General Service in Malang, August 11, 2013 (Sunday Morning)
and grace in the Lord Jesus Christ.
and lo, I am with
you always, even
to the end of the age." Amen.
accompaniment of God is our main need. Without the accompaniment of
God, there is only a step between us and death either physically or
is with us to the end of the age. It means He is with us in the midst
of many difficulties in the world now, until the days when antichrist
reigns over the world, even until Jesus comes a second time on the
glorious clouds and we sit together with Him on the throne of Heaven.
him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also
overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
may get the accompaniment of God starting from now on until to sit
together with Him on His throne? They are those who overcome together
These will make
war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of
lords and King of kings; and those who
are with Him are
called, chosen, and faithful."
requirement to win together with Jesus is being called, chosen, and
called means being justified or saved by God through believing Him,
repenting, and being baptized in water and Holy Spirit. The result
is we receive new life, that is living in righteousness and
salvation. We must be careful because many are called but few are
chosen means being shepherded and sanctified to be appointed as
priests and kings, and equipped with ministry and the gifts of Holy
being a priest, we must be faithful. Starting from a pastor must be
faithful, as Jesus the Great Shepherd is also faithful until He
the requirement to overcome together with Jesus is being priests who
faithfully minister and serve God according to the ministry given by
Him up to the end line.
are still discussing about faithfulness.
For I am jealous
for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband,
that I may present you
as a chaste virgin
But I fear, lest
somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds
may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
center of faithfulness is the simplicity that is in Christ. It refers
to faithfulness to the true teaching Word. It determines the other
true faithfulness in ministry, marriage, and everything. Faithfulness
without the true teaching Word is a false faithfulness that will not
bring us to the throne of Heaven.
is only a step after betrothal period to enter the marriage supper of
the Lamb of God when Jesus comes a second time. It equals to the last
days, when we face faithfulness test to Christ.
There are three
periods of faithfulness test to the true teaching Word as follows.
first age or the days of Father God (from Adam to Abraham).
is represented by Eve in the Garden Eden.
Eve's mind is
deceived by the serpent so she removes the sword of the Word that
has become her life experience.
God gives command and
prohibition to Adam and Eve. They have followed the sword of the
Word and they live happily in the Garden Eden. But suddenly Eve is
deceived by Satan so they are driven out of the Garden Eden.
the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the
Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said,
'You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?"
but of the fruit
of the tree which is
in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it,
nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"
And the Lord God
commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may
but of the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day
that you eat of it you shall surely die."
is deceived because she hears the other teaching. She adds and takes
away from the true teaching Word, until she rejects and releases it.
She eats the fruit that is forbidden by God.
Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from
which he was taken.
So He drove out
the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden,
and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the
tree of life.
consequence is Eve is naked and sent out of the garden of Eden to
the world that is full of curse, weariness, heavy burden, and tears.
The way to the Paradise is also closed by the flaming sword which
turns every way, so men cannot return. If we reject the sword, we
will receive the sword of judgment.
middle age or the days of the Son of God (from Abraham to Jesus'
It is represented by Solomon.
Then the other
woman said, "No! But the living one is
my son, and the dead one is
your son." And
the first woman said, "No! But the dead one is
your son, and the living one is
my son." Thus
they spoke before the king.
And the king
said, "The one says, 'This is
my son, who lives, and your son is
the dead one'; and the other says, 'No! But your son is
the dead one, and my son is
the living one.'"
Then the king
said, "Bring me a sword." So they brought a sword before the
the king said, "Divide the living child in two, and give half to
one, and half to the other."
Then the woman
whose son was
living spoke to the king, for she yearned with compassion for her
son; and she said, "O my lord, give her the living child, and by
no means kill him!"
But the other
said, "Let him be neither mine nor yours, but
So the king
answered and said, "Give the first woman the living child, and by
no means kill him; she is
And all Israel
heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they feared
the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was
in him to administer justice.
is still very young but he is faced to international problem, that
is problem concerning broken marriage. But he can solve it because
he uses the sword of the true teaching Word. The decision of the
sword of the Word looks hard and as without love, but actually if we
firmly use it, we will receive the wisdom and mercy of God to:
all problems especially problems concerning marriage and children.
the marriage supper of the Lamb of God on His second coming.
we must be careful to ask advice about marriage. We must ask to one
who holds the sword of the Word. A pastor must also be careful in
giving advice about marriage. He must purely use the sword of the
Word because the decision of a pastor decides the future of the
congregation up to eternal life.
