The Lamb of God (3)


The Lamb on Mount Sion


Contents      part 1   part 2   part 3   part 4



In the first study we considered some reasons as to why Jesus is referred to as the Lamb of God. In the second study we considered the lamb on the throne and how that the scene in heaven, in the NC, has changed from the times of the OC. For our third study we turn our attention to the fourteenth chapter of the book of Revelation. And in it we will see another change from that of the OC.





 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:  And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.  These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.  And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

Rev. 14:1-5


The scene of the Lamb shifts from the throne, where He is central and worshipped by those around it, to that of the Lamb standing on Mount Sion, with him are 144,000. These 144,000 are known as virgins, and they follow the Lamb wherever He goes; they are referred to as redeemed from men and are the first fruits unto God and the Lamb. What are we to make  of it all? Our studies are  to concentrate on the Lamb, so we will only mention other things as they touch on the subject.

In this study we shall consider two aspects of this passage: the Lamb Standing ; and the Lamb on Mount Sion

3.1  The Lamb Standing




a) Sit, walk, stand

In scripture the physical  position of people is highly significant.  For example in Hebrews we read:

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Heb.1:1-3

After accomplishing the work of redemption, and after His ascension Jesus SAT down on the right hand of the Father. This sitting indicates a finished and completed work. In the Tabernacle and Temple  of all the furniture present there was a distinct lack of seating! In fact there was nowhere for the priests to sit at all; the reason being is that the OT priests were never finished in their work, they had  to continually bring  sacrifices and do the work of the sanctuary. (Heb. 10:1-3). For them there was no rest, their work was never done.  Sitting typifies a finished work, so the priests of the OC could never rest in their work, however  Jesus has finished the work of eternal redemption and so  the opening verses of Hebrews emphasises  His completed work at the cross by stating that He sat down at the right hand of God.

Walking, on the other hand signifies the conduct or behaviour of an individual; hence  the NT's continual exhortation for us to walk in the Spirit and not the Flesh. As  is seen by the following scriptures.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

  Eph. 2:10;4:1,17;5:2,8,15


He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.


I. Jn.2:6

For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
I Cor.3:3


We are exhorted to walk as Christ walked, that is we are to behave and conduct ourselves as Christ did and not as  unregenerate men do.

But what of standing?  What is the  meaning of standing, and how can we apply this to  Rev. 14?   The following passage is very illuminating in this respect.


Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil....  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Eph. 6:11-13

In terms of spiritual warfare Paul is talking of holding the ground we are on, so we can say in general terms that standing refers to the ground we hold.  Christ has made us more than conquerors (Rom. 8:37) we do nothing to gain or win the ground, for God has already given us the victory in Christ (I Cor 15:57), all we have to do is to remain on the ground of victory. Our   conclusion then is  that  standing  symbolises  the ground occupied.  But how does this relate to the Lord Jesus in the passage under consideration?

b) God has exalted Him

Firstly   look back at one scripture in the previous study.


...... And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, ...........
Rev.5:5-9

The Lamb  on the throne is said to be standing, not sitting! Now this does not contradict Heb. 1 at all. Hebrews is written from the perspective of Christ's finished redeeming work, and the pictures given there are  related to that message, here in Revelation a different view is in mind.  It is showing the ground that  Jesus occupies in heaven, namely  that He is with His Father on the eternal throne. It was His by sovereign right in the first place, but  He became a man and suffered for us and died on Calvary, but then He rose and God the Father exalted Him  far above all.

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Phil. 2:6-11

The place that Jesus now stands, or occupies, is on the throne of heaven; it  is His by  Sovereign right anyway but   also by fact that His  Father has given that position to  Him, by virtue of His redeeming work, as noted by the picture of the slain lamb. Jesus is indeed Lord and  one day  every knee will bow  to Jesus and confess Him as such -  even Satan. There is another scripture that talks of Jesus standing.

