The Altar that Sanctifies – Part 1

An altar is a place where gifts to God are consecrated to him. Anything that touches the altar is set apart and whoever tampers with it tampers with God.
According to Genesis 8:20 the Bible says, “And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar”. Noah understood that only clean animals were allowed on the altar. This was symbolic of what Christ would have to become for all humanity as a holy and perfect sacrifice to God.
In Genesis 22:9 in regards to the symbolic sacrifice of Isaac the Bible says, “And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood”. That day Isaac was not sacrificed because Abraham was just being tested. However, this tells us that everything we consider precious in our life must be laid at the altar like Abraham did. What is more precious than a son? Nothing, but life itself. God gave his only begotten Son for us all. The Son of God, Jesus Christ is the only perfect sacrifice for the redemption of mankind. When you lay your life on the altar of his ministry you find eternal life.
Isaac also built an altar to the Lord. The Bible in Genesis 26: 25 says, “And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well. Isaac was wise by first working on his relationship with God and then building his tent and digging a well.
Moses was also instructed to build an altar very carefully. In Genesis 20:25 the Bible says, “And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it”.
The Church is where the true altar is found just like the altar was built at the Tabernacle in the midst of the people of God. Church ministry provides the same services to people by the altar that sanctifies through Christ. Jesus sanctified himself so that the disciples could also be sanctified. This also happened in the Levitical order of priests. One difference is that Jesus remains a high priest forever.
In John 17: 19 Jesus prayed, “And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth”. Sanctification is key because it determines whether people receive the blessing from God or not. In the book of Joshua 22:19 the Scripture warns against rebelling against the LORD and it says,”… but rebel not against the LORD, nor rebel against us, in building you an altar beside the altar of the Lord our God”. In the same passage of scripture the Bible further goes on to talk about Achan the son of Zerah who caused everyone in his family to perish because of his sin. In Christ there is true sanctification that brings an abundance of blessings to those who bring their sacrifices to his altar and these blessings includes eternal life.
Sanctification is another word for consecration and it means to be set apart or be made conducive for service.  There is no other sanctification apart from the one found in Christ that is why it is necessary to build ministry according to the consecration found in Christ. The priesthood of Christ is set forever and has no end. It is set in the order of Melchisedec who is without beginning or end days as explained by the writer of the book of Hebrews.