Simpang Borobudur no 27 Malang
Matthew 25:14-30 tells us about the parable of talents.

Matthew 25:14

25:14. "For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goodsto them.

The Lord trusts sinful men the heavenly holy goods, referring to ministry. It is His mercy for us.

Matthew 25:15
25:15 "And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.

He gives us talents according to our own ability so there is no man who cannot minister Him. It is His justice for us.

Thus, we were sinful but now we can serve and minister God only because of His mercy and justice.

Matthew 25:16-30 shows our attitude to the talents.
The positive one was shown by the servant receiving five talents and two talents. They were called faithful and good servants and they got the wage of eternal life.
The negative one was shown by the servant receiving one talent. He was called as wicked and lazy servant and cast into the outer darkness.

Matthew 25:16-30 also tells us about the ATTITUDE OF THE LORD TO THE TALENTS.
Matthew 25:19,27
25:19 "After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
25:27 'So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.

He wants the increase of the talent.
Matthew 25 in the teaching of Tabernacle refers to Aaron's budded rod. The rod would have been destroyed if it had not increased. Similarly, the one who has received the talent must work the talent until it increases, or else he will be destroyed.

At the beginning, the Lord delivered 5+2+1 = 8 talents.
The figure 8 reminds us to eight souls who were saved in Noah's ark, referring to the salvation of bride.

1 Peter 3:20-21
3:20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
3:21 There is also an antitype which now saves us-baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ

The signs of the salvation of bride are below:
  1. Believing in Jesus.
  2. Repenting, i.e. stopping sinning to return to the Lord.
  3. Being reborn through the baptism of water and spirit, referring to new life in righteousness.
    Being righteous indicates that we are saved.
    Not being righteous shows that there is no salvation.

    We have to live in righteousness in order to become the armor of righteousness or the righteous servants of God.

    The Lord does not look for great ministers but the righteous ones because they are precious before Him.

    Ministering equals shooting. If the shooting is not right, all things will become not righteous after ministering.
Matthew 25:20-23
25:20 "So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.'
25:21 "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'
25:22 "He also who had received two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.'
25:23 "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.'

The Lord looks at the five talents and two talents equally because He sees the increase.
The increase of the talents is 5+2= 7 talents.
The figure 7 refers to the perfection of bride.

In shorts, the Lord wants the increase of the talent or the increase from the salvation of bride to the perfectionso we can welcome Jesus' second coming as King of kings, and Heavenly Kingdom.

There were 603,550 Israelites who were older than twenty years old, saved and went out of Egypt.
Nevertheless, there were only two people entering Canaan, namely Joshua and Caleb.

Philippians 2:12-15
2:12. Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvationwith fear and trembling;
2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
2:14 Do all things without complaining and disputing,
2:15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom
you shine as lights in the world,

We have to WORK out our salvation until we receive the perfection.
The proof of of working out our salvation is becoming shining starsuntil we can reach perfection.

The process is as follows:
The salvation of bride --->the shining stars --->the perfection of bride.

The shining stars refer to those whom God chooses and employs to become useful and blessed by Him.

The example of saved person who becomes shining star and perfect is ESTHER.
Esther means a star (from the original language).
She is a shining star. She could become a queen, referring to the bride.

The process of Esther, the shining star, to become a queen is as follows:
  1. Dwelling in the women's quarters.
    Esther 2:2-3
    2:2 Then the king's servants who attended him said: "Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king;
    2:3 "and let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather all the beautiful young virgins to Shushan the citadel, into the women's quarters, under the custody of Hegai the king's eunuch, custodian of the women. And let beauty preparations be given them.

    The women's quarters means a shepherdingspiritually.
    It is under the custody of Hegai, referring to a pastor.
    We have to be shepherded if we want to become the Bride of God, including the pastor must be shepherded also.

    The shepherded ones are as branches attaining to the True Vine.
    We have to be shepherded by the true teaching Word.
    The TRUE Vine is neither a human being nor an organization, but Jesus Himself, referring to the true teaching Word.

    Hegai refers to a pastor who becomes the lengthening of God's hand through the power of the true teaching Word,Holy Spirit, and God's love to form the stars to become a queen or the bride of God.

    Lempin-El Kristus Ajaib also uses the shepherding system so the teachers of core lessons are pastors and the ones of additional lessons are shepherded people.

    If we are shepherded, we will persevere in the sheepfold.
    It refers to the sanctuary of Tabernacle, in which there are three equipments. They refer to the perseverance in committing three main services to the Lord.

    Philippians 2:12
    2:12. Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;

    Persevering indicates that we are in fear and trembling or faithfulness and responsibility to God.
    The perseverance in committing three main services shows that we work out our salvation.