But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,  And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

Acts 7:55-56

When the first Christian  martyr looked up, as he was about to be stoned, he saw Jesus standing  at the right hand of God.  Jesus was welcoming this man home! This glimpse into the heavens is unique, and the key here is the phrase ' the right hand of God'. The place Jesus occupies is not just on the throne,  but also  the right  hand of His Father. The right hand  signifying the place of authority and power;  Jesus has been given all authority. No mistaking this at all,  the truth is  throughout the whole of Bible.

 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool

Ps. 110:1 Quoted by Jesus in   Mtt. 22:41-45

 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Mtt.26:64

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Mtt.28:18

Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

I Cor. 15:24-28


3.2 The Lamb on Mount Sion

Turning now to the scripture that heads this study, we find the  Lamb standing on Mount Sion; He occupies this mysterious mountain, so what is this mountain, and what is its significance? Firstly we will consider what mountains  signify.


Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth......................And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever   Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

Dan. 2:35; 44-45


In the second chapter of Daniel, the prophet interprets Nebuchadnezzar's dream. The stone image was a representation of the kingdoms of this world: starting with Babylon and ending with the Roman empire, each kingdom  being  inferior to the previous one. Then a stone  made without hands would smite the the image to become a great mountain and fill the earth.

Now it's this last part that interests us. That stone  became a mountain, and  in the interpretation we have the kingdom of God consuming the others; we  conclude  that the mountain that filled the whole earth is  the kingdom of God,  leading us to see that  the  symbol of the mountain  is representative of kingdoms.

So the Lamb standing on Sion is the  kingdom that Jesus  occupies having  been placed there by God: Sion -  so what then is this Sion, and why should we pay particular attention to it?

b) The two mountains

The answer to the previous question lies in this well known passage in Hebrews.

For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,  And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:  (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:  And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,   To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

Heb. 12:18-24

In writing to the Hebrews, the author takes pains to point out that the Old Covenant, (OC) is done away with in Christ, this He did by fulfilling its demands in every detail, and establishing a new and better way; and the Jewish converts, who were being tempted to go back to Judaism, were in danger of apostasing if they  returned.  So in this masterly composed epistle, the author, under God's inspiration, shows the differences between the Old and New Covenants, and consequently the superiority of the New as compared  to that of the Old.

This passage from the twelfth chapter sums the differences up extremely well. In it the writer presents two mountains  ( kingdoms): one is  the OC represented by Mount Sinai and the New, that by Sion. Sinai is where the law was given: the ten commandments and all the levitical code that went with it, including all the sacrificial and ceremonial law. But look at what the writer notes what happened at Sinai.
(i) Sinai - the Old Covenant
The writer takes us back to  Israel's arrival at Sinai, where God gave the Law.  Read what Moses wrote about the scene before and after the 10 commandments were given:

And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.  And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.  And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. And the LORD came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the LORD called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.  And the LORD said unto Moses, Go down, charge the people, lest they break through unto the LORD to gaze, and many of them perish.


Ex. 19:17-21

And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.  And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.  And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.  And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

Ex.20:18-21


Just look at the scene: it sums up everything the OC  stood for.  The way to God was restricted,  access to God was limited just  to one man, initially Moses,  and later this would be  the High Priest and only  then  would he  be allowed  access to the holiest of all, on one day each year -  the day of  Atonement.  Indeed the way to God was not yet open. There was fear, the people said to Moses that they didn't want God to speak at all to them!  They were afraid of the consequences.

The scene was one of blackness, darkness and death itself; even if a beast so much touched the mountain then it were to be destroyed. The people not only couldn't touch it, they couldn't even see it, nor who was on it! And to cap it all there were terrible sounds, no one liked what they heard, whether  it were the trumpets or the voice of God, they were all in great fear.

This is  the mountain  Israel came to, it was the kingdom they were entering into, that of the law, and by the law is the strength of sin (I Cor. 15: 56) . The whole picture   epitomises the OC . Darkness, terror, fear of death  and  no  direct access to God. We  who are born again believers  have not come to this mountain! Yet the tragedy is that many professing believers still live as if they were  at Sinai; thus bringing  themselves, and others, into bondage,  insisting  that we all keep the Mosaic law, forgetting  the purpose of the law: namely to show up sin as sin,  to brings us to Christ, and that it was only  temporary anyway. For further discussion see the study on Galatians.

