The Spiritual Mysteries
Hidden in the Ark of
< Exodus 25:10-22 >
“And they shall make an ark of acacia wood; two and a half cubits
shall be its length, a cubit and a half its width, and a cubit and
a half its height. And you shall overlay it with pure gold, inside
and out you shall overlay it, and shall make on it a molding of
gold all around. You shall cast four rings of gold for it, and put
them in its four corners; two rings shall be on one side, and two
rings on the other side. And you shall make poles of acacia wood,
and overlay them with gold. You shall put the poles into the rings
on the sides of the ark, that the ark may be carried by them. The
poles shall be in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken
from it. And you shall put into the ark the Testimony which I will
give you. You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold; two and a half
cubits shall be its length and a cubit and a half its width. And
you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work you shall
make them at the two ends of the mercy seat. Make one cherub at
one end, and the other cherub at the other end; you shall make the
cherubim at the two ends of it of one piece with the mercy seat.
And the cherubim shall stretch out their wings above, covering the
mercy seat with their wings, and they shall face one another; the
faces of the cherubim shall be toward the mercy seat. You shall
put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put
the Testimony that I will give you. And there I will meet with you,
and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between
the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything
which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel.”
Today’s topic is the Ark of the Testimony.
The Ark of the Testimony, measuring 113 cm (3.7 feet) in its length,
68 cm (2.2 feet) in its width, and 68 cm (2.2 feet) in its height,
was made of acacia wood and overlaid with pure gold. Inside this
Ark, there were two stone tablets engraved with the Ten Commandments
and a golden pot of manna, and later, Aaron’s budded rod was added
to them. What, then, are these three items placed inside the Ark
of the Testimony telling us? Through these items, I would like to
provide a thorough explanation of the three ministries of Jesus
Christ. Let us now examine the spiritual truth manifested in these
three items placed inside the Ark of the Testimony.
The Two Stone Tablets Engraved with the Law
The two stone tablets engraved with
the Law that were placed inside the Ark of the Testimony tell us
that God is the Lawmaker who has given us His laws. Romans 8:1-2
states, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who
are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but
according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ
Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” From
this passage, we can see that God has established two laws in our
hearts: the law of life and the law of condemnation.
With these two laws,
the Lord has brought condemnation and salvation to all human beings.
First of all, we can recognize through the Law that we are sinners
inevitably destined to hell. However, to those who know their sinful
nature and doomed fate, God has given His law of salvation, “the
law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.” God has become the
true Savior for all by giving them these two laws.
The Manna Contained in the Golden Pot
The golden pot that was
also found in the Ark had manna. When the people of Israel spent
40 years in the wilderness, God brought them food from the heavens,
and the Israelite lived on this manna cooking it in various ways.
And it was like white coriander seed, and its taste was like wafers
made with honey. This manna that God had given to the people of
Israel sustained their lives until they entered into the land of
Canaan. As such, it was to keep this food in remembrance that it
was put in a pot.
This tells us that we,
today’s believers, also should eat the bread of life that the spiritual
children of God must feed on while in this world until they enter
Heaven. But there are times when we want to have the bread of the
world, that is, the teachings of this world instead of the Word
of God. Still, what the children of God must truly and actually
live on before reaching the spiritual land of Canaan is the Word
of God, which is the spiritual bread of true life that comes down
One never gets tired
of always having the bread of true life. The more we have this spiritual
bread, the more it become true life for our souls. But if we feed
on the bread of the teachings of the world instead of the Word of
God, our souls will ultimately end up dead.
God commanded the people
of Israel to put the manna that came down from the heavens in a
pot and keep it. As shown in Exodus 16:33, God said, “Take a pot
and put an omer of manna in it, and lay it up before the LORD, to
be kept for your generations.” The manna that came down from the
heavens was the bread of true life for the people’s souls. “So
He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which
you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you
know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every
word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:3).
Who Then Is the True Bread of Life for Us?
The baptism that Jesus
Christ received to take our sins upon His body and His crucifixion
and bloodshed are our bread of true life. By giving us His flesh
and blood, Jesus Christ has become the bread of eternal life. As
John 6:48-58 tells us: “‘I am the bread of life. Your fathers
ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread
which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.
