptation of Satan is sent to each one who is connected with it by faith.”

The House that God Built

Didn’t Christ’s death on the cross do away with the sanctuary and its services? The function of the earthly sanctuary met its fulfillment when the Lamb of God died on the cross. Yet in vision, the apostle John saw his resurrected Lord standing as our great High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary among the seven golden candlesticks. Revelation 1:12, 13.

The apostle Paul reminded the Hebrew Christians that Jesus was ministering as their High Priest in “the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.” Hebrews 8:2. The heavenly sanctuary is God’s house, built by Him, and it is as real as Heaven’s streets of gold and the sea of glass.

How do we get connected to God’s powerhouse, the heavenly sanctuary? By connecting with Jesus, the High Priest, who ministers for us before God’s throne. Jesus is the key to unlock the treasures of this great powerhouse. Without Him, the sanctuary is only a meaningless round of ceremonies. With Him, every detail is a new facet of His character; every ceremony, another picture into His great plan of redemption for us.

“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh; and having an High Priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith….” Hebrews 10:19–22.

The Only Way In

Directly in front of the earthly sanctuary stood the altar of burnt offering. No entrance could be made into the sanctuary without first offering a sacrifice. Likewise, there is only one way to enter God’s heavenly powerhouse, and that is through faith in the sacrifice of Christ. “We [are] reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:10.

Satan wants us to see God as a vindictive deity who must be appeased through sacrifice. This pagan view of Christ’s death has misrepresented our heavenly Father. Jesus explained His Father this way: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

Our sins separate us from God and we sinners can do nothing to bridge this great gulf between Earth and Heaven. In His mercy, God took the responsibility to reunite Earth and Heaven, and provided the Lamb of God. Only the spotless Son of God, being both God and Man, could pay the penalty for our sins.

In the earthly sanctuary service, each sinner brought his own sacrifice to the altar of burnt offering, confessed his sin over its head, and then killed it with his own hand to acknowledge his personal accountability for sin. Today, although we do not bring sacrifices to an altar, we must personally confess our sins and claim Christ’s blood to pardon and cleanse us. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.

(To Be Continued…)

Taken from Last Generation, Vol. 23, No. 5. Last Generation is a vibrant 32-page soul-winning magazine published six times a year. To subscribe, call (540) 672-1996, Ext. 283.

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