But we have not come to this Mountain at all, we are not in the kingdom of the OC, we are at a better Mountain!
(ii) Sion - the New Covenant
But we have come to Sion, and what a difference it is! In contrast to Sinai we see that the way to God is open to all, we have direct  access;

Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,   By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

Heb 10:19-20

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Rom 5:1-2



We have no fear in approaching God, instead we have boldness to enter the Holiest, for Jesus has paid the  due penalty for our sin. Instead of finding death we find life, instead of darkness, light and clarity of vision; there are no sounds of trumpets and earthquakes to put us off, instead everything at Sion is welcoming .


Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.   There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

I Jn.4:17-18


All this and much more at Sion.  Look at the list of those present: an innumerable company of angels; the general assembly and church of the firstborn; God, the spirits of just men made perfect and, JESUS, the Lamb! And the blood of sprinkling. Everything  is the complete opposite to Sinai. There there was no welcome, but here there is; at Sinai the mountain could not be approached, but at Sion not only can we approach we dwell there! Everything at Sion (the NC) is BETTER than at Sinai (the OC). What then are the main differences between the two Covenants? This is  summed up best for us in the eighth chapter of the Hebrew epistle.


But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.  For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.  In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

Heb. 8:6-13


First: the Old Covenant failed simply because Israel did NOT have the power to keep God's law. It was an  external code   but there was no power in it at all, and the Israelites failed to fulfil it. Thus we see the first main difference: the NC is not an external code but an internal life. God's laws are no longer on tables of stone but   are written on our hearts.

Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

II Cor. 3:3

God's laws are written in our hearts by the Holy  Spirit, our stony hearts are changed to fleshy ones when  we are born anew. This subject of new birth and the new heart is fundamental: no one in the natural can keep the law of God, in our fallen state we are powerless to keep it, no wonder Israel failed! What is required is God's life to be  planted in a man, or  a woman,  it is from that source, that is the Divine nature that is  put within us, that we keep His laws; not because of any external requirements but rather because  the life just does it! There is no strain or effort to keep God's commands, it is simply the life working  itself out.

Second:  we can  know God individually, and directly at  that. In the OC the people had to go through priests to know the mind of God, they had to go through the rituals to be accepted, and of course no one could approach God directly at all. But how it is all different in the NC!  As individuals we can know God direct, and that without any  go betweens ( except of course Jesus)!  Just think, we can actually know God as a person! Something the OC people could not do, what a  privilege for us in these days.


And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

I Jn. 5:20


Third: He remembers our sins no more and this is a vital difference. In the OC sins were only 'atoned' for, that is covered. The animal sacrifices could never take away sins (Heb. 10:4), the animal blood only covered the sins of the people, they were still there, but  only covered by animal blood. Whereas in the NC Jesus' blood doesn't cover sin at all - it CLEANSES  from all sin (I Jn.1:7), that is it  removes  our sin and God remembers them no more. People often say God forgets our sin, but that's not what is in mind here: to forget implies a fault with the memory, but the passage here  indicates that God deliberately, by an  act of His will, remembers them no more. This is beyond us, how can an all knowing God do this? But He does, and there is no sin counted against us, praise His name!  We shall consider the blood further in a later study.

Finally we note that at Sion we have indeed  come to JESUS -  the Lamb.  He is the one who is there with His blood welcoming us. There are two further thoughts about Jesus to consider in this study: He is the mediator of the New  Covenant,  and  He is the deliverer on Mount Sion.


c) Jesus

(i) The mediator of the NC
On Mount Sion is the Lamb, and in the Hebrews passage we are told that He is the mediator of the NC. Now this word occurs rarely in scripture. In fact there are only five references to mediator: four  of them refers to Christ and one to Moses.

