The New Covenant is not different than the Old Covenant; it is the Old Covenant made living. The testimony of the present includes the testimony of the past and thus it is continually progressing to the testimonyofthefuture.Revelation, chapter 4 is visionof theChurchasitis,asitwas,and as it will be in Christ. It is no longer seen separated from God on the earth, but rather one with Him in the heavenly place of His manifested presence (Eph. 1:3). We are part of a great inheritance in the earth. We are part of the inheritance of God to fill the earth with Hisglory!
Revelation, chapter 4, verse 5, reveals the Church has been given access to God in His glory cloud (Ex. 19:16-18). There is lightning (revelation from heaven), thunderings (individual testimonies on earth of what has been revealed from heaven), and voices (changed identities and realities upon the earth as the result of Christ’s kingdom come). This is made possible by the seven Spirits of God at work in the hearts of menandwomeninChrist.TheSpiritoftheLord,theSpiritofWisdom, the Spirit of Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel, the Spirit ofMight, the Spirit of Knowing, and the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord not only rest upon the Head (Jesus), but also upon the Branch (the Body of Christ). The Rod and Branch have been anointed together to revealthe livingtestimonyofChristintheearth(Isa.11:1).TheChurchhasbeen grantedtheabilitytoknowoneLord,oneFaith,oneBaptism,oneGod andFatherofall,oneGodaboveall,oneGodthroughall,andoneGod in all (Eph. 4:5, 6). The likeness and the image of God the Father will be revealed through Jesus Christ and His eternal Body in heaven and on earth!
John sees a sea of glass, like crystal (Rev. 4:6; Ezek. 1:4, 5, 22, 26). Here John is standing in the heavenly throne room, looking down on the sea (Laver – Ex. 30:17-21; 1 Kin. 7:23-26). Ezekiel looked at it from underneath, but in John’svision there is a place prepared before him to walk. The sea is a testimony to the living word of God. It has now been granted the Church to be able to ‘keep the word of God’. Every member of the Church can be transformed by Christ’s living word and thus become a testimony of flesh made into the word of God. MembersofChrist’sBodyhavebeengiventheabilitytoknowtheword ofGodintheirheartsandintheirminds(Jer.31:33;Heb.8:10;10:16). They have eyes in front and back, for each member of their being has a personal relationship with God in Christ. Who they are comes from a revelation of Jesus Christ. Grace comes to them all at a revelation of Jesus in their lives (1 Pet. 1:13). Every part of their being has been made alive in Christ. They all know God and need not be taught from an external source (Jer. 31:34; Jn. 14:26; 16:13; Heb. 8:11; 1 Jn.2:27).
As leaders we must lead the church in becoming the expression of the word in flesh from the manifest presence of God in their lives. This is the testimony of Christ in each one, the hope of glory. We do not lead for Christian ministry. We lead as examples in living in and from the throne room to become testimonies of God’s word in flesh.
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson
Christ Unveiled, Chapter 3, page 65…
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