Ceremony: Other Ceremony
Date: Priests Upgrading Service II-November 05, 2012
WR Supratman 4 Sby
Pastor: Pdt. Widjaja Hendra
Upgrading Service II,
continue to hear the Word of God we have heard last evening about the
garment of the High Priest and priests by reading Exodus
28: 1, 2,
28:1 "Now take
Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of
Israel, that he may minister to Me as priest, Aaron and Aaron's sons:
Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
"And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for
glory and for beauty. .
is said in verse 2
that we must have on holy garments to become the priests.
have heard that the priest is:
the ministry he has gotten from God,
- to serve
and minister to God.
is said clearly in verse 1 --> "Now
take Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the
children of Israel, that he may minister to Me as priest,
priests are chosen from among the house of Israel, the chosen people
of God. Thus, the priest is one
who is chosen from the chosen people of God or he is specialized.
We can see that the house of
Israel is chosen by God from among all nations in the world, until He
chooses Aaron and his sons.
priest or one who serves and ministers to God must have on the holy
garments, namely the priests and High Priest garments. A priest
cannot be naked.
are seven parts of the ministry garment or the garment of the priest
of pure gold (it
is as the plate with a picture of coconut fruit on the hat of scout)
seven parts of the ministry garment can be divided into three groups
click to see the picture
have discussed the first group, namely the ephod. I will not discuss
again about it, so we turn to the second group, namely the
ROBE or the garments in the sign of resurrection.
the garment of the High Priest is the journey of Jesus in the death,
resurrection, up to the glory that He ascends to the throne of
we are the priests who must have the holy garments or the garments of
ministry and our journey will be like Jesus in the sign of death,
resurrection, up to the glory in the throne of heaven where we
minister to God day and night.
will discuss about the
robe --> Exodus 28: 31,
" You shall make the robe of the
ephod all of blue.
is said that the color of the robe is blue. We have learned that
the ephod has four colors, namely purple, blue, red, and white. It
refers to the cross or the garment in the sign of death, with gold
embroidery that refers to the Holy Spirit who will help us when we
are willing to bear the cross.
robe is blue. It refers
to the sign of resurrection or resurrection
power to defeat the death or sin.
The wage of sin is death, so the sin is same as the death.
6: 23, For
the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord.
the sin or death is defeated by these things.
power, referring to the blue robe.
remission of sin. We would have experienced the death if Jesus had
not redeemed us.
the resurrection power is same as the remission of sin.
the priests, must have the robe, meaning we
must have the garment of forgiveness or remission of sin or the
paying off of the debt of sin.
has been explained that we must have the garment of the cross in
order to minister to God.
It has gold embroidery or the power of Holy Spirit to help us.
we must have the robe which is blue, referring to the power of
resurrection that will defeat the sin or death. It means the garment
of the remission of sin or the paying off of the debt of sin.
18: 23 – 27,
the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle
accounts with his servants.
"And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to
him who owed him ten thousand talents.
"But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be
sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that
payment be made.
"The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master,
have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’
"Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion,
released him, and forgave him the debt.
need not pay the debt
because it has been settled by the king. It refers to the garment of
the remission of sin. Therefore, a priest must have it.
remission of sin can be described as one who owes ten thousand
talents to the king but then he is released and forgiven because of
the compassion of the king.
can read in the bible dictionary that one talent equals to six
ten thousand talents mean sixty
billion denarii. The debt of sin is same as it. The wage of one day
working is one denarius. We count the wage of one year working,
namely three hundred denarii, seeing that there is Sabbath day every
week and holiday. Paying the installment of the debt of the sixty
billion denarii with the whole one year working wage, one will pay
off the debt in two hundred thousand years (we divide the sixty
billion denarii with the three hundred denarii). It means the servant
cannot pay off the debt to the king because the age of human cannot
reach the two hundred thousand years. It is very clear through the
parable God has given us that the
debt of sin cannot be paid by anything.
is only One can pay off the debt -->
John 1: 29,
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold!
The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
is Jesus, the only human who does not sin. He is able to pay off the
debt of human sins by His blood. It
must be our belief that actually all people have sinned or had the
debt of sins nothing may pay but the blood of Jesus.
is the base of the remission of sins as the forgiveness of the debt
of the sixty billion denarii that cannot be paid? Matthew
"Then the master of that
servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the
base is only the
compassion or mercy of God.
