The Offering of the
Remission of Sin
Given on the Mercy Seat
< 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.”
The Mercy Seat
A cubit is the length stretching from
the tip of the hand to the elbow. In the Bible, a cubit is estimated
at about 45 cm (1.5 feet) in today’s measurement. The length of
the mercy seat was two and a half cubits, and so when converted
into the metric system, this length is about 112.5 cm (3.7 feet)
. And its width was one and a half cubits, measuring approximately
67.5 cm (2.2 feet). This provides us with a general sense of the
size of the mercy seat.
The Ark of the Testimony was first
made of acacia wood and overlaid with gold inside and out. But the
mercy seat, which was placed on the Ark, was made solely of pure
gold. And on its both ends, cherubim were placed to stretch out
their wings above, covering the lid of the Ark—that is, the mercy
seat—and the cherubim faced toward the mercy seat. The mercy seat
is where God bestows His grace on those who come out to Him by faith.
Four gold rings were placed on each
corner of the Ark. Two gold rings were cast for each side, and poles
were put through the rings so that the Ark could be carried. These
poles were made of acacia wood and overlaid with gold. By putting
the poles through the two rings on one side and the other two rings
on the other side, God made sure that two people could lift and
carry it. And our Lord said, “I will meet you on this mercy seat.”
God made the Israelites to carry the
Ark of Testimony along with the mercy seat by putting poles through
the Ark. This means that God wants us to spread the gospel throughout
the whole world. The same was true of the altar of incense—that
is, rings were also placed on both its sides, poles were put through
these rings, and two people were made to carry the altar. This,
too, means that we should ask for God’s help whenever we face difficulties,
and that we should also pray for the spreading of the gospel throughout
the world wherever we may go.
In the Ark of the Testimony, three
items were put in: the golden pot of the manna, Aaron’s rod that
budded, and the stone tablets of the Covenant. What do these mean?
First, the golden pot of manna means that Jesus Christ gives new
life to believers. He once proclaimed, “I am the bread of life.
He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me
shall never thirst” (John 6:35).
Aaron’s rod that budded tells us that
Jesus Christ is the Lord of resurrection and that He gives us eternal
life. The stone tablets of the Covenant tell us that we are inevitably
to be condemned to death before the Law. However, the mercy of God
is so great that it covers all the condemnations of our sins that
the Law has accursed. The mercy seat was fit perfectly as the lit
of the Ark lest the curse of the Law should come out. God has completed
the mercy seat with the perfect sacrifice of His Son Jesus. Every
believer in the gospel of the water and the Spirit can therefore
come boldly to the throne of grace, the mercy seat.
The Precious Blood That Was Sprinkled on the Mercy
We must first find out what the mystery
hidden in the mercy seat is. Once a year, the High Priest took the
blood of a sacrificial offering and entered into the Most Holy.
He then sprinkled this blood of the sacrificial offering on the
mercy seat for exactly seven times. God said that He would meet
the Israelites on this mercy seat then. God meets whoever has the
same faith as that of the High Priest, that is, the faith in His
remission of sin revealed in the sacrificial system.
The blood of sacrifice sprinkled on
the mercy seat shows God’s just judgment of sin and His mercy on
mankind. On the Day of Atonement, the tenth day of the seventh month,
Aaron the High Priest laid his hands on a sacrificial offering to
pass over all the yearly sins of the people of Israel. He then cut
its throat to draw its blood, and then he took this blood inside
the veil and sprinkled it on the mercy seat (Leviticus 16:11-16).
Through the blood that was thus sprinkled,
God met the Israelites and gave them the blessing of the remission
of sin. It was God’s grace on the Israelites that He had established
the sacrificial system. With the laying on of hands on the sacrificial
animal and its blood, God had justly blotted out their sins and
given them His mercy, the remission of their sins by grace.
How, then, can we receive this grace?
With what Word has God blotted out all our sins once for all? God
has enabled us to realize that we must have the faith that knows
and believes in the truth manifested in the sacrificial system for
us to be able to receive the gift that He has bestowed on us. God
made it possible for His righteousness to be fulfilled with these
two factors; the laying on of hands on the head of the sacrifice
and its blood. This sacrifice of the Old Testament refers to none
other than the baptism that Jesus Christ received and the blood
that He shed on the Cross.
