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I have heard my Dad (Zac Poonen) use this illustration to show the difference between the Old Covenant ministry of the Holy Spirit and the New Covenant ministry of the Holy Spirit: In the Old Covenant, man's heart was like a cup with a lid on it (like the veil that closed up the most holy place in the Jewish temple). The Holy Spirit was poured out on this closed lid of the cup and He flowed over it in rivers of blessing to multitudes around - as He did through Moses, John the Baptist, etc.
But in the New Covenant, the lid is removed (2 Corinthians 3:12-18). This was symbolized by the veil in the temple being rent when Jesus died, and the way into the Most Holy Place being opened up. Now, when the Spirit is poured out, Hefills the cup first - cleanses the believer's heart first - and then flows out "from his innermost being" in blessing to multitudes, as Jesus explained in John 7:37-39. This is how the New Covenant Church is built.
- Santosh Poonen, The Congregation The Club And The Church
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