 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.  Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
Gal.3:19-20


When it is applied to Moses  what does it mean?  God gave the law etc. to Moses on Sinai, and then Moses  passed it onto the people. In the narratives of the Pentateuch we see this often. God speaking to Israel through Moses, remembering that the people did not,  want to  hear God directly. Here is a selection of scriptures to illustrate the point.


For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;   Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:  And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him.

Ex.19: 2-7

 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.   And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.  And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.  And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.  And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, Ye have seen that I have talked with you from heaven.

Ex. 20:18-22

 And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying,  Speak unto the children of Israel,.......

Lev.1:1-2

The above showing the pattern of things in  the OC:  Moses received from God and he then passed on what he had to the children of Israel.  Paul in Galatians was saying that Moses was a mediator,  in fact this is the function he fulfilled when  God sent him to Israel and Pharaoh originally, and  also  in the journeyings in the wilderness. We do not include quotes here for  the sake of space  but reading the Pentateuch will show this clearly.

So what we have established is what the Bible is meaning by a mediator: someone who acts on behalf of another. In the context of spiritual things, one who receives from God and passes on to the people  that which he has received.

So coming into the NC we see one emphatic and clear truth that Jesus is the mediator of the NC and the  ONLY mediator at that.

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

I Tim.2:5

But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

Heb.8:6

And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Heb.9:15

And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.


Heb.12:24


There is no other to mediator between God and man now, no pope, priest or  pastor is or can be; further  the claims  that Mary is a mediator is blasphemous  and totally unscriptural. Jesus ALONE is the mediator and there is no one else  beside Him.  He has received from the Father and has given to us. The benefits of the NC are all to be found in Christ alone and we receive them from Him.
(ii) The deliverer in Sion
There is one  last comment about Jesus at Sion, although not mentioned in Revelation, nor the Hebrews passage it is elsewhere in scripture, and one aspect we must not neglect.

But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.

Oba. v17
Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
I Pet. 2:26

And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Rom. 11:26

As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Rom. 9:33

We come, in one sense,  full circle with our thoughts.  Peter  talks of the Lord laying a chief (foundation) stone in Sion. That is God Himself has place the Lord Jesus there, it is Jesus  and no one else that has been placed in Sion. Jesus is the Chief corner stone. He is the very foundation on which God's work is built, but  it is God's doing, He has exalted Jesus and it is He that has laid that  foundation, no man had a hand in it at all. And those who believe will not be ashamed but to those who will not believe He is a rock of offence (stumbling) and will stumble.

But the key here is that Jesus is the deliverer out of Sion. The word deliverer has the idea of saving,  or rescuing.  It is out of Sion alone   that true salvation comes turning away ungodliness from Jacob (Jacob being  a  type of the  carnal man.) The deliverance that Jesus brings is from all ungodliness, from self, the world and the devil. When Jesus came into the world the angel said to Joseph:

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Mtt.1:20-21

It is this that is the fundamental difference from the OC. As we have been at pains to point out, the OC did not have the power to free people from the power of sin; in the OC  once a suitable sacrifice was brought the sin was covered and the person forgiven; but the sin was still there and the person was still the same, there was no change of heart, there was no inward deliverance from sin. In the NC we have that inward deliverance; on new birth we are baptised into Christ's death and raised into His resurrection life and are given a new heart, we are then freed from the principle of sin, so that  sin is no longer our habitual practice.

What a deliverance this is!

3.3  Summary


The Lamb on Mount Sion is:
  1. The Mediator of the New Covenant
  2. The Deliverer in the New Covenant
  3. The Surety of the New Covenant
  4. The Exalted one
  5. The Victorious one

In conclusion....

One of the tragedies is that many  born again believers do not understand the difference between the  Old and New  Covenants; consequently not only are  there misunderstandings in their thinking, but also wrong practices in the assemblies;  using OC temple practices for 'church' meetings for example, and bringing the saints into legal bondage on many issues for another. In order to live in the fullness of what God intends for us we need to understand to what covenant we belong and walk in it. Are we living in that fullness? If not  we can enter in right now .