Bible Study Service in Surabaya, June 09, 2014 (Monday Evening)
Rev. Youpri Ardiantoro
and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
13 Then He went out again by the sea; and all the multitude came to
Him, and He taught them.
2:14 As He passed by, He saw Levi the
son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him,
"Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him.
2:15 Now it
happened, as He was dining in Levi's house, that many tax
collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His
disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him.
when the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax
collectors and sinners,
they said to His disciples, "How is it that He eats and drinks
with tax collectors and sinners?"
2:17 When Jesus heard it,
He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a
physician, but those who are sick. I
did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."
did not follow Jesus only, but also ministered to Him and became one
of the twelve apostles.
Formerly, in the days of Israel, the tax
collector meant the
why the tax collectors were called the sinners as follows.
Luke 3: 12-13
12 Then tax
also came to be baptized, and said to him, "Teacher, what shall
3:13 And he said to them, "Collect
than what is appointed for you."
they collected more, so there were disadvantages to others. They
the other's possession.
46 "For if you love
those who love you,
what reward have you? Do not even the
do the same?
loved those who loved them.
17 "And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But
if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a
heathen and a tax collector.
they did not want, even they refused to be advised. Such person is
said in Titus 3 as a divisive man.
31 "Which of the two did
the will of his father?"
They said to Him, "The first." Jesus said to them,
"Assuredly, I say to you that tax
and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.
did not do the will of Father God.
was a tax collector sitting
at the tax offfice.
It means as follows.
Enjoying the sins.
in the circumstances of the sinners like Isaiah who was unclean in
his lips and lived in the midst of people whose lips were unclean.
sins have become roots or characteristics.
Lewi is one of the Israelites, the
wage of his sinful deeds and characteristics is death.
God is not willing that His people keep on wallowing in the sins.
Therefore, Jesus comes to
call the sinners,
correct, and justify them to have the ministry
like Levi who could be one of the twelve apostles.
is the process of the sinners' having the ministry?
8 Therefore He says: "When He ascended on high, He led
captivity captive, And gave gifts to men."
4:9 (Now this,
"He ascended" --what does it mean but that He also
first descended into the lower parts of the earth?
who descended is also the One who ascended
far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some
evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
4:12 for the
equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying
of the body of Christ,
He who descended is also the One who ascended'
refers to The Lord's death and resurrection.
Jesus dies and
resurrects in order to
redeem, sanctify, and equip
us with the ministries.
refers to the preaching of the true Teaching Word.
of God when the Word is preached is private
to each person.
The content of the calling is as follows.
us the false things.
for the sinners whose representative is Levi:
the calling of God
seriously to understand and belive in it to become the faith.
the tax office
or his job as the tax collector, so he could minister to
means he could please God.
facts found in the following to Jesus are as follows.
Peter 2: 21-24
21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example, that you should follow
2:22 "Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His
2:23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in
return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself
to Him who judges righteously;
2:24 who Himself bore our sins in
His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live
for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed.
step of death and resurrection.
step of death
means being dead to sin or repenting.
step of resurrection
living in righteousness.
were the sins of Levi?
disadvantage to others or seizing their possession.
8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I
give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything
from anyone by false accusation, I
life can return
to others and the work of God.
those who loved him.
happens when one
can love the enemy.
43 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love
and hate your enemy.'
5:44 "But I say to you, love
bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray
for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise
on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the
means one has
proof of lovimg the enemy is praying for them, accosting them
friendly, not repaying evil for evil, and so on.
those who love us means being the same as the sinners or tax
collectors. Hating those who love us means being the
same as Satan
or under the level of the sinners or tax collectors.
what can we advise one like Levi?
Timothy 4: 2
2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince,
with all longsuffering and teaching.
the true teaching Word
we know correctly.
