Holiness

The Ark of the Covenant

The Ark and the Mercy Seat were the most important of all the vessels of the Tabernacle. The Ark with the Mercy Seat was the throne of God. Shekinah Glory - God focused His divine presence throughout all the years the Tabernacle was in existence. This is why this innermost chamber was called the Holy of Holies.

The Mercy Seat

Exodus 25:17-22, Leviticus 16:2, Psalm 80:1 - The Mercy Seat and Cherubim were made from one solid piece of beaten gold. This speaks of Christ’s Deity and Glory being one. The only other article similarly constructed was the Golden Lamp Stand. Note the absence of wood. Humanity was not represented in any way. The place of mercy was wholly conceived and wrought by God.

The Pure in Heart, Part 2

Introduction

Let us first look at what is meant by the word heart. The heart is the center of the personality. It includes the intellect, emotions, and will. It is the center of man's being. It is the fountain from which everything comes. It is the total man. The Bible says, “Blessed are the pure in heart.” Happy are those who are pure, not merely on the surface, but in the center of their being and the source of every activity.

The Pure in Heart

The pure in heart are those who put God first in everything and those who put God's glory above all else. The pure in heart have a single objective - the glory of God and the exaltation of Jesus Christ. This pureness of heart is manifested in a life in which motives are unmixed, thoughts are holy and conscience is clear.

The heart, biblically speaking, is the center of the personality and embraces the total man. It includes the emotions, the intellect, and the will. The soul is the seat of my emotional nature—the seat of my natural instincts. The spirit is the highest part of my being to which God makes Himself known. The body is the vehicle through which I express my emotions, whether soulish or spiritual. Those who in totality of being are "pure" - that is cleansed, purged, and emptied of all sin – they, and they only, see God. 

 

Godliness

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