The Altar, The Lamp, The Oil

The Lord has called SonLife Broadcasting Network to not only bring back to the church the Message of the Cross, but to also introduce to the evangelical world the great message of Pentecost. As well, we are called to reintroduce the Holy Spirit to those who call themselves Pentecostal, but are Pentecostal in name only.

*Exodus 27:20-21 – “And you shall command the Children of Israel, that they bring you pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always." *

“In the tabernacle of the congregation without the veil, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the Lord: it shall be a statute forever unto their generations on the behalf of the Children of Israel.”

Without the help, the leading, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the believer and the church will accomplish little for the Lord. All through the Bible we see the importance of the Holy Spirit. The text that serves as the basis of this article, which deals with the plans of the Tabernacle, gives us a glimpse of the importance of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is a person, a real being who thinks, acts, wills, feels, loves, speaks, and can be grieved. The Holy Spirit exhibits all the responses that identify one as a person. Though He cannot be seen by the natural eye, He definitely can be felt.

The Holy Spirit is also deity; He is the third person of the Godhead, the Trinity. He is not one of three Gods or one-third of God, for God cannot be divided. God is one God (Deut. 6:4; I Jn. 5:7), yet He is externally self-existing in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each of these three persons is fully God, and each of these persons is fully God, yet, each is fully God, and each is an individual person within Himself. The Father is God, Jesus is God, and the Holy Spirit is God.

Throughout Scripture, the Holy Spirit has revealed Himself by many different names. Some of those names are: “the Spirit of God” (I Cor. 3:16), “the Spirit of His Son” (Gal. 4:6), “the Spirit of Grace and of Supplications” (Zech. 12:10), “the Spirit of Wisdom and Knowledge” (Isa. 11:2), “the Spirit of Truth” (Jn. 14:16-17), “the Spirit of Life” (Rom. 8:2), and one of my favorite names, “the Comforter” (Jn. 14:16).

There are five symbols given in God’s Word that represent the varied works of the Holy Spirit.

They are:

The Dove: this speaks of the gentleness and meekness of the Holy Spirit (Lk. 3:22).

Living Water: this speaks of life. Just as the physical man must have water to live, so too must our spirit man have the living water of the Holy Spirit to live (Jn. 7:37-39).

Wind: this speaks of the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:2).

Fire: this speaks of purity (Mat. 3:11).

Oil: this speaks of the anointing of the Holy Spirit and the illumination and light that shines upon Christ and His Word (James 5:14-16, Ex. 27:20-21).

Beginning with Exodus, Chapter 25, we find the instructions given to Moses for the Tabernacle. Verse 1 of Chapter 27 begins with the words, “And thou shalt make an altar.”

The altar speaks of the Cross. Calvary is the foundation of Christianity. The Cross is not just another doctrine of the Bible, but it is the foundation by which all Bible doctrine flows. The only way one can get to the Father is through the Son, and the only way to get to the Son is through Calvary.

Then, Verse 1 states, “The altar shall be foursquare.” Each corner of the altar pointed north, south, east, and west, telling us that it is the same Gospel for all of mankind, for all of humanity’s problem is the same, and that is sin.


In front of the altar was the golden lampstand. The golden lampstand was the only means of light in the Tabernacle. Without the lampstand, the priests could not see properly to do their work.

Verse 20 states, “You shall command the Children of Israel that they bring you pure oil olive, beaten for light.”

The oil was the fuel source for the golden lampstand, and as is obvious, this tells us that the Holy Spirit is the fuel source needed to bring illumination. Notice that the illumination of the light from the golden lampstand brought light upon the altar. The work of the Holy Spirit is to bring light to Jesus Christ. In John 16:13 and 14, the Lord said: “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: For He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: And He will show you things to come. He shall glorify Me: For He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.”

As stated, the light generated by the Holy Spirit illuminated the altar or, in other words, the Cross. Without the help of the Holy Spirit, you will never be able to see the complete victory of the Cross. Without the oil, the church has no light, only darkness.

Twice a day Aaron and his sons were commanded to bring fresh oil to replenish the Golden Lampstand. This tells us that the oil of the Spirit in our lives is to be replenished daily. We can’t live off past movings of the Holy Spirit. We must have the oil replenished every day of our lives.

Then, Verse 20 tells us “to cause the lamp to burn always.” The light was never to go out; it was to burn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.

Is your lamp burning brightly? Do you replenish the oil daily? We must have a never-ending source of oil flowing constantly.

In closing, the church needs the oil of the Holy Spirit as never before, and thanks be to God, the oil is available to any and all who will seek God for it.

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