The High White Linen Wall Page Two

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The Hebrew Sanctuary by Ty Gybson, Laymen Ministry News Summer-Fall 1994, page 14.

The High White Linen Wall with its one door of entrance:-

"There is none righteous, no not one. . . . All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:10, 23). Through transgression of God's holy law, man has lost the righteousness of his creator and has ceased to reveal the divine image in character and life. He has thus separated himself from God and become a sinner. "Your iniquities have separated you from your God." (Isaiah 59:2). Fallen man is "without Christ. . . having no hope, and without God in the world." (Ephesians 2:12). It is this stark reality that the high white wall was to teach, for it separated the children of Israel from the presence of God which dwelt in the temple. Having come to this realization, and acknowledging his fallen state and sensing his need of a Saviour, the sinner is thus prepared to discover his only door of hope. This door is Christ.

On the east side of the high white enclosure, there was placed one gate of entrance, symbolizing the Lord Jesus Christ as the only door of access into favor and relationship with God. He said of Himself, "I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved." (John 10:9). The fact that this door of mercy has been provided persuades us of God's Love. Realizing His goodness, we are led to repentance. Through an acknowledgment of our unrighteous condition, and an acceptance of Christ as the one and only Saviour of the world, we may take the first step in the path of redemption. This humble yielded state of mind is called repentance, and involves a complete surrender to Jesus and a sincere turning away from sin. The person who has thus taken this step no longer willfully or knowingly hurts his fellow man or violates the principles of God's law. He has chosen to love the Lord with all his heart and to do to others as he would have them do to him. This is true repentance, the first step to be taken in returning to God.

Also visit the "Colors of the Sanctuary" page for the symbolism of "white."—(bottom of page)