In the Old Testament we find that God’s fullness dwelled within the Ark of the Covenant located in the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle of God. This Ark of the Covenant is also called the Ark of the Testimony.
Exo 26:33 And thou shalt hang up the vail under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy.
34 And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.
The American College Dictionary defines for us testimony as “ evidence in support of a fact or statement.” Therefore, within the Ark of the Covenant resides the complete and absolute evidence that supports all of the facts of whom God really is. In other words the fullness of God dwells inside. Therefore the church’s great responsibility is to furnish to the world at large with preciseness, who God really is. It must so fully declare Him that the world has all the facts that it needs, to accept God or reject Him. In reality, the testimony of God is no different to the testimonies given by witnesses in a courtroom. The purpose of testimonies is to furnish a jury with enough factual evidence that will allow it to reach a truthful verdict.
Eph 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Ephesians 2:21 tells us that the church is a “holy temple in the Lord.” If we would go and research our original Greek New Testament, we should discover that the word implemented here is the “Holy of Holies”.
The church in fact is the holy of holies of the Lord. As the Holy of Holies, the church is the dwelling place of God. As the Holy of Holies, the church does become in fact the Ark of the Testimony. It is the one and only universal agent that must, and can, furnish full evidence with all supporting facts, that define the reality of whom God is. It must manifest Him in His fullness, so that the world has enough evidence to reach a verdict to accept or reject the gospel.
In Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness ( testimony) unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Matthew 24:14 confirms exactly what we have been speaking about. The only way that the gospel can be effectively preached is through the church’s testimony or witness of the Lord Jesus according to what we have spoken about. What is the kingdom of God?
Mat 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Verse seven and eight tells us that the kingdom consists of healing of the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons, and freely giving. The preaching of the gospel must include the testimony of God’s kingdom, or the plain evidence of all of these signs and wonders being performed by the Lord here on earth. The testimony of the kingdom of God becomes a reality as the church brings forth the glory of God.