flew [`uwph] one ['echad] of the
seraphims [saraph] unto me, having a live coal [ritspah] in his hand, [yad] which he
had taken [laqach] with the tongs [melqach] from off the altar: [mizbeach] KJV-Interlinear
6 Then one
of the seraphim flew to me, with a burning coal in his hand which he had taken
from the altar with tongs. NASB
The angel quickly retrieves a burning coal, from the alter which was present near the throne.
In the Tabernacle here on earth, there were two alters. The first represents the alter of sacrifice, the brazen alter, and stood for the salvation work of Christ on the Cross. Upon it were offered the animal sacrifices.
The second alter is the alter of incense and on it was offered various incenses representing the pleasant aroma which is the acceptance by God the Father, of the work of Christ as well as the offering of prayers of believers who have first believed in Christ.
Between the two is the brazen laver from which the priests washed their hands and other utensils of the Tabernacle. This laver represents the fellowship principle of confession, of the washing away of sins in the life of the believer. Note that even while saved, the believer still commits sins, and those sins have to be dealt with in order to enter into Gods perfect state. Thus the fellowship principle of confession or the washing away of the believers sins is required before the believer can have a relationship (a prayer relationship, a spiritual relationship) with God.
The coal to the lips of Isaiah represents his belief in Christ as savior, and second his confession, 'I am a man of unclean lips,' as a sinner.
The coal is the work of Christ in its entirety, from sacrifice to faith and salvation, to confession and the maintaining of ones spiritual status. Mans efforts are never allowed into heaven. Only through the work of Christ will man gain access to heaven and God.
With the touching of the hot coal, the sin is taken away (salvation) and the sin is forgiven (fellowship).
Only God can cleanse and restore.
Neither angel nor man can correct the failures (sin and death) of mankind.
The entire emphasis of life, is on the work of Christ, never on anything that you do.
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