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Intimacy Restored

on August 20, 2012

Intimacy Restored

Memory Verse : 1 Thessalonians 4:7

Life Application: God has called me to holiness.

 

When sin entered the garden, it stood between man and God. Man could no longer enjoy the intimacy that he once had with God. God still loved man, and  desired for the intimacy He once had with man to be restored. He was desperate for intimacy with us. He longed to fellowship and commune with man, but sin stood in the way. God is a holy God and sin cannot come into His holy presence. Those who approach God in worship must do so in righteousness.

1 Thessalonians 4:7  NKJV   

“For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.”

Psalm 24:3-4  NKJV   

‘Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,

Nor sworn deceitfully.”

     Adam and Eve could no longer experience the glory of the Lord, manifest presence of God, because of sin. The same is true today.

Jesus Christ, God’s own Son, left His place in glory to come to a sin filled world because of God’s great love for man. Jesus came to this world, led a sinless life, was rejected by men, beaten, crucified and died for man. Prior to the crucifixion, man did not have direct access to the manifest presence of God. Man was separated from the glory of the Lord by a thick veil.

Matthew 27:50-51 NKJV   

  “ And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

     At the moment of Jesus’ death, the veil between the holy place and the holy of holies was torn into. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we now have direct access to the very presence of God. The blood of Jesus Christ is our access to God. It’s up to each individual to use the access or to reject the access.

John 14:6  NKJV  

  “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

     The blood that Jesus shed was for man’s sin. His precious blood provides atonement for our sins. Through His blood we can be restored into right fellowship with God. Because of His sacrifice we can once again experience the intimacy with God that He desires to have with us.

Jesus Christ did not stay dead. He rose from the grave, is alive today, and is sitting at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us.

Hebrews 10:12  NKJV  

  “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.”

     One day the true believers will be in glory experiencing a special intimacy with and worshiping our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. But for now, God has provided a way that we can still enjoy a portion of the intimacy and fellowship that we were created to have with Him.

God sent His Holy Spirit to teach us, strengthen us, comfort us, guide us, direct us, to pray through us and to help us draw closer to Him. God sent His Holy Spirit to help us worship Him. When we allow the Holy Spirit, He will worship God through us. We can experience the glory of the Lord, the manifest presence of God, right here on earth, if we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and worship through us.

Wherever desperate people are, there God will be in the mist of them. If you are desperate for a greater intimacy with God, reach out to God and begin to worship Him. God will draw close to you, if you draw close to Him.

Hebrews 10:19-22  NKJV   

  “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

James 4:8  NKJV   

  “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…”

Review Questions

1. When sin entered the garden what did it cause?

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2. What stands in the way of man from having intimacy with God?

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3. God desires for what to be restored with us?

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4. What can not come into the presence of God?

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5. Those who desire to approach God in worship must do so in what?

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6. According to 1 Thessalonians 4:7 what did God call us to?

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What does that mean to you personally?

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7. Psalm 24:3-4 states, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.”

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These verses speak of a special intimacy with God, both now and in the future. Does God really mean that if we want to enter into His presence that we must have clean hands and a pure heart?

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8. How does your life, both publicly and privately line up with Psalm 24:3-4?

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9. Why couldn’t Adam and Eve experience the glory of the Lord, manifest presence of God, anymore?

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10. According to Romans 3:23 all have sinned and fall short of what?

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11. Jesus Christ left His place in glory to come to earth because of God’s great what for man?

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12. Prior to the crucifixion man did not have direct access to what?

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13. What was torn into at the moment of Jesus’ death?

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14. What gave us direct access to God?

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15. According to John 14:6 Jesus is what?

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What does that mean?

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16. Jesus’ blood provides atonement for our sins. What does atonement mean?

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17. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice we can once again experience what with God?

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18. When the true believers go to heaven they will be doing what?

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19. God has provided a way that we can  enjoy a portion of the intimacy and fellowship that we were created to have with Him. What is that way?

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20. When we allow the Holy Spirit He will do what through us?

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21. God is in the midst of what kind of people?

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22. If you are desperate for a greater intimacy with God what should you do?

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23. What does holiness mean to you?

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