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Path to the Throne of God

Path to the Throne of God

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Published by Andre Smith
Some once told me” There are no absolutes” and I simply asked “Are you absolutely sure?”
Some once told me” There are no absolutes” and I simply asked “Are you absolutely sure?”

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 The Path to the Throne of God
By Sarah Peck 
Special Thanks to Paul Nethercott for Scanning andAnne Thomson for editing this document
© Maranatha Media 2002
God's Three Books
. From the creation of the world to the present time, the one outstanding purpose of Heaven has been to make known to man the character and work of our Creator andRedeemer. To accomplish this, God has given three books to the human family:
, the book of creation, His word in nature;
, the sanctuary, His word visualized in an object lesson; and
, the Bib1e the written Word. The grand central theme of each of these books is the plan of salvation. To study any one of them with any other object in view than to understand God'scharacter and His plan for us is to miss His purpose entirely.
God's First Book, the Book of Creation.
The book of nature was given to man while he lived inthe Garden of Eden. Through the things that God had made, he was to learn of His omnipotent power, His infinite wisdom, His boundless love and goodness. Before sin marred God's plan, theselessons on His character were perfectly revealed in the beauty and fragrance of the flowers, thesinging of the birds, the gorgeous butterflies, the fruitful trees, the beautiful landscape, the clear,healthful air, the life-giving water, the happy contented beasts of the field, and above all in man,made in God's own perfect image. In earth and sea and sky God's character was manifest. 'On everyleaf of the forest or stone of the mountains, in every shining star, ... God's name was written.""God's glory in the heavens, the innumerable worlds in their orderly revolutions, 'the balancings of the clouds,' the mysteries of light and sound, of day and night, - all were open to the study of our first parents." PP 51. And all revealed the divine character of man's adorable Creator and hismarvelous Teacher.The book of nature is still a parable to teach us of heavenly realities, for "as the earth bringeth forthher bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God willcause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations." Isa. 61:11.After sin marred this fair world, nature everywhere revealed the presence and character of the evilone. "The atmosphere, once so mild and uniform in temperature, was now subject to markedchanges." PP 61. Satan had become "the prince of the power of the air" Eph. 2:2, and the terribleconflict between good and evil, between Christ and Satan, was on, This conflict is still on, and this book of nature plainly reveals in death and decay on every hand. To understand this conflict so thatwe shall line up on God's side is the real objective of true nature study. Unless in our study andteaching of nature, the work of Christ not only as Creator but as Redeemer, is made plain, it cannottruthfully be called
education, even though it be so labelled.When Adam and Eve witnessed signs of decay in drooping flower and falling leaf, we are told thatthey “mourned more deeply than men now mourn over their dead." PP 62. But they were not leftwithout hope. The book of nature still revealed the love and character of God. In His mercy He hasleft many of nature's beauties. While nature reveals the presence of the enemy, it also teaches thelesson of redemption. Although death and decay are everywhere manifest, the trees shed their leaves only to put forth new ones in the freshness of the springtime. The plants die only to rise againin fresh verdure at the appointed time. Even man himself as he lays down his life, looks forward tothe resurrection, when he shall come forth in immortal youth and glory. Each yearly rounddemonstrates the spring, summer, autumn, and winter of life, and the resurrection morning. And allshow God's gracious care and imperishable love toward all the works of His hand."The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood bythe things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse."Rom. 1:19, 20; 2:13-16; Ps. 19:1-3. In fact, so fully is the plan of redemption made known in the book of nature, that some will be saved who have never known any other book of God. "Among the
heathen are those who, .... though ignorant of the written law of God .... have heard His voicespeaking to them in nature, and have done the things that the law required.... and they arerecognized as the children of God." DA 638. Some have never known of the great Sacrifice madefor their salvation, and when they see the nail prints in the hands of Christ, they ask, “What arethose wounds in Thine hands?” Then He shall answer, “Those with which I was wounded in thehouse of My friends.” "My harlot's house." Zech. 13:6. See also PK 376,377.
The Sanctuary God's Second Book 
. For about 2500 years the book of creation was man's onlylesson book. During this time, he gradually failed to discern the spiritual lessons in nature, until atlast the Creator was lost sight of. Then he deified and worshipped the things of nature - the sun,moon, stars, water, earth, and even the animals that God had made for his use. He worshipped andserved the creature more than the Creator," and as a result, his "foolish heart was darkened." Rom.1:25,21.Then God called Abraham away from his idolatrous kindred, that through him and his seed Hemight reveal to the world His character and His divine purpose. As time went on, the descendants of Abraham were for generations held in Egyptian bondage, where they were fast losing sight of thecharacter of the true God, the Creator, and of the wondrous plan of salvation. Their manner of lifemade it difficult for them to grasp the grand truths of redeeming love. How were they to be prepared to fulfil Heaven's plan for them?The Master Teacher knew how. He would teach them through the most marvellous object lessonever conceived and ever used - the sanctuary. He who knew that nearly ninety percent of what weremember comes through the eyes and the hands, while only about ten percent comes through theears, emphasized the importance of clearly understanding His plan by appealing first to the ear ingiving the most minute and explicit directions for the construction of the sanctuary, next to the eye by showing Moses the pattern, and finally to the hand by instructing the people to unite in itsconstruction. In this masterpiece of true Christian education, this comprehensive textbook of visualeducation, God demonstrated in perfect detail all the various stages of the plan of redemption, notonly for the world as a whole, but for each individual for whom the Lamb of God has given His precious life.Every step of the way from the moment we enter the gate of the sanctuary and experience justification by accepting the offering made for our sins, typified in the court, through the lifelong process of sanctification, typified in the holy place, into the glory room, the most holy place, whereare typified the blotting out of all sin and the granting of life's reward - the entire work of Christ for our salvation is made clear and simple and beautiful and deeply impressive in the book of thesanctuary. It is indeed
The Path to the Throne of God 
. And, as in the book of nature each yearlyround represents the full span of life, so in His second book, the sanctuary, the complete plan of redemption was repeated in type every year.Like the book of nature, the book of the sanctuary is for all ages and for people in all walks of life. By means of this divinely planned object lesson, that which otherwise would be a complicatedstudy suited only to the learned, is made plain and simple even to a child.To the mature Christian student a knowledge of the sanctuary is of inestimable value, becauseit makes the entire plan of salvation visible in one magnificent view. Through this study he is ableto organize and classify his Bible knowledge so that he can see its parts in their proper order and perspective. Indeed, the sanctuary may be compared to a mammoth and limitless filing case, whereevery essential Bible doctrine has its own place into which it fits perfectly in God's great plan.When viewed in the light of the sanctuary, the Bible thus becomes a great system of truth, nota scrapbook of disconnected and unrelated fragments. When considered in its fullness, the sanctuary

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