General Service in Malang, June 05, 2011 (Sunday Morning)

Matthew 26:14-16
26:14. Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
and said, "What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?" And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.
So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.

Betrayal to the Lamb of Passover.
Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus as the Lamb of God (the Lamb of Passover).

Why could Judas Iscariot, who was together with Jesus, getting care from Jesus, betray Jesus?
  1. Because Judas Iscariot entered false fellowship (fellowship without the true teaching Word).
    Be watchful! Fellowship of the body of Christ is started from marriage, shepherding, between shepherding, up to the perfect body of Christ.
  2. Because Judas Iscariot did not want to surrender to Jesus (he kept the sins, flesh desire, and flesh interest), such that he delivered/ sold Jesus in thirty pieces of silver price.
Ad 2.
Exodus 21:32
21:32 If the ox gores a male or female servant, he shall give to their master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.

Thirty pieces of silver is the price of an ox which likes to gore.
An ox = God's servant.

Jesus is God's servant who is obedient (He does not gore).

An ox which gores = servant who likes to gore/ oppose, that is antichrist and false prophet.

Who are antichrist and false prophet?
  1. II John 1:7
    1:7. For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

    Antichrist and false prophet are lives who do not confess Jesus who has come as man and has been crucified. It equals to rejecting the cross, only looking for what is pleasant for the flesh.

    If we feel sorrow in a service, that is already true!

    The consequence is not experiencing renewal of life/ the glory of God, such that they keep being blood-flesh human (body, soul, and spirit are merely flesh).
    There is glory behind the cross. Rejecting the cross = not experiencing the glory of God.

    Human flesh is created on the sixth day.
    Body, soul, and spirit which are merely flesh = being marked by 666 = being antichrist and false prophet.

    The practice of God's children who are marked by 666 and rejecting the cross is not being obedient to God or to the true teaching Word, even rejecting it.
    It equals to there is no love, not loving God.

    I Corinthians 16:22
    16:22 If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!

    Approaching God's second coming, there are many God's servants, the elders, and deacons who purposely reject (not being obedient to) the true teaching Word.

    Man who does not love God is cursed and will be perished.

  2. Galatians 1:6-8
    1:6. I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,
    which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
    But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

    Antichrist and false prophet are Christians, God's children, God's servant who teach or follow false teaching.

    The consequences are being accursed and perished.
Actually Jesus is a good ox, an obedient God's servant, but Jesus was willing to be sold in thirty pieces of silver price. It equals to Jesus is willing to be considered as an ox which likes to gore = Jesus is willing to be considered as an accursed man as antichrist and false prophet, and must die on the cross.

Galatians 3:13-14
3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"),
that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

  1. To redeem us from sins and curse of sins, such that we do not become accursed man as antichrist and false prophet who must be perished. 
    Therefore, if there are Christians who are accursed and must be perished, it is their own fault, because Jesus has already born it all.

  2. To pour the blessing of Abraham to the Gentiles, to the descendants, that is carnal and spiritual blessings (the blessing of the pouring of Holy Spirit). 
    Without Holy Spirit, our lives are just as orphans:  

    • They are the illustration of weak life (they have no strength in facing all storm and struggle in this world).
      No matter how great a man in this world is, he will never be strong enough in facing all storms in the world, until he will sink.
    • They have no new birth. They keep being as flesh men who are evil and unclean, and must be perished forever.

    14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever--
    the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
    I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

    If we receive the blessing of Holy Spirit, carnal blessing will also be poured.
    "the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus," means that the blessings come from God. The blessings will look for us, not we look for the blessings.

    Do not look for only the carnal blessing until forgetting spiritual blessing! That is a mistake because it means we are just the same as people in this world.

    We may do physical efforts, but our focus must be to the spiritual matters.
    If we receive spiritual blessings, we will also receive carnal blessings.

    The process of receiving Holy Spirit (spiritual blessing of Abraham) is as follows:

    Acts 19:1-6
    19:1. And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples
    he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" So they said to him, "We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit."
    And he said to them, "Into what then were you baptized?" So they said, "Into John's baptism."
    Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus."
    When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
    And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

    • Believing/ having faith in Jesus, not being wavered by anything happens in our daily life.
    • Repenting = stop doing sins and back to God.
      If our hearts believe Jesus solemnly, we will be able to repent.
    • Water baptism.
      Romans 6:4
      6:4 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.

