General Service in Malang, January 29, 2012 (Sunday Morning)
PRIEST-TO-BE UPGRADING I
Matthew 26:57-68 is
about WITNESS and TESTIMONY.
There are two kinds of witness and testimony as
Ad. 1. False witness.
False/ lying witness in verse 59-62.
True witness in verse 63-66.
26:59 Now the chief priests, the elders,
and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him
26:60 but found none. Even though many
false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false
witnesses came forward
26:61 and said, "This
fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God
and to build it in three days.'"
26:62 And the
high priest arose and said to Him, "Do You answer nothing? What is
it these men testify against You?"
2:18 So the Jews answered and said to Him,
"What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?"
Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and
in three days I will raise it up."
2:20 Then the
Jews said, "It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and
will You raise it up in three days?"
2:21 But He
was speaking of the temple of His body.
witness is life who is in the temple of God with Jesus, but
It means life who ministers God (priest and
king), but does not experience renewal of life.
Not experiencing renewal of life means not being willing to
be demolished, and keep defending the physical life (old life).
can it happen?
II Timothy 3:1-5
know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
For men will be lovers of themselves (1), lovers of money (2),
boasters (3), proud (4), blasphemers (5), disobedient to parents (6),
unthankful (7), unholy (8),
3:3 unloving (9),
unforgiving (10), slanderers (11), without self-control (12), brutal
(13), despisers of good (14),
3:4 traitors (15),
headstrong (16), haughty (17), lovers of pleasure rather than lovers
of God (18),
3:5 having a form of godliness but
denying its power. And from such people turn away!
last days (perilous times), there will be many false witnesses, those
are priests and kings who do not experience renewal of life and
preserve eighteen flesh characters, since they deny or reject
the power of ministry (the true teaching Word which is sharper that
any two-edged sword).
The practices are as follows:
is we are staying as flesh men who will be marked with 666. It
equals to being the same as antichrist.
In ministry, the pastor does not prioritize the revelation of the
Word (spiritual matter), but only makes great physical matters.
In ministry, priests and the congregation do not hear the true
teaching Word solemnly,
that is being sleepy, playing, talking, etc.
Or, they do hear
to the Word, even enthusiastically, but do not practice it in
Do not listen to false teaching (the voice of
Satan)! Remember all the risk if we do not obey the Word. We will be
13:5 And he was given a mouth speaking great
things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for
The characters of antichrist are as
His mouth is full of blasphemies; blasphemy to the true teaching
Word, disfiguring even slandering the others.
Be careful with
Do not disfigure the others, moreover our own
Torturing or persecuting God's children who are left in the days
of antichrist for three years and a half.
For us now, it can be
in the form of mental torture. For example torturing our parents'
heart because of our disobedience.
26:63 But Jesus kept silent. And
the high priest answered and said to Him, "I put You under oath by
the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!"
Jesus said to him, "It is as you said.
Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man
sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of
26:65 Then the high priest tore his
clothes, saying, "He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we
have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy!
What do you think?" They answered and said, "He is
deserving of death."
Jesus is the example of a
kept testifying that He is the Son of God, although He had to face
tortures and death. It equals to Jesus testified about righteousness.
The result is Jesus was glorified as King of
kings and Heavenly Bridegroom.
True testimony is accompanied with
sufferings, but there is glory behind. 2012 is the year of testimony
and the year of God's glory.
I Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen generation, a royal
priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you
may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of
darkness into His marvelous light;
For us now,
the task of priests and kings is to testify,
not to gossip neither quarrel, etc.
Priests and kings must
testify about righteousness, although we have to face tortures,
flesh sufferings with Jesus, or anything else.
Thus, we will be glorified with Him.
priests and kings do not become the true witnesses, SURELY they will
become false witnesses, they will insult and humiliate Jesus.
example, if I do not do corruption, I will not live and will die. It
equals to insulting Jesus or insulting the Word.
If I refused
this mate who has different faith, I will not get the other mate. It
equals to insulting Jesus or insulting the Word.
Moreover, one can
become as Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus, and the consequence is
Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, "Go home to
and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He
has had compassion on you."
The direction of
testimony is as follows:
In order to keep the
lamp burning, there must be oil and flax that is willing to be burnt.
It means that to be able to become the true witness, we must be
willing to suffer.
From inside the household.
In front of all people at church, at office, at school, on the
Until we become the light of the world, as Jesus.
What must be testified?
