Ascension Service in Malang, May 05, 2016 (Thursday Evening)
and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
After these things I looked, and behold, a
door standing open in heaven.
And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with
me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must
take place after this."
the apostle saw a door standing open in heaven through a sight. He
saw the heavenly kingdom clearly; even he saw the throne of heaven.
We commemorate the Ascension of Jesus Christ. It means that Jesus
has passed or entered through the gate of the heavenly kingdom
through the Ascension. He has ascended to heaven and sat on the right
hand of the throne of Father God.
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the
joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame,
and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
must ascend to heaven.
"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe
also in Me.
14:2 "In My Father's house are many mansions;
if it were not so, I would have told you. I
go to prepare a place for you.
14:3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be
preparing the place for us in heaven and after that He will come a
second time to lift us up to heaven.
Where He is, there we may be also. We sit with Jesus on the throne of
heaven forever. Our
duties now are as follows.
in waiting for the second coming of Jesus on the glorious clouds to
lift us up. Perseverance refers to something we do continually which
cannot be hindered by anything.
must prepare the place for Jesus in the world, namely the body of
because Jesus comes a second time as the King of all kings or the
Heavenly Bridegroom. The bridegroom is the Head, so the place is the
It means that we must actively minister to God in the
ministry or fellowship for building the body of Christ. It begins
from within the marriage, shepherding, inter-shepherding, up to the
one perfect body of Israel and Gentiles.
must be the building of the body of Christ.
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our
likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the
birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over
every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
the beginning, God created men as glorious as Him that they could
have authority over the trinity of Satan, namely the beast of the
air, on earth, and in the sea. The men were put in garden Eden, so
they were not separated from God. Unfortunately, they heard strange
voice, so they sinned and lost the glory of God. They were naked and
ashamed. They put the fig leaves to cover their nakedness. They were
driven out to enter the world.
In the world, they did not stop
sinning. All men have sinned up to the peak, namely sins concerning
eating-drinking such as smoking, getting drunk, and drugs abuse, as
well as the ones concerning marrying-being giving in marriage such as
sexuality sin with all of its kinds, mixed-marriage, divorce, and
remarrying. The men lose the glory of God. They are ruled over by the
trinity of Satan. They are naked and not ashamed. Peter, a great
servant of God, became the same as Satan. We must be careful.
does not want that the men He has created must be the same as Satan
and destroyed. Therefore,
He longs for dwelling among men.
manifestation is in
the building of Tabernacle or physical temple in the Old Testament.
"And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.
is through the
building of Christ's body or the spiritual temple in the New
And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air
have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."
history of the building of the temple physically and spiritually is
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
25:2 "Speak to the
children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone
gives it willingly with his heart
you shall take My offering.
foundation is a
heart that is willing to give.
means the holy heart or the one sanctified and pierced by the sword
of the true teaching Word. It is sanctified from the evil and
The evil desire refers to the will of money
which causes one to be stingy and greedy. Stinginess means that one
cannot give and greediness means that one robs the possession of God
The unclean lust refers to the sins concerning
eating-drinking and marrying-being given in marriage.
"Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among
which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church
of God which He purchased with His own blood.
now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the
word of His grace,
which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all
those who are sanctified.
20:33 "I have coveted no one's
silver or gold or apparel.
20:34 "Yes, you yourselves know
that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who
were with me.
20:35 "I have shown you in every way, by
laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the
words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It
is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
word of grace refers to the shepherding Word,
namely the true teaching Word that God trusts to a pastor to preach
to the congregation faithfully, continually, orderly, and
repetitively to be the food which may grow the spirituality of the
congregation. Growing spiritually means experiencing the repetitive
sanctification. The word of grace can be derived at the feet of
Jesus through praying, fasting, and praying all night-long.
sword of the Word is able to sanctify our heart from the unclean and
evil desires until we can be more joyful to give than to receive.
It begins from returning the tithes and offerings. The tithes
mean our confession that God has blessed us. The base is the truth,
namely one tenth (1/10). The offering means our thanksgiving that
God has blessed us. Moreover, we can give the alms to the other
people who are in need.
sanctification of our heart from the evil and unclean desires will
also result in honesty.
Our heart becomes honest and sincere.
Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but
fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
13:5 Let your
conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you
have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor
13:6 So we may boldly say: "The LORD is
my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
must be honest about marriage,
namely we keep the holiness of our marriage. There must be no other
woman besides our wife and there must be no other man besides our
We must also be honest about money,
namely we return the possession of God and others who are in need.
The rest will be the blessings of God we may consume.
result, God appears as the Head. He is our Pleader and Helper. He is
able to create something that does not exist yet. He is able also to
preserve our life in the midst of difficulties in the world.
building of the temple in the days of King Solomon.
And the temple, when it was being built, was built with stone
finished at the quarry, so that no
hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it
was being built.
foundation is the
hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it
was being built.
peace means that we do not feel anything which our flesh feels
anymore. We only feel the love of God.
The peaceful heart refers
to the conscience which is not condemned before God. We only love
God and other people like we love ourselves; even we can love our
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward
3:22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we
keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His
become the house of prayer or God's dwelling place. As a result,
our prayer is answered by God. Our household becomes "home
or the desired place. The shepherding also becomes the desired
If our heart is peaceful, all things will be easy,
light, successful, and beautiful.
building of the temple in Jerusalem.
Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy
this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."
2:20 Then the Jews said, "It has taken forty-six
to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?"
2:21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body.
and the temple in the days of King Solomon accommodated the cloud of
God's glory, but the one in Jerusalem could not because there is
the spirit of selling-buying or the one of antichrist there. The
ministry does not become a consecration anymore, but profession. The
place of the spirits of selling-buying refers to a market where the
people only look for physical profits or the amenities of the flesh,
without Holy Spirit. It can be proven when they rejoice in praising
God, but they do not like hearing the Word. On the contrary, the joy
of heaven happens in praising God and more in hearing His Word. If
there is no anointing of Holy Spirit, the service to God cannot be
conducted orderly; even there is no honor to God. The market system
also means that everyone may minister to God without the true
consecration like the cheap things which are sought for by the
people in the market.
turns from the building of the physical temple to the spiritual one.
What must be destroyed?
forty six years refers to the Law system whereas the three days
refers to the mercy system.
The law system must be destroyed to be the mercy one, namely
humbleness and gentleness. The
refers to the ability to confess sins to God and others. The
refers to the ability to forgive the sin of others and forget it. As
a result, the blood of Jesus will forgive us and the love of God is
poured out. We can love one another; even we can love our enemy.
For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called
an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not
in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but
the grace of God which was with me.
results of the mercy system are as follows.
are more faithful and fervent in spirit in serving and ministering
to God until the end line, namely we pass away or Jesus comes a
are strong and of good courage.
Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your
heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!
are able to wait for Jesus' second coming on the glorious clouds.
We can be obedient and faithful to God. We keep on worshiping God
regardless anything we must face. We keep on believing and
entrusting our life to God. As a result, the hand of God, the
Creator, is able to create all things good. He is able to solve all
things right in His time.
of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the
cities of our God. And may the LORD do what is good in His sight."
And David said to his son Solomon, "Be strong and of good
courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD
God--my God--will be with you. He will not leave you nor
forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service
of the house of the LORD.
are sanctified and changed continually until we are as perfect as
Jesus is. We are worthy to welcome His second coming and sit with
Him on the throne of heavenly kingdom forever.