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1.    When faith is not made complete in Christ in covenant with Him at His altar, the soul continues to live the reality of sin.
2.    The false altar is where sin is battled out in the mind. The true altar is where Christ is reflected in the knowledge of spiritual sacrifices.
3.    For the Holy Spirit to transform us from within, for new life to take place in the soul, faith  needs the altar of Christ.
4.    The altar of Christ  is essential to our spiritual growth.
5.    We must understand that the church has been for a long time without the true altar of Christ and so it is natural to defend ignorance.
6.    The altar under Moses was  a physical altar in a physical temple.
7.    That altar was to provide a visual illustration for us to understand the altar of Christ and our Christian priesthood today.
8.    As the priests in the Old Testament served the altar so we, the New Testament church, serve Christ.
9.    Jesus was pointing to Himself as the new spiritual altar for our contact with God.
10.    The New Covenant altar is constructed of knowledge (truth).
11.    As Jesus was pointing to Himself as the new altar, the new place of worship, He was describing the stones of the altar—His truth.
12.    Jesus Christ is the tether of our faith and therefore He is our altar.
13.    The true worshippers shall worship the Farther in Spirit and with His truth at His altar.
14.    Each element is a “stone” in the spiritual altar of Christ.
15.    Because they are again functioning in church government, each Christian can again begin to be renewed in knowledge and begin to build the altar of Christ in their heart. The knowledge that is placed in your heart as an altar will reflect the altar (Christ) who is in heaven.
16.    As you identify with Christ with this His new knowledge, you will then experience the new life He promised and continue to reference Him for righteousness.  
17.    God wants our minds to reflect this altar.
18.    Without this knowledge we cannot properly value Christ.
19.    The Word of God is the language of the Spirit by which we commune with Him. The altar joins us to God in fellowship of His knowledge.
20.    The altar is necessary for God to direct our thoughts in Christ.
21.    The face of Christ is identified in His knowledge.
22.    The testimony of His likeness in us comes forth as each stone is prepared by grace and set in our understanding.
23.    Noah builded an altar unto the Lord.
24.    Abraham offered sacrifices to God at an altar.
25.    The Levitical priests offered sacrifices to God at an altar.
26.    God was emphasizing that the altar is the place of sacrifice to Him, which was the place of divine service to God.
27.    God identifies an altar for worship to preach to us that the people were not allowed to worship God in the manner of their own choosing.
28.    Old Testament worship was established by God, and it revolved around the activity of an altar and the shedding of blood.
29.    The “priest’s office” is identified as that office selected by God to minister to Him at the altar by offering sacrifices to God.
30.    When Jesus, as the Lamb of God, shed His blood for the sins of the world, God preaches to us that we have a new altar in Christ.
31.    Apostle Peter instructs believers in their priesthood.
32.    Just as the altar was the habit of life for the Old Testament priests, so the altar is the habit of life for the New Testament priests.
33.    And just as God provided substance (the animals for sacrifice) for faith in the Old Testament, so God provides substance (knowledge) for faith in the New Testament.  
34.    The transition is from offering the blood of animals to offering the sacrifices of knowledge. This is why they are called “spiritual sacrifices”.
35.    Those who serve the tabernacle of Moses in priestly service that consists of the things of Moses, such as the Ten Commandments, tithing, washings, feast day celebrations, banners, Sabbath keeping, etc., have no right to partake of Jesus Christ.
36.    We cannot benefit from the righteousness of Jesus Christ if the Law if your righteousness.
37.    We cannot be a partaker of His holiness if sin is pointing out our weakness. We cannot benefit from His sanctification of the Spirit if we are seeking the sanctification of carnal works.
38.    We cannot be a partaker of His gifts of grace if we are seeking justification by the Law. The Law condemns us.
39.    Every tradition of man is a false altar.
40.    Just as the woman at the well, believers today are insisting that their tradition is the true altar of faith.
41.    If a person does not know the value God places upon His Son, Jesus Christ and the tools of His covenant, then they will automatically place value on themselves.
42.    Although the New Covenant altar is spiritual, it nonetheless has structure.
43.    The foundation of truth and the altar of Christ both use the same 12 Elements of the Gospel.
44.    God is speaking of us using those same 12 Elements to build the altar of Christ in our soul that we might have a priesthood.
45.    The altar is related to the priesthood.
46.    The priests are those who draw near to God in divine service to Him. You will be drawing upon the 12 Elements of the Gospel to offer spiritual sacrifices to God.
47.    God’s order for each Element of the Gospel is the definition and meaning He gives to them.
48.    You can see why the altar is necessary for our priesthood. This is the true reciprocation (worship) of the Spirit.
49.    We worship God with the true record of Christ by which we live. Faith is the virtue of the Spirit to build with this knowledge of Christ to honor God at His altar (Christ).
50.    When the eyes of men are opened to see Christ by the 12 Elements of the Gospel, true praise arises in the heart.
51.    The altar of the Lord has been broken down through the false knowledge of many false shepherds and its structure no longer resembles Christ and His sacrifice.
52.    In the Bible we learn that the stones of the altar had to be whole in order for the altar to be accepted of God.
53.    When God commanded that no iron tool be lifted upon the stones He was restricting the imagination of man from faith. Stones that are taken and chiseled or cut speaks of the introduction of man’s philosophies and traditions into faith, whereas whole stones speaks of the purity of faith.
