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Informed or Transformed?
Sometimes I feel like Nicodemus, the powerful and influential Jewish leader
who secretly came to see Jesus at night. I don't feel like this man because I'm
powerful or influential—I'm neither of these! But, like Nicodemus, I do often
look for the least conspicuous and easiest way to follow Jesus. And like this sin-
cere yet misguided man, I also often fall into the trap of approaching Jesus and
the Bible so that I can merely gain more knowledge, give a better sermon, or
write a more convincing book. I recently read this very challenging statement
from the book The Desire of Ages: "It is not theoretical knowledge you need so
much as spiritual regeneration. You need not to have your curiosity satisfied, but
to have a new heart" (p. 171). Wow! Talk about a wake up call. This caused me to
ask myself: Am I seeking God for information, or for transformation?
Whether you have been a Christian your entire life, or just recently gave your
life to Christ, one need stands out above all else, and that is the need to be trans-
formed into the image and character of God. This is why Jesus told Nicodemus,
"You must be born again" (John 3:7). Nicodemus' name literally means "victori-
ous among his people," and Jesus was revealing to him the path to true spiritual
victory. Another statement in The Desire of Ages puts it this way: "No human
invention can find a remedy for the sinning soul…There is no safety for one
who has merely a legal religion, a form of godliness. The Christian's life is not a
modification or improvement of the old, but a transformation of nature. There
is a death to self and sin, and a new life altogether. This change can be brought
about only by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit" (p. 172).
In this issue of PATHWAYS we will take a close look at the new birth experi-
ence, and discover its connection with the sanctuary's three curtains and the
Most Holy Place. But don't let this be simply information. Let God use these
powerful truths to transform you!
This article is based on Lesson 4 of the study guide series The Shadow of His
Wings. See Page 4 for more information.

The Shadow of His Wings Study Guides and Video Series | 4
The New Birth and the Sanctuary's Three Curtains | 6
Recipe: Flax Date Bars | 13
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rist's righteousness for you! 5

