The Unity of the Sanctuary

We worship in heaven, following after our High Priest who has entered the Holy of Holies first as our Forerunner.  We who worship in heaven are all of one, children of the same Father, and therefore we are eternally unified in a way no disagreement can sever.  Because this is true, we should give careful attention to making our worship fitting for the heavenly context in which we find ourselves.

This means that we should strive to learn about heavenly worship and imitate it.  We should devote ourselves to discovering what God wants to receive so that we can give it to Him, skillfully and unreservedly.  And we should go into His presence unified with our fellow believers.

We will achieve none of these aims perfectly.  This is sanctification, and sanctification is a process in which we grow day by day.   The charge before us is this:

  • Pursue fitting worship that God desires at whatever imperfect level of maturity your present growth allows
  • Be confident that our Father will accept your worship because He has accepted Christ your High Priest as your forerunner, and you come following Him
  • Pursue peace with all your fellow worshippers at whatever imperfect level you are able to achieve
  • Again, be confident that the Father will accept your efforts because He has accepted Christ

When we all raise our voices in praise in our respective churches on Sunday morning, we are also in heaven, worshipping together, led by our High Priest, who always lives to make intercession for us.  There, we are unified — one people of God worshipping before His one throne.  There, we are holy.  May our godly worship there overflow into our lives here, that our Father’s will may be done on earth as it is in heaven.  For His is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

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