54.    The Jews were not to build an altar with stones they had labored over.
55.    They were to demonstrate faith by following the prescribed ordered knowledge God gave through Moses, who was the knowledge steward of the First Covenant.
56.    This order and purity of faith was reflected in the whole stone. What God provided for their faith sanctified their faith.
57.    Each of the 12 Element of the Gospel (grace, faith, righteousness, justification, sanctification, holiness, peace, rest, charity, truth, regeneration, and the renewing of the mind) is a whole stone.
58.    The knowledge of Christ must be placed in order by God.
59.    God again restricts the imagination of man from faith by providing truth through apostles, who are the knowledge stewards of the Second Covenant.
60.    Stewards deliver the prescribed, ordered knowledge of Christ so each believer can build the altar of Christ in their hearts with whole stones.
61.    Faith in God represents either man or Jesus Christ. If man has tampered with the design, then faith will represent man, but if the design retains the original intent, purpose, and goal of the expression of Christ, then faith will represent Christ. That represents the authorship of God.
62.    For Jesus to be the author and finisher of your faith, your faith must be built with these living stones of Christ.
63.    The purpose of the New Testament church building the altar is to come into one mind with God.
64.    The fellowship of the gospel is to share this one mind with Christ and with one another.
65.    When we talk about the whole stones of the altar of Christ, we are talking about wholesome doctrine.
66.    When the stones are reshaped and given a different form, the knowledge of Christ is given a different meaning: the knowledge of Christ is no longer pure, it is  defiled, polluting both the altar and the sacrifices laid upon it.
67.    If you build a form of faith with these defiled stones, the Spirit of God won’t enter into it because the Spirit of God only confirms Jesus Christ.
68.    God is returning the church to the purity of faith, and through living apostles, instructing the body in how to build the altar of Christ with the whole stones of Christ, that our faith will be made living as we behold Christ in purity in each of the elements of the gospel.
69.    Jesus Christ set a pattern for a new priesthood.
70.    The New Covenant priesthood centers upon the knowledge of His redemption for which He shed His own blood.
71.    While the sacrifices of the Old Testament were given by God through Moses and confirmed the revelation that  pointed toward Jesus Christ, the sacrifices of the New Testament no longer point toward Him, but confirm Him.
72.    God wants us to testify of Jesus Christ. Each utterance (prophecy) is a spiritual sacrifice of knowledge.
73.    Body ministry is in the priesthood.
74.    As we function as priests at the altar of Christ, offering spiritual sacrifices to God, the Law of Grace and Truth is in operation.
75.    Grace is being multiplied through each member and to each member.
76.    The Lord God set the priesthood apart for Himself to teach us that our eternal inheritance is in Him.
77.    We have an altar in Christ, and as we serve God at the altar of Christ, we are eating and drinking (partaking) of the sacrifice, which is Christ Himself.
78.    We are eating and drinking of Him through the utterance of His knowledge that He shared with His apostles to share with the church.
79.    The 12 Elements of the Gospel. It is by His knowledge that we share (partake of) His likeness. That means to partake of His divine nature.
80.    When the altar of Christ was polluted by the reason and logic of man, the “words” of Jesus were reduced to the precept and line of scripture, which became subject to private interpretation; so the words were empty.
81.    By restoring the altar of Christ, God is freeing us from sin and restoring the priesthood of Jesus Christ to sustain all those who believe in Him. God is looking for those who will occupy themselves with the priesthood.
82.    It is necessary to come into covenant and build the altar of Christ to keep the flames of faith burning brightly.
83.    The altar of Christ serves the same purpose for Christians in the New Testament. As we learn the Altar Elements, God is writing these new commandments (law) of grace and truth in our hearts and this knowledge is what we tether ourselves to in remembrance of Him.
84.    The Altar of the Heart is the tether to God's throne of grace.
85.    When God provided the altar as the place of sacrifice, and the whole stones of Christ to give structure to faith, He was sanctifying the altar, giving value to the things of Christ, and separating it for service.
86.    The altar, being sanctified, in turn sanctifies the gift by setting the gift in its ordered place; by allowing the gift to come in contact with what God has authorized for it.  
87.    In the False Religious System the stones of Christ are cut by the traditions of men. This is the altar of the world.
88.    The tradition of man is the wisdom of man, the philosophy of man, the hand of man, by the counsel of man for the honor of man.
89.    The traditions of man are defiling to faith.
90.    You cannot build an altar with defiled stones.
91.    Discernment comes as the stones of Christ are properly set in order in your understanding.
92.    The responsibility of church government is to teach God’s people “the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean,” (Ezekiel 44:23).
93.    What God is initiating now in the second 8th week concerning the establishment of His stewardship and priesthood is called the regeneration or the restitution of all things.
94.    The restoration of the stewardship and priesthood is a sign to the church of the soon coming of our Lord.
95.    God authorizes the sanctification of your conscience by faith because faith establishes the throne of Christ in the door.
96.    Those who do not bring their sacrifices to the sanctified and specified place, which at that time was the tabernacle, would be cut off. T
97.    hey were initiating their own stewardship and their sacrifices were contaminated being unsanctified.

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