We are the Ark of the Covenant. Jew and Gentile alike are one new man in Messiah Jesus. We are the Ark of the Covenant of God, as we believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Ark of the Covenant held the 10 Commandments within its chambers. Now we hold the Law of God within our Hearts and Minds. Join us as we unlock the mystery of being the Ark of the Covenant. For we are the keepers of the new covenant!
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Let’s continue where we left off at the end of Part 2. The call of obedience has never changed in the Kingdom of God. From the unspoiled gates of Heaven, there has been Law and Order from beyond the veil of time. In the Garden of Eden, before sin even lifted its split-tongued head, God had Law and Order. After sin crushed the creation of God under the weight of rebellion, God still had Law and Order. When Jesus died for our sins, He did so being obedient to God’s Law and Order. Then being raised into perfection, being victorious forevermore, there still remains God’s Law and Order. To believe that somehow after Jesus paid the price for sin, that now the kingdom of God has slipped into some disorganized state of personal determination of right and wrong- that is a lie of the Devil. Jesus came to restore what was lost through Adam and Eve’s rebellion of God’s Law and Order. Now that Jesus is both “Lord” and “Savior”, we are under the Law towards Christ Jesus- Forever obligated to walk with His Order.
The Royal Law Has Never Changed In The Old Or New Testament!
Taken right out of the Ten Commandments:
“But showing gracious love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (Exodus 20:6)
“If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
The disciples declared:
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (1 John 5:2-3)
*See Also: (Deu5:10, Deu7:9, Deu11:1, Deu11:13, Deu11:22, Deu19:9, Deu30:16, Jos22:5, Neh1:5, Psa119:127, Dan9:4, Joh14:15, Joh14:21, Joh15:10, 2Jn1:6.)
The Law Of Statutes & Ordinances Handed Down Through Moses Brings Nothing But Bondage.
Note: The law mentioned here is the mosaic sacrificial law, clearly identified by the reference to circumcision. See also: John 7:19-23
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us free, and do not again be held with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I, Paul, say to you that if you are circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do all the law, you who are justified by law are deprived of all effect from Christ; you fell from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness out of faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any strength, but faith working through love. You were running well. Who hindered you that you do not obey the truth? This persuasion is not from Him who calls you.” (Galatians 5:1-8)
“For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption by which we cry, Abba, Father! The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. And if we are children, then we are heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ; so that if we suffer with Him, we may also be glorified together.” (Romans 8:15-17)
“And we are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of the thing being done away. (But their thoughts were blinded; for until the present the same veil remains on the reading of the old covenant, not taken away.) But this veil has been done away in Christ. But until this day, when Moses is read, the veil is on their heart. But whenever it turns to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away. And the Lord is that Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with our face having been unveiled, having beheld the glory of the Lord as in a mirror, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Lord Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:13-18)
Now the Royal Law (Ten Commandments) is the Law of Liberty:
“If you fulfill the Royal Law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well. But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin and are convicted by the Law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole Law and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” But if you do not commit adultery, yet if you murder, you have become a transgressor of the Law. So speak and do as those who shall be judged by the Law of liberty. (James 2:8-12) Please note the reference to the 10 Commandments!
“But whoever looks into the perfect Law of liberty and continues in it, he is not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work. This one shall be blessed in his doing.” (James 1:25)
The Royal Law of Liberty Is The Law Of Christ:
“Brothers, if a man is overtaken in a fault, you the spiritual ones restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the Law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:1-2)
The Grand Comparison Of The Royal Law of Life, and the Mosaic Law Of Death
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:” (Romans 8:2-3) (*MIND YOU, IT WAS THROUGH OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW)
We are under the Law to Christ:
“To those who are outside Law, I became as outside Law (not being outside law to God, but under the Law to Christ), so that I might gain those who are outside Law.” (1 Corinthians 9:21)
Law established through faith:
“Do we then make the Law void through faith? Let it not be! But we establish the Law.” (Romans 3:31)
“For I delight in the Law of God after the inward man:” (Romans 7:22)
“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8:6-8)
Again, we see Jesus dismantling the Mosaic Law. Even down to replacing the Temple they believed God still resided in. Yet, we clearly see this was not the truth. Since the whole point of the Sacrificial Law was to get right with God and come near to Him and this goal was accomplished at the temple, then what good was the temple if God no longer resided within it? They hated Jesus for this, because they received their position power and authority as being agents of the temple system. It was easy to dominate a building, yet they could not dominate the Son of God.