Tim Rumsey

L ynlee Boemer was

born twice. Liter-
ally. When she was just 23
via Cesarean section. As
amazing as Lynlee's sec-
ond birth was, however, the
weeks old in her mother’s Bible reveals an even more
womb, doctors discovered incredible miracle that God
that she had sacrococcy- says we must experience in
geal teratoma, a large tu- order to have eternal life.
mor growing near her tailbone.
Born Again
While many babies have been safely
One dark night, Jesus explained
born with this rare condition, Lyn-
the necessity of the new birth to
lee’s tumor quickly became nearly
as large as her tiny body, leading
Nicodemus, one of Israel's most re-
doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital spected leaders. Jesus said, "Verily,
to attempt a difficult and danger- verily, I say unto thee, Except a man
ous surgery. After opening up her be born again, he cannot see the
mother’s uterus, surgeons removed kingdom of God…Except a man
Lynlee, opened the amniotic sack, be born of water and of the Spirit,
and removed the tumor. About 20 he cannot enter into the kingdom
minutes after her “first birth,” Lyn- of God" (John 3:3,5).
lee was returned to the womb and Christ's statement undoubt-
her mom’s uterus was sewn back to- edly shocked Nicodemus. After all,
gether. Twelve weeks later, on June 6, he had been educated by Israel's
2016, Lynlee Hope was born again brightest teachers, he held a posi-
tion of honor and influence, and when speaking with Nicodemus,
he was wealthy. Nicodemus him- and so we must read them care-
self was a respected Pharisee and fully. In John 3:3 Jesus explained,
religious leader. In spite of all this, "Except a man be born again, he
however, he came to see Jesus "by cannot see the kingdom of God."
night" (John 3:2), and his refusal Moments later, Jesus repeated His
to openly come to the Savior re- statement, but with a slight change
vealed the true condition of this of words. "Except a man be born
Pharisee's heart. Later in their con- of water and of the Spirit, he can-
versation, Jesus said, "This is the not enter into the kingdom of
condemnation [or judgment], that God" (John 3:5). We are about to
light is come into the world, and discover that these two similar-
men loved darkness rather than sounding statements together re-
light, because their deeds were evil" veal the complete process of sal-
(John 3:19). In his “natural birth” vation revealed in the sanctuary.
state, Nicodemus preferred and felt Christ's simple explanation of the
more comfortable spiritually in the gospel shows the way home that
darkness. But, like a baby leaving every sinner must travel from the
the darkness of the womb, Nicode- darkness of sin into the presence of
mus needed to be “born again” and God. But to understand where this
start living spiritually in the light. path leads, we must first remember
Jesus revealed to this timid yet where God intended humanity's
honest-hearted seeker the single spiritual home to be.
most important experience that
any person can have—the experi- Out of Eden
ence of the new birth. The physical At creation, "God planted a gar-
birth of a baby is a very real experi- den eastward in Eden; and there he
ence, and cannot, of course, be ob- put the man whom he had formed"
tained vicariously. In the same way, (Genesis 2:8). Humanity's original
spiritual rebirth must be experi- home, physically and spiritually,
enced personally, for it is the com- was in the Garden of Eden. This
plete and total transformation of amazing natural paradise was to be
the "old man, which is corrupt ac- their home for as long as they re-
cording to the deceitful lusts," into mained lovingly obedient to Him.
the "new man, which after God is The Bible reveals a number of in-
created in righteousness and true teresting details about Eden's design
holiness" (Ephesians 4:24). and structure, and when these details
Jesus chose His words carefully are compared with the sanctuary's
Most Holy Place (MHP), it becomes and ate from the Tree of the Knowl-
clear that God intended these two edge of Good and Evil, they were no
places to represent the same thing: longer permitted to dwell in Eden.
• Eden had a gate that faced east- The Bible says that God "drove out
ward (Genesis 2:8; 3:24), and the man; and he placed at the east
the MHP had one curtain on of the garden of Eden Cherubims,
the east side. and a flaming sword which turned
• Two trees stood in the middle every way, to keep the way of the
of Eden (Genesis 2:9), and two tree of life" (Genesis 3:24). When
cherubim were placed in the Adam and Eve left Eden, they de-
center of the MHP (Exodus parted through the gate on the east
25:19,20). side of the garden. This, of course,
was also the only direction to exit
• In Eden the divine law was
the sanctuary's Most Holy Place,
given in connection with the
through the curtain leading from
two trees (Genesis 2:17), just as
God's direct presence into the holy
the Ten Commandments were
place. Spiritually speaking, then, to
placed between the two cheru-
head "east" is to leave God's pres-
bim inside the ark of the cov-
ence, and to go "west" is to come
enant (Exodus 25:21).
into His presence.3
• In Eden, Adam and Eve "were
Humanity's eastward migration
visited by angels, and were
continued as sin strengthened its
granted communion with their
hold on the lost race. When Cain re-
Maker, with no obscuring veil
fused to repent for the murder of his
between."1 In the MHP, God's
brother Abel, God sent him east to-
presence was revealed above
ward the land of Nod. Like his par-
the mercy seat between the two ents, Cain found his sin leading him
cherubim (Exodus 25:22). eastward, farther and farther from
The Garden of Eden and the sanc- the Garden of Eden, earth’s minia-
tuary's Most Holy Place both repre- ture representation of heaven’s Most
sented humanity's spiritual home, Holy Place. And humanity’s migra-
and that home was next to God's tion eastward has not stopped. Af-
throne. Like the Most Holy Place, ter the flood, rebellious descendants
"Eden...was heaven in miniature."2 of Noah again travelled east to the
God's intent was that Adam and Eve, land of Shinar and began building
and every human being, live in His the tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-
presence. 4). Like a snowball gathering speed
When Adam and Eve sinned as it rolls downhill, sin has led the
human family spiritually eastward "Which hope we have as an anchor
with a momentum that cannot be of the soul, both sure and stedfast,
stopped. Victims of the power of and which entereth into that with-
sin, we wandered out of Eden, out in the vail; Whither the forerunner
of the Most Holy Place, until we are is for us entered, even Jesus, made
lost in the darkness, until we can a high priest for ever after the order
no longer even see the kingdom of of Melchisedec" (Hebrews 6:19,20).
God. As the prophet Isaiah wrote in
As God’s power leads us back
Isaiah 59:10,
to Him, we simply follow Jesus
We grope for the wall like
Christ, the “Forerunner” leading
the blind, and we grope as if
we had no eyes: we stumble at the way “within the veil.” Only one
noonday as in the night; we are path led through the sanctuary
in desolate places as dead men. into the Most Holy Place, and that
The Way Home was through three curtains repre-
Left to ourselves and our own senting three steps in the miracle
sinful hearts, we, like Nicodemus, of the new birth.

