Fellowship in Ciawi III, July 28, 2010 (Wednesday Evening)
Revelation 21: 5
21:5. Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful."
God creates new men who are glorious as He is.
He creates new heaven and earth, that is to say New Jerusalem.
Thus, the new men God creates as glorious as He is will be placed in New Jerusalem.
The process of being new men is through RENEWAL.
Thus, we have to be renewed little by little until we have the renewal of New Jerusalem that we become as glorious as He is and we are in New Jerusalem.
The renewal of New Jerusalem is signed with term "THERE SHALL BE NO MORE", meaning there shall be no more old things.
There are seven things that must be no more as follows:
Revelation 22: 5
22:5. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
THERE SHALL BE NO NIGHT, meaning there is no more darkness of sin up to the peak of sin and there is no more spiritual blindness.
The servants of God or the sons of God who live in the darkness of sins are in the spiritual blindness.
20:29. Now as they went out of Jericho, a great multitude followed Him.
20:30 And behold, two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, "Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!"
The one who is in spiritual blindness is by the road as a fig tree by the road which produced only leaves without any fruit.
The term 'by the road' refers to the one who is not shepherded, meaning as follows:
Not satisfying God, one is cursed by Him to be in sorrow, bitterness of heart, tears, and thorns.
We have to fight in order to be free from the spiritual blindness so we can be shepherded and produce fruits to satisfy God and He will satisfy us.
We will have a real satisfaction from God up to the eternal satisfaction.
It is the lengthening of God's patience if tonight the preaching of God's Word is about the shepherding so we can be firm in it.
Do not make the lengthening of God's patience useless!
There is a destruction and curse outside the lengthening of God's patience.
13:6. He also spoke this parable: "A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.
13:7 "Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, 'Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?'
The one who is already shepherded must be careful also because there was a fig tree in a vineyard not producing fruit.
Meaning he has been already shepherded in the true teaching Word but not producing fruit.
Judas is the example. His shepherd is Jesus Himself but he did not produce fruit.
20:28 "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.
20:31 "Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.
20:32 "So 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.
The shepherding Word is the Word of God's mercy He trusts to a pastor to preach to the congregation continually and repetitiously and faithfully as the food for them so they can grow to spiritual growth and perfection.
The Word of God's mercy is given to the one who is actually not worthy to receive. Therefore we have to appreciate the true shepherding.
A pastor who does not want to feed the congregation is outside the mercy so the congregation is outside the mercy also.
Besides, the congregation who do not consume the shepherding Word is also outside the mercy. Being outside the mercy, the fig tree is withered with curse and perdition only.
'Three years' [Luke 13:7] is the time limit from God for our producing fruits. It does not refer to the three years interval but the lengthening of God's patience.
There is a difference between a fig tree by the road and the one in the vineyard.
The fig tree by the road was directly cursed by the Lord when it did not produce fruit at the time limit but the fig tree in the vineyard still had the pleading of the keeper of the vineyard or the supplication prayer of shepherd although it had not produced fruit at the time limit.
There are two main duties of a pastor as follows:
The duty of congregation is consuming the Word and obeying the true shepherding Word. The congregation must be careful not to make the pastor grieved.
13:8 "But he answered and said to him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it.
13:9 'And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.'"
Why does one not produce fruit although he has already been shepherded?
It is because of a bad root.
Do not be deceived with a great appearance, we have to check the root which is hidden.
There are at least two kinds of bad root as below:
The results of being in the embrace of the Great Shepherd are below: