The sanctuary reveals that God is a God of process and transparency to ensure that sin will never rise again. The sanctuary theme and the great controversy theme are parallel. The sanctuary provides a framework for understanding the work of Christ in restoring that which was lost in Eden. The great controversy theme is the backdrop against which the sanctuary’s plan of restoration is given. The plan of redemption as illustrated in the sanctuary reveals God’s way of forever dealing with the issues that caused sin to spring up in heaven with Lucifer. When the final stage of the sanctuary service is completed in the Most Holy Place, every question that the universe had in regard to the claims put forth by Lucifer will be forever settled.
The sanctuary illustrates how Jesus removes sin from the universe. Jesus plays the role of the Lamb. He dies on our behalf. Jesus as our sacrificial Lamb earned the right to remove the penalty of sin. Then after His ascension, Jesus became our High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary. Jesus as the High Priest has the right to apply the benefits of salvation to us and in us, including delivering us from the power of sin. The cleansing of the sanctuary in heaven is the process of God forever removing the record of sin.
The cleansing of the record of sin from heaven is the final stage of the process. Jesus as our High Priest in heaven entered the Most Holy Place and began His work in the antitypical Day of Atonement. While Jesus is doing the work of cleansing the sanctuary in heaven, through the Holy Spirit He is cleansing the temple of our hearts here on earth. The righteousness of Christ covers us, and the righteousness of Christ through the Spirit, working in and through us, cleanses us.