Like a snowball gathering speed as it rolls downhill,

sin has led the human family spiritually eastward
with a momentum that cannot be stopped.
will inevitably choose the darkness The First Curtain
as we slide ever further from God. Jesus explained the first step in
No wonder Jesus said, "Except ye the new birth experience this way:
repent, ye shall all likewise per- "Except a man be born again, he
ish" (Luke 13:3). To repent literally cannot see the kingdom of God"
means "to think differently"4 and (John 3:3, emphasis added). Notice
"involves a turning with contrition Christ's words carefully. The first
from sin to God."5 In other words, step of the new birth experience re-
repentance is the act of turning sults in seeing the kingdom of God.
around and heading back west- What does this mean?
ward, toward Eden, toward the Imagine that you are a guilty
Most Holy Place, toward God. sinner in the camp of Israel and that
The Bible leaves no doubt as you are approaching the sanctuary
to where God wants to bring us with your sacrificial animal. Hidden
through faith in Jesus Christ: behind the white linen curtain sur-
rounding the courtyard sits the tab- believeth not is condemned already,
ernacle containing the Holy Place because he hath not believed in the
and Most Holy Place. Even though name of the only begotten Son of
this tent stands taller than the outer God” (John 3:18). The tabernacle
curtain, by the time you are stand- came fully into view only after going
ing just outside of the east-facing through the outer gate and passing
gate, you cannot see it at all because the altar of burnt offering. Similarly,
the curtain is obstructing your view. the kingdom of God remains a hid-
At this point, you must pass through den mystery until we accept God's
the first curtain before you can see gift of life through Jesus Christ. This
the tabernacle. When you do pass is why Jesus first told Nicodemus,
through this curtain, you find your- “Except a man be born again, he
self standing directly in front of the cannot see the kingdom of God.”
altar of burnt offering. The Second Curtain
This altar represented the sacrifi- The journey of salvation does
cial death of Jesus Christ, the "Lamb not end with a mere acknowledg-
of God" (John 1:29), and it lay di- ment of Christ's sacrificial death,
rectly behind the sanctuary's first, however. We must respond to the
eastern-most gate or curtain. God’s incredible love of God, and that
first work in the miracle of salva- response is revealed in the second
tion is to lead us to accept the sac- step of the new birth experience. Je-
rificial death of Jesus Christ on our sus explained this second step this
behalf. Everything hinges on this. way: "Except a man be born of wa-
As Jesus said, “He that believeth on ter…he cannot enter into the king-
him is not condemned: but he that dom of God" (John 3:5). Again, no-

