This post is the first in a 3 part series on personal altar.
Different christians hold different views of what a personal altar is. But one thing that is undeniable, is that sacrifices are made to God in worship at a personal altar.
Altars were first mentioned in God’s dealings with the patriarchs like Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Under Moses, the whole nation of Israel made an altar to God for corporate worship.
Eventually, Jesus, in establishing the new covenant of God, made the ultimate sacrifice on God’s heavenly altar; and opened the way for you and I to directly access God.
So, for the child of God today, who is born of the Spirit in the new covenant, what is a personal altar?
“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” ~1 Peter 2:5
Under the old covenant, God instructed Moses to build him an altar of uncut stones.( Deuteronomy 27:5)
However, in the new and living way that Jesus has opened for you by His death on the cross, you are the living stones of God’s altar. You are the altar.
The religious practices under the old covenant were simply a shadow of the real deal. Today, you are the altar of God. You are the uncut stones where sacrifices are made to God in worship and obedience to his instructions to you.