    Esther 2:12

    2:12 Each young woman's turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months' preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women.

    The result of persevering in shepherding is having preparation for beautifying women with oil of myrrh for six months and with perfumes for six months.
    The figure 66 refers to sixty six books in Holy Bible.
    Meaning we are being prepared with the true teaching Word which is written in Holy Bible and revealed through a verse explaining another verse in Holy Bible.
    Being prepared indicates that we are being sanctified.

    In shorts, we are being sanctified by the true teaching Word from the darkness of sin, seeing that a shining star does not have any darkness.

    Ephesians 5:3-9
    5:3. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;
    5:4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
    5:5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
    5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
    5:7 Therefore
    do not be partakers with them.
    5:8 For
    you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
    5:9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),

    We have to be sanctified from sexual sins, covetousness, and vain saying such as not righteous joking, lying, and slandering.

    We have to be sanctified until we can live in the light of righteousness, justice, and goodness. With the light of goodness, we always do something good for other people, not give them any disadvantage, even we can repay good for evil.

    Revelation 12:1
    12:1. Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.

    We have to be sanctified continually until we become the light of the world as Esther who became a queen.

    Esther 2:17
    2:17 The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.

    As the matter of fact, Esther was still in the shadow of death because of Haman's threatening and so is the Church of God. We still face red dragon.

    Revelation 12:2-3
    12:2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
    12:3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.

    The tail of the dragon refers to false prophet who takes the virginity of the Church of God.
    The mouth of the dragon refers to antichrist with the lust of money.

    2 Corinthians 11:2-4
    11:2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
    11:3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
    11:4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted-you may well put up with it!

    Revelation 2:20,24
    2:20 "Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
    2:24 "Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden.

    One of the false teachings is the teaching of Jezebel which is about the depths of Satan as well as the teaching permitting women to teach and to have dominion over men.

    1 Timothy 2:11-14
    2:11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission.
    2:12 And
    I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.
    2:13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve.
    2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.

    1 Corinthians 14:34
    14:34. Let your women keep silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak; but they are to be submissive, as the law also says.

    The Lord said to Adam and Eve that all fruits of the trees in Eden Garden might be eaten except one fruit. Likewise, right now women may commit all kinds of ministries except one, namely teaching/having dominion/speaking before men.

    Being shepherded and sanctified are not enough because there is the threatening of the dragon. Therefore, we need to fast.

  2. Fasting.
    Esther 4:16
    4:16 "Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!"

    Fastingis a process to tear the lusts and characteristics of our flesh.
    The figure 3 refers to our appreciation to Christ's sacrifice.

    Fasting is as the exercise to flee us to the wilderness or the learning of living from the Word of God and Holy Communion.

    Revelation 8:10-11
    8:10 Then the third angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.
    8:11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it was made bitter.

    The characteristics of the flesh that must be torn are as follows:
    • The bitterness of heart, including jealousy, envy, revenge, and hatred, which make the star fall.
    • Fear and doubt.
      Esther was in fear and doubt when she had to come before the king. We are often in fear and doubt also when we face temptations, diseases, and false teachings. We are also afraid of sacrificing for God.

      We have to fast much more when we are often in fear and doubt!

      The fear and doubt must be torn to become the fear of the Lord.
      The servant of God who is afraid of sacrificing for God must sacrifice other people.
      Consequently, God will employ other person.

      Philippians 2:16
      2:16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

      We have to hold fast to the true teaching Word. Do not be afraid and doubtful in facing false teachings.

      A star does not have the pillar from the earth, meaning we should not hope in something in the world. We have to hope in God and surrender fully to Him until we can say "if I perish, I perish!"  The Lord Jesus was afraid of facing the cross, and He asked God to remove the cup He must drink but He surrender to God's will. Similarly, we have to fast until our flesh does not sound anymore.

  3. Golden scepter.
    Esther 5:1-2
    5:1. Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king's palace, across from the king's house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house.
    5:2 So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.

    We have done all efforts, shepherded, fasted, but the Lord still waits for our hope only to the golden scepter, meaning our hope to His mercy only.
    Let us lift up our hand to Him and He will stretch His hand to us.

    The results we will get are as follows:
    • Protection and preservation of the Lord from now in facing difficulties in the world until we are given the two wings of a great eagle which will flee us to the wilderness, far away from the presence of the eye of antichrist.
    • Wonderful help of God.
    • The renewal of our life until we become as glorious as Jesus is dan ready to welcome His second coming.

    Philippians 3:20-21

    3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
    3:21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

    Revelation 21:15
    21:15 And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.
God blesses you.

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