I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats
of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall
give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.’
The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, ‘How can
this Man give us His flesh to eat?’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘Most
assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of
Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My
flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him
up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is
drink indeed. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in
Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because
of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This
is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate
the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.’”
Our Lord said, “This
is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate
the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”
What was “the bread which came down from heaven”? It meant
the flesh and blood of Jesus. In the Bible, the flesh of Jesus tells
us that Jesus Christ took upon the sins of the world by being baptized
by John in the Jordan River. And the blood of Jesus tells us that
because Jesus was baptized, He carried the sins of the world and
bore the condemnation of sin by being crucified.
The manna in the pot
that was placed inside the Ark of the Testimony was the bread of
life for the Israelites when they were in the wilderness, and in
New Testament’s time, its spiritual meaning refers to the flesh
of Jesus Christ. This truth shows us the baptism through which Jesus
Christ took upon the iniquities of all sinners and the blood that
He shed on the Cross. Because Jesus Christ took all the sins of
this world upon His body through His baptism and shed His blood
and died on the Cross, His baptism and bloodshed have become the
everlasting fountainhead of new life that enables believers to be
The flesh that Jesus
gave up to take upon the iniquities of sinners through His baptism
and the blood that He shed on the Cross are the bread of life that
enables all sinners to receive the remission of sin. We must therefore
realize the reason why Jesus said, “unless you eat the flesh
of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you”
Who Is Greater?
When we look at John
6, we can see that most Jews at the time considered Moses to be
greater than Jesus. When Jesus came to this earth, they asked Him,
“Are you greater than our father Moses?” In fact, they considered
Moses to be the greatest of all. Because the Jews had failed to
recognize Jesus as the Messiah, they saw Him as an eyesore. So they
challenged Him by asking, “Are you greater than Moses?” The
people of Israel believed in Jehovah God, and along came a young
man of only 30 years of age claiming, “Though your fathers ate
the manna and died, those who eat the bread that I give will not
die.” This is why they came to compare the power of the two,
Moses and Jesus.
As Jesus declared later, “Before
Abraham was, I am,” He is greater than any human being of the
entire human history, for He is the Creator Himself. How could mere
creatures even dare to challenge the Creator? Even so, some people
still say that Jesus is only a great teacher, merely one of the
great sages in human history. What a blasphemy! Jesus is God, the
King of kings, and the Creator of the whole universe. He is the
omnipotent and omniscient God. Yet He humbled Himself and came to
this earth in the flesh of a man to save you and me from all our
sins and eternal death, to become our true Savior.
Jesus Christ said, “It
is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’
Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes
to Me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from
God; He has seen the Father.” In the end, Jesus was ultimately
saying that He is the Christ that the Jews had been waiting for.
But they failed to understand what Jesus was saying, neither able
to believe nor to accept it, and this resulted into a serious misunderstanding,
as they wondered, “How can you give us your flesh to eat? Are you
saying that we would attain eternal life if we actually eat your
flesh and drink your blood? Do you think we are some kind of cannibals
But those who eat the
flesh of Jesus and drink His blood will live forever. The flesh
of Jesus is the bread of life. The real substance of the manna that
was put in this pot, the bread of life, is the flesh and blood of
Jesus Christ. By coming to this earth and giving up His flesh and
blood, Jesus has enabled us to eat the bread of life and receive
How, then, can everyone
eat the flesh of Jesus and drink His blood? The only way to eat
the flesh of Jesus and drink His blood is to believe in the baptism
of Jesus and His blood of the Cross. We must eat the flesh of Jesus
and drink His blood by faith. To give you and me the remission of
sin and to enable us to live forever in the Kingdom of Heaven, our
Lord has blotted out our sins once for all by being baptized and
shedding His blood, and He has thereby become the food for our souls.
Now, by believing in God’s Word of the water and the Spirit, we
must eat this spiritual food and receive eternal life.
Let me testify in more
detail just how we can eat the flesh of Jesus and drink His blood.
