Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Narrow is the way that leads to the “Shekinah Glory” but few there be that find it.
One more doctrine that is extremely important and that is the Doctrine of what is known as THE BIG GENUFLEX.
The first time that we hear about this is in GEN 3:15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel. “
7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
ISA 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” The Jews recognized what the phrase “Emanuel, God is with us” is because of two passages in the New Testament where the glory of God or what the Jews called the Shekinah glory is found in JOH 14:20;
17:22-26. This was the beginning of the glory of God being revealed to man as the “Shekinah glory.” The “Shekinah glory” was the “New Testament” manifestation of a glory the Jews had never seen before like they are about to see. In the Old Testament, the Shekinah glory was limited because the believers could not experience the closeness of God that they are about to see in the New Testament. Now, all believers can have the glory alive in them by understanding that what only a few believers have could have in the Old Testament, now every believer can have in the New Testament. Because all believers have the “Shekinah glory” in them now, they now share the privileges that only those who had the Shekinah glory in the Old Testament had, even though there were only a few who knew about the blessings and privileges of their divine blessings now in the New Testament.
This is why our Lord said in JOH 14:20, “In that day [Church-age] you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. “In that day” means literally beginning on the day of Pentecost, when the Church age began. First of all the seal was used as a guarantee of a transaction. Therefore, it denotes for anyone who is going to stand up and look history in the eye and face it down, no matter how disastrous it is, the guarantee of life and provision for your spiritual growth and that you will survive through disaster periods of history.
The seal was also used as identification of ownership. Therefore, the believer must remember that the seal here means that God recognizes you as belonging to Him. The seal also indicates provision. The signet ring, by the way, was the way you signed your checks in the ancient world. The signet ring of God indicates that He is constantly cashing checks for us,
He has provided the means whereby we spend our time in life glorifying Him and fulfilling the objectives of grace. This spending means capacity for life, capacity for love, capacity for happiness, capacity for blessing that comes to the believer who is loaded down with doctrine. And so the seal was used to protect something of value. Every believer is regarded by God as something of value and the seal is used in that sense of protection.
The seal of God is attached to us, this is the ministry of God the Holy Spirit at the point of salvation. The second blessing is the indwelling of Jesus Christ known as the “Shekinah Glory”. And just we with the Shekinah Glory being a blessings inside of man, it also introduces mystery doctrine to church-age believers;
COL 1:25-27. The Shekinah Gory reveals to all believers the doctrine of the indwelling of Jesus Christ now living inside of man and it is no longer a neglected doctrine but one of the mystery doctrines now revealed. a. God the Father is said to indwell the believer in EPH 4:6. 1CO 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
Go forward to 1CO 6:19-20, Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
Then look at 2CO