General Service in Malang, May 12, 2013 (Sunday Morning)
and grace in the Lord Jesus Christ.
28:16-20 is divided into two parts as follows.
spiritual revival that consists of the revival of Holy Spirit at the
early rain and the latter one. The revival of Holy Spirit at the
early rain is the revival to save the sinners through the gospel
Word or gospel of salvation (Good Tidings). The revival of Holy
Spirit at the latter rain is the revival to perfect the saved ones
through the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ or the
teaching Word sharper than any two-edged sword (Bride Tidings).
accompaniment of God.
.... and lo, I am
with you always, even
to the end of the age." Amen.
accompaniment of God is our main need that cannot be replaced by
anything else. During the journey of the Israelites, Moses does not
want to go if there is no accompaniment of God.
up to a land
flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest
I consume you on the way, for you are
a stiff-necked people."
And when the
people heard this bad news, they mourned, and no one put on his
Israelites are a stiff-necked people so they hear the bad news that
God does not go with them. If there is no accompaniment of God,
everything will be useless. All things in this world without God are
useless, even the Heaven without God is useless.
ways out so God will go with us are as follows.
pitches the tabernacle of meeting [Exodus 33:7-11].
Israelites take off their ornaments [Exodus 33:5-6].
discuss the second one.
the Lord had said to Moses, "Say to the children of Israel, 'You
a stiff-necked people. I could come up into your midst in one moment
and consume you. Now therefore, take off your ornaments, that I may
know what to do to you.'"
So the children of
Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by Mount Horeb.
spiritual meanings of taking off the ornaments are as follows.
off our self-importance or egoism.
If we are egoistic, God will
not go with us.
nothing be done
through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let
each esteem others better than himself.
Let each of you
look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests
practices are as follows.
the others more than us, so there is no envy, hatred, or fight.
the others' needs.
the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed
of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the
foundation of the world:
I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me
drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in
prison and you came to Me.'
the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You
hungry and feed You,
or thirsty and give You
did we see You a stranger and take You
in, or naked and clothe You?
when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'
the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you,
inasmuch as you did it
to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it
is in the form of giving and visiting the other members of the body
of Christ who are in needs, either physically or spiritually by
sharing the Word. Giving and visiting mean loving the others as
ourselves. The aim is only one that is for the building of the
perfect body of Christ. The result is the accompaniment of God to
bless us, until we receive eternal life forever.
off the things we are proud of.
says the Lord:
"Let not the
glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man
glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man
glory in his riches;
in this world, including the servant of God, are usually proud of
smartness, richness, position, et cetera. All these things are
carnal ornaments. If we are proud of them, they will become a golden
calf, meaning the idol that eliminates God.
Do not let your
adornment be merely
outward--arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine
it be the hidden
person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty
of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of
in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God
also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands,
Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if
you do good and are not afraid with any terror.
we are willing to take off our carnal ornaments, God will give us
spiritual ornaments from Heaven, so there is no more bad news. God
will be with us.
There are three kinds of spiritual
ornaments as follows.
there is meekness, quietness, and obedience, God will help and give
us wealth and position from Heaven.
aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with
meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your
meek means having pure heart, so one is able to receive the Word of
God no matter how hard or sharp it is. It is the true teaching
Being meek means being obedient to the true teaching
But we have this
treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may
be of God and not of us.
hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we
but not in despair;
not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed--
about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of
Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
matter how great a man in this world is, he is only an earthen
vessel that will be destroyed. This earthen vessel must be filled
with the true teaching Word. The results are as follows.
8-9] The accompaniment of God makes us endure the temptation. Thus
we will not easily be disappointed and desperate, but we always
give thanks to God. The accompaniment of God makes us not perish.
10] The life of Jesus becomes obvious in our life, so we
experience life renewal from flesh man to spiritual one as Jesus.
Life renewal is started from there is no more lies. The more we
are renewed, the more obvious the accompaniment of God over our
Being quiet means being silent and correcting ourselves.
We introspect ourselves through the sharpness of the sword of the
Word. If we find sin, we must confess it to God (vertical) and the
others (horizontal). If we are forgiven, we must not do sin
Sin is the heaviest problem in this world. If sin is
solved, God will also solve all other problems in His time. If we
are separated from God, we will face unsolved problems, as the
disciples who face epilepsy when Jesus goes up on the mountain.
submissive or obedient.
as Sarah obeyed
Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good
and are not afraid with any terror.
has permanent weakness that is being barren and menopausal. But
Sarah is submissive and the result is the accompaniment of God
opens her womb and takes all her disgrace and blame. All our
failures will be taken by God and replaced with success. God will
beautify our life.
A woman (who also represents the church
of God) must be submissive. Do not shake our head as Vashti.
It means we receive the accompaniment of Holy Spirit. We are
anointed, filled, and overflowed with Holy Spirit.
is being simple and having no bad intention.
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;
Spirit is as floods on the dry ground. The situation of man in this
world is as the dry wilderness. We are always in thirst. If we are
filled with sin, we will be sunk and bound more by sin up to
The usefulness of Holy Spirit is as
us true satisfaction, that is Heavenly satisfaction, so we will not
fall into sin up to its peak.
the weak willows that represent the servants of God who are
powerless by the power of flesh.
They will spring
up among the grass
Like willows by the watercourses.'
By the rivers of
There we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered
We hung our
Upon the willows in the midst of it.
Holy Spirit, many servants of God will stop before the end and be
dragged by the rivers of Babylon. There, we will only weep.
Spirit will make us faithful and fervent in spirit to serve God
until the end line, that is until we pass away or until Jesus'
power of Holy Spirit renews our life from flesh man to spiritual
one as God.
by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His
mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing
of the Holy Spirit,
Holy Spirit, Peter (who represents man, parents, senior pastor)
denies God. But when he is filled with Holy Spirit, Peter dares to
preach the Word and bears witness about Jesus in front of many
Without Holy Spirit, Mary Magdalene (who represents
woman) lives in uncleanness. But when she is filled with Holy
Spirit, she can live in righteousness and holiness. She sends a
sweet-smelling aroma in front of God.
Without Holy Spirit,
Thomas (who represents youth) has no faith. But when he is filled
with Holy Spirit, Thomas believes Jesus until he is willing to be
If spiritual miracle happens, the physical one
will also happen. God will create the thing that has not existed
before. God will make possible the impossible one. We are renewed
and become as glorious as Him. We sit together with Jesus on the
throne of Heaven forever.