As you and I know very well, Jesus Christ came to this earth and
took upon the sins of mankind by being baptized by John at the age
of 30, and then, He bore all the condemnation of our sins by bleeding
to death on the Cross. It is by believing in this very truth that
we can eat His flesh and drink His blood. The washing of sin was
fulfilled as the sins of mankind were passed onto the body of Jesus
through the baptism that He received. Drinking His blood means that
as Jesus was baptized and shed His blood on the Cross, this blood
that He shed bore the condemnation of our sins.
As such, those who believe
in the blood of Jesus in their hearts are quenched of their thirst,
for the condemnation of all their sins ended completely with the
punishment of the Cross that Jesus bore. We must realize this truth.
And we must believe in it. Because Jesus Christ came to this earth
and accepted our sins by being baptized by John, by believing in
this truth we have been cleansed of all sins once for all.
God told us to eat the
flesh of Jesus and drink His blood by faith. Because Jesus took
upon all sins through the baptism that He received from John, leaving
the iniquities of no one, and because He gave up His body to the
punishment of the Cross and shed His precious blood, the hearts
of those who believe are now clean and thirst-free, as they have
washed away all their sins and bore all the condemnation of sin
by faith. This is why Jesus said, “My flesh is food indeed, and
My blood is drink indeed” (John 6:55).
Most assuredly, this
Jesus is the Savior indeed, the Son of God who has washed away our
sins and bore the condemnation of our sins. To free us from the
law that declares the wages of sin to be death, to wash us from
all our sins, and to deliver us from all our punishment, this One,
the Savior and the Son of God, gave up His own body on the Cross,
shed His blood, and thereby cleansed the hearts of those who believe
and quenched their thirst. This is the effect of the flesh and blood
Jesus is the Savior who
took care of the sins and condemnation of mankind. Jesus is the
Savior who accepted the sins of mankind through the baptism that
He received, who was crucified and shed His blood to bear the condemnation
of these sins. It was because Jesus had accepted the sins of the
world passed onto Him from us that the punishment of sin that He
bore by being crucified could become the punishment of our own sins.
It is by believing in
the truth of the water and the Spirit that we can receive the remission
of sin. You must all believe in the baptism of Jesus and His bloodshed
as your own remission of sin. It is by believing in this gospel
of truth that we can eat and drink the flesh and blood of Jesus
spiritually. It is by believing, in other words, that Jesus Christ
the Son of God came to this earth, took upon our sins through His
baptism, and bore all the condemnation of our sins on the Cross
that we can become the ones who are able to eat His flesh, drink
His blood, and thereby receive eternal life. By believing in the
baptism and bloodshed of Jesus, we can now eat His flesh and drink
His blood. By eat the baptism of Jesus and the blood that He shed
on the Cross as our own food of the remission of sin, we can be
remitted of all sins. It is through this faith that we have been
able to receive the remission of our sins, become God’s children,
and live forever in the Kingdom of God.
Aaron’s Rod That Budded
Among the items placed
inside the Ark of the Testimony, Aaron’s rod that budded refers
to Jesus Christ as the everlasting High Priest of the Kingdom of
Heaven. It also tells us that eternal life is found in Him. To facilitate
our understanding of this, let us turn to Numbers 16:1-2: “Now
Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with
Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons
of Reuben, took men; and they rose up before Moses with some of
the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation,
representatives of the congregation, men of renown.”
The passage here tells
us that among the Levites, 250 famed leaders of the congregation
drew together and rose up against Moses. They said, “What have you,
Moses and Aaron, done for us by leading us out of the land of Egypt?
Have you given us vineyards? Have you led us to an oasis? What have
you done for us? Have you not brought us to the wilderness only
to die on desert sand in the end? How can you call yourselves as
the servants of God? Does God work only through you?” There arose,
in other words, a rebellion against the leadership of Moses and
At that time, God said
to Korah, Dathan, On, and other leaders of the congregation who
led the rebellion, “Bring a rod from each father’s house and
write each man’s name on his rod. Then place these rods in the Tabernacle
of Meeting. Leave them there for a night and check them the next
day.” God then said, “It shall be that the rod of the man
whom I choose will blossom; thus I will rid Myself of the complaints
of the children of Israel, which they make against you” (Numbers
17:5). In verse 8, we see that “the rod of Aaron, of the
house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms
and yielded ripe almonds.”
