General Service in Malang, July 28, 2013 (Sunday Morning)
and grace in the Lord Jesus Christ.
28:20 ... and lo, I am with you always, even
to the end of the age." Amen.
accompaniment of God is our main need. If God accompanies us, it
means He is with us and we are with Him until we receive eternal life
forever. If we are not accompanied by God, we will be separated from
Him. We will go farther and farther from God, until we are destroyed
is with us until the end of the age. It means He is with us from now
on in the midst of many difficulties in the world until the time when
the antichrist reigns over the world for three years and six months,
even until Jesus comes a second time on glorious clouds, and we sit
together with Him on the throne of New Jerusalem.
3:21 To 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.
one who may sit together with God on the throne of Heaven is the one
who overcomes together with Jesus.
21:31 The horse is prepared for
the day of battle,
But deliverance is
of the Lord.
requirement to overcome together with Jesus is to live inside the
hand of God.
Living in this difficult world is a struggle or war
physically and spiritually. The horse refers to strength, smartness,
wealth, et cetera. They are only the mediums to make a war, but the
deliverance is of the Lord. Therefore, we must live in the hand of
can we live in the hand of God?
the star in the right hand of God (General Service, July 21, 2013).
a shepherded sheep (Bible Study Service, July 25, 2013).
a spiritual baby.
10:16 And He
took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and
3. Being a spiritual baby.
10:14 But when Jesus saw it, He
was greatly displeased and said to them, "Let the little children
come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of
baby is the highest status who owns the kingdom of God, and who is
allowed to sit together with Jesus on the throne of Heaven.
3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most
assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the
kingdom of God."
3:4 Nicodemus said to Him, "How
can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his
mother's womb and be born?"
3:5 Jesus answered,
"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the
Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
spiritual baby is the one who experiences new birth from God. In the
past, we are born physically by our mother to receive physical life
that does not inherit the kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, we must
experience new birth from God to become spiritual baby, so we may
receive spiritual life to enter the kingdom of Heaven.
birth can only be accepted by faith, not by mind or logic. Since
faith is higher than logic, thus logic will accept about the new
birth if faith accepts it first.
process to become spiritual baby is through water baptism and Holy
Spirit baptism [John 3:5].
Water baptism is only one. One Head means one body, and
therefore there is only one baptism. If the baptism is different, it
means that the body is different and therefore the Head is different
so one will be separated forever. Starting from husband and wife
must have one baptism. If they have a different one, surely they
will be separated.
The requirement of entering water baptism
is believing Jesus and repenting or dying from sins.
water baptism is according to Holy Bible, and it is as the baptism
Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by
3:14 And John tried to prevent
Him, saying, "I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to
3:15 But Jesus answered and said to
him, "Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting
for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed
3:16When He had been baptized, Jesus
came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were
opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove
and alighting upon Him.
3:17 And suddenly a voice
came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son,
in whom I am well pleased."
Actually Jesus does not
need to be baptized, but He is willing to be baptized to do the will
of God and give the example of true baptism. To do the will of God,
we must sacrifice everything in our life (prestige, et cetera). If
we do not want to sacrifice them, we will sacrifice God.
baptism must not be prevented or hindered. One also must not be
commanded to be baptized. Entering water baptism is only by the
encouragement of the Word of God. It is only because of doing the
will of God.
not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
Therefore 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.
true water baptism is one who has believed Jesus and repented or
died to sin must be buried in water together with Jesus and come out
of water to raise in new life, and become a spiritual baby.
2:4 And they were
all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other
tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
2:5 And there were
dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under
One of the signs of the true Holy Spirit baptism
is speaking with other tongues, as the Spirit gave us utterance.
result of Holy Spirit baptism is new life, being a spiritual baby
who owns the Kingdom of Heaven.
signs of a spiritual baby are as follows.
1 Peter 2:1-5
Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy,
envy, and all evil speaking,
2:2 as newborn babes,
desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is
2:4 Coming to Him as to a
living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and
2:5 you also, as living stones, are being
built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual
sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Peter 2:1] Laying aside five main sins.
If we can lay aside
these sins, we will be able to lay aside the other sins.
by the power of the sword of the Word we can pull out these five
main sins, there is hope that we can be set free from all sins up to
the peak of sins.
the love of money is a root of all kinds
evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their
greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
root of all kinds of evil is the love of money. It makes one stingy
and greedy, and materialistic also. If there is the root of evil,
there will be the root of uncleanness that leads to sins concerning
eating-drinking and marrying-being given in marriage.
These three sins above are the sprout of sins. If the root is
not pulled out, it will sprout.
speaking, that is useless word that brings one to the everlasting
judgment. It is the fruit of sins.
has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and
he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest:
Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is
he who does not love his brother.
baby puts aside these five main sins so he does not sin anymore but
lives in righteousness. It equals to not doing sins anymore, and
being right as Jesus is.
Peter 2:2] Always desiring the pure and spiritual milk.
baby needs milk from his physical mother. One baby has one mother.
Spiritual baby needs pure and spiritual milk from spiritual mother,
that is a pastor. Pure and spiritual milk means the true teaching
Word in the anointing of Holy Spirit.
Spiritual baby is life
who always desires and enjoys the true shepherding Word. The results
are as follows.
satisfied and calm. If there is calmness, everything will be easy
spiritual growth, meaning as follows.
intensive sanctification by the shepherding Word, until we are set
free from evil and unclean desire and we feel that it is more
blessed to give than to receive. It is until we can submit our
whole life to God.
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.
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.
have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must
support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that
He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
God in the ministry of the building of the body of Christ
according to the ministry entrusted by God to us.
indeed you have tasted that the Lord is
to Him as
a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and
also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a
holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to
God through Jesus Christ.
He Himself gave some to
apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and
the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the
edifying of the body of Christ,
we are sanctified continuously in the shepherding, God will give
us the ministry so we are used in the building of the perfect body
Being used means our life is arranged and tidied
The ministry of the building of the body of Christ is
as the mother of Moses who breast-feeds Moses. It means as
serve God without any fear and worry.
serve God without asking for rights or salary, but we only do our
serve with joy.
serve with full of love and mercy.
out a lot.
when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He
did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, "Hosanna
to the Son of David!" they were indignant
said to Him, "Do You hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said
to them, "Yes. Have you never read,
of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have perfected
means we worship God with contrite heart. We confess that we do many
sins and faults and are powerless. The life of spiritual baby only
depends on the mercy of God.
The example is the baby of
Moses who is in powerless condition. He is put in the River Nile and
none cares him. When he is taken by the daughter of Pharaoh,
actually he faces death.
when she opened it,
she saw the child, and behold, the baby wept. So she had compassion
on him, and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children."
the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he
became her son. So she called his name Moses, saying, "Because I
drew him out of the water."
there is the merciful hand of God.
failure situation, God only wants us to return as crying baby.
merciful hand of God draws us from the water. It means God cares
and protects us in the middle of difficulties in this world, up to
the days of antichrist, even until we reach eternal life.
merciful hand of God lifts us up as the king's children. It means
He gives us beautiful future and also spiritual miracle.
merciful hand of God lifts up Moses to Heaven, to be able to sit on
the throne of Heaven.
Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab,
according to the word of the Lord.
He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor;
but no one knows his grave to this day.
means the hands of God lifts us up from all failures. God renews us
until we are as perfect as He is.