For our own sins, Jesus Christ the
Son of God was baptized by John to take upon the sins of the world,
became the sacrificial offering on the Cross to pay the wages of
these sins, died for us, and rose again from the dead to bring us
alive. The baptism that Jesus Christ received and His bloodshed
on the Cross were to give us the remission of sin, and they are
the grace of true blessings that enables those who have such faith
to meet God. This truth is a shadow of the gospel of the water and
the Spirit. The gospel of the water and the Spirit is the truth
that has established the foundation of the true faith that enables
sinners to receive the remission of sin from God. Jesus Christ became
the sacrificial offering for our sins. He became the bridge of truth
that allows us to go to God the Holy Father.
Again, we can find the conclusive
evidence for this truth in the colors of the four threads that were
used for the door of the Tabernacle: the blue, purple, and scarlet
thread, and the fine woven linen. The four threads of the Tabernacle’s
door, in other words, provide us with the clues of the true gospel.
The first clue is the mystery of the
blue thread manifested in the door of the Tabernacle. This mystery
is that Jesus Christ was baptized by John, meaning that He took
upon our sins of the world. Our Lord, in other words, accepted our
sins that John handed over to Him. That is why He urged John to
baptize Him saying, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting
for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15).
The second clue is the purple thread
manifested in the Tabernacle. The color “purple” is the color of
king. Jesus Christ is the King of kings who came to this earth as
the Savior of mankind to deliver them from sin. He forsook the glory
of Heaven and came to this earth to blot out our sins. Jesus Christ
is God Himself in His essence, but to save us from all our sins,
He came to this earth, and was baptized and crucified in obedience
to the Father’s will. To blot out all our sins, in other words,
God forsook the throne of the glory of Heaven and was born of the
body of the Virgin Mary unto this earth to save sinners. We must
therefore believe that God Himself had to be born of the body of
a virgin, be baptized, and shed His blood on the Cross, all according
to the promise that He had made to the Prophet Isaiah over 700 years
The third clue is the scarlet thread.
It implies the blood of Jesus. This truth manifests that Jesus completed
the mission of God’s salvation by shedding His blood on the Cross.
His bloodshed on the Cross was a punishment that was reserved for
the evilest of all criminals. With the punishment of sins that Jesus
bore through His baptism, all the sins of mankind were judged. By
being crucified and shedding His blood, He bore the condemnation
of all the sins of the world and has thereby delivered us from sin.
By accepting our sins from John through His baptism and obeying
the Father to death, God has saved all sinners from their iniquities.
Do you realize that Jesus ended all
the condemnation of sin and has made believers God’s children by
vicariously bearing our own condemnation with His punishment of
crucifixion? God did all these things so that we would believe in
this truth and receive eternal life. That Jesus was baptized and
then condemned on the Cross means that He has saved us from sin.
This is why He cried out with His last breath, “It is finished!”
(John 19:30) Jesus proclaimed with great joy and relief that
He had completed our salvation from sin according to God the Father’s
Lastly, the fine woven linen implies
that Jesus is God of the Word. He reveals God’s will through His
elaborate and righteous Word. Throughout the Old Testament, He had
said in advance that He would come to this world and save all mankind
with His baptism and crucifixion. He then fulfilled all His promises
precisely in the New Testament. That is why the Bible states, “In
the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld
His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full
of grace and truth” (John 1:1, 14).
This truth has enabled us to be washed
of all our sins as white as snow. The baptism that Jesus received
and His bloodshed are none other than the laying on of hands and
the atonement of judgment of the sacrificial system. It is because
Jesus shouldered all the sins of the world on His own body that
He shed His blood on the Cross. As Jesus was baptized to carry our
sins on our behalf, and went to the Cross and shed His blood on
it, this truth is what has become the atonement that has washed
away our sins.