Then in verse 10, we
see, “And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Bring Aaron’s rod back before
the Testimony, to be kept as a sign against the rebels, that you
may put their complaints away from Me, lest they die.’” This
is how Aaron’s rod that budded came to be placed and kept inside
the Ark of the Testimony.
This shows that Aaron,
a descendant of Levi, was anointed as the High Priest of the people
of Israel. Moses was God’s prophet and Aaron and his descendents
were the High Priests of the people of Israel. God Himself had entrusted
the duties of the earthly High Priest to Aaron. God had shown the
sacrificial system to Moses, where the people of Israel brought
sacrificial offerings and offered them to God whenever they sinned,
and He had made Aaron oversee the giving of these offerings in accordance
to the requirements of the sacrificial system.
Even as God had entrusted
all priestly duties to Aaron the High Priest, there were still people
who challenged against his priesthood, and this is why God brought
Aaron’s rod to bud, demonstrating that his priesthood came from
God. He then made the people of Israel keep this rod inside the
Ark of the Testimony in remembrance of this lesson. This is how
the two stone tablets of the Law, the pot that had the manna, and
Aaron’s rod that budded were all placed inside the Ark of the Testimony.
To what do these three items refer spiritually? They refer to the
ministries of Jesus Christ our Savior.
What Ministries Did Jesus Christ Fulfill to Blot
Out All Our sins?
First, He fulfilled the
ministry of the Prophet. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He knows
the beginning and the end, and He has taught us all about the first
and the last. Our Lord knew what would happen to mankind, to you
and me, if we had remained sinful.
Second, Jesus has become
the everlasting High Priest of the Kingdom of Heaven. He came to
this earth because He wanted to save us from sin by becoming our
own Savior Himself, to save us wholly by becoming our true High
Priest of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Third, Jesus Christ is
our King. The Bible declares, “And He has on His robe and on
His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation
19:16). He is the very Creator of the whole universe, and thus
has the authority to rule over everything in it.
We should all realize
that Jesus Christ, who is our true King, the Prophet who has taught
us the truth of our salvation from sin, and the eternal High Priest
of Heaven, has now become our true Savior.
Our Lord has delivered
you and me from sin, made us God’s people, His children and His
workers, and He has enabled us to do good works. He has made our
souls be born again so that we may live new lives even on this earth,
and He has given us new life so that when the time comes, He may
raise our bodies and enable us to live forever with Him in Heaven.
Who is Jesus Christ for you and me? He is our true Savior. And Jesus
Christ is our Prophet, our everlasting High Priest and our King.
Although we do not want
to disobey the will of God, we are so insufficient and weak that
we cannot help but sin all the time. If we continue to live like
this, die like this and then stand before God, what would be the
proper place for us to go? Would it be Heaven or hell? If all of
us were to be judged according to the Law that declares, “The wages
of sin is death,” would we not all be destroyed? He who has saved
such people as us from sin and destruction and become our Savior
is Jesus Christ. He Himself came to this earth, loved us, and has
become the Savior who has delivered us from sin, thereby becoming
the Great Shepard of His flock.
John 3:16 states, “For
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
God loved you and me so much that He Himself came to this earth
for us, was baptized to take upon the sins of the world, was crucified
and died on the Cross, rose from the dead again, and has thereby
truly become our Savior. Therefore, by believing in Jesus Christ
who has become our Savior in our hearts, we have become the ones
who are cleansed from sin, who have received the gift of salvation,
which has enabled us to become God’s children and attain eternal
There is one thing that
we must absolutely make sure to believe before God. It is that because
God loved us, and to blot out our sins, He came to this earth incarnated
into the flesh of a man, was baptized, died on the Cross, rose from
the dead, and has thereby become our true Savior. It is by eating
the flesh of Jesus and drinking His blood by our faith in our hearts
that eternal life can be added to us. Because nothing can be clearer
than this fact, we cannot help but acknowledge this and believe
We must eat the flesh
of Jesus and drink His blood by faith. And anyone can have this
one faith that recognizes and believes in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit fulfilled by Jesus as it is. What else is there for
us to do but believe? We cannot do anything else but stand against
God. We are quick to disobey God and to sin. But God has still saved
you and me from all our sins once for all, for He loves us all.
