Ark Of The Covenant
The role of the ark
With the coming of Jesus Christ the yearly sprinkling of the mercy seat with the blood of bulls and goats was no longer necessary. Christ, with the sprinkling of his own blood, secured an eternal redemption (Heb 9:11–14). Consequently, those who trust in him are encouraged to come with boldness before the God of grace enthroned above the mercy seat (Heb 4:14–16). Whereas before, the veil hung as a barrier between men and the ark, Christ through his death tore the veil in two and passed through it (Mt 27:51; Heb 10:20), opening the way for all worshipers to see the ark of God’s covenant (Rv 11:19).
Nor was the ark necessary any longer to symbolize the presence of God with his people, because in the incarnation of Jesus Christ and the coming of the Spirit to indwell every believer the presence of God with his people was realized in a final way (Ez 36:27, 28; Jn 1:14; 14:16, 17). Those who live after the work of Christ already experience the reality of which the ark was only a shadow: “the dwelling of God is with men” (Rv 21:3). Jeremiah prophesied that in the future the ark would no longer be remembered because in that time all of Jerusalem “shall be called the throne of the Lord” (Jer 3:16, 17). Thus, in the New Jerusalem there will be no ark or temple, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple (Rv 21:22).