MOORE — In our last study, we perceived and ascended aboard that “Old Ship of Zion” and examined the imagery of the hull and deck of the church of our Lord. Zion, of course, symbolized the city of David of the Old Testament and now reminds us of the church of the New Testament.
Remember when Jesus was foretelling His message to the woman of Samaria? Jesus being bound by the Mosaic Law said, there was coming a time when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father there.
Jesus would provide a new covenant in which these places would not be bound on or for Christians anymore (John 4:21; 23-24). Galatians 5:18 “But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.”
“Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
Sometimes I think we tend to take for granted the grandeur of the church of our Lord we are a part of today through obedience to His will Mark 16:16. Not faith only (Romans 10:17), but baptism also is required by the Lord. Compare the words of Philip to the Ethiopian eunuch, Acts 8:37-38 “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” v. 38 “And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.”
What a beautiful prophesy, of the future coming of the Lord’s church. What a rich and powerful history. We would like to return to this scene next week to explore more of the vast history of the Lord’s church, that old ship of Zion