If one rejects the sword of
the Word, he will enter blasphemous marriage or the marriage of
Babylon that will be destroyed forever.
For it was so,
when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other
gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was
the heart of his father David.
For Solomon went
after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the
abomination of the Ammonites.
Solomon did evil
in the sight of the Lord, and did not fully follow the Lord, as did
his father David.
on Solomon's old days, he looses the sword of the Word because he
hears the other teaching and gossips from his wives. The consequence
is his kingdom and marriage are split. He cannot enter the unity of
the body of Christ. Faithfulness to the sword of the Word decides
the split. Until the separation of two people on the bed depends on
the true faithfulness in Christ.
Now I urge you,
brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to
the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.
who teaches the other teaching causes divisions of the body of
Christ, and also one who supports the other teaching. We must avoid
this kind of people. It is an exercise so we can escape from this
world when the sword of judgment comes.
last age or the days of Holy Spirit God (from Jesus' first coming
to the second one).
But there were
also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false
teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies,
even denying the Lord who bought them, and
bring on themselves swift destruction.
And many will
follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will
the last age, many servants of God will loose the true teaching Word
that has become their life experience and follow the false teaching
that will go to everlasting perdition.
So He said,
"Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked
on the water to go to Jesus.
But when he saw
that the wind was
boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out,
saying, "Lord, save me!"
Jesus stretched out His
hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why
did you doubt?"
serves God faithfully until he faces the wind of false teaching and
wrong gossips. Peter becomes doubtful and looses the sword of the
Word and he sinks. His physical and spiritual life declines up to
everlasting perdition in the lake of fire and brimstone.
Fortunately Peter stretches out his hands, cries out, and
says "Lord, save me!". We asks for God's help so we will not
doubt the true teaching Word but keep hold on it. We stretch out our
hands to keep being faithful holding on Jesus until we are lifted
then Moses stood
in the entrance of the camp, and said, "Whoever is
on the Lord's side--come
to me!" And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together to
And he said to
them, "Thus says the Lord God of Israel: 'Let every man put his
sword on his side, and go in and out from entrance to entrance
throughout the camp, and let every man kill his brother, every man
his companion, and every man his neighbor.'"
So the sons of
Levi did according to the word of Moses. And about three thousand
men of the people fell that day.
right attitude is keeping holding on the sword. We hold on the true
teaching Word that has become our life experience. It means that we
are on God's side, thus He will also be on our side. He cares and
pays attention to us. He struggles with us.
The results are
Word of God is living. It means the merciful hands of God are able
to give us life and care us in the middle of difficulties in this
the word of God is
living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing
even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Word of God is powerful. It means the merciful hands of God give us
extra power to face everything in this world, so we are strong and
of good courage.
No matter how great a man in this world is, he
is only as clay pot that is easily cracked and broken when hitting
something. The clay pot of our life must be filled with the Word so
we are strong.
Being strong and of good courage means as
being disappointed or desperate in facing everything.
deviating, but keeping holding on the true teaching Word.
faithful and fervent in spirit in the ministry.
in righteousness and peace. If we are in peace, everything will be
easy and light.
sword of the Word is sharper than any two-edged sword to sanctify
us. The merciful hands of God wash our heart and life, until we
reach the number 3000 (2000 is the volume of the Holy Place, 1000
is the volume of the Most Holy Place).
For out of the
heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications,
thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
These are the
defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a
our heart is sanctified from seven evil and unclean desires, our
deeds will also be sanctified. Moreover, our character and lips
will be sanctified.
we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word,
a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
is sanctified so we can say "yes" for "yes" and "no"
for "no". Shepherded life (one who enters the Holy Place) is an
obedient and honest life.
merciful hands of God open the door of Paradise for us, meaning
opening way out from every problem even the impossible one. There
is beautiful and successful future. Even the door of Paradise is
opened through His death on the cross. Until the door of Heaven
will be opened on His second coming.
brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of
by a new and
living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is,