We have to avoid those who cannot be
advised after the first and second admonition, or else we will be
in their sin.
a divisive man after the
first and second admonition,
doing the will of Father God.
must repent until we
can do the will of God correctly
because all things we do without doing the will of Father God are
useless. Although we are great in doing our service and ministry as
if we are used by God and there are miracles, someday God will say
from me you who do lawlessness!"
the will of God starts from the
22 Wives, submit
to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
we do the will of Father God in our service and ministry to Him
like the Tabernacle that was made according to the will of God.
must be submissive to the husband
in all things as the submission to God.
The wife may be more in
intelligence or riches than the husband, but the one who takes the
decision is the husband.
Timothy 2: 11-12
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.
husband will face Jesus, the Head, if he disregards his submissive
The submissive wife is doing the will of Father God.
Although she is suffering, she will be lifted up when Jesus comes
a second time.
love the wife as himself and not do bitterly towards
28 So husbands ought to love
their own wives
as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.
things must be in line to the pattern of the Tabernacle or the true
Teaching Word and there is no uselessness. For example, the
repentance is stopping sinning to return to God, believing in Jesus
through hearing the Word, the infilling of Holy Spirit,
shepherding, perfection, and all things must be in line to the true
or following Jesus as the Shepherd.
27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they
requirements of being shepherded are as follows.
shepherded sheep is inside the sheepfold
that refers to the three
to God as follows.
righteous should choose his friends carefully,
For the way of the wicked leads them astray.
will be shepherded well if we are righteous. Keeping sins or
unrighteousness, it will be difficult to be shepherded.
the sheep of God.
Who are the sheep of God?
21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of
Tyre and Sidon.
15:22 And behold, a
woman of Canaan
came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have
mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely
15:23 But He answered her not a
word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her
away, for she cries out after us."
15:24 But He answered
and said, "I
was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
15:25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord,
15:26 But He answered and said, "It is not
good to take the children's bread and throw it to
the little dogs."
15:27 And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet
even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters'
15:28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman,
great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her
daughter was healed from that very hour.
the sheep of God are the
house of Israel.
Nevertheless, if the dogs willingly eat the crumbs or use the
lick the crumbs of the true Teaching Word,
the Gentiles will become the shepherded sheep of God.
the one that determines
the Gentiles' being the dogs or sheep is the
whether it willingly licks
the crumbs of the Word
to consume it or not. Not licking the crumbs of the Word means
or unclean things as follows.
is the weakness or mistake of others.
of one who is not sinful is the slander or derision to him.
must be shepherded to the true Teaching Word,
not to any human, as a branch that dwells in the True Vine.
or perseverance in doing General Service.
of Showbread or perseverance in doing Bible Study Service with Holy
Altar of Incense or perseverance in doing Prayer Service.
sign of the shepherded sheep
is hearing one voice, namely the
voice of the Great Shepherd or the true Teaching Word.
sinful will keep on sinning if he is not shepherded well because
there is no sanctification.
The following of
the body to the head.
19 Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, "Teacher, I will
wherever You go."
8:20 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."
head is upon the body. It means that the body must follow the head.
refers to Jesus or the true Teaching Word.
as the Head means that we are obedient
to the true teaching Word regardless any risk we have to face.
is like Levi when he was called by Jesus. He immediately followed
Jesus without asking anything.
As a result, the Word
If we are holy, we will be given the ministry
like Levi with his ministry.
must immediately minister to God
because we are being pursued by the time of Jesus' second coming
that is near. If we do not immediately minister to God, we will be
The ministry is our
place in the body of Christ.
Whatever ministry we have, we must do it faithfully, patiently, and
results of ministering to God faithfully and correctly are as
27 Then Peter answered and said to Him, "See, we
have left all and followed You.
Therefore what shall we have?"
19:28 So Jesus said to
them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when
the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you
who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
19:29 "And everyone
who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or
wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall
receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.
gives us the
guarantee of assurance in physical life.
shall receive a hundredfold'
means the guarantee of assurance for preserving and protecting our
gives us promise to sit on His throne or the
guarantee of eternal life forever.