The Sanctuary's Three Curtains

3 2 1
Table of Shewbread
Altar of

Ark of the Laver Altar of Burnt

Candlestick Offering

The Most The Holy Place

Holy Place

tice Christ's words carefully. While also will I give you, and a new
the first step of the new birth results spirit will I put within you: and
I will take away the stony heart
in seeing the kingdom of God, in the
out of your flesh, and I will give
second step we are invited to enter you a heart of flesh" (Ezekiel
that kingdom through water. How 36:25,26).
do we do this?
The Third Curtain
Immediately in front of the
Jesus explained the final step
second curtain, or gate, stood the
in the new birth experience this
basin of water. Every priest who en-
way: "Except a man be born of…
tered the tabernacle was required
the Spirit, he cannot enter into the
to wash first,6 and this symbolized
kingdom of God" (John 3:5, empha-
the spiritual cleansing represented
sis added). Immediately in front of
by baptism (Romans 6:3-5). This
the third curtain and the Most Holy
is why Jesus next told Nicodemus
Place stood the altar of incense,
that he must “be born of water” in
from which smoke rose and wafted
order to enter the kingdom of God.
over the curtain into the Most Holy
Many Christians believe that an ex-
Place. This smoke represented the
pression of accepting Christ is suf-
Holy Spirit and His power to carry
ficient for salvation, and even mark
the believer all the way into the very
the date on their calendars when
presence of God, for "There is now
this occurred as the day that they
no condemnation to them which
were saved. But Jesus said, "He that
are in Christ Jesus who walk not
believeth and is baptized shall be
after the flesh, but after the Spirit"
saved" (Mark 16:16). There is noth-
(Romans 8:1).
ing magical about immersion in
In the Most Holy Place comes
water, of course, but Christ's point
victory over sin, for it was here that
is clear: the new birth experience
the High Priest sprinkled blood on
is just that, an experience, and if it
the mercy seat every year on the
stops at a verbal or mental assent to
Day of Atonement. "For on that day
truth, we will in the end be lost. We
shall the priest make an atonement
must pass through the second cur-
for you," declared God, "to cleanse
tain and allow God to begin wash-
you, that ye may be clean from all
ing sin away from our lives.
your sins before the Lord" (Leviti-
"Then will I sprinkle clean
cus 16:30). The lesson for us is as-
water upon you, and ye shall
be clean: from all your filthi- tounding—through faith in Christ
ness, and from all your idols, and through the power of the Holy
will I cleanse you. A new heart Spirit, every Christian may experi-
ence victory over sin and tempta- faith the soul surrenders itself to
tion! Christ has promised that He God. Then that power which no
will give this victory to those who human eye can see creates a new
being in the image of God.7
follow Him by faith through the
third curtain into the Most Holy Like little baby Lynlee, you can
Place. "Christ also loved the church, be born a second time, without
and gave himself for it; That he the tumor of sin coiled around
might sanctify and cleanse it with your life. But unlike Lynlee, whose
the washing of water by the word, miracle birth and life will never-
That he might present it to himself a theless end some day in death, you
glorious church, not having spot, or can have eternal life through Je-
wrinkle, or any such thing; but that sus Christ! "For God so loved the
it should be holy and without blem- world, that he gave his only begot-
ish" (Ephesians 5:25-27). ten Son, that whosoever believeth
Perhaps this seems impossi- in him should not perish, but have
ble in your life. Left to yourself, it everlasting life" (John 3:16).
would be. However, God sent Jesus
to "save his people from their sins" 1 Ellen White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 50.
(Matthew 1:21), and "his people" 2 Ellen White, Review and Herald (Febru-
ary 24, 1874), par. 8.
includes you if you have claimed
3 Other Bible passages that illustrate this
Him as your Savior and Lord, and principle include Ezekiel 8:16, where the
have allowed Him to perform the prophet sees 25 apostate men facing the
rising sun with their backs toward the
miracle of the new birth in your temple and the MHP; Revelation 7:2,
life. where an angel comes from the east and
heads westward with the seal of God; and
When the Spirit of God takes Revelation 16:12, where "the kings of the
possession of the heart, it trans- east" are gathered to fight against God.
forms the life. Sinful thoughts 4 "Repent," Strong's Exhaustive Concor-
dance of the Bible.
are put away, evil deeds are re-
nounced; love, humility, and 5 F. F. Bruce. The Acts of the Apostles [Greek
Text Commentary], London: Tyndale,
peace take the place of anger, 1952, p. 97.
envy, and strife. Joy takes the 6 In the Old Testament, only priests were
place of sadness, and the counte- allowed to enter the tabernacle (Hebrews
nance reflects the light of heaven. 9:6). However, under the New Covenant
all Christians have the privilege as mem-
No one sees the hand that lifts bers of "a royal priesthood" (1 Peter 2:9)
the burden, or beholds the light to approach God's throne through faith
descend from the courts above. in Christ (4:14-16).
The blessing comes when by 7 Ellen White, The Desire of Ages, p. 173.

This article is based on Lesson 4 of the study guide series The Shadow of His
Wings. See Page 4 for more information.
Flax Date Bars
Prep: 10 mins | Yield: 16 squares
This yummy "energy" bar is loaded with omega-3's
for a healthy body and a healthy mind.

1 1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
1/3 cup flax meal (finely ground flax seed - see note)
1 cup raw almonds
1/8 teaspoon salt, scant
3 1/4 cup pitted dates (see note)
1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring, scant
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, scant
1 1/3 cup Maple Nut Granola
1. Place coconut, flax, almonds, and salt in food processor and process until
finely chopped. (This takes about 30 seconds in my food processor.)
2. Add dates, and almond and vanilla flavor, and process until dates are
finely chopped. Mixture will begin to stick together. (This takes about 30
seconds in my food processor.).
3. Add granola, and process until all ingredients are well mixed and granola
is chopped. (This takes about 1 minute in my food processor.).
4. Press mixture into an 8-inch x 8-inch pan. Cut into squares.
1. The exact amount of dates needed depends on the type of dates you use.
After step 2, test mixture. It should stick together when squeezed in between
2. Be sure ingredients are finely chopped in step one or the bars will not stick
3. This recipe requires a large (12- to 14-cup) food processor. If your food
processor is smaller, divide recipe in half and press into a loaf pan instead of
an 8-inch pan.
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