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The Ark Of The Testament In The Most Holy Place:-

The Hebrew Sanctuary by Ty Gybson, Laymen Ministry News, Summer- Fall 1994. page 14.

In the second apartment of the Hebrew temple there dwelt the visible presence of God residing over a gold, chest like ark, containing the holy law of God as a transcript of His perfect character.


Upon the ark was placed the mercy seat, as a symbol of pardoning love. The symbolism here is beautiful and significant. It is the ultimate purpose of God to fully restore man to a condition of perfect harmony with His law. Through the power of forgiveness and the influence of divine love, those who believe in Jesus and accept His offer of salvation will have the principles of God's law written upon their hearts. Of this wonderful experience Christ says, "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts and in their minds I will write them." Then He adds, "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." (Hebrews 10:16-17).


Imagine yourself in possession of a character of "love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23). Imagine your heart and life free from idolatry, profanity, disrespect, anger, lust, envy, jealousy, lying and covetousness. (see Exodus 20:1-17). Does not every sane and reasonable person desire such an experience? This is this holy purpose of God for you and me. There is freedom and self-mastery offered in the promise of Christ to write God's law in our hearts and minds. This is the new covenant.


Repentance, confession, cleansing, partaking of God's word, sharing the gospel with others, maintaining a constant prayer life, and living in willing, loving obedience to God's law—these are the vital and practical elements of successful Christian experience. In one structure of symbolism the Lord has graciously revealed the way of salvation. It's so simple that none need remain in darkness and fail of an entrance into the everlasting kingdom of God.


Will you dear friend , yield your life to Christ and walk in the path that leads to the throne of God? He loves you dearly. He knows your guilt, your weaknesses and your needs. He stands eager and willing to forgive and cleanse, to make all things new. Cease to hide, for He will not condemn. His voice echoes from the garden of Eden, calling with tender compassion and searching love, "My child, where art thou?" Will you answer? —