Jesus Declared The Earthly Temple Obsolete!
“Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus said to her, Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you shall neither worship the Father in this mountain nor yet at Jerusalem.” (John 4:20-21)
“For it was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices that could not make him who did the service perfect as regards the conscience, which stood only in meats and drinks, and different kinds of washings and fleshly ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. But when Christ had become a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building, nor by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered once for all into the Holies, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” (Hebrews 9:9-12)
We Will Now See That Jesus Was The Temple On Earth, & Entered Into The Temple In Heaven.
Jesus Was The Temple When He Walked The Earth:
“But I say to you that One greater than the temple is in this place.” (Matthew 12:6)
“Jesus answered and said to them, Destroy this Temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty-six years was this temple in building, and will you rear it up in three days? But he spoke of the Temple of his body.” (John 2:19-21)
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:9)
*As we know that God used to dwell within the Temple, but no longer! Now, He dwelt inside of Jesus!
Now We Are The Temple Of God:
“Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God shall destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which you are.” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17) See also 1Co 6:19 + 2Co 6:16
What Was Located In The Temple?
“And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the Ark of the Covenant overlaid roundabout with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;” (Hebrews 9:3-4) *“Tables of the Covenant” are the Ten Commandments.
This Verse Says You Are The “New Ark of the Covenant”:
“Look, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I’ll make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It won’t be like the covenant I made with their ancestors on the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. They broke my covenant, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. Rather, this is the covenant that I’ll make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD. “I’ll put my Law within them and will write it on their hearts. I’ll be their God and they will be my people.” (Jeremiah 31:31-33)
The New Covenant is based upon the Law in your hearts. The Ark of the Covenant held the 10 Commandment Law inside of it. The Ark was placed in the Holy of Holy’s inside the Temple. Now you are the Temple of God, with the Law written upon your hearts. This means you are the Ark of the New Covenant. Just as Jesus was the “Type,” we being Christians are the “Archetype!” Just as when Jesus was the Temple upon the earth and had the Law written upon His heart in the Ark of His Spirit, now we are the Archetype being the Temple of God with the Law written upon our hearts, and our Spirit being the Ark of the New Covenant.
“I will give them a heart to know me, that I am Yahweh. They will be my people, and I will be their God; for they will return to me with their whole heart.” (Jeremiah 24:7)
“Listen to me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law: Don’t fear the reproach of men, and don’t be dismayed at their insults. For the moth will eat them up like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool; but my righteousness will be forever, and my salvation to all generations.” (Isaiah 51:7-8)
“The righteous shall inherit the land, and live in it forever. The mouth of the righteous talks of wisdom. His tongue speaks justice. The law of his God is in his heart. None of his steps shall slide.” (Psalms 37:29-31)
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel. After those days,” says the Lord; “I will put my laws into their mind, I will also write them on their heart. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (Hebrews 8:10)
“This is the covenant that I will make with them: ‘After those days,’ says the Lord, ‘I will put my laws on their heart, I will also write them on their mind;…” (Hebrews 10:16)
It also says that the defining mark of being God’s people are those who have the Law written upon their hearts.
“But God found something wrong with his people when he said, “Look! The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors at the time when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. Because they did not remain loyal to my covenant, I ignored them, declares the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.” (Hebrews 8:8-10)
The implication is, that to fail to have the Law of God written upon your heart, then you are not part of the Covenant, you are not the temple, and not saved from your sins.
You are the Temple of God; Your Spirit is the Ark of the New Covenant.
You are called to obedience and holiness. You are obligated to remain faithful to the Law written upon your hearts.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit in you, whom you have of God? And you are not your own, for you are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
“And what agreement does a temple of God have with idols? For you are the temple of the living God, as God has said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Therefore come out from among them and be separated, says the Lord, and do not touch the unclean thing. And I will receive you and I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:16-18)
“He said to me, “Don’t seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. He who acts unjustly, let him act unjustly still. He who is filthy, let him be filthy still. He who is righteous, let him do righteousness still. He who is holy, let him be holy still.” “Behold, I come quickly. My reward is with me, to repay to each man according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who do his Commandments, that they may have the right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in by the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:10-14)