General Service in Malang, December 06, 2015 (Sunday Morning)
Peace and grace in the love of our
Lord Jesus Christ.
So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will
vomit you out of My mouth.
Because you say, 'I am rich, have
become wealthy, and have need of nothing'--and do not know that
you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked--
church of the Laodiceans portrays the church of the end of time. The
church is lukewarm, which means that the people are rich and need
nothing physically, but wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked
spiritually. It happens because they are not willing to do services
to God, or they come to the church but do not want to be filled with
the true Word. They are like chaff which is about to be burnt and
like vomit which is useless, disgusting, unclean and separated from
I counsel you to buy from Me gold
refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that
you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be
revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.
Therefore be zealous and repent.
is why God rebuked and counseled the church of the Laodiceans to get
the heavenly treasures, as follows.
refined in the fire.
garments so that the shame of nakedness may not be revealed.
salve to anoint the eyes.
2. White garments so that the shame of nakedness may not be revealed.
for all have sinned and fall short of
the glory of God,
being justified freely by His grace
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
whom God set forth as a propitiation by
His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because
in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously
the beginning, God created human as glorious as Him to be placed in
the paradise. However, Adam and Eve committed sins and were naked, so
that they were sent away from the paradise and lived in curse and big
burden. Every one who commits sin, is naked, and will die forever and
from the world (intelligence, wealth, positions) cannot help sinful
human. However, any one from the world (including priests, disciples,
prophets, and teachers) cannot help sinful man.
solution is Jesus had to leave the heaven and came to the world as
the one and only Savior as the sinless man. Jesus died on the cross
as the atonement offering to save us by His blood and to cover our
nakedness. The result is we can live in righteousness and in peace
The work of righteousness will be peace, And
the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through
Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus and we can live in
righteousness and peace, God will entrust us with the cloth of
ministry (the white garment) and we become priests and kings.
the Old Testament, everyone had to work for 6 days, and the Sabbath
was on the seventh day.
the New Testament, we have to have the Sabbath before we can minister
are 3 kinds of Sabbath, as follows.
Sabbath: being fulfilled with the Holy Spirit.
to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you
My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in
heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
invited the heavy burdened to get the small Sabbath, serenity, and
peacefulness in the anointment of the Holy Spirit.
we be heavy burdened? Because we commit sins until the peak of sins,
which are the sins concerning eating-drinking (smoking, being drunk,
being engaged in drugs) and the sins of marrying and giving in
If we are hard-hearted and keep sins although God has
rebuked us through the Word, and we enjoy living in sins until our
conscience is dead and we cannot be helped, we are cursed and dead
To be set free from labor and heavy burden, we have
to learn from Jesus on the cross. He is humble and gentle.
is humble; He confessed and took the burden of our sins although He
did not do any sin. For us, humility is the ability to confess our
sins to God (vertically) and to others (horizontally). If we are
forgiven, we should not commit sin anymore. Jesus is gentle; He
forgave our sins and forgot them. For us, gentleness is the ability
to forgive and forget the sins of other people.
If we are
humble and gentle, Jesus' blood will wash us from the sins and we
will be set free, be peaceful in the anointment of the Holy Spirit.
Everything will be easy and light in our marriage, ministry, and our
life. If we are in peace, God can use us in the ministry, in the
building of the body of Christ, until one day Israelites and
Gentiles will be united as the perfect body of Christ.
minister without peace, we will only destroy the body of Christ. The
example is Peter, when he ministered with anger and he cut Malchus'
ear. It means that we will only scatter the body of Christ. Give
thanks to God, after the Pentecost, Peter had peace from the
anointment of the Holy Spirit.
Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do
have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up
he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his
feet and ankle bones received strength.
stretched his hands to help the lame man so that he was healed by
the name of Jesus.
Be careful, Peter was a senior and great
servant of God, but he served with anger. We also need to make sure
that our heart is always in peace and do not keep sins until the
peak of sins.
big Sabbath, which is the Kingdom of a Thousand Years of Peace, the
and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the
second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of
Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
inhabitants of the Kingdom of a Thousand Years of Peace are priests
A priest is a holy man, someone who ministers to God.
Aaron was a high priest and his sons were priests. Now,
Jesus is our High Priest and we are priests.
Jesus' character as
the High Priest is humility, as He sacrificed Himself and died on
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and
became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the
character of priests is humility until the flesh does not speak
anymore, obedience, and faithfulness.
everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom
of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in
Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in
then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me,
you who practice lawlessness!'
determines our success on earth, physically and spiritually, until
we enter the everlasting kingdom of Heaven.
On the contrary, if
we are not obedient, although men would consider us as a great man,
God will not accept us and He will let us go.
Peter said to them, "I am going fishing."They
said to him, "We are going with you also." They went out and
immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing.
that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!"
Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer
garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.
was wonderful, but he was not obedient, and not faithful. He lost
the white garment and he was in a total failure and nakedness.
However, Jesus gave Peter another chance to go back to the
obedience and faithfulness which comes from the preaching of the
Word, which is sharper than the two-edged sword.
Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any food?" They answered
He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and
you will find some." So they cast, and now they were not able to
draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
the Word shows our failure ("Children,
have you any food?"),
It is purifying our feeling so that we can repent and confess
everything to God. When the Word is out of our logic ("Cast
the net on the right side of the boat, ..."), It
is purifying our logic so that we can have Jesus' thought and
The result is we can get 153 fishes.
153 consists of 100, 50, and 3. The number 100 refers to the length
of Tabernacle, the number 50 refers to the breadth of the
Tabernacle, while the number 3 refers to the number of rooms in the
It means that the obedient and faithful men will be
used in the ministry to build the spiritual Tabernacle, which is the
spiritual perfect body of Christ. God will nurture us in the middle
of impossibilities in the world.
The ministry of the building of
the perfect body of Christ is started from the marriage. A husband
should be obedient and faithful to God, in the ministry, and to his
wife as to himself. If a husband is not obedient and faithful, he
does not love his wife, and he will fail. Wife should be obedient
and faithful to God, in the ministry, and should obey her husband in
everything. If a wife does not obey, she will fail. Children should
be obedient and faithful to their parents. If husband, wife, and
children are obedient and faithful, God's hand will help us.
everlasting Sabbath, which is the New Jerusalem.
is that we have to be renewed from the carnal human to a spiritual
one like Jesus.
I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the
first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a
wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the
is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
was no more sea means that there is no more doubtful heart. Do not
be doubtful to Jesus or the righteous Word. We should stand firm on
the true Word. Do not doubt God's power when we are facing the
The consequence of being doubtful is not having the
Sabbaths, we do not live in peace, but failure until we are drowned
in the sins of Babylon.
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked
with me, saying to me, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the
great harlot who sits on many waters,
he said to me, "The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits,
are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.
He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat,
he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and
beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!"
immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to
him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
is an example: He was the senior, he had done many wonderful things,
but he was doubtful and was about to drown. When Peter was drowning,
he stretched his hands to God and shouted His name. God stretched
His hands to bring Peter up from drowning, and everything turned to
peace. Peter had the Sabbath. God's hands solved everything and made
they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, And He brings them out of
calms the storm, So that its waves are still.
Then they are glad because they are
quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven.
Most assuredly, I say to you, when you
were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but
when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will
gird you and carry you where you do not wish."
This He spoke, signifying by what death
he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him,
second time Peter stretched his hands and gave all of his life to
God and shouted Jesus' name, not because he was about to drown, but
because he loved God. God used Peter until the finish line.