THE MERCY SEAT
BY: E. E. BROOKS
Today, people pray to God and then try to hear what he says. We listen the best we can, but often it’s hard to know for certain what God is saying. Some times we know in our spirits, but wouldn’t it be great if we could talk to God the same way we talk to our friends? There will come a time when we will be able to speak with God directly, while looking into his eyes and he will respond to us clearly. The High Priest was able to directly communicate with God once a year in the Holy of Holies. There was no wondering what God was saying because he dwelt in the Mercy Seat, which was above the Ark of the Covenant.
Exodus 37:6 And he made the mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half was the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof. (KJV)
Exodus 26:34 And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place. (KJV)
Leviticus 16:2 for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat. (KJV)
Have you ever wondered why it is called a Mercy Seat? In the Old Testament, if the High Priest did not have everything exactly prepared according to God’s specifications, he would die in the Holy of Holies. That does not seem like there was much mercy there. But when everything was done right, there was the forgiveness of all sin for the Children of Israel, on the Day of Atonement. That was the Old Covenant, today we are under a New Covenant. We no longer need to have a High Priest to go into the Holy of Holies to atone for our sins. We can approach God ourselves and speak to him. Jesus was our High Priest, who made atonement for our sins once and for all. He had mercy on a sinful word, even on those who do not believe! Here is what Jesus said:
John 12:47 And if any man hear my words, and Believe Not, I Judge Him Not: for I came not to judge the world, but to Save the World. (KJV
1 Tim 4:10 …we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of All Men, especially of those that believe.
Now Jesus did not say that every Spirit, Soul and Body will be saved. But every Spirit Will be saved, even though their Soul and Body will be destroyed.
Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then (after death) shall the dust (body) return to the earth as it was: and the Spirit shall return unto God who gave it. (KJV)
There will be a group of Overcomers called the Remnant, who will be saved in Spirit, Soul and Body.
*They will receive a glorified physical Body.
*They will put on the Mind (Soul) of Christ.
*They will Sit in the very Throne of God
Rev. 3:21...To him that Overcometh will I grant to sit with me in My Throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His Throne. (KJV)
The Mercy Seat is the same as the Seat of Mercy or the Throne of Mercy. The Father’s Throne is a Seat of Mercy. The Overcomers will sit in the very Throne of God, and they must learn to grant mercy!
Mercy Seat — Seat of Mercy — Throne of Mercy
Proverbs 20:28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his Throne is upholden by Mercy. (KJV)
It’s important to understand that Mercy is for the Guilty. If you are innocent, then you do not need mercy. Those who sit in God’s throne will grant mercy to those who are G-U-I-L-T-Y. The Remnant will grant mercy to every Spirit. They will have been forgiven of much and will respectively forgive others. Now read the parable Jesus told us:
Matt. 18:23-35 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29 And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desirest me: 33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. (KJV)
The quickest way to loose your reward is to not forgive others. That does not mean your Spirit will not be saved, but you will not receive the salvation of your Soul and Body. It sounds technical but nonetheless separating Spirit, Soul and Body helps to clear up apparent contradictions in the Bible. There are degrees of rewards in heaven…
1 Cor. 15:41-42 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for One Star Differeth From Another Star in Glory. 42 So also is the Resurrection of the Dead… (KJV)
Those who receive the highest reward, (the salvation of Spirit, Soul and Body) will have the same attributes as the Most High God, Love, Forgiveness and Mercy. They will be the only ones who will sit in God’s Throne.
The Old Testament reflected the nature of Yahweh, which was Law, Condemnation, Judgment and Death. The New Testament, through Jesus, reflects the Highest nature of God (El-Elyon), which is Love, Forgiveness, Mercy and Life.
YAHWEH – EL-ELYON – Law – Love – Condemnation – Forgiveness – Judgment – Mercy – Death — Life
The 2 natures of God are expressed in having Mercy on every Spirit, while having to destroy the carnal Souls and Bodies of those who do not Overcome every enemy. The more of the Mind of Christ we put on, the more Glory we will receive. Jesus only reflected the attributes of the Most High God. The New Testament tells us the whole Law is summed up in Love.
Gal 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (KJV)
Rom 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Romans 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. (KJV)
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES
Jesus told us to love our enemies. It’s hard enough to love most Christians, let alone our enemies. But nevertheless, we are commanded to love the very ones who hate us. We must also forgive and grant mercy to our enemies. They need it the most.
Matt 5:43-45 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your Enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh his sun to rise on the Evil and on the Good, and sendeth rain on the Just and on the Unjust. (KJV)
Ps. 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in Mercy. (KJV)
Matt 5:7 Blessed are the Merciful: for they shall obtain Mercy. (KJV)
Luke 6:35-38 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36 Be Ye Therefore Merciful, as your Father also is Merciful. 37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (KJV)
When you have a choice to condemn or grant mercy, choose mercy.
When you have a choice to hold a grudge or forgive, choose to forgive.
When you have a choice to hate or love, choose to love.
When you have a choice between life or death, choose life.
Ps. 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Ps. 107:1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever. (KJV)
1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.
2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth forever.
3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth forever.
4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth forever.
5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth forever.
6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth forever.
7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth forever:
8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth forever:
9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth forever.
10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth forever:
11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth forever:
12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth forever.
13 To him, which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth forever:
14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth forever:
15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth forever.
16 To him, which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth forever.
17 To him, which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth forever:
18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth forever:
19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth forever:
20 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth forever:
21 And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth forever:
22 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth forever.
23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth forever:
24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth forever.
25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth forever.
26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth forever. (KJV)
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