The baptism that our Lord received
when He came to this earth as a man and the blood that He shed on
the Cross are the truth manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet
thread. Jesus was born unto this earth 2,000 years ago, took upon
the sins of the world by being baptized, died on the Cross, rose
from the dead again in three days, bore witness for 40 days afterwards,
and then ascended to the right hand of the throne of God—this is
the truth manifested in the blue, purple, and scarlet thread. God
is telling us to believe in this truth, that He has saved us from
all sins by blotting out our sins.
When we believe in this truth, God
says to us, “Now, you have become My children. You are not sinners.
You are My people and no longer sinners. I have saved you from all
your sins, condemnation, and curses. I have saved you with My unconditional
love. Because you are so lovely to Me, I have saved you without
any condition. Because I love you, I have saved you on My own. Not
only have I loved you, but I have actually demonstrated My love
to you in this way. Look at the blood of My sacrifice. This is the
evidence of My love for you. I have shown you this evidence.”
When we came out to the Lord as the
poor in spirit, He showed us that He has saved us with the blue,
purple, and scarlet thread. The Lord came to this earth, was baptized,
was despised and condemned to death on the Cross, rose from the
dead again, and ascended to Heaven. God meets whoever believes in
His love of salvation.
God bestows the grace of salvation
on those who believe. His salvation has turned mere creatures into
God’s own children. God is saying to us, “You are now My children.
You are My sons and daughters. You are no longer the children of
Satan, but My own children. You are no longer creatures, but My
own people. I have atoned all your sins through My Son Jesus. I
have now made you My people, and you have become My people by faith.”
God has not only saved sinners, but He has also bestowed on them
the grace of making them His own children.
God called the lid of the Ark of the
Testimony in the Tabernacle as the mercy seat. Two cherubim were
placed facing down on it. Why did God say that He would meet the
people of Israel above the mercy seat? The reason for this was because
God remitted the sins of the people of Israel by accepting the blood
of the sacrificial animal on which all their sins were passed over
with the laying on of hands.
God said so, in other words, because
He wanted to give the people of Israel the remission of their sins
as a gift by having them pass their sins onto their sacrificial
offering by laying their hands on its head, and by having this sacrificial
offering pay the wages of these sins vicariously on their behalf,
all in order to blot out the iniquities of His people. Because God
could not meet sinners without the offering of atonement, it was
through this sacrificial offering that He blotted out their sins
and met them.
Everyone is born into this world with
sin as a descendant of Adam. Everyone therefore has sin, and no
one can meet God without the offering of sacrifice. This is why
God said that He would accept the offering of sacrifice that atoned
the sins of the Israelites and meet them above the mercy seat.
God made the people of Israel set
the tenth day of the seventh month as the Day of Atonement. He made
the High Priest to pass a year’s worth of the sins of the Israelites
onto the sacrificial offering and give this blood of sacrifice to
Him. On the very day, the sins of the people of Israel were remitted
for an entire year, and this was because on this day, the High Priest
gave the sin offering on their behalf.
The Old Testament’s Sacrificial System for the Deliverance
of Sinners from Their Iniquities
As Leviticus 1:4 says, “Then he
shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will
be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him,” all the
sins of a sinner were actually passed onto the scapegoat by laying
his hands on the head of the sacrifice. God accepts with pleasure
the kind of offerings that is given with the faith that truly believes
in His Word. This was the essential and first step of sacrificial
system that God had established for His people Israelites.
Then the person cut its throat and
drew its blood, and gave this blood to the priests. The priests
then put this blood on the horns of the altar of burnt offering,
placed its flesh on the altar and burn it, and thereby gave it to
God as the sacrificial offering for the sins of the sinner. This
was the law of salvation that God set to actually remit each sinner’s
However, on the Day of Atonement,
the tenth day of the seventh month, God allowed His people to offer
a sacrifice that could remit a year’s worth of their sins. On that
day, the High Priest, the representative of all Israelites, had
to prepare two goats. “Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two
goats: one lot for the Lord and the other lot for the scapegoat.
And Aaron shall bring the goat on which the Lord's lot fell, and
offer it as a sin offering” (Leviticus 16:8-9). He had to lay
his hands on the head of the first goat so that a year’s worth of
the sins of all Israelites could pass onto the sacrifice. Then he
drew its blood by actually killing it, went into the Most Holy,
and sprinkled the blood with his finger on the mercy seat on the
east side, and before the mercy seat he sprinkled it seven times.
By accepting this blood of the sacrificial offering, God washed
away their sins and approved them as His own people.
After this, the High Priest then came
out of the Tabernacle, and gave the other goat before the presence
of the people of Israel. To actually pass the sins of his people,
he laid his hands again on the head of the sacrificial offering.
He then confessed, “I pass all the sins that my people have committed
during the last one year onto this offering.” After this, he sent
the offering away into the desert by the hand of a suitable man.
This goat had to be sent away into
the arid wilderness to die (Leviticus 16:20-22). This tells us that
the sins of the people of Israel were wholly remitted once for all
with the sin offerings that were given on the Day of Atonement.
These scapegoats foreshadowed none
other than Jesus. This sin offering manifests the truth of salvation
that Jesus Christ completed by being baptized by John and being
crucified to blot out the sins of everyone in this world. God promised
to meet the people of Israel above the mercy seat when they offered
the lawful sacrifice through the High Priest. The people of Israel
considered the High Priest and the mercy seat precious, for it was
the High Priest who gave the sin offering every year on their behalf,
and it was the mercy seat where their iniquities were forgiven.
Likewise, Jesus reconciled us with
God, having offered one sacrifice with His body for our sins forever
through His baptism and bloodshed. That is why we cannot give enough
thanks to the Lord Jesus, and why we have to believe in His baptism
along with His crucifixion.
The Mercy Seat Sealed up the Two Stone Tablets of
the Ten Commandments That Were Placed inside the Ark of the Testimony
On the Mountain Sinai, God commanded
Moses to place the two stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments
inside the Ark of the Testimony and to seal up the Ark with the
mercy seat. God did so because He wanted to bestow His love of mercy
on the people of Israel, for they could not keep the Law. In other
words, it was because God could not deal with the people of Israel
who sinned everyday with His just Law that declared the wages of
sin to be death. This, too, was to give the remission of sin to
the people of Israel.
The people of Israel were, in other
words, too insufficient before God to keep His Law with their deeds.
So God gave them the sacrificial system with the Law. It was to
make them be cleansed of all their sins through the offering of
sacrifice. This shows us that to blot out the sins of the people
of Israel, God demanded them to pass their sins onto the sacrificial
offering by laying their hands on its head, and to kill it on their
behalf by cutting its throat. God gave the law of His love of salvation
along with the law of His just wrath to the people of Israel. As
such, we also need to believe in the two pivotal truths of God’s
salvation; the baptism that the Messiah received from John and of
the blood that He shed on the Cross.
The sacrificial animal for the sin
offering in the Old Testament was the body of the Messiah in the
New Testament. The sacrificial offerings that were given to us in
the Scriptures were God’s love of mercy that blots out all our sins.
Now as before, to be remitted of our sins, we absolutely need the
sacrificial offering of atonement. From long ago, to blot out the
sins of mankind, there must have been the justice of God and His
love of mercy.
Because the justice of God must judge
us if we have sin, we had to wash away our sins by passing them
onto the sin offering. As a saying in Korea goes, “Hate sin, but
do not hate sinners,” God hated our sins but He did not hate our
souls. For God to blot out the sins of our souls, we needed to lay
our hands on the offering of sacrifice, draw its blood and give
it to Him. In the Old Testament, that God atoned the sins of the
people of Israel means that God accepted their offering of sacrifice
and thereby remitted their sins.
For the people of Israel, the only
maker of the Law was God. Jehovah, who revealed Himself before the
people of Israel, is He who exists by Himself. Just as we recognize
God as the only legislator of the Law, we must recognize that He
is the God of us all and accept the sacrificial system that He set
to blot out our sins. Through the sacrificial system that God established,
we are able to realize just how much God has loved us and how righteously
He has delivered us from sin. And through the Law of God, we also
are able to realize how we simply cannot keep His commandments.