      The true water baptism is water baptism according to the Holy Bible and as Jesus was baptized.
      We, who have died from sins, are "buried" with Jesus in water, and then we will be raised in new life.

      The word "baptism" is originated from "baptiso" which means being plunged. It means that from the hairs up to the feet must be plunged into the water with Jesus.

      The result is new life, that is life in righteousness and peace.

      If all of us are right (according to the Word), there will be no fight.
      If one is not according to the Word (not right), there will be fight.

      When there is fight, we must check ourselves since there must be something which is not right and must be solved!

      In a fight, it is curse which will come, and not a blessing.

      Living in righteousness and peace is the foundation to receive the blessing of Abraham spiritually (Holy Spirit baptism).

    • Holy Spirit baptism.
      Acts 2:4
      2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

      One of the sign of being filled with the Holy Spirit is speaking with other tongues, as the Spirit gave us utterance, not being taught by man (as written in the Holy Bible).

      We should not wait nor postpone, right this second we must throw away all the things which are not right and not in peace (envy, hatred, etc.) such that the Holy Spirit can fill us.

      Let us repair our foundation (living in righteousness and peace). GOD NEVER LIES. Blessings will be poured to us.
      We wait for the Holy Spirit in longing and full submission to God.

      Our attitudes in waiting for God's promise are as follows:
      1. Always persevering in prayer.
      2. Always in longing.
      3. Full submission to God = humility. The more we submit, the more the Holy Spirit is flown.

      The levels of being filled with the Holy Spirit
      are started from being lead by Holy Spirit (we can minister God), anointed, filled by Holy Spirit, until overflowing in Holy Spirit.

      Revelation 22:1
      22:1. And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

      The usefulness of Holy Spirit (pure river of water of life):
      1. The source of life and God's help.
        Ezekiel 47:8-9
        47:8 Then he said to me: "This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed.
        And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.

        • Carnally, Holy Spirit is able to care us and give us life in the middle of impossibilities.
        • Spiritually, Holy Spirit is able to bring us into repentance (realizing sins, confessing sins, repenting, and living in righteousness).

          Heap of salt = sins, which bring us into spiritual death (the Dead Sea situation).

        •   The source of help, that is Holy Spirit is able to make possible the impossibilities.

      2. Holy Spirit is the source of our satisfaction (Heavenly satisfaction).
        Isaiah 44:3
        44:3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring;

        Holy Spirit is able to give us Heavenly joy, whatever our thirst or weariness or heaviness.

        The touch of joyfulness from Holy Spirit cannot be affected by any situation of the world. We are no longer laboured and heavy laden.

      3. Holy Spirit is the source of extra strength for us.
        Isaiah 44:4
        44:4 They will spring up among the grass Like willows by the watercourses.'

        Holy Spirit will give us extra strength such that we can serve God until His second coming.

        Willow = small and weak tree. It is the illustration of weak God's servant.
        Be watchful!
        Willow or God's servant is weak life who is frequently attracted by the influence of the world (river of Babel) until he hangs his harps. It equals to leaving the ministry to God.
        The consequence is not a joy, but weeping!

        Psalm 137:1-2
        137:1. By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered Zion.
        We hung our harps Upon the willows in the midst of it.

        Let the Holy Spirit give us extra strength, such that we can serve and minister God until we finish the race (until we die or until God's second coming), until we get the full rights to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

      4. Holy Spirit is the source of glory.
        Revelation 22:1
        22:1. And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

        Holy Spirit renews us (to the true glory), starting from being clear as crystal. It equals to being honest, confessing as what it is.

        If there is honesty, we can be renewed constantly until become as perfect as Him. We will become God's bride, be lifted in the glorious clouds to enter the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, a Thousand Years Kingdom of Peace, up to the Kingdom of Heaven (God's throne, the source of pure river of water of life).

        We follow the flow of Holy Spirit until we arrive at God's throne.
God blesses us.