Matthew 26:14-1626:14. Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
26:15. and said, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?" And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.
26:16. So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.Betrayal to the Passover Lamb (The Lamb of God)Why did Judas Iscariot betray Jesus as the Lamb of God?
Verse 14: Because Judas Iscariot came to false fellowship.
Judas went to the chief priests who had been clearly contrary to Jesus.Why did Judas come to false fellowship?
Because Judas kept wickedness and uncleanness desire, and self-interest (the lust of flesh) in his mortar pot life.
Do not keep sin or selfish ambition!Isaiah 30:1-330:1. "Woe to the rebellious children," says the LORD, "Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin;
30:2. Who walk to go down to Egypt, And have not asked My advice, To strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, And to trust in the shadow of Egypt!
30:3. Therefore the strength of Pharaoh Shall be your shame, And trust in the shadow of Egypt Shall be your humiliation.
There are many false fellowships more than true ones!Signs of false fellowshipare as follows
- Not being based on Word of God and the annointing of Holy Spirit (the revelation of true teaching Word).
= Not showing/prioritizing the revelation of true teaching Word, but showingphysical thing.
From smallest fellowship (marriage), what is our base of fellowship?
The first thing we must have in joining marriage, shepherding, and inter shepherding fellowship is interest to the true teaching Word.
- Just looking for shadow of world, like money, position, praise, etc.
Getting married to look for shadow of wealth only, without care whether it's true or not.
Being shepherded only to look for big church for selfish ambition.
- Allowing all ways, including to use ways that are not lawful.
Using ways of the world (emulating the ways of political campaigning) to collect many more people to come to church or fellowship.
If fellowship are signified by 3 signs above, that fellowship leadsto building of Babel
(false church, Satan's bride).
Judas came inside it because he kept the lust of flesh. He didn't care whether it was true or not, and he didn't care whether it hurt Jesus' heart or not.Signs of building of Babel
TRUE FELLOWSHIPI John 1:71:7. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.The true fellowship= fellowship in the light, that is fellowship in true teaching Word (the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God)
- Increasing sin until the peak of sins (sin of Babel).
30:1. "Woe to the rebellious children," says the LORD, "Who take counsel, but not of Me, And who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, That they may add sin to sin;
Example: Judas Iscariot was only a thief.
Keeping sin and going to the chief priests, Judas became a liar (Judas lied at the Last Communion) and a traitor (Judas betrayed Jesus).
- Spiritually withering= losing the anointing of Holy Spirit.
If our fellowship is wrong (marriage, shepherding, fellowship), we wither spiritually for sure.
The true fellowship is not a matter we "may" do, but we "must" do!
If we do not have fellowship in true fellowship (being alone), we will spiritually wither (like withered branch).
Watch the fellowship in marriage, shepherding, inter shepherding! Do not be alone!
On the contrary, coming to false fellowship, one will wither spiritually.
13:27. Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, "What you do, do quickly."
Being withered in spirituality continually, one will be entered by Satan someday until s/he becomes as Satan or Satan's bride who will be perished forever (destroyed mortar pot).
Sin is in line with spiritual withering.
If sin increases steadily, our spirituality will surely wither, until the peak of spiritual withering (being without Holy Spirit, possessed by satan)= one has reached sin of Babel.
In the true fellowship, we get the best chance to experience 2 things as follows:
- We experience sanctification from sins, until we become the perfect body of Christ.
If our fellowship is right, we can lean and experience fruits.
Not entering true fellowship is a stupidity.
Otherwise, if our fellowship is not true, we lean at the wrong place, and our life surely collapses.
In the true fellowship, we are purified further (we increasingly aware of the sins), until we reach perfection.
- We always experience annointing oil of Holy Spirit.
In the true fellowship, we experience new strength like charged battery that we become fresh again, since there is new annointing oil of Holy Spirit.
Result/usefulness of annointing oil of Holy Spiritis as follows:
- Psalms 133:1-3
133:1. <>Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!
133:2. It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments.
133:3. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing--Life forevermore.
Annointing oil of Holy Spirit makes everything harmonious, good, and beautiful on His time.
Where there is sin we keep, we surely cannot be harmonious.
It may seem there is harmony or unity in sin, but when trouble comes, it is surely not harmonious anymore.
As long as we keep holiness, we are surely harmonious until Jesus comes on second time.
Everything starts from the harmony/unity first. If everything is harmonious, all things are surely good and beautiful.
If there is no harmony/unity, all that was good and beautiful must be exhausted.
Furthermore, God commands blessingfor our lives in this world until everlasting life forever.
It is wrong if we serve God to find blessing!
- Leviticus 21:12
21:12. 'nor shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the LORD.
The new annointing oil of Holy Spirit brings us to the Holy Place= perseverance in shepherding.
We are brought in shepherding, that:
- We can live holily, not up and down in sin and perish.
- Our mind is not deceived by false teaching. We hold fast to one true teaching Word.
- There is God's protection against all the harm and distress, even God's punishment. By shepherding, we are separated to be protected by God.
Otherwise, Judas was in shepherding but he kept sin, and his end of life was horrible. He didn't experience God's protection.
Do not be wrong choosing true or false fellowship only for seeing human!
Look at the true teaching Word!
We must be honest.
Although our closest people are in the false fellowship, we must stand by the true fellowship and do not follow them.
Thus, we have strength to bring them in the true fellowship.
We pray for them that they can enter the true fellowship too.
- Psalms 20:7
20:7. Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.
Annointing oil of Holy Spirit makes us house of prayer.
Our worship reaches the presence of God and our prayer is answered by God, so victory and miracles happen.
We experience physical victory, and all problems are finished.
Especially, we experience spiritual miracle, that we are changed from mortar pot to become golden pot (perfect life like Jesus). We can become heavenly bride who is ready to greet Jesus' second coming.
God blesses us.