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“Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.” — Jesus (Mark 9:1)

Some point to this verse to say Jesus expected his return to be in the lifetime of his followers. The reasoning goes, then, that since he was wrong about that, maybe he was wrong about other things, too.

What is wrong is thinking he’s talking about his second coming, taking his statements out of context with the events that followed.

About his second coming Jesus actually told his disciples

“The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.” (Luke 17:22)

So who saw the Kingdom of God come with power? The answer is in the very next verse where Jesus takes Peter, James, and John for prayer and his appearance changes. They see him in his glory and it gives them such a shock they don’t know what to say!

That “Coming of the Kingdom of God with power” was also seen the day of Pentecost where the Holy Spirit filled the disciples hearts and they were awestruck!

And the “Coming of the Kingdom of God with power” is seen, today, where men or women, young or old, decide to let Jesus be their boss — holding nothing back.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12)

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me…” (Acts 1:8)

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive:” (John 7:38)

I don’t think Jesus was wrong, he knew exactly what he was talking about.

— fritz

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I recently caught a glimpse of the symbolical meaning of the famous Ark of the Covenant which God commanded Moses to build. It was Israel’s greatest treasure, the place where they knew God resided.

It wasn’t intended as just a religious shrine but an object lesson of God’s presence in the life of those in Christ.

The Bible says the tabernacle, altar, and priesthood were all really

“only a hint of what goes on in the true sanctuary of heaven, which Moses caught a glimpse of as he was about to set up the tent-shrine. It was then that God said, “Be careful to do it exactly as you saw it on the Mountain.” – Hebrews 8:5b (Message Bible)

Moses saw the real sanctuary in heaven and the way God designed every human being — both are the true sanctuary. When a person gives his/her life to Christ, his/her body becomes the temple of God on earth:

“You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you?” – 1st Corinthians 3:16

While the meanings of all these are not spelled out, we can learn from them.

So what are some of these object lessons? The tabernacle, itself, for one.

Comprised of three parts (Outer Court where anyone could visit; Inner Court for only the priests, and the Holy-Of-Hollies separated by a vail and only available once a year for the high priest alone) the Tabernacle is comparable to how God made every person; Body, Soul, and Spirit — the body where we interact with everyone; our inner soul where our mind, will, and emotions work; the human spirit where the subconscious rules (that mysterious inner place even we don’t fully understand).

It was in that inner sanctum, the Holy-of-Hollies, where the ark of the covenant was housed. That’s where God’s Spirit goes when a man or woman asks Jesus to come into their “heart” and be their savior.

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive” — John 7:38-39a

— fritz

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“My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;” — Psalm 63:1b

God has the answer for a thirsty soul!

“He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) — Jesus (John 7:38-39)

Jesus has now been glorified and the Holy Spirit is available for the asking.

Two Additional Thoughts:

  1. Why settle for a canteen when whole river is offered?
  2. Wanting is not the same as asking

Also see: Pray it forward — August 30, 2011
Also see: Expecting Good – October 21, 2011

— fritz

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