Understanding The Bible
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W. W. Rugh,
Bible Institute of Philadelphia
40 Page Printed Devotional Guide
1st Edition 1912
Exodus 26:31-35. The Veil was a hanging of blue, purple,
scarlet, and fine twined linen, with the figures of the Cherubim embroidered
upon it. It hung upon four pillars of shittim wood, which were overlaid with
gold, and rested upon four sockets of silver. It separated the Most Holy Place
from the Holy Place, shutting the priests out from the presence of Jehovah, and
shut in His glory, which was revealed alone to the high priest once a year.
The Veil of the Temple was rent in twain from top to bottom when Christ died on the cross. Matthew 27:51.
For us the Veil is typical of "the flesh" of Christ. Hebrews 10:20.
The body of flesh in which Jesus dwelt was the veil which shut in His glory as the only begotten Son of God. John 1:14.
On the mount of transfiguration the veil became transparent, and the glory within shone through. Matthew 17:1-8; 2 Peter 1:16-18.
When the flesh of Christ was rent on Calvary, the Veil of the Temple was rent, so that now, as priests, we may come boldly into the presence of our Father, into the Most Holy Place, and there behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 4:16; 10:19, 20; 2 Corinthians 4:6.
The Cherubim, types of us as one with Christ (see section on Cherubim) were rent when the Veil was rent. We were crucified with Christ, and until we know what it is to be "dead unto sin," we will not be made "alive unto God." Romans 6.
By W. W. RUGH, Associate
Dean, Bible Institute of Pennsylvania
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