The Water of Life that Flows from the Sanctuary (Ezekiel 47: 6-12) 11/15/2020
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The Water of Life that Flows from the Sanctuary (Ezekiel 47: 6-12) 11/15/2020
During a time when Israel had completely crumbled, God sent them a prophet and answered how they would be restored as the people of God. This is God’s absolute covenant (the absolute solution, absolute conclusion, and absolute power are within this). The main prophet is Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Those who would be used as witnesses within this absolute solution, absolute conclusion, and absolute power were called the “remnants” in Isaiah and “the army of God” in Ezekiel. Even if there may be those who have completely lost hope like dried bones, there will be works that go beyond simply coming to life if they hold onto only the power of Christ, only the power of the Word, and only the power of the Holy Spirit. Now, they will save the world and become God’s army. Ezekiel’s dream from the passage reconfirms to us what the power of Christ, the power of the word, and the power of the Joly Spirit that we must hold onto and enjoy is. Water flows from the sanctuary and that water saves the whole world. At first, the water comes to the ankles, then to the knee and hip, and could be measured. Later on, the water makes a river and goes into the sea and saves everything (verse 9), by then, the water could not be measured.
- What does the water that flows from the sanctuary signify? It signifies the boundless gospel of Christ (Ephesians 3:8).
1) This gospel saves all life (Romans 1:16-17).
① Even the life that separated from God died from trespasses and sins, and became enslaved to the world will live when they hear the gospel (Ephesians 2:1-5).
As time goes, the world is falling deeper into corruption, various curses and disasters are continuing, and lives are crumbling within that. People will wander with no answers, become obsessive, addicted, depressed and various serious spiritual problems will continue but they will live if the Gospel enters them. It’s not about surviving alone. The fruit that saves and heals the world will come forth through that person (verse 12).
② Only God the Creator can save the world and save lives.
God created the world through the word and the word came to us as life and light through Christ (John 1:1-4, 14).
2) We need to meet Christ who came as this gospel within the word.
People will eventually crumble and die no matter how much they read and study the Bible if they do not meet the gospel of Christ.
① There are historical facts in the Bible. It does not mean simply study history.
Historical facts being recorded is to show how God’s Word was fulfilled in history as evidence.
② There are laws (legalism) in the Bible as well. Some words say to keep the law and to be saved and whole (perfect).
This is what God desires. The problem is that we cannot keep the law and meet God’s standard of righteousness. Why? All life became slaves to sin after Adam (Romans 3:10, 5:12, 6:17). Humans were held by the devil who pulled down Adam and was left with no choice but to follow idolatry and the rotting world. Then why was the law given? To see myself that had no choice but to live that way (Romans 3:20) and to hold onto Christ who died for me and completed the law (Galatians 3:24).
③ So what is the most important core of the Bible? What is the covenant of covenants? It is only Christ (John 5:39, Luke 24:44).
This Christ is the Son of God and is the unique power of God that can save us (Romans 1:4). This Christ firsthand solved our sins and curses with the authority of the Priest, Prophet, and King (Romans 8:1-2), destroyed the works of the devil behind that (1 John 3:8), and became the way to meet God (John 14:6). When we know, accept, and look upon this Christ through only, God’s absolute power and power of the Holy Spirit is revealed (John 7:38-39). At that time, everything we do becomes uniqueness, and recreation that saves the world.
- We must discover and enjoy three things in the word after we meet Christ (John 15:7).
1) There is a covenant that must be fulfilled in the word.
There is a covenant that will be fulfilled in at least five fields (myself, meetings, family, work, region (country and age)). That word comforts me, renews me, and gives me a mission (darakbang/ upper room meeting). God lets His will be known through meetings (team ministry) and heals and uses my family (mission home). I will receive evidence in my work, and it will become doors of evangelism (specialized ministry), and I will stand as one who will save my region (country, age) (regional church). Everything comes to life (verse 9) and it becomes a place for the spreading of nets (verse 10).
2) There is a flow in the word. The passaged says that water flows from the sanctuary and flows into the river, sea, and entire world.
① It is a flow that saves. It is a spiritual flow (John 6:63). That is why one must know how to see the spiritual facts in the Bible.
Simply put, what is the spiritually fallen angel, Satan, from Genesis 1:2 doing (1John 3:8, John 14:30, Ephesians 6:12, Revelations 18:1-3)? On the contrary, what does the Holy Spirit who is the spirit of Christ do? Satan corrupts, creates fights and division, brings sickness, destroys, and kills. The Holy Spirit is the opposite. He allows the fallen to repent, creates unity, heals the sick, restores the broken, and brings the dead to life and makes him into a person who saves.
② The flow that saves is the flow of evangelism.
Noah’s ark was Christ and was a work that saved (Genesis 6:14-20). The covenant of Canaan was the covenant that saved Abraham and all nations (Genesis 12:1-3). The three feasts and tabernacle and temple was a covenant that even saved foreigners (Isaiah 56:7). Why were they sent as slaves and captives? They were sent to save because they would not go otherwise (Isaiah 54:3). It is a great blessing for my life to be one that thinks of evangelism and mission. It is following God’s word and flow.
③ It is the flow of answers.
Evangelism and mission become easier if I receive answers to all my problems. God will attach me with people who need to hear my testimony. Answers will come when I accurately go with the flow (time schedule). The mystery of finding the flow of answers and going into the flow is the pulpit message. There was no such thing as the pulpit message in the Old Testament. Christ comes and Peter shares the word after the Holy Spirit comes upon them in Acts 2. This is the start of the pulpit. The apostles held onto the word had the forum and prayed and that is when all doors opened (Acts 2:42, 1 Thessalonians 2:13). The dream of the water that flows from the sanctuary that saves me and the world signifies this blessing. The flow of the pulpit is important.
3) A journey starts from when holding onto the word and following the word (Covenant Journey, Evangelist Journey, Remnant Journey).
Nothing happens for no reason. It is a journey in which God is with us to fulfill the word. It won’t matter whether we go as slaves or captives or if disasters come upon the entire world. The word just needs to be within me (meditation). God sends the heavenly armies of angels and fulfills the word (Psalms 103:20). Paul held onto “the covenant of the ends of the earth” of Acts 1:8 and had a dream and vision of “I must also see Rome” (CVDIP). God fulfills that. In prison, God said to him “you will testify in Rome” (Acts 23:11), and when before a storm He said, “You will stand before Caesar” (Acts 27:24).
Conclusion – We are God’s army that saves and protects the world and me. Look upon only Christ. Firmly hold onto the word of the gospel. Go into the flow of the word. Our life will become a journey that God is with. May you become triumphant believers.