General Service in Malang, August 10, 2014 (Sunday Morning)
and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right
hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the
the Apostle was exiled to Patmos Island to suffer in the flesh, not
because of sinning but the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus
Christ, so he could fall at His feet. Falling at Jesus' feet means
worshiping with a contrite heart and worshiping until the flesh does
not sound anymore. As a result, Jesus laid His right hand on John the
Apostle, and he experienced three things as follows.
not be afraid", meaning the renewal of the feeling so there is no
more fear but only confidence toward God.
am the First and the Last", meaning receiving the love of God.
am He who lives".
2. I am the First and the Last.
first refers to the Altar of Burnt Offerings in Tabernacle. In the
past, animal was burnt as a sin offering. Now, we do not need to do
that anymore since Jesus as the Lamb of God has been sacrificed.
the Altar of Burnt Offerings refers to the appearance of Jesus as the
Savior or Jesus' first coming to die on the cross to save sinful
men. It equals to the first love.
last refers to the Ark of Covenant in Tabernacle. It refers to the
appearance of Jesus as the King of kings and Heavenly Bride, or
Jesus' second coming to lift us up to the glorious clouds. It is
the peak of love or perfect love.
by falling down at Jesus' feet and through the touch of His hands,
we can receive the first love that increases to the perfect love.
because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
really need the love from God that increases, because in the last
days sins also increase and cause the love of many grow cold. Many
servants of God will have no love. The example in the Bible is Peter
who had no love.
love, everything will be useless and in vain. Everything will be
steps to receive the love that increases are as follows.
this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent
His Son to
the propitiation for our sins.
sent His Son as the sin offering because He loves us. Jesus must be
willing to suffer and die on the cross to reconcile our sins and to
save sinful men. It equals to first love from the cross.
be able to receive the first love from the cross, we must reconcile,
meaning as follows.
we can confess our sin and forgive the others', the blood of Jesus
is able to reconcile our sins so we can receive first love from the
cross. We can be justified and live in righteousness.
our sin to God (vertical) and the others (horizontal). If we are
forgiven, we must not repeat it anymore.
the others' sin and forget it.
of wickedness profit nothing,
But righteousness delivers from
Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish,
But He casts
away the desire of the wicked.
results are as follows.
careful because many servants and children of God lose the first
love because of treasures.
delivers from death and perdition.
are blessed and cared by God.
obedient to the command of God or the Bible.
you love Me, keep My commandments.
the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was
great in the earth, and that
every intent of the thoughts of his heart was
only evil continually.
the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was
grieved in His heart.
the Lord said, "I will destroy man whom I have created from the
face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of
the air, for I am sorry that I have made them."
present fact is men in the world since the days of Noah until now
have bad conscience. They are disobedient to God and do evil and
unclean deeds that make God grieve. Men during the days of Noah were
judged by the floodwaters. In the last days, men will be judged by
fire from the Heaven.
formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited
in the days of Noah, while the
ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were
saved through water.
is also an antitype which now saves us--baptism (not the removal of
the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward
God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
get good conscience through true water baptism or being newly born
There is only one true water baptism as there was only
one ark of Noah that could save men.
The true water baptism is
the baptism as written in the Bible, and being baptized as Jesus is.
not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as
Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so
we also should walk in newness of life.
execution of the true water baptism is one
who has died to sins is buried in water together with Jesus in the
name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that is Lord Jesus Christ.
Afterwards, he is raised together with Him and receives new life
that has good conscience or obedient conscience. Thus
we can hear the Word solemnly and obey it.
sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
will become well and right shepherded sheep. It equals to stretching
out our hands to the Good Shepherd.
Be careful because there
are many unrighteous servants of God who do not want to feed the
sheep. There are also many bad sheep that spy out and are
disobedient. Those kinds of lives will cause destruction as Judas.
am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the
love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his
we stretch out our hands to the Good Shepherd, He will surrender His
life for His sheep. He will stretch out His hands to us, and we
experience the great love of God.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall
anyone snatch them out of My hand.
result is we live within the hand of the Good Shepherd with His
greatest love. Thus, there is certain guarantee for our present and
future life, up to eternal life forever. The greatest love of God is
able to solve all huge problems (marriage problem, financial
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
us pray so that our family can get the grace of God to enter the
true water baptism, to be well and right shepherded, and to live
within the hands of the Good Shepherd to experience the greatest
love of God.
prayer, falling down at Jesus' feet.
after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led
them up on a high mountain by themselves;
He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and
His clothes became as white as the light.
prayer is seeing the countenance of Jesus that shines like the sun.
It equals to experiencing the perfect love so we will have a
cheerful countenance. We will become strong and of good courage.
means as follows.
joyful and keeping giving thanks to God in any situations, and
although we are in the midst of suffering.
being desperate or disappointed, and not leaving God in facing
anything. We keep believing God and worshiping Him. We keep
struggling with Him.
Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking
He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel;
for you have struggled with God and with men, and have
Jacob asked, saying, "Tell me
Your name, I pray." And He said, "Why is
you ask about My name?" And He blessed him there.
Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: "For I have seen God
face to face, and my life is preserved."
as he crossed over Penuel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his
represents a husband or pastor who needs to struggle.
struggled to meet Esau, that is false prophet with false teaching
and gossips that destroys the shepherding and marriage.
also struggles for the salvation of his family. A family must sit
down, meaning being well shepherded. Thus, they will be cared and
Jacob also struggles to get new name. It refers to life
renewal until we enter the last shepherding place in New Jerusalem.
A woman must also struggle.
The woman who had a flow of
blood must struggle to touch the train of Jesus' robe.
clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word
He has on His
robe and on His thigh a name written:
OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.
woman must struggle to touch one robe, that is one true teaching
Word. Thus, miracle will happen. The flow of blood is stopped. All
physical illness and impossible problems will be solved. The flow of
blood also refers to breakup. If we touch only one robe, there will
be unity and peace.
A youth must also struggle.
example is Daniel who struggles for the true ministry and worship
although he must face hungry lions.
We must keep struggling
until Jesus' second coming. We can cry out "Alleluia" to
welcome His second coming on the glorious clouds. Jesus struggled
for us on the cross until "It is finished". Everything will be
beautiful and finished in His time.