We would have been in the debt
of sin if God had not given us His compassion or mercy. Therefore, we
have to use the mercy to settle our sins today.
must we have the remission of sin or the paying off of the debt of
18: 25, "But
as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold,
with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be
If we do not
have it but keep on ministering to God, we will be naked in the
ministry because there is no garment of remission of sin. The debt
has not been settled, so such servant must be sold, meaning being
persecuted by antichrist.
always say that the persecution done by antichrist occurs for three
years and six months in the world is the greatest persecution that
cannot be compared with other persecutions.
will be two possibilities at that time as follows.
we must use the mercy to deliver us from the debt, so we can have
the garment of the remission of sin, or else there is nakedness in
the ministry and one will be sold or persecuted by
who keeps on enduring to confess and worship Jesus, not antichrist,
and not receiving the mark 6.6.6, will
be greatly tormented until the head is cut. As a result, he will be
resurrected when Jesus comes a second time and lifted up together
with Him on glorious clouds to rule with Him. It is only small
possibility because there are many people who will not endure the
persecution done by antichrist.
enduring the persecution done by antichrist, one will deny Jesus
and worship antichrist or receive the mark 6.6.6.
Physically, he can live in
the world without any problem, but he perishes together with
antichrist when Jesus comes a second time.
it is very important to have the garment of the remission of sin
before we minister to God. Meaning all debt of our sins must be paid
the servants of God also have fault by allowing a young man to
minister to God although such man has no repentance yet. It happens
because the parents have entrusted him to the pastor in the church
that he may minister to God in order to repent. It is a wrong thing.
Ministering to God with nakedness is dangerous because such servant
will be persecuted by antichrist. The wage of sin is everlasting
death or perdition.
must have the garment of the remission of sin first. Therefore, we
give thanks to God because we have the priests and priests to be
upgrading service, so we can know the priest garments.
Have we had the garment of
the cross? Not having it, one ministers to God with the flesh, so
there is provocation and hatred without the gold embroidery.
wage of the sin is everlasting
death or perdition in hell.
we must check ourselves whether we have the garment of the remission
of sin or not and whether the debt of our sins has been settled or
are some kinds of the debt of sin that must be paid off or settled as
Corinthians 5: 10, For
we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one
may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has
done, whether good or bad.
deeds must be
settled, or else the servant is sold to antichrist or he must give
account before the throne of God to get the judgment, namely the
death or perdition because the wage of sin is the death. The
examples of sinful deeds are stealing, killing others, et cetera.
12: 36, "But
I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give
account of it in the day of judgment.
be settled. The
idle word is as follows:
none may account for,
speaking ill of other
people, et cetera.
2: 16, in
the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ,
according to my gospel.
in mind and heart must be settled.
must understand that a priest or servant of God has to have the
garment of the cross or the garment of the remission of sin in order
not to be naked. One cannot minister to God in nakedness.
sins, such as the sinful deeds, idle word, and sinful thoughts must
can we pay off the debt of sin or get the garment of the remission of
sin? The paying
off of the debt of sin is written twice in Matthew
18 as follows.
"Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who
wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
paying off of the debt from a servant or human to the King or the
Lord. It is said the
vertical paying off of the debt.
The process is as
indeed bear the risk to confess our sin like the Samaritan woman
when she meets Jesus and He asks her to bring her husband. The woman
says that she has no husband because the man she has now is not her
husband. It means she bears the risk. It
is the vertical confession of sin that is encouraged by the Word in
the anointing of Holy Spirit. Thus, it is important to hear the Word
of God that shows us our sin, not the performance. As a result, we
can pay off the debt of our sin. The anointing of Holy Spirit makes
the sword sharp indeed. On the contrary, the sword will become dull
if there is no anointing of Holy Spirit. Consequently, there is a
risk as the Samaritan woman has experienced.
our sins to God by the encouragement of the Word of God in the
anointing of Holy Spirit. It is enough for us to confess our sin
only by hearing the Word that shows us our sins. Do not wait until
God totally chastises us to make
us confess our sin. It needs not happen because we will get
disadvantage that we confess our sins after all things are
confessing our sins with willingness to bear all risks.
4: 16, 17,
Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come here."
The woman answered and said, "I have no husband." Jesus
said to her, "You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’
woman is in the sin of adultery when she lives together with a man
who is not her husband. Consequently, she must receive the risk of
being stoned. If Jesus had become like a Pharisee, the woman would
have been stoned. Praise the Lord, Jesus is a merciful King who does
not stone but forgives.
must seriously confess our sin as follows.
is negative attitude, namely not confessing sin. There are many
servants of God who have sinned but do not confess, even blame other
people. In such condition, they are naked because there is no
garment, so they cannot minister to God. -->
1 John 1: 8, 10,
of the encouragement of the Word of God in the anointing of Holy
honestly confess our sin with a willingness to bear the risk.
result will be real as follows.
John 1: 7, 9,
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.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
blood of Jesus actively forgives us our sins or covers our sin
until it is as if we never do the sin.
For example, we have
stolen and then we seriously confess the sin. In such condition,
it is as if we never steal. The blood of Jesus is so strong that
it can cover our sin.
are many times we are forgiven but then we do the sins again.
Consequently, the forgiveness is canceled and there will be
is said in verse 9 --> to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
It means the blood of
Jesus pulls out all roots of sin, so we do not sin anymore.
means we pay off the debt of sin or have the garment of the
remission of sin, so Satan cannot accuse us anymore. We are no
longer naked because we have had the garment of the remission of
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth
is not in us.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word
is not in us.
sinning in the verse above means not confessing the sin although he
has sinned. Consequently, the Word is not in him or he is in
consequence of not confessing the sin is as follows.
is still in vertical line, namely a servant who owes to the King or
a human who owes to God. It must be finished. Confessing sin to God
is quite easy because we are not ashamed and we can do that by
whispering when we are in the altar. If one feels that it is
difficult to do, the second paying off of the debt will be more
difficult to do.
deceive ourselves or become an expert liar. Deceiving God
is extraordinary unreasonable thing. Deceiving other people is
unreasonable thing. Deceiving oneself means a very unreasonable
thing and he becomes an expert liar.
namely other people, Satan, and even God.
empty. As for the pastor, there is no revelation
of the Word of God. As for the congregation, they cannot understand
the Word because he is empty of the Word although other people can
understand it. Being empty of the Word means being empty of the
love of God.
18: 28 - 35,
"But that servant went out and found one of his fellow
servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him
and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’
"So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him,
saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’
"And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he
should pay the debt.
"So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were
very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done.
"Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You
wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
‘Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant,
just as I had pity on you?’
"And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers
until he should pay all that was due to him.
"So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you,
from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses."
is the paying off of the debt of sin from a servant to another
servant. Meaning from a human to other people or the
horizontal line of paying off of the debt of sin.
Both the vertical line of the
paying off of the debt of sin (from a human to God) and the
horizontal line (from a human to other people) can form a
is the process to pay off the debt of sin in the horizontal line?
for the one who sins, he must confess the
sin to other people because of the encouragement of the Word of God
in the anointing of Holy Spirit or the true teaching Word. Being
forgiven, we should not do the sin again.
for the one who does not sin, he must forgive and forget the sin of
us now pay off our sin before ministering to God. All men have sinned
and been naked, so we must have the ministry garment to receive the
ministry as it is written "And you
shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for
It means we must have the garment of the remission of sin first as
the paying off of our sin.
has been said above that there is evil
servant who does not want to forgive and forget the sin of others
while he has received first the forgiveness from God.
In such condition, there
is no garment of the remission of sin but nakedness.
naked servant of God is as follows:
servant of God who sins but does not finish the sin.
servant of God who is not willing to forgive the sin of other
18: 35, "So
My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his
heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses."
God never forgives such servant, so he is in the condemnation and
off the sin on the cross,
the handwriting of requirements is nailed on the cross, so it has no
2: 13, 14,
And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your
flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all
having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against
us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way,
having nailed it to the cross.
is the importance of the paying off of the debt of sin in the
vertical line as the debt of a servant to the king that must be
settled. Moreover, we also need the paying off of the debt of sin in
the horizontal line as the debt of a servant to another servant or
human to another human that must be settled. As a result, the sin is
nailed on the cross.
if we confess our sin to God and other people, the
handwriting of the debt of sin has no power anymore because it has
been paid off or nailed on the cross.
