General Service in Malang, March 05, 2017 (Sunday Morning)
Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
5:1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.
The scroll in the right hand of God who sits on the throne of Heaven is the Holy Bible that we have in this world.
2 Timothy 3:15-17
3:15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
3:17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Holy Bible is a writing revealed by God to His servants. It gives the Heavenly wisdom as follows.
The scroll is written outside and inside. It means that the teaching Word that is sharper than any two-edged sword is able to sanctify our whole life, inward and outward.
1 Corinthians 5:11
5:11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner--not even to eat with such a person.
The sins that rule the body are a drunkard (smoking, getting drunk, consuming drugs) and being sexually immoral (sexuality sin with all it varieties, having an affair, mix marriage, marrying-divorcing).
The sins that rule the soul or inward life are being stingy (being unable to give for the work of God and the others who are in need), a reviler (saying right the wrong thing, saying wrong the wrong thing), and an extortioner. As long as one lies, there are all of these sins.
The sin that rules the spirit or outward life is an idolater. An idol means something that makes us unable to love, serve, and worship God.
If our inward and outward life or our body, soul, and spirit are controlled by sins, the consequence is being separated from the others. We cannot unite with the others. We are also separated from God so we dry spiritually. We have no passion in spiritual things. We get bored when hearing the Word, until we cannot pray and worship God.
2:1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,
If it is continued, we will be separated from God forever and be destroyed in the hell.
2:37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?"
2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, we must experience inward and outward or body, soul, and spirit sanctification by the teaching Word that is sharper than any two-edged sword. The Word pierces up the the deepness of the hard heart, so we are cut to the heart and have a gentle heart. The practices are as follows.
8:27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship,
8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.
8:36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, "See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?"
8:37 Then Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."
8:38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.
8:39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.
The example of life who is pierced by the sword of the Word is the Ethiopian or the Gentiles.
13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.
The Ethiopian has black skin. It spiritually means that the Gentiles are black, namely doing sins up to the peak of sins (sins concerning eating-drinking and marrying-being given in marriage). The Gentiles are as the swine that returns to the wallow.
13:2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.
13:5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.
13:6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.
It is also related with the leopard that refers to antichrist. It spiritually means that the Gentiles say useless words and gossips, slander, even blaspheme God (saying right the wrong thing, saying wrong the right thing).
Can the Gentiles be renewed? The Gentiles can be renewed when they hear the true teaching Word until they are pierced and cut to the heart. They can repent and enter the water baptism.
If the true water baptism had only needed a little amount of water, the Ethiopian would not have needed to step out from the chariot. But it is clear in the Holy Bible that water baptism needs a lot of water. In Acts 8:39, it is written "came up out of the water". It is also experienced by Jesus. Without being buried in water, one has not been baptized yet.
3:16 When 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.
1 John 3:6
3:6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
If we do not do sins anymore but live in righteousness, we are within Jesus and He is within us. We can serve and worship Him.
1 John 3:24
3:24 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
The proof that we are in God and God is in us is that we become the place of Holy Spirit. We like to serve Him. We think of spiritual things more than the physical ones.
The usefulnesses of Holy Spirit are as follows.
God blesses us.