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To start this study, here is Matthew 7:12 , where it says, Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
For this study we want you to read in your Bibles...Exodus 25:17 ; Exodus 26:34 ; Exodus 30:6 ; Exodus 40:26 ; Leviticus 14-17 ; Exodus 25:22 ; and of course Matthew 7:12
This is a study of "The Golden Rule" and "The Golden Mercy Seat". First let us read from Exodus 25:17 , where it says, "And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold; two cubits and a half the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. And thou shalt make two cherubim of gold.". Next let's read Exodus 26:34 , where it says, "And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the Ark of the Testimony in the most Holy Place."
Now we read Leviticus 16:15 , where it says, "Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the veil, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat". And now Exodus 22:25 , where it says, "And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel".
The mercy seat was NOT UNDER the Law, but the Law was under it. God is both just and the Justifier. Romans 3:24-26 . We know that Matthew 7:12 has been called "The Golden Rule". But now, concerning the Golden Rule, note the statement where Christ says, "This is the Law."
OK...now, with this let us read Galatians 3:10 , where it says that the curse of God upon those UNDER the Law. Referring to the Law, note what the Apostle Peter said to his fellow disciples in Acts 15:10 , "Why tempt ye God to put a yoke on the necks of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?" And now look at James 2:10 , "For whosoever shall keep the WHOLE Law, and yet offend in ONE point, he is guilty of ALL."
Then concerning the Law note what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 7 , "For what I WOULD, that do I NOT; but what I HATE, that I DO. For the good that I WOULD I do not: but the evil which I would NOT, THAT I do. Now if I DO that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me". Because of inherent, indwelling sin the natural man is not subject to the Law of God. However, the spiritual man, by the Law of the Spirit of life, CAN WALK in the Spirit and FULFILL the righteousness of the Law. Romans 8:4 .
We read in Exodus 26:34 that the mercy seat of pure gold was placed ON TOP of the ark. The Ten Commandments, the Law, was placed IN the ark. This was not by accident! And, the ark and the mercy seat were behind the veil, in the most holy place in the tabernacle. Note Hebrews 9:7 where it says, "But into the second went the high priest ALONE once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the errors of the people". Christ entered within the veil (in Heaven) by His Blood. Hebrews 9:12 .
God is Just and the Justifier of every one who trusts in the blood propitiation of Jesus Christ. Romans 3:24-27 . The Law is just. Romans 7:12 . True justice knows no mercy. But because of Christ and Calvary, God can be just and merciful and do what He could not do by the deeds of the Law, which is to justify the believing Law-breaker. Romans 3:19-20 ; Romans 8:3 ; Acts 13:39 .
Remember the Law was UNDER the golden mercy seat. The Law worketh wrath. Romans 4:15 . The Golden Rule is the Law. Christ made peace through the blood of His cross. Colossians 1:20 . Read Galatians 2:21 and Galatians 3:21 .
The Law condemned the Pharisee. The blood sprinkled mercy seat justified the publican, who went down justified. Luke 18:10-14 . The Law is the ministration of condemnation. 2 Corinthians 3:9 . Believers are justified by the Blood of Christ. Romans 5:7-10 . In Christ Jesus there is no condemnation. Romans 8:1 ; Romans 8:32-35 ; John 3:18 . The place of safety is not under the Law, but under the Blood...and under Grace...Romans 6:14 ...IN Christ.
Just THINK of the foolish, religious person who prefers "under the Law" TO "in Christ".
Then think of those who have been to the blood sprinkled mercy seat (Calvary) and there received the Divine Nature and now want to keep the Golden Rule by yielding to the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus and obeying Romans 8:4 .
Sinners, though moral, religious, conscientious, and sincere, can NOT get near to Salvation and Heaven by struggling with or following the Golden Rule. The blood sprinkled mercy seat is FIRST.
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 . BELIEVE today. The time is short.
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In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20 )