The Mark of the Lamb

Let us realize that the only remedy to be found for inefficiency or impotence , to enable us to gain victory over the powers of this world or of darkness, is in the manifested presence of our Lord in the midst of His hosts in the power of His Spirit.

Andrew Murray/The Secret of United Prayer

Not more worldly wisdom or traditions of man masquerading as Truth or faith. But a people called out (by God) and set apart (by God) willing to be decreased in order that He and He alone can increase in and through them for His glory and ultimate increase in this universe.

For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith. Who is it that is victorious over [that conquers] the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on that fact]? 1 John 5:4-5

And this belief is not something we do or conjure up ourselves, for it is not revealed to us by flesh and blood, but by the Father in heaven (Matthew 17:17).

But the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall worship Him [pay divine honors to Him and do Him holy service]. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. Revelation 22:3-4

“…and His name shall be on their foreheads.”

In the original language the term name there is: ónoma – the manifestation or revelation of someone’s character.

So this is not to be taken literally as God’s name would be imprinted or tattooed on our foreheads. Consider that our foreheads are a visible part of our face that we cannot hide. Unless someone has a hairstyle with their hair covering it. But for the sake of context here, let us be clear that one’s forehead is a noticeable and obvious part of them.

“…and His name shall be on their foreheads.” In other words, the manifestation of His presence, or revelation of His character, would be evident in our lives. This is the mark of the Lamb.

The description set forth in Revelation 22 brings to heart immediately both Romans 12:1-2, as well as Hebrews chapter 12 in its entirety, but here specifically verse 28. I will leave that to the reader to read and meditate on.

Revelation 12 tells us that those who overcome the dragon do so by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. I think it is important to know that this testimony is not our own story as we would tell it to others about how the Lord found us and made us His own. It is foolishness to think that our individual testimonies have any sort of power in overcoming the dragon. It is the testimony of Jesus as wrought in our very being and living.

T. Austin-Sparks puts the testimony of Jesus this way:

What is the testimony of Jesus? Comprehensively, it is that Jesus has vanquished Satan, Jesus has overcome the world, and Jesus has destroyed the power of death. That is the testimony of Jesus comprehensively. In His case, that is a fact. In His case, the prince of this world has been cast out, he that had the power of death has been nullified, and the works of the Devil have been destroyed. In His case, He has overcome the world.

Now the testimony of Jesus is not just a declaration of the facts which are true in His case, but these lampstands on the earth – here and there and there – are in a living way vessels, the very embodiment of that…the testimony of Jesus must be in a living Body, and the body itself must be in the light of the testimony…radiant with its own testimony. It must not be holding up a light for other things and other people…and itself be in the dark. It must not be declaring in words, “Jesus lives”…and itself be dead. It is the livingness of the Church itself which is the testimony; it is not only found holding truth out to the world but is in the good of that truth itself. It is not only saying, “Jesus has conquered death and lives,” but also saying, “I am in the good of that; I am here as a living witness to that.” The Church must be able to bear the light of the testimony itself and to say, “I am not saying things which are not true with regard to myself; I am the living expression of that doctrine….to live because He lives, to live upon Him, and to have a way of clear access livingly through Him unto the Father – that is the testimony of Jesus; and it needs to be recovered in greater fullness amongst the Lord’s people. Do pray about this…and about your own participation in it…that the Life whereby Jesus conquered death shall be a reality in you and through you.”

In another place T. Austin-Sparks says this:

As we move toward the end, there will be increasingly a cutting off of things…and a resolving of all into a matter of HIMSELF. We do not realize how much, how deeply, how subtly good things can take the place of Himself, until they are removed. Let our work, our interest, our meetings, our ministry, our power to do, our opportunity to do – yes, our everything on the outside taken away, so that we are alone and helpless. Then will come the supreme test as to what the Lord Himself is to us.”

There was much taken away in the last year or more. What was our reaction to that? Are we living upon a religion and its outward manifestations? Or are we living upon the Bread of Life, finding our sustenance and satisfaction in Christ alone? Consider that these unprecedented times are the Father’s opportunity to prepare us, refine us, call us out and set us apart; not in order that we may resemble the rest of the world, no!, but in order for us to, through trial and difficulty, become a willing participant in the Father’s holy work of conforming us to the image of His Son so that we would be among those who bear the mark of the Lamb.

Let us come before the Lord and ask Him to shine His light on us in order that we would know, really know, where we are, as His own people.

What is the noticeable and visible manifestation of our lives? In progression and growth?

Is it the mark of the Lamb? Or is it the mark of another?

Father, help us to receive Your truth and grace in this matter important to You, and to those who love You. So be it unto us as You have promised.

2 thoughts on “The Mark of the Lamb

  1. Becky, so good to hear from you again! The word you have shared with us above is just so relevant at this time. It is the same word that God seems to be imparting to our house church folk at this time here at the southern tip of Africa. Only as we feast on the Bread of Life daily, shall we overcome in these difficult days.

    Greetings to you and yours.

    • Hi, Erroll! Yes, thank you, it is good to write again after a long time. The Spirit is definitely imparting this to us, and undoubtedly will even more so as time marches on. I hope you and yours are well.

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