How Did God Speak of His Salvation in the Old Testament’s
Through what method,
then, has the Lord saved us? In the Old Testament, He spoke of this
salvation through the colors manifested in the door of the Tabernacle
and the garments worn by the High Priest. The colors of the blue,
purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven linen manifested in
the door of the Tabernacle are the revelation that shows us His
perfect salvation. And on the garments of the High Priest, gold
thread was added.
The blue thread tells
us that Jesus Christ came to this earth as our Savior and took upon
our sins by being baptized. The purple thread tells us that Jesus
Christ is the King of kings and God the Creator who made the universe.
The scarlet thread tells us that because Jesus Christ took upon
our sins through His baptism, He carried the sins of the world and
was condemned for them on the Cross by shedding His blood and dying,
thereby giving us the salvation that has delivered us from the condemnation
of all our sins.
The fine woven linen
means the elaborate Word of the Old and New Testaments which tells
us that our Lord came to this earth, was baptized, died on the Cross,
rose from the dead again, and has thereby blotted out the sins of
those who truly believe, cleansed their spirits as white as snow,
and saved them. The gold thread signifies the faith that believes
in what Jesus Christ has done for us. This is why the gold thread
shines. You and I have nothing to boast of, but when we wholeheartedly
believe in what Jesus Christ, God Himself and the Son of God, has
done for us. We can truly be clothed in the love of God, receive
His blessings, and be cherished by Him only by having faith in the
righteous acts that He has done. This is what God is telling us
through the Tabernacle.
We must realize what
God is telling us through the Ark of the Testimony that was placed
inside the Tabernacle. We must know and believe that Jesus Christ
came to this earth, took upon the sins of mankind and all ours by
being baptized by John the Baptist, bore our condemnation of sin
by dying on the Cross, and rose from the dead to live again. Through
the Ark of the Testimony, God is making it manifest that we must
truly believe in Jesus Christ as our own Savior, as our own God.
Those who believe in the baptism of Jesus as the taking of their
own sins, in Jesus’ bloodshed of the Cross as the condemnation of
their sins, in the death of Jesus Christ as their own death, in
His resurrection as their own resurrection-these are the ones whom
God has saved.
So, to whom does this
Tabernacle refer then? It refers to Jesus Christ. It tells us of
the method of salvation with which Jesus Christ has saved you and
me from our sins. In the New Testament, it was Jesus Christ who
was baptized and died on the Cross, thereby blotting out all our
sins, washing them all away, being condemned for all our iniquities,
and saving us from all sins once for all.
In the Old Testament,
it was the offering of sacrifice that saved sinners by accepting
their iniquities as their hands were laid on its head, and by shedding
its blood and dying. The Old Testament describes the death of the
sacrificial offering that took upon the sins of these sinners through
the laying on of hands and died in their place as the death of atonement.
The sacrificial system of atonement manifested in the Old Testament,
when juxtaposed to the New Testament, refers to Jesus Christ, the
accomplisher of the gospel of the water and the Spirit who came
of baptism and blood.
Who, then, made and set
this law of salvation? God our Savior set it. God established the
law of salvation that delivers sinners from sin, and He has given
this law to us. In the Ark of the Testimony were the two tablets
of the Law, the pot of manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and all
these things speak to us about the attributes and ministries of
Aaron’s rod that budded
tells us that God saves us when we believe in Jesus Christ who has
spiritually become the High Priest of the Kingdom of Heaven and
our Great Shepard. The pot of manna also tells us about the flesh
and blood of Jesus Christ who has become our bread of life. The
two stone tablets of the Law also tell us that God is the Lawmaker.
The laws established by God are the law of sin and death and the
law of the remission of sin and salvation. As our God, Jesus has
established the law of life and the law of condemnation to us.
Like this, the Ark of
the Testimony and everything in it all speak to us of Jesus Christ.
It is by believing in Jesus Christ as our Savior that we can be
cleansed from all our sins and received our salvation. No matter
how insufficient and weak we may be, if we accept and follow the
two laws that Jesus Christ has established, we can then become sinners
once, and then become righteous by receiving the remission of all
our sins once again and thereby become God’s own people. Do you
Now at this present time,
almost all Christians throughout the world are prone to believe
in Jesus in vain, for they do not know the truth manifested in the
Tabernacle. They believe that they can receive the remission of
sin just by believing in Jesus’ blood of the Cross alone. They believe,
in other words, that Jesus has saved them only with the blood of
the Cross. But did Jesus in fact just die on the Cross for our salvation?
Is it all that He did for our redemption? Did He not, on the contrary,
take upon all the sins of the world once for all by being baptized
by John (Matthew 3:13-15, 1 Peter 3:21,1 John 5:6)?
Yet today’s Christians
believe only in Jesus’ blood of the Cross, receiving the remission
of sin only by half. So having been remitted of their original sin
by believing in Jesus Christ as the Savior, they give their prayers
of repentance everyday trying to wash away their actual sins on
their own. How contradictory is this salvation? It is like washing
only half their sins by faith, and then trying to wash away the
rest through their own efforts.
When this is the case,
how can I not help but continue to preach by repeatedly bringing
the baptism and blood of Jesus together? Until now, many Christians
of this world, apart from the Christians of the Early Church period,
have believed in half-empty salvation. Isn’t this why people now
believe in Christianity as if it were only a worldly religion?
Not too long ago, a woman
named Valeria Jones from the United States received the remission
of sin after reading the first volume of this Tabernacle series.
Before she read this book, she had already read several of our other
publications. Although she agreed with what our books were saying,
she could not yet quite bring herself to be totally convinced of
the gospel of the water and the Spirit. She told us that she still
had some doubts, wondering, “This seems to be right, but then how
come so many people are not preaching it?” But she confessed that
when she finished reading the first volume of the Tabernacle series,
she came to have the clear faith of salvation, believing that the
gospel of the water is right, that it is the very truth manifested
in the Tabernacle.
A reader of the same
book from Benin also wrote to us, “You would be greatly surprised
to know that after receiving the remission of sin by reading your
book, I have now left my church. Why did I leave the church that
I had been attending? Because they preached the doctrine of incremental
sanctification, something that is not taught in the Bible. This
doctrine of incremental sanctification was completely unbiblical.
As they kept teaching that I must and can be sanctified when in
fact my flesh can never be sanctified, it was unbearable for me
to sit and hear such sermons.
That is why I came out
of this church and separated myself from it. Because I have received
the remission of my sins by reading your book, I had no choice but
to leave the church that I had been attending and separate myself
from it now. As we who have gone through all this have now become
the people of faith and united ourselves with God’s Church, all
the people of this world can change also if they only know the truth,
as the Word says, ‘You shall know the truth and the truth shall
set you free.’”
The Tabernacle’s Ark
of the Testimony also manifests Jesus Christ. This Ark of the Testimony
was placed in the deepest part of the Tabernacle. One could see
it only by lifting the screen of the Tabernacle and entering into
it, and then lifting the veil of the Most Holy and walking into
it. In other words, the door of the Tabernacle was located at the
east, and the Ark was placed at the far west end of the Tabernacle.
The Poles Shall Not Be Removed from the Ark
Exodus 25:14-15 says,
“You shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark,
that the ark may be carried by them. The poles shall be in the rings
of the ark; they shall not be taken from it.” What do these
verses mean? With these verses, God is telling us that we should
serve the gospel of the water and the Spirit by dedicating ourselves
to Him. The gospel is spread only when we devote ourselves to His
work. To serve the Lord by devoting ourselves to the gospel is to
follow the way of the Cross that our Lord had walked before us.
That’s why He said to His disciples, “Whoever desires to come
after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow
Me” (Mark 8:34).
To spread the true gospel all over
the world, tremendous sacrifice, endeavor and suffering are asked.