5:19 However, Jesus did not permit him, but
said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them
what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had
compassion on you."
about what great things the Lord has done for our life through the
work of true teaching Word and His mercy, physically and
Physical help must also be testified.
But it is still very limited, since life outside Jesus can also
experience help and it can be imitated by Satan.
foremost is spiritual testimony, that is about how we, who were
sinful and naked, can be made right by God, such that we can live in
righteousness and become the instruments of righteousness (priests
The process is as follows:
is God never fools us. Right people will never be left, and we and
our descendants will be cared.
Jesus through listening the Word.
- Repenting =
stop sinning and to come back to God.
- Water baptism
= being newly born.
We receive new life (life in righteousness)
and become the instruments of righteousness.
between God and the congregation. We are responsible in front of
If we are not right, the congregation will not be right
since we shoot with the bullet of sins.
On the contrary, if we
become right priest, the congregation will be right.
3:1. Now Moses was tending the
flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led
the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain
3:2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to
him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and
behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was
3:3 Then Moses said, "I will now
turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn."
Testifying about shepherding.
Remember! Many Christian lives are not shepherded. They are
as the fig trees on the street, which produce no fruit and are
Moses looked at the bush which was burnt with fire,
but the bush was not consumed.
There is great sight in the
There are two things which are testified in
the shepherding as follows:
in three main services (shepherding pen).
In the middle of our bustle in this world, if we are still
able to persevere in three main services, that is a great sight.
in General Service (Golden Candlestick). We are burned by the fire
of Holy Spirit.
in Bible Study Service with Holy Communion (Table of Showbread).
We are burned by the fire of the Word of God.
in Prayer Service (Golden Altar of Incense). We are burned by the
fire of God's love.
21:12 nor shall he go out of the sanctuary,
nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the consecration of the
anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am
If we persevere in shepherding pen, we will
always live in the anointing of Holy Spirit,
which will make us proper in front of God and the others.
- Bush which was
burnt with fire, but it was not consumed = priests are purified
by the fire of the Word, Holy Spirit, and God's love in the
shepherding, such that we become spiritual men as Jesus.
12:1. Now a great
sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the
moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve
Sometime, fulfillment from great sight seen by
Moses (fulfillment from the purification work) is the heavenly
bride with the moon (the fore of the Word), the stars (the fire of
Holy Spitit), and the sun (the fire of God's love). It equals to
the light of the world, becoming the same as Jesus.
condition of the congregation (the bride) is in suffering and is
persecuted by the dragon. But God gives two wings of a great eagle.
12:14 But the woman
was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the
wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and
times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.
more we are purified, the greater our wings, such that it can fly
us into the wilderness, far from the presence of the serpent/
The power of money, diploma, smartness, etc.,
cannot fly us from antichrist. We need the wings of a great eagle.
about being courageous in facing the sprinkling of the blood
(suffering without any sins),
in the form of temptations/ impossibilities, sins up to the peak
of sins, false teaching, false worship.
The example is
Daniel 6:7, 10
6:7 All the
governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the
counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a
royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any
god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into
the den of lions.
6:10 Now when Daniel knew that
the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with
his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three
times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was
his custom since early days.
Daniel kept being
courageous in facing everything.
Daniel had to be
cast into the den of lions, his career was ended, and his life was
in front of death.
testifying about righteousness, whatever the risk.
- Keep holding
on the true teaching Word.
- Not being
desperate or disappointed in facing anything. Keep being faithful
and fervent in spirit in doing the ministry.
- Not doing the
sins, whatever the risk.
- Keep believing
and fully surrendering to God.
But Daniel kept believing God and fully
surrendering his life to God.
Then Daniel said to the king, "O king, live forever!
My God sent His angel and shut the lions' mouths, so that
they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and
also, O king, I have done no wrong before you."
result is God sent His angels. It equals to God pours the Holy
Spirit or the Spirit of glory to shut the lions' mouths.
- The Spirit of
glory is able to care and protect us in the middle of
- The Spirit of
glory equals to two hands of God which are stretched out to us, and
are able to solve all our problems.
- The Spirit of
glory is able to glorify us physically and spiritually.
Physically, there is beautiful, successful, and joyful future.
Spiritually, we are used as the true witness. We are used in
the building body of Christ. We are renewed from clay pots to
become the golden pots, until we become as perfect as Jesus and we
are lifted up with Him on the glorious clouds.