In our fundamentals, we had been idolaters before God, committing
all kinds of iniquities and transgressions. Therefore, we cannot
but admit that we were bound to hell for our sins at any time. That
is why God Himself had to come to us as the Savior.
Jesus Christ gave His body as the
sacrifice for the sins of the world forever. He offered Himself
in the exactly same way as the sin offering of the Old Testament
was given, especially the one shown in the passage on the Day of
Atonement: by the laying on of hands on the sacrifice’s head and
its bloodshed. The two stone tablets in the Ark of the Testimony
and the mercy seat were absolutely necessary for the people of Israel
to receive the remission of their sins, for God enabled those who
believed in the just Law of God and His promise of life to receive
new life. Today, the Law that shows the justice of God and the Word
of truth that brings eternal salvation from sin enables not only
the people of Israel but also all of us to meet God and receive
You and I who are living in this age
must know and believe who our God is, what He is telling us, and
through what He has made us receive the remission of our sins. Through
the truth of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven
linen manifested in the Old Testament’s door of the Tabernacle,
God has called you and me, accepted us, and given us the faith that
believes in this.
The Blue Thread Implies Exactly the Baptism That
Let us turn to Matthew 3:13-17: “Then
Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by
him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized
by You, and are You coming to me?’ But Jesus answered and said to
him, ‘Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill
all righteousness.’ Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized,
Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens
were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like
a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven,
saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’”
Through the offerings given under
the sacrificial system of the Old Testament, God the Father actually
showed that He would pass all the sins of the world onto His only
begotten Son Jesus Christ. John the Baptist did in fact baptized
Jesus to fulfill all the righteousness of God. Because the sins
of the world were indeed passed onto Jesus as He was baptized by
John, those who believe in this could have been remitted of all
the sins of their hearts.
This baptism that Jesus received has
a completely different meaning from the water baptism that people
usually receive as a ritual to become Christians. In other words,
the water baptism that today’s people receive is merely an outward
sign of their conversion to the Christian religion. Jesus was baptized
in the Jordan River to take upon all the sins of the world with
the laying on of the hands of John the Baptist, the representative
of mankind. The baptism that Jesus received was the baptism that
fulfilled God’s promise of everlasting salvation, of the remission
of sin that God established through the sacrificial system in Leviticus.
That Jesus took upon the sins of the world by personally being baptized
and bled to death on the Cross to pay the wages of these sins is
God’s love for mankind and the perfect remission of sin.
It was to save us from all the sins
of the world that God the Father made His Son be baptized by John.
“Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill
all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15). “Thus” here means that Jesus
would take upon the entire mankind’s sins of the world by being
baptized. Because John baptized Jesus Christ, our sins were passed
onto Him. It was because Jesus Christ had taken upon our sins with
His baptism that He shed His blood and died instead of us. The baptism
that Jesus received is God’s love of sacrifice and of the remission
of sin. After He actually accepted all our sins passed onto Him,
He submerged into water. That submersion implies His death. And
that He came out of water testifies His resurrection in advance.
Jesus Is Our Creator and Savior
It is true that Jesus Christ who came
to us is God Himself who created the universe and all things in
it. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens
and the earth,” and Genesis 1:3 says, “Then God said, ‘Let
there be light’; and there was light.” John 1:3 also states,
“All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was
made that was made.” Jesus Christ actually created the whole
universe with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Philippians 2:5-8 states, “Let
this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in
the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant,
and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance
as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of
death, even the death of the cross.” He is the actual Creator
who made this world and created us mankind. To deliver us from sin,
this Lord Himself came to us as a man, took upon the sins of the
world by being baptized by John, shed His blood because of this
baptism, and has thereby saved us from all sins.
The Messiah actually made the Israelites
to make all the doors of the Tabernacle by weaving blue, purple,
and scarlet thread into white, fine woven linen. That He made them
use blue, purple, and scarlet thread for the doors of the Tabernacle
manifests His intention to save all mankind from their sins: to
take upon the sins of the world with the baptism that Jesus would
receive from John, and to pay their wages with His blood on the
In the Old Testament, sinners brought
their sacrificial offering to the Tabernacle and passed their sins
onto it by laying their hands on its head before the altar of burnt
offering. He then drew its blood by cutting its throat, and gave
this blood to priests. The priests then gave this offering to God
by putting the blood on the four horns of the altar of burnt offering,
as well as pouring the rest of it on the ground.
On the Day of Atonement, when the
High Priest took the blood of the sacrificial offering on whose
head he had laid his hands into the Most Holy and sprinkled it on
the mercy seat, God accepted this blood of the sacrificial offering
as the vicarious judgment on His people. Why did the sacrificial
animal have to be killed? Because it had taken all the sins of the
Israelites through the laying on of the High Priest’s hands on its
head. Its blood was, in other words, the result of this laying on
of hands. Thus, God accepted the blood of the sacrificial animal
and smelt the sweet aroma of its flesh burnt on the altar, and thereby
remitted all the sins of the people of Israel.
In the New Testament’s time also,
Jesus came to do exactly like this. To take upon our sins and bear
the condemnation of sin, our Lord had to come to this earth through
the body of the Virgin Mary, and He completed salvation by being
baptized by John and shedding His blood on the Cross. The blue,
purple, and scarlet thread is actually the gospel manifesting the
truth that Jesus, God Himself, was baptized and crucified.
It is because Jesus took upon our
sins with His baptism that He was crucified, shed all His blood,
died, rose from the dead in three days, and has thereby become the
Savior of us who believe, sitting at the right hand of the throne
of God. Jesus Christ has enabled those who actually believe in Him
as their Savior to call God as Abba, Father, by being remitted of
all their sins once for all before God the Father. These are the
mystery of the truth hidden in the blue, purple and scarlet thread.
Through His baptism and the blood
of the Cross, the Messiah fulfilled the cleaning of our sins and
bore the condemnation of our sins in our stead. Now, He has become
the Savor of the world. As such, we must believe that the door of
the Tabernacle in the Old Testament was made by weaving blue, purple,
and scarlet thread on fine woven linen, and we must also believe
that in the New Testament, the Messiah our Savior actually came
to this earth, took upon the sins of the world with His baptism,
and bore the condemnation of all sins on the Cross—thereby, we must
receive the remission of our sins.
As Christians, How Much Attention Are You Paying
to His Word?
Exodus 25:22 states, “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.” How near are you, then, to the gospel
of the water and the Spirit, the gospel of atonement? From where
did the Lord say that He would speak to those of you who believe
in Jesus as the Savior? In Exodus 25:22, He said that He would give
you all His commandments from above the cover of the Ark of the
Testimony. To the people of Israel in the Old Testament, God said
that He would speak to them of everything from the mercy seat.
You must realize that this is God’s
promise that He would lead your lives after giving you the remission
of sin through the lawful sacrificial offering and making you His
people. God is telling us that no matter how much those of you who
believe in Christianity try to be led by the Lord, if you believe
in Jesus while remaining ignorant of the truth of the gospel of
the water and the Spirit, then He cannot lead you. As such, if you
really want to be led by the Lord, you must first know and accept
the truth of the remission of sin that has remitted your sins all
at once, and then wait for His guidance.
There is one thing that I want to
tell you, and it is that if you want to become God’s children, and
if you want to become part of His Church, you must first be remitted
of your sins by believing in the gospel of the water and the Spirit,
the mystery of the blue, purple, and scarlet thread. Only after
this can you also receive the Lord’s commandments spoken to you
from above the Ark of the Testimony.
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We must remember and believe that
the Lord has always commanded and led our lives when we have faith
in the gospel of the water and the Spirit that has enabled us to
receive the remission of sin. Are you now receiving the Lord’s commandments
given to you from above the mercy seat? Or are you following the
Lord based on your own feelings?
Your own feelings and emotions cannot
build your faith, but only lead you to confusion. If you seek to
follow the commandments of God spoken to you from above the Ark
of the Testimony, you must then realize and believe that the blue,
purple, and scarlet thread and the fine woven line spoken of in
the Tabernacle are the remission of sin that God has given us.
Hallelujah! I thank God for the baptism
of the Lord, the blood of the Cross, and His power and love that
have saved us from all the sins of the world.