We can find this out from seeing just how much the Apostle Paul
suffered for the gospel of the water and the Spirit: "Are they
ministers of Christ?-I speak as a fool-I am more: in labors more
abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently,
in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes
minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned;
three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in
the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers,
in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils
in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea,
in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness
often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness-besides
the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for
all the churches" (2 Corinthians 11:23-28).
However, those who love themselves
more than the Lord who gave Himself up to deliver them from all
condemnation cannot sacrifice themselves for the Kingdom of God.
There is no easy way to serve the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
How can a farmer expect to have a good harvest without any sweat?
Like this, the Ark of the Testimony
should be carried by our sacrifices. King David once tried to bring
the Ark on a new cart pulled by oxen, instead of carrying it with
the poles by his men as it was supposed to be carried. On their
way, the oxen stumbled, and a man named Uzzah reached out his hands
to the Ark of God and grabbed it. The anger of the Lord was then
aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error. Uzzah
died there by His Ark (2 Samuel 6:1-7). So David, terrified by this
and afraid of the Lord that day, took the Ark aside into the house
of Obed-Edom the Gittite. It was only by bearing the Ark on his
men's shoulders that he could bring it up to his castle three months
later. As this account illustrates, we must carry the Ark of the
Testimony exactly as God has told us, with our sweat and blood,
with our sacrifices, with our unrelenting devotion to His gospel.
Those who have really received the
remission of sin with great thankfulness are more than happy to
dedicate themselves to the Lord who has dedicated Himself to us.
We give our thanks over and over again to the Lord, our Savior and
God. We thank Him for allowing us to serve the gospel on this earth.
We are all marveled and
overjoyed by this dream-like fact, that the Lord has chosen us to
make us serve this gospel of truth, to follow Him and live the kind
of life that pleases Him. Allowing us to know the truth of salvation
alone would have sufficed to overwhelm us with joy, and yet the
Lord has permitted us to even serve this gospel. Given such great
blessings, how could we possibly not thank Him? We give all our
thanks to God. That is why we are willing to sacrifice ourselves
to spread the true gospel, sparing no time, effort, or possession
of ours to this holy task of world evangelism.
That we have received
the remission of sin, in fact, is in itself something for which
we are infinitely thankful. But God has not stopped at this, but
He has moreover enabled us to encounter and spread the gospel of
truth, the gospel of the water and the Spirit—what is this but a
great blessing for us?
Who else can even dare
to serve this gospel of the water and the Spirit? Not just anyone
can serve this gospel. Can politicians serve it? Mayors? Presidents?
Kings? No matter how high such people’s social positions are, if
they do not know and do not believe in the gospel of the water and
the Spirit, they can never serve the true gospel. Yet God has given
us such an undeserved opportunity and actually enabled us to serve
this gospel. What a great blessing is this?
I thank God for the grace
that has saved us, for He has loved us. Brothers and sisters, we
believe that Jesus Christ is our God and Savior. We are the people
of God who eat the flesh of Jesus and drink His blood through our
spiritual faith. The Bible says that Jesus is not the God of the
dead, but of the living (Luke 20:38), and the living here are none
other than those who have received eternal life by believing in
the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Whoever does not believe
in the truth of this gospel is spiritually dead, and whoever believes
in it is spiritually alive. God is indeed the God of those who believe
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit.
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Brothers and sisters, Jesus Himself
has given us the remission of sin through His own flesh and blood.
You must realize that if you do not believe in this truth, then
you will have nothing to do with Jesus. Jesus Christ gives you heavenly
blessings, eternal life, and the remission of your sins. Who is
the One that has become the Shepard who bestows you with everlasting
blessings, who leads and keeps you? It is Jesus Christ the Accomplisher
of the gospel of the water and the Spirit. Jesus is this God. I
hope and pray that each and every one of you would all believe in
this Jesus as your God.
As for me, not only do
I believe in this truth and serve God now, but I will always continue
to do so in the future. But what about you? Do you believe in the
gospel of the water and the Spirit? And do you believe that you
must dwell in God’s Church and the love of Christ by your faith?
Let us all live our lives by believing in the gospel of the water
and the Spirit until the day we meet our Lord.