Therefore, we must have on the holy garment or the garment of the
remission of sin before we minister to God. We can get it through the
grace and mercy of God.
must be willing to be stripped of on the cross in order to
give the robe of the ephod or the garment of the remission of sin or
to pay off the debt of sin. He is thirsty crying ‘It
is finished. ‘
It means all sins are finished and He dies on the cross. It is the
price of His grace and mercy to give us the robe of the ephod or the
garment of the remission of sin. Jesus is stripped of to give His
garment to us. He is thirsty and drinks the sour wine mingled with
gall to drink all bitterness and curses of sins. Finally, He cries
is finished. ‘
and dies to give His soul on the cross.
our debts of sins are finished. There is no sin that cannot be
finished. The sin is like
scarlet but it can be made as white as snow. It means all sins can be
finished if we confess them to God and other people.
that the debt of sin has been paid off on the cross, so we have the
garment of the remission of sin are as follows.
13: 8, 9,
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves
another has fulfilled the law.
For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery,"
"You shall not murder," "You shall not steal,"
"You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not
covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed
up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as
no one anything starts from the debt of money up to the greatest
debt, namely the debt of sin. The proof that we have paid the debt
of our sin or we have the garment of the remission of sin is we
can love one another or we love other people as ourselves.
must be started from the nearest people around us in the
we still have the debt of sin, revenge, and envy, we will not be
able to love other people as we love ourselves. For example, one who
says about his neighbor who has been blessed “may he not be
blessed anymore.” because of his envy. We must pay off all debts
and then we can love other people as ourselves. We can praise the
Lord about our neighbor who has been blessed as if we ourselves who
is the practice of loving other people as we love ourselves?
7: 12, "Therefore,
whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the
Law and the Prophets.
must do first what we want other people to
do to us. For example, a husband who wants his wife to sweetly
speak to him must first sweetly speak to her, not loudly saying to
her to insist her. Do not insist because there will be no love but
must say first what we want other people say to us.
must think positive first what we want other people think about
means we love other people as ourselves.
13: 10, Love
does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of
harm to a neighbor means we do not give disadvantage to other
people but we always do good things for them even we can repay good
for evil. It
means we love other people as we love ourselves.
example, a tooth
may hurt the lip until there is blood like other people who hurt
us. We will not get angry and take pliers to pull out the tooth
because it is our own tooth; even we cleanse the lip from the
blood. Likewise, our neighbor is as our own body. It is very easy
to say but difficult to do. We need to struggle until God helps
can love God more than anything.
To love other people must be
with to love God and vice versa--> 1
John 4: 20, 21,
If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he
is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen,
how can he love God whom he has not seen?
And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must
love his brother also.
God more than anything means we love Him with our body, soul, and
spirit. Thus, loving God and other people means we have the two
tablets of stone.
the garment of the remission of sin means having the two tablets of
stone. The first stone means our love to God or the perfect love and
the second one refers to the love to other people. The love is our
capital to minister to God.
12:28 Then one of the
scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving
that He had answered them well, asked Him, "Which is the first
commandment of all?"
Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is:
‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.
‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with
all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’
This is the first commandment.
"And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your
neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than
Word about the two tablets of stone is not only written in Old
Testament, namely in Exodus 34, but
also repeated or fulfilled in Mark 12.
meanings of the two tablets of stone or the perfect love are as
God more than anything --> more
than husband, wife, children, and all things. For example, Abraham
who offers his son because he
loves God more than anything.
other people as we love ourselves.
is a big question in the last age, namely “Do
we love God? or Do we have the love of God or the perfect love in our
life?” All things
without the love of god will be as follows.
has written in 1
Corinthians 13 that all things
are useless as noisy gong causing problems and tears.
to God without the love means causing problems and being in vain as
it has happened to Martha.
getting married without any love means being in vain. It causes
problems and tears. Therefore, let us ask the love of God through the
garment of the remission of sin. We can have the two tablets of stone
or the perfect love to love God and other people.
a great senior servant of God, actually has no love when Jesus asks
whether he loves Him or not and commands Him to feed the sheep. How
about us? Therefore, we must make efforts and ask the grace of God to
give us His love. Do not feel more than Peter, but we must make
serious effort with extra carefulness to ask the love of God in our
12:32 So the scribe
said to Him, "Well said, Teacher. You have spoken the truth, for
there is one God, and there is no other but He.
