The plan of salvation was never about bringing people to heaven per se. If you read the account of creation the purpose of creation is for God and man to be joint in one flesh.
That is why the Spirit hovered over the waters. When man chose to be led by his own spirit by choosing to live under the knowledge of good and evil, he forfeited this Union and hence heaven and earth separated. Our world and God’s became separated.
God in His grace and mercy brought about then a place for God to meet man. He called it “heaven and earth”. It is a place where God’s world and man’s world meet under the condition that blood is spilled.
That place is called the Temple. The purpose is to bring about God and man but still under the bondage of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. In other words the Law.
The Temple as such represented the Meeting House between God and Man under the Law until the coming of my brilliant and wonderful Jesus.
Jesus was the first Man to be joint with the Spirit. Similarly the Spirit hovered over the waters for a perfect Man to come out of the waters of re-creation and was fully joint when Je rested upon Jesus. Hence Jesus became the first Man to represent the Adam God intended to create.
In other words Jesus represented the embodiment of the perfect union between God and Man. Also in Jesus physical body represented what “heaven and earth” meant. His body with the indwelling Holy Spirit became the Temple of God. That’s why he said “he can destroy the Temple and build it up in 3 days”. He was referring to Himself.
So you see the Temple was never about scarifies. It wasn’t God who wanted the sacrifices. It was also never about separation. It was about God maintaining a relationship with Man under the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
That is why in Hebrews 10:2 tells that it was the Law which demanded the sacrifices. It was base on a relationship that allowed Man to meet God without ever being joint. That is what is known as the Old Covenant.
When Jesus came he said “heaven and earth” will be pass away. He meant the Temple will be destroyed. That is how the smallest stroke of the Law will fade away as well. No temple, no sacrifice, no way to practice the Law.
Hence, Jesus was the walking mobile “heaven and earth” on earth. That was also why He told the lame man that He could have the power to forgive sins on EARTH.
Now what’s the point of all these? Jesus said when He returns to the Father, He will send us the Spirit. His blood and death placed an end to the Adamic relationship with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and joined us with the tree of life which is Himself.
You see the cross is not the tree of life. It was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It was the Law. That is why Paul says “curse is the man who hangs upon a tree”.
Jesus is the tree of life. God nailed the tree of life on the tree of knowledge and evil and allowed the death of Jesus to abolished the Law. So that now when Man reaches for the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he reached the tree of life.
So where is the new Temple? Where is the Spirit of God now?
You are now the meeting place where the Spirit dwells. You now represents the perfect union of “heaven and earth”. You are now the Temple of the Holy Spirit. You are the Adam that God wanted to create.
Now this whole process took thousand of years. For those who tell us you will loose your salvation and be separated from the presence of God when you don’t confess your sins and/or when you don’t meet the mark, are you crazy?
You are not saved by making Jesus Lord of your life. God made the man Jesus as Lord to permanently save you.
23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
How does he save you permanently? As your high priest is so are you.
26 Such a high priest meets our need–one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
Since he is holy, blameless, pure and set apart from sinners, so are you.
28 For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
So please note if you follow the Law you don’t belong to the priesthood of the oath. You belong to the priesthood of Levi a weak priesthood.
If you are under grace, you are under the priesthood of the oath, God’s oath. This oath last forever because God says his priesthood lasts forever. Forever as a man he stands pure blameless and holy.
As he is our high priest so are we. Note this he is not just a priest. He is also our king of righteousness. So long he is our king in this new kingdom, our salvation and our righteousness depends on the work he accomplished for us. This is why he is made Lord not in his capacity as God but as man.
He is Lord as a man. Our man. Our representative. God’s perfect Adam.
Have you ever wondered on what basis Jesus is made Lord?
3 After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
He made Jesus Lord because he purified us of our sins. So as long as he sits on the right hand of the Father, your salvation is assured. So the only way you will lose your salvation is when Jesus is no longer Lord.
That’s what Paul meant confessing Jesus as Lord. That’s what Lordship salvation means.