"And to love Him with all the heart, with all the
understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to
love one’s neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt
offerings and sacrifices."
Now when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, "You
are not far from the kingdom of God." But after that no one
dared question Him..
scribe receives the love of God because he
confesses "Well said, Teacher.”
Let us now open our heart,
whoever we are, to receive the garment of the remission of sin to
finish all our sins, so we receive the perfect love of God.
who loves God and other people has the two tablets of stone or the
perfect love of God. He is as John who leans on Jesus’ bosom at the
last supper. It means there is no distance with God. On the contrary,
not loving God means being separated with Him, so there is problem
because Satan enters in.
of the two tablets of stone or the perfect love of God are as
12: 34, Now
when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, "You
are not far from the kingdom of God." But after that no one
dared question Him.
give us the wisdom of heaven.
Meaning with the love of
God we can do something that in the past we could not do with the
worldly manner. Therefore, heavenly wisdom is very important. For
example, I as the pastor formerly could not do anything in the
beginning of my ministry, but then I could do that because of the
wisdom of God. Likewise, the musician, choirs, and all ministers
will be able to do the ministry which they could not do with human
power in the past. It can happen because of the love of God. It
will happen also in your job. You need the wisdom of the world as
well as working experience, but the important thing is the wisdom
of heaven. About study, you will also able to do something that you
could not do in the past. It happens because of the wisdom of
heaven or the two tablets of stone. God guides you to study the
right materials before the test. I have experienced it many times
in my study at school.
wisdom of heaven will determine our success
--> Ecclesiastes 10: 10
the ax is dull, And one does not sharpen the edge, Then he must use
more strength; But wisdom brings success.
ax is dull and not sharpened. It means a crisis.
more strength means adding the capital or using more time until one
can forget the Lord. It is the way of the world.
may try by hard studying but the wisdom of heaven determines our
success in the midst of crisis or difficulties in the world.
employ us for building the body of Christ.
9: 1, Wisdom
has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;
figure seven means perfection. We are employed in the revival of
the building of the perfect body of Christ or the Bride of God.
We may only have low
diploma. It does not matter. The important thing is the wisdom of
heaven that employs us in the revival of the building of the
perfect body of Christ or the spiritual temple or the Bride of God.
are employed by God with the garment of the remission of sin to get
the two tablets of stone we hold as Moses who goes down from the
mountain holding the two tablets of stone, so all hindrances can be
12: 34, Now
when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, He said to him, "You
are not far from the kingdom of God." But after that no one
dared question Him.
means there is no more question when we have the love of God. We
have believed and fully hoped in God’s love as John
leaning on Jesus’
is very comfortable to lean to God because all things are born by
Him. Meaning He
solves all problems.
is no problem means there is no question and tears because God has
wiped away all our tears. Maybe now you have many tears. Lean on
Jesus’ bosom and He will finish all problems even the impossible
one. As a result, we can be joyful and all things become beautiful
in its time.
us keep the garment of the remission of sin, so that we are not
naked. Maybe it is difficult when other people hurt our heart but
let us make serious effort to get the garment of the remission of
sin. The results are as follows.
receive the two tablets of stone. The proof is we can love other
people and God.
two tablets of stone are in our hand, so there is wisdom and we can
be successful. God employs us and we can lean on His bosom to
believe only in His love.
is no more problem and tears because all things have been finished
and become beautiful in its time.
are not far from the kingdom of God."
Meaning we go toward the
3: 14, But
above all these things put on love, which is the bond of
love of God sanctifies and renews our life until we can enter the
oneness of the perfect body of Christ.
we will become perfect or blameless to be lifted up on glorious
clouds to enter the eternal heavenly kingdom together with God
forever and we serve Him day and night.
ministry to God must be as follows.
have the garment of the remission of sin first, so we are not naked.
we must have the two tablets of stone, so we can lean on God or love
is enough because the problem or not beautiful and not joyful lives
happen due to we do
not love God. Less
love to God and other people can give us trouble, therefore, let us
ask God’s love in our life.
source of the perfect love is the Holy Communion or the sacrifice of
Christ we have in the midst of us now.